Before I said something along the lines of I’m done with shorthanded limit ring tables. I know I said it to myself after a big losing session. Well, like so many times before, I didn’t listen to myself. I’ve been playing basically only heads-up and short/6-handed limit ring tables. Since my last post, I started off nicely, but then ran into a rough patch where I lost $147.50 in 8 sessions. But ever since then, I’ve won $296 in 21 session, including only 3 losing sessions.
At one point, I was down to around $1860 which was $200 down from my previous high. I’ve completely reversed my losing streak by getting back to exactly where I was when it started. Along with the ring tables, I’ve played three different tournaments.
One was just a $3.30 where I couldn’t get any cards at all and was eliminated after an hour or so. The second was the $33 THF B-Day Bash. I thought I was going to be able to play this, but I got stuck in traffic for 1 hour and 30 minutes, making a normal 30 minute drive 2 hours long. This made me an hour late for the game, and when I got into it, I was down to 340 chips and 75/150 blinds. I was able to wait for an ace, A8o I believe, but I ran into 44 and could never hit.
After that, I saw a $55 MTT coming up on PS. I don’t think I’ve played a tournament with this high of a buy-in, but I really wanted to try it out, so I played. I had already won more than $55 at the ring tables that day, so it wasn’t going to hurt my bankroll in any way. I could never really get things going in this game. I wasn’t getting that many good cards. Whenever I did get something, like AK, AQ or JJ, I would either raise small preflop and just win blinds, or raise fairly small, get a call, and miss the board completely with someone betting hard into me.
So things just didn’t go well and it wasn’t my day. I think I was basically crippled when my AK ran into JJ (all-in preflop which was fairly silly I guess), but I couldn’t hit and was left with about 400 chips. I couldn’t double-up even once from there and was eliminated after about one hour.
Today has been fairly decent, though short. I had a $50 winning session at $2/$4 which started off as a heads-up match at a 10-man table, then evolved into 4-5 handed for a while and finally a full table by the time I left. I played well to start off, and did something I usually don’t, which is win at the beginning. I never got down in money which is always good for the confidence. I was up $23 when I was just about to leave because the table had just filled up (even though there were only 5 players in the next hand) when I got QdJs.
I raised preflop which is a so-so play for short-handed. I got reraised by the button which was not too pleasant. Flop came QsAsTs. I check/called with middle pair and a straight and flush draw. The turn brought the wonderful Ks, giving me a royal flush. I check/raised then bet the river and was able to get the preflop reraiser to call me to showdown with 77 and a 7 high flush. I took down a nice pot and left up $50.
That leaves me where I am right now. I don’t think I’ll be playing much for the rest of the day, as I’ve got some things to do. Like many of the past weeks, I probably won’t play much until next weekend when I’ve got some spare time. I’m very pleased with where I am right now. I’m not sure if I’ll be making the switch to full tables any time soon. I know I probably should, but right now, I’m enjoying myself with heads-up and short handed.
It is much more exciting, and I’m more involved in the action. Plus, I’m on a nice winning streak, so everything is going well. I’m trying to stay at $2/$4, but I have ventured out to $3/$6 and $5/$10. Anyways, I have become completely comfortable at $2/$4, and I don’t think I’ll be going back to $1/$2 anymore.
I have finally given up on short handed tables and moved back to the full limit tables. This move came after a one day event one week ago in which I lost $186 in 6 sessions. Only two of those were winning sessions and the losing sessions were big losers. I told myself I was done, but two days after that, I tried to vindicate my losses and tried it out again. I lost $67. Once again, I told myself I was done with shorthanded. I wasn’t exactly finished there.
I played for 4 more days with 8 sessions total, only two losing sessions combining just $7.75 between the two and making $86.25 back. The thing with most of those sessions was I lost big and early but was able to fight back in each session, unlike the previous day where nothing went right. The two latter sessions in this line started off as heads-up at a 10-man table and eventually became a full 10-man table. This is was transitioned me back to full limit tables. Again, in these two sessions, I lost big at short handed play, but was able to make it back up at the full table.
I finally sat down at a full table for the first time in a long while. Like so many sessions, I did not start off well at all, getting rivered twice in two big losses. I was down about $45 a few times, but was able to fight back and make a profit of $22.50. It’s not much money at all, only a little over 5.5 BB, but it was nice to show any sort of profit after being down a good amount. The things I could and did do at this full table is what I like so much more than the short handed tables. I was actually able to steal pots instead of having players call my preflop raises with junk hands and then calling to showdown with bottom pair when I miss my over cards.
I was able to steal blinds and win pots preflop, which is almost unheard of at short handed tables. I was patient and very aggressive. I loosened up a bit from my previous ultra-tight style that I played before going to short handed tables. That might have been why I was so bored at full tables. I was waiting for only premium hands and not trying out different cards in hopes of seeing a cheap flop and hitting a big hand. I lost some big pots with big hands, which would have crushed me mentally and monetarily with my previous style, but here I was able to win some big pots with small hands, so it kind of evens out.
I think I will be able to stick to the $2/$4 10-man tables. I’m going to really try to stay away from heads-up and 6-handed. I do get the urges often, but I think it’s best to just stay away. If I get some time, I’ll through in a few MTTs, but I won’t be focusing in on them.
I’m still down about $180 from my previous bankroll high of $2130, but no worries there. I feel some good luck and good sessions coming on.