Reflections of a busy day

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Yesterday was a busy day for me. I had gotten up early to write my blog post entitled “Discipline at the tables – Part 2”.  While typing it, I played some of the “Double or Nothing” games that I have come to enjoy.  I was contemplating a full day ahead. There are household chores such as unpacking boxes and totes from our move last September from Massachusetts to New Hampshire. I was dropping off my wife, Diane, at our daughter-in-law, so they could go to a movie, while I went to the Seabrook Poker Room for some more live face to fact playing experience. And to wrap up the day, was the “Tweeter Poker Tour” TPT:Tilt Event # 7. In between that, I also decided to remove some of the ice in our driveway that had built up while we were in Florida two weeks ago.

I was well rested when I typed the blog. I was doing fine with the household chores. The ice chipping and ice removing was a little taxing. But I was exciting about the upcoming live game and tourney at 9 pm.

While I was at the Poker Room, I took notes on the first 30 hands that I was involved in. I was directly to the left of the dealer and he did not say anything about it and I had not thought to ask. The dealers change every 20 minutes and when the third dealer arrived he stated that note taking is not allowed – house rules. Oh well.

I was trying to play tighter than my previous visit, getting involved in premium hands only, such as AA, KK, AK, etc. I had starting with $40 in chips and worked my way down to $6, so I bought another $20 of chips.

On the very next hand I got an As Jc unsuited, but I was in position, so I called the blind. The Flop came A K Q of clubs giving me top pair and the nut flush draw as well as a chance for a royal flush draw.  The betting was heaving and I was all in with my remaining $26 in chips. The turn card was a 6 of hearts and the river card was the 10 of clubs. I had made my Royal Flush and won the pot, which gave me back $63, putting me ahead for the evening.

I ended up playing one more hand and leaving with $61, or ahead $1. This was an improvement over the last time as I had left with a loss of $4.

Diane came back from the movies and we drove back from the Poker Room to our home. I would be able to make it in time for the #TPT event.

I thought I played tightly during the event. I did not read blogs or play side games as I wanted my full concentration on the tourney at hand. I ended up busting out in 17th place, far worse than the previous week. While watching the final table, I played an online small stakes cash game of No Limit. I played until I had lost my $5 buy-in and went to bed while there were still five players left at the TPT.

Revelation: From the time I had hit the Casino on, I was actually a bit tired and did not realize how that had affected my decisions. It was not until this morning that I had realized that I was playing tired, which for me is a recipe for disaster or at least poor play. I recalled some of the hands that I played at the Poker Room, the tourney, and the cash games and knew that I had made bad decisions. I was playing my “C” game.

Chalk up yesterday as a lesson learned.


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3 thoughts on “Reflections of a busy day

  1. Pingback: Reflections of a busy day : DadsPokerBlog

  2. I think there's a misconception that good players always win, but what is true in many sports also applies to poker. Not everyone is on their “A” game all of the time.I have a group of friends who play a monthly Hold 'em tournament. We use it as an excuse to get together, but it still can get pretty competitive so much that we finally had to set a time limit so that we wouldn't stay up all night! Our skill levels are fairly even, but it seems like one of the guys wins more often than the rest and it often comes down to who keeps their focus over four hours and is patient for the right cards. I make a lot of mistakes because I have a couple of beers and get itchy to play some hands. It feels sloppy at that point. It's just fun among friends, but I'd like to start winning a little more than I do. I should learn from your mistakes and rest up.

  3. I think there's a misconception that good players always win, but what is true in many sports also applies to poker. Not everyone is on their “A” game all of the time.I have a group of friends who play a monthly Hold 'em tournament. We use it as an excuse to get together, but it still can get pretty competitive so much that we finally had to set a time limit so that we wouldn't stay up all night! Our skill levels are fairly even, but it seems like one of the guys wins more often than the rest and it often comes down to who keeps their focus over four hours and is patient for the right cards. I make a lot of mistakes because I have a couple of beers and get itchy to play some hands. It feels sloppy at that point. It's just fun among friends, but I'd like to start winning a little more than I do. I should learn from your mistakes and rest up.

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