Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Another short day...

I only played 3500 hands today. I made 6.5 buyins. I continue to run pretty good. I definitely ran hot today with a Won $ at SD of %65, which is way above normal.

One thing I did today that I haven't done since I was playing on Full Tilt a year and a half ago, is this. I did not look at my cashier once during my session. Normally I look at it every 5 or 10 minutes and it is very distracting and can influence the way I play.

I just concentrated the entire session on making +EV decisions and I thought I played very well today. I always review every session and am a hard critic. Normally I can always find a couple hands where I probably made a significant error or two. I couldn't find any in today's session.

I had no idea I was up so much when I checked it at the end. I knew I was up, but didn't think it was more than a few buyins. I remember this often being the case when I didn't check the cashier in the past as well. I play better, and often I'm surprised by the results at the end.

Anyways, I am definitely going to continue doing this (not looking at the cashier) but I am going to take it to a new level. I am not going to look at my cashier until the end of the day.

Why did I only play 1 session today? Because I suffer from the problem a lot of winning or even recreational poker players suffer from. They get content with booking a big winning session and want to quit to "protect it." Conversely, I will play insanely long sessions or 3 a day with relative ease when I am running like crap, because the losing or even marginal winning pisses me off, and I want to make amends.

Enough of this crap. I am a winning player and I need to be in there as much as possible. If I can forget about results during one session, then I can forget about results through several of them. I will only have some vague idea in my head of where I am at, and by not knowing, I won't sit back and be content when I have big sessions, which happens for me, quite a bit of the time, at such low limits.

My goal is to progress through the low limits as quickly as possible. I have wasted so much of my time and life over the past 4 years compared to what I have gained from this game. Yet it is still such a goldmine. I make more money per hour than 90% of my friends and family playing micro limit poker on the internet. And yet, all I can muster is 2 and a half hours per day actual work time.

No more scorekeeping. Play for decisions, not results. I'm going to start going earlier in the day, spend less time on breaks, and concentrate on getting 10k hands in per day. I will look at the results when I'm finished for the day. Not that daily results even matter. Hopefully I can get to not looking for weeks at some point, but I will start with this.

No comments:

Post a Comment