Well I started my shot @ 2NL today. Played for a couple hours. I got bored with 1 table, so I opened up a 2nd one to stave off boredom (I was playing tight abc poker as suggested). I seemed to be card dead, funds and confidence slowly and surely dwindled.
After winning a big pot though, I got back on track. Opened up a total of 4 tables which was perfect for my tight style (it actually makes tight play a helluva lot easier). I was playing better TAG poker than anyone at my tables IMO. Most of the players at 2 NL ring would limp almost every pot. I was playing tight, positionally aware poker, and raising 4x (+ 1 per each limper) BB each time without fail. Raises were good, and I made some good stackings by fast playing sets (e.g. QQQ) and straights. It was overall solid poker.
I was a up a heap, until right before I quit, in which I got bad beat a few times, but also made some dumb calls. KK hit a 2 outer, Ax hit x after the money went in, etc, etc. Also, a I hit like 5 sets (!) but only a few got paid.
One hand, I lead out a near-pot sized bet into a multi-way hand when I hit mid set of nines. No action.
So, a little bad luck but some bad play at the end too. Two hands of note:
I call a standard raise with AJ on the button, flop comes AQx of diamonds. The pot builds rapidly, and I figure, the only realistic hand that beats me is AK. I ended up calling a big bet, stupidly, since when both a 9 and a T came off on the turn and river, what in the hell was I hoping he had?? Turns out he had QQ anyway, but I could've easily gotten away from that one.
Another hand was trickier: My AK hits AKQ 2 diamonds against a shorty and we felt it. I was the preflop agressor, and he was making quick calls, so QQ+ seems unlikely in my opinion. I guess I was hoping for a draw / AQ/ KQ. I knew JT was in his range but figured it to be a small part. Well, I don't know if my assessment was right but he had JT. Bummer.
Anyway, I ended up about even after 2 1/2 hours of play which is a bummer. I mean, at these stakes, I feel I should be crushing the game with "abc" tag style. Basically, value betting the bejesus out of made hands and bluffing sparingly. I don't know if I've caught a little negative variance (rofl yeah right) or if I'm no better than the other donks on stars.
One lesson learned today: if the call is "debatable" or "marginal" and /or you have a bad feeling, fold it.
Also, I'm going to have to get more disciplined with playing time, I said I'd only play for 2 hours, but went over a little ("I was feeling it"). It's not so much that my play suffers, as that I got to keep this new addiction in check. I mean, I've got school and a job to worry about. And other shit to do.
I'll probably lay off til the weekend.
Fuck that I WILL stay off til the weekend.
Current Bankroll: $100 and change. (I made like $0.50 in 2.5 hours).