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Post #4: Beginning to play 10nl, 6 max

By: Tyirl @ 01:57 (EST) / 359 / Comment ( 0 )

When I started playing on TSTSNBN I really had it in my mind that I would work on my cash game skills. I want to be able to go play cash games in casinos and make a profit, and if I can ever play on Pokerstars in the future I want to be able to grind cash games for profit and vpps, etc. As mentioned in the last post I took $70 and started playing 10nl, 6 max. I know $70 isn't the correct bankroll to play 10nl, but I just don't want to send that much money to that site. If I lose it then I can send more, but I don't plan to leave much money on that site at any time. I don't really think it's safe.

So far I haven't been able to put in any volume to speak of due to work. I have been trying to only play when I am well rested so I can really judge my play accurately. I don't want to play like crap and then just be able to tell myself that the only reason that I played that way was because I was tired or whatever. I have been playing on the site for two and half, going on three months and have only played about 6000 hands. The sample size is too small to be able to have any confidence in win/loss rate. Hell, at this rate it's going to take a whole year just to get a proper sample size. At least at this point the returns are positive. In the first 4k hands I was up $120 to make the bankroll $190, then I started playing mind games with myself. In my head I was saying things like "This obviously can't go on like this", "You're just on a heater, and the luck is gonna run out", "The other shoe is gonna drop any time now and you will just lose it and have to redeposit", "You are a terrible lover" ... WHOA! what the fu--! Oh, that last one was my ex girlfriend. I can't believe she's still in my head. GEEZE! ... Anyways, of course I did start losing money. The bankroll went back down to $110, then I regrouped and started building it back and now it's sitting at about $145.

Those are some kind of silly swings for only 6000 hands at 10nl. Especially the last 2000 where I went down $80, then back up $35. In there somewhere I started thinking about what I need to do to be more consistent.

To start with I needed to work on avoiding big mistakes. That sounds pretty obvious now that I write it down, lol. I would be playing and be up $5 or $10 on one table while another would be down $5 or $10. This is normal I'm sure, but I started to realize that often the table where I was down money was from one big mistake. If I didn't make that one bad call on the river (or whatever the mistake was) then I would be having a winning session instead of break even or losing session. I needed to actively tell myself: "Avoid the big mistake" when someone would make a large bet or raise against me. This would get me to take a moment to actually think about what was going on instead of just making an instant decision.

Another thing was that I was definitely playing too many hands and needed to cut down. I have a little problem with letting hands go pre-flop. There is a feeling that a kid gets when they see a puppy, and ask Mom if they can keep it, but Mom says no. It's like a small feeling of sadness and loss in the heart. That's how I feel when I have to fold a hand pre-flop, *sigh*. I don't have any poker tracking software, but on TSTSNBN they have a little "stats" tab. It mostly just has some useless stuff such as it tells me the ratio between how many times I have raised compared to how many times I have called. What am I supposed to glean from that info? That I raise more often than I call? ... duh. It does have two pieces of info on it that I use though. One is that it shows how much I have won or lost on that table so far in that session. The other is that it shows how many flops I have seen compared to how many hands I have been at the table. It shows it like 25 out of 100, and also as a percentage like 25 percent. When I was starting out I was seeing over 40 percent of the flops! That's not counting hands where I raised pre and got all folds, lol.

I knew that I needed to cut down on the percentage of hands I was playing. I had been thinking about this, and decided at some point before a session that I would be really strict and try to control myself. While playing this session it felt like I wasn't doing anything at all, and I thought I must be playing such a small percentage of hands that everyone at the tables must be thinking I was super tight. Then I looked at the stat tab and it showed that I was still seeing over 30 percent of the flops! I was only playing two tables at a time because I don't really have any experience multi tabling. I had planned to add more tables as I became more comfortable. I heard in PSO training that if you feel like things are going too slowly, then you might consider  adding more tables to play. I decided I would start playing four tables, then I should be able to keep busy while playing a smaller percentage of hands. It didn't exactly work out that way. Instead of playing two tables where I was seeing over 30 percent of the flops, I was playing four tables where I was seeing over 30 percent of the flops. Eventually, I began to get a grip on it. I have cut it down to where I am seeing around 22 to 25 percent of flops now if I'm doing good, and I actually like it. I don't get myself into as many weird spots where I don't have a clue what to do. I just have to be able to let those pretty hands like 75s from UTG go ... sometimes




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