by jnells | Published Jul 14, 2011
No change in the poker front. I haven't actually played all that much, in fact last weekend the only night we went to NH was Friday to play the $30 r/a. I lost with 20 something people left just because the structure is bad and I lost 2 big flips (actually were 60/ 40s one where I was the 60 one where I was the 40) and a small flip to go busto. After that I lost a SnG to lose a grand total of $210 on the night. I actually thought alot about the structure for this tourney, first off there is no way it gets any slower. The reason being the tournament starts at 8 PM and they have to be done by 1 by law, thats not a probem if there is 30 players but last weekends had almost 70 and they have boasted fields of over 110. Also I think as a thinking player who understands fold equity and stack size limitations it may actually be better to play in a bad structure. Sure against good players it would be a crap shoot but in Seabrook you see really big mistakes and if the blinds are huge in alot of cases it will just amplify the nit tard mistakes that players are making.
For example when I moved to a new table on Friday I saw a woman who was sitting on a 3000 chip stack at 500/1000 level. Now for all I knew she just took a bad beat for 90% of her stack but I was surely interested in how she was playing this 3 BB stack. She proceeded to fold for almost 2 orbits letting (folding her BB for 1/3 her stack min you) and then she had a real tough decision with 1500 utg+ 1 (spending about a minute contemplating before going all in). When I saw her really thinking about it I figured she had a Q10 type hand or maybe a K3s or something, but no she had fucking 99. Now alot of people would see this and maybe smirk but think well it doesn't matter that she is awefull because she didn't have any chips and what not but there are an absolute ton of horrific players who have as many fundamental misunderstandings about the game as she did. In fact I would bet that at least 40% (low estimate)of players in that 30 r/a could not explain why doing something like limp/folding late in a tournament with a 5 or 6 BB stack is bad, and I see people doing this shit all the time. Why else do you think that I think it is worth it to drive 50 minutes up to NH just to play in mtts that take 20% off the top and ask players to tip between 6-10% of there winnings because the room pays their dealers shit.
In other news my time off for the summer has officially started and I already went on a date with a great girl and got 2 rounds of golf in and spend maybe 3 hours working on my poker game off the tables. Today I think I will also be playing golf and I need to decide if I want to go to the gym before I play or if I want to risk not going by waiting till after I play. The problem with waiting till after is my friend, who lives in Cambridge, is going to be in Westie (West Roxbury) tonight and if I wait till after I play golf I might not have time to get to the gym before he can hang out. Hmmm decisions decisions but I guess I can golf first and then worst case I will just go for a double work out tomorrow before going to the Cape. I am pumped for this weekend despite likely playing 0 competitive poker (I say competitive because me and my cousins may play drunken home games, which we want to win but strategically plays about as bad as it can with people pretty much never folding no matter the game and whoever card racks for the night being the big winner). As I may have mentioned in a previous entry this weekend is Cousin-pa-lousa where me my sisters, my cousins, and some of our friends are going down to my Gram ma's house on the cape for a little family Shinanigans and it should be epic.