Current Total: $85.57
Working the slow climb. Some thoughts…
Accepting and embracing your expected return rate and being happy with it is key to having the right Zen attitude for the Cake Challenge. I suppose that is part of ignoring the stakes overall. Thinking, “I just doubled up a buyin!” feels way better than, “I just won $4!” I have to take my satistfaction in the steady climb relative to where I started, not in how much it represents in US dollars. My worst session since my last update happened when I saw dollars and cents and not BBs and Buyins.
Tracking players and taking notes is another key to success, and one I haven’t been doing enough of. When a player three bets preflop, gets put all in, and instacalls with A9s, you have to make a note of that. When a player overbets all in preflop and shows KK, you have to make a note of that. Know your fish and know your sharks.
Speaking of player notes, correctly responding to and correctly making huge overbets is critial, and building books on other players will make a huge difference there. As I said in some hand notes, it’s like half the table plays like SLP-era Noah. All-in overbets happen all the time, and having some sense of who does that with the nuts, who does that with marginal hands, and who mixes it up a bit is a big factor.
So, I ran into Brad, former SLP player, on Cake last night! I’d mentioned our blog to him in an email, so he must be lurking about around here, and decided to jump on to Cake (or, it’s quite a coincidence if he was a Cake player before). Come on Brad, come out of the shadows and post a comment! If you are doing a Cake Challenge of your own, we want to hear about it!