Mr. Gumpo dropped me an email saying that he had seen me in the Big Boy Room (25PLO) last night and was wondering how I fared.
Saturdays are supposed to be easy pickings, right? That’s the assumption I’ve been working under recently. Playing against the weekend warriors and partiers is supposed to be a walk in the park. And if one plays into the wee hours, the rooms only get juicier. Well, not so last night.
I’m not complaining. I played well, or at least to the best of my ability. I made good laydowns, and when I made bad laydowns, it was at least a small pot. I didn’t chase. I was aggressive when it was called for. Yet my showdown stats sucked. Aces full of twos was one-outered. Check-raises were called.* I missed my draws. But I stayed focused.
Two nights ago I reached my goal of having 15 buy-ins for the 25PLO game. In fact, I had such a good night that I reached 16 buy-ins. Last night was the exact opposite, and instead of getting upset like I tend to do, I wrote it off. I had just been on an amazing run in the last month or so, and I was “due” for a bad session. The only question I had for myself regarding my game was: Now that I was now below15 buy-ins again, should I drop down a level?
This would have to be a questioned left to be examined in the morning. It was waaaay late, and while the action was good, I wasn’t getting any of it. I checked email and wrote Gumpo that I had been getting killed. Then I hit two good hands almost back to back, recovered half of what I had lost, and went to bed with a smile on my face.
* Hwang has written that check-raising is not used much in PLO. I use it fairly often and I am beginning to wonder if it is such a wonderful tool after all. It tips one’s hand to the other players. It says that I’m protecting a made hand, making a scare card an easy bluffing opportunity. I’m now also wondering if the check-raise can be used for betting on the come.