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Busy Days at the Tables and Elsewhere

Things have certainly been busy the past week or so. My sons birthdays' are coming up: my youngest's is tomorrow and my oldest's follows one week later. I'm very proud of my little guys even if they still don't really sleep through the night and like to play a game where they both start yelling at the same time. I think they may end up being pretty good singers because they're able to change their screams such that they are pitch-perfect with each other. My boys are also able to make fart noises with their mouths and enjoy bumping into everything they see in an attempt to draw a smile or laugh from any observers.

Despite the hectic preparations for parties taking place, I've started to find a little more time for poker.

I've been playing four tables of O/8 at a time. I generally aim to have two $0.50/$1 tables and two $1/$2 tables running at any time. But I'm a little selective when it comes to choosing tables to play so I sometimes end up playing fewer $1/$2 tables when those games are playing too tight. I've actually started considering throwing in some $2/$4 tables when those games look better than the $1/$2 games.

I'm still running quite cold at the tables. I had a few hands over the weekend that ended up quite poorly for me. Overfull losing to runner-runner quads on a high-only board. Top two-pair, nut-low draw, and flush draw losing to runner-runner straight that kills my nut-low draw. You get the idea. It's hard to be a 97.5% favourite to scoop a pot in Omaha/8 yet it seem so easy to lose as the 97.5% favourite.

As I've said before, I really don't mind getting sucked out on. According to PokerEV, I'm making many, many more good decisions than bad decisions at the tables. I'm winning enough when I get to showdown, betting when I'm ahead in the hand, and making good (and sometimes tough folds) when I'm behind. I probably call a little too loosely on the river but that's hard to say. Again, I'm not experienced enough at O/8 to truly evaluate my play and I don't have the same support network as I do with hold'em.

I'm really going to try to play a little more in October. If possible, I'd like to clear as much of my PokerStars WCOOP bonus as possible. I can still make another deposit before November 6 to get more bonus money from PokerStars. I'd just like to get a better idea of my VPP clear rate playing Omaha/8. I think I've been clearing about 25-30 VPP/hour at the $1/$2 tables (full-ring) and 10-15 VPP/hour at the $0.50/$1 tables (full-ring). If I start to throw in some $2/$4 tables, I might really start to see some returns.

I managed to put in a small win in my most recent session last night (thanks to a +40 BB run at the $0.50/$1 tables). I'm still a little frustrated with my $1/$2 results. I'm down about 100 BB this month and there are no signs of slowing. The only comfort I have is that PokerEV says that my results are a good 200 BB below expectation (for hands that go to showdown).

I'll see if I can put a dent in my 100 BB deficit tonight.

Have a good one!


Memphis MOJO said...

Sounds like you're playing ok. Things will turn around. GL tonight.

Klopzi said...

Thanks Memphis! We'll see how things go.