On Saturday I played a great session. It was one of those unfortunately rare times when I was totally in the zone from the first hand to the last, playing my A+ game. I was very confident in the correctness of every decision I made and, just to be sure, I double checked my hand histories in post session review and everything looked good.
The fact that I ran 3BI below AIEV and only ended up breaking even didn't even bother me. Despite numerous suck-outs that normally would put me on tilt, I was able to laugh them all off. Despite being down 2BI in the first 5 minutes of play and down 4BI in the first 30 minutes of play, I just kept at it and kept focussed and grinded my way back up to even. I only had to suck-out once, too: AAKTss into TT98ss on a KT8 two-tone flop (not my suit), all-in, bricked turn, King on the river to save my ass.
On Sunday I played another session, but I did not play nearly as well. I made two full stack mistakes early on, stacking off on the turn when I had no fold equity and where I overestimated my value by a lot. I did regroup after that, took a break, got back into the zone and played my A+ game again, but ran so incredibly bad it was stunning. I was literally stunned and completely demoralized by the end of the session. I could not win a pot to save my life. Absolutely nothing worked. When I tried to steal, I got check raised or three-bet. When I tried to tighten up and trap, I ran card dead. When I played straight-forwardly, I ended having to fold over and over again, probably to bluffs, but who knows? Every time I had a made hand on the flop, the turn would bring the obvious draw in. I got donked so many times it was ridiculous.Â Every time I had a combo draw worth playing, I bricked/bricked.Â When I finally got dealt truly excellent starting hands, like AKQJds, I 3B PF, got called in 3 spots and flopped 336 rainbow, with a bet and raise in front of me. There was nothing hard about situations like that, easy fold in every case, but fold after fold after fold does not make for rewarding play.
As just one indicator of how bad I was running, I flopped top-two vs. a set three timesÂ and separately, I shoved top boat into quads twice.
Luckily, I didn't tilt. I kept trying to adjust as the playing field changed. I play Rush and I'm used to having to adjust to a new table every round. Rush tends to average out, particularly with lots of players multitabling. If most of the field is weak/tight, most tables/hands are weak/tight. If most of the field is LAG/aggro, most tables/hands are LAG/aggro. There would be an occasional exceptional table (LAG/aggro in a weak/tight field, or weak/tight in a LAG/aggro field), but usually, hand to hand is pretty consistent. In this session, the extremes that I'd go through were unlike anything I'd seen in Rush before. I'd go through one hand where no matter where I opened, I got 3Bed by the next seat, to the next hand where I'd open and everyone would fold, to the next hand where no matter where I opened, everyone after would cold call. It was brutal!
All the way through the session, I wondered if I should just quit and wait until things settled down to a more consistent field. I probably should have. I probably would have saved about 4BI if I had done that. But I kept at it and the field did finally settle down to the more usual weak/tight average. I was finally able to move some chips and get back into stealing my fair share, but I could not get my good hands to pay off.
I ended the session down 8BI, just about the worse session in terms of results I've ever play, without being on tilt.