Tuesday, April 22, 2008


Hello everyone. Thanks for stopping by. Today's topic is dealing with frustration. We all are prone to this, and everyone has a different way to deal with it. Or I hope you do, because if not, it can be a HUGE leak in your game. Tilt happens, and frustration is probably the #1 cause of tilt.

Today I'm frustrated over the double stack guarantees on Full Tilt. I've been trying to play these whenever I can. Had a sick day from work today and figured I'd try to squeeze one in between naps. I have made it deep in a few of the 2pm, $24k GTDs, but I have yet to final table, mostly due to beats like this one:

Full Tilt Poker Game #6136526216: $24,000 Guarantee (46025201), Table 66 - 500/1000 Ante 125 - No Limit Hold'em - 16:46:43 ET - 2008/04/22
Seat 1: Tonyrwc1 (12,827)
Seat 2: zeban572 (18,199)
Seat 3: Sinkness (22,011)
Seat 4: IlliniFan (11,814) I'm in okay shape. There are 120ish left, I am in 94th. Top 108 pay. But I am the short stack at the table.
Seat 5: Little Ken (14,250)
Seat 6: Trap Gurl (26,326)
Seat 7: Dan_Germoney (14,393)
Seat 8: Dudeoflife (48,842)
Seat 9: poppiekimmie (24,932)
Tonyrwc1 antes 125
zeban572 antes 125
Sinkness antes 125
IlliniFan antes 125
Little Ken antes 125
Trap Gurl antes 125
Dan_Germoney antes 125
Dudeoflife antes 125
poppiekimmie antes 125
Sinkness posts the small blind of 500
IlliniFan posts the big blind of 1,000
The button is in seat #2
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to IlliniFan [Tc Td] Nice hand in the BB. I need to get it in early with this, hoping I have some fold equity. I'm in this to win it, not squeeze into the money.
Little Ken folds
Trap Gurl folds
Dan_Germoney raises to 2,800 Looks like A-T through A-K
Dudeoflife folds
poppiekimmie calls 2,800 Definitely is an A-Q or A-K. He'd push with any pairs here to get the raiser out.
Tonyrwc1 folds
zeban572 folds
Sinkness has 15 seconds left to act
Sinkness folds
IlliniFan raises to 11,689, and is all in So I'm up vs Aces or, maybe a smaller pair.
Dan_Germoney raises to 14,268, and is all in Not good.
poppiekimmie calls 11,468
Dan_Germoney shows [Ah Kd]
poppiekimmie shows [Qh Ac]
IlliniFan shows [Tc Td] Nice, they have each other's outs. I have about 45% equity here. Nice place to be.
*** FLOP *** [Js 2c 5c] Great flop for me. Now I'm up in the 65% range
*** TURN *** [Js 2c 5c] [4c] Yikes. Flush and wheel outs.
*** RIVER *** [Js 2c 5c 4c] [3s] Wow. How unlucky can I get? Runner runner wheel. I didn't even notice it until the pot didn't go my way. In fact, I was only worried about the flush and had a WTF moment when the pot got split to them.
Dan_Germoney shows a straight, Five high
poppiekimmie shows a straight, Five high
Dan_Germoney ties for the side pot (2,579) with a straight, Five high
poppiekimmie ties for the side pot (2,579) with a straight, Five high
IlliniFan shows a pair of Tens
Dan_Germoney ties for the main pot (18,346) with a straight, Five high
poppiekimmie ties for the main pot (18,346) with a straight, Five high
IlliniFan stands up
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot 41,850 Main pot 36,692. Side pot 5,158. | Rake 0
Board: [Js 2c 5c 4c 3s]
Seat 1: Tonyrwc1 folded before the Flop
Seat 2: zeban572 (button) folded before the Flop
Seat 3: Sinkness (small blind) folded before the Flop
Seat 4: IlliniFan (big blind) showed [Tc Td] and lost with a pair of Tens
Seat 5: Little Ken folded before the Flop
Seat 6: Trap Gurl folded before the Flop
Seat 7: Dan_Germoney showed [Ah Kd] and won (20,925) with a straight, Five high
Seat 8: Dudeoflife folded before the Flop
Seat 9: poppiekimmie showed [Qh Ac] and won (20,925) with a straight, Five high

Such is life. I was pretty happy with how I played. I did everything right, but again lost when I was well ahead in the hand.

So, to deal with the frustration, I come here to vent. I used to post on other forums, but everyone hates a bad beat story. The one thing that I am sure that I do now, especially online, is to take a 20-30 minute break. The worst thing to do is to tilt off a bunch of cash right after a beat like this. It is worse online than live, as you can multitable and see a lot more hands.

So, my advice? Write it out. Sit out. Don't play. Decompress. If you don't, you might end up throwing in more money without even thinking about it. That's it for today.

I'll cya at the tables in 30 mins or so :)


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