Evelyn Ng Ruined my Life

Ok, so aside from me hanging on to a new pipe dream of being a drummer in a rock band, I am back in Vegas and haven’t slept for a while. If you read my last blog you might have guessed that I’m absolutely clueless as to what I’m really doing right now. I went broke almost identically in San Jose as I did in LA, getting to about 60 remaining players, than smooth calling a button raise from the small blind with a big pair. In this tourney, I actually got crushed back to back hands, on button as well, with QQ both times. In hindsight I should have re-raised the player on the button. Not because I think it was the optimal play in most situations, but the button was a special kind of player. Before I get in trouble here, I want to say that I really like the kid and think he is a super nice guy. I just don’t like his approach to deep stacked tournaments. I think he has a shot to be GREAT eventually, but right now there is just stuff he just doesn’t get (he’s probably played less than a handful of live tournaments). Anyway, point being, against him I SHOULD have re-raised because if he had a decent hand, with his limited chip stack, he would have gone all in with several hands that were weaker than QQ. He actually had a legit hand, AK, but got away cheap on the flop and I lost chips to the big blind. The next hand I got QQ again and ran into the one player at the table most likely to overplay a mid pair. He ended up showing me aces which left me short stacked. I finally went all in with AK and couldn’t outrun 10-10 and J-J. I could have played A LOT better in this tournament. I made it as far as I did because of sound fundamentals and not because of great reading ability. I made it deep strictly using the same strategy I teach at PokerVT.com. As far as fundamentals go in deep stacked events, I have no doubt in my mind that the small ball approach, when applied properly is by far the best way to get consistent results in high buy in events with loads of play.
So I’m up over 24 hours now. I ended up in a random bar with the most unlikely of people. Old school grinders most of you would never have heard of, one of which was feared at one point in his career. Today he can’t get into action, but I learned a lot from him, both good stuff and bad. I was a degen tonight. Just kind of looking for trouble. Luckily I didn’t find it and I’m home now playing Rock Band with Patty and playing with Mushu and Foxy.]]>