I’ve been taking some time away from poker lately, not because of losing streaks or anything I just want to be refreshed going into my Vegas trip in June. I’ve been doing some research on my tournament stats lately and found out I’ve played roughly 125 tournaments in 3 MONTHS! Cashing in 33 and winning 4. Over the years I’ve averaged playing 30 live tournaments a year so technically I gotten almost 4 years of tournament experience in 9 WEEKS! I have been feeling a bit overworked lately so I’ve decided to get as much rest as possible and get some live playing time in preparation for my Vegas trip and satelliting into the WSOP.
I’ve played couple Freerolls on Sealswithclubs with no results losing huge flips early. I plan on returning back to putting in the heavy volume before heading to Vegas because I will be playing a few tournaments WSOP.com while in Nevada and I want to be sharp. I did play a $50 buy-in 30 player home game and I felt my tournament experience I’ve gained has help me with my confidence and allowed me to spot situations to take advantage of with little to no resistance. 3rd place paid and I got 5 due to bad beats and lack of patience. I could of easily made the money but I kept playing the coin flip style. I was also on tilt due to not being used to playing live…I forgot how annoying people could be.
I week later had a deep run in Pechanga Casino’s Sunday $45 buy-in 5k guarantee. I brought my headphones to tune out the idiotic players that tried to get under my skin and it totally worked. I won some huge pots as a underdog but still I navigated myself skillfully through a tough field. Unfortunately I fell short from cashing, I placed 24th when 18 paid out of 188 runners. I had 7bb’s and raised to 3.5bb’s from early position with A-10 and got re-raised all in by an older gentleman and I called. He showed A-K, the board ran dry and I was out. I usually fold A-10 from early position but I took a chance of winning the blinds thinking the player’s at my table would fold due to being so close to the money.
I know my luck will change and I will eventually win a couple of these low-limit tournaments I just have to continue trying my hardest to improve my game. Not everything was bad though I had a nice session at 1/2 and won $100 with pocket aces!
I’m playing the best poker of my life right now. Yeah it’s against some of the weakest players and at the lowest limits online but a few months ago I was getting my ass handed to me playing the same limits! I owe all my success like I said before to changing my ABC style into a relentless controlled aggression style, combined with plenty of tournament experience. I’m also putting all my efforts on improving my cash game skills and I know with a little practice and a higher bankroll my results will improve.
This week I played 17 tournaments and I had 6 cashes. I had an 8th, 7th, 6th, 6th, 3th, & a 2nd winning 11.80 mbtc. In the tournament where I placed 2nd place I put my money in the middle with 18 outs on the flop but I just didn’t get there, or else I would be writing a very different blog! I feel like my tournament game is at a very high level right now, and it’s just a matter of time till I start moving up the stakes. I’m playing my best and I’m starting to recognize more betting patterns, timing tells, and other little nuances of the game that’s increasing my bankroll and increasing my confidence.
I also played 8 cash games sessions and won 4 but for only 1.08 mbtc. My cash game skills still need work, I dropped down to the lowest limits online and I saw a small profit. It could of been I little higher but constantly bluffing, mistakes, and bad luck really threw a wrench in that. I also had some crazy bad beats including AA losing to K-K twice!
Overall I had a decent week at the tables, I put in the heavy volume that I really wanted to do and I won 12.88 mbtc bringing my bankroll to 85.88 mbtc. I feel like I’m well on my way to finding that perfect balance and I’m excited to see some better results.
Tournament poker is the reason I got into the game. Flashback to 2003, I remember watching ESPN with fascination and diving head first into low-limit cash games and losing my ass. I played my cash game sessions the way I learned the game through final table highlights and all-in hands edited into neat little one hour episodes. Playing this way has cost me money over the years and it’s a hard habit to break playing this way when I’m not entirely focused. I’ve almost completely phased out playing this way in tournaments but somehow it keeps showing up in my cash game sessions. Sometimes I lose focus and I go into autopilot and play this way and it’s totally costing me money.
I had a great week grinding tournaments, I played 11 and made 4 final tables. I got two 3rds, a 5th and a 7th winning almost 9 mbtc…but I still broke even because I fell back into old habits and tried to run it up playing multiple cash game tables. It took me roughly 9-10 hours to win those mbtc playing those tournaments and only 30 mins to lose it back playing cash games! It really hurt losing that mbtc so quickly because when I play tournaments I give it my all and try my hardest. It’s very disappointing losing the money I earned working so hard to get in such a quick fashion but what do you expect when you play a coin flip style of play???
I need to maintain my focus and think about the big picture. Just because I run/play good in tournaments it doesn’t mean I can dominate cash games. It doesn’t work like that, I’ve devoted hours upon hours to tournament poker and built my skill level up now I need to do it for my cash game. I plan to re-read the cash game section in Doyle Brunson’s Super System and hit the higher limit play money tables on Pokerstars till I get some confidence in my game. I want to become a well rounded player and have multiple ways of earning money through poker.