Semi-amateur poker

The day is over

Posted in Uncategorized by insigniared on June 17, 2010

I just finished 7/3,893 in a Stud Hi qualification tournament (the top 64 qualified for a $2,000 freeroll). It was a gruelling 4 hours and 30 minutes but was definitely worth it; not only for the experience but also for the validation that I am a decent stud player. Weirdness: Why did PS make us play for a winner?!

The whole tournament was filled with chasers and gamblers that would bite a chunk out of you purely out of ignorance and for entertainment. On the whole, I think I played really well considering stud isn’t one of my best games and I only have experience with it while playing the 8-game mix.

The day, in itself, was wholly unproductive. The NLHE FRs are the toughest I’ve ever played in; the amount of variance and the tiny spec of fold equity anyone has was enough to make me feel sick. NLHE FRs really are the lowest of the low. Bottom of the barrel. Last chance central. The bane of the poker world.

I found most of my deep runs for the day (you can look through my Twitter feed on the right to see comments and chipstacks at the time) were in the limit games. I think this is due to the fact that everyone is, in comparison to 2003 standards, “good” at NLHE and have focused all their effort on that particular game. Another advantage for me was that it’s almost impossible to bluff someone (amateurs at least) in LHE which forced me not to spew light.

Overall I think I am still running bad but playing some really good poker (this is not a brag but a self-esteem boost!). Some of the hands I laid down in 5 card draw and Stud Hi were immense!

Anyway, I’ve been awake for 24 hours now and have played poker for the past 12. I registered, with my Stud Hi ticket, to the Saturday $2k freeroll. I really hope today’s slog of a grind was all worth it (probably not). The structure for the freeroll looks awful with lots of quick jumps; I need to run mega hot to take it down… Hahahahaha… When do I ever run mega hot? Except for 2 blind levels at that Party Poker FR last year… Sigh.

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  1. PokerAnon said, on June 17, 2010 at 4:14 pm

    That’s a tough challenge, trying to rebuild from freerolls. Takes a lot of patience, but if you play a lot of different games and have accounts on multiple sites, then you get a lot more freerolls available to play so maybe it becomes a bit less painful?

    Anyway, good luck to ya! I’ll add you to my blogroll.


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