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    Quote Originally Posted by Tim View Post

    Keep it up! (I think you're the only one around here who's playing at the moment).
    I know, things seem to get quieter and quieter around here lately. Good thing I'm still screaming into the wind.

    TIME's playing a lot, isn't he?

    Actually, since Black Friday, I've been playing a lot more at the casino.

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    Well, here's the update no one's really interested in:

    I played a nonstop 14 hour session yesterday/last night/early this morning. And I knew from the get-go, things were just not right. I was just off. Couldn't think straight, couldn't bet right, folded when I should have called, called when I should have folded. Before I knew it, I was stuck $400 bucks.

    I did manage to get back up to within $60 of being even... but I pissed it back to being $300 stuck before the night was over.

    But I think I learned a few interesting things.

    If you remember, I pretty much swore off cash games for a while because I continually did so poorly in them. Then comes this Kill Phil thing, which I was actually able to apply to some degree to cash games as well, and bang, I pulled down over $1000 bucks this week playing cash. So yes, TIME was right, I was feeling pretty invincible for a while there.

    Until tonight. Kinda just slid back into the same old pattern. But I think I figured out a major problem in my play.

    There's a couple of guys I play with a lot (who actually said they were going to join up to pokerology tonight-- mostly to harass me, I imagine-- lol) who I think are really terrific young players. I act differently, but I always try to learn something from them every time I play.

    They made a few comments tonight which helped me to realize how big of a problem I still have with proper bet sizing (and even when to bet). And I think the root of the problem is still just fear. I think I'm pretty fearless in tournaments. And that's because all I can lose is my buy in; so I don't care. But I still can't quite just see the money I buy in to a cash game with as "just chips." To me, it's cold, hard cash and it bothers me to lose it. So I play scared, I fall into sniper syndrome, I bet when only the winning hand will call me, I don't bet enough to protect my hand, I bet too much when I make my hand (where in some cases I shouldn't be betting at all), etc. It shocks me to realize, after all this time, I still have no clue how to properly bet for value.

    It became really clear to me in the bleary-eyed blurry morning hours. I started telling myself, almost like a mantra--- "stop being afraid, and bet your stinking hands for value!"

    I know it sounds ridiculous, but at least I feel like I have a good grasp of at least one area that I really need to work on. And that's better than just floating around, thinking everything is fine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Queso View Post
    I played a nonstop 14 hour session yesterday/last night/early this morning. And I knew from the get-go, things were just not right. I was just off. Couldn't think straight, couldn't bet right, folded when I should have called, called when I should have folded.
    What is wrong with this statement? You "knew from the get-go" but decided to play a 14 hour session ... huh? Sounds like you were looking for trouble and found it!

    Quote Originally Posted by Queso View Post
    It became really clear to me in the bleary-eyed blurry morning hours. I started telling myself, almost like a mantra--- "stop being afraid, and bet your stinking hands for value!"
    If you made a major breakthru during the debacle then chalk it up to an expensive but valuable lesson.
    To the true gambler, money is never an end in itself, but simply a tool; as language is to thought.

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    Speaking of Queso being the only one playing at the moment, the state government of Minnesota is closed down due to a budget impasse between the governor and the legislature which resulted in the state racing commission being shut down and with the state racing commission out of commisssion, Canterbury Park cannot run horses or poker or any of its table games. The same goes for the Running Aces establishment. The only poker place close to Minneapolis/St. Paul that is open is the Indian casino Treasure Island by Red Wing. It has a small poker room with only a few tables. I am sure it is way crowded. The free bar poker games are probably all crowded too. We got ourselves a double dip Black Friday here in Minnesota as of July 1.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Queso View Post
    TIME's playing a lot, isn't he?
    Well Tim is he? Of course I am but I doubt as much as Queso!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Queso View Post
    I know, things seem to get quieter and quieter around here lately. Good thing I'm still screaming into the wind.
    To be fair it's been quiet here for a while. But BF doesn't help matters. I can't remember the last time I saw the replayer used on the forum. I guess our fellow Pokerologists (except TIME) are playing less and less these days.

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    Maybe I'm wrong, but I don't quit just because things start off bad or don't seem to be going right. To be honest, I had the same bad start the night before, but recovered and left the table with $850. As it happens, being down $300 wasn't really so bad in the scheme of things, as in actuality, I was still up from the night before, not to mention the week. And in today's session, I won another $380. So I guess I can't worry too much about things.

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    I am hoping to get some live tourney/cash games action soon. Just found out a few local places are offering free poker with no rake, juice or fees. Just show up and play but make sure to tip the dealer. I'll let you know how it goes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Queso View Post
    Maybe I'm wrong, but I don't quit just because things start off bad or don't seem to be going right.
    Yeah, but I think TIME was referring to your statement that you "couldn't think straight" from the get-go, rather than having a bad start.

    But you can't win them all and it sounds like you had a terrific week; perhaps inspiring others to play more live poker!

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