This past night I was playing $.25/$.50 blind ring game on Fulltiltpoker. I had just gotten busted from a 320 person tourney ($10 +$1) at 120 place after 2 bad beats. (I called an all in on the turn with a pair of tens, my read was right and my oppenent had pocket threes. He hit a 3 on the river. I was near my table chip lead when I lost that pot, cut my stack in 1/2. 10 min later my stack was the same and I trapped the big stack with a set of 10s. the flop was 10 K 4 rainbow, having raised preflop, then a pot sized raise on the flop, I put him on AK or KQ. I called. The turn was a Q, he raised all in, I called. He flipped over AK. River comes J, giving him a straight and busting me in 120th place
That was the start of a card coma for hours. I was playing 2 ring-game tables, $50 stacks at each. At one table I was fine, only losing about $10 over the course of about 3 hours. The other (i moved after a while to another, but that didn't help) I couldn't catch anything. I was playing great poker, but I simply couldn't get a hand, and everytime I did, I played it right, but got drawn out by someone chasing. I ended up surrendering several huge pots where I knew I had been drawn out in, and a few of my oppenents showed their hands and I was correct. I had lost about $100, but was taking my time and playing the best I could.Anyways, after a few hours I realize that I eventually have to get some hands and win at showdown. As I had been getting rags, I played very little hands in the course of about 3 hours. I started getting decent to good hands (JJ, AJ, AQ, etc). The entire table was noticing that I was having a card coma and we were talking about it. Since I realized they would probably be more likely to chace or bluff against me (I thought that some of the weaker players might start chasing against the odds because they thought everyone one was catching against me), I decided to start limping in with good hands and letting them put on the pressure. I also knew that if I started to raise pre-flop, they would probably see that I had a good hand, so I wanted to trick them. My plan was to do this until they figured it out, then switch gears and start raising more preflop. Again, my good hands were simply destroyed on the flop, or worse, before the flop when I was up against Aces. I threw those hands away and waited. Finally, I got AJ. Im down to around $10, with the average stack around $50. I limp in and the blinds check. Flop comes A rag rag, 2 clubs. I raise the size of the pot, the oppenent to my left calls. Turn brings another rag. I bet 1/2 the pot (wanted to make an oppenent chace against odds again). He called. River comes club. I raise all in, about $5 more (roughly 3/5 of the pot). He calls and flips over the an 8 high flush. As I wanted, he chased with a flush draw, no straight draw, but again, hit against me.Did I just have one hell of an unlucky night, or should I just have left the table after they knew I couldn't win a showdown? And would that stradegy work right? Odds are supposed to even out, so woudn't it be good to make players pay to draw against me when I think they will (cause they think I can't win a showdown), or should I expect the drawouts to keep coming that session? And a note, I am a wining player. I record and study my hands, stradegy, oppenents, and am always ready and studying the game. I am almost certain i was making the right plays, calls, and laydown tonight, especially in the big pots.