"The foundation of the professional attitude is an understanding of the principles of correct play paired with an accurate appreciation of the nature of the chance element (particularly the kinds of fluctuations) encountered in poker." John Feeney, Inside the Poker Mind
Nothing like reading up on tilt to get my poker juices flowing again.
So after experiencing the worst 48 hours of poker in my entire life, I came back to the tables, with what was little left of my bankroll, and I geared up to play with the "professional attitude." I went back to the short-handed NL tables, and I forced myself to play well. And I adjusted very well as a matter of fact. And just as I was starting to win again, it happened. Then it happened again. And again. No need to articulate on what "it" is. I'm sure we all know. But nonetheless, I calmed myself down and went back into professional mode. And you know what? Even though I was losing, I was starting to enjoy the game more. Why?
Well, like the above quote says, poker is a game of chance. And after learning all these numbers and stats and percentages, I think a lot of us get fixated on what should
happen. And when things don't go our way, we start to blame others, ourselves, and the game itself. But I tried to remember that chance is a big part of poker. And you know what? That's what makes the game good.
So while I was enjoying myself, I was watching one particular hand when I made a comment about a dryside pot bluff. And one guy, who wasn't even in the hand, started to berate me about my stupidity about how this is poker and how bluffing is a big part of the game. I smiled to myself because of his ignorance, and I politely stated back to him that he should look up what a dryside pot bluff is. Nothing more. I honestly was nice to him back after he called me a "f-ing idiot." Seriously. I didn't fire back at him. I just told him to look it up so that he may learn more about the game.
But did it end there? No.
This idiot kept going on about how I was a "fag" and to "suck his dick." Um. Wait a second, who's the one who wants his dick sucked by a guy, and who's the fag here? What a weirdo.
But you know what? I still was nice to him. I didn't say mean things back to him. Of course I could've called him on his ignorance and ripped him apart. But no, he couldn't take my polite replies. He started calling me a moron because I got sucked out on three times beforehand losing my buy-ins each time. (Yup that's three suck-outs on hands where I went all-in preflop with the favorite...a huge favorite actually...hand). But did this guy know anything? Nope. He called me a dumbass because I was losing my money. Blah blah blah. He was better than me because he had yet to lose all his money.
Thank God I had read Feeney's articles on the professional attitude before I sat down at the table. It wasn't the losses that were bothering me as much as this guy's ignorance. Oh well. Another name to add to my "Buddy List." :)
Anyway, I'm still down horribly, but I'm feeling upbeat because I felt like I was making all of the correct plays on the tables. Yeah, I lost to draw-outs when I had huge favorites (one particular guy hit his two-outer on the river twice
against me...oh boy!). But still, like I said, I felt good. I feel good.
So I imported my hand histories onto PokerTracker, and I was taking a look when some interesting things caught my attention. I have only 6,358 hands in the Tracker so far, but I thought I would share some interesting (at least to me) statistics I've gathered so far. In stats, even though the sample size may be small, but it can still shed some insights on interesting trends.
First off, I've won the most with pocket Aces which is as expected. I've gotten them 30 times and won with them 90% of the time. Hooray for Aces!
My second best hand are the Kings which I've gotten 38 times and won with them 73.68% of the time. Now, I remember someone telling me that Kings are 82% favorites. But 74% seems like a pretty big anomaly. Anybody know where I can get the percentages that certain hands should win with?
My third best hand was the AQs. Yup, it beat out the AKs and the QQ. I got them a total of 13 times and won 69.23% with them.
Next is AKs 22 times, 68.18%.
JJ and TT are next with me getting them 31 and 27 times respectively. And JJ winning 67.74% while TT wins 59.26%.
Then finally come the QQ at 58.97% with 39 occurrences. These Queens have given me so much trouble. I don't understand why I have so much trouble with them.
I won't go through the whole list, but I'll share some facts and figures that were surprising to me.
ATs did better than AKo which did better than AJs.
99 did indeed outperform AQo as Sklansky has them ranked ahead in Group 3 of his hand rankings. I always thought AQo were stronger, but that's just me.
Next in order are KQs, A9s, A5s, and AJo. That A5s really surprised me. How'd they do so well?
Next are QTs, KJs, KTs, A3s, JTs, 88. The QTs was stronger than the KTs? And where the heck did A3s sneak in from?
66 > K9s > QJs > KQo > K8s. I always thought QJs would be stronger. And KQo as well.
Oops. It looks like if I continue this, I'll go through all of the hands. I don't want to make it long and boring. Oops, too late for that.
Oh well. Just remember the Professional Attitude next time you're down. Hey, I lost over two-thirds of my bankroll. But I'm still keeping my chin up because I know I played my hands the right way as can be evidenced when I go through my hands again. It happens in poker. And that's the beauty of the game, I guess. Don't let anybody ever fool you into believing that luck plays no part in poker.
Good luck at the tables.