May 29, 2011
Waking up today I feel better. Memories of yesterday still bite, but not as much. I've had a few problems with my laptop, which means that I might end up loosing my database anyway as I switch to my fiances laptop. It also means that I may have to better plan my poker sessions and study time as I will only have limited time each evening as we share it between ourselves. That isn't neccisarily a bad thing, as there are other things I want to achieve outside of poker, and sitting infront of the computer is taking away time from me actually doing that.
Thinking about yesterday, whilst I agree with my point of quitting the bad habits cold turkey, I do need some kind of testing ground for any theories I have about my play. I've decided to one-table when I play, and only for a limited time. I played for 1 hour, one table, and noticed a big difference in my state of mind. When I was multitabling, I wasn't fully focused on my opponants. I had given them all a standard range, not taking into to account what I had seen them do. I didn't know which players were playing fit or fold, which would call down with any pair, which would PSB bluff the flop then shut down on the river. I would also get over confident with hands like AQo, making shoves against players who I knew I probably shouldn't be, such as players who never open raise, but all of a sudden, shove their whole stack in pre flop to an UTG raise.
This all dissapated when I was one tabling. I was focused on my opponants, and began to notice exploitable trends in their play. I was able to bluff profitably, shut down thin value, multi-street bets when the board hit their range too strongly (and get to showdown and see that my assessment was good) and play an all round more attentive game.
Like I said yesterday, arrogance is my biggest fault. When I play multiple tables, I let it manifest itself, and that is costing me money. So, for now I'm going to one table.
The next step in my learning is ranges. I don't know what a 10% opening range consists of. I don't know what a 40% opening range consists of. I don't know how my range should correctly adjust to each. This is basic stuff, but it's so basic, I fooled myself into thinking that I knew it already. It is only lunch time. I might start this later.