Bad play

Live POKER

Walk into a brick and mortar poker room and you’ll see the small nuances that make poker both extremely beautiful and horribly ugly. They play out like a scene out an award-winning Broadway musical right in front your eyes. You definitely miss out on this experience sitting at home in front of a computer screen. If you stay long enough at the tables you get to experience, witness, and appreciate this theater firsthand. The lonely widower buying in for the maximum over and over and donating to the game. The crazy gamblers with nothing to lose playing any two cards and owning heads. The nits and there leather asses, the pros, the props, the degenerate dealers and the over the hill cocktail waitresses are all part of the show. Then there’s me, sweaty palms and all.

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Middle set holds

I sit in mostly silence, headphones in, about 4 months in on my journey of giving live poker a real shot, albeit part-time for now. I’m down $376 in about 70 hours play. A couple misplayed hands and 1 unprofitable event at the LAPC and I would probably be a winner but I still tilt and occasionally break the golden rule at the low-limits…don’t bluff. I guess old habits die hard and something about piles of checks in front of me bring out my degenerate side and make me go for the gusto even though we all know the negative¬†outcome waiting for me on the other side.

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Sometimes I win!

I started out slow in January and February winning $250 in the two months combined, nothing major, but I was winning. Everything was running along smoothly till March hit. I had a few losing sessions and I guess I lost focus and bluffed off $260 in profit one night with pocket 10’s on a jack high flop and was snapped off by my opponent’s pocket Kings. After that I had an other -$200 session where I played every hand and again bluffed off my stack like a fish. Finally back to back $-200¬†losing sessions where I got my aces cracked both times for all the money. That shit hurt. I’ve never experienced that much losing and despair all in such a short time, honestly it made me want to quit.

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My play has been a dumpster fire as of late

I’ve brushed myself off since then and taken a little break on the cash games. I’ve started to play a live $65 mini deep tournament on Thursday nights and have been having some success. 5 tournaments played, 2 final tables with a near win 3rd place finish. Even though it’s a small sample size, all my records show that my success has come in tournament poker.

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What we think..

Even though I love cash games I have to be honest with myself and admit that I’m not ready for the live grind yet, but with plenty of training, practice, and a little bit of desensitization to losing money I’ll be back at it. I can’t let a bad month get in my head and ruin my goal of eventually supporting myself through poker. I have to prove to myself that all this time I’ve devoted to this game hasn’t been a waste.

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Ticking away

So till next time, good luck out there.

New PLAN

2014 isn’t turning out to be so great, 6 months in and I’m already down $883! My online game has really taken off but my live game has taken a nose dive. I feel like not having a casino close to my house running cash games and tournaments is not allowing me to put in the heavy volume that you need to succeed at poker. Bad luck and bad play is also a cause of the problem, I estimate I’ve thrown away $515 due to bad play. I’ve played 13 tournaments and only cashed in 1 and I’ve played 3 cash game sessions winning 2 so it’s not really bad luck it’s amateur play.

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Last year I lost a little over $100 playing a somewhat of a busy schedule, this year I’ve played significantly less but traveling and different stresses haven’t allowed me to get comfortable in the new rooms I’m playing in. I need to strongly consider getting professional coaching to help me improve my game and take it to the next level but my ego and pride plus money makes it hard to ask for help. This year I’ve also up’ed my tournament buy-ins, I traveled to the City of Commerce to play the Million guaranteed tournament at the LAPC for $150 (I finished 50 out of the money) the player that busted me went on the finish 3rd for 40k! I also played a couple $100 buy-in tournaments in surrounding Palm Springs casinos and Morongo Casino but I was unsuccessful in cashing in any. Those tournaments had some huge fields so I know variance also comes into play.

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Playing the World Series has been my dream since I started playing and this year I actually got a chance to go. I failed to qualify for the $1500 event that I really wanted to enter while playing on wsop.com but I got a chance to play a $235 buy-in Rio deepstack event. My luck didn’t fair to well and I misplayed Aces after the first break and went busto vs A-5. I’ll use it as a learning experience but the good thing is I got to meet one of my favorite poker player personality’s Bryan “The Icon” Micon and I also totally enjoyed my vacation to the fullest.

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I’ve decided to pull out $500 of my savings and dedicate myself to building it up playing $10-$50 tournaments twice a week and grinding at least 2 cash game session sessions a month. I will only play 1/2 nlhe at Pechanga before or after there $50 tournament and 2-4 limit at Morongo before there $10 Sunday tournament. I plan on playing 100 hand cash game sessions or 2 hours max and leaving if I lose my buy-in or if I double my money. I will also follow the hated Chris Ferguson bankroll plan and move up the limits accordingly.

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Hopefully I stop playing like an idiot and my plan works and my luck turns around. Till next time good luck out there.