September 07, 2009
Well, I suppose this blog is a conversation mostly with myself but I find it usefull to be able to review my toughts so here goesâ€¦..
I can play well. I am good at hand reading and have a good emotional makeup for the game I think. Everyting is always in perspective and I keep a good sense of humor. Losing a big pot is nothing, I know I can win it back. Dropping five buy ins suks but its not like finding out you have a health problem. There are bad days, but its all good.
When Im on my A game poker wise I can win. I know it. The problem I have is I get board. Ill sit in games that are too big just for a thrill. Exhibit A is a capped 3,6 game (at $180 per player) with Don Cheadle. Great I played with Cheadle, but when AQ suited on button runs into KK and I drop the $200 I spent three days earning, thats no good dammit. Exhibit B is playing 12,24 shorthanded with Joe Tall, again for a thrill. That worked out fine but it was just luck. Dont get me wrong, I think I can do ok in any game. Maybe not Bobbys room, but I never feel wholly outclassed. The problem is Im not rolled for it, but I do it anyway. Time to commit to stick to .5,1 NL , my game of choice, until I build the roll for someting bigger. Thats where Im at. I have 3k online, thats the reality. Better things will have to wait. No more spewy game sitting.
As for the .5,1 games I am playing them to a draw, just below break even. I think at 10k hands in last month or so. I am running I think 18,8. Not enough raising preflop and a little too loose passive in general, I think I know where Im at thought and know what I need to do.
What else, won a $10 donkament to WCOOP $215 NLHE. Finished 3400 or so out of 11,000. Not good enought to cash but I was happy that I earned the ticket for 5% of buy in or whatever, basically freerolling. I really dislike tournement poker most of the time. I dont know how tournement people live. So much luck involved. Many of the pros I hear in interviews are happy if their cash play earns them enough for buy ins, at that point they are freerolling. Something to aim for. Play well in cash and earn enough to take that occasional shot in a big buy in tourney. Sounds good to me.
Another issue with my game is that I just plain play too much. I like it so much I do little else. The brains, what little I have, need rest my brothers. I am now on Stars, FT and Absolute. Im going to add a fourth. The idea is to always be able to find a soft game. The cash NLHE games on stars are much, much tougher than those on Tilt IMO. Much different animal. I have noticed that the supernovas and supernova elites I sit with occasionally on stars are running very tight ships, something like 14,11 to 16,15. Something to think about. I like to think Im tag but Im not quite there. Need to look at Pokertracker to be sure that at a minimum my loose calls are in position.
Anyway, thats where its at, not a winning player yet. but Im freakin close and I know Imma get there soon.
So Im in Need of Some Self Restraint, a little less calling in NLHE and no more sitting in games Im not rolled for, and a little less play and more rest . Peace