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out of practice, and really suffering for it

By: ketchup143 @ 11:32 (EST) / 423 / Comment ( 0 )

i haven't been able to play online poker for 2 months now due to some deposit issues on other sites. now the problem is that the sites' servers have been down for about a week and there's nothing i can do but wait. play money is just too boring and pointless to even give a second thought. i've been reading poker articles here and there, but the learning experience stays in first gear if u can't get on the felt. i've also been pretty busy with school lately. i had big chunks of time over the thanksgiving break, but that was about it. this is finals week and i got tons of work to do today and tomorrow, but yet i still can't get my mind off poker. i usually can't.

this got we wondering about my future in poker. i would have been playing live for awhile if i didn't have to travel over 100 miles to get to a casino that has poker (st. louis or kansas city). from my experience, there just aren't enough bad players to really move up in stakes really fast. perhaps this is just due to my own bad play (not perhaps, i know it is :wink: ). my play can sometimes be affected greatly by my change in mood. when i do something really stupid, it often takes me 12-18 hours to get over it. i wish i could just know if i made a good play or not. i agonize over the play of so many hands that it drives me nuts. i don't think i'll ever be able to successfully take my hand off the raise button. i feel like a quarterback, or a point guard, that keeps trying to do too much. i try to win hand after hand, and just end up in a big hole. i could never get my percentage of seen flops down to 15% unless i was literally getting nothing better than 8 hi. even then, i'd probably be seeing the flop on almost every button plus one more hand like a blind or a cutoff, every round (22%). i don't know if i have all the skills to be playing so aggressively.

when i finally get back to the tables, i really want to focus more on cash tables and step back for the tournaments. then, i think i will just stick to heads up tournaments, cause i tend to do fairly well in these. when i play the same formats over and over, i can get stuck in the same strategy. this is very boring; it doesn't challenge me to try as much as an unfamilair format would. in one table sngs that pay the top 3 (9 players), i usually finish either 9th, 8th, 4th, or 1st :-P . i know, it seems strange. this obviously isn't always the case, but my play tends to put me in these four spots. if i finish 2nd or 3rd, it's usually b/c my stack has dwindled and im just hanging on, trying to move into the money against some really big stacks. mtts make me think im better than i am since hundreds of players are always busting long before i do, but yet i still am not cashing near enough times to make it worth while. i just don't seem to get paid off when i have my ultra big hands, and yet i seem to run into really big hands a lot more. i think this is because my understanding of big hands is a lot narrower range than most people i play against. these players aren't willing to fold sets no matter what, or even big two pairs. im able to fold these AND big draws if i know it won't be profitable. im just not afraid to make big calls and big folds, but i still haven't won much. i know it is my fault, and i am highly motivated to get better.

think im going to "mechanicalize" my play a whole lot more. that is, i'll hold off on "i just felt like it was right" plays i've made in the past that have made me lose, and try to think less deeply about situations. after all, i don't play higher than 10nl. this requires a lot less thinking and more rote mechanical playing. there doesn't need to be as much perceived manipulation from my part, as players are going to do what they want to do no matter what i "perceive" they should be seeing from my play. if they don't see it, they can't react to it. there are going to be a lot of plays from my opponents that don't make sense, and i just have to avoid putting myself in tough situations.

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