Monday, July 28, 2008

Terrible Weekend so Back to the Drawing Board

Well, any chance of making anything respectable out of this month is all over after this weekend. The only question that remains is how big will the negative number be. How depressing. Again, I won't post everything; but here are the first two hands of the session on Sunday.

Hand #1

Full Tilt Poker $0.25/$0.50 Pot Limit Hold'em - 6 players
The Official Hand History Converter

CO: $117.20
BTN: $226.70
SB: $100.00
Hero (BB): $50.00
UTG: $66.45
MP: $95.85

Pre Flop: Hero is BB with Jc 8c
UTG calls $0.50, 1 fold, CO calls $0.50, 1 fold, SB calls $0.25, Hero checks

Flop: ($2.00) 8h Qd 3h (4 players)
SB checks, Hero bets $1.20, UTG calls $1.20, CO calls $1.20, SB folds

Turn: ($5.60) Js (3 players)
Hero bets $4, UTG calls $4, CO folds

River: ($13.60) Ts (2 players)
Hero checks, UTG bets $6.80, Hero calls $6.80

Final Pot: $27.20
Hero mucks Jc 8c
UTG shows Tc Jh (two pair, Jacks and Tens)
UTG wins $25.85
(Rake: $1.35)

Just a little bad luck. It happens. I was 77% after turn. Again, nothing too big.

Hand #2

Full Tilt Poker $0.25/$0.50 Pot Limit Hold'em - 6 players
The Official Hand History Converter

UTG: $115.50
MP: $227.45
CO: $99.50
Hero (BTN): $50.00
SB: $79.30
BB: $95.85

Pre Flop: Hero is BTN with Ah Qd
UTG calls $0.50, 2 folds, Hero raises to $2.25, 2 folds, UTG calls $1.75

Flop: ($5.25) 5h Td Kd (2 players)
UTG checks, Hero bets $3.75, UTG calls $3.75

Turn: ($12.75) Js (2 players)
UTG bets $12.75, Hero raises to $31.85, UTG raises to $50.95, Hero calls $12.15 all in

River: ($100.75) Ks

Final Pot: $100.75
UTG shows Jc Jh (a full house, Jacks full of Kings)
Hero shows Ah Qd (a straight, Ace high)
UTG wins $97.75
(Rake: $3.00)

77% favorite when chips went into the middle. Again, nothing big as we both had hands we were taking to showdown; but two consecutive hands. Really 2 out of 3 as I folded my second hand from SB. That stings a bit.

So, should I have just stopped for a bit after two consecutive river beats on the first 2 hands that I played? Of course not, but this was a foreshadowing of my session as again, I lost 6 buyins. Pretty depressing.

Where to go from here? Take a break? Not likely as I need to get my 200 pts every day for the rest of the month to reach Iron Man level.

Here's what I'm going to do try to watch some videos which I have being very lax in doing. So Stoxpoker and Cardrunners , here I come. Of course reading online poker blogs and of course, I'm going to play poker. Hopefully, these things will translate into more profits at the tables. Let's hope so anyway.

Related to this, I am putting a new poll question to see how you guys handle tough down stretches. Take a look at the upper right and let me know your opinion. If you don't see an answer that suits you well, feel free to leave your opinion in the comments and I will add it to the poll.

Last weeks polled ended in with a unamious 9-0 for people against the final table delay.


I wanted to mention that I had a few bad numbers on my analysis of playing with Top Pair Top kicker. My filter only returned hands where I had Top/Top on the Turn. I am going to look deeper into this and post more this week. I will have some information on not only having top/top; but what kind of resistance did you get and how did you react to it. Hopefully, it will reveal some good leaks that I need to work on.


I did have a much better tonight; but the cards were much better. I flopped sets an impressive 22% of the time. Unfortunately, I only got paid off once. Also, the below hand didn't hurt. Why can't I find more of these guys?


Full Tilt Poker $0.25/$0.50 No Limit Hold'em - 5 players
The Official Hand History Converter

CO: $37.80
BTN: $137.15
Hero (SB): $63.00
BB: $26.75
UTG: $71.65

Pre Flop: Hero is SB with Ah Ad
UTG raises to $1.75, CO calls $1.75, BTN calls $1.75, Hero raises to $9.25, 1 fold, UTG calls $7.50, 2 folds

Flop: ($22.50) Ks 9d 3h (2 players)
Hero checks, UTG bets $11, Hero calls $11

Turn: ($44.50) 2h (2 players)
Hero checks, UTG bets $51.40 all in, Hero calls $42.75 all in

River: ($130.00) 5s

Final Pot: $130.00
Hero shows Ah Ad (a pair of Aces)
UTG shows 6c 8c (King Nine high)
Hero wins $127.00
(Rake: $3.00)

Have a nice day!!!


Klopzi said...

Will -

Until you get your groove back, why not cut back on the number of tables you're playing? Tighten up, play some ABC poker, and just work on making good solid decisions with no tricky plays.

I also think that feeling that you have to play to earn points is not a good reason. If you're game's off, it's off. I find that I always play my worst when I feel obligated to play.

But hey, I'm sure next month will be better. Just put these losses behind you, take a look at the big picture, and get back to playing winning poker.

jamyhawk said...

I didn't see anyone mention controlling the pot size. RE: the TP/TK issue, I find that controlling the pot size can really limit your losses therefore increasing your overall earnings.

I know in the example with your AQ you would have gotten it all in on the turn anyway. Most of the time, if you are up against a monster (or even a set), your opponent will try to be tricky by checking or slow playing and you can control your losses easier by staying slow on those types of hands (TP/TK).

And as far as running bad, I will drop down a level or two until I can start consistently winning again. Then I move back up. Thats how/why I would definitely suggest playing through it.

Great posts. Keep 'em coming.

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