I think as I focus more and somehow improve my meta game I realize some of the things I do wrong. I think the thing that killed me in the Mookie besides only having 3 top 10 hands all game was a bit of frustration and indecision.
I realize I sometimes get frustrated in hyper aggressive games. I think this describes NY Rambler perfectly. I do respect his game actually because he can mix it up well. He had been re-raising me a lot along with Corron stealing my blind. The hand before he jammed in on the turn and I had AK-Ace high. I leaked about 2k of chips in that pot. I was very tempted to call with Ace high because I thought he was making a move on me. I also considered he might have a smallish pair. I think my indecision in the hand is what got me though. I should have just bet big on the flop and pushed him out. Otherwise I should have folded the flop with my missed AK. His cold call pre-flop did not mean much. I put his hand range as a small pair to Ax. So I should have acted accordingly instead of check-calling his flop bet and folding the turn. I basically said my hand is weak take the pot.
Same thing with the Zeem hand. I look down to see pocket threes. With Zeem I think I should have jammed his pre-flop raise. I doubt he calls with A5o there. I could be wrong. I have enough respect for his game to know he can make a laydown. Instead I call his bet pre-flop and jam the Axx flop. He obviously calls not putting me on any kind of Ace and I go home two hands later. The indecision pre-flop cost me here. I also should have folded the flop when he lead out. Possibly some frustration leaked in here too.
Anyway there are some things to look at in my thought process here. I look forward to that. One move I actually liked was calling off my entire stack with 57 spades. I was a little short stacked at 1200 chips or so. I get a raise before me and a cold call. So I decide to go along for the ride. The button then makes a classic squeeze trying to take down the pot. Both people before me fold. So I am getting really good odds to call with ATC assuming I do not give him credit for a big hand. So I make the call and he turns over 92o. I expected something a little higher but that would do. I turn a straight to get me some chips and start my run for the final two tables. The groans from the peanut gallery were enough reward to make that a +EV play.
I am going to try and get a few hands in this weekend. Mostly playing tokens and make some LO8 to try and offset any token costs. Should be fun. Have a good weekend.