slow and steady
i think that because i've gotten used to short sessions, i have a hard time sitting at a table for longer than an hour. it's almost automatic that i just leave after an hour, an internal alarm clock just goes off and i get the urge to look for something else to do. so i'm gonna try to increase the hours i play slowly.
it's really interesting to see the different opinions people have of poker. all of my non-serious poker playing friends call it a friendly gambling game. and when i try to discuss with them the differences i see in poker and gambling, they all just laugh and believe i'm some kind of gambling addict who's denying that poker is gambling. but there are a few people who are starting to understand what i mean once they have played a few hands with knowledge of starting hands, position, basic odds, etc. and it's always good to see them play and progress.
play at the no limit tables at party continue to be great. i especially love playing against people who think they're better than everyone else. the past few games, every table i sat at included at least one player who would chat it up talking about busting out the "fish" when in fact, they are the fish themselves. i've done this to a few of them, and it's always fun watching them leave the table as soon as they go broke, leaving me in peace to play against the real "fish."
sometimes a misread can lead to good things, especially when i fold a better hand on the flop to find that i would have lost big at the river had i continued to play it. i got lucky with this hand.
ten-handed no limit $25 buy-in table. i get dealt pocket rockets on the button. under the gun limps; early player next to him limps; mid player limps; i raise to 3; small blind and big blind fold; under the gun and early player call; mid player folds.
under the gun checks; early player bets .50. now i'm thinking that i probably have the best hand unless the under the gun is slowplaying a Q-9 which is possible with such a loose table. so i raise to see where i'm at. i raise to 5. under the gun calls, early player calls. (hmm...i could be in trouble).
under the gun checks; early player goes all in (for about 22). at this point, i can't help but think that someone has the queen for a straight. i fold. under the gun calls.
under the gun turns over K-J offsuit for the straight. early player shows A-7 offsuit for an ace high bluff.
so my read on both players were way off. but i was lucky enough to fold my hand and not lose all my money when the under the gun made runner-runner for the straight. some players may argue that if i called (both players had me covered by a few), that the under the gun might fold. but having watched him play, i seriously doubt that because he would call with strange hands just like he did in this hand. so here's one where a complete misread helped to save money. i got very lucky.
current bankroll: $232.15