November 21, 2009
My plan to play more poker is going fairly well so far. Despite having a busy week with birthday parties, formals and other stuff, Iâ€™ve still been able to play a bit of poker, while the old me would have just said f-it and not play at all.
I started playing 6-max NL again and it actually seems a lot more natural than what Iâ€™ve been playing for the last couple months. I was able to 6 or 7-table pretty easily and I just felt confident about all the decisions I was making.
Iâ€™ve also been trying out some heads up. Iâ€™m still not used to the whole thing, I think the part about playing just one opponent makes it much more personal while in regular side games you can just sit back and disconnect a bit as youâ€™re not the only person your opponents are focussing on. The swings are also much greater and Iâ€™m definitely finding myself in much more marginal spots trying to outmanoeuvre someone, which Iâ€™m not really used to. Although, my HU game is definitely improving leaps and bounds just by getting hands in and experiencing it myself rather than simply watching videos about it.
I played Joe for about 1k hands the other day at 50NL and ended down roughly $560, but I thought I played well for the most part. There were a couple hands I misplayed but I donâ€™t think I was affected by tilt at all. It definitely was a good experience and will help me make adjustments to my game.
I also ran a hand history review session with James and Sean (from CUPokS) on one of Jamesâ€™ HU sessions, and some of the hands generated a lot of interesting discussion (even though Sean fell asleep half way through â€“ it was at about 3am). I didnâ€™t quite expect discussing hands with other people to be so rewarding, but it definitely is a very useful exercise.
I decided to deposit some money on Betfair, but I quickly realised that I canâ€™t afford to spread my play across 3 sites. It seemed pretty fishy but I didnâ€™t like the interface that much, so I decided to stick with FTP and PS for now.
My new graphics card and PSU arrived not long ago, but I realised that I donâ€™t really want to install it because Iâ€™ll end up playing Dragon Age too much and my plan to grind out a lot of hands will turn to shit.