Must. Not. Play. $10 rebuys.

Work kept me late last night, so I was still pretty wired when I got home. I decided to donate a buyin by playing the MATH. It was a $10+$1 rebuy this week, 1000 chips to start, 1000 for a rebuy and an optional 1500 add on.

Must. Not. Play. $10 rebuys.

Ugh. I went back and did a quick review of the hand histories. If I have my numbers right, I was dealt 105 hands in the first hour, including the following:

AA twice
KK
JJ four times
AKo
AQs
55
33 twice
“show horse” hands (AT, KQ, KJs, AJo, AJs, KQs) eight times

How did I end the first hour?

Why, with 3400 chips of course. For you scoring at home, that’s a starting buy in, minus 100 chips for a last folded blind, plus a last minute rebuy, plus the add on.

I could have just skipped the first 58 minutes and saved myself thirty bucks.

Must. Not. Play. $10 rebuys.

I will concede that I played like a moron. That’s pretty much standard. It would have been nice to not get stacked for the third time with jacks when I flopped a set (vs KQo), but gutshots happen. I could have gotten away from my set of fives against a flopped A-rag flush. I didn’t. That’s life. But, dude…

That’s the single best run of cards that I’ve seen in forever. And it did me zero good. Zero.

Sigh.

I did manage to double up once after the break when TPTK was better than TP2ndK, but that was the high point. Having AKs go down to Mary’s A9o didn’t help things and I only hung on well into the third hour by playing short stack … quick, what’s the opposite of ninja? Elephant? … and by laying a sick beat of my own with 44 making a one card straight against QQ. Finished 17th.

No mas.

No. More. $10 rebuys.

Back to playing games that my bankroll can support. Any rebuys will be strictly of the $1 variety.

The experience was good for one thing — I was reminded that I definitely need to work on my short stack skills. It seems like I can tread water for a long time by getting the occasional steal or rare double up, but I’m way too dependent on cards. By the end I’ve usually opened my range to open-shoving with almost any two, but that isn’t good enough. Last night I declined to shove with a 2, 3 or 4 kicker (unless it was a sooted A or K), and was promptly dealt 12 of those unplayable hands in a row. Death by blinds and antes.

I’ve got nothing else. Tonight is the Bodonkey on Bodog – not a BBT2 event but worth playing anyway because of the sweet overlay. I think I’ve got enough left for one more buy in. If not, I might actually have to investigate deposit options for the first time since the UIGEA. Or not. I really just play for play money.

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Must. Not. Play. $10 rebuys. Work kept me late last night, so I was still pretty wired when I got home. I decided to donate a buyin by playing the MATH. It was a $10+$1 rebuy this week, 1000 chips to start, 1000 for a rebuy and an optional 1500...