Tuesday, May 01, 2007

April > March

"No one should rest. People who are doing that are setting themselves up for failure in the future."
--Taylor Caby

April was a great month -- in fact, I'm pretty sure it was my best ever as I won about nine 10/20 buy-ins. That's about the pace I always aim for. I want to win about 10 buy-ins a month because at that rate, my bankroll can grow pretty quickly.

I figure that if, on average, I win a buy-in 20 days a month and lose a buy-in 10 days a month, I'll come out way ahead.

My biggest hand of the month came when I flopped quad 7s against KK and a flopped boat. That'll pay off every time. That pot was worth about 3.5 buy-ins alone.

My worst hand of the month came just a few days ago when I turned a gutshot straight against a turned two-outer boat (55 on a 3345 board). I lost a full buy-in on that hand, and it would have been hard to get away from despite the paired board. The pot was already so large that I felt committed with what I thought was the best hand.

Mostly I tried to play consistently and smartly. I think the hit I took from paying a ridiculous amount to the IRS actually helped my mindset, in that I didn't feel as much pressure to build my bankroll to meet my $100K goal. Instead, I just went back to work. I'm still a couple of months away from my goal at this rate, but that's OK. You won't find me complaining.

My game continues to improve.

I realized that while I steal the blinds at a steady clip, I don't defend them quite as much as I should. I don't think that's a big flaw though.

I also figured out that I need to float in position more often and fold to continuation bets less.

Mostly though, I just played solid poker. Against calling stations, I kept the pot small until I had what I thought was the best hand. When I thought I had the best hand, I pushed hard. When I didn't, I folded. I know it's not always that easy, but when you're running good, sometimes it feels that way.

And if all else fails, I used my secret weapon: sucking out on the river.


SubZero said...

Well done on April, wish I could say I was in the same boat! With regards to defending your blinds more, think the only time you should really worry about that is those occasions when they are being attacked from the SB. Without a strong hand or a substantial reraise preflop, a call from the BB leaves you sacrificing far too much by trying to play an undefined pot out of position.

Craig Cunningham said...

Congrats on a great month, Gnome!