Based on a suggestion from @theanalyst01 I am going to do a “challenge” to stay focused and motivated. My goal was to drop down to 20k/40k until I am up 40m, but unfortunately there was only one table with a free seat, so I also sat at a 50k/100k table. So, that “challenge” went out the window quickly, but posting anyway provides a chance to track results, analyze my play, get feedback, and gain motivation to accomplish goals (e.g., not making cry calls or foolish bluffs).
6-max 20k/40k, 56 hands over 29 minutes, up 1,848,854 (82.5bbs/100 hands)
Full ring 50k/100k, 31 hands over 32 minutes, up 8,980,000 (289.7bbs/100 hands)
Over this extremely short session, it did seem like planning to post my results helped to stay focused and remember how to win while avoiding the leaks that can kill my win-rate. And this session included almost no premium hands (AKs once and highest pair was 99). For the most part it was uneventful, but here are a few hands that stood out. In the future, my “challenge” is to play 50k/100k or lower until I am up another 75m and post results. And then move up to include 100k/200k until I am up another 200m before trying any higher stakes.
These two were very similar, I played flush draws conservatively. I had previously been trying to build big pots with draws, but it just didn’t seem like there was much fold equity and I didn’t want to get blown off my hand.
Then there was this one where I turned 76 of hearts into a bluff. I don’t usually try to get people to fold when it looks like they have top pair or better, but this player also bluffs sometimes, so she could have a diamond draw. My hand blocks straights and I felt like I could rep the backdoor flush. The sizing of the river bet makes me realize it might be smart to balance that by sizing up my value bets somewhat or decreasing my bluff sizing (or based on the better players here increasing my turn and river sizings in general).