Wednesday, December 15, 2004

Day 4: Staying Strong

Here is something I posted on another site. I thought it caught the frustration I have been feeling lately very well:

I am just saying that the ebb and flow of the game is frustrating. I had my bankroll up at 3K, and lost some, and got back up to a tad under 3K, and lost some.. it just seems so not worth it some days. You spend a week building the bankroll and bring it back down in a day or two of bad sessions. I enjoy the game, but I also (wrongly) judge my success by my bankroll and it seems like I am only moderatly successful sometimes. I guess as a relative newbie (6 months) I am at a point where I am questioning the game, and how good I REALLY am at it. How much is suckouts and how much is bad play? How do you really gain confidance in your game if HE is so volatile? Where do you really look to plug holes? It is such a complex and facinating game, however that makes it really hard to know what the right move might be.

I.E. I am facing a Maniac and a Calling Station Player. Different hands. I have TPTK on the flop, no flush draw, no straight draw. The Maniac and CS in our respective hands both raise my flop bet. Well, doing the exact same move against both players is wrong. The Calling station will not raise unless he has a good hand. As a matter of fact he probably will not raise unless he has a DAMN good hand. He would rather call his two pair to the river and flip. You might consider folding here. The maniac on the other hands is raising 3rd pair and trying to scare you off your hand. You might re-raise him here. Same cards, different strategy.

So anyway.. just venting on my recent frustration. Thanks for all the comments. I appreciate them.


Blogger dankhank said...

so you're facing both a maniac and calling station in a pot and the situation is such that you aren't sure what the best move is. how about this option? there's no rule in poker that says you have to win the hand that's currently happening. fold and wait for a better spot.

(i give this advice mainly because in the hand histories you've posted i've always felt you play much too loose)

11:27 AM

Blogger SirFWALGMan said...

Everyone thinks I play too loose.. I think I actually play slightly loose in a 3/6 game, which may or may not be a good thing. I have not decided yet. It is sort of good because if you play too tight NOBODY EVER pays you off. They normally HAVE a MASSIVE hand if they stay in with you. My VP$IP is something around 18% right now which is not "too loose". I am not sure I do better when I play really tight. It depends on the table alot.

I do play NL a little differently, because some of those weird combo's have great value if you limp in, pick them up, and have someone with a pair going all in against you.

11:49 AM

Blogger SirFWALGMan said...

One other note: At least at 3/6 or 5/10 if you fold to every raise when you have TPTK then your going to get walked over! You will never be able to play a non-NUT hand and when you do, people will know to fold.

11:52 AM

Blogger StudioGlyphic said...

Got my ass handed to me yesterday in NL. Bluffed off of two different pots that should have been mine, but not willing to put my entire stack at risk to claim them. When I'd learned my lesson and put the stack at risk in a pot that was mine, he happened to get the gutshot straight with no pot odds whatsoever.

1:57 PM


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