I have not posted in a few days, partially because I am embarrassed and confused. It has become apparent that I need to figure out some daily limits or limits to the games I play. I used to play PP just for fun, cashing out here and there but mostly playing whatever game seemed like a good idea at the time. Fun stuff, but not how you build a bankroll. I tilted/stupided (I think I just made that word up, but it is appropriate) all of my money off on UB. Upon reflection, I moved up my limits too fast and did not have the bankroll to cover the variance, got into the mindset of playing for fun (not that I don't think I can have fun doing this, but there is no discipline when playing for fun), and worst of all started chasing. If I lost 10 playing at a .10/.25 table, I would sit down at a 10 NL HU table to try and win it right back. This worked sometimes, but is not the approach that will get my bankroll growing.
Before I load any money back on UB (and after payday!) I am going to have to create my limits and the structure I obviously need. I am thinking about playing for bankroll on UB and fun on PP until I get this more figured out. I loaded $50 on PP and have been working on getting all of my Poker Tracker stats into the green. This has been fun, productive, and I have turned the $50 into $117 as I type this. Empirical evidence that I would do well with some defined goals and limits? Perhaps, but it is also a weekend on PP!!
I am very open to any comments on bankroll size and corresponding limits. I am going to look through some of doubleas early posts to see what his limits/games were before he allowed himself to "move up". I still believe in myself and feel that I have had some poker breakthroughs since starting this blog and my continued play. I am more likely to trust my read and capture some pots that I would have let go in the past. I am also getting better in short handed games because of my increased aggressiveness. I need to work on my aggressiveness still, Poker Tracker has me listed as Loose-Aggressive/Passive after ~2,000 hands. I flirted with LAA for awhile but it has now been solid LAP the past few days.
Amazingly, a link appeared to my blog from doubleas!
Bittersweet.... sweet because he inspired me to do this and I consider his example a good one to follow. Bitter because anyone that checks this blog out this week will see my loss of my UB stake. Such is life
Lastly, I hosted the neighborhood poker game at my house last night and my wife was the big winner! She even bluffed me out of a big pot towards the end of the night. I was pretty impressed and still think she had made her hand, but she swears she didn't and gives me that damn wife smirk. You know the one - the
"she one upped me at something I think I am good at and that makes her happy" look. Go Stephanie. Final results were Stephanie +17 and me -1 for the night. I am proud of my little poker hustling wife. She was even trash talking a few of the neighborhood guys that were playing!! Gotta love her.
Bottom line, I will be creating my strategy for my limits on UB and will have some fun with the cash I loaded on PP. See you out there.