It’s been a couple days since I last posted. To make a long story short, I’ve either been too busy losing a bit at the tables or preparing for my priorities to shift in the upcoming three weeks.
In the past I’ve written about bad beats at the table, perhaps as a form of catharsis. I was going to upload a couple histories yesterday but decided not to do it. Hell, it happens: I flop a set of Queens and a guy jams having hit a single nine and catches runner-runner Aces for an overfull of Aces full. He then proceeds to donk off a couple buy-ins, of which I get a very small portion. LAGtard calls a huge preflop and I’m stacked on what looks to be a dry board. I win it all back only to lose it all again. So, I’m down $80 from my all-time high.
Oh, I might want to add that I moved up to the $25 PLO tables. This might have something to do with it. I realize that just a couple days ago I mused about staying at $10 for a bit longer in order to gain more experience/skill and increase my bankroll to a very comfortable level,, yet I also knew that I wouldn’t know for certain if I was ready to move up unless I gave it a shot.
I made the move two nights ago and I have probably logged about 500 hands, and I’ve noticed a couple things so far.
One question I had prior to making the leap was whether the players were better and therefore I’d be outgunned? Perhaps. I suspect that I am occasionally getting bluffed off of the best hand, but I cannot verify that. Someone calls my big late position bet and the flush hits on the turn, I’m slowing down and folding to a lead-out. Otherwise, I can’t see too much difference in skill level between $10 and $25 games.
I have also noticed is a different level of aggression. Players are considerably less tentative, raise and re-raise big preflop, and look to get it all in the middle whenever they can. If one wants to play, one must be prepared to pay to do so. This has cost me a few sheckles, for it is clear that I have yet to adapt to the LAGs, or rather, believe how they could have conceivably hit that flop. I either reluctantly fold on the turn or pay up.
There is one thing that is consistent, and that is my hand selection. I am consistently playing suited Aces with a pair or a small wrap (i.e. As10s9c9d and As5s6s7d), double suited Aces and all wraps with no more than a single low gap. However, I have tightened up on my out of position play. This seems even more essential against the greater number of LAGs.
Speaking of LAGs, I was at a table last night where it got so crazy that one of the LAGs typed “Are we the only two playing at this table?” He was asking the question of the player to his immediate left. Both were raising and re-raising each other on nearly every hand. No limping allowed. And, not surprisingly, they were swapping chips like lovers swap spit. Even though they were playing in a manner that restricted the number of players in a hand (two), and they were enjoying each other’s banter, I was content to wait for a chance to poop on their party. I double up through one and received a bit more from the other when he decided a chase was not wise after my flop re-raise and turn pot-sized bet. Thanks to them, my losses in $25 were not as bad as they had been.
I concluded my little experiment rather early last night, as I had to get up fairly early this morning to prepare for a meeting with one of our farm clients. My meager yet dedicated group of readers will recall that we are growing plant starts for a local organic grocer’s huge plant sale in May.
The meeting took all of 20 minutes, which was just as well, seeing how the buyer was ill. I smothered my hands and face in antibacterial hand sanitizer as soon as I returned to my truck. I cannot afford to get sick, especially now that I have an idea of the work ahead of me.
Rather than go into detail now, I’m going to try to incorporate all that is ahead in this blog. So, dear readers, unless you’re into gardening, get ready to be inundated by mundanity.
Now, if it would only quit sleeting and snowing…