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Monday, November 21, 2005

Slow Weekend

Outside of a pretty good poker session Friday morning, I didn't really get much of a chance to play this weekend. Despite my November Challenge Goals, I played NL ring games on Friday Morning and managed to win a few bucks to help grow my bankroll. Lately SNG's have done nothing for me but suck my money away, but for some reason, I keep playing them every now and then. I can't quite seem to figure out where my problems are, I made good bets when I have good starting hands, but the board never seems to help. I try playing position, but usually end up getting played back at when I don't have a hand. I might try another one tonight, so wish me luck.

I did play a bit of Micro Limit online today and am diligently working towards getting my overall V$IP under 24% which will switch my overall player rating to "Good Player". Currently I'm at 26.xx so I'm getting there. The two games that I still need to bring down are the .02/.04 Limit games and the .05/.10 NL games. I have been playing my hands very selectively but have been pushing and raising when I do have it. It seems to be working as I've been posting gains in all of my sessions (except for SNG's). Part of me would like to do a challenge where I play at a certain level for 1000 hands before moving up just to see what levels I'm catching the most money at, but I don't think I have the patience for that sort of thing. I think that sort of thing will just gradually start to occur as I continue to play the game.

I think what I am going to try is this, spend the next few days getting my .10/.20 Limit stats (for V$IP) down under 24% (ideal goal would be around 20%) which should only take about an hour of playing , then I'm going to play .05/.10 NL on UB and try to score a couple of double ups to bring my balance there > $100. Once the balance there can support it (which it technically can now I suppose) I think I'm going to take a stab at the .10/.25 NL tables which is a limit I've never played before. If I do well, it should be a nice kick in the bankroll which I can then transfer to another site, and if I lose, then I can go back to the .05/.10 tables to recover my losses. In either case I should earn a fair number of points towards my bonus which is always a good thing.

I would also like to apologize to any of the US vs. ROW members who may have been looking for me to jump in. I had every intention of joining the Sunday evening tournament, however I went to Philly to see my brother play Hockey (not pro) and we decided to bring him home with us to spend the week and then take him back with us to my parents house for Thanksgiving. I can see now that my absence had a cataclysmic effect on Team USA's morale. I am sorry.

I had originally wanted to check out the Indian Casino's this weekend while back up in Jamestown, however the family finances won't allow it just yet. If things work out well at the new limits maybe I'll win enough to find a trip to either Atlantic City or the Indian Casino's later on this year (or rather sometime next year). Hey, it could happen.