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Old 10-20-2017, 02:17 AM   #101
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10/18

-7 hours played up $80. Got stacked for $280 with KK vs AA early in the session. Luckily ran into a guy who was just barreling off with middle pair and I caught top pair a few times.

10/19

5 hours played down $135

I'll start with the one hand where I won a pot of over $50

Hand 1: deuces never looses

Main villain is a bad lag who raises hands like K7s UTG. I think his limping range is going to be really weak.

Bad lag limps, hero makes it 15 on the button with A2cc and Bb and villain call.

Flop:Jd7c2d

Pot:40

Villain donks for $20 I call and BB calls.

Turn As

Pot:$100

Villain bets $60
Hero calls. Bb folds.

River Kd
Pot:$ 220

He checks. I felt like he has a missed draw here super often. Maybe a jack. I actually only bet $60 and he folded quickly.


Another tough day. Notwithstanding the above hand I mostly played pretty tight. The few times I exploitatively opened up my range it worked out fairly well.

No premium hands other than AK where I took it down over some limps. I had 99 three times. Once I 3 bet pre and took it down. Once I hit bottom set on QT9 and he folded flop. The last time I got a bad board 3 ways and check folded.

I had AQ a few times but missed every flop.

I got a little lucky/unlucky when I flopped top pair with KJ and a spewtard called flop, and another guy called flop. Spewtard bet tiny on the turn and then check backed on the river with 2-3 when he hit two pair in the turn. Only lost $60 postflop with $45 in the pot going into the flop. I was calling any reasonable sized river bet.

Hand 2: when checking to induce goes wrong.

I open QJdd in the LJ to $12 and agro CO calls. He only had like $70 to start the hand.

Flop: Q83r one diamond.

I usually bet here but I noticed he was betting a ton when checked to. I check he checks it back.

Turn 7d

Pot: $24

I bet 15 and he calls.

River: 3.

Pot: $54

I bet $20 and he raises all in to $45 total. I call and lose to A3. I actually really thought it might be a 3 given his flop check back but I would expect him to throw in his last bit of money with a lot of queens and I'm calling $25 to win $120.

I mean, there is a chance he wasn't folding even if I bet flop and turn anyway so maybe it didn't matter.
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Old 10-21-2017, 05:17 AM   #102
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At least I'm getting numb to it. Card dead all night. Up about $100 playing at an insanely juicy table.

Open UTG to $25 by a guy with K6cc. 5 people call. I rip it in for $300 with AK in the BB.

Folds to whale. Whale flips a coin. Heads he calls, tails he folds. It's heads, whale calls.

Queen on the river. Hero loses.

So I've had 6 preflop all ins so far on this trip:

TT v KK v KQ loss
TT v77v 54 loss
QQ v 55 loss.
88 v 89 loss.
TT v 55 loss
AK v QJ loss.

I mean I guess I've been doubting myself a little so knowing that I'm like $2100 below EV in preflop all ins makes it a little better.

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Old 10-21-2017, 06:23 AM   #103
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Yea I'm done for the day. Just got it in for $150 each where I had AQhh vs KJhh vs 96o. Coinflip whale with 96o won. It's 3:30 AM I'm going home.

6.5 hours played down $370
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Old 10-22-2017, 09:43 PM   #104
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So I decided to take Saturday and Sunday off. Monday-Thursday I'm going to study. I'm going to focus on how many combos of different hands people have after the flop and how different turn and river cards impact their hand. I'm also going to be spending a lot of time studying different preflop spots from late position and think about if I want to incoportate more aggressive play preflop.

My goal is to make sure I'm feeling confident about my game and my overall strategy so if the downswing continues and I'm having bad luck I stay confident.

I also received a call from PETA and they told me they will be hosting a dinner in my honor for the generous contributions I have made to the whales of Los Angeles.
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Old 10-22-2017, 10:31 PM   #105
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In the A2 hand in your 10/19 session, Im not sure of eff stacks but prolly just stuff turn. People make the biggest mistakes on turns, they call off pot sized bets or overbets with bare draws, they call off way more than they 3 barrell, it takes alot of balls to 3 barrell air and even alot of whales wont do it, but they'll call all in for any sum of money ott.

Also you can have a few bluffs here as well, just bc its a card that favors your range.

Many will think this is bad advice, but you can be more passive pre. Dont try to force things. Be very careful with iso raising non premium hands. Overlimping in position is totally fine, even with hands as strong as 99/AJs.
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Old 10-22-2017, 11:43 PM   #106
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In the A2 hand in your 10/19 session, Im not sure of eff stacks but prolly just stuff turn. People make the biggest mistakes on turns, they call off pot sized bets or overbets with bare draws, they call off way more than they 3 barrell, it takes alot of balls to 3 barrell air and even alot of whales wont do it, but they'll call all in for any sum of money ott.

Also you can have a few bluffs here as well, just bc its a card that favors your range.

Many will think this is bad advice, but you can be more passive pre. Dont try to force things. Be very careful with iso raising non premium hands. Overlimping in position is totally fine, even with hands as strong as 99/AJs.
That's really awesome advice about the A2 hand. I think I've been raising way too polarized on the turn given how little people 3 barrel and how much they hate to fold when there are still cards left to come.

In generals this isn't a hand I'm going to be raising with preflop but there are certain people who I don't mind bloating the pot against with non premium hands.
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Old 10-23-2017, 09:33 AM   #107
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He checks. I felt like he has a missed draw here super often. Maybe a jack. I actually only bet $60 and he folded quickly.

I want to know what draw you think he missed in the A2 hand
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Old 10-23-2017, 03:20 PM   #108
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Subbed. gl! super interesting thread
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Old 10-23-2017, 09:50 PM   #109
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He checks. I felt like he has a missed draw here super often. Maybe a jack. I actually only bet $60 and he folded quickly.

I want to know what draw you think he missed in the A2 hand
I'm sorry the king wasn't a diamond. I make way too many typos when on my phone, I might start just posting these from my computer.
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Old 10-28-2017, 09:45 PM   #110
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Well I'm back at it tonight. The play is horrendous as per usual for a Saturday night. I'm seeing people bet/3 bet shove the flop wth 23 on 355 (guy ran into QQ and sucked out).

So far I've been pretty card dead. I did flop one set and got a bit out of it. Woman limps I make it 20 in the HJ with 66, CO who is playing hands like T4o calls and she calls.

Flop K63r.

She checks, I decide to check since it's dry and because they will make really poor decisions later in the hand if they catch any piece. I expect the last guy to act to be pretty aggressive.

Turn Q.

She shoves for $45 I call other villain folds. She turns over AQ.
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Old 10-28-2017, 10:38 PM   #111
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I really wish I could flop a hand:

I open 99 UTG1. UTG2 calls. A few more call.

Flop ATJ two clubs. BB donk bets, I fold, UTG2jams, BB calls. Turn 6 completes flush. River 3.

UTG2 shows QJo and wins with one pair.

I fllopped the set once and I flopped a pair with QJo out of the sb and other than that I haven't flopped or turned a single pair or decent draw.

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Old 10-29-2017, 01:39 AM   #112
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Really tired today and just not feeling it. 5 hours played up $12. Calling it early but I'm going to go try to get a workout in so that today is at least semi-productive.

I played in 11 raised pots and only won two. I 3 bet bluff with 67s, flop came K65 I bet half pot and he called. Turn 6. I jam for like $70 and he calls. He shows 34s and he misses the straight. It was my only 3 bet of the day so nice to win that one. The other hand was where I got it in with 66 vs AQ on K63-Q.

Lost a ton of hands with hands like 88/99/AJ/AT against people playing hands like T4. Couldn't hit a pair. Didn't get TT+/AQ+ the entire night.

I incorrectly folded 99 to a 3 bet when I made it $20 over a limp, two people called and the SB, with a $180 stack, made it $75. He had Q9 but he hit is queen so I would've lost anyway. Guy on my left called him with 88 and another tilted guy called him with KJ.

Got one 3 barrel bluff through in a limped pot. I limped behind two people with KQ in the CO. it checked to me and I bet on I bet KQhd on JT5 two clubs. A guy in the HJ who was playing very loose check called. He would've bet flop basically 100 percent of the time if he had a jack and usually with a ten. Turn was an offsuit 2 and I bet again and he called. River was an offsuit jack. I bet just in case he had the ace high draw or backed into a two. He folded face up. Turns out he had 36cc so I didn't need to bet. I'm still glad I went for it and felt like it was a good play overall and I had him ranged correctly. His check calling range is basically all draws as he's never checking his made unless it's a monster hand which he wouldn't trap on this texture.

Pretty frustrating night overall. I mostly just sat there unable to get any hands and just watching people donate.

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Old 10-30-2017, 04:36 AM   #113
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Finally had a decent day. I was excited because I was actually running above EV and I was up $700 and then got it in for $300 each with KK v J6s on J42 two spades and lost. I think I've had aces or kings about 7 times on this trip and maybe I've won two or three of them.

Still finished up $450 for the day after 6 hours. Man if I won that flip would've been a $1350 day.

Today was also better because I actually had a couple of interesting hands. One where I got it in with an open ended straight and flush draw against a set on then flop for $300 and another where had AK, bet flop and turn, and called a large reraise/shove on A963 double suited and had it hold up against a draw. I'll post the hand details later.

I'll probably also post the combo draw hand in the LLSNL forum because I ended up 4 bet shoving the flop for my stack and I think it was correct based on how he was playing but I'm not sure.
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Old 10-31-2017, 06:36 PM   #114
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Wow up and down start to the day. I ran into the same guy hitting the exact same hand twice in two orbits.

Hand 1: Please be pocket jacks.

Hero opens AA UTG to $12 at a tight table and somehow gets 3 callers.

Flop:AJ5r.

V1 for $15. He does this with any piece of the board and will stack off light as long as you keep the bets and raises reasonable. He also donks every street, I've played with him once before.

I need to build a pot but I want to keep all the 5's and jacks in his range and get three streets from them. I opt to raise to $30 and v2 and v1 call.

Pot:$140

Turn J.

V1 donks for $20, I raise to $80, v2 folds and v1 calls.

River A.

Pot:$300

V1 donks for $25, I shove for $175 and he calls. He had 55.

Hand 2: had AQ against the same guy. I made it $20 over a straddle and got 3 callers.

Flop: A95.

He donks $15 I raise to $50 he calls.

Turn A.

He donks $20' I raise to $80 he calls.

Idk why but I have a read he's actually really strong here.

River 8.

He donks $20. I actually only raise to $100 and he calls. He had mother****ing 55 again so he wins.

Well I'm glad I trusted my gut and didn't put him all.

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Old 11-02-2017, 12:17 AM   #115
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10/31 5 hours of cash up $195. Also played a small tournament and finished 11/42 so did not cash.

Cash game died unfortunately, couldn't get more than five people at the table so I left to go do a small tournament. Only my second ever live tournament, it was a fun experience mostly. Ended up going card dead and chose to shove QTo in the CO for 10 BB's. It's at the bottom end for a GTO shove so maybe I could've waited for a better spot but it's whatever.
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Pretty card dead today, I've only played in 5 raised pots in my first few hours. I opened A9s and QQ and everyone folded. Opened QJs in the CO and folded to a large button 3 bet. I did make one play that ended up paying off:

H1 Questionable float with a gutshot:

Limp, weak players in the blinds so I make it $12 on the button with T8ss, BB and limper call.

Flop: QhJh3d

Checks through. They are playing super loose on the flop and turn and I just don't think I'm getting many folds on this board.

Turn: 5d

Pot: 34

Check, bet 15, I opt to float. They both donk a lot and bet big with strong value so when they check flop and only bet $15 here I think it's a jack, a weaker pair, or a diamond draw a good amount. I think he has basically every suited 3 in his range when he limps.

River Ah.

Pot: 64

He checks. Perfect card for me to bluff. I bet $50 and he folds after a little hesitation.

H2: Too thin value?

I open TJcc in the LJ and BB hesitates and calls.

Flop: A44r. One club.

Pot:24

He checks I bet 15 he calls.

Pot:$54

Turn:J

Check check.

River: 2

He checks. I opt to bet $15 hoping to get a call from some small pair or Jx. He calls with A8. I'm surprised he checked his ace on the river after I checked the turn. I figured it's a spot where he would bet his ace. I don't hate the check on the river, I would sometimes bet sometimes check depending on the opponent, just surprised.

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Old 11-02-2017, 01:56 AM   #117
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Got into a weird spot where I bet flop and had an interesting turn spot. The turn gave me the nut flush on a 9664 board against the BB after I flatted pre vs the LJ. The BB who seems competent and maybe knows he has more 6's in his range, decides to donk really small. I wasn't sure if I should raise or call.

I posted the hand here:https://forumserver.twoplustwo.com/1...86/?highlight=

I think I should've raised turn but opted to just call. Oh well.
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Old 11-02-2017, 02:50 AM   #118
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GL. I imagine it'll be impossible to get that volume in with that commute but all the best!
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Old 11-02-2017, 04:37 AM   #119
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11/1: 6 hours played up $15

Going to try to get back to playing longer hours tomorrow. That downswing kinda hurt my desire to play but I'm starting to rebound. Was going to play longer tonight but the game wasn't very profitable. It was actually mostly higher stakes regs for whatever reason.

No big hands or questionable spots really other than the three hands I posted. Didn't run well but didn't run horribly either. Mostly just took down small pots with bluffs and marginal hands and lost small pots. Biggest hand I lost was when I called a 3 bet with AK and the guy flopped a set of jacks on JTxx. Lost about $75 so really not too bad.

He actually check flopped and I bet turn which was iffy and I snap folded to his turn raise. Betting turn probably isn't terrible since I would call a bet anyway but I don't know.
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Old 11-02-2017, 10:14 PM   #120
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Well the good news for today is that I made two really exploitative plays and both worked out. I'm playing less money scared and trusting my gut more and it's paying off. Against a whale I called a 3 bet with A9s and called him on the river with ace high and was good.

In the other hand I bluffed a guy after he checked back a K98r flop and bet a 4 on the turn. I just didn't believe he was ever checking back flop with a strong hand and he's going to bet all of his pairs on the turn. So he bet the turn and I raised small and he called. I then actually made a pair of 5's on the river and opted to bet anyway and got him to fold an 8.

The bad news is I've yet to have a single spot where I can value bet. I did have QQ once but the flop was AT8 and went against a donk bet and a call. One had an ace, the other had T8 lol.

So I'm basically even right now. Hopefully things pick up.
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Ok going to try to hit the reset button here. Just got coolered with middle set against a flopped straight on 568 two tone. Luckily the guy only had $200 or so I guess.

So I did get up and leave so the results for the day are 5 hours played and down $55.

I really wanted to put in more hours today but the whole day was kind of tilting. I really need to work on dealing with frustration better, it just kills my desire to play. I keep saying I'm going to spend time working on mental game issues but then I never spend the time off the table doing so. I gusss since I'm home early tonight I will. Maybe I can go for a run and listen to the mental game of poker which I have the audio book for.

The good news is the weekend is coming up so hopefully Friday can be a big day. At the very least, regardless of results, I need to be putting in the hours. It's the only way I'm going to get better. I truly do feel I'm a much better player than I was few months ago, hopefully that run good I used to have will come back as well.

I did have one interesting hand where I think my fold was correct but I don't know. I had two pair and ran into just about the worst river.

H1: two pair no good?

My one poorly played hand out of a really good day:

I limp A9o in the HJ with two whales in the blinds, bad rec makes it $10 on my left blinds call and I call. With solid players on my left I'm folding pre but either raise or limping this hand is pretty mandatory.

Flop A56hdd

Checks.

Turn 9h.

Checks to me, I bet $30 into $36 and the PFR calls.

Pot:$96

River Th

I opted to bet $40 which in hindsight I think is really dumb. He wasn't going to check two pair or an ace on the flop, a 9 is just going to fold most of the time, hearts got there, 78 got there etc. I'm basically only targeting a really stubborn 9, stubborn pocket 7's or 8's, T9, or some weirdly slowplayed two pair. That's just not a good idea.

He shoved for $110 and I folded... I know I'm getting a good price but the guy had been playing fairly tight and I just don't think this is a bluff very often.

Tomorrow is another day, going to really try to just focus on he hours and give 0 ****s about how much I win or lose.

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Old 11-03-2017, 09:19 AM   #122
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limp/calling a9o in the hj is a pretty big leak man. i would work on your ranges if you are really trying to take this seriously

have you considered putting in volume at micro-stakes online to learn? let's you get in a lot more volume with at lot less $ at risk. the fact you are playing full-time and struggling at 1/2 is pretty concerning imo.
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Old 11-03-2017, 09:42 AM   #123
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Limping A9 is really bad. Calling a raise with it is totally horrific.

Give me T7s over A9
Ill take J9 over A9
54s....better than A9

A9 sucks. I want you to write that 100 times
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Some concerning hands here indeed.
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Old 11-03-2017, 11:37 AM   #125
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OP. Download equilab and make yourself some ranges. Make them really tight and expand. Dont make them loose and try to cut, thats a bad way to go about it.

Then draw (im not kidding) a chart for yourself. A nine handed table. And put the ranges to paper. Stick to 3 sections. Blinds/UTG. Ep-HJ. Co/BTN.

Dont worry about raise/call/limp/3bet for now. Literally just make a vpip (voluntary put in pot, means you play a hand) chart.

Paste chart in thread with tinypic url.

Do not stray from this chart. Not bc of a whale. Not bc you are deep. Not bc you are playing good. No reason. Follow this chart above all else.
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