Cash games: Swami54

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Weeee....what a month.

I hit a rough spot during the month where I started questioning everything that I was doing which is obviously not the right mind set. It was really frustrating so I quit for a few days and went back and reviewed all of my hands. Though I did screw up some hands, many were just bad luck. I gained back some confidence and finished the month almost even.

I was in a tournament mood on Sunday so I played a few and was reminded why they can drive you nuts.
-Bodog 100k gtd Half of the field was gone and I had a decent size stack and lost AA to KK all in preflop.
-won a sat seat to FT 750k. I was too tired to play so I took the credits. My cable ended up going out later so I joined...
-Cake 15k gtd $20 rebuy 15 people were left and I had KK. I raised and got reraised. I pushed and got called by 66. A 6 hit the flop.

What can you do? No big deal.

I played some cash today and was up a decent amount but managed to waste some of it. My biggest problem is after playing too many tables for too many hours I lose focus.

Hand #1 Great flop obviously vs. Daut.

#2 This happened shortly after and I was ready for a big day. Meh.

#3 Not too happy about this one. Limp minreraises are usually big hands and his check/call on the flop is suspicious. He was playing 37/24 and I should have known better but he was in my head because of....


So I ended up....grrrr
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I was going to play the first couple of FTOPS events Wednesday and Thursday but I'm busy so I may hit up the 1.5mil gtd on Sunday. Later

The Invincible Toilet

I've thought about this before but Bond's recent post about SCTrojans quitting poker due to high volume play and burnout made me think about it again. How the hell do you tourney pros play 6-10 tables at a time and find time to eat and more importantly take a dump? I'll play 3-4 at a time and you'll often find me sprinting up to the bathroom during the break or if I'm in early position on most of the tables. It's ridiculous! The other day I got back to the computer and I had folded KK and two players pushed preflop with medium pairs. I used to take the laptop into the bathroom with me which is pretty pathetic. My laptop broke though or else I'm sure I would still squat and play. I've been told that I poop more than the average man so maybe it's just me :)

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Problem solved.

My "condition", as I'll call it now, is therefore more suitable for cash games since I can just sit out for an orbit. I've been very focused lately and doing very well at 1/2 and 2/4. I would list some key hands but most of my play has been on sites without hand history text...or at least I don't think they have it. I wanted to give a little advice for those players that go on a heater. Do not get into the mindset that you're invincible as it can impact the way you play. It's very easy to get this feeling after winning especially when you’re running over tables and the biggest resulting mistake is opening up your range too much. You start to feel you can win with any hand and that is only going to get yourself in trouble. While you may normally call in position with J10s after a raiser, winning streaks may cause you to start calling with J9s ,J8s which leads to J10o, J9o. That’s not to say the call is not correct depending on the table dynamics but when you’re feeling invincible every hand looks like a winner.

I think it’s also important to analyze and review why you’re winning to keep up the good play. Many people only review their sessions when they’re on a losing streak to make corrections.

I also wanted to thank everyone for their support when I mentioned the protégé contest. I was waiting for months for the announcement and then a couple of days after my post they were announced. Truth be told I was a little bummed as I thought I was a perfect candidate. Oh well.

Lastly, I would like some pros to comment on the bathroom issue if they're reading. I'm seriously curious.

A few hands

I've been running pretty well lately until an $800 loss today but I thought I'd post a couple of my losing hands which I thought were played fine.

FullTiltPoker Game #3911937945: Table Trails End (6 max) - $2/$4 - No Limit Hold'em - 11:32:40 ET - 2007/10/20
Seat 1: ericberen ($541.50)
Seat 2: Swami54 ($422)
Seat 3: Voronin ($147.20)
Seat 4: FAST4DOOR ($535.10)
Seat 5: bootleg-left ($521.70)
Seat 6: OsUBrutuss ($400)
Voronin posts the small blind of $2
FAST4DOOR posts the big blind of $4
The button is in seat #2
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to Swami54 [4c 4h]
bootleg-left folds
OsUBrutuss folds
ericberen raises to $14
Swami54 calls $14
Voronin folds
*** FLOP *** [6s 7s 6h]
ericberen bets $24
Swami54 calls $24
*** TURN *** [6s 7s 6h] [Qh]
ericberen has 15 seconds left to act
ericberen checks
Swami54 bets $60
ericberen has 15 seconds left to act
ericberen has requested TIME
ericberen calls $60
*** RIVER *** [6s 7s 6h Qh] [2d]
ericberen checks
Swami54 bets $150
ericberen has 15 seconds left to act
ericberen has requested TIME
ericberen calls $150
*** SHOW DOWN ***
Swami54 shows [4c 4h] two pair, Sixes and Fours
ericberen shows [5h 5d] two pair, Sixes and Fives
ericberen wins the pot ($499) with two pair, Sixes and Fives

I will sometimes rr pre but cold called this time because he had been cbetting any flop and I thought I could take him off a hand on certain flops. I liked the flop and he had only been firing 2 streets when he had the goods so I floated. His call on the turn seemed like a draw and his river check seemed very weak so I fired again. He took a long time to call and must have put me on a draw. Good call for him.

FullTiltPoker Game #3912032766: Table Beeline (6 max) - $3/$6 - No Limit Hold'em - 11:47:38 ET - 2007/10/20
Seat 1: JulienFR ($2,081.05)
Seat 2: Dieselduck ($149.25)
Seat 3: Miscela ($625.80)
Seat 4: Rocky99 ($897.40)
Seat 5: dean06 ($628.65)
Seat 6: Swami54 ($615.75)
Swami54 posts the small blind of $3
JulienFR posts the big blind of $6
The button is in seat #5
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to Swami54 [Kd Ad]
Dieselduck raises to $15
Miscela folds
Rocky99 folds
dean06 folds
Swami54 raises to $50
JulienFR folds
Dieselduck calls $35
*** FLOP *** [Ac 2d Th]
Swami54 checks
Dieselduck checks
*** TURN *** [Ac 2d Th] [6c]
Swami54 checks
Dieselduck has 15 seconds left to act
Dieselduck bets $28
Swami54 calls $28
*** RIVER *** [Ac 2d Th 6c] [Qs]
Swami54 bets $162
Dieselduck calls $71.25, and is all in
Uncalled bet of $90.75 returned to Swami54
*** SHOW DOWN ***
Swami54 shows [Kd Ad] a pair of Aces
Dieselduck shows [Kh Jh] a straight, Ace high
Dieselduck wins the pot ($301.50) with a straight, Ace high
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot $304.50 | Rake $3
Board: [Ac 2d Th 6c Qs]
Seat 1: JulienFR (big blind) folded before the Flop
Seat 2: Dieselduck showed [Kh Jh] and won ($301.50) with a straight, Ace high
Seat 3: Miscela didn't bet (folded)
Seat 4: Rocky99 didn't bet (folded)
Seat 5: dean06 (button) didn't bet (folded)
Seat 6: Swami54 (small blind) showed [Kd Ad] and lost with a pair of Aces

I suppose I somewhat screwed this hand up but this guy was playing fast and I felt he was getting all in no matter what he had with his short stack after he called my rr so I tried to make it look like I didn't have an ace.

I actually played very poorly on many other hands today. I've been running so well that I was playing too many hands. I guess 6 tabling last night while slightly inebriated doesn't help either :)

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