Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Up and Down

My last several sessions have one adjective in common: ROLLERCOASTER.

A common theme seems to be a physical negative reaction to what occurs at the table.  Therefore my focus for today's session is to elminate negative PHYSICAL reactions.  That would include cusssing, frowning, rolling my eyes, slouching, fist-slamming, tight squeezes of the mouse, and grinding my teeth.

As the session progresses, I will also be writing down any other negative physical reactions that occur and post them later.

There's a reason for this which I will attempt to blog about later.

Good luck at the felt,


Saturday, July 3, 2010

7/3/10 Session Recaps - 3 sessions so far today.

Been listening to Leatherass videos from while playing 8-9 tables this morning.  Played very focused and didn't let rough beats/coolers get in the way of good solid play.  Stats normalized to around 22/17 with ~5% 3bet.

Made a couple mistakes against loose station fish by calling off their river bets in spots where I should have folded.   Marked that down as a leak to review.

Up about 22 buy-ins in last 3 sessions.  Running above expectation and playing well.  Great combo.

Friday, July 2, 2010

7/2/10 Session #2

Had to cut short again:
NL Holdem $0.50(BB) Poker Stars Game#46272482703

Burnardo ($64.15)
DubsPoke ($67.40)
G_S_V ($79.30)
drliu ($50)
lazybeer ($50)
ProdigyXII ($56)

Burnardo posts (SB) $0.25
DubsPoke posts (BB) $0.50

Dealt to DubsPoke Kd  Ad
fold, fold,
lazybeer raises to $1.50
ProdigyXII raises to $5
DubsPoke raises to $16
ProdigyXII raises to $56 (AI)
DubsPoke calls $40
FLOP ($113) 9s  Kc  5d
TURN ($113) 9s  Kc  5d  6d
RIVER ($113) 9s  Kc  5d  6d  8c
ProdigyXII shows 7c  Ac
(Pre 29%, Flop 6.3%, Turn 6.8%)

DubsPoke shows Kd  Ad
(Pre 71%, Flop 93.7%, Turn 93.2%)

ProdigyXII wins $110

7/2/10 Session #1

Time Target: 2 hours
Hands Target: 1750 hands
Focus:  Making the best decision that I can make based on the information presented.  Do not tilt because of bad beats and poor opposition; I can't control them but I CAN control my reaction.
Leaks I am aware of:

  • Calling 3bets OOP and IP with marginal hands too often (suited connectors, KQ, KJ, etc.)
  • Not adjusting to a call station.  Using the line of thinking that surely he can't call me down THIS time...yes, he can.  doh!
*****Session Review******

This set me off and I couldn't refocus so had to quit.  The player 2 to my left was raising EVERY hand so it's a perfect opportunity to limp-3b or 4b depending on the action.  I got exactly what I wanted.  I have no idea who in their right f'in mind would think calling off your stack with 33 with 3, yes THREE players all in in front of you.   GRRRRRRRRRRR.

PokerStars Game #46268782106:  Hold'em No Limit ($0.25/$0.50 USD) - 2010/07/02 15:02:33 PT [2010/07/02 18:02:33 ET]
Table 'Lucia' 6-max Seat #1 is the button
Seat 1: IsuMarci ($27.90 in chips) 
Seat 2: Truhustla1 ($16.60 in chips) 
Seat 3: taikoz ($25 in chips) 
Seat 4: ssinsd ($35.95 in chips) 
Seat 5: DubsPoke ($25 in chips) 
Seat 6: abgftgdfd ($23.25 in chips) 
Truhustla1: posts small blind $0.25
taikoz: posts big blind $0.50
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to DubsPoke [Ah Ac]
ssinsd: calls $0.50
DubsPoke: calls $0.50
abgftgdfd: folds 
IsuMarci: raises $2 to $2.50
Truhustla1: raises $2 to $4.50
taikoz: folds 
ssinsd: calls $4
DubsPoke: raises $20.50 to $25 and is all-in
IsuMarci: raises $2.90 to $27.90 and is all-in
Truhustla1: calls $12.10 and is all-in
ssinsd: calls $23.40
*** FLOP *** [9s 2d 3h]
*** TURN *** [9s 2d 3h] [Kc]
*** RIVER *** [9s 2d 3h Kc] [7s]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
ssinsd: shows [3s 3c] (three of a kind, Threes)
IsuMarci: shows [Ad Ks] (a pair of Kings)
ssinsd collected $5.80 from side pot-2 
DubsPoke: shows [Ah Ac] (a pair of Aces)
ssinsd collected $25.20 from side pot-1 
Truhustla1: shows [7d 6s] (a pair of Sevens)
ssinsd collected $63.90 from main pot
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot $97.90 Main pot $63.90. Side pot-1 $25.20. Side pot-2 $5.80. | Rake $3 
Board [9s 2d 3h Kc 7s]
Seat 1: IsuMarci (button) showed [Ad Ks] and lost with a pair of Kings
Seat 2: Truhustla1 (small blind) showed [7d 6s] and lost with a pair of Sevens
Seat 3: taikoz (big blind) folded before Flop
Seat 4: ssinsd showed [3s 3c] and won ($94.90) with three of a kind, Threes
Seat 5: DubsPoke showed [Ah Ac] and lost with a pair of Aces
Seat 6: abgftgdfd folded before Flop (didn't bet)

Thursday, July 1, 2010

7/1/10 Session #2 Goal

Time Target: 2 hours
Hand Target: 1400 hands
Focus: Continue to improve my play in 3bet pots. Focus on not having "runs" of bad play after bad beats/poor play. I will do this by continuing to make the best decision I can based on the information available, not based on personal animosity directed towards the villain. After all, I cannot control the cards that are dealt or the play of the villain, only the reaction I have to them.

****Post Session Review****
Focus Grade: F - Started playing somewhat spewy from the start. Playing a LAG style requires focus and a red line that is relatively flat (in my opinion). My red line started at a 45 degree angle down. Bloat and folded way too often. Didn't focus on player types but on my cards. Justified way too many a light call based on my drawing power but without realizing that I didn't have the implied odds necessary to make the calls. CBet way too often on bad boards in multi-way pots as well.
Time Target: 112.4 minutes (just shy of 2 hours)
Hands: 1658 hands. Leads me to believe I was playing too many tables, especially for how poorly I was playing. I need to start with 6 tables and then table-select the remaining ones with a max of 12 tables. Lesson to be learned from this.

Time to hit the sack.  Nice long holiday weekend and I need to make sure I approach each session with a good attitude and a focused mind.

7/1/10 Session #1 Goal

Time to play: 1 hour
Hand target: 800 hands
Focus: On quality by making the best decision possible with the information that is available. Win or lose doesn't matter as I can't control the cards or my opponents, only my reaction to what develops.

Post-session analysis forthcoming.

*****Post Session Results****
Time Played: 62.7 minutes
Hands: 923
Focus: Bad at the beginning. Cut back on the number of tables and refocused. Slowly added tables back in. Played a hand poorly at the end. Also, mis-clicked 3bet w J2o in the SB and got 2 callers, didn't cb QJT flop, bet turn King and somehow miraculously took down a decent sized pot.
Overall Focus grade: probably around a B. Ended up about 3 buy-ins which is a bonus.