Wednesday, February 23, 2005

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"The defense department regrets to inform you that your sons are dead because they were stupid." - Goose

Hit and run post here. Of course, any time I say that, this ends up becoming some long, drawn out blathering on bad beats and stuff.

Actually, since getting back into the game, I've have an absolutely incredible, wholly unsustainable run, It's nice to have a huge start, especially when you only start out with a 50BB bankroll. In the period of 3 days I find myself up over 120BB. I switched from Party to Eurobet to take advantage of a bonus and before tonight was up damn near 150BB.

I mentioned to HDouble that I was on an incredible run, which was I'm sure the kiss of death. Never, NEVER say you're on a winning streak to ANYONE. It will end it.

And so it was. I sat down at a pair of tables (remember that bullet point a few days ago about NOT multi-tabling? yeah, me too.) and immediately began getting my ass handed to me. I should have known it was time to go when the evening started like this:


Party Poker 0.5/1 Hold'em (10 handed) converter

Preflop: Hero is SB with Ah, As.
4 folds, MP2 calls, 3 folds, Hero raises, BB 3-bets, MP2 calls, Hero caps, BB calls, MP2 calls.

Flop: (12 SB) 9d, 3s, 2c (3 players)
Hero bets, BB calls, MP2 calls.

Turn: (7.50 BB) Td (3 players)
Hero bets, BB calls, MP2 folds.

River: (9.50 BB) Js (2 players)
Hero bets, BB raises, Hero calls.

Final Pot: 13.50 BB

Results:

Hero has Ah As (one pair, aces).
BB has Kc Qd (straight, king high).
Outcome: BB wins 13.50 BB.

Genius. Of course, play like this is what juiced the bankroll so nicely in the last 48 hours. Anyway, for some bizarre reason I'm sure has to do with the full moon, this crap was happening with annoying regularity today. It didn't help that I completely ignored my own fooking advice and was sitting there two tabling with a beer buzz on and 5 hours of sleep under my belt. I certainly wasn't on my 'A' game, I admit, but there's just no defense against a lucky bonehead.

Okay, I think to myself that this table just has it out for me and it's time to pick up and find somewhere else to roost. So, that's what I do. I go into tight-information gathering mode for a while, glean some useful trends off the players, and this happens:

Party Poker 0.5/1 Hold'em (10 handed) converter

Preflop: Hero is MP3 with Ah, 7h.
1 fold, UTG+1 calls, UTG+2 calls, 2 folds, Hero calls, CO calls, 1 fold, SB completes, BB checks.

Flop: (6 SB) 9h, 2h, Ac (6 players)
SB checks, BB checks, UTG+1 checks, UTG+2 bets, Hero raises, CO 3-bets, SB folds, BB folds, UTG+1 folds, UTG+2 calls, Hero calls.

Turn: (7.50 BB) 8h (3 players)
UTG+2 bets, Hero raises, CO calls, UTG+2 calls.

River: (13.50 BB) Ad (3 players)
UTG+2 bets, Hero calls, CO raises, UTG+2 3-bets, Hero calls, CO caps, UTG+2 calls, Hero calls.

Final Pot: 25.50 BB

Results:
UTG+2 has 7c Kc (one pair, aces).
Hero has Ah 7h (flush, ace high).
CO has 2s As (full house, aces full of twos).
Outcome: CO wins 25.50 BB.

Stunning. Kids, Party has only gotten sweeter as time has gone on. Never the less, this one had my seeing through a red mist for a few hands. As you can see by my river betting, I just fooking knew I got shafted by that river ace. The first flush I actually complete in almost 1000 hands, and that shit happens. Thank you, drive through. Couple of hands later I try to convert an open ended straight draw on the flop and miss, bringing me down to about 6BB left on the table, which promptly goes away when my pocket pair doesn't convert and I push it anyway. Hey, if someone can hit their runner runner 3 outer, I should be able to pick up a 2 outer miracle, right?

Or something. Okay, it was a tilt move. Bad me.

Anyway, even with that train wreck of an evening session I still ended up up about 11BB for the day before the bonus clearing, so I can't complain too loudly. It'd just be nice if things wouldn't go back to suckout city and bad beat county like it did a few months ago.

I've been thinking that I should put a "stop loss" on my play, more for tilt control then bankroll protection, but I'm not sure exactly what I need to make it work. I've been tossing around the idea that if I go 15BB down from my buyin (considering a 25BB buyin typical at Party) it's time to pack up and end the session. I absolutely have to get out of the mindset of going to another table to try to get it back. Mentally I'm shaken at this point and I'll start playing defensive poker, which I'm sure is what kicked my ass last time out. Anyway, this is what looks like happened tonight when things started breaking bad. I failed to keep up the attack. Well, actually, part of the reason that happened was I was getting craptacular cards, but I could have done better on the boldness front.

Taking a quick glance at my numbers too, it looks like I might be having a bit of trouble with my river play. For February, over 820 or so hands, my aggression factor post flop is 2.20, but my river aggression factor 1.3. Well, okay, looking at it, it doesn't look that bad.

Okay. Mas sleepy and failing to make sense at this point. More later!

46 Comments:

At 12:57 PM, Blogger BRDD said...

Bad beats are part of the game. Geez, quit crying and play cards.

 
At 10:35 AM, Anonymous Brodybanky@aol.com said...

Hey ICP, have you thought about No Limit? I, personally, can't stand limit because of the lack of control over bad beats. In no limit, at least you can push out the 2 pair before they hit the full house when you are sitting on the nut flush. I know its more costly, but Golden Palace Poker has some dirt cheap games that could make it worth it, while not exposing you too much. I mean $20 minimum deposit, and as low as .05/.10 no limit games. You can see more flops, if you like, too. Just something to think about. Besides, No limit is chess to limit's checkers. Think about it.

 
At 10:37 AM, Anonymous Brodybanky@aol.com said...

Oh yeah, and at Golden Palace, you can sit at those .05/.10 NL tables for as low as $2. I'm sure you'd rather play with at least $5, but the point is, you can start with a small amount and if you are forced to go all in, you arent too exposed.

 
At 12:09 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I gotta go with bigratdawgdoyle and brodybanky on this one. Ultimately, pissing and moaning about bad beats is disingenuous as well as pointless. Just let it go. Do you piss and moan when you suckout? No, of course not. It's because "you had a feeling about this hand" or some other lame ass justification.

If you just can't handle suck outs then your only choice is to move to NL games where you will absolutely punish this kind of chasers.

 
At 6:45 PM, Blogger The ICP said...

Okay, I appreciate the feedback, but geez, lighten up, Francis. I wouldn't call this post "crying about bad beats". In fact, quite the opposite. Try re-reading the post again.

 
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