Game Playing Update

Liz LieuI’m really getting back into the swing of things with limit ring games. I have gotten very comfortable at $1/$2 limit. I’ve been playing well, feeling well, winning money, and having fun for the most part.

Since my last post, I’ve had 3 losing sessions and 5 winning sessions. It hasn’t been a very profitable couple of days, but overall, still very good (without even considering money). I started off with one of my worst sessions yet, losing $33.75 then I followed that up with another losing session. This one was -$9.25. From here on, all flowed fairly nicely.

What I have been seeing lately is something that I used to try to avoid. That is long session. I’ve been having a number of 1 hour+ sessions. The one in which I lost $33.75 was one of my typical losing sessions. Nothing went right from the get go. I started off down and just kept of going. The next session in which I lost $9.25 was quite strange. It lasted 150 minutes, which is probably one of my longest sessions ever (definitely the longest since I began recording all of my stats).

More than the time made it weird. What was really strange was that I stayed between $95 – $88 almost the entire time (with me buying-in for $100). I never got up, I never really dropped that low. I just continually stayed in this $7 range. I do recall that I did not play that well the entire time. I remember a lot of the times right after I won a decent pot, I would do something kind of stupid and lose maybe $4. Nothing major, but I think a good amount of these little mistakes kept me from profiting. The good thing is, about an hour after that, I won $14 to make up for that losing session.

Today, I played 5 different sessions at $1/$2. I started off by 2-tabling. Like so many other times I do this, at one table, I got down quickly, and at the other, I did all right. At the losing table, I was never up. I dropped quickly and stayed down. I dropped lower than -$25 at one point. At the other table, I started off up, but not much, only about $6. I did drop to about -$8, so I’m sure that at one point, I was down over $30 total between the two tables.

Well, I was able to rock it out, break through at my winning table, and fight back at my losing table. I managed to make a little over $20 profit at the winning table and got back to only being down $13 at the losing table. I wasn’t satisfied at all by willingly leaving a table down money, especially when it wasn’t that much and an amount that I could come back from, but I was profiting overall between the two and really had to fight to get back where I was at the losing table.

I had 3 nice sessions after this to close out the night. All were profits of over $10, one being over $20. Overall for today, I played quite well. And again, I’m really feeling comfortable at $1/$2. I know my bankroll permits me to play higher, but for now, I’m staying at $1/$2.

I also played in two MTTs today, cashing in a $1 and busting out of a $5. I just barely made the money in the $1, but that’s not because I purposely let myself get blinded down just to make the money. That’s just the way it happened. I couldn’t get any hands at all, and frankly, I was playing this while 2-tabling $1/$2, so I wasn’t paying any attention to the MTT.

Therefore, I never really tried to steal blinds or bluff or anything of that sort. The $5 MTT showed me again why I cut back on the MTTs. There was a pretty loose player at my table, and with 10/20 blinds, I got QQ. The loose player raised to 140, I went all-in for about 1200 more, just trying to take down the pot right there. He very quickly called with AJs. Of course, he caught that ace to knock me out very early.

I’ve been seeing this kind of play more and more. People are beginning to love to go all-in with weaker aces, especially AJ. Well, not a whole lot I could do. I guess I could have just called and folded to a bad flop, but that’s just not how I like to do things. So I’m really not sure of things.

I’ve been logging all of my hands into Poker Tracker these last few days, and have 1090 hands so far. I’m going to wait until about 2000 hands to start evaluating my play. With just a few quick glances, the stats look alright to my untrained Poker Tracker eye.

So for now, I think I’ve said all I need to say. I’m going to keep plugging away at $1/$2, maybe throw in a few MTTs. But mainly, I’m focusing on the limit ring tables and hopefully my bankroll will grow steadily with few setbacks.

Bad beat stories

female pokerHere is my first bad beat story. Well I was in my local casino when my bad beat happened.I am second chip leader on my table with 31k in chips the chip leader has 49k in chips the blinds being at 1200 and 2400 400 ante, I have pocket 9’s UTG and a raise brought by the chip leader of 4800, everyone else has folded except me and the big blind, I just call the raise and the big blind folds, the flop comes down 9h 8h 3c.

I check to the chip leader, (thinking i could probably get a big pay off for my trips) not too worried about the flush draw, anyway he bets our 6800, after thinking a little bit I raise him to 13600 and he looks at me and calls, and the turn brings the 9s , so I bet out to him 14000, he immediately says he is all in, I call straight as you do with quad 9’s lol.

When we flip our cards over, he shows 10h jh and he is amazed to see my quad 9’s but he knows he has 2 outs the 7h or the Qh , and the river card comes down me praying it aint one of the two outs he has, and the Qh fell. I fell off my chair. I got busted out the tourney, I was so sick and he other guy just laughed and said that’s poker!

If this one was not enough, I have another one to tell. I had pocket aces sitting I the big blind. With 10 players at the table, everyone limps in. I raise to $500 (blinds were $25-$50). I got two callers and one raiser. I reraised the better. The other two players fold. The original raiser goes all in and I call. We turn over the cards and he shows pocket 6’s.

He is putting his jacket on ready to leave almost admitting he made a bad call. The flop comes 7H-8D-9C. The turn came 4C and the river comes a 10D. He hit his straight. He takes his jacket off sits down and collects his chips. I am sitting there is disbelief and ready to just die. What made it worse was, I rebuy and later in the game, I got another pocket pair of Aces and they go down again to trip 6’s.

I go to relieve myself of the beer I had been drinking and realize that the shorts I was wearing were backwards. I blame the backward shorts.

Poker Training

With so many poker training sites offering players the best poker training videos available, it was time to review the best poker training sites and give you reviews of them.

Our full reviews give you all the information you need about each poker training site, so whether you are looking for a site to improve your cash-game or your tournament skills we point you in the right direction to the best training site for your requirements.

Each site has a whole roster of professional poker players who create high-quality videos with the aim of helping you improve, so do not miss out on your chance to learn from the best.

Best Poker Training Sites

#1 – Bluefire Poker

Bluefire Poker is the creation of popular high-stakes pro Phil ‘OMGClayAiken’ Galfond and was launched in 2009.

Despite being a new site, Bluefire Poker have quickly jumped to the top of the poker training sites with their high-quality videos and popular forum where players have the chance of interacting and learning from the pro’s. Their videos are already dubbed the best in the poker industry and with a team of coaches who have won millions, where better to improve your game?

#2 – Deuces Cracked

Deuces Cracked have established themselves as one of the best poker training sites with a whole list of top poker players as coaches.

They include Jay ‘Krantz’ Rosenkrantz, Emil ‘Whitelime’ Patel, Dan ‘DJSensei’ Morris and many more. They have all won millions playing internet poker and their videos range from NLHE to mixed games so there is a lot of variety for everyone.

#3 – CardRunners

CardRunners is a well-known Web poker training sites and are very liked by online players. Their coaches include some of the top poker players on earth who play at the nosebleed sakes in poker.

The pros create high quality videos to teach you how to improve your game while looking over their shoulders. Some of the names include Brian Townsend, Cole South and Brian Hastings who have all established themselves as some of the best poker players earning millions of dollars both offline and online.

#4 – Poker Savvy Plus

Poker Savvy Plus is certainly one of the best quality poker training sites on the market.

It was created in 2007 by Matt Crystal, and has grown into one of the most recognised brands in poker, largely due to their huge list of professional poker coaches who create videos weekly for the site. Their main focus is on No-Limit Hold’em, and the Poker Savvy coaches are some of the best Hold’em players around.

Another poker book

In our previous post we discussed the importance of reading poker books in order to hone our Texas Holdem or PLO skills. So here is another book worth considering: Improve Your Poker by Bob Ciaffone. Here is a quick review of this poker skill enhancing reading.

Many professional players swear by this book and it is easy to understand why. Ciaffone, an accomplished chess player and author, is a long time pro himself with years of experience at many forms of poker.

His views on playing take the reader into the mind of a professional and shed light on the thought processes that go into every decision an elite player has to make. He goes so far as to relate actual hands he has played throughout his career, including the final table of the 1987 World Series of Poker, where he took 3rd place.

Though there is some discussion of strategy in various games, money management, table image, and moving up in limits, Ciaffone’s focus is on the player as a whole. The book is full of information about how top players look at the game and the techniques they employ when they play it. Players of any skill level will find this book helpful, and reading it will help to do just what the title says.

Yes it is crucial to read some poker books in order to improve your game and nowadays there are no pros who reached the top of the poker scene without reading a few books on poker strategy and techniques. In fact many of the top pros have written one of more poker books, but this would be the next level in mastering the game. If you are new to the game or even an intermediate player, have a look at this book by Bob Ciaffone, it cannot hurt. Or check Amazon for their list of poker bestsellers. You can then play some online poker and immediately apply the tips you just learned.

Some poker books

Poker has experienced an unprecedented surge of popularity over the past few years with Texas hold’em leading the way. Each spring, the World Series of Poker breaks its own record for the number of entries and casinos across the continent have found themselves scurrying to find enough space to meet the ever increasing demand.

Internet poker has exploded, with recreational and professional players both taking advantage of the online convenience. Poker on television, once thought of as an impossible sell, has become a ratings grabbing reality. Poker is booming.

This boom, of course, means that more and more people with an interest in the game are playing poker for the first time. It also means that there are more books than ever being offered to the beginner with tips on game selection, strategy, rules, and etiquette. Though the titles are numerous, many books deal with the same subject material presented in different ways. Some are better written and easier to understand than others.

Whether you’re new to the poker scene and looking for some informative selections to help you get up to speed, or you want to improve your game and make some money, you may find the following book worth reading: Poker for Dummies – Richard D. Harroch & Lou Krieger

Don’t let the title fool you. This book is full of smart information for the poker newbie that is easy to comprehend, but there is information in here that almost any player could find useful. Chapter by chapter, it deals with topics like casino rules, internet play, rules and procedures, money management, and of course, poker (not just Texas hold’em, but also seven card stud and Omaha – both straight high and hi-lo).

Each game is presented in a clear and concise manner. The authors take great care in discussing starting hand selection, betting strategies, and play throughout the hand, including explanations for why certain plays are better than others. There are even chapters devoted to bluffing, tournament play, reading your opponent, and keys to successful poker. With so much information so well presented in one book, this pick makes for a perfect all around poker primer.