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Limit for the Masses

Before we get going, DADI X is now available at FullTilt for registration. Personally, I have to earn myself a $26 token before I register, otherwise I'd already be signed up.

Likewise, I need to work on earning a $75 token for the Big Game, returning this Sunday. I don't know if I can actually play this one, but if not, then its only a matter of time before I return.

Poker-wise, I had a -$100 day yesterday. No harm done though, as I'm close to my year total goal of winning $1800. When I last checked, I was at $1700+, but after this loss, I'm sure its about $1600+. Still, with more than two months left, I'm feeling good, even if I am going to sink $170 on my half of the $300+40 buy-in to the December 9th WSOP Circuit event at Atlantic City. That's right, "my half", since I have a backer willing to go 50/50 with me. When I made the deal, $340 was a lot of money. Now, I'm thinking that I could go at it without a backer, but frankly, I bet that knowing that I'm playing for two will actually help my game. If you are interested in heading to AC that weekend, shoot me an email.

I'm also planning on going to Foxwoods on Nov. 18th weekend, although the exact time/date is uncertain. I don't have anywhere to stay, either, so I need to look into hotels/motels. Foxwoods is pretty expensive, so I'm thinking about just finding a crappy place nearby. I don't expect to do much drinking, but I better think long and hard before committing myself in any direction. Worse come to worse, I play all night and head back to NJ in the morning. Yep, NJ, not NY. Why? Because apparently renting a car from Newark Airport is about 1/4 of the price as renting one from NYC, even though its only a 20 minute train ride away. +EV for me! Oh, and if you're going to be around for the trip, email me as well. First drink is on me.*

As for my actual play, I showed hints of my awfukit self last night when playing two HU SNGs. They were $5, both intended to be against Veneno, but she dragged her ass on the first one and forced me to play against a person I don't care about for an amount of money I don't care about. By the time I was against V, I was still in a tilt-ish state, but I don't say this to discount her win. She earned it, even if she doesn't like poker anymore.

Other than that, my losses came from the variance of limit poker in its various formats. I've seen other people have gone back to limit grinding, and it never stops amazing me (I would've said seizes to amaze me, but I'm unsure of which ceases to use and I'm too lazy to look it up) how people look down on limit poker. I've done it myself in the past, but I'd venture that if some of you spent some time at limit, it would help your NL game. That's not to knock your NL game. It's just to say that LHE and NLHE aren't all that different, and the differences in LHE can actually help your NLHE game by forcing you to emphasize parts of your NLHE game that may've gone stale. But, hey, if you don't like limit, don't play it. The competition at FT so far is pretty soft, and I don't need a bunch of blogger and reader card sharks swimming in my pond.

The more I play, the more it throws me back to days gone by when DNasty13 and I played our limit challenge. We both started with $50, and limit according to a bankroll chart (posted HERE), in order to see who could make the most in a month. I won, winning $25 in the process, our sidebet. This was the progenitor of the SNG Challenge, HU Challenge, and 45-SNG Challenge, so it did a lot for me poker-wise and blog-wise.

Part of the joy of Limit poker (O8, HE, and Stud games) is that I can play 2/4 and lately 3/6 with utter comfort. Mentally, leaving behind the change (i.e., .25/.50 NL and .50/1 NL) has been refreshing. I'm really excited to play live limit, but I know once I get to a casino, I'll invariably be tempted by NL. I know me so well. There is a live game in the city though that is supposedly $5/10 LO8 and if anyone knows any details, please pass it along. I feel primed for that game.

I really want to play in some of the blogger tourneys this week, but wifey Kim asked me yesterday, "Are you going to be on their all night?" Wifey Kim is the patron saint of patience (and enabling!) so for her to suggest otherwise is a clear indication that I might want to change my behaviors a bit. Also, I think I'm pretty much required to go to Roose's home game on Wednesday because (a) wifey Kim will be watching skinny models change on television with her friends, (b) my backer, Scotty, will be at the game and I want to give him an update, and (c) I've won in my last 4 or more trips to the game. How could I not go?

I guess that's enough of my boring spewing for today. I'm tired and back to a busy work schedule, so good luck to you all and good luck to me too.

Until next time, make mine poker!

*Offer only applicable to the tip for complimentary drinks served on the casino floor. Not to be combined with any other offers.

posted by Jordan @ 4:30 PM,


At 8:18 AM, Blogger Pokerwolf said...

Speaking of challenges, do you want to set one up for late November, early December?

Maybe a HORSE SnG challenge? Or some other mixed game SnG?

At 11:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Damn spouses, gettin' in the way of some good poker!

At 11:00 AM, Blogger MrGoss said...

Love the lawyer-like asterisk on the drink offer J.


At 11:08 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Also, any news on a new SNG or HU challenge?

At 3:42 PM, Blogger Iakaris aka I.A.K. said...

No less a cash game baller than Rav has made the exact same point about Limit being great for developing a person's NL game. He's recommended I go that route next time I get serious about cash and I probably will. I have always preferred NL because it puts some value in intangibles like guts and instinct whereas limit favours the Math approach (or so I'm told...).

Plus I guess I've always been more of a hedgehog than a fox.

At 4:38 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Love the asterix, I may know about that 5-10 O/8 game I'll give u a call later. Anyway you can get me into the game Wed. in the mood for something small, need to get my hands dirty have a $100 house tournament on Thurs to play in and don't want my game to be too rusty

At 4:51 PM, Blogger Jordan said...

Ebs, I'm going to skip the Roose game, but its in Queens anyway, which is a pain in the ass.

As for all you Challenge junkies, is anyone interested in a new Limit Challenge? Otherwise, I'd be down for a single table SNG challenge of some sort. Althought, truth be told, I think the best would be a HU Challenge. They are just so much quicker from start to finish.


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