Derby Lane in St. Petersburg FL has a terrific poker room.
I played today at Derby Lane. It held a $130 buyin tournament for 10,000 chips. They call it a Toys for Tots Tournament. If players bring an unwrapped toy to donate, they give them an extra 5,000 chips. Of course, this is a must if you are serious about winning. I believe about 70 players entered, and I busted out 24th, so no money.
What do other players do to improve/elevate their game? What do you do? I've joined Float the Turn, a web site by Jonathan Little. It's only $10 per month. They make their money by offering other content for an added fee. So far, it's been worthwhile for me.
One of the things Little insists for all his students is that they keep a notebook, and record hands they play in a tournament. Across the top, he has them write H, S, B and P. These stand for your hand, your stack size, the blinds and your position. After you're involved in a deal, you record the above, then tell how the betting went and what happened.
I decided to try this today. I found the notebook helped me in an unexpected way. I busted out around 5:30 p.m. (it started at 1:00). With 25-minute levels (and a 10 minute break after each four levels), I decided I should have been dealt 125 hands. Bovada doesn't give this, but other online poker sites used to tell the percentage of hands you've put money into a pot with. My percentage has always been lower than most, but still around 20%. Today, I played 18 pots out of 125 deals, and that's only around 7%, waaaay too low.
Even if I was being dealt a lot of bad starting hands, I must find a way to enter more betting situations. Today, I essentially bled to death, not the recipe for winning.
Do you record your hands? Do you know your percentage of hands where you put money in the pot? Are you working on your game using training sites? If so, how do you like them?
Images taken with my point-and-shoot.