All the books say that fatique does interfere with our ability to play. It certainly did at my buddy Slink's house last Friday. I have these new meds that exhaust me the day after I take them. I take them once a week, now on thursday, but I am going to roll them back a day because any Friday poker game will just be too much. So quitting after four hours sounds good to me.
Another thing I did was just tighten way up when I got tired. If you just play a few top hands, you can't make too many mistakes. In Vegas if I feel like a table is paying me, I might get in a conversation and just tighten up. I used to drink and tighten up but can't drink now. I liked that feeling of being drunk and often it changed my table image enough so people loosened while I tightened. That worked.
At Foxwoods I don't have that flexibility. I have to go when the bus goes. But there have been times when I quit early and walked around.
Also, that Tao of Poker by Phillips helped me a lot to control my patience and to accept those second best hands.
Well, Happy Easter. We will have a quiet day. Our guests have petty much cancelled out for one reason or another. I'm cooking leg of lamb with garlic.
Hi, Dewey. Yeah, that long ride home. I remember when the nearest casino
was at the river an hour away from here, and the long rides home I had after
getting my ass handed to me at the craps table more times than I can
remember, always remembering the rolls when the guy was hitting consecutive
different numbers after making the point and me playing the come line, and
before I know it, I have every number covered with double odds-come bets and
the guy sevens out before I collect on one of them. It had to be even worse
when you had to listen to awful music and having nowhere to go.
I had a bad night last night, too. I'm glad you wrote because I don't have
anyone to talk to about this and I'm desparately trying to improve. The
first thing I've noticed is that I don't play winning hands well. I'm
thinking that I need to learn to bet better to get more out of the last few
rounds. I do stupid stuff like check with the best hand so that I can be in
a position to check raise and, of course, everyone else checks. Maybe I
just get good hands out of position, I don't know.
The second thing I've learned is that I can't play more than 4 hours. I
think the fatigue and the non-action just makes me play looser and I always
end up losing, and losing quickly. I tend to chase hands that I have no
business even being in, let alone chasing. It was a classic one last night.
I played very disciplined poker, and for the first 3 or 4 hours, I was up
at one point about $30, with very little variation. That was the most I was
up all night. Then I went to about $65 down, then won three hands in a row
and was about $30 up again. That's when I should have quit. But I stuck
around and then went into deep freeze and our end of the table didn't win a
pot literally for hours. It was awful.
Then some new guy comes to the table and I'm dealt J-10 suited in diamonds.
I don't raise, just call, and the flop comes K and 2 of diamonds and
something else. The turn is junk, so I raise someone's bet, and the new guy
calls. The river is the A of diamonds. I bet and the new guy raises. So I
tell the new guy, "You know what sucks is that we both have diamonds, and
the only card that can beat me is the Q cause I've got the Jack, and I know
you've got it, but I'm going to look you up anyways," as I threw in the bet.
Of course, that's what he had, the Q and something else. I got a lot of
sympathy at the table but I was just really mad. Then we had a change of
dealer and the dealer talked a mile a minute to all the sportsjunkies at the
table who wanted to relive the Final-4, and he really held up the game, and
I just wanted to tell him to shut up and friggin' deal. Soon, I get big
slick and raise, and the flop is all low cards, so I decide to take it to
the river. To make a long story short, I get everyone out of the game
except new guy who again raises me after the river card, and I just fold
because I haven't been even able to make a pair--he shows me the straight
which he was able to fill on the inside with the river card. It was just
too much. Anyways, I ended up losing $160. So anyways, my new strategy is
to see if I can win by playing for shorter periods of time. I'll let you
know how that goes. I'm going to have a poker extravaganza when my wife
leaves for a trip and I'm planning on playing poker everynight for a coupld
of weeks. I'll keep a spreadsheet and send it to you when I'm done.