Monday, August 07, 2006

Remember Me

I've barely posted in the past couple weeks and while I can think of a million reasons why I'm going to go with; Man I was running bad.

Now don't get me wrong I live in Vegas and my live is beyond belief but I finally hit the wall and I hit it hard. To be honest I didn't think it was possible to go on any long bad runs playing $1/2 NL but I was getting my ass kicked. Card dead for weeks along with horrible beats when I did get money in with the best hand both of which led to some iffy decision making and some passive play.

I've always read about pros and bloggers going through bad stretches and how it effects their heads and game but I couldn't totally relate because I hadn't been there. Yes I sure that sucks I thought but how long can it really last and how can it really effect you? My bad run lasted only a month and it was really starting to fuck with my head.

Doubt started creeping in and I find myself playing reactive poker which we all know is losing poker. When I really broke it down though the bad run was mostly due to bad beats. Getting rivered to two, three, and four outers nine out of ten hands with my money all in and I'm thinking what the fuck. Getting thirty-two pocket pairs between sets then losing set over set. Getting priced into draws and missing twenty-five in a row. Seeing AA once every few days and getting it UTG and having everyone fold. Getting KK and losing to AA.

Again, I'm not whining here although maybe I should have but this shit was having an effect on my head. It was almost to the point of why get my money in I'm going to get sucked out anyway. July was just barely a positive month thanks to a couple huge wins in the beginning but I dumped a lot of cash on this bad run in the last few weeks.

So instead of whining and posting about my bad run I've mostly bitched a little to some of my good friends who of course were there for support. I will say this though, when it goes bad it can really go bad. I know I've only gotten a small taste of what running bad feels like and I couldn't imgagine it lasting month after month.

I've had some big winning sessions in the last few days, in of all things online cash games, so hopefully things will get turned around. I made money at the Red Rock on Sunday night so lets hope the live poker game comes back around too. I did win eleven sessions in a row before this slide and I was cautious to post about that too as I didn't want to gloat and now I'm glad I didn't. Losing sucks man.

Stay positive and stay profitable.


At 8:03 AM, Blogger Poker Jones said...

Variance is a strange and sometimes awful thing. Keep playing your solid game and the tide will obviously turn.

At 10:03 AM, Blogger slb159 said...

Let's see some more of those tripling your but-in at $100 HE sessions on FT. That was a good show.

At 11:30 AM, Blogger Raveen said...

the key to playing through the varience online is playing more hands. Its same thing live its just bad you cant multi table live. I went through that strench for the month of july just remember dont doubt yourself and stay postive which what ur doing and u'll be fine. Confidence is the key and once u lose that your screwed

At 12:23 PM, Anonymous mookie99 said...

He lives ! Sorry to hear about the bad run, but it sounds like you have the right attitude about everything. Good to hear things are turning back around for you.

At 1:16 PM, Blogger SirFWALGMan said...

Your da Man, the variance will go away and just leave a little ouchie. You know your a winner or you would not have moved to Vegas. Glad to hear its picking up for you! Go get em!

At 2:01 PM, Blogger Matt Silverthorn said...

I hope this marks the end of your downswing. Good luck, and hopefully I will see you at the tables this week.

At 2:12 PM, Blogger drewspop said...

Hang in there bro and stay out of the pits. You are gonna make your money at the table so stay positive.

You can hit the pit when I am there though.

At 2:50 PM, Blogger smokkee said...

i didn't see you make any mistakes while we were at the same table. you just got into sum bad situations. that day at red rock was brutal for me. i think there are much worse players at MGM. i would stick with "Donkey Palace". just keep playing smart poker and the cards will come around. GL

At 2:50 PM, Blogger Hammer Player a.k.a Hoyazo said...

Hey Don, glad to see another post from you. I've missed hearing about your updates from the live felt in Vegas. Glad things have turned around for you lately.

FWIW, I've been through 6-week-long stretches of nothing but shit cards and shit catches for my opponents. I've gone what feels like thousands of hands without any premium starting cards. It always does end -- the trick is just to keep playing your game and not let the bad streak cause you to play bad poker.

Anyways, glad you're back in the fold man. Maybe see you tonight at Mondays at the Hoy.

At 5:18 PM, Blogger Jules said...

My god Don darling, we're going through the exact same thing. I'm getting kicked in the teeth by the proverbial poker goddess.

And yes, I know that variance is a bitch and that this too shall pass. Keep playing the fish at Red Rock with patience and you'll be back to your winning ways in no time.

At 11:36 PM, Blogger Iakaris aka I.A.K. said...

Dont worry. I am on the way, bringing the good cards with me.

Vegas Redux, baby!

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