I played in our private forum game last night and was determined to cash in the game. Well, it wasn’t to be as I went out in 9th place, my AJ offsuit bombing to pocket 9’s. I had started off quite well, but dropped a big pot to drop to shortstack. After this, any time I caught a hand I couldn’t get paid off. Everyone was playing so tight, you couldn’t squeeze a credit card between the cheeks of their butts!
Along with all of that, I had to nip out in the middle of the game. Nothing worse than having to interupt your game.
So, I decided to play a cash game at Poker.com, and was doing OK there when my virus scanner picked up a virus. All hell broke loose, and I eventually had to do a system restore. This helped and I went onto skype and found the Dog looking for a game. So, the virus went on the backburner as poker seemed so much important!
Our first game was a $2 sit and go at Full Tilt. I started off great and was a massive chip leader. But as has been happening to me constantly recently, suckouts and pure bad luck seen my chips disintegrate and I ended up out on the bubble. But the Dog played some great stuff and took down the win.
The 2nd game was the same buy-in, and within the first few hands, both the Dog and myself had doubled up and taken players out. We were buzzing and had taken good control of the table. But one player who had been quiet (we had our eye on him!) started taking down pots and eventually nabbed the lead. He went on to win the game with me bagging 2nd and the Dog 3rd.
So, I came out almost even after the two games with the Dog making some profit. But just the way things had panned out made me realise that I have to get a grip of my end game. Too many times over the last few months I’ve been chipleader in the latter stages of tourneys and s&g’s, only to crumble. Yes, sometimes its been pure bad luck, but I know within myself that it’s not always the luck thing that’s caused me to crumble. I NEED to work out what it is. And this is where you, my readers come in.
I know that there are several forum members who read this, so I would like to know what your thoughts are in where I’m going wrong. I know of a few things, but it would be good to see what you think. And don’t be afraid to be critical. I can take the good with the bad. As I see it, and I’ve said it often enough, the best way to improve your game is to analyse it yourself, but more importantly to let OTHERS analyse it. The people you play with will pick up a hell of a lot more about your game than you will yourself.
So, come on folks. Let me know where you think I could be going wrong.
PS.. I seem to have the virus situation under control, but some of you could still be getting a little call about it!