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January 2007 Log Entries

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January 28, 2007, 7PM: Played 6 hours at River Rock
$2 No-Limit Texas Hold'em

Got stack built up to 700 at one point, should have left .... especially on a Sunday with time constraint.  Got AA cracked.  Raised to 15 in mid postion, get 2 callers, early position and button.  Flop comes K,9,2.  I bet out 30, button calls.  Turn comes 7, I bet 100, Button reraises to 260.  Should have folded here as this shows signs of Trips .... but stupid call and kid shows 9,7 ???!!! What? Anyways, his 2 pair held up and dropped little over 300 on that hand.  Bad ...! Gotta watch for guys who call mediocre hand to try break a big stack.
Also, would have left myself an out betting about 70 instead on turn.  That way, his reraise leaves me a door to exit.  This also cloak my Aces not letting him know that I have a tough hand to let go off.  (He knew that)
Perhaps bigger raise preflop, say to 20 and biiger flop raise of: 60.  This way no valu in him putting 20% of his stack with mediocre holding.
Also, gambled with 8,5 spades on flush draw on gut shot straight .... dropped about 300 that hand to waste my stack!
Lesson: Lacked discipline this session and also patience.  Each move I did had no good logic to it nor value. 
Learn: Discipline, control play.  Each action must have value, think through what makes the most sense and leave outs for yourself in case of unexpected holdings like opp's 9,7 vs AA.

Last Update: February 12, 2007, 1:10AM | Permalink (0 Comments)

January 21, 2007, 2PM: Played 7 hours at River Rock
$2 No-Limit Texas Hold'em

Pulled 600 within 5 hours or so ... got stack up to about 540 or so after some grinding but, basically caught a crazy rush last hr or so hitting trips, making a house, pocket QQ etc to build stack to 1200.  All in all, fast play and got really lucky today.
Dont take this as good play ... far from it. Today was a gift and very fortunate to have left up!!! Be Thankful.
Lesson: Humbleness and Honesty is Key!

Last Update: February 12, 2007, 1:11AM | Permalink (0 Comments)

January 20, 2007, 12PM: Played 5 hours at Edgewater
$5 No-Limit Texas Hold'em

Played well today, nothing crazy and played strong hands when felt was ahead aggressively.  Also, nothing fancy ....
Controlled and disciplined play today ... picked right spots and didnt gamble much with draws.  Key!!! not wasting $ on bad odds on draws.  Has to be selective ... right priced, sure to get paid off and correct odds!
Lesson: Tight is right, and patient.  No Slow playing necessary ... straight forward game is OK

Last Update: February 12, 2007, 1:11AM | Permalink (0 Comments)

January 19, 2007, 5PM: Played 2 hours at Boulevard
$2 No-Limit Texas Hold'em

One of the worst sessions of poker, as I played after work ..... was tired and not focussed, should not have gone in first place!
Played very wildly and aggressively gambling lots.
on the 2nd 200 pulled, played one hand as such.  Got QQ on Straddle.  5 players limped in the pot, so I raised it up to $25 ... small as I was greedy and wanted to gamble.
Flop comes: J, 8, 4 (2 spades) I've got 215 left.  checks to me .. I bet out 75, get 2 callers.  Next card comes 3.  Goes check and I push in for remaining 135.  I get both callers, I guy chasing Nut flush draw and next guy with K,J.
Spade comes on River and I lost the hand.  Bad luck?? No ... that was entirely my fault with decision to gamble.  Steps I could have prevented and will change next time this situation occur:
(1) With 5 players in a limped straddled pot, I should have raised it to $35.
(2) With 2 callers in the flop with my Overpair.  I should have next Jammed $100 to end hand there.
(3) If they followed to turn, definitely Jammed remainder $150 or so .... or rest of chips!
Lesson: Do not let greed affect RIGHT decision making in poker table .... regardless of how much you are down, you DO NOT need to gamble to try break even.  It has no logic and sense to it.  Play right each hand and luck will even out in the long run.
Have faith that you are a better player than majority and playing right will weight things in your favour.
Also: Dont play when tired or not in the mood.

Last Update: February 12, 2007, 1:12AM | Permalink (0 Comments)

January 14, 2007, 2PM: Played 5 hours at River Rock
$2 No-Limit Texas Hold'em

Managed to come out of 200 deficit by winning a big hand ... left up 35 today.  Thankful for a lucky win. 
Be Humble ...

Last Update: February 12, 2007, 1:12AM | Permalink (0 Comments)

January 13, 2007, 12PM: Played 7 hours at River Rock
$2 No-Limit Texas Hold'em

Didnt play solid poker today, although patient did not play very well.  Although card dead all day, did not adjust to table well as I had a very tight table, and everyone sat waiting for cards and slow played. 
Being the aggressive one on the table, worked against me !
Should have switched to different table, or maybe played lots of junk and raising them lots preflop.
last 100 I rebought with, played with no heart and gambled 'hoping' to make a big recovery.  Bad decision!
Lesson: Be true to yourself, play only when heart is still in it. 
Also: Never Give Up!!

Last Update: February 12, 2007, 1:13AM | Permalink (0 Comments)

January 6, 2007, 12PM: Played 10 hours at River Rock
$2 No-Limit Texas Hold'em

Played solid today, and waited for the right opportunity.  Big hands are the key to turning a profitable session.
Ie: Pockets making Sets, Nut flushes, Houses, etc ... or Big pairs vs Pairs preflop.
Be willing to fold Single Pairs no matter how large on a reraise.  Most guys that will reraise you can beat a pair!!
Lesson: On every single reraise someone puts against you, be very cautious .... as reraises usually have you beat if you are uncertain!
It wouldn't be too much of a mistake to fold say MOST of reraises .... (Reverse the Role) Would you reraise with less than what you currently have against your opponent? Chances are ... NO!!!
Be Smart and Play well.  Don't let your ego get in the way.  Aces or Kings are just merely a Pair, nothing more.

Last Update: February 12, 2007, 1:14AM | Permalink (0 Comments)

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