the whole poker concept is starting to click for me, new view
I'm basically writing this for me, as I like to put thoughts down in writing, helps reinforce it in my mind, and for you all to see and maybe point out flaws in my thinking or even help you out with your game.
I think this game as a WHOLE is starting to click in my head. Should have a long time ago, I mean, I always KNEW these things, just disregarded a lot of it. Not just the playing the cards part, becaues I've always been confident in that and never really doubted my abilities as a player, but all the things it takes to be a consistently winning player, such as bankroll management, tilt control.
No more whining about bad beats, ever. Ive finally realized that all moaning accomplishes is making u feel worse, and makes you make worse plays. And nobody cares. I may still post a beat that cost me in a tourney sometimes, but It wont be a moan post.
Tilt Control- Recently I've been good about not tilting. If I start playing and the cards mess with me alot, I just quit and play later. Also not playing way over my bankroll helps this a lot. I think a lot of the times I tilted before, a big reason was because the money mattered a lot to me and I felt like I was "screwed" and started pressing to get it back. Im finding walking away easier than it was before, like the other day first hand of a sng i got AA all in preflop and got ran down by AK, then next tourney I flopped a set of aces only to get ran down by runner runner flush by a guy drawing to a 8 high flush, and I just closed the laptop and said screw it. Came back later that night and placed in 3 out of 5 sng's.
Bankroll Management- I'm really serious about properly managing my roll this time around. When i built up that 4k on stars, I cashed out a much needed 2500 and tried to built it back back up quick as possible playing 10/20 limit. One night ran into someone who was extremely good. He was playing way UNDER his roll and constantly 3 bet-capped everything. He got on a real lucky run of cards and had me seriously tilting to the point of calling him down with Q high and things like that, and he always seem to know when I had it and never paid me off, seriously he had me tilted so hard I didn't even realize how much money he was taking from me. Learned a much needed lesson though. Recently party gave me 25 bucks to play with, which I grinded out to about 150 playing 6$ 20 man sng's, and am now sitting at about 600 dollars after a week. Yes, I did cut a few corners in the BR management to get there but now I can play for respectable stakes (20$ sng's for now). I basically got the bulk of it in a 77$ SNG which I took down. I did that because grinding 6 dollar sng's is very unpleasant to me. And what I notice is the 20$ sng's on party are WAAAAY easier for me than they used to be. I dunno if i'm just a lot better than I used to be a few months ago when I played those alot or there are alot more donks, but I see some REALLY bad plays in these, and once you get down to 5 handed or less, they are mostly weak-tight, just good enough to get there, just bad enough to be easy to read. they'll usually let you know when they've got a hand and when they don't, and are easy to bluff out of pots on things like 4-flushes or straights or just raising the flop when u think they missed, and believe me they'll let you know if they have an opair, they'll usually rock an all in with any overpair.. a lot of them dont understand basic push or fold situations. I find the 20's to be extremely easy thus far.
Goals I have.
-In 20$ SNG's, ITM% of at least 30%. I think this is easily doable.
-Final Table a party guarantee tournament
-Only move up in levels when I have at least 20 buy-ins for that level. My plan is not to withdraw until I reach the required amount for $55 dollar sng's, and then withdraw 2/3 of any profit and leave 1/3 to the bankroll each month
-Not to play cash NL, I think losing large sum's of money on a single hand tilts me, and a lot of plays that I use successfully in tournaments simply do not work in low stakes cash games where stacks aren't deep and tourney lives aren't on the line.
-And one last goal is to always analyze my play and situations that arise during a game. To always improve. I think on this forum we should start posting more hand histories, I respect the thoughts on strategy on a lot of the members here, such as Fish and Chuck. And I also think a lot of us have different strengths and can help each other fill leaks in our game. Like Chuck, you're way too tight!!! not that it's a bad thing at all, sometimes i'm way too loose and it costs me. Plus you're way better than me in cash games, I mean I've never been really good in cash no limit, it frustrates me alot, you're good at keeping control I think you would go a lot further in some of the MTT's you've posted about if you took a few calculated gambles at certain points. The way I see it is you're gonna have to get lucky a few times to make a final table, sometimes you just gotta stick your chips in there, and Fish you're overall just great player, I respect your opinions on strategy alot.
When everyone posts hand histories, you should leave out the results of the hand until people look it over and try to read the hand, its a good excercise for hand reading which is HUGE to your improvement as a player.
oh yeah, one final thing, to Rob - hey no bad feelings between us, ur right i do moan alot, your post is one of the things that inspired me to rethink my whole poker metagame. But you were kinda rude about it, but its no biggie.