Didnt post on day 10, I was steaming too much :o)
I decided to play at Paradise (hardly!) Poker. They had a reload bonus and I fancied my chances against the loose passive games.
I played 3 tables of .5/1 limit holdem for a total of about 8 hours, over the two days.
After the first few orbits the tone was set for the duration, even though I made some great folds, that I might not normally make, I was still stuck bad.
I hadnt had a losing session for a while, and I suppose it was a matter of time, but this was abnormal. After the 1st night I was very stuck, and at these times you just dont want to be raising my BB (lol). I probably shouldnt, but when losing I sometimes decide to work on my blind defence and stealing, but Im pretty sure my A or B game is better than this.
I think I made the right adjustments for these loose passive games, maybe I played a bit too loose from certain positions. But to have a comfortable hand at showdown on these tables you will need a big hand, close to, or maybe even, the nuts. Other than that im in a raising war against 4 people with top pair top kicker to make them pay to hit a set, kicker, backdoor draw or any random hand they are calling me with, which they inevitably hit when a 'blank' falls on the river. Because of this I like to play big suited cards, straightening cards and pocket pairs, from many positions, because I can really hammer my opponents when these hit, and they will pay to draw dead.
Before this session I was thinking of playing poker on my travels in america to get some money together, the play @ any limits in the casinos just looks too inviting, and I think I could make some money on a pretty measly bankroll, and maybe move up limits. But after the varience Ive encountered at these loose games I think it would be hard for me to manage consistently.
Maybe Im over-reacting to what is my first playing loss for a while, but there was lots of money to be made, and I was unhappy not to get any of it. I did make money overall, but there are no such bonuses to be made when playing live in a casino, plus you have to beat the rake and the toke!
After all was said and done I ran to the cashier with $58 of gross profit.