Monday, March 21, 2005

Quarter review

It was just about 3 months ago that I hopped back into playing poker online. On December 28th I deposited $100 into Firepay with the idea of playing 9 SnGs as an experiment to test my skills. Today, my bankroll stands just north of $550. It isn't a staggering sum by any means. I don't claim to dominate any game. But I would have to say that I am proud of where I stand right now.

A good chunk came from two free roll victories as of late. The other being SnGs. That seems to be my strength. Playing against 8 or 9 other players, or even 17 on the two table games, which I have done well with also.

Lately I have been playing the limit ring games with not as much success. I wouldn't be shocked to see if overall I am down playing limit. Not by much though. I went on a bad run playing 1/2 at Poker Mountain. But have been doing well playing .5/1 at Full Tilt.

I have noticed how many players will find it extremely hard to fold their pocket pairs. There are a lot of players that will call down and pay you off with any pair.

The ones that amuse me the most of the people who slow play in limit. About a month ago, I was struggling with limit and did what most people do when they aren't playing well. I grabbed SuperSystem and read the limit section again. Doyle points it out that in limit, you play strong hands and play them hard. The point is to build a pot. Same thing is said by Phil Hellmuth. So it cracks me up when some joker goes and just calls your bet and then decides to check-raise you on the river with his A A. I see this again and again. How many bets do they leave off the table? Especially when there are usually 4 or 5 to a flop. Do they have any idea how much more they could have made on these pots, that is if they are winning them. If there is a reason to slow play in limit, I would like to know. Maybe if only 2 players see the flop?

I like to think that I have learned quite a bit about poker over the last year. During the last 3 months, I have been able to put it to use. There is still a lot more to learn. I see some areas of my game that I need to improve on and others that I feel really good about. One of them being reading what other players have.

I am trying formulate some goals for the rest of the year. I would like to see my bankroll at least hit the $1000 mark. I would like to think that may be easy considering the first 3 months but that would be too presumptuous.

I want to win a multi. A big multi with over 300 players. The buy in doesn't matter. I want to cash in some good coin and take one down. And then maybe down the line start playing in some super satellites to have a chance at a WPT or WSOP event. That would be the big goal. Something to build up to.

Of couse, winning a WPBT event would be beyond words.

As I think about it, I believe my couse of action is to start playing a couple of 2 or 3 table SnGs to develop my game a bit more. I will play some limit to work off some bonuses as well as get myself ready for Vegas in June. I will also plan to play at least one multi a week. Where, I do not know yet. Any and all suggestions are appreciated.

I look forward to the next couple of months being a good as the first quarter.


Dr. Pauly said...

Nice recap. Good luck next Q!

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