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6 To The Max Jax

I haven't posted any straight up poker content recently cause I haven't had a whole lot of poker content to harp on. Other than winning the HU Challenge, I've been in a bit of a slump since cashing out for vacation a while back. I can't quite put my finger on it, but a mix of bad plays/calls and tough luck have really put me in my place. I try not to dwell on bad beats and poor play in this blog, thus the lack of posts recently.

Rather than waste my time blogging about this horrible player or that stupid ass-hat (speaking generalities here folks), I'd rather just reflect on my game and make changes where need be. DoubleAs recently wrote, "I don't mind bad beats (most of the time), and I don't care how other people play their hands, but I get pretty irritated when I play bad." DoubleAs really hit the nail on the head with that line. The last month has been one long session where I end up staring at the screen asking how that guy called me or how that card came on the river. But that's not what I need to be doing. I need to stop and make sure I played the hand right. If I did, then next time, and more often than not, that guy is gonna pay me off. Thanks DoubleAs...I really needed that line to get my head back attached to my neck, thus removed from my ars.

Sometimes a reflection on your play can bring with it a break from the game, a change of poker sites, or a change in games and/or limits. I think I'm in the middle of, or leading up to, all those things. Just last month I planned out a Personal Heads-Up Challenge that I still plan to do at some point in the future, but right now my head is not in the game for that endeavor.

Instead, I decided to take a step back and figure out where I want to go with my game. I've been flailing all over the place recently not focusing in on my perceived strengths and it has done a number on me. The problem was I was struggling with those perceived strengths and looking for something else to save me. Bad idea.

So, over the last couple of nights I've slowly worked on a plan that will allow me to start on a small bankroll and try and grow with a specific challenge I feel I can accomplish. It will take time and plenty of effort, but I'm up for it and I need that challenge and focus right now to put me in my place. The focus will be on 6-max SNG's that pay 1st and 2nd place. I created an excel spreadsheet with grid functions that allow me to input the buy-in and prize pool which will populate the grid with numbers that allow me to track my progress and potential as I go. With a focus going at it 10 SNG's at a time, for tracking purposes, the challenge is to grow the roll in order to go up in the buy-in until I'm at $100 SNG's. And no I don't mean 10 SNG's at once...that would be crazy.

The excel spreadsheet is in the early stages and is being refined with added features as I type, but if you are interested in using it and attempting this challenge just let me know and I'll email it to you. Please let me know if you see any glaring issues or if you have any thoughts. It's really just a guide and at this point their is no data entry after each SNG you play...just a chance to update the grid each time you go up a level in order to see your max gain/loss as you go along. I haven't decided where I'm gonna do this challenge, but a couple of sites come to mind. I'll try and delve deeper into this subject and even post the spreadsheet if I can figure out how, but for now, here's a screen shot of the spreadsheet which details the challenge in the bottom left hand corner. It sort of steals from the format Jordan uses for his Limit Challenge (so thanks Jordan). Click on the pic below for a larger image...

Thanks for visiting! Now, for more enjoyable reading than this tripe I spew out, go read the Low Limit Grinder's recent story The Old Man And The Sea and Part II of that story...

posted by TripJax @ 4:32 PM,


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