Tuesday, March 10, 2009


Posted by Dr Fro 9:01 PM
"Fuck me"

That's not a very nice thing to say. I't's also not a very nice thing to type on a blog.

It was the last sentence I uttered as I stepped away from my table at Winstar on Saturday.

I sat down at 1pm and got up just before 7pm. I played $1-$2 for about 20 minutes before my $2-$5 table got going. I stayed there for the remainder of my 6-hour session.

It was 2:30 - an hour an a half after I started - before I won a real hand. During that hour and a half I split a pot (netted $3 profit) an won the blinds ($7 profit) once.

Over six hours I never got AA. Nor KK. Nor QQ nor AK. Do you know the odds of that? There is a 2.56% chance of getting one of those on a give hand. There's a 97.4% chance of avoiding all those hands on a given hand. Assume that they deal 30 hands per hour. For my 6 hours play that makes 180 hands. .9744^(180) = 0.9% chance. So less than 1 time in 100 attempts would you never get those hands in a 6-hour session.


The best hand I got was JJ. She had QQ and won a big pot.

Once I got 66, and the same chick got 55. She flopped a set. I did not.

On the last hand of the day, I found myself heads-up holding top pair (King) against a known bluffer. He made a big bet on the flop which I correctly called. He then runner-runnered a backdoor flush. I lost a $650 pot on runner-runner. I was so pleased with how brilliant I was to call his bluff that I simply couldn't believe my eyes when the river was dealt. It must have been a 20-second delay before I uttered those two words and walked out to my car.

For the most part, I lost because of terrible cards. There was no way to win that day in that seat. Yet, I think I could have played differently and limited my losses substantially. One common problem was getting junk cards that I intended to chunk. By the time it came around to me, there were 7 limpers in the pot. For a small price, I could see a cheap flop. So I called with junk. It seems that every time I did that, I ended up with the second best hand at the showdown.

I'm not exactly taking a poker break due to my loss. However, with March Madness coming up, with an international trip coming up, with some family coming in town, etc., I don't think I will play any/much poker between now and my Vegas trip in late April. And that's fine with me. I'lll finish Dan Harrington's book and spend some time analyzing the 4,600 hands in my poker tracker hand history. I could do with a break any way.

8 Comment(s):

Posted by Anonymous Anonymous, at 10:22 PM, March 12, 2009  

I don't understand. You should be happy. You just suffered a bad beat and that was one of the holes in your game.

sorry to poke fun at your loss, and I realize the circumstances are different, but I couldn't resist...

HP



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You don't want to know how many times I used that sentence after being beat by a bad hand while playing poker :)

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