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Old 02-02-2018, 09:42 PM   #526
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Re: Talking my shot at becoming a live pro.

Haven't added everything up yet but just eyeballing my post ultimatum/ 12/20 results, things look good. I feel like I've been playing well too, I've been working fairly hard given the insane commute, putting in some study time before sleep, things have been going well. It looks like I'll be adding two legal clients for part time work so that should help ease the pressure on me as I move up full time to 2/5.

I'm considering a two week trip to Vegas for March Madness. I found a decent place for cheap within walking distance of the strip and between that and the flight it wouldn't be more expensive than driving to Hammond every day. The games were absolutely insane in Vegas last year during march madness so it might be worthwhile.
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Old 02-02-2018, 10:08 PM   #527
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The run good is real.

H1: flopping quads and getting paid.

A couple of limps, hero limps A6ss OTB.

Flop: AAA. Rainbow just in case you were wondering.

Reasonable flop.

BB leads for $5, call. I call. Considered clicking it back to induce the spazzy BB but decided slowplaying gives him more rope to spazz.

Turn 6.

Ccc.

Again considered a bet to get some value out of small pocket pairs and K high but opted to check. In a more passive lineup I definitely like a bet.

River K. No flush on board.

Bb leads for 15, other villain raises to $30. I decide to make it $80 BB folds and other villain calls with a K.
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Old 02-02-2018, 10:13 PM   #528
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H2: Hero again flops the nuts and faces a lead.

Two limps, hero makes it $12 OTB with KTdd. Main villain ($200 stack) was first limper, limped from the LJ, and is some kind of passive rec.

Limpers and BB calls.

Flop: AdQd3d.

BB checks, villain leads for $15. Other limper folds and it's on to hero. Hero?
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Old 02-03-2018, 12:41 AM   #529
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Re: Talking my shot at becoming a live pro.

1/2 game was good but not amazing and I need some more 2/5 hours so decided to change it up. The 2/5 game is surprisingly bad tonight though. The lineup is one clearly bad rec, one rec who is too lagy but not terrible, he’s unfortunately on my direct left, two solid players and three old nits. Getting dinner now, might table change when I get back.
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Old 02-03-2018, 01:04 AM   #530
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Damn was watching some LATB during my dinner break and Gman just 5 bet jammed Q8s out of the straddle for 38k over a 6.5k 4 bet from I believe the CO. That man has some gamble in him. Unfortunately he ran into QQ.
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Old 02-03-2018, 02:47 AM   #531
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Results: 7 hours played up $175. 5 hours at 1/2 up $95 2 hours at 2/5 up $80. Took a bunch of bad beats to end the night so going to call it on the earlier side.

I think I left about $100 on the table tonight, a few too many errors but not a bad day.

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Old 02-06-2018, 07:25 PM   #532
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Took an extra day off to prep for this interview but I’m back at it today. Have an early flight so probably won’t be a long session. Going to have to make up for it with a couple big sessions on Friday and Saturday.

Off to a bit of an unfortunate start. Late 60’s guy on my left is pretty new to table, has only been showing down winners for his first 30 min.

H1: letting go of flopped top two.

A few limps including old guy in sb and I check J7dd in the BB.

Pot:11

J73r flop. I lead out for 10 and get two calls.

Turn is a Tc bringing a bd flush draw. Not my favorite card but it’s fine. I continue for $30 into $40 and just the old guy in the sb calls.

Pot:$100.

River offsuit 9.
Now he leads for $60. I opt for a fold. Not sure what I can beat here unless he’s blocker betting QJ, KJ, AJ which seems unlikely.
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Old 02-06-2018, 08:37 PM   #533
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H2: Calling a small 3 barrel with second pair.

Villain is super loose agro, Rest of the table is super passive and I doubt they are even squeezing AK, already saw KK limped and QQ flatted. I have $350 and villain covers.

Villain opens to $6 pre from UTG+1 he’s going bigger with his strong value. I’m in the LJ with QJcc and make the call. I want to play pots with him, let him keep the initiative and keep his range wide. Button and BB call.

Flop:Ac Qd Tc.

Villain continues for $12 and I opt to call. He likes to bet a really weak range that includes bottom pair and he has a ton of bluffs. I could raise for value against Ax but against this villain I think flatting is going to be more profitable.

Turn is an offsuit 3 and be bets $30 and I make the call.

River is an offsuit 9 and he bets $45

Against this villain and getting such a good price I make the call and win against Kc7s.
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Old 02-06-2018, 10:30 PM   #534
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Agro whale is absolutely crushing the table. He plays super wide and bluffs small and then absolutely shovels money in the pot when he has it and people pay him off.
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Old 02-06-2018, 11:07 PM   #535
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5 hours played up $184. Really happy with my play today, I wouldn’t change how I played any of my hands, although admittedly I was only in about 3 tough spots but I know for sure I got two of them right. The only possible hand I could’ve played differently was the whale opened the HJ over two limps and I flatted ATs OTB. I think flatting is fine though given his leak is overbluffig and overplaying one pair.

It’s a damn shame there is going to be a snowstorm and I have to cut this session short. Game is really good. Also, just saw someone limp, a guy opened to $16 and then the guy limp jammed for $459 lol. 2 of the aces were dead

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Old 02-08-2018, 02:57 AM   #536
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Re: Talking my shot at becoming a live pro.

Results update post 12/20:

Hours: ~240
Profit: ~$6,000

Definitely a good stretch considering almost all of the hours were at 1/2 or 1/3. I just have to keep working on my game and pushing myself so I can successfully move up to 2/5. Can’t wait to get out and play Friday and Saturday. I decided to book a room through air bnb for Friday night so I can get in plenty of hours this weekend.

In terms of my cards I think I ran average or below average the first few weeks but in the last two weeks I’ve definitely run well. I have also been lucky in that I’ve been in just a crazy amount of soft/spewy games recently. I do table change a decent amount if the game is bad, and I always try to keep the whales entertained, but I have been very fortunate with the tables I’ve been getting.

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Old 02-09-2018, 05:22 PM   #537
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1/3 live.

H1: ****ty river spot but folding seems crazy.

Old guy limps QT, hero makes it $15 with ATdd from +2, relatively unknown MAWG calls from the CO.

Pot:$45

Flop Ts2s5h.

Old guy donks for $25 call, call.

Pot:115

Turn: 3d.

Old guy bets $30 call, call.

Pot:205

River Ah. OMC bets $40, I call, CO raises to $120. Old guy folds.

I mean I feel like this is a straight so often, but I’m getting such a good price and I’m pretty under-repped here and could be folding to an ace that just made two pair or the occasional missed flush draw. Anyway, I make the call and he shows 47 for the straight.

It was a pretty tight just call on the river against the first bet, maybe I should have raised the initial bet by the old guy anyway.

H2: What to do with AA here?

Open to $10, call, hero makes it $45 OTB with AhAd in the SB. first villain calls. Villain is unknown late 30’s guy. Seems on the gambly side but he’s only been playing for an orbit so who knows.

Flop: KsJsTd.

Pot:100

Villain has $200 behind.

Hero???

Not running well so far but a whale waiting for a PLO game was kind enough to donate to me so up $200 so far.

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Old 02-09-2018, 06:41 PM   #538
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Re: Talking my shot at becoming a live pro.

Non-Poker Update:

I got the job, should be pretty busy at first but long term it’s just a 5-10 hour a week commitment. I have a good relationship with the CEO, I can work remotely, and it’s something for me to put on my resume if poker doesn’t work out. Overall it’s seems like it’s going to be a really great opportunity and won’t stop me from playing poker full time.

Wife finished her interviews, looks like I’m going to be following to her to one of the follow four locations in order of likelyhood:

1. Tampa
2. Palo Alto
3. Baltimore
4 Phoenix.

Pretty good poker locations with Phoenix probably being the worst. I don’t know a ton about Bay 101 near Palo Alto but it’s one of the wealthier areas in the country and the 2/3/5 game is $2000 max so that’s probably pretty good. They also have a 5/10/10 game that is $25,000 max. Wow.

I’ll find out where she’s going later this month and will be moving by the start of July.
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Old 02-09-2018, 07:32 PM   #539
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I never know if these types of tables are worth changing out of. Almost everyone is very very nitty, everyone is incredibly passive and plays face up. Stacks are deep enough to barrel with most players having at least $500. On the one hand it’s going to be hard to clean up, on the other hand I can probably exploit the table pretty well for a low variance profit.
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Old 02-10-2018, 01:00 AM   #540
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Did really well at the last table but after an aggressive 5/10 reg sat down on my direct left, and with the game being so nitty, decided to table change.

Never seen such polar opposite tables in the same place on the same night. Average stack at the new table is probably 1.5-2k and everyone is straddling. Average pot size is probably like $250.
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Old 02-10-2018, 01:51 AM   #541
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Results: 10 hours played up $890. Played 8 hours at the super nitty table and finished up $750 there. Played two hours at the crazy table and finished up $140 there. Decided after two hours I was gonna call it a night on the earlier side and lock up the win. If it were a normal game I might have played another hour but no reason to risk it when I’m not at my sharpest.

Ran very well and overall I was happy with how I played.
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Old 02-10-2018, 02:23 AM   #542
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Re: Talking my shot at becoming a live pro.

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Originally Posted by Badreg2017 View Post
Non-Poker Update:

I got the job, should be pretty busy at first but long term itís just a 5-10 hour a week commitment. I have a good relationship with the CEO, I can work remotely, and itís something for me to put on my resume if poker doesnít work out. Overall itís seems like itís going to be a really great opportunity and wonít stop me from playing poker full time.

Wife finished her interviews, looks like Iím going to be following to her to one of the follow four locations in order of likelyhood:

1. Tampa
2. Palo Alto
3. Baltimore
4 Phoenix.

Pretty good poker locations with Phoenix probably being the worst. I donít know a ton about Bay 101 near Palo Alto but itís one of the wealthier areas in the country and the 2/3/5 game is $2000 max so thatís probably pretty good. They also have a 5/10/10 game that is $25,000 max. Wow.

Iíll find out where sheís going later this month and will be moving by the start of July.
congrats on the job! always good to keep options open
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Old 02-10-2018, 02:35 AM   #543
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congrats on the job! always good to keep options open
Thanks! As much as I would love for poker to work, I know I need a backup plan.
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Old 02-10-2018, 05:48 PM   #544
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Now I remember why I under bluff. barreled a KQ7-T-4 board when the 10 completes the flush after I 3 bet pre and got called by AQ no hearts.

Just a bad play by me though, it’s not like yesterday where people were making outrageous folds. Kinda frustrating between not catching hands and getting called down there in a spot where he’s basically never good but oh well.

Down about $100 so far today, running very poorly in addition to that I’ll timed bluff.
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Old 02-10-2018, 07:38 PM   #545
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H1: How to play the turn here?

Hero is brand new to table.

Hero opens AKo to $12 from UTG+2, HJ, CO and Button call.

Flop: KT8r.

Pot:48

Hero bets $30 and the HJ and CO call.

Turn is an offsuit 4.

Pot:$140

Considered checking turn but bet $70, HJ folds and CO raises to $220 with $150 behind. Hero folds.

I feel pretty comfortable folding here without a history on the villain. I think I’m missing too much value by not betting turn so overall I think it’s fine...
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Old 02-10-2018, 08:19 PM   #546
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Results: 7 hours played down $232.

Ran horrendously including an overpair into a set to end the day. Couldn’t catch any hands. Today was also the first day in a while where I wasn’t happy with my decision overall.

Anyway I fly back to Chicago on Tuesday and will be back to playing on Thursday.
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Old 02-12-2018, 11:16 AM   #547
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I know it’s just a cooler considering the price I’m getting, but I just feel like such a fish.

H2: villain limps the HJ, CO nit opens to $12, button calls, hero makes it $50 in the BB with QhQs HJ and CO call.

Pot:$160

Flop: Jd9h5h.
Hero continues for $90 HJ jams for $220 CO folds.

Hero thinks: “did this mother ****er really limp call $50 with 55”. I block some draws and hearts but even if he’s just shoving 55 and and AJhh I have the right price. Even if he only has 55 I have 16% and I need like 22%.

Unfortunately he did in fact call limp call for $50 with 55.
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Old 02-15-2018, 07:28 PM   #548
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Not a good start to the session. 2 hours in down 120. Got it in for $70 with JJ vs AT and lost which was unfortunate. The action was open to $10 UTG by fairly nitty guy, call. I called from the HJ, button calls and Bb who is a bad rec jams for $70. Folds to me and I call.

Other than that just been bleeding a few dollars here and there no real hands or decisions to make. Going to check into my air bnb and then I have some legal work to do so I don’t know if I’m going to make it back to the casino tonight.
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Old 02-15-2018, 08:44 PM   #549
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Maybe these hands are all above my level, maybe they are purely exploitative, maybe these are just a few crazy outliers that he posts for giggles, but I was reading OTB ReadBarron’s Zoom thread the other day and some of it just looks like successful button clicking and spew:https://forumserver.twoplustwo.com/1...lenge-1245943/

Most of the button clicking seems to come from his opponents but then he has hands like this lol:

100 BB’s deep. 2/5 Zoom.

Villain opens in the SB to $10, hero flats the BB with J5ss.

Flop: Ks7c3h

Villain bets $15, hero calls .

Turn: 4d.
Villain bets $38 into 50 and hero calls with a gutshot.

River 3c.

Pot: 125

Villain bets 100, hero shoves for $400, villain folds.

Maybe the 3 pairing is better for his range so he thought **** it? Maybe since it’s a flop without a lot of natural bluffs he just picks random **** to float with?

I guess without knowing the opponent and the population I can’t say anything, it’s just funny to read some of these hands when if you removed the names and amounts I would guess they were 5NL hands.

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Old 02-16-2018, 12:54 AM   #550
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Did a little 5 NL while I was taking a break from my work, had the following hand:

$5 effective

HJ opens to .10
CO call
Hero makes it .40 with JsJh and both HJ and CO call.

Pot: $1.20

Flop: 2-3-6 all spades.

HJ donks for .40, CO folds. I considered a raise but opted to call. I feel like this is a hand like 88 a lot but I think there are enough nutted hands here to make raising questionable. Even if he does have a hand like 88, it might not call a raise anyway, and a hand like AsTx is almost flipping so I'm not giving up a ton of value by flatting.

Turn and river go offsuit Q offsuit K check check. Guy shows Q9dd.

Lol.

I also 5 bet AKo in the BB v a SB open and he 6 bet jammed with A5o. 5 NL is fun.

Probably made an error in this hand:

Villain opens LJ to .15, hero flats button with KQss.

$13 effective

Flop: Js7s5h

Pot: $.30

Villain bets .2, hero raises to .6, villain calls.

Turn was an offsuit T

Pot: $1.50

Villain checked. I opted to bet. I think I should just check back here even though I picked up an open ender. I actually lost equity on this card against AJ and AA and it's not a card I expect those hands to fold very often. River cards that will get me a fold are cards that make my hand anyway. Maybe if he had opened from a later position this is fine, but his UTG range is not going to have as many weak jacks and draws that will call flop and fold turn.
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