Tuesday, July 18, 2017

ending your session early

    When u are up a much bigger day's pay than normal, this is when its the most difficult to play your best (if most of the other players have u covered that is). and when u are stuck, its alot easier to play your best because then u will have "no fear" by this i mean, u wont be afraid to take risks by shoving (u might even take some foolheardy and desperate risks.) u wont be folding winners. but if u are up, u might make some very bad folds, worried of losing back the entire stack. or at least the win, and it will seriously upset u emotionally.

now when im up, but only like $50-125, usually i want to keep playing if its early in the session, but not if its going on over 8 hours. but when im up significantly, (say close to $500) i cant play well.

tonight in the nugget, about 4 hours in and after a recent table change to where the stacks were bigger, i won a pot with JJ i thought about folding due to his reraise preflop over my $15 raise to $60, then continued to bet $80 on a flop with 2 hearts when my JJ was an overpair. 10 comes on turn, ive still got an overpair. he puts me in for my other $140 or so and misses his ak of hearts so i win a nice pot. then u see, i wasnt up much before this hand so i didnt fear so much losing my stack.

once this hand ended, and i had well over $700, (when i won 1 more pot soon thereafter) i then folded AK preflop to a raise and reraise from the big stack, who had ak too where id split the pot. so i left. took the $2 CX bus to the wynn right outside Binions, one of my favorite city buses. on the way thru wynn into encore noticed some 1c weird baccarat machine i figured id investigate later id never seen.

then i took a seat in the $1-3 NL and soon had turned $115 into $378. then comes a hand where a loose foreignor reraises to $42 some other guys $15 bet. i shoved with QQ when i thought of folding but i had him covered by close to $80. only he calls and the board comes 9TJ99. i show QQ, hoping to not see aa or kk then he shows me J9 of spades. wtf?

so i dont feel like playing no more and cash out, nice to still be up from the nugget. on the way out i go thru the wynn, and lose over $150 in the VB machine. turns out the min bet on the 1c VB is $6. wtf? it plays 3 baccarat hands but is basically a slot with weird bonuses and u often lose partial bets even if u win 2 of the 3 hands. not like i expected at all. never playing it again.

they do have $10 UTHE there unlike the $15 min in encore if i ever feel like a table game next time.

hope this was helpful when showing when its a good idea not to put in enough hours everytime.


14 comments:

  1. Set some daily numbers and stand by them quit when you reach a certain point

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    1. i didnt do this in the nugget, because i knew i could lose the whole $700+ in 1 pot. so i just left. but in the wynn, when i lost back over $183 (1%) in 1 pot i left.

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  2. You have it completely backwards. When you you are having a monster day, people are afraid of you. You can buy most pots. When you are losing, you have no fold equity. People aren't going to fold to your bluffs.

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    1. 100% agree. People are passive and timid at 1-2NL

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  3. Tony:

    I understand your psychological fragility may impact your play, and it's good that you have the self awareness to note that and act upon it.

    However, if I'm at a table where some fool is going to call off stacks with J9, that is NOT a table I am leaving early...

    s.i.

    p.s. - folks should go to Tony's last blog and read his response to the "circlejack" comment :-)

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    1. Yes s.i., that recounting of a nightmare was intriguing to say the least.

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  4. Why would you leave a game where a guy calls $300 preflop with J9?

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    1. You know how dangerous a game like that is... Your flipping coins for cash... you need to calling stations maybe 3 and the rest conservative in order to isolate properly and make money in a game like that

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    2. You know how dangerous a game like that is... Your flipping coins for cash... you need to calling stations maybe 3 and the rest conservative in order to isolate properly and make money in a game like that

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    3. Oh right, you can't make money in a game where someone calls $300 with J9o unless the other players fit an exact profile. Of course, how silly of every profitable ever who thought otherwise.

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  5. And everyone is ignoring him kissing away $150.00 on a machine he knows nothing about, some "pro".

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    1. My favorite part is that the machine is "bad" not because it's unexploitable or has a huge house edge, but rather because the minimum bet is too high.

      He's going to martingale himself into a cardboard box and bemoan his bad luck while doing so.

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    2. Hey Tony. How much money have you made off Ultimate X multipliers in the past year? How much off slot "must hit" jackpots that are +EV? How much off +EV progressive video poker?

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