Monday, September 25, 2006

A Semi Somnambulant Trance!

Well what can I say other than it’s been a funny old last 6 weeks and if I could understand what on earth the heading above meant it would probably describe my state of mind at present to a tee. I’ll check what it means later but I told someone it was the heading of my next update so there goes…

Ok, as previously explained my 30k profits (online) have been donked back into the poker economy and I’m back on a level playing field as far as P&L is concerned. Live play sees me in a tidy profit however, and it’s definitely an area where I will be focusing more for the future.

Six-pac Erghh what can I say other than they no longer interest me and I find them quite boring. Too many players seem to have the same strategy in these things and the variance is ‘wild’ to say the least. In my opinion they are not worth playing unless you play high stakes and focus intently or multitable like some of the pro’s and over-ride the variance. I will still play them but I always get this feeling of bad value – probably cos I have more second placed, but when you enter a £500 six-pac you have to make it pay in the next 45mins. Personally why not stick it on a cash table and take your chances as there is much more value to be had if you select professionally your victims. Even if you don’t make victim selection a priority I think there is more money available long term by edging your money on cash than the pacs especially on Crypto. On other sites there are better STT structures but you need to analyse them and alter your game accordingly, it’s all about knowing your enemy.

On shark scope at one time I was a shark finned assassin on a mission. However, now I don’t know what it is but I walk round opening and closing my mouth and bubbles keep coming out of it. I don’t feel pain any more and my girlfriend keeps telling my I am cold blooded. To top it all I can swim underwater for huge periods of time without coming up for air and my eyes shoot side to side like that action man (eagle eyes)– it’s scary. I really shot through though when I heard a player say when he re-raised me live I went in to the tank for 3 or 4 minutes… Yes send the men in white coats round I have turned into a fish!

Why leave a profit based style and become a Donk? Because I have this compulsive nature that makes me strive for perfection. I always try to get to the bottom of things by hook or by crook and six pacs to me are one of the best ways to develop poker skills. My spell away from cash has been a positive one although mostly negative but I have seen all the combinations from every angle and more turns and rivers than more dare to see because that is the nature of them games. Inevitably you need to gamble, you have to select your moment and pounce. Your position on the table is vital your stack % fundamental and your emotions need to be hardcore emotionless. Ruthlessness becomes natural as you see how cruel the game can be and take measures to stamp out the variance. Ultimately your card reading skills become fine tuned and inevitably as a result your beats become more prominent. Your chips are going in the race ahead only to be sat scratching your head time and time again, and you hear people say they play STT’s to avoid the variance and Tilt that cash games are prone to offer.

Here is where I disagree completely with the masses. Yes variance on cash can be cruel and harsh but if you can play and can accept it the profits can’t be matched. Anyone who can play six-pacs successfully up to crap shoot levels can become a great cash player and should have pop see how they get on. I have concentrated the last year on trying to develop tournament strategy at the expense of playing no cash whatsoever and I go on about having no discipline. Yesterday I thought how disciplined is that just taking myself away from cash for 6/7 months? My edge now is my new sober style of play, since BFWCOP I haven’t had a drop and I am razor sharp again on the tables. In fact I have been so sharp I am really disappointed in the fact that some of the states I have played in are an embarrassment to me personally.

So back to cash, I have been playing £5/10 NL and some 10 seated £25/50 NL starting originally disastrously. I found a maniac one night and decided to join him in his all-in fest of any two cards. He went all-in with ATC and I had the opportunity of selecting mine. Needless to say that night cost me 6k 4 of which was my own and other that I had won off him previously. Every time I had my money in with the best cards and every time he kettled me it was unreal. Hawko joined the table and left with 9k that I was glad about, for me it was at least consolation that it had gone to someone I knew other than one of the prey mantis’s sat on the table.

I’ve been back playing cash for 2 weeks and can’t believe I ever left it in the first place. The variance is back but it’s so easy to handle now it’s untrue and I have managed over the last couple of weeks to accumulate 12k of profits negating all my bad luck and shite of late. All I can do is thank the six-pacs for bringing me on as a player and a person. Now I just need to become the assassin when I play and get some proper dough earned.

I haven’t left the pacs completely as my intention is to get my FIN back so watch out there’s a -

----Semi Somnambulant Fish About----

BTW the BetFair do was a blinder… Great to meet everyone again…


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