October 30, 2009
Hey, sorry I havenâ€™t written in a while, just been very busy recently between academic work, Halloween, and trying to sort out doing something for my birthday (next week!). Thought Iâ€™d better write again though.
My frustrating downswing continued a bit, at PLO, and my WR halved, so while I was still a winner, and at an ok WR, like 4.5ptbb. I can imagine big downswings are pretty standard at PLO and something Iâ€™ll have to get used to. For a bit of a change, I decided to play some NL to rebuild my roll, and that went ok, pulling me out of the downswing a bit. Iâ€™ve been experimenting with mass tabling NL50 6m, 10-12 tables, selecting with Spadeeye and playing ~26/22. So far it seems to work fine, I had a couple of +2-3 BI sessions. There are also a couple of other reasons I went back to NL:
1) Lack of time to work on a new game â€“ due to a really busy schedule at the moment, I canâ€™t necessarily afford the study time I would need to get really good at PLO. Iâ€™m going to try and schedule better and remedy this, since I think given how soft the PP PLO 6m games seem to be if I could get a decent run I could move up pretty quick and make some decent $$. Iâ€™m not sure how likely Iâ€™m going to be able to find the time though, given that my schedule next month is really brutal.
2) Inability to play lots of tables â€“ I know that ideally, Iâ€™d like to play more sessions/hours but with fewer tables and really concentrate,like I did over summer, and play my best poker, but currently I have time for like 1Ã—90 mins/day session, if that, so to be able to put in hands, and to maximise my current hourly (which Iâ€™ll get to) I need to be able to multitable a decent # of tables at a solid WR.
3) Current hourly and WR â€“ When my PLO WR was 2x my NL one it made playing PLO look pretty appealing, but now itâ€™s actually less, and needing more BI to play, means that a) I canâ€™t make as much now and b) I canâ€™t rocket up through the stakes as much as Iâ€™d like to get to like midstakes. Unfortunately, due to my financial situation at the moment (significant discrepancy between my costs this year and the money I have, and needing like 10k for the bar vocational course etc next year so I can become a barrister â€“ meaning I need to grind up poker money) I have to take the awful viewpoint of maximising my hourly NOW. And unfortunately PLO isnâ€™t currently the way to do that for me. Iâ€™m going to try and play it more though when I can, or if things ease up.
So unfortunately based on current time and financial reasons, PLO is going to have to go on hold for a bit until things ease up. Which kind of sucks since if I had the time to devote to PLO now while people suck I could probably look forward to getting to reasonably high stakes over the next year and really making a go of it. Iâ€™m going to try and put in some hands at PLO though at the start of next month if I find extra time though since Iâ€™d like to master the game.
So far I think Iâ€™m going to finish this month +$1502 including tourney monies, which is good. Hopefully I can put in a strong month next month too!
As for useful content for anyone reading this, Iâ€™m slightly short at the moment but I had the thought that maybe Iâ€™ll try and write a few strategy entries, with HHs etc and trying to clarify for myself some things I picked up from videos/coaching. I was thinking barrelling might be good since I feel like I have a decent handle on that and think I could articulate my thoughts on it pretty reasonably, so Iâ€™ll try and write on that over the next day or two hopefully!
Last but not least some vaguely humorous non-poker content
Reinforcing my love for fried chicken:
Colonel Sanders tricks his way into UN
Anyways Iâ€™m off to get dressed up, drink too much, and fall over, then do the same again tomorrow. Laters chumps