January 13, 2010

Apparently I'm a bumhunter and hitnrunner

At least that’s what it says on tableratings. It doesn’t bother me but does lead me to the topic of this blog. Over the past year I’m no longer bothered by hit and runners especially at low stakes. When I first started I used to be livid and it tilted me a bit. But in reality, what can you do? Force them to stay and lose their money back to you? In fact, I think a lot of players underestimate how much money it saves them. With the exception of the mega donks when a decent player hits and runs you don’t have to worry about tilting against them. A lot of it is a personality thing but if you’re gonna play HU you may as well expect it and not let it bother you.

With that being said, I’ve very rarely hit and ran without a warning that I’m leaving. At 50nl I did it more than I have in the past simply because I was playing 4 tables and would always keep 2 tables open and get rid of the best player when a new guy sat in. However at any level higher I’ll generally give a warning and it’s really an overblown thing in the small stakes HU world in my opinion.

As far as bum hunting, at the small stakes I’m about the furthest thing from it. However, it really is amazing how many 100nl refuse to play other regs. They typically sit around waiting for fish and yeah it’s profitable but not a ton of fun especially with more people diving into the HU world. Now I’m not saying go out and start 4 tabling regulars but I’m surprised that more people don’t try and play regs more and more regs don’t take action when they can get it. Also, I’m not trying to challenge any regs to a 4 tabling match but I see so many people complaining about lack of action and really refusing to do a ton about it.

What I do is typically open one regular table and one deep table (and I plan on spreading my roll out soon). Then try to find one or 2 regs to play me. Most of the time I can find at least one to play me and when I do get two worse players than the one I’m playing I’ll leave the reg. If I’m up a BI or more I’ll stick around and typically give them a 10 minute warning anything else I tend to just explain the situation and drop them.

I’ve never really been against bumhunters. It’s their money and it’s a profitable situation. However with the limited player pool it’s becoming less and less profitable. The hourly can still be solid but nowhere near what it once was. I’m not into table blocking or anything like that and I think I’ve reported two people that were heavily abusing FTPs policy.

This post really has no substance, just felt like rambling a bit. As far as current poker stuff, its been incredibly humbling reading the down on the far comments. Knowing that other people have struggled with the same thing and are looking forward to the series is pretty awesome to me and hopefully I can meet the expectations. As far as the staking/coaching thing goes, that’s a ways down the road and I’m not looking for any applicants yet. Also, going to be much more active in the HU forum. It has a good core of posters and I really enjoyed talking about a hand I posted a few days ago.

Furthermore, doing episode 7 of Santa’s Chanakuh Helpers with KRANTZ really opened my eyes as far as how much work needs to go into a good session. I think it may be one of the more overlooked videos on the site since it’s an audio format and labeled as HUNL. However, everyone I’ve talked to so far has given it a positive review, if you haven’t watched it it’s worth checking out.

Hope everyone is running well

Lloyd: Excuse me, little old lady. Do you have change for a dollar?
Elderly woman: Change? No I’m sorry, I don’t.
Lloyd: Well, can you do me a favor and watch my stuff here while I go break a dollar?
Elderly woman: Of course.
Lloyd: Thanks. Hey, I guess they’re right. Senior citizens, although slow and dangerous behind the wheel, can still serve a purpose. I’ll be right back. Don’t you go dying on me!

Posted By bosoxx34 at 09:37 AM



veloblank posted on January 14, 2010 at 18:34 PM


Thanks man. I've been reading your blog as well. Keep up the good work. Gl with the series!

Sugar Nut posted on January 16, 2010 at 08:07 AM


I'm seriously, seriously, seriously rooting for you to make it to 1kNL this year man. As I've said before, we have similar struggles and issues to overcome (lack of volume, tilt)
I guess we're both talented players but as a buddy of mine says "Hard work beats talent if talent doesn't work hard"
Let's dedicate ourselves to making 2010 the hardest working year of our career so far. With years ahead of us, where we will work even harder.

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