Hello all, welcome to my online poker blog.

I've been playing on and off for a decade after being introduced by a friend.

I played regularly for a few years during the poker boom and had a decent record at the micros, particularly Rush and Zoom No Limit Hold'em games (here's one of my graphs).

Around 2012 I began a new career which involved immersing myself completely in study in my spare time, so I had little to no time for poker. However recently this burden has eased and so I have been gradually dipping back in.

I'm an amateur player who still hopes to some day beat the rake.

Thursday, 1 April 2010

It's official!!!

I'm on my very first big downswing. I won't go into "woe is me" mode, as I feel I'm still playing well. Looking at the stats I lost an awful lot of all-ins when the equities were close, and several where I had a big chip lead. I must ride it out basically. I might move back into the regular speed games for a while where there's not so much coin flipping involved. This way I might actually convert a couple of these chips leads into victories, which would be nice lol. Basically, looking at the maths it's not that unlikely that I should be this many buy-ins down over such a small sample so I'm not feeling tilted or anything like that. I knew I'd face a down turn at some point so I'm glad it's come at a point where I feel that I'm learning so much. This way I can invest time into getting better and then when the heater comes I'll be playing at my best and thus make the most of it.
I'll analyse my session tomorrow after work and see what mistakes I made. But overall, I felt I played pretty well. Of course, without any prior knowledge of how solid my game is (in other words no large game sample size outside micro stakes cash) it could be that I'm actually terrible at HUSNG. My feeling is that with my understanding of the game and hand ranges etc I should be the equal of these players at the minimum but my confidence is obv pretty low at the moment. The good thing for me is that whenever I feel like this I work hard at my game and this will lead to better times ahead hopefully. Sorry to any readers who are getting fed up with my results oriented posts; I like 'outing' my frustration on a medium like this because it helps me to get it off my chest. If it makes the blog less valuable then I'm sorry, I only ever created it as a vehicle for recording poker thoughts anyway. GL

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