Posted by Dr Fro 9:22 PM
I was in Orlando last week for training. We got a poker game going that lasted well, well into the night. Since it was a work crowd, there was a different vibe to the game - people were coming and going and there was significant variance in the quality of player from one guy to the next.
We played a cash game of 50c-50c NLHE with a $40 buy in. We had many re-buys, most of which were mine.
It was a trainwreck for me.
For starters, I had some bad cards. Everytime I had a hand, I found myself up against a better hand. Everytime I was ahead, I got drawn out on. It was brutal. The long and the short of it is that I had been drinking a lot, which might be fine in other situations, but in this situation, it made my senses dull to some subtle things. For instance, with the people coming and going, the ability to *quickly* pick up on and adjust to each person was key. I was anything but quick. To make it worse, I kept assuming that each player was like the one(s) before. Since the earlier players were donkeys and the later players were rocks, this assumption had unfortunate consequences. Quite unfortunate, indeed.
If you are a player that plays his hands and not the players, you would have done well in this situation (or at least better than I). If your style is all about playing the player (i.e., my style), then you are f***ed when your drinking isn't keeping up with the ins and outs of players with different styles.
I made bad decisions and suffered the consequencees.
Now, I go to Austin to watch the Longhorns have their Waterloo.