Took a shot at Live play last weekend, went to the Muckleshoot last Saturday for some $3-$5 No Limit. Sat down with the $300 and left with nothing four hours later. It was real humbling, and frustrating as I just played horribly! Made some DUMB errors that really cost me: calling with hands like Top pair no kicker, while making scared folds with big drawing hands... just real bad play altogether.
Made a real ignorant decision that tilted me late: holding 47o in the small blind with about $190 in front of me, I decided to try and see a flop after LOTS of limpers, and threw in $2 more. BB checks his option, and flop comes J74 paint. First to act, I bet out the pot for $30. Get one caller from mid position, and then the button goes into the tank before pushing all in for $400+. ... And, like a dumbass... I FOLD. Midposition caller goes into the tank before folding and showing KJ... And the pushin' donkey shows AJ. F@*#!!!
I suck! Hindsight blows too, as I should have KNOWN I was ahead. In my dumb rationale I made the fold 'cause the pusher on my right had not made a move like that yet, and I for some reason read him for a monster hand. But, thinking about it longer, there was no monster hands even remotely likely in that spot: Dude had limped along with the whole table, so there was NO way he had JJ. And how/why could I still put him on a set when I held a 4 and a 7 myself!? And lastly, I knew the player wasn't the type to enter a pot with J7 or J4, as he had folded at least 80% pre-flop thus far, regardless of the action. So again, hindsight is embarrassing, I should've KNOWN I was ahead and taken down a monster pot. Instead, I went on tilt and donked off my remaining stack within the next five hands and left empty handed. Tilted me for the whole holiday weekend. And, a my buddy nouvellechef joined me for the adventure, and he left UP an even $1,000 after the same four hours at the same limits! As happy as I was for him, my envy was unbearable! Live and learn from each mistake I suppose, but I imagine it's gonna be a little while before I make another run at the live NL cash tables. One can't play scared, like I believe I did, and expect to come out ahead! Being scurred is -EV.
Anyway... had a GREAT time playin' in the Mookie last night. Talked my friend RedheadJenn into joining me in the tournament, and we both ended in the cash! Me just taking 6th place, and her getting sucked out on heads up for a great 2nd place finish. Great game Jenn!!! Good times. Thanks again to Mookie for hosting, and BuddyDank radio for providing such awesome entertainment throughout! 'Til next time...
... I'm a talkin' donkey,