Rush poker log
Firstly, if theres a specific section this is supposed to be in feel free to move it. Puting it here as im trying to learn poker myself, and also others can learn from any help i might get etc
Background on me to start..started playing maybe 4 years ago, didnt play much for the first year or so. From the first time i played i was a winning player (no limit holdem) against friends, even before i knew what hands were best etc After playing live a couple times recently, and cashing in both tournaments, im thinking that was most likely just because i might have a nack for reading body lang/tells live. From this i do think im a better live player but my thinking is theres a just not enough live play to make any money at smaller stakes.
Ive now played quite a bit online, not enough to get a royal flush if theres a rough number that might be, but still a fair bit. First couple times i put money in online i lost it pretty quick, within a month or so each time. After that i had ups and downs for several months, never making much of any money before i started getting somewhere around $40-50 a day average over 3 weeks playing 2 and 3 table sit and go's.
At that point i felt like i was way above the standard i was playing against and decided to 'risk it all' playing a big game, i cant remember how much the entry was now but i remember it was a 1 table sit and go and it was just under $2000 for the winner. I can remember playing really well, feeling like i was completely out playing everybody, id bust i think 3 or 4 players and had almost half the chips in play with 1 to the money. Almost all the other chips were with someone i can only remember to be a complete idiot, possibly either drunk or i dont know but playing really terribly and getting very lucky a couple times. The two others players had less than a thousand chips each and were about to be blinded out so i was playing tight and just going to let the donkey suck out on them. Then i get the one hand i dont want to see, pocket aces, and the donkey has stuck it all in as hes been doing most hands. I came so close to folding them but eventually called. He had something like 4-7 off or 4-8 off and hits a straight on the river. I lost pretty much my whole roll. I played a bunch of heads up games after that as i was reading heads up is the game where the most skill is involved. I got what i remember to be an unthinkable run of suck outs and lost the rest along with my mind. I quit poker.
About a year after that i started playing again after reading about the double or nothing games, thinking it would suit my play well, initually i lose, then i start winning, i try the $100 game instead of the $20's ive been playing just to get an idea of if it's much harder. I win 8 100's in a row. I have nearly $1500, i lose it all in 3 days with an insane run of suckouts and coolers puting me on tilt, playing badly for the last few hundred. I quit poker.
About 2-3 months back i start playing again, i start playing bigger tournaments, i cash in a few, start as a winning player. I start playing regular cash games for the first time, going up and down. I play a large rebuy tournament, cant remember the exact prize pool but was just under $10,000 for 1st place. I make it to the final two table, feeling like im playing really well, im tired but i dont feel like ive made one mistake the whole tournament. I think i was in 7th place chips wise. I get two cowboys in late position, great. A small stack shoves it in from under the gun, and he gets called by +1, who has about half my stack, then a third player from mid position, with a healthy stack, raises. It comes round to me, i call, and the other smaller stack calls for the rest of his/her chips.
We already have a monster pot with two all ins, flop comes up a virtual blank, nothing of any worry, 10 high. I feel like one of the small stacks could very well have pocket aces, im not really sure what im up against, i figure it could be aces, queens, a-k, maybe jacks, maybe the small stacks have two of those hands. Check, raise, call, turn comes a blank, check, raise, call. At this point im thinking he has to have two 10's or two aces, the river comes a king, i have three kings with no possible flush or straight on board, i cant be beat! Even though i know im getting a call with how much is already in the pot, i make sure by pondering for 30 seconds or so before shoving all in. CLICK..but my screen is froze..what the hells happening?? im disconnected!!! the clocks counting down, 60 seconds till i lose the biggest pot of my life in more ways than one, and with the absolute nuts! i cant for the life of me find a way to get back online as my server apparently goes down. Instead of what was most likely garenteed $1000-2000 even if i sit out, and more than likely $4000-10,000, i get 80 odd dollars, getting blinded out just before the money starts to jump. I had not been disconnected for probably 8-9 months prior to this.
After that im pretty much tilted for the next couple days, ended up going in a big cash game to win back losses, lost my whole roll to quads with aces full.
Now im trying rush poker, have been playing it for maybe a week, again ive played too big for my roll getting tilted by bad beats. Lost another $200, put another $200 in, lost most of it playing rush tournaments trying to win big, getting my pre flop aces cracked to trips in all major pots late on.
I know every losing player says this, and i know it's my fault because i keep playing well out of my limits, which i just simply cannot do again, but i do feel ive been stupidly unlucky a lot of times, so i am finding it hard to keep the faith.
However all you need is a chip and a chair, right? or maybe a laptop an a few bucks? well, i have a little over 100 dollars and 2,500 ftp's with all the free time in the world, so im gonna see what i can do with it.
I figure rush poker cash games are the best way for me as clearly, i have a problem with wanting to play big (i always think the small stakes are too boring and slow), and since i dont have the roll for that i figure playing a lot of cash hands is the best way forward. I wont multi table as i have tried that playing rush a few times and i do feel it takes a lot of play away / i wont be putting another cent into my account so im gonna have to play well with the 20 $5 buy ins i have.
I took a note of the hands played earlier in regards to time and i played roughly 175 in a half hour (prefer full ring to 6 max), so on that basis, 7 hours a day id be putting in almost 2500, i think this should be the aim for each day, making sure to put in 10,000+ hands a week, without fail.
I dont play well tired and dont have access to the laptop 24/7 so thats why it's not 14 hours a day. As for strategy, any advice from those who have had/have success playing rush? my strategy is playing tight pre flop, little looser in cut off and button, otherwise mostly top 10 hands, with the odd low suited connector, j-9s etc i know some people say you should use a standard bet size and stick to it but i like to randomly vary my bet sizes and will be seeing how that pans out. Will be continuation betting in position a lot of time unless i feel theres a strong chance im getting check raised. Turn and river play pretty much instinctive. I need to work on getting more value on the river, hopefully the vast number of hands will help me improve that aspect of my game.
Have been reading a few books these past few weeks, the last one being doyles. I have been finding it hard to get things to sink in and need to keep reading it over but obviously with rush things are different as you have no real table image. Although i know you still play against every player a good number of times and no doubt players have notes on me. I will be colour coding/typing up a few notes on players as i review my hands, which i will do every day possible. I will also start using my poker tracker 3 trial again an start getting some hands on any regs, help me know when i can 3 bet etc
Im gonna play another couple hundred hands then get some sleep ready for 2500 more tomorrow.
P.S is there an easier way to produce a video for hand review other than recording the screen with my webcam?
Any advice is appreciated,