Poker Hero Complex
The post title just about covers my night at the tables on Friday.I must be on mega fish super tilt now according to Sharkscope after playing a ton of $15 ( 18 player) turbo's and failing to place in any of them through a combination of riverstars specials and some weak play of my own.After saying cheerio to Miami Mark and the S-man I headed to a loose Laddys full ring table and lost a buy-in when some lucky donk called my all in on the flop with his flush draw against my set and hit on the river.I'd take that situation all day long but after my beating at the turbo sng's it just felt like another kick in the junk.
By this time I only had around $150 left at 'Stars ( from $317 last Sunday) and this is where my poker hero complex kicked in.This is where I don't go on tilt, but move up to a much higher limit and really focus hard on the table and my game and cards willing I make back some/all ( some in this case) of my losses.Somtimes it's as if I need to be kicked in the junk and down in the poker gutter, before my best game comes to the fore.That may seem to contradict my last post about winning bringing confidence, and losing getting me down, but it's almost like my mental state goes beyond simply being downcast and upset and changes into a steely determination to play my very best game and hope the poker gods are on my side.
I opened a $2-$4 nl 6 max table ,bought in for $150 and paid more attention to the table than I have done in a long time.Perhaps my $4k bankroll means I've been a little complacent at my usual levels recently.
Anyway I built my $150 to $180 with a fine river bluff representing a flush before I picked up AK in early position.I called a $12 raise and I checked to the raiser on an A 6 Q rainbow flop and was surprised the other two players also checked.The turn brought the 9s and this time I led out for $20 and after the original raiser folded the pot was raised to $60 by the remaining villain.The 9s put the flush draw out there and I was tempted to raise but scared of trips and going broke with my single pair so when the 8c fell on the river I led out with a blocking bet of $36,hoping the villain wouldn't raise if he had me beaten.He called with A6 and his flopped two pairs took the $225 pot leaving me with about $70 left in my roll.
I contemplated going to bed ( it was 4am by now) for a nano-second before settling back down and winning a $118 pot with A10 v AJ on a 10 high board against the loose big stack.I tangled with him again a few hands later when I called his $12 raise from the button with 1010.He led out for $16 on a Q Q 3 rainbow flop ,I flat called and he folded when I bet $32 on the turn after he'd shown weakness and checked to me.
That table broke up and I moved to another $2-$4 table and began by raising to $16 with A8 on the button and getting one caller.The flop came 8c 6c 5s and I led out for $28 when checked to me.When the turn brought the 5h I moved all in for $94 when checked to me due to the weakness I felt the villian had showed.He folded and I was happy to take the pot.
A short time later I called a $13 raise with 55 and reraised the villains flop bet of $15 to $36 on a 10 7 3 board to take another pot.I was enjoying myself now although one hand about 5 minutes later made me stop and think.Does anyone know how Pokerstars random shuffler works?Are the hands preset like Ladbrokes after the hole cards are dealt or does it continously virtually shuffle?
Regardless ,I was dealt 33 in the smal blind and went against all my usual instincts and folded to a $14 raise.This was $2-$4 and if I want to ever play these levels regularly then calling with small pocket pairs out of position is not supposed to be good for the roll.Assuming the hands at 'Stars are predetermined ( I mean if I had called then the flop would have been the same as if I'd folded) then I would have flopped my set and to rub it in another villain would have made his set of twos on the turn.From now on to hell with what the books say,I'm going to continue to play any pocket pair from any position to any raise in the hope of hitting my set and breaking my opponent!
I'm still down about $150 for the week since last Sunday ,mainly due to my dreadful recent run at 'Stars turbo's.I never usually panic though because one win there ( $108 for first) and a couple of placings will hopefully see me turn that around.I've just got to pay my best game,get a few breaks and hopefully I can get the Stars turbo disaster monkey off my back.Tomorrow's Britbloggerment game would be a good place to start...( 8.30 pm bst 'Stars under private tourneys,password:donkament).
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