Originally Posted by MaverickFlush
Can you possibly give us an example of an entry if it isn't too private?
Sure, this is pretty much verbatim from my journal. Also, I refer to myself as 'our' and 'we' which seems wierd to everyone else but makes since to me but that's a different story....
Day 31 ........
Buy in $500 Cashout $0 2/5NL
Buy in $500 Cashout $0 2/5NL
We f-ing were on Winner's tilt from our big win yesterday ($3K), came in like big daddy poker and f-ing spewed everywhere. Not quite sure why after a great day the next day we piss it all away. Basically, today we didn't round or grind, right out of the gate we're making plays against unknowns instead of breathing (Bluff has a great article on taking the time to know your opponents and they call this 'Breathing')
Biggest problem is just not adjusting to the donks and calling stations and you freakin know better. Second hand, we had AQ and raised pf $55. Unknown player calls from EP. Flop is K 4 4 rainbow. He checks, we cbet $75 he calls. Turn is J, he checks, we bet $125, he calls. River is 7, he checks, we bet $250, he tanks then says, "Yeah, you got me beat" then calls with pocket 33s!!!
Had we have just done our normal breathing and checked/folded until we got a read on the table this wouldn't have happened. very next hand, he does the same thing to someone else except he loses his a$$.
Then for the life of us, we started making horrible hero calls. I mean, Stevie Wonder could see how freaking horrible the board was and instead of at least shoving we are freaking hero calling with mid pair BS against decent players.
We ended up losing our second buy-in by pushing on complete air on the turn on a dry board into a decent player. God, we couldn't have played worst today if we tried. Our table image was complete dogshtt and then we try to cash in on it? WTF. We stopped loss out today at $1,000 and thank god.
We also didn't do our preplay checklist today. In and out in 2hrs, f-ing awful...
New rule, we will not play the day after big win 3K+. Take day off or play an internet tournament.
Buy in $400 2 - 500 Spread
Tournament buy in $200, Cashout $300 9th place
Got our poker game back, slowed down, played ABC poker until we got a read on the table then opened up our game.
Also targeted aggressive ego players, waited for key hands. Big one of the night was against Loose Asian guy. He's been raising all day with BS and has been hyper aggressive with top pair weak kickers and mid pair. He raised preflop $35 from the CO (we both had about $1K), we reraised him $75 OOP with KsJs everyone else folds. He called, flop was, J 7 3 rainbow. We check, he bets out $100, we c/r him $200, then he insta shoves back another $200. We then hollywood some and make a reluctant call. Turn is 2. We check, and he insta-shoves again $200, we check raise him again $200 which puts him all in, he calls. Pot is around $2K, river is blank. He turns over QJ and we win with KJ-- never a second's doubt. Knew he had QJ, J10 garbage. Cha ching!!!
Overall, made some great plays today trusting our read. We took the standard hits, nothing too serious and did a much better job of just relaxing and playing our game.
Tournament play has been impressive, but we made a horrible play at the final table. We sorta tilted a bit since we started as chip leader and lost 3 hands in a row, doubling up the scrubs. Our AQ lost to A2, then our pocket 99s lost to J9, then we had our 88s run into AAs talk about a cooler. So now, we are in MP, down to 14K chips, blinds are at 4K and 8K and we had just made the final table. Half of the table knows us, the other half doesn't. We tried to cash in on our table image by pushing all in, but our hand was complete dogshtt, 76s and we didn't have enough chips. Everyone folds and it gets to the BB who was chip leader. But what makes it worse is that he doesn't know us so our image is useless against him. He tanks for a full minute then calls with 87o LOL. We lose.
Even though the blinds were coming we should have waited for at the very least a picture card to shove all-in. We had 3 more hands coming before it was our big blind so in the future, we gotta wait for at least Q7+ to shove in this situation again when BB will call with ATC. Had we not of hit that cooler, easily would have won. Oh wells. Good day overall.