i dont understand why im having so much good luck on this VBJ machine (up over $700 on it since arriving in Crystal Bay). maybe its just my style of betting, (and that i havent taken the big loss yet). I also dont understand why my hourly rate at poker keeps getting smaller and smaller. after tonights $193 loss at the $1-2, my new hourly is at its lowest point ever, ($13.37 per hour). it keeps getting closer and closer to falling under $13, from when it was always around $14-15. now thats averaging in over 2100 hours of play, so its probably actually negative if it keeps dropping (for just the last few weeks only). one thing that might be hurting me is ive seen almost NO quads or bonus hand payouts in a while.
Players in Reno might just be getting better at poker, (or more likely, better adjusting to my style of play). i worry my style of play is dying out and id like to learn how to beat the LAG style. What i really want is to find LAG players who will study and analyze my play 1 on 1 with me (after sitting in my game a few hours) and instead of targeting me specifically (which is unethical instead of targeting the table as a whole) be a friend out for my best interests and teach me what im doing wrong and to show me how to improve to where people like them can no longer take advantage of me.
u see thats how u learn. you dont learn by reading books, forums, or watching videos. u learn from 1 on 1 instruction in person with other good players. Players like stealthmunk, The Trooper, Grump, Pokerdogg, Rebecca, Vook, etc.
and tonights session was a bit frustrating and i took a few notes to remind me of certain hands. so while i sit here and play my $5 quadruple up MTT on Bovada with my $60 there, im going to go look at the notes section on my phone. I'm also cleaning out my microwave dish so i can cook some food. brought about a weeks supply of groceries with me from home, including plenty of detergent.
several things were happening in that poker room tonight that were really grating on my nerves. both hands i played well and lost, hands i wouldve won, and hands where i didnt lose nearly as much as i was supposed to lose. Hands i was expecting to win, (and didnt). $193 is the most ive ever lost in the Hyatt, due to few sessions being played there, and a max buyin of only $200. and at the first of July, thats when it will start being open 7 days a week.
so lets disect these hands 1 by 1. first one to discuss, i had 35 offsuit in my unraised BB. as usual, this room gets a lot of limpers and callers. lots of very rich people live in this area. Flop comes up 724 rainbow and i check my open ender. guy bets $15, another guy bets $30, and theres only $10 in $2 antes in the pot. so i decide im definitely not getting the right odds and lay it down. guy who bet the $15 decides to call the $30. (with what happened to be KT offsuit) see what i mean by a lot of donkeys in this room? turn comes K and he bets again, other guy calls. river comes A and it goes check check and i wouldve had the stone cold nuts. but of course the right play is to fold for $30 on the flop.
and i lost my initial $120 standard buyin rather quickly and rebought $145 since i had only $17 left. i had KJ suited, and probably shouldve raised preflop instead of limped, but i dont like raising with it without being in late position. flop comes up JT6 rainbow and i bet $10 and get one caller. turn comes 7 putting out a possible flush draw. he checks, and again i bet $20 he calls. river comes 5, total blank. he shoves allin. (what would u do here?) i have no idea if he is a bluffer, and i call. (mightve been a donkey move, but thats never stopped me from doing it before). he has the nut straight with 89. and again i felt like he played it poorly.
By poorly i mean he will get my money a lot more often if he raises the turn instead, because if i wouldve been on a flush draw instead of top pair, i couldve folded the river. (so hes taking maybe a 25% chance this couldve been my hand--although it wasnt). anyone care to guess what thoughts were going thru his mind? (as far as how to get value)
and another thing, how do u play against a player trying to obtain 1st place in every satellite format tourny format when he dont need to do nothing but sit and wait it out with his chip count? you see, i busted out of my tourny on Bovada few minutes ago. 17 of us were left and 10 were getting paid a flat amount of $20 for our $5 buyin. and this one guy was involved in about 80% of the pots preflop and didnt need to be. i was slowly whittling down and when he just limped his SB vs my BB i was down to like 8 BB and shoved to take a stand, since id been waiting to shove mostly any 2 for some time and couldnt due to someone else always raising in front of me. (and all my hands being too weak to play once someone else entered the pot). turns out he had AA (my hand dont matter in that spot--im supposed to shove) and i was out. my actual hand was Q4 offsuit.
and the worst one of all was when i had the AT offsuit at the Hyatt, and the flop came 357 all in spades and i had the ace of spades. i bet $10 and one guy calls. turn comes Ts giving me a pair and the nut flush. again i bet $10, hoping for a raise and that he hit the flush. he calls. river comes 3 which scares me cause im wondering if hes drawing for the boat. i bet only $10 (originally id planned to bet more if nothing hits) and sure enough he bets $25. i only call, fearing a boat and it turned out he flopped the straight flush and missed a ton of value slow playing it. guy is a regular at the Horseshoe pokerroom in Memphis it turned out.
by that time i was thoroughly fed up with getting beat by those not extracting the correct value for their hands.