Seriously, fuck poker.
After three years of fairly regular play, I conclude that $1/2 NL is bullshit. Pure bullshit. It's a fun game to play on occasion; but it's a roll of the dice. It's bingo. The Government is right; at least at low limits, poker is a simple game of pure chance.
I played an hour at MGM tonight, and got stacked for my third consecutive session of $1/2. I sat around 1:00am with $200 and quickly ran it to $330 after picking off a couple of bluffs. Then, in two hands, I lost it all. The first hand I raised a limper to $10 with KJ. Flop was K47. Villain was short stacked. He checked, I bet, he called. Turn was another K. He bet, I shoved (putting him all in for another $40 or so), and he slow rolls pocket 44 for the boat. OK. Nice hand.
The very next hand I raise 4 limpers to $14 with TT. All call. Flop is K5T with two hearts. It checks to me and I bet $45 One caller. Turn is a small heart. Villain leads for $45. I look at his stack and see about $60 red birds. I shove. He tanks and calls, and after a blank on the river, turns over 63 hearts for the flush. And, bonus for me, he had two $100 bills under his stack, which I didn't even notice (use to playing east coast where cash does not play). Stacked in two hands.
I guess the lesson is to start playing 63 suited for $14 preflop. And then calling $45 on the flop with a six-fucken-high flush draw. Or, maybe I should be calling raises with J3 or T2 (the hands that beat me last session at Borgata).
I mean, if I'm not getting beat by jackasses playing and hitting shit hands, I'm getting bluffed off pots by jackasses "value-betting" (in their own minds) mediocre hands (e.g., the dude who check raised my low straight on the river at Showboat a few weeks ago, with three to a flush and a higher straight on the board, and showed two pair...).
I might as well grind the Tarzan slot machine . . .