Sunday, September 13, 2009

Knowing when to quit

I had small loser playing 6/12 Omaha last night. Nothing terrible, almost a break even session actually. But had I listened to my manager (aka the wife) I could've left a winner for the night.

I started out on the must move table which was loose enough for me to grind out a small profit, but when they changed me to the main game things started going downhill. The main game was much tighter. Pots were contested shorthanded and nobody was giving much action. My wife suggested we leave but I insisted that I still had an edge. And I might have, but things just didn't go my way. I really only got action on 2 hands at the table. I had top pair with the nut low and the nut flush draw on one hand, but got quartered by the nut low + nut straight when I whiffed on the flush. On the other hand I had the nut flush + gutshot broadway draw that turned a 21 card no bust low draw to go along with it, but caught a pair instead to get scooped by my op's set.

Those were big hands and that's just the way they go sometimes. I wouldn't change a thing about how I played them really, except for 1 thing. I would've loved to have had 3 or 4 callers stuck in between me and my ops. That's the typical scenario on a loose Omaha table, and I really shouldn't have settled for anything different. I stayed on the table to try to prove I had the skills to beat tougher players, but all I was really doing was allowing myself to play for a smaller edge. I chose this game because of all of the loose players who contribute dead money and I shouldn't settle for a table that provides anything else.

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