Originally Posted by PotluckXXI
Yeah ABC poker seems to work best at micro-stakes with recognizing situations in which you can profit. I tried to out play at micros and got killed by crying calls and slow played monsters, I learned that they usually tell you exactly what they have if you have been paying attention to how they play.
Yeah, crying calls were and partially still are a big part of my -EV plays. And the biggest problem is that oftentimes crying calls tend to be for VERY large pots, so they can really decimate your winrate (lose-rate for me?).
Booked my first winning session in weeks yesterday, and had a good session with very marginal profit today as well. Though the money made is nothing to applaud over (I don't think I even beat the rake with my profits today), I know that I'm playing a lot better and I'm regaining some confidence. It also feels good to get more volume in - I actually have the time to play real sessions, and I'm now -$50 over 5,000 hands. Obviously not ideal, but I think that if I can keep my discipline up, I can turn this around in the longrun, and hopefully turn this into a profitable summer.
And duggs, as for whether I prefer cash or tourneys... That's a tough question. They really are different beasts, each with their own complexities. But I think the toughest thing is playing them both in conjunction with each other. The few times I've tried to play cash and tourneys at the same time, it messed with my head just a bit, and I think I played sub-optimally because of it. But even from day to day, I find that focusing on one rather than the other is helpful because I become more immersed in the strategy and theory.
So for now, I'm focusing on cash. I think in the long run it will actually help my tourney game too, since I see the early game as one of the areas of my tournament play that has a lot of room for improvement (well relatively - I have room for improvement everywhere!). I think I play the late stages of donkaments pretty well, which is why I've managed to turn a small profit (okay okay, I know, LOL sample size still).
To finish off the monster-answer to your very simple question: I don't know that I prefer one to the other, but for right now, I'm sticking with cash. The desire to improve at it is a strong motivator for me right now, both in terms of studying and getting in volume. I've played multiple 2-3 hour sessions every day for the past four days (that's almost unheard of for me because of school), and for the past two days I've also put in an hour of study/hand analysis and review. (Who would thunk I could be losing with KK...)
My goal for probably the next few days is to work on playing the pocket pairs from all positions, but especially EP. So far the only pocket pairs I'm profitable with are aces (my most profitable hand type overall), nines, sevens, fours, and deuces. Still kind of LOL sample size for a lot of this, but the fact that KK is one of my biggest losing hands needs to change. I'm going to work on KK, QQ, JJ, and TT all individually and separately, then attack the medium and lower pocket pairs. Wish me luck!