So I was riding high. My plan was working. Then I ran into bad beat Wednesday, which begat bad play Wednesday, which dissipated my cushion. I am back to my initial stake (plus a few chips) and starting the long climb upwards again.
Like everyone else I must share 2 bad beats. First, I am playing a $2/4 table at UB. I probably should not have reached for this level, but I planned to play tight and aggressive. So I get pocket AA and raise. Two call and I am jacked. Three clubs flop (I have the A of clubs), but I bet one more time. 2 call. An offcard flops, so I check as does everyone else. A fourth club flops (my prayers are answered), I bet and get raised. I cannot believe it, and just am in shock when my opponent shows the straight flush. One card could beat me - and this portended a series of horrible losses.
Later that day I am playing in a SNG. We are down to 5 players - I have the 3rd most chips and am playing quite well (if I say so myself). I am on the button and call with A8 offsuit. The flop comes A 8 10. I make a large bet which the SB sees (the BB is all in from a short stack). The 4th card is a 3 - I go all in - the SB sees me. The river is a Q and he held J9. He called over 2000 chips on a straight draw! I would love to play him on a daily basis - but that day my SNG ended when he gambled and won.
So after I recovered my temporary depression and insanity, I tried to put the day into perspective. Several lessons come to mind.
- Do not go up in betting level until you are ready
- Try to analyze why your opponents are betting or calling
- When in doubt go down rather than up in limits
- Winning at poker requires patience (I know I say that almost everyday - but I am trying to actually learn it)
- I am definitely getting great entertainment value from playing online thus far
- I am not yet a good poker player - but maybe one day
So I still have my initial stake (and did fair on Thursday and started out great today). Back to the game plan and remember "a slip is not a fall".