$2068 - Finally a Nice Size Pot at 2/4 NL
Take the blinders off and find out what the "real" story is.
I took another shot at 2/4 NL, and after an initial setback worked my way up about $40 during a 2-table session. Then I lost a $340 pot on the river to a 3 outer (all-in on turn). This sent me packing back to 1/2 NL. I don't think my luck has been there at 2/4 NL so far. The above hand, a hand where I lost $340 to a draw (coinflip) a few days ago, and some of the other hands I have posted, have all been pretty big losing pots, where a little luck could have gone a long way. I have not been on the winning side of to many big ones, yet am still hovering less than 1 buy-in down. So back at 1/2 NL, and I get the ultimate BB special in a 3-way limped pot.
I have not done an update to the ladder challenge in a little bit, so here it is. I took another shot at 2/4 NL, and got on some pretty good tables and worked my way to almost even. Then in my next session at 2/4 NL, I played the hand below. It was played pretty weakly/poorly possibly on all streets. I will explain my thought process at the time, but feel free to show me where I made mistakes, or what you would have done.
I am an ATM Machine
I have folded KK preflop in a cash game to pressure (see 11/20/06 post - can't get the link to work)
I have folded hands like TPTK to pressure after C-betting more times than I could possibly count
I am an ATM Machine
I am Weak
You can find me late night at the 2/4 NL and 1/2 NL tables on FullTilt
Better look me up soon before the 15k bankroll that I have luckboxed into is gone
When I go busto, I will move to the play tables where I belong.
Since nobody decided to jump into this one, I will take a stab. First off, I totally respect the play of the likes of Lucko, Matt Matros, and Fuel, so I hope they do not take any of this wrong. But I was kind of offended by the CC Weak-Tight article. I heard lucko make this comment in Vegas (I think in CCs presence), and it may have been the reason for the article. Calling someone weak at a poker table, or just calling someone a weak poker player is a pretty major insult IMO. I immediately asked lucko what he meant by "weak" and he said something along the lines of they are easy to push off hands. My problem with the whole weak-tight accusation, is that it appears to lump a bunch of bloggers who play with various styles into a single category. Additionally, it uses the derogatory term "weak", without doing a very good job of defining exactly what is meant by "weak".
I slept in till about noon for the second day in a row. Quickly I raced to Caesar’s for the blogger tourney. Grabbed some lunch at the food court at Caesar’s and registered just before 1:30PM. Caesars really screwed up the seat selection IMO. It basically was tied directly to the order you registered. Anyone else notice that the people you were in line to register with all ended up at your starting table? I was inline with Spaceman, Easycure, FallStaff, and Ryan, and poof they are all at my starting table. I did luck out and get a dead stack directly to my left.
I have managed to get the ladder challenge roll north of $1600 again so it's back to 2/4 NL. It really feels like the FullTilt cash games are softer now then ever. I think there are a couple of reasons for this. First, there are tons of PartyPoker fish swimming in the FullTilt pool now. There were almost 35,000 players last night on FullTilt, which is the most I have ever seen. Second, I think that there is a class of players who never got around to playing online, and are jumping on now, knowing that it may not last long. Does anyone else think this is what is going on. The consensus was that the games would get tougher after the Port Security Bill, but I am convinced the opposite is happening. At least for now.
I was planning on trying to make the 11am tournament on Friday, but overslept and blew it off. I did manage to get lunch and get seated at a ½ NL game at the MGM by 12:30. Otis and Weak were already at a 2/5 NL table. Miami Don was not in the room yet. I had a pretty good session slowly building my $200 buy-in up to about $280. Then I flopped a low 2-pair from the Button in a 5-way limped pot. After it checked to me, I bet the pot, and lost all but one opponent. Turn brings a Ten (high card on board). Opponent checks, and I bet $25, and the other guy pushes for $79 more. There is no flush, and only one possible straight. I tank for a while, and decide to call. He had turned a higher 2-pair, and I lost. I think my call was a little donkey, but it was one of my few mistakes of the session. So now I am down $50, but I kept playing my game and built back up to $275. By then I had been playing for about 4 hours. Don was in the house and at the 2/5 NL table and others were arriving as well. Four hours straight poker for me is a lot. I will prolly never make poker my profession for this and other reasons. I wanted to take a break, vs. making the jump over to the 2/5 NL table that was a mix of half bloggers, half tourists. I decided to take a break, play some craps, grab a bite, and try to get back to the MGM around 8PM.
I wanted to scribble some stuff down before I forgot. Somethings are already forgotten thanks to the constant alcohol poisoning, but I shall try my best.
I didn't get a lot of hands in the last two days. Just 200 at 1/2 NL. I did win $141, and am getting close to another shot at 2/4 NL. My cash games feels great right now. I think my post flop play is about as good as it has ever been. So now for Vegas.
Up until this point in the ladder challenge, I had never been stacked once. I got my self stacked twice on Friday. Once at 2/4 NL, once at 1/2 NL, and both with AKs (diamonds). They were a couple of interesting hands, and I don't think that I really played either wrong. Hands with comments are below for those intereseted.
I didn't play much on Wednesday, but I got about 190h of 2/4 NL in yesterday for a $95 profit. I also managed to drop about $90 playing 1/2 NL, pretty much all of it when I guy sucked out a runner/runner flush. My 2/4 stats look good, but it is still a small sample and I am up less than a full buy-in. I really think my cash game style fits in well at 2/4 NL (possibly better than at 1/2 NL). I am getting more and more comfortable at 2/4 NL which is nice. I have not played any huge pots yet, and I may be shying away from them too much. Yesterday, I flopped 2-pair from the BB wit 83 on an A83 two diamond board. I bet 3/4 pot on the flop, and got three callers. I bet $35 on the turn (about 2/3rds), and got rerasied to $70, then there was a smooth call, and I got a little spooked and released the hand. The reraiser had a full $400 and had me covered. The river bricked, and the bigstack put the other guy in who folded. Bigstack, then said "we must have been drawing at the same hand, that's why we missed". I personally think he was BSing there, but bottomline, I could have pushed the turn with 2-pair, and got into a $900 pot, but did not want to with a smallish 2-pair.