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/Feb/2011

Some notes and things that don't matter really...

By: dlinqnt @ 16:59 (EST) / 236 / Comment ( 0 )
So, i played PSO tourney that wasn't part of the skill league, but $1.10 buy in sattelite.  there were't a lot of players or anything, but in that event, i did alright i guess.  9 players got seats to another event that was for money.  i finished 17th due to what can only be called an unnlikely series of events.
   i had AJ and a decent stack and raised on the button. fair enough.  a shorter stack raised all in from the small blind with what turned out to be pocket tens.  i called.  so far, i don't think there's anything wrong with either play.  tens is a great hand with a short stack, and for my own part, calling a short stack raiser with AJ to bring myself closer to the payout is a decent play.  
   i flopped and ace, leaving the short stack with two outs, which he hit onthe river.  that hurt me pretty good, and now i'm under the average stack with only 6 BB left.  I was dealt A3s next and shoved.  i was called by no other hand than pocket tens, which again hit on the flop.  i was behind the whole time on that one, and i'm not saying that is a bad beat. 
   What i'm surprised about is that 10's hit one of the other two tens two hands in a row against my A.  the odds of hitting a set when you have a pocket pair is actually hard against you.  for the same pocket pair to be dealt twice in a row and have that pair hit a set both times is a million to one sort of thing.  especially against the same guy. 
  I don't know the odds, or how to calculate them, but i do know that this particular series of events is extremely rare, and for me, a pain in the ass. 

  anyway, the cash games are going well enough.  the hand sample is too small to make any huge conclusions, but in the short term, i am making more than my stated goal of 3-5bbs per 100 hands.  mostly, i'm not even getting 100 hands per session as i don't have the time.  i play about an hour a day and keep track of how many hands i play and how many bb i make per hour.  with those numbers i'm well above where i am shooting to be. 
   with that in mind, i am doing well.  i'm tracking everything to make sure that i don't fool myself into thinking that i am doing better or worse than i actually am.  i am taking a lot of notes while i'm playing and that is helping to keep me focused on the game and not getting distracted with the tv or what have you.  i also feel that making notes is keeping me from getting carried away and playing bad hands. 
   it may be true, it may just be how things are going at the moment, an upswing instead of the all too familiar downswings.  either way, i am tracking my progress, it's going well, and i'm making a lot of notes.  all of these things will serve me well going forward as i move up the ranks and aim to play higher and higher stakes.  i like to think i'm establishing good habits now that may well prove very valuable later.
   there it is.  my collection of things that don't really matter.  i hope no one has read this far because, let's face it, this isn't an entertaining bit of blogging and their time could have been better spent doing laundry or something.

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