i think it's a combination of bad luck and terrible play, but either way, i'm in a slump. saturday i final tabled the freeroll for my third consecutive time. and again, for the third consecutive time, i failed to cash. this time was the worst. i went completely card dead during the final table, and watched my stack go from almost 11k to 5k. i know you're thinking, why didn't you steal a few blinds? well, i might have tried, but my cards were of the 62off, 83off variety CONSTANTLY. the best hand i recall receiving was K4 off. and when i did pick up, say, suited non-connectors, maybe twice, there was always a raise in front of me, and 52 suited is just not a hand i'm willing to re-raise with. so i go out in sixth when i finally pick up KQ suited, a dude who has been raising a lot raises, i re-raise, the guy next to me goes all in, and i know i'm finished. third raiser shows JJ, hits another jack on the flop, and as it turns out the initial raiser had KJ, so i woulda been out no matter what. i leave the table and the remaining five chop for $200 each.
there was no investment in the freeroll, not even a $20 rebuy, and that's sort of the theme of my losing. it's not like i'm losing insane amounts of money. i usually buy in at the ftp cash table for 12 bucks. but i know i'm losing, and it still bothers me.
despite a solid cash start on full tilt last week, i'm now bleeding money at the .25/.50 limit tables, so i think i need to hold off on cash for anytime soon. actually, what i really need, i think, is a break.
so last night i played at a local sng and made a horrible, horrible play. really loose player raises, i pick up A8, which is a terrible hand and should have been folded immediately, but instead i decided to get fancy and re-raise and he smooth calls. i don't hit the flop, it's a bunch of rags, and i move all in, he calls, with a set of sevens. um, oops. didn't think he had anything, but as i said, should have just folded. second mistake was re-raising w/ a marginal hand at best. third mistake was not giving up the hand when i didn't hit anything. terrible, terrible, terrible.
monday at the hoy was even worse, again due to a mis-read. i picked up tens, didn't re-raise an initial raiser so no clue where i'm at, flop came w/ a king, didn't believe dude who bet had a king, but he did, and i'm out in last place.
so yeah, about that break. any advice from the poker players who read? should i just go back to basics, read some books, and stay away from poker for awhile? do you play through?
i have a trip planned to vegas for the weekend after next, and i'm seriously considering trying to cancel it. i can't play w/ this kind of attitude, and to go for five days and not play poker just completely moots the point of the trip!
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