Yeah, this bit me hard last night. I was tired and it was late, but I wanted to clear out my FT bonus before it expires next week, and we're leaving for vacation mid-week so I don't have a lot more time. I used to play strictly cash on Stars, but switched up and have been doing pretty well in MTT/SnG's at FT lately. But that doesn't clear a bonus very fast (not with the time I have to play, and I don't multi-table tourneys).
So last night I fired up 4 tables of 50NL during happy hour, figuring that if I just played TAG and kept about even, I'd clear my FT bonus pretty quickly and end up ahead. Well, my next mistake was turning on auto-rebuy to auto-top me constantly, and not being used to it. So I'm playing along 4-tabling after being away from cash for awhile, and am pretty much card dead for most of the session. When I did have a hand, it was a small-mid PP or unimproved overcards facing a coordinated flop and a lot of action, so I folded a lot of those postflop and just bled off the chips. I seldom limp a pot unless the odds
are staggering and I have passive players behind me, so whenever I saw a flop the pot tended to be sizable. Sometimes I would chase or call them down figuring they couldn't make a hand every time, but of course when I barreled through, they did. I lost count of how many traps I fell into. The accumulation of damage wasn't obvious because of the auto-rebuy. By the time I actually looked at my balance, I had spewed about 5 buy-ins in less than 2 hours -- way more than what I had left to clear on the bonus! Honestly in the long term view it's not a huge deal, and was barely a dent in my BR, but I'm just not used to spewing that much in a short session. And being tired already, it put me on tilt something fierce. I had to force myself to stop playing at that point and resist the urge to try and recover, which was the smartest play I made all night. Lesson learned.
Think I'll forget the rest of the bonus and put off 50NL again until I win/cash another MTT/SnG...