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.

Monday, October 17, 2005

Several Posts in One

I haven't updated this thing in a while, so this is going to be several topics rolled into one post.

  • I hate SnG's. I've played in several FullTilt SnG's lately and I've been having a very hard time cashing. I'm running really bad in coinflips right now and it seems that I end up in them a lot. My SnG's lately have consisted of me donking off some chips early because I raised pre-flop with something marginal (since I haven't been really catching any cards either), then continuing when the flop misses me and get called down by some weak shit that beats me. Then, I'm shortstacked, I push with a pair or two broadway cards and lose the coinflip. Or there's the SnG the other day, when I pushed with 77, got called by 66 and lost, then proceeded to make a comeback from about 100 chips down the the final four, only to finish 4th when I couldn't find any hands and eventually busted on a coinflip. So, it's been really frustrating for me, and they haven't even been fun, so I may try to keep from playing SnG's for a while.
  • I've also been having a really hard time in the 2/4 game on Party. I'm not sure if I'm running bad, playing bad/scared or some combination of both. Oddly, my VP$IP is lower than at any other level, but my W$atSD is higher than any other level. I'm winning 60% of showdowns. Yet, it seems like I'm missing a lot of draws and getting stuff like sets outdrawn alot. Yesterday, after a rollercoaster 560 hand session, I quit up about 15 bucks, but I'm still down about $40 after 2k hands (-.50 BB/100). This has been incredibly frustrating for me, because I'm pretty sure the game is softer (at least pre-flop) than 1/2. It's possible that I'm getting outplayed after the flop, or that I'm taking some of my hands too far unprofitably, but I don't think that's the only cause. I would say that my low VP$IP is probably related to me not getting as many playable hands and I'm not winning money when I saw the flop often enough. Yesterday, I think I lost with AA more often than I won with it. At any rate, I think I'm going to go back to 2/4, instead of dropping down, after I've re-evaluated my game and figgured out where I am. I have 200BB in my roll and I really think that's enough to make this jump (though I will probably wait for at least 200 to make the next one).
  • I picked up Ed Miller's Getting Started in Hold'em, and I think it's a pretty good book so far. It's a little too beginner oriented for me in some places, but I'm actually learning some stuff from it. I tested out the shortstack NL strategy a little bit today and made about $1, though I did make one semi-donkified play with an AJ from the SB, that I'm not sure was advisable. I raised several limpers and got one call. The flop came K33 rainbow and I pushed and got called by KT. Not sure if that was right or not, but I'd say that the strategy seems profitable so far and I'll probably give it some more testing. I also intend to read the other stuff in that book, about bigger stack NL and Tourneys, as well as the limit section, which is pretty good as well from what I've read of it so far. I also want to read Phil Gordon's Little Green Book on NL Hold'em, which I bought recently, but I'm not sure how soon I'll be able to get to it.
  • This week is Fall Break, which would probably normally mean a lot of online poker. However, since I'm in this downswing or whatever it is playing 2/4 and I've been in a SnG and NL funk of late as well, I think I'm going to try to spend as much time as I can this week studying poker. I'm about halfway through Theory of Poker and I'll probably keep reading that at the same pace I'm on (a few pages a day, usually before bed). However, I plan to finish all of Getting Started in Hold'em, which I've so far skipped around in alot. I'm also going to reread SSHE, virtually cover to cover. Then, I'll probably look at Jen Harman's Limit section in SS2 and/or Hold'em for Advanced Players, both of which I got through my last PSO promotion. So, I've got alot of reading to do as I try to study the game a little bit and hope to plug any leaks that have developed in my game.
  • I closed out my Bodog account the other day, after a rough session on 2/4 and put the money on Party. I decided that sports betting is -EV, so I'm not gonna do it anymore. I'll probably bet on the Super Bowl and maybe a couple of other major events and that's about it. Other than that, I have no reason to bleed myself dry by betting on random NFL games. I also hate Bodog's poker room interface, even though the play there is really bad...add in the fact that there just aren't enough limit games going and I'm tired of SnG's, especially the poorly structured ones there and I don't need that site. It served it's purpose, netting me about 50 bucks and two free books and now I'm done. I may go back at some point if they get more games and/or to bet on a major event like the Super Bowl, but for the most part I'm done.
  • Even though I've determined to definitely take the week off of 2/4, I may play some $.5/$1, since I've still got a little more than 1/3 of my points left to earn for the free 60 bucks on Party and while it's not a whole lot, it's still free money, which I would really like to earn. I still have two weeks to earn it though and I think what I have left could probably be done in one really long weekend of play if need be. We'll see how it goes, but I'll probably end up playing a little $.50/$1 or Smash strategy or shortstack NL to earn some more points.
  • Finally, I should be getting some money soon that I can play live with and I'm really looking forward to going to the Casino to do that. There's a casino about an hour away from me that has just about every limit, going as low as 2/4. The only time I've played at a casino in the past, it was a 5/10 game and I hadn't read SSHE yet, and really didn't know what I was doing. However, I don't think I played all that badly. I only had 200 bucks, and 20BB is nothing. I lose that much in a session all the time online, and I'm a consistent winner overall, so I'm pretty sure that I can beat a live game, with my improved play and better bankroll management. While I'm only going to have about $300 this time, I'll be playing 2/4 and even though 75BB isn't really enough, it would take me an incredibly long time to save up $1200 to play live with, and if you count it with my online money as part of an overall bankroll I would have enough. Basically, I just have to hope I hit a good run early, instead of a bad one and I should be able to turn that $300 into a lot more.
Current Bankroll:
Party: $830.88
FullTilt: $101.82
Total: $932.70

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