Finally made some money in my home game

grandgnu

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While I had a five-game cashing streak in the PCF Monday night tournaments (only to fall to IBetOnAnything this past Monday) my home game had been another beast altogether. Constantly getting it in good, only to see AK lose to A7 and J8 s00ted (both times guys calling my preflop shoves)

My last game a couple of weeks ago I just barely made the money, 4th out of 11 players to get my buyin back. Tonight, however, was another story altogether. I was bluffing like crazy throughout the night and racking up chips, since I certainly wasn't getting decent cards. Was one of the chip leaders throughout the entire tourney. Got it heads-up but lost a big chunk of chips when I flopped top pair on a QJx board against a sticky opponent who had pocket 3's and he hit his two-outer on the turn and doubled through to take the chip lead.

Then he was picking up KK like it was nobodies business. We fought for about an hour heads-up but eventually he got the best of me when blinds were 2/4K and I had about 40K of the 110K in play and shoved with pocket 6's and once again he had Kings, doh!

Still, I'll take 2nd out of 11, felt good to get over the hump and pull off a decent score.
 

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streaks are funny. They make you want to quit if they're bad and they make you feel like you're Doyle Brunson when the good ones come.
 

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Generally a full table runs around 4 hours, give or take.

As far as secrets to break your losing streak, here's a couple that help me:

1. BE DETERMINED TO WIN: Go into the event knowing you are destined to win. Have a winners mentality, not a self-defeating mentality where you believe you're going to get screwed again

2. CHANGE IT UP: Try something new, throw your old playbook out the window and change it up. This past Friday I wasn't getting any frigging cards to work with, so I bluffed a ton more than I normally do. And I even showed the bluffs and they still kept folding when I was bluffing. It was fantastic.

heads-up I had a 2:1 chip lead, but this guy caught AA, KK and QQ more times heads-up than I see someone get during an entire tourney. He also lucksacked a huge pot 5-handed which should've busted him. He called a bet on a T-high two heart flop with T2 against a guy that had the Ace-high flush draw. He turns his two pair, but it's the 2 of hearts, giving the other guy the nut flush. Then he rivered the 2 to boat up. So sick.
 

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Awesome,
I have been down at my home games for the last 5 moths.....Hopefully the first game in Jan will turn it around.......
 

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Awesome,
I have been down at my home games for the last 5 moths.....Hopefully the first game in Jan will turn it around.......

One thing that's fun to do is play a hand completely blind. Just watch your opponent and base your actions off theirs. I Negranued some guy that gave off the obvious tell of trying to stare me down after betting like he was strong, when his attempt to appear strong actually indicated weakness, which I pounced on and took the pot away from him.

It helps you to develop new skills, try new things and have more tools in your toolbox to use when playing :)
 

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streaks are funny. They make you want to quit if they're bad and they make you feel like you're Doyle Brunson when the good ones come.

Amen..........

I was on a 1.5 year tourney losing streak. My cash wins were just enough to keep my poker bankroll from completing disappearing. In the 1.5 year losing streak my bankroll dropped from 3k to 800 bucks.

I took a couple of months off. I re read some of my preferred poker books. When I started playing again whether it was tourney's or cash I played like I was just learning. I stopped making any "moves/bluffs" at all. I preached "position, position, position" to myself with every hand I was dealt. I literally played only the top 10-20 hands depending on position. I turned things around. Now I'm on a great streak. My bankroll went from 800 to 6600 (we mostly play .25/.50 cash and 40-60 dollar tourney's).
 

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streaks are funny. They make you want to quit if they're bad and they make you feel like you're Doyle Brunson when the good ones come.

Reminds me of golf: "I knew I had it in me. No reason I shouldn't be able to a shot like that every time . . ."

Easy game. ;)
 

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Sounds exactly like my monthly game, and my streaks........ :)

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Amen..........

I was on a 1.5 year tourney losing streak. My cash wins were just enough to keep my poker bankroll from completing disappearing. In the 1.5 year losing streak my bankroll dropped from 3k to 800 bucks.

I took a couple of months off. I re read some of my preferred poker books. When I started playing again whether it was tourney's or cash I played like I was just learning. I stopped making any "moves/bluffs" at all. I preached "position, position, position" to myself with every hand I was dealt. I literally played only the top 10-20 hands depending on position. I turned things around. Now I'm on a great streak. My bankroll went from 800 to 6600 (we mostly play .25/.50 cash and 40-60 dollar tourney's).


1.5 year losing streak...OUCH!! Glad everything has turned around for you. And good idea about getting back to basics and playing solid poker. Leave the flashy plays for the Balla's.
 
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