So I got this system message .....
....... "Hello TheNoob it appears that you have not posted on our forums in several weeks, why not take a few moments to ask a question, help provide a solution or just engage in a conversation with another member in any one of our forums?"
So, ok, my question is this:
Why, oh why, in my first casino tourny last Sunday, did God let that guy hit a straight on the river after he called down my QQ with 56o?
I honestly don't remember the hand exactly (see below), but I think his shove was on the turn.
So early in the tourny, I honestly think I should have considered folding just a big pair to his shove. But I called, he hit the straight and it's time to drive back home. (except I was tilting, so I figured I would hit two blackjacks
in a row starting with a $100 bet and letting it ride ..... so I did )
I was still mildly upset.
But let me tell you my real problem with live poker, and why I just can't tell you the specifics of the hand. First let me say no, I am not on any medication or drugs and have never been diagnosed with a mental problem. Not yet, anyway.
The reason I can't relay the whole hand to you is that I just don't remember. During live play I get this nervousness that, in part, virtually blinds me to what is going on. ESPECIALLY when I have a big hand.
It's some kind of performance anxiety and attention defecit all rolled up into something that is the death of a poker player.
Playing online is SO much different, and this issue was literally a shock to me. Getting confused, not being able to make a correct decision, looking but not really SEEING the board and even having problems performing simple addition to call a raise, let alone figuring outs and pot odds
As you probably know, I'm generally a new player and really only have less than a year experience, all online except for some charity games. But my game has improved significantly and I haven't made a deposit in months. My cash game account has 4 winning months in a row, but it's all micro.
The answer Obi Wan? I suppose like everything else ...... practice.
I started a 'Live Play Log', and I have two pages of notes and details of mistakes (one big hand I started reaching for chips when the guy 2 PLAYERS before me raised! DUMB!!). Prominent are notes to 'calm down' and 'focus', but I really don't know how I am going to accomplish this.
Whatever. I will be back on Sunday to try and improve.
If I have explained my problem well enough, any thoughts or advice will be greatly appreciated.
As always, onward.