Friday, March 14, 2008

Ip Dip Dog Shit, You Are Not It!

Low Stakes or High Stakes? That is the question.

Before I left for England where I had such good fortune during my maid voyage at $5/10, I had planned to play a little $2/4 and to hopefully build a small bank so that I could take a shot a $5/10. However, due to excess alcohol my $5/10 experience came a little earlier than expected.

I'm not naive enough to believe anything other than I ran extremely well that night. Even so I do think that I could probably play nothing but $5/10 right now and be a marginal winner. That almost certainly wouldn't be the best thing to do at this point in time though as I'd find it hard to make the jump to those much larger downswings, and I'd prefer to enter those games with a little more experience and to move up gradually.

Since that glorious wank-all-over-my-laptop session, I have been concentrating mainly on $2/4. It's been going pretty well, although it has taken me a few sessions to evolve my game from it's $1/2 guise. I think initially I was being overly aggressive and giving too much credit to my opponents making plays, and not enough credit to them having legitimate hands! There is a better pedigree of player at these tables of course, but there are still plenty of these too:

I did have my biggest ever downswing (in terms of dollars, not buy-ins) over a 24-hour period 3 days ago, but I then I went on a monster run, winning over $6k in the next 6 hours of play @ $2/4 (spread over 2 days.) Here is that profit/loss valley:

Here's the $2/4 part of the upswing. I ran hot. :)

Here's my progress so far this month. I've only played around 20% of the number of hands that I'd normally have played at this stage of the month. I may have to drop down from $1/2 though as I'm showing a loss there!

Muppet of the Day #17: radish_rop

Thanks radish_rop. You just cost me a sh1t-load!

Raise the f**king flop, so we can get it in there! Terrible flop call!

I knew MP2 had JT, but what the f**k could I do? lol

(OK, it may not be the worst play in the world but it pissed me off! :p )

Full Tilt Poker, $2/$4 NL Hold'em Cash Game, 8 Players Hand History Converter

MP1: $1,276.95
MP2: $400
CO: $74
BTN: $441
SB: $475.30
BB: $331.80
Hero (UTG): $418.70
radish_rop: $191.80

Pre-Flop: Ac Ad dealt to Hero (UTG)
Hero calls $4, radish_rop calls $4, MP1 folds, MP2 calls $4, CO folds, BTN calls $4, SB folds, BB checks

Flop: ($22) 9c Ah 8d (5 Players)
BB checks, Hero bets $18, radish_rop calls $18, MP2 calls $18, 2 folds

Turn: ($76) 7c (3 Players)
Hero bets $44, radish_rop raises to $100, MP2 raises to $156, Hero calls $112, UTG+1 raises to $169.80 and is All-In, MP2 calls $13.80, Hero calls $13.80

River: ($585.40) 5d (3 Players - 1 is All-In)
Hero bets $226.90 and is All-In, MP2 calls $208.20 and is All-In

Results: $1,001.80 Pot ($3 Rake)
MP2 showed Js Tc (a straight, Jack high) and WON $998.80 (+$598.80 NET)
Hero showed Ac Ad (three of a kind, Aces) and LOST (-$400 NET)
radish_rop mucked 8s 8h (three of a kind, Eights) and LOST (-$191.80 NET)



Binner said...

Nice monthly chart mate looks like you're well set now to make 2/4 your reg game. How many hands do you usually get in a month? Keep it up!


Smart Money said...


Up until now, I've probably been averaging about 150k hands. (5k/day.)

gambooooool said...

If it's possible for you to be down 6 buy ins at 1/2 over about 5k hands as good as you are, I think that's reason enough for me to chill out a little bit about my downswing. While I'm still insanely jealous of you, this shows that you are in fact human.

Smart Money said...

Yeah, no need to worry too much about 6 buy-ins.

And of course I'm hu.....

muppet said...

You crack my sh*t up, seriously, man.

Hey, how's the coaching going? Don't remember seeing comments/follow up.

Smart Money said...

Hi Muppet.

I've down a couple of coaching sessions with DonQeeHotay (2+2) and they've gone well.

My main problem is knowing ahead of time when I'm available to coach. Finding the time to coach has been difficult.