Saturday, July 24, 2004

Juuuust a Bit Outside

You get three ants together, they can't do dick. You get 300 million of them, they can build a cathedral. - Annie Savoy, Bull Durham

A few days ago I was lamenting about my good steady run of profitable sessions and quietly wondering when the other shoe would fall.

Though for a few days I didn't take a dive, I certainly wasn't feeling very good about my play.  A couple of days where I didn't go anywhere, really.  Down a buck, up a buck.  Yesterday I managed a $16 or so profit, but it was ugly.  At one point in that session I was down about $30, and made a rather miraculous run on one table to double my buyin, which scratching back to even on the other.  Then I started to slide again and got out while the getting was good.

Today, the bottom finally dropped out.  I don't know exactly how much I lost since I'm at work and have access to neither Pokertracker nor Party, but I'll estimate around -$20 was distributed to various others.

I'd like to say that I played my best poker, but it just didn't seem that way.  I caught myself several times making the wrong moves against people I knew wouldn't fold.  Fancy Play Syndrome started sneaking into my game, and that probably cost me some.

Of course, a completely nasty run of cards didn't help out much either.  Yesterday it was good hands that kept getting beat by an unfavorable board, like 4 cards to the flush on the board beating my two pair, crap like that.  Today, I just wasn't connecting.  I can't tell you how many times I got AKo and not once did it connect with anything remotely playable.  Frustrated by this, I caught myself on at least two occasions continuing on with a hand with just two overcards. 

I certainly don't want to push any envelopes, but the $1/$2 6 Max game has been calling my name lately.   Though I don't have the bankroll I would like to have to make my "move" to $1/$2, I can't help but look at my past performance in the shorthanded game and wonder if it was a fluke or if I really can run over that game.

I think tomorrow might begin with a session of Pokertracker analysis, then maybe I'll take a crack at a shorthanded game and see where that goes.

Or maybe I'll come to my senses and head back to the 50/1 game and just stick with the damn program.

Oh, one other note to pass on.  I've moved my other non-poker content off to here, so if you want to listen to my other idiotic ramblings and misquoted facts, please head on over there!


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