I had my worst session in at 3-4 months yesterday. I'll try to build some suspense and not say the amount until the end of week recap - nothing massive - it was "a few thousand." Pretty much everything wen't wrong.
* I was $1.4K below ev (meaning I had bad luck when I got my money all-in).
* My showdown winnings were negative (meaning at the end of the hand, I lost more money than I won). I generally only have negative showdown winnings for a session every 30-40 sessions or so (because my sessions are so long). You can play two styles of poker - where you rely on bluffs to win most of your money, or where you rely on the quality of your hands to win most of your money. I am in the latter category, so when I have negative showdown winnings, that's not good.
* I played so badly, I was the fish at some of the tables.
* This guy who hates me on the poker forums won a stack off of me AND he slowrolled me. Slowrolling is when you take all of your available time making a call with clearly the best hand, just to try and aggravate your opponent. I actually found it kind of funny because for the first 5 seconds, I was in anticipation of his move, thinking "what is he thinking about?!?" And then after about 10 seconds, I started laughing because I realized what he was doing and moved on to my other tables. He's actually pretty funny (in a doofusy-sort of way) and he seems pretty popular with some of the other regulars, so he's not a total douche to everyone. I'm just special.
I think it's good I had my first "bad" session of the year, just so you guys don't get the impression that playing online poker is always smooth sailing. Also, I wouldn't want to have the other regulars thinking I was a superuser (a cheater who has access to all the hole cards). Altho there was a funny incident yesterday, where the "Doublefly is a superuser" rumors may start. After someone stacked me at 3/6, I was not able to rebuy in time, so I only had $12 at the table. Sure enough, I get KK and am cursing at my slow pudgy fingers for not being able to rebuy fast enough (well, not really cursing - more like just saying "doh!"). The same guy who just took my stack gets AA and seemed "displeased" I wasn't able to rebuy for a full stack. At 3/6, you expect to win at least $600 with AA vs KK vs another reg, instead of just $12. So even in a horrific session, there's a silver lining.
The tables started thinning out around 4AM, so I tinkered with PokerTracker3 and started playing Rush Poker to see what it was like. Rush is taking about 50% of the active tables away from the regular tables during off-peak hours, which is a shame. I'm planning to play Rush for about a week during "off peak" hours, just to see how it goes. Rush is only offered up to 1/2, but I figure if I can sustain a good win rate in it, it could be almost as good as playing the handful of 2/4+ games that are available. My other option would be to play 6max, but I'd rather save that for next year.
On the bright side, I got in 9K hands yesterday, so I feel less lazy. These "breakeven" stretches can last 100+K hands, so hopefully this was just a blip and not the start of something bigger. Time for my afternoon nap. Today is a new day.
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