Not a bad start to tonight's poker, made 4 buyins in 600 hands! I'll look forward to the inevitable losses to follow. I've still got this problem of wanting to quit when I'm ahead, I think it comes down to emotional attatchment, in that I can't detatch myself from how things go at the tables that day. If I'm losing for the day, I'll be in a pretty depressed mood until I recoup the losses, and it works the other way where I'll keep a good mood through the rest of the day if I made a little something. Stupid I know but I think that's how my mind is working at the moment. Hopefully with more hands under my belt, and a little more experience I'll realize that it's just one long session, and not to have knee-jerk reactions to wins/losses in a small sample of hands. I think it's something that will only be fixed with experience.
Just another 200 points for the bonus! Yippi! And this time I haven't managed to loose more than the bonus trying to release it! Still 200 hands for that to happen lol. I'm still not sure what to buy yet with the remaining 21k points, I might go for the ipod nano (8GB), along with Harrington on cash vol. 1 which I've haven't yet read, I read his tourney series and learned a bit from them, just not sure how qualifield Harrington is to preach about online cash games, and thery're probably for full ring games anyway, but I guess I'll learn something useful from it!
Just found an awesom song on Itunes "James Dean Bradfield - That's no way to tell a lie" It really is brilliant, great guitar rift, if a little short on lyrical content. I love this type of music and it'll probably go onto my favourites list.
Back to the poker, yesterday lost 2 buyins in like 1k hands. I wasn't too bothered as I ran into 2 complete coolers - KK vs AA and a pretty sicko hand that ended in a 3way allin on the flop where I flopped the nut straight only to loose to a flush. I'm in the bb with KhJh utg min raises, 2nd pos calls, flop - Qs 10c Ac utg shows KcQc and 2nd pos has 1010 for a set, turn 4c (obv). Absolutely nothing I can do there, and tbh I've hit a number of times recently when the shoe has been on the other foot, so mustn't complain!
One of my tables that night was undoubtedly the craziest I've ever been on. One guy was playing 84/60/4 with attempts to steal at like 70 or something he'd gone from a 400bb stack to zero in in my first 30 minutes at the table, there was a loose fish with a 300bb stack and another tag with a similar amount. It was incredible to watch, because the crazy guy managed to leave the table with $640 in just over an hour, after he'd been stacked. I've never seen somone win almost 13 buyins in such a short period of time. Ok so he went on a massive heater, and hit an ungodly number of hands, combined with some pretty sick rivers after floating the fish a couple of times, but tbh I was quite impressed, and he knew what he was doing, I think he was probably a higher stakes player, just looking to lag it up for an hour or so in a small stakes game. I had position on him, and managed to make about $40 or so dollars off him, but I wasn't very happy with the way I played against him tbh, I feel a better player would have rinsed him, and was quite dissapointed with my strategey vs him. I began calling his raises where I should have been 3betting, but he was calling every single 3bet and had a blatent disregard for the money, and tbh I was probably a little intimidated by his bet sizing and willingness to make big bluffs in the right spots.
They do say that you revert back to the way you first played when taken completely out of your comfort zone, and I absolutley agree. I think my stats for the 150 or so hands were 22/11, where usually I'm at around 20/17. I was trying to trap him, but I think he realized this very quickly and would check behind a lot vs me. I only used this to my advantage in one hand and that was in a small pot too, where I bluffed a turn card, thinking he'd credit me with tp I'd checked the flop with, and he did fold. aside from that hand, I didn't bluff him once and I think he knew I was playing my hands completely honestly and for value. That said it did make me a little bit of money, but I really need to be far more aggressive againsts extreme LAGs, and not be afraid of big bets, where most of the time they'll be weak. Having said that he wasn't exactly the folding type and was making some really thin calls.
I felt really sorry for the fish who had lost upwards of $300 to him, he seemed quite cut up about it, so much so that I actually gave him some advice that he should leave after making so much, I wouldn't ever usually say this obviously, but my heart won over my brain on this occasion and I really felt for him, especially when he said it was the most money he'd ever won, bless him.
Anyway, I might post my results on the blog at the end of the month, it doesn't look as though I've had any readers anyhow (not sure how to link my blog to the forum posts I make, will have to figure that out I guess, if I want any readers). I suppose you don't let anyone read your diary though, so I'm ok keeping this just for me for the time being.
bye for now!