The cash games did not go well today and quite frankly I was so completely fed up then I was thinking of withdrawing but I had decided that I was going to play some tournaments at least for a few days, but a financial situation arose here at the household need some help with and since only I had the ability to help I withdrew $60 from the poker account and should be able to pick that up in a couple of days.
My playing time at wsop.com has come to an end. I don't know what you wish to call it, bad variance, bad luck, but the fact of the matter is that after near 8000 hands I went through more bullshit than one person should have to and even with two tabling that continued today. I mean a full house getting beat by a straight flush, my full house getting beat by a bigger full house, my trip Queens with top kicker getting beat by a full house and after I withdrew the $60 I still had $15 or $18 on there I play the $3 rebuy and in that game I fire out larger than a pot size bet on the flop in the neighborhood of over $1200 and the guy called with a gutshot and of course hits the straight on the turn and while playing that I take the final $10 and sat in a $20NL game as a short stack just to try it out since it was only ten bucks and I had KK and get beat by 44. Like I said bad luck, variance, unfortunate situations, faulty software, something sinister, I don't care what you call it but I'm done with that site and I shall not return anytime soon in fact I will not return to it at all even come December when I have the ability to make a deposit. The constant situation of the worse hand flopping monsters is just not something I will continue to put up with.
Maybe this is just the nature of cash games. Certainly I listen to what the Trooper goes through in his cash games from his vlog, I have read what happens to Rob especially that last trip to Vegas when he had written was his worst poker playing trip ever and although they claim that there is more variance in tournaments, I've been a tournament player for years and I just don't see it. Maybe this experiment making the transition to cash games was what I needed to show me how that side of the table lives and seeing it, albeit at a very low stake level I will tell you this. There is no way on God's green earth that I am going to sit in a $1/$2 cash game at some point in the future and go through bad beats like this, which undoubtedly I would from time to time, and undoubtedly they would come in streaks, and watch $300 at a time be lost. I mean when you think about it it could happen in three straight hands, not likely perhaps, but technically possible and that kind of variance I refuse to even deal with. The cash games only cost me about 30 bucks which is nothing to me, but it may have taught me a valuable lesson about just where I belong in the poker world, where I've pretty much been since I started playing back in 2004, where quite honestly I feel the most comfortable and have made the most money, at the tournament table. That, ladies and gentleman, is where I will be for the rest of my life.
So it seemed for all intents and purposes that come December I would be scraping together what I could and headed back to the Plaza and hope to hell I get on a quick heater to build up a reasonable bankroll, but not just yet. There is one more online avenue and if it weren't for something on my Twitter I would never have even thought of it, but even though it's an offshore site, I am talking about Americas Cardroom.
On my Twitter and very possibly on many of my readers' Twitter as well is a guy named Matt who goes by the handle of @iflopsets. I am seen several tweets about him playing tournaments on ACR albeit at a much higher buyin than I can afford, but he seems to do really well and based on this I decided to redownload the software as I already have an account over there and I took a look at the tournaments and I have to tell you I loved what I saw. Many many many tournaments throughout the day from the $1.10 through the $5.50 levels, all with guaranteed prize pools, and even better many of them with 15 minute blind levels, 12 minute blind levels and 10 minutes also which I would not even bother with. Many of them with starting stacks of $5,000 im chips, $3,000 in chips and this is something that I absolutely love. This site has far more tournaments than WSOP could even ever hope for an WSOP only offers 10-minute blindd levels, nothing else. The only sticking point is they also have long reentry times 2 hours or in some cases 12 levels, but no different than I put up with when I was playing at Bovada. I just tweeted Matt asking him if he would recommend the site as he plays there and and he answered back that he really likes it there a lot. Add to that there are all lot of rave reviews from members of two plus two about ACR as well
So what to do in the meantime since I have about two weeks to get through. Well, it turns out ACR has these on demand $10 freerolls which a $10 freeroll sucks but the minimum it pays is $0.55 and with that $0.55 you can enter an on demand $25 tournament which coincidentally enough cost $0.55 to enter. This will give me a couple of weeks to see how the cards run at ACR and if everything looks relatively normal
While I was reading this entry and I got an email from WSOP you told me you my $60 was ready to be picked up which I will do tomorrow. I will be doing that tomorrow morning and about three in the afternoon Misty and I will be taking care of a financial matter so I will grind these freerolls after I get back in the morning and until about 3 p.m. and then when I return. Freerolls pay only the top 10 spots and they have five or six hundred people in them, but it's ok nothing better to do anyway and I really want to see how things run over there.
If I decide to make a deposit in December it will be between $100 to $15 possibly more depending on whether or not I feel like celebrating Christmas this year and buying presents and going to the stores and all that bullshit. I usually don't, not since my wife passed away. When she died it just didn't seem to have the same meaning to me anymore. This whole time of the year is not good for me. My wedding anniversary would have been on November 20th just a couple of days away, she died exactly two weeks after our 12th anniversary which was 3 weeks before Christmas. I just want to get through this time of the year, just get me to January and I'll be ok. This is why I hate it so much when my birthday comes at the end of October because I know what's headed my way. Being able to grind especially at this time of year is an escape for me so even if its freerolls, if I can keep my mind focused on something else I might not think about it as much. It's an escape, but at this time of the year it's an escape I desperately need. Lately I seem to be going in 20 different directions as my readers have obviously seen. That's not usually me, but if my mind seems to wander in 6 directions at the same time, now you know why. Time to get some sleep. Take care, be well, and I'll see you at the tables.