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as i remain precariously balanced...

By: ketchup143 @ 14:49 (EDT) / 53 / Comment ( 1 )

so im in a weird sort of spot right now in my poker development...i keep sliding between 10nl holdem/pl omaha and 25nl holdem/pl omaha. i only have $136 in my bankroll as it stands, but i don't feel any threat buying in for 25 dollars on one of these bigger tables. i am beating the games slightly, because i am above a break even player. its the tournaments that i play that really are hurting me. i like to play this format called "triple-up," where the top three players all cash for exactly three times the buyin. so if it's a 3 dollar tourney, u cash for 9. i discovered today that playing these long term will not be beneficial, unless i were to consistently cash in the bigger buyin triple-ups that are offered. the reason i like it is because no one is gunning for first place, since first through third are all the same. however, everyone remains with similar stack sizes, and the game starts to grind to a halt with everyone jocking for position. typically, the first eliminations are not until midway through the 25/50 level, or sometimes one player goes early and the next won't go until then. 

today, i played a 3 dollar triple-up perfectly. the blinds were 75/150. i was on the bb and it was folded around to the sb, who limped in. there had been a lot of limping in this tourney, especially from early position. i took advantage of this as much as i could, but i only got to the showdown twice, both times with just one pair, and ended up chopping it. i won most of my stack from two nicely executed bluffs i had performed earlier--one on the sb with T9; i raised it to 90 at 15/30 with two limps in front of me. only one person called, and i triple-barrel bluffed it to pick up a nice pot and put me in first place for the moment. the second time was on the button with 92s. there was one limp and i raised it to 4x. the limper folded and i picked up the pot. see, it's about picking up small pots when the opportunity is there. i was tired of all the limping, and i wanted to do something about it! and since i was on the button, i made it happen.

anwyay, the sb limped and i raised 3.33x to 500 with Q8s. the limper called. the flop came Q9x with two hearts. at this point, i had about 1650 in chips, while my opponent has 3600. he checks and i check back. the turn is the 8 of hearts. he checks again and i bet 200. he raises me all in. at first, i was afraid maybe he had a better queen, but with my made two pair i have to call. he turns over 66 with a heart. the fourth heart hits the board on the river, and i bust out short of the money yet again. another frustrating result, but it's not too hard to get over having only lost 3 dollars plus the 30 cent rake. it sure beats losing my 10 dollar buyin on 10pl omaha cash tables. i manage to get stacked in omaha at least once a week with my aggressive play, but don't end up losing much with what i make up for it in holdem and the 5nl/pl games i play, plus the 5 dollar heads-up sng cashes that i get about 65% of the time. that probably only goes for a 2 dollar profit or less, but i really make the other guy work for it, and there's not that many bad players left that play these, as i often have to play 50 or more hands to win these, turbo or regular. i've limited myself to no tournaments above a 10 dollar buyin, even though i still break this rule and sometimes play a 12 dollar tourney just for kicks. my bankroll has tottered from a high of 158 to a low of 105 over the last few months. this is all after winning an mtt that gave 3000 chips to start (called a ds for double-stack) back in early march that paid me 100 dollars, as my bankroll was down to just 44 dollars before that.

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