Sunday, September 21, 2014

dont play poker when u know u arent playing ur best

well i feel a lot better now even though i paid a cabbie some money for my safety (lots of bums sleep near the downtown vegas BOA atm) and i still have my daily $8 bus pass. but at least that money's off my hands where i cant lose it back on the VBJ. of course, im still carrying plenty to work with, but far less than i was.

also while downtown i played a little bit in the Golden nugget, and my friends from out of town visiting can find me playing there monday and tues nites if they look. (or morning, etc). i have both those 2 days FREE and another $75 in promo chips. i was really surprised i could use that code i posted a long while back on RTP more than once during sept, and im wondering if anyone else even bothered to try to use it.

now i did manage a small win of $36 at the Nugget in the $1-2 NL, and im still holding $17 an hour overall. but i was up $201 in the game once, (and briefly over $11,300) a guy makes it $20 on the button whose not been playing loose, and for some reason (maybe being tired?) i put him on a big pair and not an ace.

so the flop comes A34 and i have 77. i check, and he bets $30 and so does another guy check. it seems to me he is just hoping we both fold. other guy folds, so i bet $140 expecting him to fold a better overpair. he shoves with AJ and i fold and feel stupid. and thats the lesson for today.

earlier when i wasnt nearly as tired, i won $153 at the wynn playing very well there. and of course $900+ more on the VBJ elsewhere. my host told me im now ahead about $800 for the month on the VBJ. gotten about another few hundred in free rooms there besides.

and depending on how i do in the $50 double or nothing sng im in now on bovada, ill have either $650 or $750. i have won the previous 7 sngs however, so i got a shot.

i still need to spend a lot for a new phone and dentistry, and i dont know why this phone isnt turned off yet. every day i get a text saying my phone will be shut off sept 7 2014, and how to port it out to another carrier. and yet it still works. and of course i paid NOTHING this month since i knew they were closing down.

would really like for someone to explain to me--why i'm having so much easier time winning at all forms of poker now, than i was back in the mid 2000s when most people claimed the games were easier. seems to me its much easier to win NOW than it ever was in the past.

30 comments:

  1. Your roll is healthy, time to thank all the people that helped you get here. A thank you card and a $25 (at least) gift card would be my recommendation.

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  2. You're confidant, and have the cushion of a large bankroll. That's why you're playing well.

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  3. There's a certain amount of RUNNING GOOD involved as well. But in addition you have been doing a good job of tracking your play and observing your win rate which helps you on your quest for success.

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  4. Tony:

    I'm not sure you're using the phrase "of course" correctly. You use that phrase a lot.

    "and of course $900+ more on the VBJ elsewhere..."

    I'm glad you're roll is phat now - be careful!

    s.i.

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  5. You know, I should start reading (and applying) the fine job i do in choosing TITLES for my blog posts.

    although i wasnt exactly tired, (i sleep so much) but i just really didnt feel like playing my best anymore. was a little frustrated because id lost 2 buyins and was back to even from being up $200 for the day at $11,300 and back at $11,100 again. still, i was a lot better off then, than i am now at $9800.

    after losing this $500 in the Venetian $1-2 game, knocking my hourly back to $16 from $17, i went out and lost another $100 on the VBJ at the V, then left and lost over $400 on the gemtiles machine at slots of fun, and another $500 more on the VBJ here.

    had i not played the gemtiles machine, id still be over $10k. but i just didnt feel like playing anything else after i started getting pissed. the problem with the gemtiles machine is the max bet is $4 a pull, and i couldnt get the bonus to come up for nothing.

    so heres the hand that screwed me so royally at the V. i accidenly see the guy on my immediate right who i have position on call $2 with KK and i call with 26 diamonds to try and bust him. (he was winning heavily and we both have a large stack) then some guy makes it $15 dammit and he makes it $50 and i call since i know how he has and can play perfectly postflop. was that wrong?

    anyway i flopped 4 parts of straight flush and felt obligated to call a large flop bet. then i turn a pair, and have to call the rest of my stack allin, and of course, miss everything. did i really play it that bad? with a different flop id lost far less, its either an easy fold, or i can bluff on really horrible boards for his board since i know his cards.

    it put me on serious tilt, and i lost heavily ever since, and i feel like i need to get the fuck out of town now.

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    1. Good old Tony, nothing.ever changes.

      You played this hand.badly, because you should have spoken up when you saw his hand, or at the very least fold your hand and keep quiet. You wanted to cheat, it back fired, and now you want to run. You can almost set your calender to this cycle.

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    2. Take it as a sign from above that you should have not played that hand after you saw the KK. You did not see it by accident, you had to have been looking to see if that guy would do a poor job of protecting his hand and not letting you get a peek at his hole cards.

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    3. Good job dusting off a grand on machines in mere hours. That would have paid your rent through October. But, this was prolly also a decent use of the money.

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    4. we all know i didnt see the guys hand on purpose, i couldnt help it i seen it. but its still a bad call, with only a 26 of diamonds. Ok call for $2 but not for $50, what was i thinking?

      was mainly thinking of my NEW TABLE IMAGE id have with all them venetian morning regulars had i won the pot.

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    5. Tony:

      How are you not aware of whether that's a good/bad play? You held absolute shit cards. Your odds of hitting a flush by the river are 15 to 1, holding suited cards. You should know that by now.

      Calling $50 preflop MAY be a good call, depending on how deep you are, but you never gave us that info. You also didn't tell us what your plan was; was it to push him off if an Ace came? Was it only to bet if you hit gold? If the stacks were big enough (I would say $1000 plus, effective) than it was probably a good preflop call. I would be surprised if the stacks were that big. In short, you didn't give us nearly enough info to tell you if it was a good call or not. Or if you play was correct on other streets. You should know what info. is needed to calculate correct odds on turn and river, right? If you don't know that by now, then you really shouldn't be playing poker.

      As for seeing his hand - - - - - I do think players need to protect their hands; if he flashed his hand without you consciously trying to see it, then it's a gray area. This poker etiquette link discusses that:

      http://www.pokerlistings.com/strategy/etiquette-on-and-off-the-poker-table

      Advantage Play
      Advantage play is a grey area. Advantage play is using any information you should not have to assist you in the hand. The way I split it up, if you see someone's card because of something the dealer did, you should speak up and call it a flash card.
      If you see someone's hand because of his own actions, then it's free game. If the way I look at my cards gives you a view of my hand, then that's my mistake and I will not fault you for using that knowledge to your own advantage. But I don't feel people should be penalized as a result of an incompetent dealer.
      It may seem questionable to look at someone else's hand, but as Canada Bill Jones once said, "It's immoral to let a sucker keep his money."

      s.i.

      p.s. - STOP PLAYING THE FUCKING MACHINES, YOU IDIOT!!!!!

      p.s.s. - best of luck to you

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  6. What magical place with zero machine temptations are we running to now?

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  7. There is no magical place. The grass is not always greener on the other side. Etc., etc. Until you understand that you played this hand badly AND compounded the problem with worse decisions, running anywhere is a terrible idea. Control your impulse to run and analyze, analyze, analyze.

    Then do not go back to playing. Take some time off and get out of the casino. Go down to Michael's and take one of their crafting classes. Maybe make Vince a birdhouse or something. Recalibrate and find your inner peace before you step into another casino. Seriously, you are your worst enemy if you can't figure out how to calm the eff down.

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    1. u should take me out to a movie thats not a horror film, i hate those type of movies.

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    2. ...making a birdhouse for Vince would be better for you. It engages the brain and you're helping animals.

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    3. Tony, make a little birdhouse in your soul.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NAbZzdalZh4

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  8. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bHoPYLQvnQM

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    1. just because u post u tube links, do u think ill click on them?

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  9. im really proud of myself for depositing the money at the BOA atm yesterday and i feel it was one of the WISEST decisions ive made. u see, i felt like i was carrying way too much cash, and that something like this was going to happen. i only wish id deposited $1000 more.

    its a good thing i had about $1500+ on me instead of $4500+ it severly limited how much i could raise my bets or rebuy for on the gemtiles.

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  10. lost quite a bit online, but if anyone wants to come hang out im sitting with $240 in the plo8 $1-2 on bovada table Bresamscr

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  11. Tony, you don't NEED TO KEEP CAPITALIZING words. We're NOT stupid. We can get YOUR POINT with out emphasis. It's become tilting. Thank you.

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    1. PPP go donk off a couple hundo into a gemtiles machine and you will feel much better afterwards...

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  12. You have been doing really well with poker. Your $16 an hour win rate at $1-2 no limit holdem is impressive.

    I was playing $2-5 no limit at the V one day and was asking a pro at the table poker questions and he told me that if I wanted we could sit at a empty poker table for 30 minutes and he would tell me what he does to be successful in poker for $300 dollars.

    I have seen him talking to people alone at a table talking poker but I did not realize he was doing poker coaching for cash right in the V's poker room and I don't even think he has a website like you.

    You can put up your own ad on your website letting people know that your available for poker coaching and what your rate is.

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    1. ive always considered coaching to be a sort of scam. they make all the money off the coaching instead of the playing.

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    2. I am sure there are legit coaches out there, along with the scam ones. $300 for 30 minutes and he tells you the secret of his success? That sounds pretty scammy.

      Tony, Ed Miller offers coaching sessions, do you consider that to be a scam?

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    3. I just checked Miller's web site, he charges $200/hr. Kind of puts it in perspective when someone charges $300 for 30 minutes.

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  13. The hand where you saw the guy had KK, for a moment I will ignore any ethical issues with this, I would call $2 because as you said you can play perfectly postflop. However once it is raised and reraised to $50, you should fold. I think even if you all had $1000 here you should fold, because you are stuck between two raisers and you may not even see a flop for $50 if the original raiser reraises. You will simply put in $50 and then fold on the flop way too much for this to be profitable. You will also get yourself into trouble by flopping a draw as we see happened this time. You could also flop a flush or two pair, get your money in good and still lose. You have $2 invested in this hand, time to give up the cards and wait for another hand.

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    1. he doesn't even mention stack sizes. they were probably 300 dollars deep and he's silly enough to think that he could outplay the guy after putting in 1/6th of his stack with garbage. what makes it even funnier is that it's 1/2 nl and the guy limp raised to 50.you don't even need to see his cards to know he has aa or kk.that doesnt mean it's worth a call with 26s. what an awful play. of course tony was trying to cheat and got what he deserved.

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  14. Hanging in there with $10,008 and over $700 on bovada. if i win this $130 sng ill have about $1000 there, im in the middle of it now.

    Should be meeting PokerJohnny tomorrow at 2pm for some poker. not sure where ill go Friday when my room ends. on fridays and saturdays, a lot of the places that rent the better weeklies QUIT renting until monday comes around because of the people paying really big to stay only one weekend night.

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  15. Had you not CAPITALIZED the word QUIT, I word have sworn they just kept on renting them better weeklies . . .

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  16. Proof positive that Alysia is in fact a woman. No guy would spend $10K on a couch and bed. On a television, yes. On a couch and bed, no. ;-)

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