Hi everyone. I think I'm looking for an outlet for my frustration, hence the reason for starting this blog
But first, l'll introduce myself. My online name is IrishAnd (I'm Irish and called Andy, imaginitive, huh?). I've only been playing poker since July this year (2010). Before that cards had only been family games with the wife and kids.
I downloaded my stats yesterday, and in that 3 1/2 months, I've played 1951 games, the vast majority of which have been SNG's. i quickly discovered that having zero experience and playing cash games resulted in very quick emptying of my balance. as a rule, I play $3.40 Turbo's and the occasional Tourney and have only deposited about $80, so I'm learning and managing to (almost) keep my head above water.
I've been reading like a maniac over the last 3 months and absorbing every piece of information I can find to (try and) help me improve my game.
The 1st book I read was Phil Hellmuth's Play Poker Like the Pro's, which I must say was a real help and thoroughly recommended for anyone starting out. Immediately after reading this, I went from negative balances to winning cash in 70% of all the SNG's I entered.
Then I read Phil Gordon's Little Blue Book, again a highly recommended book for anyone starting to play poker. my play starting becoming a little more adventurous and I still made money on most of my SNG's.
The next book on the list was Gus Hansen's Every Hand Revealed. A very enjoyable read, but I had to put it down before I was a 1/3 way through. It turned me into a complete bluffing idiot. I can't describe how loose and how adventurous my play became. I started busting out of about 80% of the SNG's I played in.
As I was playing sush a high percentage of SNG's, next on the list was Colin Moshman's Sit 'n Go Strategy . Again an excellent read and highly recommended as an improvers book. My game win rate settled again and even started climbing towards overall break even. Looking Up.
A friend then lent me Dan Harrington's Harrington on Hold 'Em, Vols 1 & 2. 1 is finished, and I'm 1/4 way through vol 2. a v sobering and solid read, which answered most of the questions I found myself wondering about from time to time. Highly recommended.
As you can read, I have taken this very seriously, I have been immersed in both the theory and table time practice itself for the last 3 months and I am honestly improving. There are three fundamental areas which continually have me shaking my head while driving to work the following day.
1. I can't let go of a hand, even when my gut, heart and head tell me that I'm beat.
2. The amount of people who play the most ridiculous cards and suck out is astounding.
3. Every book I have read puts AK suited or offsuit as a Group 2. I absolutely hate the hand, I can truly say that I have paired AK less than 15% of the time and lost a fortune in chips on the hand. I dread seeing it coming.
In the duration of writing this blog, I have had AK 3 times, and not matched a pair on a single occasion. Some other poor donkey put his stack on AK and lost to pocket 4's. I hate the hand with a passion.
My question to the world at large is what do you do with it. I see so many people going all in with huge stacks on AK, and in my mind they are paid off continually. Does anyone else feel the same way, or am I on my own here?
I have another quesry to the world at large. As I've mentioned above, I am complete newbie to Poker in general, and as such do not have anyone who I could consider or approach as a mentor.
Is there anyone out there with a solid background and good record who would consider mentoring me, possibly watching me play, give advice, query my actions etc. Maybe we could split the pot on any winnings?
Anyway, back to my SNG.
Later and thanks for reading