July 30, 2009
So Iâ€™m into NL for the first time since I started playing about two years ago. Ive been studying limit and doing well in HORSE online for a while now but circumstances have changed. Those circumstances are that Colorado, where I live, has a new gaming law allowing $100 max bets. There are now $1,2, $100 cap games nearby. ($2-$100 spread limit).
These are the best games around in terms of potential profit, so naturally its time to make an effort to make some money in them. For practice, I have deposited $1,000 on FT and am busy playing as much online .5/1 NL as I can. From what Ive seen, these online games are much tougher than the live game, which is what Im looking for in terms of developing my game. So far Im down at these but not by much. I cant seem to win a flip with the shortstackers to save my life. I am getting it in good though, pretty consistantly and its just a matter of time.
With respect to game against deeper stacked villans I am having alot of success with small suited connected cards, got to credit Doyle for that. My biggest pots won were with TJss, 5,8cc and 9,T cc, in raised pots where I flopped well and caught people who were stubborn with overcards or better yet, sets. I have set out to take every opportunity to play these cards at a reasonable price in raised pots. Iâ€™m doing my share of stealing in late position. Playing well and I dont feel outclassed at all at this limit allthough some more study is needed. Reading SS, watching some Dueces Cracked videos and trying to take some notes.
The shortstackers are an annoyance but again, Im really getting it in good against them and have a good feel for most of their tendancies and in many cases have notes on their exact three bet, shove ranges. These skills should come in handy against some live players in the $100 cap game, i.e. those that like to gamble it up and shove rather than go to the trouble of actually playing a flop or, God forbid, a turn. Whatever, I dont care whose money it is, Ill try to take it.
You also dont see that much three betting preflop in these games, and that is an area to explore in terms of implementing it and defending against it, which Ill do. The players who are three betting preflop with some regularity are the ones to watch out for, they seem to have thier game together. The fascinating thing about NL is that there is so much you can do, and each game is so different, its a nice change of pace from the limit games Iâ€™m used to.
For now, Im not keeping exact records but I have about what I started with after four or so long sessions, Im just trying to play each hand well and try not to even look at the cashier in FT. After I while Ill look on Poker Tracker and see whats up with my stats.
Obviously I hope to profit but the real point of the 1k deposit is to learn quickly so I can dominate in these live games.
You may recall, or you may not, (most likely not, I get it, Im not Phil Ivey) that I am also doing a challenge where I have committed to play 100 $4.40, 180 player sngs on stars. So far I have played ten and cashed for the minimum in two of them. More on that later. Let me just say for now that you ignorant fuk donkey fish cant hide forever, long term math doesnt suck out, so enjoy your time in the sun, cause Im coming for ya, learn to fold bitches.