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Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Limiting My Losses

Running count is now $17,000 in the hole on this trip. It's amazing to think that only 3 years ago I was in Vegas playing $70 tournaments in Harrah's and chopping them for like $700. I have no problem with what's been happening in the tournaments so far, I give myself a B for playing reasonably well with the odd mistake, but only the bustout with AJ in the first NL event was a really bad one. The single tables are just incredibly annoying though. I have now played 20 for 1 win and 1 chop. Those are the only two I've been heads up in, and they were both smaller buyins - I'm flat out 0 for 10 in the $500s. This can happen I suppose, it's a small sample, but I'm now just sitting down and expecting to lose which is no good at all. When I told a friend that I had dropped down to $225 just to try to get a result, he offered to take half my action in $500s, but it's not a bankroll problem, it's just - I don't know, it's just annoying to be almost $5K down in those and chasing it doesn't seem like the right thing to do. I'd probably be better off playing cash or practicing my SHOE games online in my room.

I am looking forward to playing some more limit tournaments. It was very interesting yesterday to sit at the table with the same players, alternating between limit and no limit. I seemed to have a lot more control in the limit, whether it was against the better players or the eggs. It really did emphasise the point that a bad player can get lucky and double up so easily in NL, but when you're playing limit, all the missed bets and lost pots due to passive play on the small betting rounds have a cumulative effect which should really help the better players. Of course a straight $2000 Limit event ought to attract more limit specialists, then again 600 players ponied up for Pot-Limit Omaha 8 today and I doubt whether there are 600 players in the world who are any good at that game. The big bonus for me in a limit tournament is that one brain freeze is much less likely to knock me out, so we'll see how it goes tomorrow.

Update : According to Pokerpages, there were a lot of faces in the PLO8, including Chau Giang, Johnny Chan, Marcel, Devilfish, Bill Chen and, best of all, David Benyamine, who would rather play a $1500 donkfest than watch his fiancee in her first WSOP final table. Now there's a gambler :-)

As for me, I just have to toughen up. I'm such a nit to sulk over losing $5K in single tables when I'm still comfortably six figures up in the last six months.


Blogger PokerRentBoy said...

The reason you feel bad about a $5k loss is because you haven't started to think you are God's Gift because you won a few quid.

7:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Quite right pokerrentboy, Andy has always thought he's god's gift.

When they start chirping about how much they won last year, you know they are donating it all back with plenty more of their own.

10:46 PM  
Blogger Standaman said...


You could'nt be more wrong about Andy he has never thought he was God's gift He KNOWS he is God Gift.

Look its so easy to kick someone when they are down lets all have a go.


Good luck for the rest of the WSOP keep doing the right things and it will come good.

12:34 AM  
Blogger Andy_Ward said...

Thanks Stan. Anon, do you not understand what the word "still" means ? In any case, I was only trying to cheer myself up, you can think what you like.


2:19 AM  
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2:22 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Could your style be a little too aggressive? The QJ hand where you busted to AQ on the Q-high flop? I liked the plan of checking the turn so as to be able to check-raise if you smelt a weak stab at it but when they weighed in big-time couldn't you fold? Hellmuth would have folded and he must be doing something right. I completely understand the reasoning behind not folding, and I'd do the same myself in a $50 online donkament, but you don't seem to ever get away from these. Sometimes a player is just telling you that your hand's no good.


12:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That's a fair point Matt and I'm still not totally sure about that hand. I posted it on 2+2 but no one's commented at all so far. I just felt that I didn't have enough chips to pass. 2K more and I hope I would have done.


5:32 PM  
Blogger Andy_Ward said...

I have now commented on this hand at some more length over on


7:30 PM  

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