Sunday, January 25, 2009

Alcohol ruining my poker game

Have been playing my worst poker for a long time this week because I've been off the booze.

I don't drink that much but had got into the habit of drinking a coule of bottles of lovely German beer in the evenings after work and while and during playing poker. My last post about improving at poker suggested I was moving in the right direction but it seems this week I have been falling backwards.

At my stakes (around $5 a game) I've not lost that much and really I don't play for the money, I play for the challenge. My mind is annoyed!

So back to the non-drinking. I think my game failed this week was because I felt too confident while off the ale. It was almost as though I thought to myself that my hand was stronger because I was playing it without alcohol. Almost as though the gods would smile kindly on me when I shoved with A10 out of position and was called by AK. I messed up the Brit Bloggerment by playing like a twat and lasted only a few orbits, have not reached any final tables (previously, I was reaching them wih regularity - I almost expected to reach them).

Anyway, I had a few pints today watching the football in the local bar so may report back later with stories of my success.

Congratulations to Girlie Poker who had a fine finish the other day winning over $1000. I read her blog occasionally and found her recent entry about prejudice against female poker players quite interesting. Well done to her.

**Update**

Played a game tonight. Lost but came second for $35. Faith restored.....


Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Improving at poker

I've finally started to make some in roads into my poker game and while not winning huge amounts, I feel I'm making progress.

I've won about $300 this past week playing either tournaments on Betfair Poker or on Stars. I never play higher than $10 sngs or tournaments and will not play higher until I'm consistently winning or cashing at these levels.

My game has improved for a number of reasons.

1) Raise The River Forum. I'm not really a forum person (I'm too shy really) but find the advice on that site invaluable. I've only ever posted a few questions about particular hands but always get genuine advice and answers. I also started playing in their League Games and although I started badly and felt intimidated at first I've found playing against good players has really improved my game.

2) Marcus Bateman. Although I'm biased because he works for the site I do some freelance work on, I genuinely feel his clear concise articles have improved my game. Although, I hate it when he start to talk about cash games...cos I have zero interest. Check him out through the link above.

3) Yorkshire Pudding. Matthew Pitt is a great writer who is only going to get better and I read his stuff carefully - if not edit it carefully enough:) I watched him play a tournament on Team Viewer where I could access his computer and obviously see his hole cards in a game of poker. Watching him play really helped me learn how to get through the early stages of a MTT. It sounds stupid now but I was sat there thinking "Why has he folded KJo under the gun - they are both picture cards."

4) Volume. I play around about 15 hours per week. This is not a lot but it mounts up over the month. The more poker tournaments I play, the better I become just through experience of certain situations.

The level I play at means I have to understand bad players and this is something I am getting better at.

So, boring post over and as proper poker bloggers say...best of luck at the tables.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

New York City Plane Crash - Live pictures

Just heard about the New York plane crash and was seeing if these live pictures of the Hudson River crash would appear on this blog. Luckily no-one died in the plane crash.

Update - have removed the TV pictures as now all you get is local New York news...which is of no interest....to anyone.

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