Apr 222010
 

It’s been over a year since my last real post, in that time I’ve changed jobs, travelled tens of thousands of kilometres, had surgery for a knee injury, taken up a new hobby and got a new car. One thing I haven’t been doing much of is playing poker, at least not playing it well.

I’ve played the odd hand, but compared to back in 2008/2009 my volume is way down. I’ve also gone from a winning player to a losing one, break-even at best. There are a few reasons for this.

The first is lack of patience, I’ve played so rarely lately that when I do play I want things to happen way too fast. Just last night I got 100 big bets in with just top pair and a flush redraw against an extremely tight opponent who may as well have been screaming at me that they had a set. I didn’t consider pot odds, hand ranges or anything else before I raised his  flop 3 bet all-in. It was like I wanted to play as many big pots as I could as quickly as possible, not a way to win at this game and unfortunately typical of my time at the tables in the past few months.

Second thing is I have been runnning a little bad, it’s compounded by the bad decisions I’ve been making but it’s frustrating to make good ones only to lose anyway. I won’t bore you with bad beat stories but I will say I haven’t been dealing with the tilt as well as I used to, I think that it comes back to patience.

Lastly, I haven’t been reflecting on my play. When I was winning I used to write on this blog at least a couple of times a week and reflect on hands or sessions which really helped improve my game. I need to do more of that.

So, it’s line in the sand time. Time for me to become a better player or cash out and move on to something else…

 Posted by at 7:00 am

  2 Responses to “Reflecting”

  1. Yes, you have to work on that patience thing. Maybe you should start over, and build your carrier again, starting from micro limit. It helps you to work on your patience as well.

  2. You must get trought this! As I read your earlier posts, you are a good player, but you have to get back in track. That takes time. Work on your stile, and do it seriously.

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