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Old 03-08-2021, 05:42 PM   #2226
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My parents reupholstered their couches recently so I decided in honor of International Women's Day to pay for them. Plus a bouquet of flowers = good son.
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Old 03-21-2021, 03:09 PM   #2227
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Been running poorly lately, particularly with my sets (in hold 'em, mind you). Just playing through it. It'll turn around eventually.

My peace lily is blooming for the first time in a few years. Harbinger? Hope so.



The the meantime, enjoying the change in the seasons, people getting vaccinated, seeing light at the end of this long tunnel. Oh, and cute animal photos on Google! Nothing like 10 minutes of those to relax you. Got a new case for work I am stoked about. Someone in the throes of a mental health crisis (paranoid delusion that folks are trying to kill them) when they harm another should not be locked up for 15 years. I know this better than anyone.

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Some highlights: hero l/rr UTG, TAG SB and fun BB call, flop AKQss, SB x, fun donks 1/3 pot, I jam $250 more, SB calls, BB calls. SB says "ever flop a set and know you're drawing dead?" "Yeah, I have a set too," I say. We don't realize BB has $70 behind...oops. Turn: brick. SB puts BB AI for a little side pot "constellation prize." Fun V is tanking. I joke, "Can you beat two sets?" laughing a little, expecting to win a $2k pot shortly. Fun calls it off. River: Td. SB shows QQ, I show KK, fun shows KJo. :/ (It's OK, I got him the next session when he 3! my UTG open and I jammed.)

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Last night, sporting a hella suave outfit, I am on laser focus, running well and playing well - they normally go hand in hand - and reg opens in CO with the straddle on, I have AJdd OTB but I picked up a live read and just fold. Goes to showdown and reg had AKo. "I thought you were strong," I tell him. "You did? Did you have a tell on me or something?" "I could tell you but you'd have to pay me."

Let the game come to you.

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Old 03-27-2021, 10:11 PM   #2228
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Pro tip: if you think you may be behind one player who raises you multi-way, but ahead against a third V (usually a cold caller on a draw) for a potential side pot, RAISE!
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Old 03-28-2021, 05:06 PM   #2229
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Got a nice compliment last night...got asked my first HH question by another 5/T player. Moving up...!

Job-wise, I found out I will be on a reduced capacity for my current project once my contract expires in the next month or two (they will find some partial funding from other grant sources) but can apply for a supervisory position or work on other projects to account for the smaller workload in my current project. The legal landscape has changed in my work due to the vaccine, so this development was not at all surprising.

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Old 03-28-2021, 11:03 PM   #2230
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Thanks for the updates, Dumbo. Good luck at the tables, and in the halls of justice.

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Old 03-29-2021, 02:38 AM   #2231
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Thanks for the updates, Dumbo. Good luck at the tables, and in the halls of justice.

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Thanks mate! Taking a day off tomorrow, giving me the chance to ruin these two colluders in the 5/T. Guy and girl visiting, whenever one raises the other 3! and the first 4! in a thinly veiled attempt to get it HU. Just waiting to trap them...it will be so sweet if I get the chance.

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Old 04-04-2021, 02:12 PM   #2232
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Making an effort to become a better player lately, asking good players for advice on HHs, to input hands into a solver for me, reading on tells, watching more PLO coaching/training. The 5-5-15 PLO5 ran - we had TWO tables last night! I've been playing that game every time it runs lately. Last night I finally won a good pot with top set and I felt like I'd reached a new level in my poker journey again. I've felt very confident in my abilities despite a couple unremarkable winning months. Been running into it....

Speaking of which, 5/T here has been going in the wrong direction lately, last month I made tons of hero folds, this month I decided to try calling more to find out if I was being exploited and . . . it has not worked out. Losing overflushed as the pfr where I really shouldn't have many flushes, 2p v. rivered straight, top and bottom v. bottom set, etc. Shaking it off, but also starting to see that it is no longer a game I should be playing very often. The edges are not big by any means and there aren't enough whales to sustain the regs anymore. Many of the winning regs have left for Vegas, Michigan, or elsewhere for a reason.

My contract is officially expiring May (not a big surprise, but I still took it personally even though boss reassured me I shouldn't), and work wants me to continue on other projects. Broke the news to the team last week that I would no longer be in my current position and my mental health took a rapid downward hit. Still trying to head off a full relapse, doing things that make me happy, got a nice pair of shoes, played poker, got good sleep, listening to 90s remixes on repeat nonstop. "Like pink and green and white...the color of my dream tonight." https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VEtl4d1pYZI

I had a great dream last night. I was running horizontally against a wall and doing spirals mid-air, landing perfectly. It was pretty sick. I do feel like that when I am playing poker.

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Old 04-08-2021, 01:21 PM   #2233
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I arrive last night in the poker room and notice the 25/50 is running in the salon (private room), a rarity these days. I quickly walk back there and the game hasn't started yet, but I notice a couple players waiting for the game laugh as I walk out of the room past them. $3,000 minimum, about what I have on me. I put my name on the list. I am 14th.

I run it up at PLO $1,000, then decide I want to be in a hold 'em mindset before I get in the big game so I play 5/T. Bleed down some and was getting needled by a couple players so I decided better for my mental game to go elsewhere. I play 2/5. Lost another $100 in unmentionable ways. Look up at bravo again and the 25/50 now reads 25/50/50 BB ante and a $5,000 minimum. Shoot! I confirm with the floor it's a $5k minimum and not $3,000 and they say the players opened the game as a $5k rather than $3k this time. I don't have that much on me.

I text some poker buddies if they want to buy a piece of me at a small markup. They reply:

"No."

"Losing proposition."

"Jesus f, I'd rather buy blockbuster stock."

"I'll buy at 0.25 depending on how deep you buy in."

Not feeling the love, I realize that if I withdraw my limit from the ATM I'd have exactly $5k on me, so I immediately pick up and do that and just wait to be called while chatting up a PLO buddy. Finally after waiting and playing for hours, they call the player ahead of me, who doesn't show up. I'm next.

I walk up to the back podium. "I think I'm next." "For what game? 2/5?" "No, 25/50." "Oh, yeah, you can go back there." Sweet!

I sit down with five pumpkins and no one at the table offers to color me down. I walk back to the cage and get black and green and return. I wait for the button to pass, sparing me one $125 orbit of pain. I am card dead until I get 88 in BB versus a UTG open. He'd opened UTG on my BB before but this was still a standard call. I whiff a decent flop for my hand, but play it safe and fold to a sizeable cbet. No need to get sticky my first time playing. The players are jovial and bantering about hands and other players, it's a really good vibe. I am definitely the shortest stack; most are in for $10k-$20k. I get AJo in EP and just muck. Not getting out of line my first time playing. I'm already uncomfortable enough as it is.

I yawn an hour into the session and decide it's time to go. I'd been playing for 6 hours already and hardly had the mental wherewithal to sit at all. Happy for the experience though. Ended up a few hundo on the day even after posting a small loss at 25/50.

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Old 04-08-2021, 03:42 PM   #2234
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Baller. I've always wanted to sit in a big game like that, if only for a little while. Most of the big games here are all PLO now which is a frontier I haven't yet explored.

I have mixed opinions on high buying floors. It seems like sometimes the people in these game are pretty ego driven and look down on smaller players trying to short buy, like they don't belong in the game. But it seems like they would want to invite in the action. But I also understand how short stackers sort of "get in the way" at times when you are deep and trying to go to the felt against other deep stacks. Although 60BB is more than reasonable. There have been times when a deepstack opens to 5BB, I 3-bet to 15BB with something like QJs hoping to get a big pot going, and now a shorty rips it with 25BB with a range I know is TT+/AK, the biggie folds, and I have to call it off.
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Old 04-09-2021, 04:16 PM   #2235
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Baller. I've always wanted to sit in a big game like that, if only for a little while. Most of the big games here are all PLO now which is a frontier I haven't yet explored.

I have mixed opinions on high buying floors. It seems like sometimes the people in these game are pretty ego driven and look down on smaller players trying to short buy, like they don't belong in the game. But it seems like they would want to invite in the action. But I also understand how short stackers sort of "get in the way" at times when you are deep and trying to go to the felt against other deep stacks. Although 60BB is more than reasonable. There have been times when a deepstack opens to 5BB, I 3-bet to 15BB with something like QJs hoping to get a big pot going, and now a shorty rips it with 25BB with a range I know is TT+/AK, the biggie folds, and I have to call it off.
Yeah, the $5k minimum is a steep barrier to entry likely designed to keep the game as exclusive as possible. No riff-raff like me allowed! Someone commented that I had my entire life savings on the table! :P Eventually the regs figured out I had played 5/T with some VIP in the game. Apparently we at 5/T are "the hyenas" who tear little bites off this player, "the lion." "So many little bites," he cringed. Fun times. Next time maybe I will speak a peep, I actually have some things in common with some of the regs. I was too uncomfortable this time.
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Old 04-10-2021, 03:29 PM   #2236
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GII pre last night at 10/25 with AA HU against visiting TX pro, scoop, c/r K5cc on Ad2s3s same V calls with QTdd and binks T ott. Called it soon after splashing around with some old home game buddies at 1/3 for some fun.

Unfortunately, also got into some drama at T/Q (10/25): Dude who slowrolled me the other night at 5/5 PLO to get back at me (for an earlier time when I called him and his buddy out for talking to each other in the middle of a hand when I was all in and they were both committed to the pot contemplating what to do), cuts line to get a seat in the game, I call him out for the slowroll, "there won't be any slowrolling in this game," I say, he then calls me a "p*ssy" (profound),* I call floor, his friend/significant other works on the floor (!), floor rules he can stay in game, forcing other player onto list who couldn't lock up his seat because he was in a hand at 5/T. (He ended up getting dinner anyway.) Still, seemed like playing favorites to me. I think this dude is on a power trip because his girl (?) works the floor so he thinks he can get away with whatever he wants. No bueno amigo.

Notably, when I reported the p*ssy comment, and different floorperson said that wasn't appropriate, some other reg said "that seems like a p*ssy rule to me." This is the same dude who said my meds were a white person problem. Oh, and who I got AA v. KK all in pre a couple weeks ago at 5/T/25. Goes to show how little love there is for Dumbo among certain players. I wonder why that is. Just by coincidence I happen to be beating both these players on the felt consistently.... :P

* Someone got a one-year ban for calling someone a p*ssy at 5/T, and this guy just got a polite warning. Pfft.

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Got invited to go to Six Flags later today by one of the visiting Argentinian pros...not sure if they consider me a whale or a friend, peer, what. (Hopefully the latter.) Should be fun, then dinner date later.

Finally going to get PioSolver. I feel like I am sorta giving up on myself and copping out by doing this, thb. But it would be nice to have some answers to the uncertain spots I come across. It's good timing, too, since I feel like I'm starting to reach another plateau in my skill level as I move up.

Got into some spots last night against one of the Argentinian pros, good tight player. Straddle on 5/T/25, he opens "UTG" $75 (really, MP1 since the blinds folded), I KK CO $250, he $575, I flat $2k eff., A otf saves me probably and I call one tiny turn bet and fold river. V shows A. Later, call TdTs over same V's open, Q57cc checks through, 3c ott, V $150 into $475, I call, other V folds. River: 2s. X/x, I lose to AcQd. I had seen V check back some top pairs previously but it was getting late and I was starting to get tired and I wasn't thinking about that, maybe could have folded otherwise. My thinking was that he does have some 88/99 sometimes that I beat, some random naked Ac perhaps. Maybe I was grasping for straws after playing too long and getting tired.

Ended down $400 something, could have been a good win if not for these two hands. Otherwise was winning. Lost to the only other good player, figures.
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