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More Games, Less Poker, and More Reading!

Once again, video games dominated my weekend's activities. A tough week at work and a weekend spent putting up Christmas decorations and lights left me unwilling to fire up any tables. I don't know about you but the Christmas season just doesn't scream "poker" to me. I'm going to continue working on my game over the coming weeks leading up to Christmas. And I'll probably play some STTs and some MTTs too. Maybe even some heads-up SNGs and cash games too.

To that end, I've bought myself some more books!

I recently visited good old Amazon.com and ordered myself a few books that I think will help me improve my results in SNGs and heads-up play.

Poker books are always hit or miss. But I do trust the opinion of Littleacornman when it comes to SNGs. He mentioned that he'd put in an order for Secrets of Sit 'n' Gos: Winning Strategies for Single-table Poker Tournaments so I followed suit and picked up a copy for myself. I'm currently a losing player when it comes to SNGs. Why am I fascinated with the one form of poker that I can't win? I don't know. Maybe it bugs me to think that there's something I can't do better than the average player. I plan on fixing that - even if it means playing unprofitable poker for a very long time. When I walk into a room of random poker-playing strangers, I like knowing that I can beat at least half of them at any form of poker. As soon as that's no longer the case, I go a little crazy I guess.

The Moshman book, Heads-Up No-Limit Hold 'em, is one that I ordered based on the strength of Moshman's other book, Sit 'n Go Strategy. I find his writing style to be casual and easy to follow despite the fact that he tends to make up silly words (e.g. "aggress" - wtf?!). I'm not sure how profitable HU SNGs are at the higher buy-ins but I'm sure that money can be made crushing the games with buy-ins around the $50 mark or less. But I'm talking out of my ass right now since I've played exactly three HU SNGs in my lifetime. And yes, I have a losing record in those as well.

Finally, I picked up one last heads up/short-handed poker book: Secrets of Short-Handed No Limit Hold'em: Winning strategies for short-handed and heads up play. I feel that playing well heads up is a real key to being a successful poker player. I guess I'll have a chance to test that theory in 2009. And, for what it's worth, the title of this last book is exceptionally long and that can't hurt.

My plans for this week are to:
  • Win a $22 + $2 STT.
  • Play (and win?) an 18 player or 27 player MTT.
  • Read, read, read.
  • Play lots of video games - 'tis the season, right?
I'll be back tomorrow or the day after to discuss some of the PokerGoals that I cleared in November.

Until then, have a good one!

1 comment:

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