So I dink at low limit LHE online. I play blogger tables of NL and LO, PLO, basically anything I find bloggers playing. But I do all this with a distinct purpose and goal in mind. To move up limits.
You see back in July I deposited $100 into Party and I have been running with it since. Mostly $5 and $10 SNG's and 2-4 limit, with a little 1-2 mixed in. Up down, all around, but mostly up. My bankroll, my play and my number of hands said it was time to move up to 3-6. I know, I know, huge scary move. Besides I already play 3-6 in B&M so what's th big deal? Well I am trying to do this in a methodical, learning type of way.
My limit game has much improved. I no longer cold call with any pocket pair or Ax suited. My agression is way up, pre-flop open raise with AJo or dump it. 6-6 will also pre-flop open raise, ut likely get dumped to a ep raise. I have a much better understanding of limit, playing position and reading my opponent.
(BG skip this part as it is a hand history)
For instance, I limp on the button in a 5 way pot with 78o. Flop is jack high but gives me an OESD, and backdoor flush draw, checked to me and I bet. BB raises me. Turn pairs my 8 and river is an A. The flush misses and the str8 is gone. I have 4th pair with a bad kicker. I put the Lag in ep on a flush draw or overcards. He is betting the whole way. On the river I call his bet. I think he's missed his flush and is bluffing at the pot. He shows pocket 77 for 5th pair.
Was I a donk or did I make a good play? Obviously I made the right call, but I did I make the right play? I think I should have raised on the end. It gives me 2 ways to win, but potentially costs a lot more when I lose. If I truly think he has nothing but a busted draw I think the raise would have the right play.
So about this poorly timed move. Like I said before, I moved up from 2-4 to 3-6. Its like crack. I see you betting into me and I get all giddy. I take down an 8bb pot on the flop and my heart goes pitter patter.
However since I made the move I am stuck almost 20 bb's. WTF? Well I'll tell you WTF. My VP$IP is 13.4!!! What is that a result of? Unplayable cards, dicipline and a little variance. I have not fallen into the trap of cold calling with KJo because its the best hand I've seen in four orbits. I refuse to enter most pots unless I can do it for a raise. Unfortunatly the deck has been mostly cold for the last 400 hands. I had one run were I tore off 16 bb's in 94 hands. Other than that I am card dead.
Variance. 400 hands. AA twice. thats about right. Stuck 3/4 of a BB is not. My AA got cracked by 69s that was capped preflop. God dammit, don't you know that I am in the midst of a downswing? Cut me a little slack. At least make it connectors for crust sake.
AKs once for -3bb's
AKo once for -4bb's
QQ once for -4.5 bb's
Overall, 19 pocket pairs in 407 hands and 1 set. I turned three dueces on a bring in hand.
Why am I so happy with a downswing? The two months ago me would have been stuck 40 bb's instead of only 20. One other note. My wins have been at tight tables. The LAG tables with huge pots have killed me.
Here's to the future. It looks bright. I am on top of my game. All's I need now is a bit of a run and I'll have the roll to show it.