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Sunday, June 14, 2009

What A Mediocre Day Looks Like

So I went back to Imperial Palace in hopes of replicating yesterday's success. But this time I played for 6 hours and walked away just barely above break-even. Not exactly a world-beating outing.

I had an unremarkable mixture of starting hands, with perhaps a slightly less than average distribution of premiums and playable speculatives in position. The only hands I hit the flop really hard with were ones I (correctly) folded pre-flop. The tables were relatively soft, featuring some spectacularly bad play which I was only intermittently able to capitalize upon.

On the other hand, I didn't lose, which at this point feels like a victory to me. In two of my bigger pots (of which there were very few), one was taken down with a semi-bluff reraise and the other was won with three bullets fired from the button with position and air. Where I made mistakes in judgment, I didn't lose much. Where I played my best, I prospered.

Note to self: less of the former, more of the latter.

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Blogger Philly said...

Oddly enough I had the exact same experience at IP on my last trip to Vegas. Played cash game there. First night, prospered significantly. Next night, barely broke even after many hours of play. Also noticed very bad play, but could only take advantage of it on the first night. I would say it's a good place to play.

6/15/09 9:55 AM  
Blogger Forrest Gump said...

Three barrel bluffs and semi-bluff reraises.....wow. I only see that stuff on High Stakes Poker.


6/17/09 3:40 AM  

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