Sunday, October 03, 2004

Playing Poker for a living 10/3/04

Over the past month I am down over $3000 between my online and offline bankrolls. I can do no right and my opponents can do no wrong. It seems that I cannot bet people off of their draws, and anyone who plays an ace hits it against my pocket pairs. My aces have a 65% win rate and AK is at an abysmal 21% for the last month. It seems that I consistently lose AK to a set or Ax. When I do win, it is a tiny pot.

I have been amazed at how often I seem to be losing as at least a 60% favorite. I have scoured pokertracker in the last week looking for gaps and leaks. I seem to be playing Axs too much, but other than that the cards are just not falling my way. One problem I have found is that I expect to lose every hand. I do not know if this is affecting my play or hurting my aggression, but my aggression rating in pokertracker is down a tick.

There were a few successes amid the gloom. I chopped a Stars tournament at thee handed for a $2500 payday early in the month, but it has been downhill from there.

The plan at this point is to take a break. I plan on doing some reading and a whole lot of sleeping. There are a few books in my poker library that need a good study, then I will be back in business later in the week.

This Friday I am playing a $1000 tournament that I qualified for at Turning Stone Casino, and I hope to be in a better frame of mind by then. I'll post a trip report at that time.


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