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/Feb/2014

Zoom is the Present, and Maybe the Future #5

By: Tonk Shuffle @ 04:56 (EST) / 307 / Comment ( 1 )

I'm going to switch things up a bit, and show the hands of interest first. I had gotten all the money in pre-flop KK vs J7s, and the villain hit his flush. I also lost with AA a couple of times. Then:

#1. This villain got my stack the last two times we faced off against each other - rivered both times. Imagine his delight to see me again in the big blind. I muck losing hands, but he must have had some idea that both times he was behind at the point that the money went into the pot. This time I decided to slow play my set rather than trying to force him off his hand - though forcing him off a draw did not work previously. Guess what he had!

#2 This hand tilted me on more than one level. It put me past my stop loss for the day, so I had to stop playing. It put me back across the threshold to where I am again a lossing player at Zoom. I was also choked that this idiot would be giving away the $$$ he just took from me as soon as possible to somebody else. Watching someone get it in bad against me and hitting runner - runner also tilts me. Normally when someone check raises me allin I fold TPTK. However, I had previously taken concise accurate notes on his playing style - two words, "Mindless shovebot." Nice hand, well played, Sir!

 

After week one of February I was +9.58/100bb. Two sessions later I wiped out those gains, and January's as well. Just when it looks like I am beating 2NL the downswing hits back. Oh well, if cannot win a hand, so be it. What is more important is to make the best decisions as I play. If I go broke, so be it. I will not be folding stronger hands to weaker players any time soon, neither will I bluff passive players who cannot fold bottom pair.

Last month I finished reading "Ace on the River" by Barry Greenstein. If you enjoy reading and enjoy poker then I recommend this book. Partly a biography, he discusses several 'big picture' topics, as well as some hands, and advanced play. But he dismisses internet poker lightly by arguing that one cannot become a good player only via the internet. So keep this in mind if your only interest in poker is online.

Felix said in live training that "Easy Game" by Andrew Seidman was a book that helped him. So this is what I am currently reading. It is in two volumes: The first is the basics, the second is more advanced. My impression of volume one is that it really makes strong points without being wordy. I read some reviews that argue that over simplifies some concepts. But to my minds eye it has changed the way I view different types of players, how to expliot certain situations, and how to apply theoretical concepts. This book - so far - seems to be a good suppliment to many topics that come up in live training classes such as: Betting, hand reading and ranging, aggression, isolation, board textures, etc. I am halfway through volume two, and will discuss more about it as soon as I am finished reading it. 

Right now with my game at 2NL there is a distinct flow of play that is somewhat perplexing. (Separate from all the regular variance suckouts.) If I raise from early to middle position, someone in position often calls pre-flop, calls the continue bet - if I choose to make one - and either takes the pot away on the turn or river. According to LeakerTracker I fold too often, but I have now won only two hands (from middle position) in the last three weeks at showdown when I have called the villain's river bet. I have only caught two bluffers. Everyone else seems to catch the cards. I think that I should adust my game here, somehow. What do you think? Should I discourage loose passive callers by opening 4x, 5x, 6x, or more. Should I make my continuation bets pot sized? Or would this only increase my loses? I do not open 'light' in early position. Tell me of your experiences.

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