Lucky Straights

The ramblings and mumblings of a wannabe poker pro

Heads-Up Madness

Couldn’t sleep, so I decide to sit in another heads-up sit-n-go. I fold my first hand, and the next two hands end up all-in, each time its a split pot. I look for reasons to fold, but this guy is going all-in over and over, and I can’t keep folding hands like KJ against him, so I call, only for a split pot, the next hand the same a split pot. Then I call his all-in with ATs, he shows KJ off suite, but makes his flush on the river to bust me.

I was steaming, not because of the hand, but because he sat in a heads-up match just to throw all is money in and gamble, and the prick forced me to do the same. I would like to wish something horrible to happen to him, but I wont…

Here’s my big mistake, I immediately sign up for another hoping it isn’t more of the same, it isn’t, but as good as, with my opponent willing to get all the money in on the 3rd hand in, I make a couple of calls with dominated hands, only to survive by miracle split pots, until my stack is decimated. Next hand I find 65s and flop a straight, my opponent puts me all-in with his pocket tens, and goes on to fill up on the river.

Determined to not blow off another stack, and take a legitimate win back, I sign up for another. Again though its not long before where all-in pre-flop, I re-raised with AQ and he pushes all-in, no way I can fold this heads-up, he turns over AK and I wish I had, until the river where I hit my 3 outer.

Obviously I’m very happy to steel a win with my AQ on the final (yes final!) match of the night, but its clear these heads-up NL matches are going to be a huge test to my tilt control, and maybe that’s a good thing, especially if I want to learn to play PLO :p

After tonight’s episode though, I’m not willing to commit as much money to these as I would have liked, and besides the high volatility of dodging constant all-in’s pre-flop, I’m not improving my game at all, by simply pushing and folding, there pointless. I’m a sucker for punishment though, so I’ll probably do one or two a week and hope to pick a time when there not filling up by complete morons.

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January 30, 2008 Posted by | Sit-N-Go's 2 | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Multiple-tabling, whilst on a bad run?

Too quick to judge, maybe, but after one long session, cashing in only two out of my eight games, suggests I’m on a bad run, especially considering some of the hands. AK and KK both run into aces, my TT gets out flopped by 77, and my AQ gets out flopped by AJ…. I could go on, but you get the idea.

So, I’ve come to thinking, should I be multi-tabling the Sit-N-Go’s whilst I appear to be on a bad run?

The statistical approach, at least from what I understand of it, suggests that I should, as everything evens out in the end, and the more hands I play the sooner I’ll get through the bad run. Then there’s the psychological approach that suggest you should stop and take a break, because a bad run can affect your play, and put you on tilt.

Well I’m certainly not on tilt, not during the session anyway. Though I must admit to feeling a bit down about it afterwards, more so the final two games, where it was yet more of the same that I had experienced during the start of the session.

I’m pondering with the idea that I should slow down, and only play a single table…. (yes its a recurring theme for tonight / today) instead of 2 tabling them, as I feel like I’m on a bad run, and that way I’ll loose less, or actually lose money more slowly… but I can’t help reverting back to the statistical approach and I agree with it, as long as I’m not on tilt, and letting previous games affect the current session I should keep playing, and keep multi-tabling, if that’s what makes me happy, shouldn’t I?

January 23, 2008 Posted by | Sit-N-Go's 2 | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

After My Bonus…

My variance in the micro limit Sit-N-Go’s has been consistently very high for a long enough period now, that I have started to consider my options once I have achieved my bonus on Poker Stars.

I have had two aims with my online play, to increase my bankroll so that I can move up in limits and to gain experience and improve my game. I feel I have achieved the second, but are failing to make much progress on my first aim, my bankroll as been stabilized between $70 and $80 for some time. which I feel isn’t a significant enough increase on my deposit amount for the time commitment. However I will continue in the Sit-N-Go’s to ensure a steady stream of frequent player points until I have earned my bonus.

An obvious alternative to the single table Sit-N-Go’s is either limit or NL cash games. I enjoy both formats of cash games in theory, but I find the online micro limit variety very boring and seldom have the patience to sit in one for long enough.

Something I’ve considered is to focus more on live play at the local casinos. I have regular low limit tournaments with buy-ins from $4 to $40 within walking distance that I could use to build up a bankroll and which will also give me the benefit of some much needed live experience. I’m planning on sitting in my first casino tournament this Friday, so I’ll see how I feel about this after that.

I’ll be pleased to hear some opinions on this, if anyone has any suggestions or advise, etc.

December 18, 2007 Posted by | Casino, Sit-N-Go's 2, Uncategorized | , , , , , | 6 Comments