I’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.