Losing Money Playing KK v AA … Again!!

A few days into my poker rebirth and I am back where I started after losing 100 big blinds on a pair of kings, when they have come up against aces. I am so sick of doing this now. It has got to stop. Hours of hard-work and discipline down the pan.

Time and time again I make the mistake of going all in pre-flop, or on the turn, against somebody with pocket aces.

What’s pissing me off more than anything though is that the evidence that they have a big hand is staring me in the face. They raise, I re-raise, they re-re-raise. When this happens, it is 99.9999999999999999999999999999% certain they have aces, but I can’t force myself to believe it. I’ve waited so long for a good hand, and I don’t want to let go.

From now on, if somebody is willing to re-re-raise me, I am assuming that they have aces unless:

  1. They are short-stacked
  2. They are a proven donkey, manic and or asshole that has been shoving chips in constantly

What pisses me off even more, is that it is so against my fundamental strategy, that big pots are for big hands and that there is always a better place to put your money in.

I seriously need to listen to my own advice. Poor discipline. Poor risk control.

Taking Poker Seriously?

I have played poker a lot over the years. I mean a lot. I used to be pretty good at it. Good enough to consider giving up work at one point.

However, I decided I was better off dedicating myself to a real career which would be stable and stand me in good stead for the rest of my life.  Plus, I was getting bored too. It was becoming formulaic and felt like a job.

In retrospect, I don’t think I should have given poker up. I think I could have made a decent income from it, even as side income. And it probably got boring because I kept on playing at low stakes.

I have decided to give it a go again.

The aim will be to build-up a decent bankroll so that I can enter sizable tournaments. Ones that have a very good payout if successful ($10,000 or more).

With the aim in mind, I have come up with the following objectives:

  • Develop short-stack and final table skills by playing “Sit and Go” tournaments
  • Develop deep stack skills by playing cash games
  • Play one  big tournament for 5% of  my bankroll every week

My starting bankroll is $70.25. It’s from a PokerStars account that I have left over from a few years ago.

Here I go….