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My Best Session Yet

31 Dec 2005

Well, this blog deals with... online poker! Big surprise huh? As I mentioned in the last blog I have been looking forward to playing online at www.fullcontactpoker.com every day for about 4 hours.

So today, I sat down in the $500-$1000 and once again waited for someone to sit with me. Assuming of course, that it would most likely be Dreamclown as we've played every day.

In the first 15 minutes I was off to a good start, up about $20,000. Then, the tide turned big time and Dreamclown went on a monster tear, winning about $60,000 straight!

There was little I could do about it, other than stay focused, fade the rush, and don't dump off too many extra bets in the process.

It was the first time in all of our matches that I was forced to deal with such a negative swing so it was extremely important that I kept a level head or things could have gotten ugly in a hurry.

I stayed patient, didn't veer from my game plan, and eventually staged a comeback. That whole rush, when I was losing every pot, I think was the best stretch of poker I played in all the sessions.

I saved so many bets in spots where I could have easily blew off another $3000 to $4000 on a hand. Saving bets is akin to earning bets, really, and boy was I happy with my play.

As I have mentioned in my blog and on the forums at www.fullcontactpoker.com, I'm still not ready to play marathon sessions online. After about 3.5 hours, my eyes get a little tired, and my focus wanes slightly.

I recognize it, though, and am not willing to put myself in situations where I don't think I can play my best.

So, after a four hour session in which we played 835 hands I won a grand total of $2000 (and change). Of course, my opponent once again had several choice words for me which actually surprised me. He should know by now that all he is getting is four hours of play? What was he expecting exactly? Who knows.

In all of the sessions we've played he's quit me after 8 minutes the first time, and about 10 minutes the second time. The shortest session I've played with him was close to two hours.

At this point, what I'm doing is just smart gambling. I suppose if I played a 10 hour session with him, we'd be reaching his comfort zone in a hurry while my level of play would diminish.

Now if it was a live setting, I could go for 30+ hours no problem! Online, though, is a completely different animal. I simply can't play at a high level after I reach my threshold, especially against a younger player that is used to played 16 straight hours at a time!

Today, was my longest straight session yet, and I felt pretty good at the end of it. With practice, I should be able to push 6 to 8 hour sessions in no time, but as of now I'm sticking with 4, or MAYBE 5 hours tops.

If my opponent is not comfortable with that, well, then he simply doesn't have to play. Frankly, Iím getting a little bored with playing him and would like to move onto a new challenge soon. Playing either Neverwin, or possibly playing some $50-$100 NL at www.fullcontactpoker.com.

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The plan for tomorrow, is to wake up at around 2:00pm. If Dreamclown is online, I could play till about 6:00pm or 7:00pm PST, but then Iíd have to get ready to go to Jennifer and Marcoís place for a New Yearís Eve party.

Again, if youíd like to watch me play you can do so at www.fullcontactpoker.com. You will have to have a real money account with money in it to see the cash game tables, however, you arenít obligated to actually play any of the games.

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