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    Thanks for your latest article, Rolf. Simple, but oh so very true...It was funny, because that is exactly what happened to me today and the other day as well (starting out poorly and maintaining my composure for small wins). First hand I played (9-18 limit HE game). UTG limped, I raised from MP with AQ (first hand outside of the blinds I had played since sitting down 3 rounds ago) and everybody but the UTG folded. AJ4 w/ two spade flop. We went to war...I think it was 7 bets each. He always likes to butt heads with me, since I usually get the better of him and knew he was on spades. To make a long story short, he had J:s:7:s: and nailed his J on the river. I bought in for another 180 in chips and so I was in for 420. Down to 60 in chips after a couple more of those rivers, I surprised myself from not going into a kamikaze game, which happens some of the times when I am low on chips. After a short 3.5hr session, I found myself a small winner in the session. When I started playing this game, every time I'd be having a bad session and left with few chips, I'd go with the live straddle route and bet all of my chips into the middle blind and hope for the best.

    I was just talking to a friend about this after my session on Tuesday and that's that one has to gauge his game by how he/she acts and plays when things are going poorly. I think it is just a change in habit over time....when I started out, I would rarely ever end a session in the red, but now I'm content leaving down a hundred or two if things are just so clear cut that this isn't my day.

    Later...

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    Dear Dreams,

    I was in my regular pot-limit Omaha game yesterday night. Over the past few weeks, I have been experiencing one of the biggest winning streaks out of my career playing this game, having won a lot more (big!) pots than I'm entitled to. And yesterday there was no obvious reason why this streak would end, because the table composition made a big (solid) win possible. There were three rather weak players and no very strong players in the game, plus we had a full game right from the start, which is not always the case when the pokerpit opens.

    Two-and-a-half hours later, all three weak players had left (one had won big, two had gone broke), and no new players had come or were expected to come, so it was just me and five rocks that were left. What's more, with the table dead and the money gone, I hadn't been able to even win a single pot! Of course, I made the only right decision: leave this highly unprofitable game without any attempt to try to get even. As there were no other good games going, my best option was to simply surrender the streak, leave the casino and take my girlfriend out to dance. In five years of professional poker this was the second time ever that I would leave the casino without having won even a single pot! Still, a lot of other (even fairly good) players would have stayed in my position, trying to get even in a game that was highly unprofitable, and maybe lose a bundle (after all, when taking into account the house take, in this game EVERYBODY would have a negative expectation, plus when your opponents see you cannot seem to win a pot, they will tend to play better against you, meaning YOUR expectation might be even worse). So I try to console myself with thoughts like these:
    -Rolf, you did the right thing for your long-term expectation and your hourly rate
    -You actally "made" money by leaving, even though you had a losing session
    -Almost all other (serious) players wouldn't have been able to make this decision
    -It was still one of the best weeks out of your career.

    With all this in mind, I still felt silly leaving a game without having won anything- without having raked in even a single chip. Take care, Dreams, and good luck to you,

    Rolf.

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    • #3
      hello rolf, i just w2anted to say that this latest article has got to be one of the best, if not the best article i have ever read on poker. i have printed it out and i will read it and reread it over and over again. this is one part of my game that has been the biggest problem, TILTING, and this article truly puts it all into perspective for me. THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!

      jmuzzey

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      • #4
        Dear JMuzzey,
        THank YOU for your kind words- and sorry I wasn't able to respond any sooner. My future poker lessons schedule looks like this. If things go as planned, I will get to actual poker strategy for limit hold'em cash games in two or three lessons, and from there on I will slowly make the transition to pot-limit Omaha live games. I know you, and quite a few others at the Poker School, are rather interested in this game- and rightly so. Because there is so little good information on pot-limit poker available, I hope that my lessons will help those people who are walking the same road that I have walked: the path of slowly, but gradually, moving up from grinding low and middle limit hold'em poker to playing the big, and highly fluctuating, pot-limit Omaha live games. Anyway, thanks again for the kind words- I will try to keep up the good work. Regards,
        Rolf.

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        • #5
          Can someone tell me which article Jay was referring to?

          Poker Pages or Card Player?

          Randy

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          • #6
            Never mind, I found it. It was in the school lessons I have been neglecting. ops:


            Randy

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            • #7
              sorry for not pointing it out randy, i havent checked this forum for a few days. if i dont respond to a post, send me a private message, i will get that. did you like the article/lesson?

              jmuzzey

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