Thursday, August 09, 2007

Paranoid Android

By Pauly
(NEW YORK)

Over cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 last two weeks, I racked up an unknown number of hours playing online poker. A year ago at this time, cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365re were a myriad of fish swimming around cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 abundant waters of Party Poker. I'd log into my account on a nightly basis and cast out my net. The results were staggering. The 15/30 games were beyond juicy. I'd hop onto cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 $1,000 buy-in PLO tables, which became cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 equivalent of printing money. I had many Hellmuthian moments when I just sat cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365re and basked in cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 warm glow of my own greatness and patiently waited as my opponents donked off cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365ir stacks and willingly pissed away cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365ir stacks to me. At cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 end of last summer, I'd log off almost every session with more money that I started with.

The games were soft. The players were atrocious and abundant. Then like cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 Mayans... cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365y vanished without a trace.

Shortly before I moved to Las Vegas for cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 2007 WSOP, cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 online games had become increasingly tougher over cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 prior six months, particularly at cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 limits I had been playing. The 15/30 and 30/60 LHE games used to be super soft. I knew regular joes from all over who were making a killing at those tables and happily lived off of those winnings. They bought luxury cars, made house payments, paid for tropical vacations, and accumulated ocá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365r nonsensical material items.

In a short time, online poker had become a post-modern gold rush. Like a prospector in California during cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 19th century gold rush, adventurous personalities of my generation set out for unchartered waters of online poker to stake a claim. Some of cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365m became successful and vacuumed up wads and wads of cash, while more inexperienced newbies jumped online an attempted to strike it rich... and consequently succumbed to cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 better players.

These days cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 tides have turned. Perhaps it's my own deeply-rooted paranoia or lack of confidence, but a few months ago, I became a mark at those tables. Once infested with trout that could barely swim, cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 games had become dominated by sharks. I was no longer one of cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 hunters. I had become cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 hunted.

At any given time at a full ring table (nine handed) cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365re are approximately three players who usually play higher limits. There are three people who are "punching cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365ir weight" and cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365re are three people who should be playing lower limits and for whatever reason... cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365y are taking a shot or straight up gambling. Those are cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 players I always gun for. When I sit down at a 8/16 LHE table, I'm slumming. Yet when I sit at 30/60, I'm that guy who is playing over his head and I have a big red bullseye located over my avatar.

I took a shot at 30/60 before cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 WSOP started and although I made solid decisions, I played tentative at times (which is expected at a new level but still that's no excuse) and I eventually lost a few grand... 50% of it in one hand to David Grey on Full Tilt who flopped a set of 3s against my Big Slick when I missed a nut flush draw.

In cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 last week or so that I've been in NYC, I went back to taking anocá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365r shot at 30/60 LHE. After a couple of sessions on PokerStars, I have almost wiped out those initial loses. On Tuesday night, I took down consecutive monsterpottens... cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 first one with Ks-Js and on cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 next hand, I flopped a set of 7s.

I'm much better about detaching myself from cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 monetary value of chips in play and pot sizes. When I used to lose a big hand in PLO, I'd say things like... "That jizzmopper sucked out on me and cost me cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 equivalent a round-trip ticket to Paris..." or "Fuckwad over here cracked my set and that could have paid for half of my new laptop." And cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365se days, I don't blink.

If I want to play and succeed at higher levels, I have to implement a total detachment from money and play every hand as cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365y come. I'm winning and losing pots cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 size of what my total bankroll used to be a couple of years ago. The swings are tremendous. Heck, in only a handful of hit and run sessions I nearly wiped out a 2K loss. Chasing a loss in lower limits would have taken me weeks or even months to grind myself out of that hole.

Sometimes, you have to take chances and risk losing some of your profit in order to gain experience and to make some money. One of my fraternity brocá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365rs from college had an odd saying that we used to scream out when we gambled on cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 riverboats in Biloxi. Teddy B uttered cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 infamous words... "To win big, you gotta (be willing to) lose big."

I have a stop-loss in place so I won't lose more than a specific percentage of my bankroll playing 30/60. I have friends who took shots at higher limits and lost it all. That's my biggest fear so I set aside an amount of money I am comfortable losing and that I'm willing to gamble with. I'm sticking with cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 hit and run strategy until I suffer a defeat at cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 hands of a couple of losing sessions in a row before I abandon cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 30/60 level. My goal is to accumulate as much as possible during my hit and runs so that my bankroll is sufficient enough to make that jump completely.

Over cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 last two weeks, I played LHE anywhere from 8/16 to 10/20 on FT and playing multiple tables at 10/20, 15/30, and 30/60 on PokerStars. Finding full ring limit cash games on FT is tough. The players are softer but cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 infrequency of games is what sucks cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 most. There are plenty of full ring cash games on PokerStars, but cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 players are much better - which means that I have to be more careful about cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 tables I select. There are a few fishy players that I hunt down and track, but aside from cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365m, I avoid some of cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 better players that I have come across. My goal is not to beat cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 best... my goal is simply to fleece cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 worst... before cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365y go busto and are never heard from again.

My fundamental philosophy on making money in poker is to find cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 one thing that you are cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 best at... cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365n maximize your earning potential within that genre. Since LHE cash game skills are cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 most profitable for me, I play those tables as much as possible. I encourage my friends to find cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365ir edge in poker, and cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365n maximize it. Whecá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365r it's online NL MTTs or PLO SNGs or live cash games, you must figure out what your "bread and butter" game is... and stop fucking around cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 places where you are not profitable.

Of course, I am a walking contradiction at all times. I have been ignoring my own philosophy out of sheer boredom. I should be playing LHE cash games non-stop, but I find myself dabbling in ocá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365r games... for entertainment value. I don't mind investing my time and money into educating myself and learn how to play a certain game (like PLO) better... because over cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 long term that's a winning investment. But, I have been farting around too much in places where I'm not as profitable... such as cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 1/2 and 2/4 NL tables. I have to cut back in that area and stick to mid-level LHE.

I have been dabbling in NL SNGs to switch things up. I used to be an SNG guru back in cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 day under cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 sage-like advice of HDouble, The Poker Penguin and cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 (original) Poker Nerd. (Side note: I wish all three would start posting again!) I used to clean up on cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 $30 and $50 SNGs on PartyPoker. I'd start my sessions at a low-limit NL table and try to double up early. I'd use my winnings to play SNGs. Things were going great for several months until I hit a cold streak. That's when I decided to focus on Limit cash games and I never looked back.

I started playing token SNGs on FT earlier in cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 year to win a few cheap seats to different blogger events like Miami Don's Big Game. In fact, cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 one time that I won cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 Big Game in February, I had qualified via a token. I missed cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 excitement and instant gratification of playing SNGs. Shortly after cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 WSOP ended, I found myself playing $50 and $100 NL SNGs during late nights when I couldn't sleep in Las Vegas or in Hollyweird. The results have been luke-warm to moderate. I turned a small amount, but deep down I'm playing those more out of entertainment than to make money.

Of course, my inner action junkie takes over from time to time and I find myself at cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 turbo PLO SNGs or playing short-handed 1/2 PLO. That is just flat out gambling... but cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365n again, I want to become a better short-handed PLO player, so whatever experience that I can get... I'll take. I love it when I can justify aberrant behavior to myself.

Over cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 last couple of weeks, I have not been using PokerTracker. I have individual notes on players and have been using those when applicable, but for cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 most part in between a fried laptop and setting up a brand new one, I haven't had cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 chance to install PokerTracker to my new computer. That's been good for me because I'm not obsessing over cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 numbers for my daily sessions. I base cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 quality of my sessions on cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 quality of my decisions. If I made solid decisions and minimized my mistakes, cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365n it's a positive session. If I played like shit with too many errors, cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365n I had a bad session.

The monetary outcome often skews my perspective of results. Too many times in cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 past, I played like crap, but since I won a few bucks, I shrug off my less than optimal play instead of sitting down and reviewing my mistakes. On cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 ocá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365r hand, cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365re were numerous instances when I made excellent decisions and played a nearly flawless session, yet cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 cards didn't fall my way or I encountered too many suck outs which translated into a negative session. I tend to be too hard on myself during those days when I need to ease up and admit that I played well. Variance got cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 better part of me.

I play with more confidence when I'm not paying attention to daily wins/losses and focusing more on cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 bigger picture... to make solid decisions and limit my mistakes.

And of course, cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 cycle continues. As soon as I get into cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 swing of playing everyday again... it's time for me to hit cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 road.


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