Having descended into the maelstrom, I decided to try another site. Learning a new poker site gives me great entertainment. Having accounts on UB and Party, I decided to choose between Paradise and Stars. I choose Paradise for the bonus!
My migration to Paradise has been quite successful this week. I started with $100 (and $25 pending bonus). My main playing has come on $.50/1 tables. I had been playing too many short handed tables and switching to 10 person tables seems to agree with me at this time.
Thus far this week I have played 5 SNGs (they call them minitournaments). I played 3 $5+1 and 2 $10+1. I won one of each to make me +$35 thus far.
The most recent $5 SNG was the site of two unbelievable good beats! I played very well and smart to reach the final 3. Due to some nice hands I had the chip lead in this round, having ~ $5000 of the total $8000 in the tourney. My first opponent goes all in for ~$1500. I have 99 and see him. He flops AA (I do like that Paradise shows you the cards on a two person all-in - UB does also, but not Party). I figure that he has won. But the river brings a 9. I am sheepish but laughing (a great advantage of playing at home).
After about 8 hands of tug of war, I have around 6k and my opponent 2k. I get dealt QJ - he has the button. I raise, he goes all in, I call and he shows QQ. My odds are ridiculous against. The flop shows 10, 9 and I live. The river is a K and I am champion. But somehow I feel like a thief. My opponents played these hands perfectly. But then it is poker and I will certainly lose like that in the future. Poker does involve luck.
After doing so well playing $.5/1 and a few SNGs I decided to try $1/2. I had about 5 bad beats in 30 minutes. The bad beats are not important, everyone has great bad beat stories (my opponents above are probably sharing those stories with someone right now). But you must recognize that you have had a bad beat, and fold. This idiot forgot that principle and turned a $20 loss into a $40 loss.
Principle, look for an excuse to fold, and then fold. When the board is KQJ102, and you have Q2 in the BB, and two opponents are raising - get the hell out of there. You idiot (I love berating myself) - what the hell were you thinking anyway? That hand cost me at least $10 (I probably should have folded after the flop anyway). So I plan to reflect carefully on my play. I sprung a leak, which I need to fix. I'm still up approximately 100%, but it is back to $.50/1 for more discipline.