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Some lessons are best learned, not taught

By: JCanuck45 @ 21:43 (EST) / 219 / Comment ( 2 )


No matter how many times I tell myself 'be patient'... there is always a crucial moment each week where I say "I think I'm stronger than him" and make a call or re-raise with a second class hand (small pairs, JJ or QQ when an A or K appears in the flop). It's amazing how many times I need the reminder that you need the nutz before you push someone around in the Premier league.

Had AA twice in the first hour of tonight's game... and nobody would bite, even when i min-raise or just call. Then, got QQ, buddy who I read as a gambler shoved my raise with all-in, then another guy went all-in... well, I had to take that action.  My gambling friend had a-rag, which I expected and the other guy had AK offsuit... so I figured the aces were dead.  Of course, a K appears on the river and my game ended before the hour was out.

Earlier in the week... was dealt AA and figured the hand was mine at the flop when a third Ace appeared. Shoved hard and buddy matched me. I couldnt figure what he was doing because there was nothing in the flop except the match for my Aces... but the turn and river gave him the 2 cards he needed for a str8. Sigh!

My whole month seems to be about reminding me that the game has an element of luck to it and this month it is in short supply for me.

On the plus side, I keep meeting friends and making new ones.  I really enjoy any table that includes some light and fun chatter. Somehow losing is not losing in that environment.

Anyway... back to my real job.  Keep enjoying the games and be sure to say hi when you see me.


Hey... just checked back and someone actually read this.  Cool!

Well... the learning continues.  Still learning to read other players... doing much better against those I have seen before.  That Notes feature is there for a reason... and now that I am usin g it, I am getting better against familiar players.

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