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…