I wasnt sure where to put this post but since its about poker challenges I figured that was the best spot. since the middle of february I had been in a 8k downswing. March was just awful.. card dead then april was up and down swinggy and nasty coolers..
may comes along and bink variance back on my side..
We all hate downswings but I try to find ways to improve my game during these times. What did I learn this time? People just fold to my barrels!!
You guys get a lot of credit for this quite frankly. Through all my complaints of not getting calls for value I realized I just needed to start bluffing more. Almost regardless of equity people just give me credit. Here are a couple of examples.
Thursday $5/$5 I have a rather god like image. stack around $2600.. villain is a rec player in a nice suite (as he always is so I assume he comes after work) he has about $1500.. I have JUST been caught bluffing to a good pro when the fourth flush card hit the river and all I had was middle pair. Pro tanked for like two minutes before calling my seemingly value bet with second nut flush. yep just to give you guys and idea of just how much fold equity I have .. I bet just about $150 into a $275 pot and he tanked for 2 minutes with the queen high flush..
its folded around to me I have K♣
and I raise to $25.. villain is only caller from blinds.. pot $50 ish..
: he checks pretty good flop for me to cbet I bet $40... he calls pretty quickly.. pot $130
this is probably one of the better turn cards for me. other than say the A♣
villain checks I bet pretty big here.. $125.. he calls pretty quickly again.. pot $380
: now villain checks again. I didnt get the feeling he had two pair but a Queen.. So I bet $225 for value and he snap calls I flip over my king and he mucks pretty disgustedly. a few months ago I probably am not betting the turn nor would I bet so big on the river when I hit the King given my kicker.. but now I am ..
Friday night again $5/$5 3-1000 game.. I have a great image although its early in the session.
I raise in MP with 9♦
to $30 over a limper and one blind calls and the limper calls. Pot $100..
so I flop the nut gutter and a backdoor diamond draw.. checks to me and I bet $65.. to my surpise both call me.. my plan was to pretty much check most turns as I dont think I can get through both players if another small card comes. Pot $300 ish..
well again this is a rather good card for me. not only is this can now me hitting an overpair it gives me alot more equity with the flush draw too. its checks to me I bet $175 and both quickly fold..
easy game.. ha ha.. I would have never tried this a few months ago.. but now I realize just how much people fold to me and I just steal so much more. I have said it before that downswings are when you are pushed to improve your game. and this one was no different. Last night I barreled at least $500-600