Friday, May 5, 2017

Boring Poker Session

I've played a bit over 33 hours so far this year.  I ran very good for the first 20 hours.  My luck has not turned around since I had pocket kings and lost to pocket jacks on the river.  I'm not saying that I've been unlucky.  I haven't had many good starting hands and/or my draws haven't been hitting.

Also, I haven't been enjoying playing.  Playing poker is a hobby and to some degree it should be fun.  Lately, it's felt more like work.  When you are running semi card-dead and the opposition is tough, no wonder it feels like work.

The last session made me realize that it might be time to take a mini break from poker.  I played for about 3.5 hours.  I had K-K and J-J but neither saw a flop.  Sitting there felt like work.  I was trying to read players and the moves they were making.  But mostly, I spent my time folding bad hands.

I started with $200 in seat 9.  After an hour, I was down to about $130.  I opened to $12 with A-9 in the hijack.  Seat 10 raised to $25 and got three of us to call.  The flop was 2-5-9.  Seat 10 bet $40.  It folded to me and I moved all-in for $107.  He was raising a lot so I figured it was 50/50 if I was ahead or behind.  He called with A-7.  The turn and the river were bricks and I was up to $310.

Last hand of the night, I'm sitting on $235 with A-Q.  Seat 2 was a short stack and bet $15.  He got called in two spots before I moved all-in.  Only the short stack called and he was all-in for $90.  He flipped over 10-10.  The board ran out 10,9,7,6,x.  I called it a night after the hand, down $55.

Two interesting hands happened where two players were dealt the same pocket pair.  Both resulted in chops but it was fun watching the hands play out.


  1. Poker definitely is not as much fun when you are card dead ... and/or have one of those nights when your decent hands are always second best. Sounds like a little break might not be a bad idea.