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Thursday, February 19, 2009

The Era of Reconstruction

Let the rebuilding begin.

I am pleased to say that I've played in two cash games since my return and I've booked a profit in both. Mind you, it will take many, many more such sessions before I begin to make a dent in my losses from Las Vegas.

Still, I'm reminded that it's not impossible to win, and ~ at this point ~ that's welcome validation.



Blogger Rakewell said...

No problem. The last Era of Reconstruction only took about 14 years. :-)

2/20/09 3:45 AM  
Blogger Cardgrrl said...


2/20/09 4:56 AM  
Blogger joxum (Denmark) said...

One chip at a time.


2/20/09 6:09 AM  
Blogger Gadzooks64 said...

I've been playing online (recreationally) for a few years now. My live game experience is limited to mostly home games.

I've recently started playing a small stakes live cash game and I just can't seem to get any traction.

The local "Boat" Casino is going to start spreading poker and I intend to give it a try but I'm worried at my lack of success at this low stakes game. How can I win at a higher game if I can't beat this one?

Any suggestions would be welcome!

2/20/09 10:15 AM  
Blogger Cardgrrl said...

@Gdzooks64: I wish I could give you some meaningful advice, but without knowing a whole lot more about you and your situation, I just can't.

Most poker authorities believe that if one doesn't have the chops to beat low-stakes games then it is foolish to move up in stakes. I think mostly that's, in fact, correct.

It does sometimes happen, though, that one's natural style is better suited for success against a type of player who is more common at different stakes. So far, I've found that to be true for me in Atlantic City, where I've done much better in the 2/5 game than the 1/2 game.

But it's always possible, due to relatively small sample size, that any difference is more due to variance than anything else.

I CAN tell you, however, that to my surprise I'm more comfortable playing 2/5. And feeling comfortable definitely can have an impact on one's success.

2/23/09 5:49 PM  

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