Monday, May 01, 2006

May Day

No visits to the Strip today due to about 100K Protestors. I am interested in how the walkout will affect the casinos.

I had one of those weekends where I really did nothing. Carmen SinCity and I met up with GCox Friday for the Sahara Tournament. Best cards I saw all day was K-9 sooted so I bled to death and came in 19th. Carmen and Gary also had little in the way of cards and finished in 14th and 15th. The three of us played at the MGM afterwards which was short and sweet. Gary only had a couple of hours so Carmen and I stuck around after Gary left.

I was so card dead that I actually got out the I-Pod. Usually I enjoy the table banter but I was getting so frustrated that I needed the music to keep myself calm. I folded 62 hands in a row at one point. Yes I was bored so I counted. I also played a game I named "Find A Black 7." I did really well at that game because a black 7 continually was the first card I saw in my hole no less than 15 times during the 62 consecutive folds. This gives me hope though because some day in the probable distant future I'm going to look down and find a red A every three hands and depending upon it's mate I might have a sizzling hot day.

I love the NFL Draft. I spend all day Saturday watching the draft, digging deep into my fantasy baseball teams, (1st, 2nd, 2nd, 2nd so far) and checking out some NBA play-offs. A much needed day of rest....until we decided to check out the Red Rock Poker Room at about 9pm.

We played about 5 hours and I showed a very small profit but I really feel like something clicked. We had to wait about an hour for a seat so I spend my time looking for the guy with the Glass Eye and watching the big boys play 5-10NL.

This game has no maximum buy-in and the cash plays so the mountain of chips and $100 bills was amazing to me. For as much money as these guys had on the line the game was really friendly. The players openly discussed hands and betting patterns so I was close enough to see the cards and hear the talk. I do know that I have neither the knowledge nor the balls to go anywhere near that table other than to watch.

My session was up and down and at about 1am we decided to split a fat burger. It was there over some small talk that, as I mentioned earlier, something kind of clicked. I noticed a small leak in my game and was anxious to get back to the table and see if I could do something with it. My stack was down to about $100 and in the last hour that we played I managed to leave with $223.

I had been running very well until the last few sessions and I'm convinced what happened was I was lulled to sleep by any squeaky tight tables. When 7 limpers are all seeing a flop it made me kick in my $2 with a much too wide range of cards. So now between the $2 adding up and the -EV when I did hit my flop with crappy cards I was starting to play LuckBox (losing) Poker.

In that last hour or so I started raising in position to eliminate the limpers, raising with proper starting hands to isolate, re-raising lame bets that smelled of weakness after the flop, and really getting back to my TAG style of play. I didn't win any huge pots because of this but all the small and mid-sized pots added up quickly.

Looking back I had started to become what I hate, a tight-weak player. No more. Most of the 1-2NL games here in Vegas are soft and to adapt to certain table styles was a mistake. Thankfully it only took a few bad sessions to figure this out and I look forward to getting back to the felt and start being a winning player again.

It's all about starting hands and position and I will not forget that.

Hope everyone had a profitable weekend. See you at the tables.


At 3:09 PM, Blogger jjok said...

Mavericks sweep? Nice

Cowboys taking the stud LB from Ohio State? Nice

You're getting to regularly play live in LV...... unbelievably jealous am I.

At 3:30 PM, Blogger Hammer Player a.k.a Hoyazo said...

Wow Don, 62 straight folds. That has to be one of the worst streaks I've ever heard of. Does that include any hands where you won without seeing the flop, or at least limped to a flop or bet preflop (a bad but not unheard-of streak), or does that mean 62 straight times you folded right off the bat preflop (which would be a historically bad run as far as I'm concerned)?

And yes I know what you mean about the black 7 game. Just last week I must have received Q3o as my starting cards in an online tournament at least 10 times over a 60-hand span. It was unreal.

How come nobody ever gets dealt AA 10 times out of 60 hands? Anyone? Anyone?

At 5:26 PM, Blogger Miami Don said...

62 straight folds including the blinds. There was always a raise on my blinds so I didn't even get to limp those. So for 62 consecutive hands I didn't see a flop.

I laugh now.

At 6:13 PM, Blogger GaryC said...

62 straight sort of sounds like all of us at the Sahara tourney. I know for a fact I only saw one flop before the first break. Horribly cold deck.

Again, I enjoyed myself alot Don, thanks for the hospitality.


At 9:41 PM, Blogger Kipper said...

62 straight folds! Your as tight as Gary!!

At 3:32 PM, Anonymous mookie99 said...

Damn, everytime I read your posts, I can't wait to get out to Vegas and play. June 11th can't come quick enough. How often do you guys get to play live each week ? Also do you guys play any tourneys at all and if so which ones ?


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