Thursday, May 26, 2016

Third worst cash game NLHE three bagger ever

I'm definitely in the poker doldrums. I hit the felt once more last night, on hand 85. It was another one of those "always going broke" hands. That is, I did nothing wrong, and would play the hand the same way every time; I just got unlucky. My last three sessions comprise my third worst cash game NLHE three bagger ever; here are the top 10:

   $-416,843 2013-06-11 2013-06-13 (0)
   $-332,638 2013-06-12 2013-06-14 (0)
   $-330,484 2016-05-23 2016-05-25 (0)
   $-285,726 2015-07-13 2015-08-10 (0)
   $-276,681 2014-08-31 2014-09-03 (0)
   $-256,324 2014-05-12 2014-05-14 (0)
   $-250,000 2015-04-29 2015-05-01 (0)
   $-240,000 2011-06-16 2011-06-21 (0)
   $-230,700 2014-08-29 2014-08-31 (0)
   $-224,410 2014-12-11 2014-12-13 (1)


The only thing to do in these doldrum situations is to sit tight and ride them out.

During current Hold'em session you were dealt 131 hands and saw flop:
 - 15 out of 22 times while in big blind (68%)
 - 14 out of 21 times while in small blind (66%)
 - 44 out of 88 times in other positions (50%)
 - a total of 73 out of 131 (55%)
 Pots won at showdown - 11 of 19 (57%)
 Pots won without showdown - 3

delta: $-126,177
cash game no limit hold'em balance: $5,613,193
balance: $9,858,335

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Silver lining

With a blog post title like this one, it's pretty easy to guess that I didn't have a winning session last night. The silver lining was that although I hit the felt on hand 36, I was able recoup much of my losses after reupping. Tonight, for a change, I'm going to buy in for the maximum. Maybe that will change my luck :-)

During current Hold'em session you were dealt 97 hands and saw flop:
 - 4 out of 10 times while in big blind (40%)
 - 8 out of 13 times while in small blind (61%)
 - 33 out of 74 times in other positions (44%)
 - a total of 45 out of 97 (46%)
 Pots won at showdown - 4 of 8 (50%)
 Pots won without showdown - 3

delta: $-14,971
cash game no limit hold'em balance: $5,739,370
balance: $9,984,512

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Second worst cash game NLHE session ever

The title of this post says it all. Actually, not quite all :-) What it doesn't get across is the fact that you don't have to be playing really badly in order to have a really bad session. When I assessed the damage after last night's session, I couldn't believe I'd lost that much. When I looked at the bar chart of my stack size over the course of the session, I discovered just three whopping losses, in a marathon session of 154 hands. Even though I lost so much money, I only hit the felt once. That I didn't hit the felt multiple times was the result of a fingerfehler I made at one point which resigned my seat, so I had to join a different table. Another mistake I made was to reup with a starting stack of $100,000, instead of my usual $40,000.

During current Hold'em session you were dealt 154 hands and saw flop:
 - 35 out of 45 times while in big blind (77%)
 - 32 out of 45 times while in small blind (71%)
 - 22 out of 64 times in other positions (34%)
 - a total of 89 out of 154 (57%)
 Pots won at showdown - 14 of 40 (35%)
 Pots won without showdown - 23

delta: $-189,336
cash game no limit hold'em balance: $5,754,341
balance: $9,999,483

Monday, May 23, 2016

Extremely rare double up

The most memorable hand of last night's session was one where I was able to double up without going all in. In 61,380 cash game no limit hold'em hands for which I have the hand histories, I've only achieved this feat 49 times. Friends and neighbors, that's .0798 percent of the time. Of course, the only way to do this is to have more than one opponent come along with you. They don't have to stick around all the way to showdown, but they do have to contribute heavily to the pot along the way.

During current Hold'em session you were dealt 86 hands and saw flop:
 - 8 out of 15 times while in big blind (53%)
 - 6 out of 13 times while in small blind (46%)
 - 21 out of 58 times in other positions (36%)
 - a total of 35 out of 86 (40%)
 Pots won at showdown - 5 of 9 (55%)
 Pots won without showdown - 0

delta: $40,712
cash game no limit hold'em balance: $5,943,677
balance: $10,188,819

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Mirror image session

Last night's session was essentially a mirror image of the one before it. I lost almost the exact amount that I'd won in the earlier session. Both sessions were long - over one hundred hands. I went all in four times, and won all four of those hands. My biggest loss came on hand 54, when I ran into pocket aces. I lost $27,632, but since my "percent at river" number was a healthy 85.96, I don't think I misplayed the hand.

During current Hold'em session you were dealt 149 hands and saw flop:
 - 16 out of 27 times while in big blind (59%)
 - 18 out of 31 times while in small blind (58%)
 - 32 out of 91 times in other positions (35%)
 - a total of 66 out of 149 (44%)
 Pots won at showdown - 12 of 23 (52%)
 Pots won without showdown - 8

delta: $-30,586
cash game no limit hold'em balance: $5,902,965
balance: $10,148,107

Saturday, May 21, 2016

The all in enigma

I cannot forecast to you the action of Russia. It is a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma ...

Winston Churchill, in a 1939 radio broadcast
(source: Wiktionary)

I find the all in maneuver in poker as enigmatic as Winston Churchill found Russia. For all intents and purposes, you almost never want to go all in. And yet, you only make a profit (or at least, I only make a profit) by doing so. Here are the numbers:

$-3,599,326: career cash game no limit hold'em aggregate delta when I don't go all in
 $8,799,594: career cash game no limit hold'em aggregate delta when I do go all in

If I never went all in, I'd be losing play money hand over fist. Since I do allow myself to go all in on occasion, I'm making a fairly comfortable living playing play money poker. The trick is not to go all in often, but to have great all in radar; you should only go all in when you have a high percentage of winning.

Since returning to cash games, I've gone all in twice, and won both times.

During current Hold'em session you were dealt 129 hands and saw flop:
 - 9 out of 16 times while in big blind (56%)
 - 5 out of 16 times while in small blind (31%)
 - 48 out of 97 times in other positions (49%)
 - a total of 62 out of 129 (48%)
 Pots won at showdown - 9 of 21 (42%)
 Pots won without showdown - 3

delta: $30,768
cash game no limit hold'em balance: $5,933,551
balance: $10,178,693

Friday, May 20, 2016

A profitable loss

On Wednesday night, in my return to cash games, I failed to have a winning session. Nevertheless, it met my criteria for a profitable loss :-) That is to say, I took a bad beat on the hand where I lost the most money, and if I'd won that hand, I would have made a profit. How can that be profitable, you might ask. My answer is that the bad beat proves I was playing well, and if I keep playing that way, I'm bound to turn a profit.

During current Hold'em session you were dealt 123 hands and saw flop:
 - 4 out of 15 times while in big blind (26%)
 - 5 out of 17 times while in small blind (29%)
 - 30 out of 91 times in other positions (32%)
 - a total of 39 out of 123 (31%)
 Pots won at showdown - 4 of 9 (44%)
 Pots won without showdown - 4

delta: $-9,740
cash game no limit hold'em balance: $5,902,783
balance: $10,147,925