February 10, 2011
I am bit lost tbh. I don't know what is happening. And I don't know if I am even "playing" poker any more. 2NL is an unforgiving and unrelenting beast - that pounds and pounds away at you, so you become so disoriented that you know even know if TPTK is a good hand any more.
Tonight's graph consists of a good start up a couple of BI's - then without doing anything different I have lost 4 BI's. Probably due to a mixture of tilt, c-betting not working, 3-betting and not flopping anything and not hitting any draws. Whereas this was working before. (Well the c-betting part) Without feeling like I was tilting and actually doing anything different all of a sudden I have lost 4 BI's. I tilted by the end again and opened a 10NL table and got really lucky and doubled up to put me in profit for the night. Great - I played horrible and ended up a winner.
I am finding that I am never comfortable at 2NL. Flopping top pair or having an over pair in the hole seems to mean nothing and what would seem a regular TAG or weak tight/passive opponent can all of a sudden 3bet a flop, turn or river at will and I find myself constantly laying down or making marginal/thin calls. It shouldn't be this tough. Should it?
I want to fix my game and find the leaks - at the moment I would say I am 23/18 with 6 3bet% which might be too loose for 2NL? I think I have a high 3bet due raise a range of 99+ KQs, AQs, AKs, AKs and the passive nature of opponents. When first to act in the CO or on the BTN I tend open my range a little to 22+ Q9s+. Maybe this is too wide of a range? It seems like every player has such a depolarised ranged at 2NL that hand reading is really difficult and it's hard to know if I am ahead or behind. Value owning myself is a big leak and I guess I am gonna need to be a little more conservative on the river. Amount of times I have seen opponents check the nuts at 2NL is unreal.
Think I should sleep on. I really want to beat this limit, as I feel doing so will make me a lot better player. It's just seem like a giant jigsaw right now with a million pieces. We are @ 22BI's for 2NL. Until tomorrow.
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