Easy Come – Easy Go: Don’t Play Poker When You’re Trying to Get Even

Yesterday, I had an unbelievable day at  JonWoodGaming.  I won $35 at there only $.05/.1 no limit table.  This kind of victorious day in online poker is unprecedented for me.

My success started when I drew an Ace high straight.  There were two queens in the community cards and the remaining two other players were betting strong.  Turns out that they each had a queen, and thank God, they didn’t boat up.  I won about $20 on that hand.  It was a thing of beauty.

After kicking my bankroll up to $75, the highest it’s ever been at any poker room, I decided to stop for the day.  Keep in mind that I started at JWG about two weeks ago with a $5 no deposit bonus.  So I think it is a pretty decent accomplishment.

I thought that if I can get it up to about $100, I might even deposit some money ($25) into the site, so that I would satisfy one of the conditions necessary for cashing out.  The other condition is that you need to play 4x the deposit.  I figure with  $100 in my account, I should be able to play for this amount before losing it all.  Or should I?

Well, after today’s playing, specifically the first four hands, I think I may need to reevaluate that thinking.  My first hand was a K9o.  I hit the straight, nine high, on the river.  The first person to bet made a small bet (about $.1) and then the next person raised approx. $1.5.

I doubled this person’s raise.   And the first better folded.  Then the person who made the initial raise went all-in.  The only thing that could beat me was if he had a 9T, which he had, a thus his straight beat my straight.  I think I made a really stupid call, because there wasn’t much in the pot (always remember pot odds), and I thought that this guy had at best the same straight that I had.  So in the end I wasn’t trying to win much, and I had a lot to lose, which I did.

Next hand.  I get 25s.  Preflop this one guy bets $.5, which is a pretty big bet for this table.  I think everyone called.  The flop is As4sTd.  I check.  This one guy bets a few bucks, which again is pretty big for the table.  I’m the only one who calls.

The next card is 5h.  So I have a pair and need a 4 for a straight and a spade for a flush.  The guy who bets the first time, goes all-in.  I call and the river helps neither of us.  He had a pair of aces and I had a pair of fives.  Guess who won?  Down $20 in two hands.  I haven’t yet finished licking my last wounds from the first hand, and I get hit like this.  Ugh.  Never have I lost $10 in one hand.  Now it has happened twice – in a row!

Hand three.  I get AKc.  I raise a little, although I want to go all-in so I can recoup my painful losses.  I fight the urge and try to play my game.  The flop contains an Ace, but not much more.  I make a medium bet and one other person calls.  At the turn I decide to raise the heat a little with a buck and change.  A little too much heat I guess, because my one caller folds.  I’m beginning the climb back. Only about $18 more to go.  And then…

Hand 4: I get dealt 63o.  I don’t remember my position, but I think I’m big blind.  All I remember was the flop.  It had a six and a three, and I’m thinking I need to make my move before I get rivered.  I think I may have put in a decent size raise and then this guy goes all-in.  So I follow suit.  He held a pair of sixes and it turns out that his set beats my two pair and I lose another $10, making it $30 in four hands, a record for me.  Oh the pain…

I don’t think I ever would have gone all-in with two pair, especially if they weren’t the high two pair.  So I think that I played the way I did, which was horribly, out of this desire to get even.  For all you newbies out there, this is not the way to play.  If you take a big loss, where you lose all your money at the table, take a while and think about it before you get back in the game.  One needs time to recover or else one’s game will be negatively affected.  Mine definitely was.  And I’m still feeling the consequences.

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