I think I’ve seen it all now…
Friday August 04th 2006, 3:31 am
Filed under: Casual Play,MTT,No-Limit Hold'em,PokerStars,S&G,Shorthanded,Tournaments,WPX

…or at least most of it. Haven’t had such a rollercoaster session before in my “poker career”. As I said in an earlier post I moved most of my play to WPX, at least for now, as I really want to see how much the juice was really impacting my limited bankroll. So the majority of all events took place there today. Sidenote: I’m taking extended notes on all activities on all poker rooms, but I just noticed today that my notes were incomplete, so it’s nearly impossible for me to calculate all the juice I payed on rooms other than WPX. So from this day forward the notes are going to be extended by some more columns. Why? Because I think that what keeps me down (apart from the fact that my roll is pretty limited) is the juice. Given the usual limits I play (as I don’t play cash games as much as I used to, I often play NL10 or NL25, which equals .05/.10 or .10/.25 blinds), so I gotta stay ahead of the rake and a “normal” small winning rate is not nearly enough to move up. So I’m really forward to the final rake stats once I’ve got the first month of play down at WPX. It could be quite a revelation and for now I’ll keep attacking the cash games a little more often as the SnG suckouts against all those donks keep putting me down (not money-wise, but mentally)…

keep lighting it

The session included:

1. Stacking some random fools in two different cash games…no, your second pair weak ass kicker is no g00t…even if they were s000000ted 😉

2. Getting hit by suckout after suckout in the SnGs…unbelievable with what crap people are willing to call off their whole stack, without any need to do so either, but that’s besides the point. The suckouts included: runner runner flush, runner straight, two outer on the river, three outer on the river, counterfeit two pair on the river (worse kicker for me with my small pair of course), Ace baby rivering aces up against my big ace, the usual cold-deck flush vs flush, rivered boat over boat. Nice to have all those things in a span of maybe 90-100 hands. At least I won some coinflips, heehaaw!

3. Having to deal with some jerk-heads calling player names because they alarmed support – there were some hungarian dudes at the table chatting in hungarian – the player objected and they didn’t listen. This fool then went ahead and tried to put him and others (including me) on bullshit-infected-tilt, which didn’t work of course. So the good ol’ mute switch got flipped and it was all peace and quiet again…

After the up and down I spotted another triple shootout on Stars, so I jumped in…big mistake once again. I’m not going to play one again, ever. While the format of shorthanded tables is groovy and all, I just can’t catch a little momentum. Isn’t the old rule that you should only hit the flop 1 out of 3 times? Not in this ones…or I’m the problem, my 1 out of 3 coincides with at least one other player at all times, needless to say that if I flop TP he will def have his TP+kicker playing, etc. So FUCK YOU triple shootout!




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Good post. How are you enjoying “The Book of Bluffs”? I just finished Gallant’s “Pressure Poker” and was looking for my next read.

Comment by slimeface 08.06.06 @ 5:39 pm

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Well, I’m half way through and gotta say it’s quite a nice read, especially considering my usual (sometimes too) tight play.

In contrast to Caro’s book of tells, with it’s focus on spotting tells, it is describing the bluff as an active play and delivering numerous examples. So far I’ve really enjoyed it and some of the examples (or spots where to bluff) are obvious (scary board, yadda-yadda), but the combination of infos provided (board, opponents’ style, infos about prior actions in the hand/session, etc) along with ratings (success rate, difficulty, frequency) really makes all examples interesting, some more than others.

I’m sure that it can help many players to think about the bluff, when and how to incorporate it to maximize the return.

Sidenote: No doubt that some of the concepts won’t help you in a typical online game (where some ppl can’t fold their hand if their live depended on it), but if you’re involved in some decent games it should pay itself off quite quickly…

Comment by Ingoal 08.06.06 @ 5:53 pm

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Thanks Ingoal for the review. I’ve read Caro and I plan on buying this book next. If Amazon compensates you I can order the book through your link.

Comment by slimeface 08.06.06 @ 6:33 pm

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You’re welcome. Sure thing, this would mark my first poker related amazon affiliate sale, woohoo 😉

Comment by Ingoal 08.06.06 @ 6:51 pm