Once again, writing this post from Harrah’s over a plate of scrambled eggs. I have trouble sleeping in hotels and Monday night I only got about 4 hours of sleep. Not good. But last night I slept like a baby (thank you Xanax!) and got a full 8 hours. So feeling pretty great this morning and ready to get back on the grind.
Yesterday was my first full day here and it went pretty well. Played two sessions and doubled my buy-in each session. So happy with that.
I’ve also been doing a good job sticking with my goals. Found time yesterday to both meditate and study two chapters in Andrew Seidman’s Easy Game. So far I’m really digging this book and appreciate all the recommendations in the Red Chip forums. Also been doing exceptionally well with my goal of keeping expenses low. In fact, yesterday, by taking full advantage of comps and promos, I didn’t spend a single dollar out of pocket. And that means not having to dip into my bankroll for trip expenses, which in a way increases my profit for yesterday. Yeah for that!
Learned a good lesson yesterday on the felt that I wanted to share with you: avoid wearing headphones at the table. I’m as guilty of this as much as anybody, and sometimes the people around me are so fucking annoying that I either stick in some earbuds to drown them out or simply shoot myself in the face. But yesterday two players volunteered immediately useful information that I wouldn’t have received if I hadn’t been engaged with the people around me. The first instance came from a very nice lady in her early sixties who I’ve played with before and become somewhat friendly with. At one point, completely unprompted, she said, “I never hit with AK, AQ, or AJ. So I’ve completely stopped raising with them.” And as if to confirm it, two hands later she limped in preflop and took down a pot with AK. I don’t need to tell you that this is pretty valuable information when you’re trying to put players on a range.
The second instance came during my second session when I was sitting next to a very talkative and really cool police officer from Connecticut. We had been engaged in conversation for about a half hour or so and getting along really well when the two of us and another player across the table got into a hand. I raised preflop, and after thinking about it for a bit, the Connecticut Cop reluctantly called as did the other player. The three of us saw a flop (that we all missed) and I c-bet for $17. He folded and I pushed out the other player on the turn with a semi-bluff. After the hand ended, Connecticut Cop told me that whenever he calls a hand preflop, he has a particular size bet in his head for the flop and if his opponent bets that exact size or less he will call, and if it’s a single dollar more he will fold. He said that on this particular hand that bet size was $11. What a gold mine of information! Needless to say, whenever I was in a pot with him, I just bet on the larger side and he folded every single time!
Alright. Off to the tables. Check back tomorrow for another update. Make sure to subscribe to the blog (just put your email in the box to the right) and leave any comments below.