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Old 07-07-2017, 02:06 PM   #151
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I personally wouldn't play PLO25 with $440 too much. Maybe one table. Have fun though!

Yeah I agree. It was a but too aggressive for BRM. Hopping back down to plo10 tonight
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Old 07-07-2017, 03:13 PM   #152
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That's a great idea! I don't have many friends who play play poker, but the equity calculator on PT4 has really helped me analyze these situations. Highly recommend for those without a group chat, but I think getting different perspectives like you are is extremely beneficial for many reasons.
Hello,

Read through a bunch of your posts, they are super interesting, especially as someone also in the micros it is easy to relate. I am in a discord with a few other players who like to discuss hands and sweat eachother. If you are interested in joining shoot me a pm.
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Old 07-07-2017, 07:05 PM   #153
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What's up guys?

Played a table of PLO5 and PLO10 at the same time. Was up early on PLO5 so I kept that open since I was in position vs a spewfish. Unfortunately on the PLO10 table, I turned the nut flush but the villain turned quads soooo. Same table I river trip Jacks but opponent hand A kicker which beat my K.

A little run good, a little run bad on this session. At least we booked a win and got $5 of rakeback as a consolation for getting stacked 4 times yesterday lol all I can do is laugh at that.

Up less than a dollar on the sesharino cappuccino

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I took a page out of your book this morning, btw.
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Old 07-08-2017, 09:31 AM   #155
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I took a page out of your book this morning, btw.

Does that mean you took a shot? Do tell!
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Old 07-08-2017, 09:47 AM   #156
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What's up guys? Getting ready to go to work but thought I'd post a quick thought or two.

It's been pretty fun and pretty challenging so far on the BR challenge. I know I have switched around from my primary game type quite a bit since the start of the thread, but this is my first real and documented BRC. I have been playing online for under a year with most my experience coming from live 1/2 NLHE. Unfortunately, I thought that online poker was banned everywhere in US since I couldn't play on stars back when I was looking. I'm glad I found Intertops and acr though. It was very expensive to learn to play poker in a casino. Had I actually dug deeper I would have found these sites earlier and saved a lot of money!

That said, I'm really trying to build this roll and get to 1k. The first 5 pages of this thread were really trying to find what works for me personally and build off that.

I still like going to the casino. There's something about having the nuts and check raising all in on the river and getting to scoop a monster pot and stack your chips higher than the rest of the table.

I'm not saying I'm quitting this challenge at all. But I am looking to the future. I want to beat this 1k challenge and get a roll that allows me to play the PLO games at casinos. I know the games are softer than the plo25 games on ACR but I just don't have 10k to throw at live poker right now.

As for the challenge, I am still going to be playing PLO and occasionally a SNG or two. I'm looking forward to getting online after work every day and trying to build this up.

What I need to work on is studying my hands and studying theory and applying that. Variance is brutal in PLO but with the right foundation I know I can do this.

I am going to be responsible with the roll I have built up so far and looking forward to grinding this weekend. I work 9-5 every day unfortunately until I have Tuesday off, but I will be trying to get back to 400 by the end of the month.

Yes that is a soft goal, but I have to keep in mind variance is a B and making money oriented goals in poker often lead to frustration if a bad run happens. So, I will make sure I am ready to play my A game when I sit down each time and spin this up!

Let's go!
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I've managed to go from $100 to $1k+ myself before, (twice actually) & one thing I wish I'd done the first time is to mix in some tournaments. Dunno if this is something you're doing.

I much prefer cash, for several reasons, not least because you can play when you want, for how long you want. But tournaments can really accelerate building a roll. There's crazy variance but the players are much worse, & one big score can catapult you out of 10NL to a comfortable 25NL or 50NL roll. Remember when my roll was roughly where yours is - maybe slightly higher - & I finished 3rd for $240 in a $5 tournament. That's 24 buyins of 10NL & big jumps like that help psychologically.

Also, trying to satellite into bigger events is also worth a shot IMO.
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I've managed to go from $100 to $1k+ myself before, (twice actually) & one thing I wish I'd done the first time is to mix in some tournaments. Dunno if this is something you're doing.

I much prefer cash, for several reasons, not least because you can play when you want, for how long you want. But tournaments can really accelerate building a roll. There's crazy variance but the players are much worse, & one big score can catapult you out of 10NL to a comfortable 25NL or 50NL roll. Remember when my roll was roughly where yours is - maybe slightly higher - & I finished 3rd for $240 in a $5 tournament. That's 24 buyins of 10NL & big jumps like that help psychologically.

Also, trying to satellite into bigger events is also worth a shot IMO.

I appreciate that advice, thanks! I had mixed in some 2-10 tournaments and played probably 10 of them and only cashed once in a $3 for like $9 in 18th I think. I haven't tried to do satellites but I really like that idea. I'll see what's running this week and give it a shot. My work schedule really limits tournament times for me
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What’s up guys?


Started writing this pre-sesh, and I am super pumped. Work was exhausting today, but all I was thinking of today was the big hands I lost in that NLO25 session. I was studying pre sesh both my hands and some pro videos, but am very ready to play today. Looking for good games, but I’ll play anything PLO10 or below. LFG!!

__Session Talk__

Found my way back to PLO5 tonight. I was starting off with one table of PLO5 and one of PLO10 at the same time. I think that different stake tables or playing one table of PLO and one of NLHE is just too much for me. I was down a while on PLO10 but made it back to starting stack and dipped to load up another PLO5 table instead. I was thinking of 2 tabling PLO10 but I saw the mega spewfish mentioned previously with a 600BB stack and I was lucky enough to get position on him. That worked in my favor, thankfully and he shared that stack with just about every player until he busted that and 2 more 100 BB stacks and called it quits.

Started off pretty rough, guys. Nothing too exciting. Got stacked by someone with the same hand as me who had a freeroll with the flush draw. That hand will be posted as hand #1 down below. Was back and forth not really breaking profit area but hit our stride making a pretty good call on the river if I may say so myself. That will be hand #2. Played a few hundred hands and overall I would say I played well except a couple plays I shouldn’t have made that cost me a few BBs.



__Let’s talk hands__

Hand #1 Beat by same hand

Winning Poker Network (Yatahay) - $0.05 PL Hi (6 max) - Omaha Hi - 6 players
Hand converted by PokerTracker 4

BTN: 320 BB (VPIP: 28.81, PFR: 13.56, 3Bet Preflop: 10.00, Hands: 60)
SB: 99 BB (VPIP: 0.00, PFR: 0.00, 3Bet Preflop: 0.00, Hands: 1)
BB: 100 BB (VPIP: 62.50, PFR: 40.63, 3Bet Preflop: 18.52, Hands: 96)
Hero (UTG): 256 BB
MP: 366.6 BB (VPIP: 72.50, PFR: 40.00, 3Bet Preflop: 13.04, Hands: 40)
CO: 222.4 BB (VPIP: 36.07, PFR: 14.05, 3Bet Preflop: 4.62, Hands: 124)

SB posts SB 0.4 BB, BB posts BB 1 BB

Pre Flop: (pot: 1.4 BB) Hero has 4 4 5 3

Hero raises to 2 BB, MP calls 2 BB, fold, BTN raises to 9.4 BB, fold, BB calls 8.4 BB, Hero calls 7.4 BB, MP calls 7.4 BB

Flop: (38 BB, 4 players) A 2 9
BB checks, Hero checks, MP checks, BTN checks

Turn: (38 BB, 4 players) 3
BB bets 27 BB, Hero calls 27 BB, MP raises to 144.2 BB, fold, BB calls 63.6 BB and is all-in, Hero raises to 246.6 BB and is all-in, MP calls 102.4 BB

River: (621.8 BB, 3 players) 7

Spoiler:



I think that I played this correctly. I can’t fold the nuts in fear of draws getting there. Unfortunately, this time they did and I got it in behind due to the flush cards in villains hand. I don’t think I would play this differently in the future. He is betting pot or 3 betting no matter what with the hand he had, so there’s just no getting away from it. Unlucky, but variance.





Hand #2 River call

Winning Poker Network (Yatahay) - $0.05 PL Hi (6 max) - Omaha Hi - 5 players
Hand converted by PokerTracker 4

BTN: 158.6 BB (VPIP: 42.00, PFR: 27.27, 3Bet Preflop: 14.29, Hands: 101)
Hero (SB): 143 BB
BB: 100 BB (VPIP: 24.24, PFR: 9.09, 3Bet Preflop: 0.00, Hands: 33)
UTG: 177 BB (VPIP: 87.69, PFR: 27.69, 3Bet Preflop: 0.00, Hands: 66)
CO: 206 BB (VPIP: 56.52, PFR: 10.87, 3Bet Preflop: 3.70, Hands: 46)

Hero posts SB 0.4 BB, BB posts BB 1 BB

Pre Flop: (pot: 1.4 BB) Hero has 8 8 6 T

UTG calls 1 BB, CO calls 1 BB, BTN calls 1 BB, Hero calls 0.6 BB, BB checks

Flop: (5 BB, 5 players) 8 J 2
Hero bets 3.6 BB, fold, UTG calls 3.6 BB, CO calls 3.6 BB, fold

Turn: (15.8 BB, 3 players) 2
Hero checks, UTG checks, CO bets 11.4 BB, Hero calls 11.4 BB, fold

River: (38.6 BB, 2 players) 2
Hero checks, CO bets 36.8 BB, Hero calls 36.8 BB

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I think that any JJxx or 22xx hand is going to be raising on the flop here to price out draws. I could have bet turn but I was thinking that I want to give villains room to bluff or bet with nut FDs. OTR I was a bit nervous about calling, which is why I didn’t raise in case villain hand the case 2. He had a pretty loose range and that was in there, but I should have went for value based on the above rationale. I made the call thinking he would make that play with any big pocket pair, which happened to be the case. I am pretty proud of this call, even though it might seem an obvious one.


Hand #3 Too loose?

Winning Poker Network (Yatahay) - $0.05 PL Hi (6 max) - Omaha Hi - 5 players
Hand converted by PokerTracker 4

CO: 100.8 BB (VPIP: 46.15, PFR: 3.85, 3Bet Preflop: 0.00, Hands: 26)
BTN: 100 BB (VPIP: 64.41, PFR: 41.03, 3Bet Preflop: 20.59, Hands: 118)
Hero (SB): 208.2 BB
BB: 187.4 BB (VPIP: 40.17, PFR: 13.81, 3Bet Preflop: 10.84, Hands: 485)
UTG: 260.8 BB (VPIP: 37.57, PFR: 16.28, 3Bet Preflop: 3.53, Hands: 175)

Hero posts SB 0.4 BB, BB posts BB 1 BB

Pre Flop: (pot: 1.4 BB) Hero has 8 K J Q

fold, CO raises to 2 BB, BTN raises to 6 BB, Hero calls 5.6 BB, fold, CO calls 4 BB

Flop: (19 BB, 3 players) Q T J
Hero checks, CO bets 18.2 BB, BTN raises to 36.4 BB, Hero raises to 145.6 BB, CO calls 76.6 BB and is all-in, BTN calls 57.6 BB and is all-in

Turn: (302.6 BB, 3 players) 5

River: (302.6 BB, 3 players) 4

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I didn’t iso pre for a number of reasons like I have a lot of equity if high cards pop off plus pocket pairs that flop sets will most likely pay me off if they hit the straight/flush cards for me. OTF the stack to pot ratio was too big to just limp after the button 3 bet in my mind. I had top 2 with the nut straight draw, BD boat draw, BD flush draw, and that’s too much to fold given the action. Even behind, we still had 30% equity. I am going to post this hand in the PLO area and ask for advice there.



__Conclusion__

Overall, I only got 224 hands in but ended up +$4.99, which is a BI at that level. Not too shabby with 43.66BB/100. I was really pumped to play today, and am happy with this session. BR up to $361. Back at it tomorrow. Good luck out there!
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Old 07-09-2017, 01:03 AM   #160
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Hey man gl with your goals


hand 1 - Super easy fold UTG, really bad hand + you are going to be playing out of position vs multiple players especially at micros where it's more likely to go multi-way

hand 2- seems fine, you can probably c/r turn small / as played raise river vs most fish

hand 3- commented in SSPLO with reasoning - easy fold pre, as played you are always way behind on flop vs lead + a raise so not a great spot. I also feel on flop you are usually ~20% eq vs nuts + a 20% range CO might have - not 30% eq
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Old 07-09-2017, 06:54 AM   #161
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hand 1 - Super easy fold UTG, really bad hand + you are going to be playing out of position vs multiple players especially at micros where it's more likely to go multi-way

hand 2- seems fine, you can probably c/r turn small / as played raise river vs most fish

hand 3- commented in SSPLO with reasoning - easy fold pre, as played you are always way behind on flop vs lead + a raise so not a great spot. I also feel on flop you are usually ~20% eq vs nuts + a 20% range CO might have - not 30% eq
+1.

I open super snug utg in regards to hand 1. It's an okay hand in PLO8 though.
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Old 07-09-2017, 04:04 PM   #162
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Hey man gl with your goals


hand 1 - Super easy fold UTG, really bad hand + you are going to be playing out of position vs multiple players especially at micros where it's more likely to go multi-way

hand 2- seems fine, you can probably c/r turn small / as played raise river vs most fish

hand 3- commented in SSPLO with reasoning - easy fold pre, as played you are always way behind on flop vs lead + a raise so not a great spot. I also feel on flop you are usually ~20% eq vs nuts + a 20% range CO might have - not 30% eq

I agree with a lot of this and I really appreciate the advice! I'm definitely taking your comments to improve my game.

In hand 2 both villains were playing over half the hands so I was thinking if they both have high card hands I'll probably have a good chance of winning a big pot if it flops my way. Unfortunate spot and I definitely should have been tighter OOP. Something I will snug up to fix some leaks.

Once again I really value this feedback. Thanks!
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+1.

I open super snug utg in regards to hand 1. It's an okay hand in PLO8 though.

Yeah hand #1 was just too loose and I played it way too aggro if I think about villains' ranges.
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I appreciate that advice, thanks! I had mixed in some 2-10 tournaments and played probably 10 of them and only cashed once in a $3 for like $9 in 18th I think. I haven't tried to do satellites but I really like that idea. I'll see what's running this week and give it a shot. My work schedule really limits tournament times for me

Yeah, I hear ya. Annoying to have to be chained to your computer for hours for what will usually be very minimal money or nothing at all. Tournaments kinda tilt me because when I log off after losing, it almost doesnt feel like I've even played poker. But somebody who plays 1/2live & can turn $100 into $400++ in cash games will likely be much better than most opponents playing these small buyins
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Old 07-09-2017, 08:54 PM   #165
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What's going on guys?

Before I got home I got pulled over for speeding. Officer claimed I was going 74 in a 60. ****ty part is he was posted between an on ramp and the highway literally RIGHT before the speed limit changed from 60 to 70. Then he had some device and scanned my window and told me they are too dark. I bought the car from some woman who moved here from Florida. It's not like a hot rod or anything, it's a total dad car. Dudes just giving me a hard time. Also I couldn't find my freaking registration paper so he gave me a warning for that, even though I have up to date tags and valid registration.

So I was tilted immediately and was doing my best not to call him a freaking ******* and all that. I mean come on dude. Oh well, I got a $127 ticket for god's sake and a $550 bill for my motorcycle coming up tomorrow since I had some work done on that so it's in good condition to sell.

Anyways, I was pretty stressed out getting home, but I calmed down and got mentally prepared for the session. This is the ultimate tool for me, poker that is. On my good days, I can get lazer focused and tune out all my problems. It's relaxing and exciting at the same time. I know you guys know what I'm talking about for the most part.

I wasn't playing my absolute A game tonight. Probably B - B+ game, but it got the job done. I had some youtube vids going on the side and that was a bit distracting. I usually listen to music on Spotify but that keeps crashing my computer, so I have to find something to substitute.

ONTO THE SESSION

Played for a bit after I got home at 6. Only got 167 hands in tonight 2 tabling PLO5. My strategy is to find the best N/PLO5 games until I get to 400 and then move up to N/PLO10. Conservative BR seems to be what's working so far. Was down early about a stack. Unfortunately, the spewfish wasn't playing tonight. Fortunately, I flopped the nut straight with top set and redraw to nut flush. Got my jam called by top pair with BD straight draw and we held to get back to even. Made some good folds and value bets and ended the sesh up $5.20 at 62 BB/100.

I find it either is a huge BB/100 in the positive or a huge BB/100 in the red in PLO. Luckily, we got the most out of the few strong hands we got.

All in all, I'm looking forward to getting back into the mix tomorrow and having the day off Tuesday. I have plans to play poker with my buddy on Tuesday, but I had to change them a bit. We were going to go to the casino and play 1/2 NLHE, but with all the bills coming up my life roll is taking a bit of a beating and I'm not willing to put a buy in on the table and possibly lose it. Hey, at least that means I'm not a total degen gambling addict, right? lol anyways I think we will play a coupld $10 heads up matches and that's it.

Alright guys, I'm calling it quits for now. Have a good night and run hot everybody!

BR up to $366.84
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What's up guys?

This is going to be a two section post. Section 1 -- update on the day I had and Section 2 -- poker sesh

Section 1 -- Life Update

Previously in this thread I mentioned taking in my motorcycle to get the brakes fixed. The front brake randomly went out on my way to work one day, and it was basically like drifting it everytime I stopped since I had to pretty much lock the back brake to stop. Anyways, it's been over a month and I finally got the call that it was done. I drove to pick it up after work FINALLY and the bill was $632 instead of $550 like they said. Before I paid for it, some employee came up to tell me the guy who called me was wrong and it's not done. I had to hold back so much lol talk about tilt control. It's been a month and I was told it would take 4 days, and then I drive an hour away from home to get it and it's like "oh sorry dude we F----- up again and it's not done"

Anyways, the dude told me he would cut the labor cost (it's $95 / hour of labor which is absurd if you ask me, but I was willing to pay that since they said they could fix it in 4 days and it would take me a lot longer).

So that's the update there.


Section 2 -- Poker Session

TALK ABOUT SWINGS. I played PLO5 tonight and was literally down 8 buy ins within 200 hands. I mean I was getting it in as a 75% favorite each time and got called by crazy hands that literally were no pair w NFD or bottom two pair that turned/rivered trips or boats. It was really frustrating. I mean that's the variance, but seriously man like give me a freaking break.

Anyways, I closed out of most of the tables and got into new games on two tables. After another 300 hands I had made it back to being +$0.92 on the session and quit immediately. I had been playing for 4-5 hours which is almost twice what I have been playing. I just couldn't give up with that. It went against the stop loss, but I knew I had it in me. Final hand that got me into the green was something like this:

I have 4567ds and it's 3 bet pre but I had odds to call with 3 other players to the flop and being in position. My hand was low but each other player was VPIP of 20 or lower and I knew they were sucking on each other's outs. Anyways. Flop comes K56 w 2 of my suits and EP bets $3, MP and CO fold, and I 3 bet to $7 (we had about $25 effective starting the hand) He calls. Turn is 8x and EP jams remaining $10 and I call with the blocker to the 97 straight. He rolls over AAK8 and we hold the baby.

It was nice to hold that monster pot since I had literally 80% of all ins with the best hand when the jam occurred.

I know that <$1 score isn't huge, but I think the rakeback is going to be SWEEEET for today. Not huge, but enough to supplement winning half a buy in.

Overall, I am happy to be done today lol it was a nervewracking session. PLO is not for the faint of heart, I can tell you that. I am exhausted and can barely focus now, so I'm calling it a night. Thanks for reading, and run hot guys!

BR up to $368.43
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Sucks about the the police being an ******* to you, sometimes it seems like they are either super chill or on a personal mission to **** up your day, no in betweens.
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Sucks about the the police being an ******* to you, sometimes it seems like they are either super chill or on a personal mission to **** up your day, no in betweens.
Thanks man and yeah it's like the cops are variance in PLO either on your side or out to completely ruin your day
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What's up guys? Just about wrapping up my session. I deposited a couple bucks to take some tournament shots since I was going to go to the casino/friends place but he flaked out on me and I rarely play tournaments anymore.


Busted in 30th of the 1.50 PLO tournament with 27 getting paid

Busted in 6th of the $15 PLO Hi/Lo with top 5 getting paid

Played the 1500 GTD $3.30 NLHE tournament and entered in the last level. Doubled up first hand with KK holding against AJ. A while later we were down to 17 out of 650+ people and final two tables. I called off half my stack with pocket 6s vs an 8 BB jam who woke up with 7s. Two hands later, I 3 bet jam QQ in MP vs an UTG min raise, gets all in 3 ways. SB had 55 and UTG hand Kings that held up.Made quite a deep run, but was eliminated in 17th place on a $3 pay jump bubble. Cashed for $14.78

I was happy making these deep runs since I don’t normally play tournaments. Overall, still lost on the day.

BR at 348

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What up guys?

Got a quarterly bonus that I totally forgot about today at work. Taking $50 to hop into some upper level micro PLO. Gonna see what happens. I am not going to deposit it until after the session and only will do that if I lose. I think ACR updated their deposit center or something because I haven't had problems depositing the last 2-3 times for tournaments and such. Let's get it!
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Old 07-12-2017, 09:24 PM   #171
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Alright ladies and gents,

So I looked at the lobbies to see what game I should shot take at. I was thinking about going to PLO25, but found a good spot in position on a couple huge stacks and to the right of the short stacks in a PLO100 game. No need for lectures here. I know that there is a chance that I lose it, and that’s that. Like I said in the previous post, this was coming from a bonus check I got from work, so it’s all good by me to see what happens.

I bought in for the table minimum with the plan of playing really tight, especially OOP like a couple of you have recommended earlier, which was advice I should have already been utilizing in the first place. Anyways, I made myself a coffee and decided to go for it. Bought in for $40 and stuck to the gameplan. I won a nice pot early (HAND #1 down below). I decided to hit and run, leaving after one or two more orbits and not really hitting anything.

I wanted to keep playing, of course. I moved down a couple stakes and bought in for the same 40 BBs at a PLO 25 table in a great seat. I doubled up 3 times in about 30 hands (HANDS 2 &3) and stopped that table, as well. On a great run, but I didn’t want to lose that trying to run it up. That’s a lot of money for this challenge!



---HAND HISTORIES---

1) PLO100 big scoop

Winning Poker Network (Yatahay) - $1 PL Hi (6 max) - Omaha Hi - 6 players
Hand converted by PokerTracker 4

SB: 155.68 BB (VPIP: 0.00, PFR: 0.00, 3Bet Preflop: -, Hands: 2)
BB: 152.98 BB (VPIP: 0.00, PFR: 0.00, 3Bet Preflop: -, Hands: 2)
UTG: 50 BB (VPIP: 0.00, PFR: 0.00, 3Bet Preflop: -, Hands: 2)
MP: 194.16 BB (VPIP: 100.00, PFR: 50.00, 3Bet Preflop: -, Hands: 2)
CO: 121.56 BB (VPIP: 50.00, PFR: 50.00, 3Bet Preflop: 100.00, Hands: 2)
Hero (BTN): 38 BB

SB posts SB 0.5 BB, BB posts BB 1 BB

Pre Flop: (pot: 1.5 BB) Hero has J 3 9 A

fold, MP calls 1 BB, CO raises to 4.5 BB, Hero calls 4.5 BB, fold, fold, MP calls 3.5 BB

Flop: (15 BB, 3 players) 3 8 3
MP checks, CO bets 8 BB, Hero raises to 23.12 BB, MP calls 23.12 BB, fold

Turn: (69.24 BB, 2 players) Q
MP bets 16.56 BB, Hero calls 10.38 BB and is all-in

River: (90 BB, 2 players) 2

Spoiler:




We’re on the BTN here, and I see this hand. Not the ultra premium I was looking for, but we are in positon facing a 3 bet from a couple loose players (from what I can tell after a very small sample and what they have rolled over at showdown). I’m thinking “hey I have 2 FDs one nutted, I have potential for straights with high mid and bottom card flops, and I am going to see a flop here”.

I think my 3 bet was wild on the flop, to be honest. A call would most likely keep the other two players in, which was a mistake. That said, I didn’t really want to give free cards here that potentially boat up the other players. I block aces and jacks, but not 8s, Ks, etc.

Turn is not the best card as QQxx gets there, but it does give me the BDSD to add to the hand’s potential. With the pot at $70 and only $10 behind, I am 100% committed regardless. I was happy to see villain’s hand! We scoop a big one.

I definitely could have played this better, but we took it down and got all the chips.




2) PLO25 good read with an “ehh” hand

Winning Poker Network (Yatahay) - $0.25 PL Hi (6 max) - Omaha Hi - 5 players
Hand converted by PokerTracker 4

Hero (CO): 102.84 BB
BTN: 92.72 BB (VPIP: 42.22, PFR: 8.89, 3Bet Preflop: 4.55, Hands: 46)
SB: 151.32 BB (VPIP: 14.29, PFR: 14.29, 3Bet Preflop: 0.00, Hands: 7)
BB: 430.24 BB (VPIP: 14.29, PFR: 14.29, 3Bet Preflop: 0.00, Hands: 7)
UTG: 100 BB

SB posts SB 0.4 BB, BB posts BB 1 BB, UTG posts penalty blind 1 BB

Pre Flop: (pot: 2.4 BB) Hero has T T K 3

UTG checks, Hero calls 1 BB, BTN calls 1 BB, SB calls 0.6 BB, BB raises to 6 BB, fold, Hero calls 5 BB, BTN calls 5 BB, SB calls 5 BB

Flop: (25 BB, 4 players) T 5 Q
SB checks, BB bets 23.76 BB, Hero calls 23.76 BB, fold, fold

Turn: (72.52 BB, 2 players) Q
BB bets 68.92 BB, Hero raises to 73.08 BB and is all-in, BB calls 4.16 BB

River: (218.68 BB, 2 players) 9

Spoiler:



Here is an interesting hand. Once again I want to see a flop with the potential of my 3 cards with one dangler. It limps around until the BB puts in the raise. What hands would do this that want to fold out other hands? AAxx, we block KKxx, we block TTxx so he could have high card hands or low wraps or something. We are getting okay odds to call at 2:1 but I don’t think I am ready to fold this just yet.

Flop is kind of sketchy for us. We flop middle set, but the Q is out there as well as the clubs. At this point I don’t feel like raising since I will be getting called by better hands or big FDs. It’s not good to play scared, but with 3 other players in, I have to assume somebody has clubs here. We face the pot sized raise, and I am just looking to call. I could 3 bet basically all in, but I want to see another card. If it’s a club, I probably fold unless it’s the 5c, which boats me up.

We get it heads up to the turn, which is “rather favorable”. Turn boats us up and makes it less likely we are beat here. Villain probably doesn’t have QQxx since there are two out there, and we are getting value from 55xx or a draw that isn’t ready to give up yet. With an SPR of 1-1 before villain puts me all in, I am not going anywhere. We make the call and get the great news that he is drawing to 4 outs. Thankfully, we fade the ace from space and the remaining 2 queens and take down another nice pot.




3) PLO 25 value bet with a strong read

Winning Poker Network (Yatahay) - $0.25 PL Hi (6 max) - Omaha Hi - 5 players
Hand converted by PokerTracker 4

Hero (BB): 207.76 BB
UTG: 86.72 BB (VPIP: 42.55, PFR: 8.51, 3Bet Preflop: 4.35, Hands: 48)
CO: 143.32 BB (VPIP: 33.33, PFR: 22.22, 3Bet Preflop: 0.00, Hands: 9)
BTN: 327 BB (VPIP: 22.22, PFR: 22.22, 3Bet Preflop: 0.00, Hands: 9)
SB: 101.2 BB (VPIP: 50.00, PFR: 0.00, 3Bet Preflop: 0.00, Hands: 2)

SB posts SB 0.4 BB, Hero posts BB 1 BB

Pre Flop: (pot: 1.4 BB) Hero has Q Q 4 A

fold, fold, fold, SB raises to 3 BB, Hero raises to 8 BB, SB calls 5 BB

Flop: (16 BB, 2 players) 6 2 2
SB checks, Hero checks

Turn: (16 BB, 2 players) 8
SB checks, Hero bets 9 BB, SB calls 9 BB

River: (34 BB, 2 players) 8
SB checks, Hero bets 16.16 BB, SB calls 16.16 BB

Spoiler:




Looking at a pretty solid hand that is paired, BDNFD potential, and High and Lo Straight potential, I am ready to get into the mix even in the BB here. I decide to 3 bet villains open from the SB looking to scoop the pot here or play against a hand he might try to steal with. Flop is not the greatest, so we check it through. That let’s me know he doesn’t really have the set of 2s here since he would most likely want to charge FDs, unless he had one himself.

Turn is basically a blank, and we try to take down the pot here after he checks it to us again. We get called, and see another 8 on the river. He checks once more. I am thinking this is a polarizing check. I have bet the turn and will most likely bet again if he checks (is what I think he is thinking). If he had an 8 I expect him to be raising me on the turn or firing on the river. I have ruled out him having a boat here. I block aces and think he would have 3 bet me pre if he had them or if he had KKxx. After going into the time bank, I decide I have the best hand and fire a value bet of just under half pot. He deliberates for about 3 seconds and calls. His cards go into the muck and we set a nice table image for our self as well as scooping a decent sized pot.




After these brief shots, I decided to conserve the wins and hop back down to regular stakes for us. Got into an NLO5 and NLO2 game, didn’t run as well there and lost about $10 total. Overall +$82 on the day and no deposit necessary. Good day for us guys! I will be updating my challenge goals/plan in the next day or two.

Thanks for sticking with me and getting to the end of the post guys! GL out there!

BR at $433.65
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Old 07-13-2017, 10:30 AM   #172
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Not a bad day. I think the A9J3ds is pretty standard otb, btw.
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Hey guys,

Funny start to the session today. I opened up ACR and clicked the first NL10 game I found with 5 players seated. First hand in and I was in BB already getting dealt. I looked down at 9-2 off and was waiting for the rest of my cards while looking at my rakeback chart and then realized it was a holdem table. LOL for me right haha I played an orbit and stacked somebody with a gutter and BD K high FD and hit it on the river. Pretty funny scenario in my opinion, but hey we started the session up $3.50 or something like that so it was a good beginning.

I was reading through some posts on here in the psychology page and was seeing people recommend caffeine pills for their focus during long sessions. It isn’t a fix to focus issues long term, but it is something that can help for a day or two. I saw some at the store while I was getting groceries this morning and decided to give one a shot. It’s kicking in right about now as I literally just sat down 5 minutes ago and played 6 hands at the HE table mentioned in the previous paragraph. Not sure if it’s placebo or actually working, but I feel pretty focused. Let’s get some actual PLO hands in now!

Started off quite poorly. 4 situations I got it in on the flop with a set vs flush draw and each time the flush card spiked on the river. And that was just the first hour. I later got it in on the flop of J65 rainbow with JJ65 DS and got called by a guy in EP with A234 and hit the straight on the river. Got AATT in on the flop of AT9 against 9986 and the dude rivers quads.

Literally the worst run of my life today. Lost 7 BIs at PLO10. I played well up until the end and I was just so tilted I quit the session. So freaking annoying. Literally every hand where I flopped the nuts or a set and it was 2 card flush it and we got it in the flush came and I lost every pot. I just can’t believe it man like are you kidding me? Pretty much lost everything I made yesterday in the shot taking. I am at a loss for words. This marks the biggest downswing of both the challenge and my online poker history. So frustrating. I mean these kids were calling me off with no pair and just Q high flush draw or gutshot + FD and spiking it on the river each and every time without fail. Sorry for the vent but I can’t even explain the tilt right now. Possibly posting hands later. And of course back down to PLO5 again. For ****s sake.

BR down to 358.
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Hey guys,

I really appreciate all those who have stuck with me this far. I am going to start a new thread in Goals and Challenges for the next chunk of this challenge. This is to give myself a somewhat fresh start and layout the new plan for the future. I hope to see you guys over there!

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