It’s been about a month since I re-deposited my $10 into my PokerStars account and started playing at 2NL. Since then, I’ve played over 2000 hands, and my deposit is currently at about $22. Here’s my graph of results so far.
The details are slightly inaccurate – I started using PokerTracker only a while after depositing the $10 (when I had lost about $1-2 of that), and some hands didn’t get imported cleanly. That said, I think there is a nice trend.
Granted, it’s only been 2000 hands, and a win rate of 20bb/100 hands seems a bit too high to be maintained, but I think I’m happy with how it’s going so far.
My general strategy is to raise my pre-flop range to 2bb + 1bb per limper, and c-bet about half to 3/4 of the pot on most flops (especially when there are 3 players or less in the hand). I try to choose tables which are relatively tight for this level (tables which have an average pot of less than 50c, and see an average of less than 40% of flops). It seems to be working so far, I’m taking down a decent number of pots on the flop, and it’s allowing me to slowly grind up.
The exception, though, has been the last two days. I’ve lost something like $7 in two nights. I don’t really know why, though. I can’t quite figure out what I’ve been thinking. I feel like writing it off as saying I’ve just been too mentally tired from lack of sleep, but I don’t want to keep falling back on that excuse. So I’ll keep trying to figure it out.
What do you think? Do you agree/disagree with the strategy I’m adopting? And do you think a lack of sleep is a valid reason for playing poorly, or just an excuse that should be ignored?