Monday, August 01, 2005

I'm not dead yet!

Sorry for the Monty Python reference, but I was listening to one of the Monty Python cds with Big Mike on my way to Berwick, PA again this weekend. Between work, visiting with Mom and Tyler, and home obligations, things have been very busy. (I know everyone has obligations, I'll quit whining and move on.) It seems that my boss has been very happy with my work and felt that I needed more responsibility. Woo-hoo!

I haven't been playing very good poker lately. I'd fit in a little playing time on Friday and Sunday nights. I know I need to learn to read people better, especially online. I need to pay more attention to betting patterns. It's a great skill to have, whether you're playing online or live games. Since I'd been playing mostly no limit, I figured I had to get back to basics and start playing limit. Try to recognize when I'm beat and fold when I don't have the best hands. Limit the hands that I play, and make sure that I only play the lesser hands in the proper positions. Once I'm more solid with the basics, I can get better with the bluffing and fancy plays. Of course, I'll probably still play no limit in B&M casinos.

I need to study my theory, too. I found one of Al's Slansky books, and he'd ordered me one of the other ones I've been wanting. I'm way behind in my reading. I need to learn to calculate pot odds. Damn, I hate calculating pot odds. I usually just calculate number of outs... I have to get much better for a tourney coming up next month.

I'm gearing up for Bradoween! I've offered my services as bartender to Otis and the rest of the G-Vegas Crew. I'm trying to put together a list of popular drinks and shots with common liquors so we can keep the number of bottles down and keep from leaving any behind when we're done. Yeah, I don't think that's possible either, but... If anyone going has any ideas, let me know. I'll see what we can work out.

Well, it's past my bedtime. This weekend has been rough on me. I'll be doing my best to get back to a regular posting schedule so I don't lose my 2 regular readers (Thanks Al and whoever the other random reader is!) Here's wishing you a good night...


Anonymous Maudie said...

Count me as random reader #1! In the beginning, the Psychology of Poker was a very helpful book for me; next to that I'd put Small Stakes Hold-Em. Ciaffone's writings have been recommended - but I haven't gotten to 'em yet and lately I've been soaking up everything I can find from Izmet Fekali and Abdul's writings from RGP (Hank has links at his site and I did a name search for postings at RGP).... Happy reading :)

6:12 AM  
Blogger Shelly said...

I just memorized the chart like -
# outs - odds to hit with 2 to come - odds to hit with one to come. I posted my chart as a comment to April A's most recent post. It's easier than trying to go through the, "OK, I have x outs, meaning x cards help me out of x cards unseen, so x cards DON'T help me... commence the division..." Though if I blank on remembering the chart, there's always the math :) My chart is similar to this one (but with only the major outs - I have 2,3,4,6,8,9,12, and 15 memorized):

Or there's the ballpark math - with 2 cards to come, multiply your outs x 4 = % chance to hit (with one card to come, x2). I prefer the odds expressed x:1 though - easier to compare what the pot is laying you versus the bet.

8:00 AM  
Blogger Drizztdj said...

Color me jealous of people going to Brad-o-ween.

2:21 PM  
Blogger CJ said...

I'm going to Brad-o-ween!!!! I think I've been named official referee of the Drunk-o-lympics. It's like the Laff-o-lympics, but without the Scooby Doo gang and with a lot more alcohol.

2:38 PM  
Anonymous TeamScottSmith said...

I'll see you there, BTW, I like strong drinks.

7:58 PM  

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