I tried out a new poker room tonight. After some really good results with Mohegan Sun, I decided to try Twin Rivers in Rhode Island. I did this because it is very close to me and I have been doing really well playing lately.
I decided I will start playing more and see what happens. The rules are as follows. I will play every week if I win. If I lose I wait till next month. I will invest $300 per play. I can leave whenever I want. I will keep track of all winnings and losses.
As a review of Twin River during the week.. lots of decent regulars. I think the game is very beatable but you need to play well. I think it has a lot less tourists since it does not have a hotel.
So how did I play? Very well and very badly. I read the right things but did not follow through. The big hands are as follows.
Hand #1- I have A5 suited in position and limp in. End up overplaying top pair weak kicker and lose too much to A8. I bet 20 on the flop and 30 on the turn. Really bad play here. You do not want to make big decisions with bad kickers especially when you miss your flush. So I start out -50. It kind of put me in a bad state of mind in a way.. I sort of wanted to "make it back" instead of being chill.
Hand #2 - I had QQ. I raised decent early. A player who I determined is good re-raise. I put him on AA/KK but I do not go with my read and I push. The Q on the river does not help as it gives his KK a straight. Ugh. Bad play on my part. I just did not let it go when I should have. I read it right. Did not do what I should have. REBUY!
Hand #3 - I kind of bled off a little but over time.. got down to $50, rebought.. At this point I probably should have left. I could feel I had the wrong attitude to win. However I was having fun and some good conversations. I get 22. Flop comes 248 with a couple spades. I raise big. Next guy calls. Next guy goes over the top. I read a higher set. Again.. because I know THIS GUY is a decent player. Not a top pair overplayer or a chaser. I call. Good read. Bad play. His 88 wins.
So I shook hands. Said I should have folded. Everyone did the obligatory "No way you can fold set".. but I could. I am a better player than that. I know I can beat this game and the Mohegan game. I just need to keep my cool, not get into bad situations, not try and get it all back, and play the way I know I should.
I had a good time. It was fun. The socialization was good. I hate losing. It sucks. However I can not say I got bad beat or anything. I just did not play to the best of my abilities. After two nice sessions winning 700+ each time I guess I was due for a loss. I may try Twin Rivers again next month. Not sure. Mohegan is 1h from me. Twin Rivers is 30mins. Mohegan is likely to be softer. However playing harder games can be good. Anyways.. I got a couple week timeout to figure out what is next. I really think I can make some decent money here. It's all about playing up to my potential and keeping to my strategy. We will see.