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Old 09-08-2017, 12:30 AM   #26
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Re: Towards a structured and aggressive education in NLHE cash

Played a couple hours tonight, not very eventful. No stacks going in besides against a couple of very-tiny-stacked guys. Just a little missing, then grind and chip up. Continuing to move back up slowly but steadily.

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Old 09-08-2017, 01:25 PM   #27
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Re: Towards a structured and aggressive education in NLHE cash

Played a bunch this morning, won a bit, erased that downswing. Might look at hands from this session later. Mostly it's just going well and I'm feeling more comfortable.

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Old 09-08-2017, 11:42 PM   #28
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Another 2.5 hours while losing some tournaments and not a lot of movement. Or rather, a lot of movement in both directions and the vectors cancelled out.

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Old 09-09-2017, 04:36 PM   #29
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Re: Towards a structured and aggressive education in NLHE cash

Played a few hours after lunch, won a buyin. Stacked off with TP vs AA once that I'm not thrilled with, and a couple of other not great plays, but the tables were really good and eventually I hit a few flops.

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Old 09-09-2017, 11:12 PM   #30
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Re: Towards a structured and aggressive education in NLHE cash

Played another chunky session, four hours or so, while playing loyalty freerolls. Felt like I ran like ass - it was a good day for overpairs vs my smaller overpairs, sets vs my overpairs, and sets vs my smaller sets. But at the end of the day I ended up ahead a buyin, mostly due to a couple of fancy-play tags. A good reminder not to become one myself. I also finished fourth in the daily freeroll for $17.18, and since I'm eligible for it because of this play I'm counting it as a benefit.

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Old 09-10-2017, 02:48 AM   #31
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I'm hyper and insomniac, so let's look at some hands in hopes that will bore me to sleep. Because of the way Global does things these are in reverse order.

Four-handed, SB (a FPS TAG who I've been tangling with) opens 3x, I defend 44. Flop A23, he bets $2, I call. Turn 5, he bets $5, I raise to $18 hoping he'll think I'm full of it, he folds. Probably better to just call here? I don't think he's very likely to have outs, and he might not shut down on the river. On the other hand he probably does shut down to a call like 90% of the time, so maybe looking for spew is better. Up in the air for me.

Four-handed, I open CO 3x with KK, Button and BB (above player) call. Flop Q32tt, I bet $3.5, BB calls. Turn 2, he check-calls $6. River 6, check, I bet $11, he jams for $28 more. I just, what on earth is he supposed to have here? He has 33 or air, it seems. I call and he has A3, and I just don't think I'm ever folding anything better or calling anything worse, unless I get here with like 76s or 65s. And I probably check those back anyway. My river bet is pretty heavily polarized here, and also very value-heavy. I just think this is massive spew on his part.

Not-good player opens the Hijack for $1.75, I threebet on the button to $5 with AJs, he calls. Flop QQ3 with two of mine, he bets pot $8.5 and I call. Turn J, he checks, I bet $13, he folds. Not thrilled with this bet in retrospect. I don't think there's really value here and if I check through he might stab again. I've been value betting really heavily as well as c-betting a ton lately, and it seems to be working, but still sometimes I go too far.

I overlimp the CO with 22, Button minraises and gets four calls. Flop 542, checked to me and I pot $5, Button clicks back and everyone else folds, I call. Turn 5, I check, he pots, I put him in for his last $14, and he calls with AJ. At least he has the A but he can't catch his one out. This is like, how not to play your nut flush draw.

I open AT 3x UTG, fishy CO calls and so do both blinds. Flop JJTtt, checked to me and I decide to check, CO bets half-pot $3 and only I call. Turn 5, I check, he bets $2, and I call. At this point I'm pretty sure that's a worse ten. River 3, I check, he bets $4.5, and I call. At the time I'm pretty lost about getting more value even though I have a good idea of his hand. In retrospect I think I want to bet the river myself as if I'm bluffing a missed flush draw, and not let him off with this little bet or the ability to check back. He does have T3 and I win.

Three-handed but no SB, Button opens 3x and I defend 87s. Flop T74 with the ten on my suit, I check, he bets $3, and I call. Turn 6, I check, he bets $9, and I call. River K, I check-fold to a $26 jam. I just hate playing hands like this. Maybe it's my limit-trained brain, because it's hard to see what else to do. I don't see how I can fold this flop or this turn. And calling the river seems bad. Turning my hand into a bluff at any point seems bad. It's just bleh, and sometimes hands are bleh I guess.

HJ opens 3x, I threebet to $5 with red jacks, SB and opener call. Flop K96r, SB leads half-pot $7.75, HJ folds and I call. Turn 4, Sb leads $15.5 and I fold. Speaking of bleh. One of the things I'm really feeling the lack of right now is a sense of when to call this sort of thing down. People haven't been playing back at Kxx flops nearly as much as I expect, and donks seems to be really strong in general. Maybe I just need to let this go on the flop.

UTG minraises, I make it $4 in hijack with AA, BB and opener call. Flop JJ5tt, BB checks, UTG bets pot $9.25 and only I call. Turn flushing 4, UTG bets 4 and I call. River 2, UTG bets $3.5 and I call. He has 55 and I appreciate all the money he saved me. I don't think it makes much sense to do anything else anywhere, but I thought I'd post it since it's weird.

I 3x CO with 87s and BB defends. Flop Q95, I cbet $1.5 and he calls. Turn flushing 7, he checks, I bet $4 and he calls. River 2, check-check and he has AQ. I'm really unsure on these spots where a clear buff turns into a thin value/bluff spot. When I'm unsure I tend to bet, because limit player. Mostly it works out better than this.

I open CO 3x with 55, BB defends. Flop JT5, he bets $5.5 and I call. Turn J, he checks, I bet $7, he clicks back and I call. River 6, he jams $24.52 and I call. The main point of this hand is that sometimes handreading is hopeless - he has A8.

Fishy Hijack who like to raise random cent amounts opens to $1.82, I make it $5 on the button with jacks, and he calls. Flop A32, check, I bet $5 and he calls. Turn flushing 7 (I have one) check check. River K, he bets pot $20.75 and I fold. I'm finally learning that in NL sometimes you go to all the trouble of inducing and then have to fold anyway.

We'll end with a fun one from this afternoon's session. Cutoff open limps and I make it $2 on the button with T9, BB and limper call. Flop 765, they check to me and I bet $5, both call. Turn 3 and we all check. River 8, BB checks, CO jams $44.37 into me, I call, and BB unfortunately doesn't have a nine. I was hoping.
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Old 09-11-2017, 07:58 PM   #32
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Re: Towards a structured and aggressive education in NLHE cash

Well, I was due for a bad session, and I got it. One stack lost to a bad beat, but mostly just me playing badly and getting hammered for it. I got way too showdowny early, especially. Then at the end my computer crashed, just to put a period on it. Oh well. Back on the horse a little later.

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Old 09-12-2017, 02:40 AM   #33
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Re: Towards a structured and aggressive education in NLHE cash

Aaaand then I went and won it all back and then some in the evening. Mostly on my game this time, a few calls I maybe shouldn't have but no big ones, and very nice set luck, players inexplicably stacking off on bluffs with AK, etc.

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Old 09-13-2017, 01:40 AM   #34
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Another good evening session tonight. Ran up three buyins early, lost two back, got one back again, ended up about +1.5. Several interesting hands to look at from this one if I get time tomorrow. I'm getting closer to feeling the bluffing game and knowing when my opponents can't really have enough to call a raise. Still less so on my bluffcatching, but getting there.

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Old 09-13-2017, 04:32 PM   #35
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OK, hand review from yesterday. I'm going to try to do these in proper order (by table) this time.

I 3x open QJs in the CO, Button threebets to $5.25, SB and BB call so I do too. Flop T99tt with one of mine, we check to Button and he bets $13.5 into $22. SB folds, BB calls very nearly all in, so I call figuring I'm getting a good price for my openender. Turn is a flushing 8, check to BTN who jams $29.75, BB calls his remaining quarter, and I naturally call. Button has 97, BB somehow has K8, and neither of them has a club so when the river hits a fourth one I still win. This seems super standard, but yay relative position in multiway pots.

HJ limps, SB completes, I make it $2 in the BB with JJ, both call. Flop J45, check, I bet $3, HJ folds and SB calls. Turn 8, SB bets $6, I click back to $12, he calls. Turn 2, he bets $36 and I call. I hate this hand so much, not because I lost - this guy probably doesn't fold his 53 on the turn anyway - but because I didn't think the turn through and raise more, and I didn't think through calling on the river. Some of this is still just well-trained limit instincts taking over, but some if it was pure playing thoughtlessly.

Button minraises, I call AT in SB, BB calls. Flop K7T, we check to Button who bets $3, I call, BB folds. Turn 3, check-check. River J, I bet $9 and he folds. More flop/turn aggression here or is this just he doesn't have anything? I felt like hoping for an overcall from SB on the flop beat raising.

Hijack minraises, Co and Button call so I defend 85 in the BB. Flop A76tt, checked to BTN who pots, I call, the other two fold. Turn 7, I check, Button pots again $12.75, I jam for $45 more and he folds. I like this hand, seems like my range is just much stronger than his.

I misclick minraise 99 UTG. HJ and CO call, SB ($6.78) raises to $5.5, I raise to $14.5 expecting to lose the coldcallers but CO comes along somehow, SB of course calls. Flop K65tt and I jam for approximately pot. This is one of those spots where it seems like there aren't any better options OOP. He folds and SB has 33.

HJ limps, I limp my button with 85, SB completes and BB checks. Flop AK6, checks around. Turn T, check, BB bets $2, HJ folds, I raise to $5.5, SB folds, BB calls. River T, BB checks, I give up but win anyway against 74. I should probably be betting the river against Jx, Qx type hands.

Other table: HJ limps, CO raises pot to $2.25, SB ($5.60) calls, I make it $10 in the BB with 99, all three of them call like seriously what. Flop JJ3tt, I figure that's as good as a flop gets without a 9 and jam for pot, the two who can fold do, and SB has A9 and I hold. Whenever I do this with AA-QQ everyone folds, so I've been trying to open it up a bit, but this was unexpected.

HJ limps, CO checks his post, BTN limps, I complete T9s, BB checks. Flop JT8tt with one of mine, checked to HJ who bets $1.37, CO folds, BTN calls, I call, BB folds. Turn 7, I bet $5 and get two callers wat. River 4, I check, HJ checks, Button bets $10, I call, HJ folds. I don't think I can fold here but I'm not surprised to see Q9. I feel like I saved myself some money though.

UTG and HJ limp, I make it $3.5 with AA and only HJ calls. Flop K83, check, I bet $5, he calls. Turn J, he leads $9, I call. River 2, he jams $34.75 into $37 and I call. Do I call this down without the A? These are the spots I'm finding hard, when to give someone credit when they wake up like this. This guy had K5, so I leave with his money.

UTG opens 3x, HJ calls, I make it $5 in HJ with KK, only UTG calls. Flop Q96, check, I bet $6, he clicks back to $12, I make it $26 and he folds. I feel like this was one raise too many and I end up faceup here. OOP it would probably be fine but I gave up the value of position for the rest of the hand here.

CO opens 3x, I make it $4 in the SB with AK, BB makes it $14, UTG folds, and I jam for $35 more, he has AA and I don't suck out. I don't like this but calling to take a flop OOP is awful and can I really fold? I guess maybe I should, to a cold fourbet like this.

Hijack 3x opens, I call JTs in the CO, Button calls, blinds fold. Flop T76, HJ bets half-pot $2.62, I make it $7.5, Button folds, HJ calls. Turn 6s, check, I bet $9 into $20.25, he jams for $28.05 more, I fold. Not really sure what's going on here, but it seems unlikely I'm ahead and very likely I'm way behind.
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Old 09-14-2017, 04:04 PM   #36
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Re: Towards a structured and aggressive education in NLHE cash

Had a half hour to play, made half a buyin or so. Basically one flopped set stacking a medium stack who liked his tp too much. I'm double booked pretty much from here to Sunday, so I probably won't be playing again until next week.

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Pretty tired today, but I wanted to get to the next level. That took me about an hour.

A couple of interesting hands:

I'm playing LHE on another table and misclick minraise TT in the hijack. Button and BB call. Flop 433tt, BB leads half pot $1.62, I raise to $5, Button folds, BB clicks back to $8.38, and I call. Turn a glorious offsuit ten, he checks, I bet $10, and he folds. I feel like I may have fastplayed this too far on both streets.

I 3x UTG with AJs, Sb calls. Flop J63tt, check, I bet $2.5, he calls. Turn 7 makign two flush draws, check, I bet $5, he clicks back to $10 and has $13.27 behind, I jam. He somehow manages to find enough optimism to call with 22.

I 3x SB with K4s, BB calls. Flop KT8r, I bet $1.5 and he calls. Turn A, I check-call $3.5. River A, I check and he checks back his 8. I'm getting more confident in when to show down these spots.

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