I haven’t been posting that much in my blog, mainly from sheer laziness. I did type up an entry a little over a week ago that was quite long and detailed about online casino reviews, but I accidently lost it by hitting backspace which caused me to return to the previous page instead of deleting the letter I wanted. This was very frustrating as I had spent probably 30 minutes typing the entry (though that number is just a guess).
Recently, meaning about the last month, I’ve been on a pretty big skid. I was up to about $1820 or so on PokerStars, but after many losing sessions at $1/$2, I dropped down to as low as $1630, roughly a $200 losing streak. Recently, I’ve been playing quite well, but I’m still mixing in some bad sessions every now and then. I can’t seem to have a decent losing session (which sounds weird because any losing session can’t be anywhere nice). But what I mean is that all of my losing sessions are pretty big ones, like -$30 ones. My winning sessions are usually only +$15-$20, so that’s not a good ratio.
In the last 7 days, I am up $67 with 5 winning sessions and 2 losing sessions. The only thing is that this decent streak comes on the heels of 4 straight lossing sessions, all fairly significant ones. To say the least, I’ve been quite streaky lately.
Today, I had one session where I lost $30. I think I’ll make that the end of the day, at least on PokerStars. I really didn’t play well. I got involved in too many ‘big’ hands. I consider big hands to be ones where I spend about $5 or more. I made some bad plays where I should have been able to lay down top pair, which happened three times. Once, I had KTo in SB. It was folded to me so I raised, trying to take the BB right there. He reraised me, which though should show strength, doesn’t always since he could obviously tell I was trying to steal. Flop came king high. I figured I had the best hand, so I check called to showdown. BB flipped over AA to beat me. I should have been able to fold this, but I didn’t.
Just something was telling me that I had the best hand. Obviously I was wrong. Another hand was when I was late, raised preflop with AQ and got reraised from BB. I called and the flop came AKx. I called each bet from the BB to showdown where he flipped over AK. Again, I should have been able to muck this hand earlier. I need to work on making bigger laydowns. The last I can remember was with QQ which I posted about on the forums. I had QQ, someone else had KK and the board was all low. I think that I played to very poorly, but at the time, I just could not hit the fold button. Again, I need to work on that.
So not a whole lot went well today. I was luckily able to get back to only being down $30, as I was down about $40 and just about to leave the table when I won a hand with AKs.
On days like this one, where I have a fair amount of time to play some poker, but don’t want to play at PokerStars, I’ve been migrating to PokerTime more and more where I have a free $10. At the start of today, my PokerTime bankroll was about $32. After my PokerStars session and a little break, I hopped on PokerTime to play some $0.50/$1 limit. I play a little looser here since I basically have nothing to lose. I got down early, then got up, but then again, got down and ended up busting out of my $10 buy-in (which is very small for the table anyways). The site provides basically free entertainment with real money play. I might get on there later tonight. Also, this weekend I might try out Full Tilt and PokerRoom (where I’ve almost busted out of). I’ll see how much time I get.
As for tournaments, I have played only one on PokerStars in one month, and that was one of the $0.10 turbos that are basically a joke. I actually did make the money and they put it on a Hold’em NL tourney. It shows a $0 buy-in and $0 for 62nd place. I’m not sure if I will play any tournaments this weekend. It all depends on how I’m feeling at any given time. If I do, they will be MTTs with a maximum buy-in of $5 because I don’t feel like spending much on a tournament that I probably won’t do well in. Aside from the 10 cent game, the only tournament action I’ve seen was the few league matches on Full Tilt that have ended. And just to mention the past league, I again played terribly.
I only made the money once. Luckily it was a win to pay off the season. I bubbled in the standings, making 12th I believe with top 10 paying. Oh well, I didn’t deserve to make the top ten with how I played. Also, my team finished in 4th or 5th, again, not making the podium. No worries though, I made a small amount of money overall ($71 I think) with a $30 bounty I got in the last (or second to last) game. I did blow about $40 away at one point on Full Tilt, when I was partly on tilt from PokerStars. I played $1/$2 limit Omaha H/L at a table with Allen Cunningham (which is the only reason I played there). I lost $20, then lost about $20 more at a $1/$2 limit holdem table. Oh well, I’ll try to be a bit smarter with my Full Tilt money because I do have a legit chance at making that bankroll nice and healthy, even though it would require a lot of work which I don’t feel like doing.
Well, I somehow wrote a whole lot more than I expected to. I guess I just get going with this journal. Oh, and one more thing that I’m happy about. When PokerStars began the whole VIP thing, they moved the 8,000 FPP chip set to SilverStar only. Since I probably don’t play enough to make this, at least on a regular basis, I was thinking that I wouldn’t be able to buy the chips. I’m not sure when, but about a week ago I noticed that PS moved the chip set back to the regular FPP store, still for 8,000 FPPs. Now that I have 8,000, I can now get the chips. I’m not sure when I’ll do it, but I will probably be getting them soon.