Friday – tough day. Lots of ups/downs. Didn’t get frustrated though. There was a fish to my left who really just called with garbage – you couldn’t bet enough pre-flop to get him to fold. He’d flop two pair with 63o vs AA for example. Just insane. Anyway, I said, “nh” after each beat so that he’d stick around. Then I purposely played a little loose and paid off on some smaller pots so that I’d appear to be an idiot. I’d mis-type things on purpose and excused myself to go get another beer and delared how much fun the table was. I had everyone there thinking I was completely sh*t-faced. I decided that when I had a monster, I’d keep over-betting the pot – and what-the-hell-do-you-know??? It worked. They all thought I was some kind of idiot and just kept calling down and when I had the goods, they were stooped. While I didn’t make everything back, I did make the majority of it back and had a good time turing some bad-luck into something fun and never went on tilt. I was down for the day, but not too bad.
Today (Saturday), I’ve recouped for the most part already by 10:30am (roughly 1-day’s target earnings) and am ready for a break. Yesterday’s blood-letting was an extremely good test of how I’ll handle losing days/sessions/hands. And today’s bounce-back was needed and deserved. Table/seat selection were key – as was getting up when the dynamics changed and everyone played similarly (TAG).
After yesterday, I feel like the beats in the cash games aren’t as emotionally crushing as they are in the tourneys. A bad beat at the right time in a tourney sends you packing with no opportunity to recover. In a cash game, as long as you’ve got the bankroll to be able to stay at the table – you can re-load, keep your cool, and show the donk’s who’s boss!
Off to go walk the neighbor’s dog and perhaps get cracking on my last remaining appraisal class.