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Nervous anticipation.

By: CptKevUK @ 07:09 (EDT) / 273 / Comment ( 0 )

BR $140. I played a couple of hands of zoom before bed having taken the evening off from the grind. Had a good read on a crazy Russian to my left so 4 bet him pre flop with 99. I had an over pair to the board, shuved (just over pot size), he calls with AKo......yep, K on the turn. It was just that kind of day.


So, yesterday was clearly not a good day. I guess it wasn't a disasterous day either, I didn't go on mega tilt and burn off my precious stack, but I was left feeling wobbly about my play and not over confident about my grinding challenge.

Now the question is how to approach today? Well, in an ideal world I'd take a couple of days off , go fishing, and then come back afresh. Problem is I don't like fishing.

And so I'm going to have to come up with a plan that gives me the best chance of not only being up on $140 at the end of today but also shows that I can play when things are slightly against me. Poker is a funny one in that a 'day at the office' is never automaticaly a zero sum gain. It's not like I can just play poker and not worry if I don't get much done, then go home. It will cost me something to sit down and play, it will cost me a lot (more) to sit down and play badly.

My plan then is to do two things.

A. play fewer tables i.e. 2-4 (no more than 6 for sure)

B.sit down with no more than 100bb (rather than the 250 allowed at 2c/5c)

C.really work on the side of my game that needs most attention, ranging my oponents.

D.give myself enough time to think through my marginal river calls.

Did I say two things?! Make it four!!

That hand with AQd yesterday. Calling would have been understandable. Shuving was just not necessary. I had that guy tagged in purple, my colour for a quality player. I didn't need to invest 250bb into a pot where I had 45% equity at best and possibly, asi t turned out, only 15%.

Those are the things I need to work on and if I'm going to be a winning poker player I need to know I can make those decisions when I'm playing my B or even C game, as well as my A game.

So, that's what I'm going to do.

Wish me luck!

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