Last month was a bit of a cold streak for me. I seemed to build a big stack early then somehow manage to bubble in several tournaments, being one off the money each time. It was easy to attribute these losses to being unlucky, getting outdrawn, taking a bad beat, etc. When it happened the fourth time, I did my best to take an honest inventory of my play.
Since I was struggling, I thought it would be a good time to review the key concepts I have covered in this series.
1. Practice selective aggression. Generally, this means:
Former taxi driver and poker local Chris Reslock has the chip lead after Day One.
Five inches of snow and freezing temperatures outside could not keep nearly 100 of the East Coast's best hold'em players from descending upon Atlantic City to play on the fourth stop of the 2005-06 World Series of Poker tournament circuit. The Showboat Atlantic City, owned and operated by Harrah's Entertainment, recently opened a state-of- the-art poker room. The WSOP Circuit event is the Showboat's first attempt at hosting a televised major poker tournament.
You probably already know what check-raising is. But just to be clear, here's my simple definition. A check raise is an act of deception designed to make your hand look weak initially, to induce someone else to bet so you can then raise his bet in the same round of betting.
Pendleton, OR - The 2005 "Fall Poker Roundup" at the WILDHORSE Resort & Casino will ride into the history books as record numbers of chipkickers competed in the Northwest's premier poker rodeo.
The opening event, Nov. 2nd, was a wild 'n wooly $100 No Limit Hold'em Hoedown. The Super Satellite attracted almost 650 card cowpokes and set the stage for the Wildhorse Wild West Show.
Annie Duke is a very successful high-limit cash game and tournament poker player who has been catapulted into the limelight due to her appeal and successes in televised poker tournaments. What series of events guided her to become a professional poker player? We can fi nd out in her selftitled autobiography, "Annie Duke".
Today, let's talk about what we do with our results. Most dedicated players keep meticulous records but aside from determining whether you're winning or losing, analyzing what they mean can be a tricky business. Don't jump to invalid conclusions just because they seem to fit. There are just so many variables at work that short term results can be misleading as to their genesis. Regular readers of the Improving Performance series may recall a column several months ago wherein I described my friend Jon's playing of Queen/Jack offsuit and how he used that experience to improve his game.
I've got an idea. Let's imagine a hold 'em game. Sometimes playing hold 'em can be frustrating, right? Well, here's good news, I want you to imagine you just got dealt a pair of aces. It's a loose game and this feels like your lucky day. Think happy.
December 5, 2005 - Temecula, CA - It's true that players travel from far and wide to play in Pechanga Resort & Casino's state-of-the-art, 54-table poker room, offering some of the hottest tournaments, low buy-ins and high stakes in southern California. Visiting sunny 'So Cal' for the Thanksgiving holiday, Duane Steen of Michigan found Pechanga Resort & Casino's poker room offered tournament players a chance at winning a much coveted seat into the 2006 World Series of Poker.
Let's continue to examine if our persona of a disciplined, solid poker player doesn't have a chink or two in its armor. Have you been working on your developmental needs list? Have you been totally open and honest with yourself? If you're lying to yourself, you're beyond help. Let's look at a scenario that happens all the time. Have you ever sat in a game folding hand after hand of miserable rags only to see your opponents winning pot after pot with the same or even worse starting hands than the ones that you are mucking?
Today we will accomplish two objectives. I will answer a reader's question, as best I can, from the information presented. I will also outline what information we should assimilate into our decision process in order to evaluate the decision thoroughly. It will become evident why writers frequently state: "It depends".