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Thats a question Ive asked myself a lot when it has come to poker. I have a very bad habit of calling when I know I am beat for a reason that really can only be described as curiosity. A couple of those stupid calls can have me on crazy tilt very quickly.

I would be very angry then after the session and having done my usual hitting the desk or whatever and having a chance to sit down and reflect for a short time I get this wave of optimism that seems to come over me where I will tell myself that Im going to cut out all the stupid mistakes that I make which then means that Im going to be making more money.

Obviously that never happens though, not in the long term anyway.


Im playing like a total tool at the moment. Its always been the same with me, I get a few bad beats over a short time and then my poker play just goes tits up.

Im tilting more at the moment than I can remember for quite a while and with my tilt creeps in the bad play. Its got so bad that today i withdrew all my money off Pokerstars and will be doing the same off FT tonight.

Now that does sound a bit extreme but it does coincide with me finally changing my car and so the money has gone on a deposit for the car and also to pay off my credit card which has crept up since we started the business.

So basically the money was coming off one way or another anyway as I decided a few days ago that I was going to look for a stake to play NL50 or NL25. Im hoping playing with someone elses money will help keep the tilt in check and also drawing the money out is going to just give me a few days away from poker which i probably need.

Whilst i try and sort out a stake It will give me the chance to start reading Jared Tendlers book again as this usually coincides with me playing the best poker I play so will give it a chance again. I usually manage to get half way through the book and then stop because Im playing well and then it seems to work for a few months before I end up at the point im at today.

On the staking thing I am in talks with someone so Im just waiting to see if that will go anywhere but it seems a major problem is my lack of volume that I can put in but im hoping my good results will make up for that(apart from the start of this month anyway). If I cant sort anything out then I will probably just deposit $100 or so and start out at NL10 again and just grind my way back to NL25.

First thing though is to get refreshed and then start to try and grab my tilt by the horns whilst sorting the staking out. Will report back.

Looking for feedback…..

Posted: October 28, 2012 in General
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I made a post a while since mentioning that our new website had gone live, well we have now decided to extend this a bit and we are going to go down the route of starting a blog and also doing an online store.

To do this we have decided to set up another webiste which is the .com version of the first one and has a different set up to the first one and we are hoping to update on a regular basis.

Anyway the website can be found at and although its still in its early stages I would appreciate a bit of feedback on how it looks and if theres any errors that we have missed or ways people feel that we could improve it.

Thank you.

Ive managed to get back to winning ways this month after starting the month with a 6 buy in downswing.

That makes it sound better than it actually is though because Im still not playing that well and I am still spewing quite a bit. I made a decision early on in the month that I was going to try and tighten up because I feel Ive gone past the point of playing good loose Poker and in to the realm of playing bad loose Poker.

I mean just one look at my stats for the month and its clear to see that playing 24/19 with a WTSD of 30% is going to be a losing proposition. looking at my best month in poker I were playing 16/13 and going to SD just about 23% which is quite a big difference.

Its almost as if I feel I can just open any two fancy looking hands and profit by playing them rather than opening them in the correct spots.

Im just about to start a session now and Im going to try and play a really basic form of poker and try and resist the urge to open all these hands and actually tighten up a bit and also try folding some hands when Im obviously beat as well as cutting down on the stupid spews that I do when I bluff for no logical reason other than to stroke my own ego.

Anyway I will report back how I have gone on.

Wish me luck.


Results are in and I lasted 258 hands before tiltbreaker kicked in. Managed to end the session a buy in up after it had set off the alarm. Stats were 23/20 and 32% WTSD so no real change and couldnt help but try and bluff the fish who at the moment seem to smash every paired board against me when I have a decent pair. The fact I never fold against their raises even though they play their hand face up isnt helping me.

2 Hands that cost me were 2 all ins where I had Ak against QQ and missed and AQ against QQ. The other big hand was AK that I 3bet and got a TJQ flop where my opponent shoved the flop I call and he flips AT, Turn brings a Queen and the river a King.

Will try again in 15 mins.

Thats me at the moment, sat there giving my chips away.

I realized a long time ago that even though I play pretty loose people will not put their stack in the middle against me without a big hand. For some reason even though I realized this I still do nothing about it and still try and pull off all sort of stupid bluffs even though I know this.

Well it seems at the moment Im on a mission to try and make people fold when I have total air. Needless to say its not going too well.

Im so far away from playing the poker I was 2 or 3 months ago and I really need to start getting a grip because my tilt problems are creeping back again.

This has to be the biggest generalization in Poker.

I love a good debate, that’s my problem. If I have an opinion on something I’m going to air it especially when its something that I care about.

So I managed to find myself in the midst of a couple of interesting debates on 2+2 mainly based around peoples generalizations about what is standard.

Adjective: Used or accepted as normal or average: “the standard rate of income tax”.

Who decides what is standard in Poker? The saying goes that if you say something often enough no matter how true, then people will start to believe it. I think this holds some truth especially when it comes to Poker forums. This can work both ways, we see people giving good advice and people follow it and it helps them, we also see bad advice and the same again except this time it will harm their development but in most cases people do not understand why they are doing that something and just take it as read.

Fold Pre.

One of the best pieces of advice or worst pieces of advice you will see on a forum and without a doubt the biggest waste of time there is. Of the two hands that brought these debates we have A4s and 44 in EP with people giving the advice of Fold Pre without offering any explanation what so ever about why that should be. Why is that? Im going to hazard a guess that most of the time its because they have read on a Poker forum that you dont open x Hand from X position. Have they thought about it for a second though as to why this may not be true? Probably not.

Thinking Outside The Box

We all do this don’t we? No we don’t. You say you do, but you don’t. most people don’t even consider their actions at the tables and just do things they have got in to the habit of, this is great if you already are a good player but if you are doing it wrong then those habits are going to be the hardest to break. Before we make a decision at the table the simplest questions to ask ourselves are Why? and What? Why am I folding this hand pre? What if I raised instead of folding? Every decision should be made in that moment and not on some tatty looking hand chart that you have stuck to your monitor.

Try thinking for a change, your game will thank you for it.

I included quite a few generalizations in this post but you probably spotted them? 🙂

Theres a couple of new and exciting things hitting the WWW this coming month, first and most importantly is our company Cuttin Edge Carpets has had our website launched which can be found here:-

This is going to coincide with some new advertising we are doing using google adwords so please dont hesitate to click the link and have a nosey at our site.

Second of all is the relaunch of Full Tilt Poker which is obviously a big thing for anyone who has some money on the site. Its going to be a pleasant surprise when they finally let us check our balances and we get to see how much money we actually had on there. Im hoping most of it will go towards helping me fund the new car that i have talked about previously but we shall wait and see……

Thats all for now. All the best.