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Only had five players tonight, which is the lowest number since we expanded our invite list (which now has about 11 or 12 people on it). I went into last night knowing how I'd made mistakes last week, and knowing what I needed to do to fix it. Additionally we raised the stakes from quarter/50 to 50/dollar. Last week (and some of the weeks before) we'd had stupid things going on like people blind raising and playing some hands blind. Increased limits tend to discourage this. It's no biggie if you're only losing 25 or 50 cents here or there. But when you start talking about one or two bucks a hand cause you're trying to be cute and not look at your hand, it gets to the point where you can get killed quick.

So I knew what I needed to do and I did it last night. I took three bad beats, on two because I read the player wrong, mostly because he (same guy on those two hands) didn't bet the hand the way it hit the board. A pair of aces came up and he was hesitant on the flop. Then a six comes on the turn and he bet it strong. He had a third ace which beat my two pair, which was higher than the two pair with the six that I figured he had. My other bad beat was the same situation. The third one was me underestimating the power the other person had...I had a great hand, the other guy had one a little better, it happens.

I ruled the table the rest of the night. I didn't bluff early, which meant when I showed down I was taking pots, which opened me up to be able to bluff later, which I started doing. I never bluffed too hard, figuring that if I took a loss on a strong bluff, I'd lose my respect, so I always folded if the opponent was representing power and wasn't going to fold on a bluff. I played last night about as well as I knew I could. After a $15 buy in for everyone, I cashed out up $28 on the night.

I've gotta play this way every night. It pisses me off even more when I think back to last Weds where I wasn't paying attention and lost because of it. I know I can play well, why don't I every time? Mental lapses annoy me...

Chris...sharing experience...
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