So far July has been no better than June. Today I did actually post a (small) winner. Yesterday, however, I played 5 hours in the Oaks 30/60 game and blew through 2 racks. This 3 hand sequence typifies the things that have been happening to me. Since I've been running bad, I've been making an effort to tighten up a bit, mainly to avoid difficult situations and make my life a little easier. It's possible (probable) that in doing so I've been giving up a little bit of expected value, but in the name of reducing life tilt this is totally worth it. Also, I'm looking for spots where I do in fact play too loose, as those are leaks that I can seal up for free.
Under the gun I am dealt Ace Four of clubs. This is usually a limp for me, but Pete has been counseling me on tightening up my early position hand ranges, so I toss the hand into the muck. I proceed to turn the stone nuts, and the pot gets to showdown two ways, with two pair beating one pair. Should I limp Ace Four of clubs under the gun at a loose and passive 10 handed 30/60 game? Honestly, probably not. But I usually do, and this time I didn't, and it cost me a large pot.
The very next hand I am dealt 43 off in the big blind and get a free flop of:
5 players remain, and the first 3 of us check. The next player bets, the last player folds, and the small blind calls. Time out.....there are 7 small bets in the pot, and I have 5 outs to improve to 2 pair or better. If my implied odds are positive, this is a call. If they are zero or negative, this is a fold. Usually I chuck in a call here, as the price is about right, it's easy to play if I hit, and sometimes I even get to see a free river if the turn checks through (this last part is hugely valuable and often overlooked). With one player left to act, however, I opt to fold. He could raise, which really blows up my plans. Also, someone could have me drawing all but dead already with 76, and A2 is not out of the question should a 3 fall off. Of course the next card off the deck is a 3 and the pot gets dragged by one pair. Not really a huge deal, but still $400 or so that I often drag goes elsewhere all in the name of tight play.
The very next hand I am in the small blind and two players limp. It is fine to call with any two cards here, but I decided yesterday that I'd fold the crappiest of my hands, even though in this situation I only have to throw one chip into the pot, when 11 others are already out there, all to see the entire flop (this is of course assuming the big blind doesn't raise). Anyway, I have Jack Four off and muck it. I promptly flop two pair and the pot is eventually dragged by...a lesser two pair. This pot would have been pretty big, actually.
Nothing devastating here....actually, I only lost $50 and got through my blinds. But my efforts to tighten up cost me something like a rack of chips in less than 5 minutes, and I really couldn't shake the feeling that I'd loused up my whole day in the name of saving like 2 small bets.