Worse Results by getting better???
by answer20 | Published May 17, 2012
The poker journey has been a good one for me overall as it has provided some extras in my life that wouldn't have been available otherwise. Not anything overly major like a car, house or even change of lifestyle. But an occasional get-a-way or 'better' dinner out are greatly appreciated from the time spent. I would rather have a hobby that has the potential to put money in my pocket ... even if Mickey the Mouse is getting his cut along the way!!
Lately though, and I think I mentioned this in my previous post, I have been having lower results ... not really a drought and we all run bad some nights ... and I think it is due to the fact that I am actually becoming a better player. How can this be? Well, if I see the situation that the board is giving me AND I have a good read on the other players then I fold my hand, right? Well that just means I can't suck out when putting my money in bad. I certainly can't find a book yet that says sucking out is a good way to play poker in the long run.
You ask why this is a problem ... well, the other players are still putting their money in bad and sucking out AND it's happening in larger pots. So I have to start all over again by winning 6 to 8 small pots and avoid the 'non-believer' hands that hit a high percentage of my stack.
I guess you could call this a drought, and I wish I had a way to track these hands somehow, but what percentage of hands are you supposed to lose when you are an 80% favorite ... 20% right?. It certainly seems that when I hit a win, it is a small pot, but when I can get someone to stack off, they hit 8 outs or less and knock me down.
Getting better ceratinly saves money ... I laid down AA from the SB when I slow played a K89 rainbow Flop and got a pot bet and a smooth call in behind of me from the 'right' players. The money goes in and I see K8 and 7-10 turned over ... 6 on the Turn would have had me drawing dead. There was a button straddle and I limped hoping for a raise behind and I ended up in a 6-way pot out of position. My read on the 2 players was correct and it saved me money as I was not priced in at 3 to 1 in a 5 to 1 situation as the cards laid ... and there wasn't even a set out there ... this time.
I guess I will just have to try to get more value out of my 'small' wins ... or try to move up in stakes and hope that those players know to fold a 20% hand better than the ones around me most of the time right now. Any thoughts???