Life Shouldn't Be A Fuckin' Grind

I will never be a poker pro, but my lifetime poker ledger is positive and I think that's something to be proud of.

Saturday, October 29, 2005

A Return to the Winner's Circle

Yesterday I played 1200 hands, mostly of 1/2, with a little .5/1 and 2/4 mixed in and I posted about +$85 day. My BB/100 has dropped to about 1.85 at the 1/2 level, which is a little disconcerting over almost 10k hands, but I'm well over 4 BB/100 over 10k+ hands of .5/1 so I'm not sure whether the 1/2 game is harder or I'm getting worse hands. I suspect that it is harder and I suspect that 2/4 is even harder than that. I think .5/1 plays about like the lowest stake live game you find at a given casino or cardroom and that the levels get exponentially harder online. For instance, everyone says like 2/4 is the biggest joke ever, online I don't think this is necessarily the case. It's certainly not filled with the greatest talent in the world, but I think it's definitely harder than .5/1. In particular, one thing I've learned is that the fish are more aggressive and more of maniacs at 1/2 and 2/4 and the fish at .5/1 are all loose/passive. This means that at .5/1 they can simply be run over by constant value betting. At 1/2 and 2/4 you have to adjust a little bit, and I'm not sure I've ever made that adjustment. As a matter of fact, I'm not entirely sure what the adjustment is that I need to make. At any rate, I'm pretty happy with the fact that I ended my session last night up about 70 bucks on the 2/4 table that I played, bringing me to +.24 BB/100 over about 2.7k hands. I still have a long way to go in order to bring those numbers to respectability, but I think it's possible. I just have to stop trying to be too fancy and just try to play my game.

In other news, Party Poker is running several promotions this weekend that have me tempted to stay in all weekend and play on there. First, there's the Halloween promotion where you get tickets for every hand you get that's 3 of a kind or better and makes it to showdown (whether you win with it or not; i.e. if your flush loses to a bigger flush you still get a ticket), at the end of the promo the 5500 players with the most tickets get cash prizes. I racked up 31 tickets yesterday, and I really don't know how many I will need to get money, but I'm tempted to play as much as I can. The interesting thing about it is that I would have thought that it would have brought the fish out in droves looking for tickets and bonus money, but instead I think it's lead to more folding. I'm not sure, but things seem a little different. The other thing is that I probably could have at least 40-50 tickets had some of my 3 of a kind or better hands made it to a showdown, however I don't think I should be altering my game at all, so I'm not really that tore up over it. The other big promo this weekend is the race to the 3 billionth hand. Party Poker is giving away money to the people who are at the table when each of several milestone hands is dealt leading up to 3 billion. I think the count is at about 2.95 billion right now, so I should be trying to at least give myself a shot at that, though it is entirely luck. Finally, I may still have points to clear in my party points for cash promo. Party claims that I still need 193 points by 10/31 to get my 60 bucks, but I'm not getting credit for hardly any points for the 1200 hands I played yesterday, or so it seems, so maybe it's just lagging behind and I'll get credit for them tomorrow. I feel like yesterday should have cleared most of them, but we'll see...the 60 bucks is definitely something I want, but it won't kill me to not get it.

Finally, I'm thinking about taking a trip to the B&M tonight. My cash bankroll is over $500 now after last weekend and I'm thinking about going back to the 5/10 game at the closest casino (which is still about 40 minutes away). I played there twice in March and got my ass handed to me, but I hadn't read SSHE yet and I only had 200 bucks (which I didn't even put into play all at once), so I think I can do better now. I'm thinking I'll probably at least take a shot at it, if not this weekend then soon. I'll buy-in for 250 and see what happens. The game is as weak as the 3/6 game I played last weekend, because it's the lowest level they have at that casino, so I should be a solid favorite. I guess the only thing that really worries me is that I only have about 500 big bets for the game, so if I lose I'll be in fairly bad shape bankroll-wise. Then again, I only had about 50 big bets for 3/6 when I started playing that last weekend, so as long as I don't get hit by the variance gods I should be ok. We'll see I guess.

Party: $1124
FullTilt: $77
Total: $1200


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