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Sunday 21st November 2010

By: overpast @ 07:16 (EST) / 344 / Comment ( 0 )
So, I'm under the impression I can win tournament tickets by talking to myself,  so here goes.

I have a theory poker is like driving - everyone thinks they are better than they are. I think I am a slightly worse than breakeven player. I typically have $0-$100 in my account, I play the Quarter Million every Sunday for $11 and I play a lot of 6-max sit and goes usually the $6.60 18 player one. I don't write it all down but I think I cash in these a decent percentage of the time and this keeps my account turning over. I sometimes have to deposit £20 or £30 - hence the slightly worse than breakeven, but it mostly funds itself. Sometimes I think I should just take the plunge and deposit £200 or £300 and then see if I never have to do it again, but haven't done this yet.

I will also look out for other low stake games and will have a shot up to maybe $20. I like the game but am not looking for a ruinous gambling habit. I will also sometimes take shots at satellites for bigger games - I know there is a theory you shouldn't try to satellite into games you couldn't otherwise afford and I don't do it much. There is an $11 game on Saturday night (for me in the UK) into the Sunday Million. 100 seats are guaranteed and you can satellite into the satellite for $3 so I used to do that, but only qualified once and it took until about 1am so I have stopped doing it because it is a drain on my account for the percentage of times I will qualify and 1am is late. I also take occasional shots at cash games, but again, don't really have the bankroll to do it much. Sometimes I win, sometimes I lose. I also play a small amount of PL Omaha, with some surprising success given that I don't really know what I'm doing.

I recently discovered there is an $11 game every day with $40,000 guaranteed so I gave that a go. about 8,000 played with about 1,200 getting paid and I came about 800 but this was still the first level of getting paid and only $15 and it took three and a half hours, so I won't be doing that again. I nearly got knocked out in the first five minutes. I lost AA to 46 suited, then I had 7 something in the big blind and it folded around to the small blind who limped in and the flop was J7 something, I think like a 9 or a 10 so there was an unlikely looking straight possible and he checked, so I bet and he called. Then the turn was another 7 and he checked and I bet again and he called again, so I'm a bit puzzled about this. The river is a 4 which looks like a blank but he leads out with a big overbet - like 150% of the by now reasonably big pot, so I'm thinking about the unlikely straight, but its not really making any sense and it looks like he has a missed draw and thinks he is betting a scary amount to make me fold and I'm pretty sure three 7s is good most of the time and call. He has 44, which seems unfortunate, but you have to say its a good bet because he obviously knows I have no idea what he has. Plus it could have been worse as I nearly shoved to show him what's what and I actually thought calling as opposed to folding or shoving was a bit rubbish. Anyway, I hung on and made the money in the end.

I'm interested in the game, I read about it on forums and stuff and I watch on tv. I think the standard of tv poker is often surprisingly poor and it is rare that you see anything too out of the ordinary. I'm amazed some of the 'big names' ever won a penny. Plus it is hard to really learn anything from it as it is completely different to low stakes games, if you ask me. This week on the Premier League for example, there was a hand where Vanessa Russo limped in with 65 suited in early-ish position, Yevgeniy Timoschenko (I might have spelled that wrong) raised with KJ and Luke Schwartz three bet with 64 off suit. Vanessa folded, Yevgeniy 4 bet, Luke shoved all in 6 high and Yevgeniy folded. Of course on a table full of pros playing for a lot of money this is total genius, its all Luke knows Yevgeniy knows Luke knows Yevgeniy knows Luke knows... but try this for $11 on a Sunday night and you will get eaten alive and soundly abused in the chat box as KJ is never folding and who knows maybe 65 suited won't either and you are dominated with a dodgy kicker.

So I have a ticket for this week's Quarter Million, which Poker Stars gave me for playing a lot of freerolls (it feels slightly disreputable, but I will do more or less anything to get into more games). I think of the Quarter Million as a test of character rather than poker with about 30,000 playing. I cash some of the time, though not quite as often as I think I should, though probably everyone thinks that. My best ever is about 800 and something, and strangely I did this two weeks in a row and started to think I had suddenly turned a corner and become much better, then everything just went back to normal. I will let you know what happens, as long as it isn't too embarrassing. 
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