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I've not posted for a while as I've been busy with work. It might not sound fun but going to work and getting paid rather than playing poker is certainly a +ev decision!

The last blog I wrote got a bit 'emo' and I posted way too many videos which is why pokerstars probably didn't authorise it. I'll be keeping this one a little bit lighter in terms of videos.

I was on the biggest losing run I've been on for a long time previously but I did manage to turn it around somewhat and get some ITM finishes and I was generally playing a bit better. I gave the big bang tournament a good go, I was running really well in the first hour but then was getting stuck as my CSI was decreasing.

I won a satellite for the micro millions, wasn't too impressed with my play in the beginning but I thought I played really strong in the bubble. I've got a lot to learn still but I have noticed my play when I have around 6-7 CSI has improved. This perhaps because I find it easier to simply push or fold depending on my hand and means I haven't got to face difficult decisions on the flop. My micro millions adventure didn't go too well. Didn't have much action in the first hour and in the second hour I was making some very poor situations.

I've been trying to put a bit more study into getting better. I got Jared's book on the mental game of poker as an audio book which has been interesting to listen to. Whilst it may be aimed at those who have got the foundations of playing correct first, I still found there was a lot for me to take in. For instance I'm going to try and do more blog posts and Jared recommends writing diaries and blogs is a good way to see where to improve or where improvements have been made.

Listening to Jared made me realise that I may be reading a lot of topics that are too advanced for me right now and that I need to fix the more basic problems first before I can progress. Jared is definitely correct about this as often I can feel too overloaded with all the information on poker that is out there. I may have also been struggling recently as I will now often over analyse situations where as before ignorance may have been bliss! I'm aware of the mistakes I make now (Jared would call this this conscious incompetence) but I've now go to learn how to fix these.

So I've gone back to basics and just looked at hand selection, looking at board texting and sizing my bets. I struggled with the two games I played yesterday and today as I had a bad run of cards which meant I was playing super tight. In the first game I played I was quite happy with my play around 6-7 CSI, unfortunately QJs ran into KK though and it was game over.

Here's a play from this morning that I'm quite unhappy about. I went to the place in my brain that had stored the information I'd been studying on the game and the mental game but unfortunately there was a 'closed' sign outside. This lead to the following play:

I calculated my outs wrong was the main problem. This villain had played pretty loose and he'd bluffed before which is why I called him on the flop. The turn card was interesting (in the end it was actually worse for me but more on that in a bit) I calculated I had 16 outs, however I think saying the ace was an out was a mistake. I thought against his range 2:1 was good odds so I called. What I wish I would have done was to bet half the pot and then decide what hand he had based on whether he called or re-raised. The ace came up on the river, I'm really disappointed I went all in here, I figured a lot of my chips were in the pot already and I'd see this villain lose to just ace high previously.

Next time I'm hoping to post a few more hands to look at. I'm going to take Jared's advice and try to analyse them within a couple of hours of playing them.

All the best on the tables


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