Poker Ramblings of cmitch

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Poker has been a crazy roller coaster since getting back from the PCA in January. I was on a major heater from Mid-Jan through Mid-Feb, followed by a major cold streak (some sick beats/2nd best hands/poor play). I should have been playing 5/10NL with the a little bit of 10/20NL when the games were good. Instead I was playing 10/20NL with a little bit of 25/50NL.

I am still up a decent amount for the year in cash games, but no where near as much as I was a month ago. I have been going through some hand histories and trying to plug some leaks that I think have popped up in my game.

I think the major leak was not adapting to table/player conditions as quickly as I have in the past. I was becoming too robotic. I was making generic decisions based on typical situations instead of really thinking about how I should be playing against a particular opponent based on my image, his image, and what he thought I was capable of from past play.

Sometimes, it is better to give up a small pot with what might be the best hand instead of losing a big pot with a marginal hand. This is especially true if you can use the situation to your advantage to win a bigger pot later in the session.

I have seen a lot of different challenges and goals in the forums and blogs lately. They have inspired me.

I am going to take a "back to basics" approach between now and the Main Event of the WSOP. I am extremely busy at work and it will probably continue. I am setting a goal that I think is acheivable based on how much time I have available after work and family life.

I want to make $30K in cash game profits (including rakeback/bonuses) between now (Mid-March) and July 5th - WSOP Main Event. I will start at the lower limits and move up gradually.

1. Will probably only be able to play 80k-100k hands between now and July 5th. (2-4 tabling part time)
2. Play 1/2nl until I make $4k profit at 1/2
3. Play 2/4nl until I make $8k profit at 2/4
4. Play a combination of 2/4, 3/6, and 5/10 for the remainder of the time frame - based on time of day, game selection, etc. - profit goal of $18k.

I tried to make this a realistic goal so I used 4PTBB/100 for 1/2 and 2/4 and 3PTBB/100 for 5/10. The key to acheiving my goal will be how fast I get to $4k and $8k at 1/2 and 2/4, respectively.

I have been a slacker with poker and the blog over the last few months. Hopefully, this will motivate me to get back on track with both. I'll post regular updates with key hands.

3 responses to "$30K Goal by WSOP ME - Back to Basics"

  1. Good luck! I'm looking forward to your updates.

    Garthmeister J.

  2. ditto.

    light the candle and burn the tables up!

    good luck.


  3. bust those donkeys. GL