Monday, July 11, 2005

Blah Blah Babble Babble

Really nothing of import to relate. Went to Dallas for most of the weekend, visited the in-laws, went to a wedding reception, captured a turtle, yada yada yada.

I did manage to get through Harrington on Hold'em Vol. 1 and almost all the way through Ciaffone Middle Limit Holdem Poker. Pretty much have to parrot what I'd heard/read about the Harrington, as there's not a whole lot to glean from it if you've been around the MTT block already. Which would be fine, as it's always good to reaffirm certain things and ground yourself, etc, but that book is a little too dang expensive to leave me completely happy with the purchase. I think it's a great book if you're just getting started with NL tournament poker, but not so great if you've played a good bit already.

Ciaffone Middle Limit Holdem Poker, though, is well worth a read, especially if you're thinking of moving up to $10/20 or higher (which is what he defines as middle limit). It seems more geared to brick and mortar play to some extent, as it gets a little weak-tight in places if you're playing in some of the hyper-aggressive online games, but it's still a good read, with lots of practical examples.

Managed to squeeze in a tiny bit of poker last night, which was interesting only in relation to being fresh off much pokery reading, ready to buckle down and play my A game. I'd been looking at PokerTracker results, trying to plug assorted leaks, and came to the conclusion that I need to lay off the Ax suited hands when I don't have good position, be willing to drop the wee pairs I try to limp in with from early position but get raised on, and be able to lay down hands like AJs that I open-raise with, when re-raised and capped by other two tight, aggressive players. And of course I sit down and immediately get faced with all of those exact situations within 15 minutes. I only succumbed to temptation once (damn you, A9s), so I guess that's progress, but still sort of funny.

That's about all I got. Need to dig out from under all sorts of day job and other piled up work, so it may be a light week, poker-wise. Such is life, I suppose.

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