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Old 01-07-2018, 05:20 PM   #401
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Re: Talking my shot at becoming a live pro.

Alright got in two hours of online play on saturday and finished up $13. I know I'm truly a 5NL crusher. Looking forward to getting getting the fully hand history later since ignition lets you see your opponent's hole cards.

I'm back at Hammond today, man poker is frustrating out here; I miss Vegas. You can't call ahead here for 1/2 or 2/5 so you can end up waiting for a while for a table. So after waiting for a while I found myself on the top of the list and was looking forward to getting started. I check back 15 minutes later to find I'm 4th on the list. Apparently if you are a diamond member you get to skip over the gold and platinum members on the waiting list. That seems pretty ****ed up. I've been waiting for a table for about 45 minutes at this point...ill have to check how far I am from being diamond although I'll feel dirty for skipping over people. I guess I'll get used to it. I have to admit when I do online order from chipotle and skip the long ass line I do feel like a baller VIP.

I might give Elgin and Hollywood Aurora more of a chance, it's just hard for me to not be able to ever use headphones or look at my phone for a 8-10 hour session. I'm not the guy who sits on Netflix all day but at the same time if I'm card dead and no one is talking at the table I need the occasional distraction. Rake also sucks there but with the money I save on gas and tolls for shorter sessions it probably evens out.
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Old 01-07-2018, 05:33 PM   #402
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I hate on Hammond but this action....

First hand:

Limp limp limp open to $10 three calls.

Flop: 68T

First limper donks what he later says was a ten for $25. The third limper who has AKcc calls, the PFR calls with A7hh.

Turn Q.

Donk bettor checks, AK jams for $65, PFR calls, donk bettor folds.

I'm not sure if it's a sample size thing or I'm just better now but the games have seen so so soft since I've been back.
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Old 01-07-2018, 06:07 PM   #403
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Played the following hand online and faced an interesting river spot. I think I screwed up due to playing 6 tables at once and/or I just ****ed up.

Hero opens the HJ to .15 with AQ, HJ and BB call. Flop: A92 r. BB donks for .35 I call and HJ calls.

Turn is an offsuit 5.

Pot1.50

BB checks. I bet about $ 1.10, HJ calls Bb folds.

Pot: $3.60.

River is an offsuit 8.

So he had about $3.50 behind at this point. I think the plan has to be to bet small and fold, shove, or check fold. I opted for the clear worst option, he bet $2.20 and I called. My thought process was this is the type of board he might slow play, if he has worse he might not call anyway, I better check.

Yea, obviously a bad thought process. I think that he's rarely bluffing on this runout so I'm basically just allowing him to play his range perfectly against me. If he has two pair or a set I'm going to pay off most bet sizes, and if he has a weak ace I'm missing value by letting him check back.

Luckily he had AT...
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Old 01-07-2018, 07:30 PM   #404
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Got into a bit of a weird spot and maybe should have considered a slowplay, I'll have to think about it.

H1:

V1 is a 20's Asian. $120 Seems like an average rec, knows some of the basics but saw him make a couple weird calls.

V2 seems like a bad loose passive rec but haven't seen him showdown much. $85


Straddle is on but no one sees it because we are talking. V1 limps UTG, I call with 22 in the HJ, V2 flats the SB. Straddle is announced. We all call and straddle checks.

Flop: J42r.

Pot$20
SB and straddle check, v1 bets $7. I call. I kinda hate flatting for this price but we arent deep and this texture is very dry and I don't have an aggressive image. V2 now check raises to $40, v1 flats and it's back to me. V2 has $40 remaining and v1 has $75.

Thoughts? I opted to shove. It was hard for me to see v1 putting in the call for $40 and then folding if he has a jack. The board pairing or an overcard could kill my action. Then again, what the hell am I supposed to have when I shove here that he beats?

Anyway, V2 called with J6...v1 folds an unknown hand.

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Old 01-07-2018, 08:11 PM   #405
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H2: Ugh.

Think I made the right decision but the run bad continues.

Straddle, donk opens to $10 in the HJ. He spazzes badly post so I flat 99 in the CO. Button Bb and straddle call. Definitely considered a 3 bet but had seen the guy fold to 3 bets and limp fold and thought playing a flop against him would be very profitable, especially since we were both $450 deep.

Pot:$50

Flop:345r.

Straddle leads for $20, he has $40 behind, spewy guy calls, I raise to $60 straddle calls and is all in, spewy guy folds.

Straddle shows 52. Turn 2. River 8.

Given the way spewy guy plays I feel pretty comfortable I could raise fold so I can get max value by raising, protect my hand, and the donk bettor isn't deep so if he has a monster it's whatever.

The good news is there is a spewy fish on a heater on my right. Hes definitely on winner's tilt to, he's limp calling hands like K6o now and just thinks he can't lose a pot.

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Old 01-07-2018, 09:19 PM   #406
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Re: Talking my shot at becoming a live pro.

Why shove when money will go in on the turn anyway?
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Old 01-07-2018, 10:10 PM   #407
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Why shove when money will go in on the turn anyway?
Thought hands like the J6 etc might fold some Q/K/A high turns or turn cards that paired the board and figured their folding frequency with 40 or 70 to win over $200 was pretty low. Mistakes were made. Maybe I could find a justification if I was first to act but I would've been last to act on the turn so I would've been able to make sure a bet went in.
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Old 01-07-2018, 11:42 PM   #408
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H3: Thin value and snap calls.

Not a big pot but was happy with how I played it given these particular villains.

A few limps including the spewy guy. I decide to complete with KQo in the sb and bb checks. We go 4 to the flop.

Flop: AK6r. Checks around. Don't think very many aces are ever getting checked here by these villains.

Turn: 9 bring a flush draw.

I bet $10 into $8 and just spewy button calls.

River: offsuit 4. I'm very confident I have the best hand here but given how insanely wide he is on the turn I think he has more air than made hands that will call a bet. I check, he bets $20, I snap and he mucks.

Up about $80 or so. Could possibly be up another $70 if I flat the 22. Other than that though I've definitely been playing well and making good decisions. I've ranges people correctly, gone for thin value, and took bluff catching lines on the river when my opponents did in fact have missed draws. If I won that 99 flip would be having a good session. Still waiting for some big hands, been mostly card dead. I did have Queens twice, once I correctly folded on an A high board and once I correctly called called two bets with them on an A high board.

The table isn't great anymore, might do some 2/5.

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Old 01-08-2018, 12:50 AM   #409
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Alright well the trend continues, run poorly at 1/2 and well at 2/5. I lose about $60 hitting a few marginal hands but having to fold. Then I open AKo in the CO, sb flats, crazy guy in BB makes it $50 with $150 behind. I shove and BB calls. I win on a K-J-T-7-7 board. He says he had 99 but I've seen him 3 bet T5o so who knows.
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Old 01-08-2018, 02:44 AM   #410
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Haven't caught any hands but it still amazes me how soft 2/5 is here. I'm just sitting here watching horrific play, a whale into the game for $3,000, and someone doing his best to get the whale to leave and insulting him.

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Old 01-08-2018, 04:41 AM   #411
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Haven't caught any hands but it still amazes me how soft 2/5 is here. I'm just sitting here watching horrific play, a whale into the game for $3,000, and someone doing his best to get the whale to leave and insulting him.


Absolutely nothing worse than supposed regs doing this, not only is it just awful manners but it just kills their bottom line.


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Old 01-08-2018, 05:14 AM   #412
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Long day but with a whale at 2/5 decided to stay a little late. 11.5 hours played, up $515. Finished up $75 after 7.5 hours of 1/2 and won the rest at 2/5. In general I think I played well today, I have a couple of spots that were close that I'll have to study.

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Old 01-08-2018, 05:24 AM   #413
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Absolutely nothing worse than supposed regs doing this, not only is it just awful manners but it just kills their bottom line.


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Reg was annoyed because the whale bluffed him a couple times then kept talking about how he bluffed him. Reg started ****ting on the guy about how bad he plays and how much money he is losing.

And to put in perspective how much this guy was donating, the whale donk bet A6 against me for $230, almost double pot, on 863r-J after I raised flop, you don't tap the glass! He also checked a Q river so it wasn't part of some plan to turn his hand into a bluff, he was just clicking buttons. He was also doing random stuff like 3 betting T5o etc.

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Old 01-09-2018, 03:01 AM   #414
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Results: 10 hours played up $425 playing at Elgin. I definitely have some interesting hands to post when I get back. Played at a weird table with 3 crushers, two nits and a whale which led to some weird dynamics. Also threw in what I think was a well timed limp reraise.

Played 1 hour of 1/2, first 30 min were good, people were shortstacked but the play was horrific. Then all the action fish left and it was a bunch of nits with $100 stacks. Got coolered a couple times and finished down $75 at the 1/2 while waiting for 2/5.

Spent most of the day down at 2/5. I attacked what I thought were weak ranges with 3 bets for thin value as well was 3 bet bluffs. That's preflop aggression is something I've been incorporating more and more into my game and I seem to be picking my spots well. Lost most of my money missing a lot of flops, but I didn't over cbet and just spew so was able to keep those losses to a minimum. Then I hit a few marginal hands, and took down a big pot with aces to make it a profitable day.

Will post some hands when I get back tonight or tomorrow before I go play.
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Old 01-09-2018, 04:17 PM   #415
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2/5 live. Bluff jamming turns and limp reraising aces.

H1: Pls fold.

V1 is a bad loose rec ($400)
V2 ($500) is a rec who I've seen squeeze a decent amount, I don't know if he's just always had it or not. He can definitely make very exploitative folds. I saw him fold 66 on QJ-6-9 double suited after the flop checked through.
Hero (covers) probably has a tight image which one person has commented on. I've been raising just as many pots as everyone else, I just don't limp 9-4...

V1 limps in the LJ, I make it $25 in the HJ with AcQc, v2 raises the CO to $55, v1 folds and I call. I felt this was more of a I have tens and don't want a 5 way flop kind of raise but I don't know.

Flop: Jd7c3c.

Pot: $115.

Hero checks, villain bets $60, hero calls.

Turn: 8s.

Pot: $335

Hero checks, villain bets $90, hero shoves for $300. Villain folds.

H2: Channneling my inner OMC.

V4 raises about 90-95% of his straddles. We've been playing for 4-5 hours and a lot of that has been six handed. He seems to be excellent post flop. V1 is on tilt and very likely to rip it in here for his remaining $150. Table is very loose passive aside from V1 and V4.

I have about $650, straddle has about $600.

V4 straddles, hero limps AhAd UTG+1, V2 folds, V2 calls, v3 calls, v4 in the straddle makes it $65, it's back to me. Thoughts on sizing here? I try to make it $165, v2 went all in for less and v4 called.

We see a flop of Q62r.

Hero continues for $90 into a side pot of $30. Villain calls.

Turn is a Q. Villain checks and hero checks.

River is a 3.

Villain bets $150. I call and villain tells me I'm good. I didn't make him show and I flip my hand and take down the pot.
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Old 01-09-2018, 06:58 PM   #416
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In an all old man coffee 2/5 right now.

H1. Out nitting the nit and folding pre.

Hero is new to table and game is full of old nitty looking guys. Limp, Nitty looking really old guy with $250 makes it $25. Limper asks him what he's doing in a way to suggest this guy doesn't do much raising. One call. I look down at AQdd in the SB and let it go. For this size and at this stack depth at best calling is going to be marginally plus EV and there's a good chance I'm just lighting it on fire.

Flop comes down Q73 two hearts He bets. Everyone folds and he shows KK. My suspicions were later confirmed when I saw him min open twice with non nutted hands.

H2: +2, the only other guy under 70, limps TT, I open KQ to 20 in the CO, button flats AKs...

Going to have to figure out how to exploit this. I guess I'll try to see cheap flops with hands that can make the nuts and bet small on boards that brick their range.
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Old 01-09-2018, 09:09 PM   #417
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If they're limping tens and not reraising AK, it just makes it more difficult to narrow their range. What are you seeing at the bottom of said players limping ranges?
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Old 01-09-2018, 11:16 PM   #418
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If they're limping tens and not reraising AK, it just makes it more difficult to narrow their range. What are you seeing at the bottom of said players limping ranges?
From middle position hands like 78s, suited broadway, KQo, 22, AJo
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Old 01-09-2018, 11:36 PM   #419
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Rough start to the day, down about $350 right now. Table was really nitty and I was able to push people around a bit but I my value hands keep running into bigger value hands. I've mostly been able to get away from them correctly. I did light $60 on fire by calling a nit's essentially min raise with AQ on KK-T-J after he flatted pre out of the blinds and the flop checked through. River was a J and he bombed it. Just wasn't thinking.

On the positive side, 3 bet bluffing has been absolutely printing money for me these last few weeks, I think I'm picking my spots well and probably also running well to run into the bottom of their ranges.
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Old 01-09-2018, 11:52 PM   #420
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A whale has entered the game?

Pretty sick beat I just saw:

V1 opens to $10 UTg+1. V2, a good aggressive reg makes it $35 OTB. V1 makes it $110, v2 shoves for maybe $550 total, v1 takes about one second then snap calls.

V2 flips over AsAc

Board: Qh-Jh-4s-9h-5s.

V1 flips over AThh for the straight flush.

Right before this v2 lost AT v AK on AT4
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Old 01-10-2018, 12:19 AM   #421
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Alright. 5 hours played down $451. Time to call it a day. Lost $80 at the end running the wheel into a bigger straight. Just not my day... could've probably lost $100 less over the course of the day but basically just ran into coolers all day and lost the minimum.
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Old 01-11-2018, 05:41 AM   #422
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I can offer some humble suggestions to you.
Only play every other day - this keeps your mind much more fresh and you can see things and have the energy to make bluffs or reads that you otherwise would never be able to. You have more patience too.
On your days off keep your mind very active just not on poker, read new books, learn new subjects, write, try new things.
always workout.

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Old 01-11-2018, 06:44 AM   #423
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I can offer some humble suggestions to you.
Only play every other day - this keeps your mind much more fresh and you can see things and have the energy to make bluffs or reads that you otherwise would never be able to. You have more patience too.
On your days off keep your mind very active just not on poker, read new books, learn new subjects, write, try new things.
always workout.
Meh, not a great idea if you're aspiring to be a pro. Absolutely must work Friday and Saturday and imo if you played every other day you'd really struggle to get solid volume in unless you were playing 10-12 hour sessions and those should generally be avoided.
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Old 01-11-2018, 06:21 PM   #424
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Get rich or die trying update: Alright so I'm 15 days into my ultimatum (again discounting time home over Christmas which also excludes my profitable session at Parx) during which I've played 123 hours and I'm up about $3,039 for an hourly of $24.7 Not too shabby especially since I took a weekend off with my wife coming home.

I'm completely exhausted today, I have to be better about my sleep and exercise because I just feel drained. Luckily I picked up some earplugs which should help me deal with my cat who, while I'm flattered that she really missed me, needs to stop trying to wake me up at 6 AM after I've been playing until 2:00. Even after I feed her she still tries to wake me up because apparently she needs constant attention.

I wouldn't mind playing today and will defintiely play online and study, but I'm not going to chance a 1.5 hour drive home on little sleep and icy roads.
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A whale has entered the game?

Pretty sick beat I just saw:

V1 opens to $10 UTg+1. V2, a good aggressive reg makes it $35 OTB. V1 makes it $110, v2 shoves for maybe $550 total, v1 takes about one second then snap calls.

V2 flips over AsAc

Board: Qh-Jh-4s-9h-5s.

V1 flips over AThh for the straight flush.

Right before this v2 lost AT v AK on AT4
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