Wednesday, 11 February 2009

Stuck in a rut....

Updates have already slowed down as the novelty of writing a blog has worn off pretty quickly. Not a good sign considering it's only been going about a month.

Things have been going pretty shit at the moment and it's all because of my mindset. When I'm in the right mindset I just know that when I log on I'm going to win $$$$ but at the moment I know that logging on means I'm putting myself up for punishment because I'm playing bad.

I didn't take the HH but here is one example....

6-max £0.5-1 cash game. UTG raises to £4, donk sitting next to him calls. I 3-bet in BB with QQ to £14 and UTG let's the time go down before he makes it £38. I know QQ is never good against this reg as he's a granite. The other thing to take into account is that at these limits if people have AK and decide to 4-bet they tend to do it to commit themselves. Some move in and others make it bigger amounts. This is generally because people at these limits play so bad post-flop that they would rather just get it in and close their eyes with AK. Anyway donk then moves in for £65and I know I have him absolutely crushed so decide to shove myself in the hope that the guy behind has AK and I win the pot. He actually time bank called with KK (see how lol they are?!) and won the pot. I really was angry with myself after this as I don't mind losing pots where my play is ok or getting coolered but donking just generally sparks off one of these ruts where I donk for a few days.

My weekend began with two £10 MTTs - one of which I came 5th in for £80. By the end of the day I had turned the £80 into £900 and was pretty happy as I just put in a mega session of grinding small limits - think I was 6-tabling 25p50p for like 8 hours and had like £100-200 stacks on every table. This was one comedy hand where I just massive overet the river with a royal floooooosh.

Game #7183976853: Hold'em NL (£0.25/£0.50) - 2009/02/07 - 23:28:59 (UK)
Table "Elizeiz" Seat 5 is the button.
Seat 1: Dizzeeeee (£148.89 in chips)
Seat 2: Bumhunter (£93.01 in chips)
Seat 3: Stew09093 (£24.25 in chips)
Seat 5: Chopp11 (£50.14 in chips)
Dizzeeeee: posts small blind £0.25
Bumhunter: posts big blind £0.50
----- HOLE CARDS -----
dealt to Dizzeeeee [Qh Th]
Stew09093: folds
Chopp11: folds
Dizzeeeee: calls £0.25
Bumhunter: raises to £2
Dizzeeeee: calls £1.50
----- FLOP ----- [5s Kh Ad]
Dizzeeeee: checks
Bumhunter: bets £3
Dizzeeeee: calls £3
----- TURN ----- [5s Kh Ad][Jh]
Dizzeeeee: checks
Bumhunter: checks
----- RIVER ----- [5s Kh Ad Jh][Ah]
Dizzeeeee: bets £143.89 and is all-in
Bumhunter: folds
Returned uncalled bets £143.89 to Dizzeeeee
Dizzeeeee: doesn't show hand
Dizzeeeee collected £9.50 from Main pot
----- SUMMARY -----
Total pot £10 Main pot £9.50 Rake £0.50
Board [5s Kh Ad Jh Ah]
Seat 1: Dizzeeeee (small blind) collected £9.50
Seat 2: Bumhunter (big blind) folded on the River
Seat 3: Stew09093 folded before Flop (didn't bet)
Seat 5: Chopp11 (button) folded before Flop (didn't bet)

I log off for a few hours and decide to hit that ',' mark for the day.

Then this happened and the rut began meaning it didn't take long for me to spin back down again. MEH!

Game #7174801443: Hold'em NL ($1/$2) - 2009/02/07 - 01:31:49 (UK)
Table "TampTamp" Seat 9 is the button.
Seat 1: Alsengo ($192 in chips)
Seat 2: Smith ($414.20 in chips)
Seat 3: Fizban35 ($265.35 in chips)
Seat 4: Stuar2804 ($145.60 in chips)
Seat 5: Johnj0301 ($364.60 in chips)
Seat 6: Doremifa ($44.35 in chips)
Seat 7: anonpd1 ($531 in chips)
Seat 8: Sevensup ($38.90 in chips)
Seat 9: AudiSanne ($60 in chips)
Seat 10: HERO ($160 in chips)
Dizzeeeee: posts small blind $1
Alsengo: posts big blind $2
----- HOLE CARDS -----
dealt to Dizzeeeee [As Kd]
Smith: folds
Fizban35: folds
Stuar2804: folds
Johnj0301: folds
Doremifa: folds
anonpd1: raises to $7
Sevensup: folds
AudiSanne: folds
Dizzeeeee: raises to $26
Alsengo: raises to $192 and is all-in
anonpd1: folds
Dizzeeeee: is all-in $134
Returned uncalled bets $32 to Alsengo
----- FLOP ----- [Ad Qc Jc]
----- TURN ----- [Ad Qc Jc][5h]
----- RIVER ----- [Ad Qc Jc 5h][6s]
----- SHOW DOWN -----
Alsengo: shows [Ah Qd] (Two Pairs, Aces and Queens, Jack high)
Dizzeeeee: shows [As Kd] (A Pair of Aces, King high)
Alsengo collected $324 from Main pot
----- SUMMARY -----
Total pot $327 Main pot $324 Rake $3
Board [Ad Qc Jc 5h 6s]
Seat 1: Alsengo (big blind) showed [Ah Qd] and won ($324) with Two Pairs, Aces and Queens, Jack high
Seat 2: Smith folded before Flop (didn't bet)
Seat 3: Fizban35 folded before Flop (didn't bet)
Seat 4: Stuar2804 folded before Flop (didn't bet)
Seat 5: Johnj0301 folded before Flop (didn't bet)
Seat 6: Doremifa folded before Flop (didn't bet)
Seat 7: anonpd1 folded before Flop (didn't bet)
Seat 8: Sevensup folded before Flop (didn't bet)
Seat 9: AudiSanne (button) folded before Flop (didn't bet)
Seat 10: Dizzeeeee (small blind) showed [As Kd] and lost with A Pair of Aces, King high

[ ] my opponent played this well.

I know you may be thinking this is just a cooler on my part but apart from losing one other £400 hold em pot when I got JJ in against 66 on a J86 flop for him to hit diamond diamond and make a flush I was really not happy with my play. I was being a pay off wizard far too often, actually scrap that, all the time(!) and just doing everything badly. Where it would normally take me minutes to lose large chunks of cash after coolers like this I was realising i was on tilt and managing to log off before hemorraging too much money - though not for long. Sigh.

Since then I decided I'm going to do more staking as hopefully other people won't make as much of a hash with my money as I do lol!

Along with Longy from BlondePoker I have 50% of VegasLover in a long term STT deal which set me back about $300. I also have 10% of James Atkin in a few events in Birmingham he's playing soon and 5% of Tom Rutter in the next GUKPT main event. I've never met the other two but Tom was a mate when I was at uni in Notts and I know he has an absolutely terrific game so was more than happy to get a slice. Just a shame it came at the wrong time for me money-wise otherwise I woulda bought 20% ish. Likewise I have £100 worth of shares in Boldie's horse betting syndicate as he seems to have a pretty good knowledge and track record to more than back it up. When I get paid in two weeks I'm also staking another friend in an MTT deal.

Let's hope one of these fish can win me some monies!!

In the meantime I have friday and monday off - I will be relaxing having a break from poker playing though I intend to do some reading. Need to start on Tommy Angelo's elements of poker and I'll also be hitting the gym really hard as this week has been a bit disappointing on the gym front.

I offered a fish named Amatay (some of you might have heard of him) a prop bet on who can do the most press ups at the next blonde bash as shock surprise no-one took me up on my last post offer of a prop bet. Apparently he writes a blog too though I doubt any of you read it. The fish is yet to get back to me - Amafish I'm waiting buddy!

Also looking forward to this months pay...on top of my usual salary I'm getting my bonus and hopefully my tax rebate which I still need to ring up and sort out the exact amount though defo in the region of £1500-2k so a bumper month could mean I just deposit £3-5k and just start playing straight in at £.50-1 correctly rolled which I would be ok with as I don't mind playing this limit and it's easy as fck. Having a proper roll amount on the site should eliminate any implied tilt either.

Wow this post got pretty meaty for someone who started with his intentions of stopping! Maybe not just yet.

As always comments are appreciated as I really do like the feedback.

gL at the tables.


Anonymous said...

I would be wary of just depositing that amount of money mate.. I know what you mean about it giving you the correct roll etc, but I think that your tilting tendancy could have an even more drastic outcome if you have that money out there.. I know its difficult to grind, (I am the worst) but by building up from small stakes you at least only playing with money you already won rather than your own hard earned - maybe if you get a couple of results from the staking then you could use that to top up??? Be self aware enough (which you sound like you are) to know that a one tilty session can do alot of damage and just because there is more there doesn't mean it wont go! GL


James Atkin said...

I've often found re-loading after incurring big losses doesn't work if you go and play at the same level/higher than what you lost it at, so be careful dude.

That AQ was ugly, UL man. Not sure I understand the overshove with the royal flush tbh lol!

If you're going to reload make sure you think of it as a fresh start!

Good luck man

Anonymous said...

I've lost a ton of motivation recently because I seem to be a major payoff wizrd, losing big pots and only scraping in small pots.

Maybe move down in stakes and play like a twat for a few sessions, run at like 95/90/10 or something and piss everyone off!

rubbish said...

Will amatay be doing his push ups on top of Scotch.
Good luck.

Ironmonk said...

Just read a few posts of your blog, it seems you have the exact same problems as me, and indeed many many others, over tilt and BRM. At least I did when I could afford to play lol. Good luck.