I’ve played micro stakes Fixed Limit Hold’em on FullTilt most days. Edge 7-day rolling average is at 14.06. I’ve decided that aiming for Silver or Gold Edge is not realistic for the time being what with playing micros and how busy I am at work.
Haven’t done any hand analysis away from the table. Watched bits of videos that I’ve saved from my previous membership of DeucesCracked.
I have sorted out my PokerTracker 4 hud, at least enough to get basic fixed limit stats at the table e.g. average VPIP for the table and VPIP/PFR/AF + 3B% for each player. I’ve also started colour coding players (red for danger, green for weak players). Haven’t found a lot of green though, which is a little ominous given I’m only at 25/50c and the green is only likely to get thinner as I move up.
Focus has been on reigning in my hand-range and avoiding results-oriented thinking. Dug out my old starting-hand chart to introduce some structure. Have found that I can’t play on two or more tables and take notes during play. I’ve decided for now it’s better to play two or three tables, paying attention just to the hands I’m involved in and leave note taking for the eventual hand-analysis sessions when I get to them.
Playing one table at the moment leads to boredom and results-oriented thinking i.e. I begin to focus on the fact that good hands rarely happen and then overreact when I do get a hand leading to compounded tilt issues if I don’t win the times a good hand surfaces.
Once I’ve settled in, I should be able to drop to a single table for intense observation sessions. For now, I will continue to focus on fixing my mindset with consistent structured play.
It looks like I’ll remain at the micros for a little while yet. I won’t stay playing at 25c/50c until I build a roll though because the rake is silly down here and my time is too precious. The plan is to stay until I’m confident that my head is in the right place. Deep down, I know where that place is – I can visualize it but it’s hard to explain. When the time comes, I’ll deposit a bit more money and be able to trust myself with it.
One condition is absolutely certain: I have to be analyzing my game away from the table. Really must get ’round to it! Might do some today actually.
Apart from that, I am still intending to play some No Limit and PLO. I lost a lot of buyins playing PLO early in the Edge challenge so I’m going to leave that game until I’ve got ROT under control.
With NL, it’s just knowing where to start. I guess it’s the same as Fixed: start with solid hand-ranges and then layer in more concepts as you go. Gonna take a long time!
Right, that’s a sprawling update. Wanted to get something down in writing. Mission accomplished.