I've not been feeling much love for poker this week and when firing up the virtual felt feels like a chore I tend to play quite poorly.I've still not heard back from my work re the proposed sabbatical and I wonder if I've been subconsciously playing less poker to try and stay fresh for a decent assault at the tables if I do get the time off.
It also seems to take me a couple of games to get properly tuned in and sometimes being on the end of repeated crap variance just makes me want to switch off rather than go into battle mode.By tuned in I mean emotionally ready to play my strongest game without getting all whiney when it's not going well,by crap variance I don't necessarily mean 2/3 outers and by repeated I mean a few hands!
For example I fired up just two tables to start with ( two $22 turbs on Party) the other night and had to fold my AK after the turn card on table 1 after continuation betting on a dry flop which missed me.I got it all in a few hands later with a slightly overplayed 77 and lost to AJ and QJ when another Jack hit on the flop.At table two I raised 1010 from mid position and folded to a reraise and a shove.The villains showed AK and QQ,the flop came A 10 10 and despite making a good fold I swore loudly and let it throw me off my game.
I'm not sure why that kind of stuff bothers me so much on occasion when most of the time I can play far more games,suffer far worse beats and keep playing my best game.Perhaps I need to smoke more herb before I begin!
It's a bank holiday weekend ( Monday off work) so I'm looking forward to chilling out and possibly playing some live poker too.I've discovered that the Alea casino in Glasgow hosts a £22 turbo mtt ( aprox 20-30 players) on Saturday afternoons and I may be tempted to give it a go tomorrow.
Away from the felt I was saddened to read about ex celtc player John Hartson's battle with cancer this week.He's only 34 and although I may have dished out my fair share of abuse to the guy when Rangers met celtc in the past,I hope he can somehow overcome this horrible disease and make a full recovery.