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Old 01-25-2016, 08:17 PM   #1
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Did I play this well? Suggestions!?

Hi everyone this is my first post so bare with me!

I recently started playing poker last summer so I am still learning. I play the 1/3 game at my local casino and after having had one winning session I am currently down around 600. I am play pretty nitty/ passive but I am starting to play in position and more aggressively.

Please give me advice on the following hands

Hand 1

Hero: Been playing pretty tight has KK in mid position with a stack of 100 exactly

Villain: Has been 3 betting preflop with speculative hands Q10 KJ etc

Hero is in mid position and raises to 10 villain reraises to 25 hero shoves his remaining stack in. Villain tank calls with A10 and turns an ace to bust hero. Can anything be done about that?

Hand 2

Hero: Has around 130 and looks down at AQ in early position. Raises to 13 SB calls everyone else folds. Flop comes 2 7 K SB checks hero bets 16 SB calls Turn is A SB checks hero bets 30 Villain raises to 100 hero folds and villain turns over 2 7.....


Hero has 200
Villian has around 350

Hero opens in EP with AK off to 12 all others fold except one villain flop comes K 2 3 hero bets 20 Villain immediately raises to 80 hero tank folds villian shows AA (Phew)!

Hand 4

Hero has 300
villain roughly 220

Hero has pocket aces in EP and raises to 8 V1 reraises to 22 V2 reraises to 80 Hero shoves all in V1 folds V2 calls with KJ and rivers a straight.

Hand 5

Hero has AJ in mid position and raises to 9 BB calls
flop comes A 5 8
hero BB checks hero bets 14
BB calls
turn K
BB checks hero bets 30 villain calls
River is 2
BB checks hero shoves remaining 45 in
Villian calls with A 5
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Old 01-25-2016, 08:25 PM   #2
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Re: Did I play this well? Suggestions!?

You just need to play more to begin to realize that these hands are all just part of a day at the office.

I like to keep my opening raises consistent so as not to telegraph the strength of my hand by the size of my raise. I also personally like to keep my stack at least 100 bbs at all times. I keep a couple of hundred in greens in my pocket to be able to stack up if I fall below. I don't see any glaring errors in the way you played these hands. Sounds like you're playing in a profitable game.
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Old 01-25-2016, 08:29 PM   #3
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Thank you appreciate the feedback!

I feel like I got it in with the best hand but they didn't hold up and it's really tough to take that
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Old 01-25-2016, 08:34 PM   #4
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Re: Did I play this well? Suggestions!?

Two things:

#1 All of your posts seem to be about the bad luck that can happen. Well, if you are going to play more poker, get used to bad luck happening. It will. Often. And the better you get, the more likely you are to see crazy **** hit against you.

So, if you are going to keep playing, your first goal is to get past ROT (Results Orientated Thinking). Focus on each decision and if it was the best choice at the time it was made based on the context of the hand. DO NOT focus on the end result because if you do, you might as well walk in the casino, light whatever cash you brought with you on fire, and then walk back out.

#2 Hands feedback:

Hand 1: Good job, you got it all in with a huge edge.

Hand 2:
First figure out the pot size: $26 + $32 + $30 + $100 = $188 in the pot.
Next look at your remaining stack: $130 - $59 bet so far = $71 left
Now look at your pot odds: $188/$72 pot odds or ~2.5/1.
Then calculate how many outs you have: 2 Aces + 3 Queens + 3 Kings = 8 outs.
Now to figure out if it is a profitable call:
4 board cards + 2 in your hand mean there are 46 cards left (52 - 6). 8 cards help, so there are 38 bad cards and 8 good cards giving you 38:8 or ~4.7:1 odds.
You need at least 2.5:1 pot odds and you don't have it so it is a fold.
This all assumes that you know your opponent has the bottom two pair

But poker is a game of incomplete information, so you are better off putting villain on a range of hands and then figuring out your odds. In this case, there is no way for you to know they have 72, they are just as likely to have a set, or a draw, or a different two pair. So once you give them a rough range, do the basic math and see what choice would be best.

This seems like a WA/WB type hand (way ahead or way behind), so checking behind on the turn to control the pot seem like a better choice than betting. As played, I think a fold is OK because what hands check raise the turn that you can beat?

Hand 3: Include the positions. I think the fold is pretty bad. If you are going to fold to every flop check raise, you will be exploited.

Hand 4: Good job, you got it all in preflop!

Hand 5: What are the stack sizes? Why are you shoving the river? What hand calls the river that doesn't have you beat. It is good that you are aggressive, but aggression without restraint is just spew.
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Old 01-25-2016, 08:35 PM   #5
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Re: Did I play this well? Suggestions!?

All look fine. Where is this game.... 2006? You're getting great action from these guys.
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Old 01-25-2016, 08:43 PM   #6
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Hand 3 I was in ep and he was in mid position i forgot to include I had seen him play a few hands and he looked extremely tight and I thought he had pocket aces luckily I was right( I know pocket aces vs Ak doesn't happen much)
Hand 5 we both had about 120
Thank you guys so much for the advice the pot odds one helped immensely! I appreciate all this feedback so much!
Haha and this is at the horseshoe cleveland
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Old 01-25-2016, 08:50 PM   #7
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Re: Did I play this well? Suggestions!?

All look pretty standard. A few you get coolers on. Hand 2 is Baluga theorem (facing a turn c/r, we should re evaluate 1 pair hands) if you're deeper, but you're so shallow it's a snap call. Honestly wish I could get this action, these Vs are terribad
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Old 01-25-2016, 09:15 PM   #8
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Haha yeah the action is pretty soft

Also I'm a college student who honestly does want to play every Saturday but can't afford to use my tuition money on poker any advice?!
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Old 01-25-2016, 09:20 PM   #9
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Re: Did I play this well? Suggestions!?

I play at this casino and can confirm Vs are terribad, but this is crazy action even for this player pool.

Raising to only 8 utg at 1-3 with AA is asking to go 7 ways to the flop. Not good.

I'll be on the lookout for the villain who is suddenly getting better.
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Old 01-25-2016, 09:21 PM   #10
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Hand 1: Basic bad beat, you played it as best you could.

Hand 2: Bad beat. You may have been able to get away from your hand to the raise on turn depending on villain.

Hand 3: Shove or fold flop. Judgement call that depends on villain. You would have to go with this sometimes, particularly if the flop allows a flush draw.

Hand 4: Basic bad beat. Initial raise probably isn't enough. 8 is a small EP open at most 1/2 tables and you want AA to go heads up to the flop.

Hand 5: Better off checking river against most villains. Possibly checking turn and playing river carefully.

If you have some money to spare, play carefully until you build a big bankroll. If you don't, then get a part time job until you do have some money to risk. Game sounds super weak but these super weak games are often high variance exactly because it's very hard to put super loose villains on hands. You have to learn to recognize from their play and actions when they have a big hand.
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Old 01-26-2016, 05:38 AM   #11
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Re: Did I play this well? Suggestions!?

If you don't have the money, then you shouldn't play poker. Sorry, but that's the tough reality of it. Save your money for beer imo.
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Old 01-26-2016, 02:06 PM   #12
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Re: Did I play this well? Suggestions!?

Next time limit one hand to thread (and don't post results) and you'll get better responses.

If you're a noob, shortstacking probably ain't a bad idea (but you have to play very tight), but as soon as you get the hang of things you should probably think of keeping your stack topped up.


I'd raise just slightly more preflop because an open to $10 will often go extremely multiway (and yet we'll be committed on any non-A high flop). I also shove over the raise. Nice hand, unlucky.


Overall, getting check/raised on the turn is typically a fold, even with TPTK. However, in this spot we did a nice job of getting in a large percentage of our stack preflop and setup a small SPR where we should probably commit with TP. Our small cbet was good to try to win the pot, but now that we've backed into an actual hand on the turn, I'm not sure I'm good enough to fold to the check/raise given that we only have < 2xPSB left on the turn and should probably be happy playing for stacks. Might be a little opponent dependent (fold against nits, call against morons, and inbetween it's a tough spot).


A $12 open in EP is pretty small at my table, but you managed to get it HU, so ok I guess. SPR is medium 8 where we should probably think of pot controlling. I would probably check this super dry flop and go for 2 streets of value (or start calling someone who could be betting a much wider range than he calls). As played, I also fold (very fortunate Villain played his hand poorly and gave us the opportunity to do so).


Preflop is fine. V2 looks to have a big hand that is never folding preflop so lets get it in now before a scare card prevents them from getting in the rest (for example, JJ ain't folding now preflop, but might on a AK/etc. flop). Don't be too concerned about results, especially if you get your stack in with the best of it.


We play at totally different 1/3 NL tables if a $9 raise in MP gets this HU in position, but I guess you know your table. With AJo in MP and only a $100 stack, I would actually consider folding preflop; it's just a *smidge* too weak to want to commit with TP (imo), especially if table is tight enough that a raise likely limits callers to those with better Aces. As played, we have a small SPR with TPokK, so it's probably fine to stack off at this point with 3 bets.

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