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2014 Targets: Back in the Saddle

By: mytton @ 18:38 (EDT) / 384 / Comment ( 0 )

I reached my criteria for moving up from 5nl to 10nl by the end of April, but that was when the summer distractions began and effectively limited my Poker time. Truth is, I could have found the time to play more than I did, but somehow the enthusiasm wasn't there. Perhaps there was an element of cold feet about moving up, but mostly I think all the grinding at the tables had been grinding me down too, and I was in need of a break. I had plenty else to keep me busy, anyway.

So my poker has taken a back seat and I have not been posting here at PSO, though I have managed to get to a few live trainings along the way.

But now, after a fallow three months, I have been back playing again for the last few weeks and things have been going really very well. My winrate at 10nl over about 25k hands has been a fraction over 10bb/100. And I played enough in the latter part of August to get back to Silver Star. All very encouraging.

Whether I am enjoying playing more because I am winning, or I am winning because I am happy and confident at the tables is impossible to answer for sure. I suspect it is something of a virtuous circle and the effects feed into each other while they last. I suppose the next downswing will test how resilient my renewed positivity is. Nothing I can do about that of course, but I do hope it's a little way off and the rungood carries on for a while longer.

Strangely, while enjoying this good run, my postflop aggression factor dropped down lower than I can recall it ever being before, at a fraction below 2. It always used to be nearer 3. I don't quite know what the cause is, my cbet rates have not dropped significantly. Perhaps its the introduction of some float plays against TAGs, where I call flops and maybe fold to a second barrel. Maybe I am just calling flop bets too readily now, in general. Anyway, I am not making any specific adjustments for the moment, but just trying to remind myself to remain positive and aggressive in-game, and see how the numbers pan out over a longer period.

Pleasingly, another positive adjustment has been bearing fruit, as my 3bet rate, always horribly low, is now up over 4 and rising, which seems much healthier. I've been finding more and more spots to resteal and squeeze. I've even started to find opportunities to (4 bet) re-resteal a few times, too, which is very satisfying when it works.

My original plan had me playing 100k hands at 10nl, aiming at a winrate of at least 3bb/100, before moving up. That means a profit of at least $300. I've realised that if I can make that profit in fewer hands, then I have no reason not to move on up earlier. My winnings at this level are already $250, so now I have an incentive to try and win $50 more as early as I can, move up to 16nl, and make up some lost time against my targets.

The good news is that the original basic target of getting to 25nl by the end of the year is still very much doable. I just need to trim my volume targets to reduce the strain, and concentrate on playing better more focused more alert poker when I do play.

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