Friday, June 30, 2006

Just a Little Better than Average!

And who can expect anything more, right?

Played the DADI last night. I overcame some early silliness on my part and was holding my own just fine, thank you. I played my tight game and it was both a blessing and a curse. I got a lot of pots folded to me but, of course, I didn't always get the action I wanted on my premium hands.

I decimated Tripjax when my set of aces rolled over his TPTK. This got me up to around 2500k. Almost busted VPPDave for his bounty. To his credit he didn't take the bait and made a good lay-down against my flopped full boat. Still, that pot put me up to about 5k in chips and 5th place overall.

I stayed static and hadn't had much to work with, until I got pocket kings. A guy from Regina (sorry, didn't recognize the blog) raised pre-flop. At this point, given the fact that I had a slight chip disadvantage, I should have put him all-in before the flop. Instead, I get tricksy and make a min-raise, which is called.

The flop is nine high and raggy. He bets big and NOW I go all-in, thinking he's got either overcards or a big pair. (Hey, how about even considering a set?) Of course, he's got top set. Turn and river are no help and I go from in the mix to on the rail. Stupid poker. Stupid lack of focus!

Played limit for about half an hour, finished down about two bucks. I've realized a few things I need to work on:

1. The money at low limit games is not made by being aggressive with marginal hands. It's in letting these hands go when appropriate and being aggressive with monster hands, counting on the less skilled players to call me down. In other words, if I have a pair of jacks and there's a queen and king on the board, AND, I'm getting bet into, it's time to fold.

I used to know this, but I've been losing some discipline in this area. What tripped me up is Sklansky's suggestion to be aggressive with marginal hands in LARGE pots, in order to potentially buy some outs. That doesn't mean always, or even usually sticking with marginal hands.

2. Playing limit for less than an hour at a time is -EV. If I do this, I need to do hit and runs. If I get up, I need to leave and lock in the winning session. I think you need to be ready to play for at least two hours in order to have a good enough chance to win enough to cover the blinds you fold away, let alone lock in a winning session.

Well, that's my two cents. I hope my few loyal readers appreciate it. There's getting to be so few of you, I might start referring to you by name in my posts!

Have a great weekend!


Blogger ragecg said...

I hear ya about Limit sessions dude.
Here at my card club, people are either SO frickin loose, you gotta wait 1.5hrs for a decent enough hand to call them down with, or they all are so tight, well, you gotta do the same, lol...

I hate limit.....

8:05 AM  
Blogger C.L. Russo said...

You have card rooms out there?

Sigh. I need to move to a better state.

I usually don't mind the constant folding, unless I'm really tired. There's something satisfying about waiting until you have a monster hand and watching it pay off.

8:47 AM  
Blogger TripJax said...

You played that hand well, ya bastage! Thanks for playing man...see you at the next one.

9:22 AM  
Blogger TripJax said...

And by the way, I didn't put bluto392 and you together, so I didn't realize that was bad...

9:22 AM  
Blogger C.L. Russo said...

No prob. I really should try to get my username changed...not sure if I can do that.

I think someone summed it up after that hand: "It's easy with aces."

9:24 AM  
Blogger HighOnPoker said...

Actually, it was I who said "It's Easy with Aces." And it is my trademarked catchphrase!

12:35 PM  
Blogger C.L. Russo said...

How much is the royalty?

7:35 PM  

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