April 13, 2010
I havenâ€™t been posting much on my journey up these last few weeks, been more philosophical and talking about poker peripherally than actual play at the tables. Plus, Iâ€™m tired this week, I had aother homegame yesterday, I drank too much (yet ended up felting more people the more beer I drank) and today was work day, so I have sleep deficit. So itâ€™ll be a pretty short post.
Well, Iâ€™ve been putting in the time, believe me. If you scroll down the graph, youâ€™ll laugh at me only playing 10k hands in almost one and a half months. But Iâ€™ve been reviewing my sessions (screaming at my lack of value betting), watching vids like crazy. On top of that I still have a job and kid and everything, Iâ€™d say 10k hands is kinda nice :)
The graph is pretty self-explanatory, itâ€™s mostly .5/1 â€“ 1/2 (95% of hands). The downswing around hand 4000, was when I posted my blog about tilting. See how angry I was that the next day I won 120BB and the graph started going up again? Yeah, that was that week. The last dip is almost a complacency dip. I had been running at like 4BB/100 I think for long, so I thought â€œmeh, yeah, now the beats comeâ€. I blame BBB, was playing right as the biggest down came (flush over flush in massive pot) he started chatting with me :P
Still, pretty happy always to crawl out of a hole and plug away. Besides the tilt session, I believe I played pretty well, yes that includes the dips before it.
I started fiddling with numbers a bit. They are very skewed, because I start so many tables, but when I filter for exclusive 5-6 handed situations, I am running at a very TAGish 29/21. Very theoretical numbers and I think Iâ€™m fine with that. I never know if people that brag they are LAGs filter enough, though, hehe. Part of it is that I donâ€™t wanna level that much. I mean, do I really need to open 87s in the HJ at 1/2? Nah, probably not. Do I need to re-raise ATo every time? Nah, probably not.
And another thing I noticed on the transition around the midpoint when I went back to Stars. Stars is easier at the low levels. Itâ€™s simple, really. The rakeback you get at FullTilt is better in terms of percentages is much better if you donâ€™t get Supernova. Well, .5/1 and 1/2 players mostly donâ€™t get Supernova unless theyâ€™re really playing a lot, so if they are really about maximizing their theoretical profit, they should play at Full Tilt. So 1/2 Stars is about on par with .5/1 FTP. I mean, there are some differences, FTP is filled with crazy Russian guys and others that will make hopeless bluffs and a lot of fancy plays. Stars is a bit more passive, but not as easy to extract bets from. And last, but not least is the level of chattiness is much higher on Stars. From nice inane comments (though those are rare) to the full out raging chattilters. You get some â€œmoronâ€ or â€œidiotâ€ at FTP, but the novels they chat out there at stars just are amazing. I think some 1/2 regulars just need to chill, seriouslyâ€¦ CALM DOWN!