- 02.12.2009, 00:10
- This post has been edited 1 time(s), it was last edited by SilentSteve: 02.12.2009 00:19.
Swings and roundabouts that poker is, the thought of making a blog could be helpful, especially to have a humble beginning to look back upon. Looking through the other blogs I expect I am in the minority when I say this is not about the money for me, but im still losing and this must stop!
BR: -29$ (from 50$ starting capital)
I play the 0.10/0.20 FL on Full tilt, usually full ring despite the fact that I seem to perform worse than on SH.
One thing I should make clear is that its not a completely straight line down, im not pushing 32o out the door or some such, the -29 is from 8400 hands, which in my opinion gives me some hope. So enough about me, time to asess those leaks!
My main goal: Have a proven plan for each step in the game I face.
Leaky cards (thanks to Elephant):
All offsuits(excluding pairs) = -28$
99-22 = -7.7$
Suits not including Ace suits = -15$
This immediatley screams at me that im playing too loosely, which is a mistake at least untill I can read my opponents better. I do play the bronze SHC a bit looser than expected, especially when the pot is 3-4BBs preflop already.
I am loath to play any low pairs currently, SHC says that 22-TT should call if one raises and two at least have called. Yet any flop with 3 people in the pot I find myself with lower pair than two of the cards on the board. If im playing 77+ then I like to see the turn if its not too costly but I probably shouldnt since the pot would have to be massive to be profitable on that. Everytime I play against pocket pairs they seem to be played way to aggresively, even when they dont hit a set on the board.
I seem to have a habit of playing bad Khigh Qhigh cards which are offsuit that seems to cost me a lot of money. I guess this stems from me seeing every card but an ace on the board for a while. This is ironic really because every other limper is probably holding ace high aswell, so there are none left to actually come out onto the board.
I have seen quite some succsess (baring the obvious high equity cards) with Ax suited (+3$) however my K/Q/J + lower card suiteds have cost me -9.2$ so I really need a big no stamp on those cards. While the SHC is of course made by people far more experienced than I am, I do struggle when ive been waiting 30 mins to play a hand, an AK comes and it fails miserabley.
My biggest hole in post flop play would be the turn, if someone is trying to push you out the hand then they will bet/raise you on the turn since its when everyone 'tightens up', my problem is I tend to second guess this and it costs me money. Its easier for me to bow out of multi-way pots because I can put people on better hands than me quite easily. But when its heads-up and everyone turns on the aggression in HU situations I usually give two much credit to overcards, or give them a way better range than I should. Especially since if I ever donk into a HU situation I am going to get raised, odds and outs wise any sort of HU situation seems to be unprofitable, which makes me wonder why at all I would want to isolate people by raising so much pre-flop.
Questions for any readers:
(grats for getting this far)
- Do you ever play backdoor flush draws?
- If you have two overcards in HU (OOP) will you go to the river?
- Do you throw away AA if there are four suits on the board?
- Do you ever call after a single raise and no callers?
- Do you ever 3bet with middle pair?
While writing this my FT table has been incredibly tight, the last 6 hands have just been one raiser picking up the blinds, boring!
I realise that most of this reads as: 'Maybe I should stick to the starting hands chart more!' but I am trying to go beyond that, maybe im just playing fine and my first ever swing was a downswing worth as much as some people pay for a toothbrush. But I feel better and more thoughtful for writing it anyhow! Hopefully my next post will be that im no longer in the minus.