I don’t care, it’s just a thread for me to vent. When you get beat like this all week, I tend to lose my mind a bit. Last week, when I won chips in 50% of the games I played, it felt like moving to high stakes had solved my problem of being beaten by improbable bad play, and for the most part I still think that part is happening less, but I can see now that the random number generator is sentient and hates me, and is just torturing me the more I play.
- I take a windfall in an early hand and then can’t use the Big Stack advantage for the next 45 minutes as the best card I see is a 7. I bleed down to a desperation shove situation and the field hasn’t even narrowed down to the bubble yet, then I’m out. Getting one playable hand per hour is terrible.
- I get great cards, maybe even hit a perfect flop, and still get beat somehow, such as the flopped Broadway killed by flush hand, or the KK under AAAA hand. Even my premium and nut hands are no good.
- I get AA, and the entire table decides this is a hand they won’t play. One limps, then the SB limps, and I know that if I raise here, they’ll just fold, and if I don’t raise they’ll be playing 53 and hit a straight flush on the flop with it. So I give up and just shove it hoping that someone will think I’m an idiot bluffing and call me, of course they don’t.
- Pretty much every time I have a hand the table knows somehow, and I can’t get them to play past a flop, and I win tiny jackpots. I’d raise more preflop, but any time I miss the flop, no one ever lays down, so bluffing doesn’t work enough to be profitable. So then I take to limping my opening range, because 90% missing the flop, I can’t afford raises, but that’s when I hit a monster, and when everyone else is check-foldin to the river so my best hands win jack squat, and I pay out the max any time I have good cards that miss or flop a nutty draw that will never ever come.
- Any time I’m a big stack and there’s a short stack going all in, whatever they’re holding is 80% to hit trips or better, while i will miss the board completely.
- At some point I lose my mind and it just seems funny to lose every time no matter what so I just give up and throw my chips away on obviously bad situations that initially looked promising, because that seems to be what the table is wants. Why fight prolonged agonizing death when you can head first dive into the wood chipper and end it quick?
What can hand analysis do to save me from this? Nothing. When I play good and get cards, people say I’m a great player. But why is it that I must endure such droughts so very frequently?
If I didn’t document this, people would say I’m exaggerating, that it can’t be that bad, i have a selective memory and a negative attitude. But I don’t. This is really happening. The cards hate me for 2, 3 weeks at a time, but I battle through it and struggle to break even and to come back from horrendous slides where I lose half a million. Then I have a week, or more recently a day or even just two games back to back where I am able to win by a combination of making absolutely zero mistakes AND getting unbelievably good cards for an entire game and hitting flops 80% of the time with them.
But it’s getting to where it’s not fun anymore. I know I’ve improved as a player very much over the last year, but the results are still as inconsistent as ever, and there’s no end in sight to it.