The Cards Spoke

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"I always raise with pocket sevens!"

I have always believed, and I still believe, that whatever good or bad fortune may come our way we can always give it meaning and transform it into something of value.
--Hermann Hesse

I type happily tonight, coming off of my 3rd straight winning session after diving into the $5-10 6 max games. Grubby's insistence that these games are soft inspired me to put in some work on these tables, along with reading about David Ross's $60,000 journey through the same waters. As John Feeney points out, if there are 2 fish at a 6 person table, this is somewhat like having 4 fish at a full ring game. Since bluffing is much more likely in a short handed game, players are forced to call you down more often, so the mistakes of the fish are greatly magnified.

My short 30 minute session at the shorthanded tables netted me $116, or 23 BB/HR. Obviously, table selection is crucial in shorthanded games, because one additional bad player increases your profit exponentially. If I had an unlimited bankroll, I think I'd exclusively play the shorthanded games. Reading hands, psychology, and quick thinking is constantly in play in these games, and you can still play a single table and not get bored (I still don't understand how Grubby plays 2).

I also played a 1 hour session on the $3-6 tables, getting crushed on one table and doing quite well on the other, putting me even after the hour. On the good table, I received 7 pocket pairs in 9 hands, including a streak of 5 pocket pairs in a row (a new record for me). Unfortunately I only won 2 of these hands (AA and JJ). Coincidentally, I was playing this table with my buddy, who demanded a tithe for the inordinate amount of luck he brought. I was ready to give it to him, until he cracked my KK when he turned 2 pair with his JTs from the BB.

Yesterday I was able to collect $105 in profit after a 40 minute session on 2 $3-6 tables. Typical tight aggressive grinding-- I won 5 pots out of the 90 hands I played, but of course I played aggressively, and they were big pots.

No hammers to speak of, although I have gotten 72 suited a couple times. I'm at the point where I'm tempted to hammer away with 62o or 83o and type HAMMER JR! upon victory. Perhaps the brilliant Hammer Challenge creator could devise some sort of "crap hand tourney" where separate crap hands get different points based on their crappiness.

So my last 3 sessions have put $440 of profit in my pocket, and I feel like I'm handling the grind better. My game is steadier... as I acquire more bad beats and losing sessions, I am better able to psychologically handle the moods of the poker gods. A great poker player has an unflinching faith in his abilities, and the ability to ruthlessly evaluate his play without bias. Practice, study, develop yourself as a player-- and then do not doubt yourself when the cards go cold.

Poker Blog Patrol
Ok, link of the year goes to Iggy (who else), with Phil Hellmuth trashing his blog. Don't believe me? Check it out... people at work were looking at me funny when I was rolling on the floor laughing.

My man Paul had a tough night at the Ho Chunk Casino, but I'm impressed that he stayed off tilt even when his SO was chirping in his ear. He learned what is (sadly) perhaps the most important rule of the poker trip:
"Don't bring anyone along who isn't also going to be playing poker."

Mr. Halverson writes that scared money will not win. He also mentions that he will probably be heading to Vegas for his younger bro's bachelor party. Be sure to ram and jam on all streets Chris... THE HAMMER in big time NL tourneys is also on the menu... I remember hearing that 72o is well known to be a big bluff hand for many years now, and players will often use this hand as an excuse to try a bluff.

I really enjoyed the Penguin's discussion of Multi-tables vs. Ring Games. I have been pondering this question for a long time, and I'm still on the fence as to how profitable multis are. I agree with PP-- if you have the patience and discipline to play the multis, they are probably the way to go. Personally, I like the action, so 2 limit rings allow me to play on the order of 10 times more hands, and a steadier profit. But I think I'll eventually end up in the multis...

Royal lets us in on his PokerTracker analysis after 6K hands at .50/1. I was comforted by his finding that 99 was his biggest loser, since 88 (my football number) is by far my biggest loser. While the win percentage is 19% with 88, I'm losing .66 BB with it on average. Explanation: it's just big enough to be an overpair on the flop, but small enough to get trumped on the turn or the river. Correction: do not play 88 past the flop on a loose table, and if played on a tight table, play it very aggressively to eliminate potential callers.

Felicia Lee showed her toughness today-- she made it to her usual NL tourney after a little afternoon surgery. I've had two knee constructions and a metal plate put in my hand, so I have much respect for those who taste the knife. No, I have yet to set off a metal detector... Felicia also had this comment for yesterday's post:

"I wish I could come sweat you in a B&M session. Maybe you could come over to Laughlin sometime?"

Forgive me Felicia, but if I was trying to get a poker diva in the sack, those are probably the lines I would use...

TFG, who had the mind-blowing experience of reading about his own blog in the Southwest Airline Magazine, had this comment about the article's author:
"So, 'Chris Tucker', if you're still reading this, here's what I have to say: You lousy sumbuck!
In typical bad journalist fashion, the author focuses on TFG's non-existent spelling errors to make his crappy article more interesting. I think TFG should drop the hammer on 'em! Anyway the famous blogger asked about casinos in Brazil after yesterday's pic of the day, which featured a Brazilian female poker star. I'm not sure if they do, but apparently there are plenty of backdoor flushes to go around.

We're reaching new lows here.

Pic of the day:
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