As I came home Friday I looked forward to a weekend off that included relaxation, lots of profitable poker and hopefully a Patriots win, but not necessarily in that exact order. :-) Looking over my work schedule for next week I found all morning shifts upcoming for me. Should be home by 4pm the latest next week with Thursday and Sunday off so for the next 10 days including today, Friday, there should be no no instances of Poker Interuptus.
As I got home Friday I got into the cash games just before 4pm. This night would be at least 1000 hands on the cash tables plus I would be playing the $5.50 $100 Gtd Stud, $500 Gtd NLH, $250 Gtd PLO/8 six max, and the $6.60 $250 Gtd PLO.
The cash games started out going absolutely no where fast. 507 hands and down only ($0.71), but it turned a touch worse relatively quickly and I was down over three quarters of a buy-in after 563 hands were played. After 726 hands I was down ($3.79) and took a break for about 45 minutes.
So as I fired up the tables after my break I realized that in the last 2990 hands I was down just under 4 full buy-ins. Guess that makes it an official downswing, but then a question came to mind. Just what does make a downswing? How many buy-ins? Or how many consecutive days of losses? I posted that very question on 2+2. Grrrrr, why is every answer with those guys...... it depends, lol. The best answer, the one that made the most sense was the one that said if the losses are more than your usual variance then it's a downswing. That really makes the most sense. My typical variance seems to be about 4 buy-ins it seems.
The day ended with little profit but long hours put in. 1177 hands and a ($3.29) loss. Cashed in 2 of the tournaments, but nothing huge and that broke me even for the night. Rakeback made it a profit of a couple of bucks.
A major head cold hit me...............again. This is like the third one this season. WTF. Dealing with the public and handling money as I do, and money is the most germ infested thing there is, I am more susceptible to them, but it really sucks!!! And on Saturday so did this cash game downswing that continued on. I slept a few hours and got on the tables sometime after 5pm. Bam!!! Down ($10.39) in the first 176 hands to bring the total swing to 3617 hands and down over 6b buy-ins. A total of ($25.79) down. AA and KK going down in flames quick and early in today's session did most of the damage in going down over 2.5 buy-ins early in this session. Damn this game is frustrating at times. Played another 155 hands and the loss for today was down to ($2.98). I had a feeling this was gonna be a wild swingy session headed my way. Took a break til the Stud tournament got underway. Ended up only playing 539 hands for a ($4.50) loss. Downswing 3990 hands and losses of ($19.90).
Sunday was a no poker day. Slept more hours than I can remember doing so in a long long time. The weekend cost me about $20 or so, but not much one can do, but play through it and make sure its bad luck and not bad play. I am comfortable my play is sound so all I can do is keep going at it.