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Poker :: Getting back into the swing of things
  submitted on April 28, 2008, 12:15 PM

(EDITOR'S NOTE: LOST post is coming later today, not to worry)

My Internet, despite previous reports to the contrary, has been noticeably better as of late. It's still not perfect, but my disconnects are infrequent enough that I have been able to partake in the occasional poker playing.

Before my internet issues began, my bankroll had taken a pretty significant hit. Mostly due to poor cash play on my part, and it was also a low point for me from a variance perspective in a lot of the MTT/S&G tournaments I was playing. Once I ran into internet issues, me being blinded out of tournaments coupled with the tilted attitude I would frequently develop from my frustrations really dropped my bankroll to next-to-nothing.

Now that we are past that, I have an opportunity to sort of start over. It's frustrating from a money standpoint, because I would like to be making more money at the moment than I am, but at the same time, it's good for my patience level, and will ultimately result in me playing better. Something I was having some real issues with at the beginning of the year, mostly at the cash tables but really everywhere, was my lack of patience. I knew what I needed to do, but I didn't always exhibit the patience and control to execute properly.

So like I said, I'm starting over. I'm hitting the 25NL tables and keeping my S&G buy-ins to around $5 for the most part. I've actually had a strong desire to sit down at the cash games a lot and see what happens, which is definitely different from my normal MTT-first mindset. Part of this is probably because how ridiculous the play at 25NL is, but part of it is that my MTT-game right now is very rusty, and I need more of a bankroll before I'll really feel comfortable jumping head-on into it.

I've got a few goals to focus on at the moment. One is to get in a good number of hands at 25NL and maintain a high enough ptbb/100 that I feel confident enough about moving up to 50NL. I don't think this will be an issue, I just need to get the hands in, since I'm not enough of a degenerate to consider working all weekend and only fitting in about 7 hours to play poker a "small" amount. I would like to try and be more consistent about playing for about 60-90 minutes a day, not much, but enough to get in a couple hundred hands or so.

My other goal is to figure out how to play these damn turbo S&Gs. It drives me nuts to no end that I can do fine at regular S&Gs, but the Turbos just kick my ass constantly. I think I played about 8 or so of the $6 turbos for a profit of about -$8. A couple I was bounced from overplaying my hand, which is really something I need to do a better job with. I need to find the balance between being aggressive because of the structure of the tournament, and not overplaying my hand because I feel rushed. I think I'm getting to a better place to be able to handle these, but I'm going to keep at it and see if I can improve my results.

So that's kind of where I'm at right now; just hanging out in the low stakes area of Full Tilt, rebuilding my bankroll and getting back in touch with my game. Maybe after May is over and we've closed on our place and moved in and are all settled down I can really put some more focus on poker. Well, if I'm not still playing GTA IV all the time. Damn video games.

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