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Old 10-27-2017, 06:24 PM   #101
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Yeah those boards are about the only time I go 1/3 pot in live games and have had really good success with it esp when you're in position and people are less likely to float.
Also have been playing with smaller sizing in 3bet pots. Not enough of a sample for any reasonable conclusions but it seems to make sense in a lot of spots
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Old 10-28-2017, 05:11 AM   #102
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Just leaving the Poker room now at 5 am local time. Got the opportunity to play an insane game. Was planning on leaving to get some rest at 1 but that was not possible.

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Old 10-29-2017, 11:21 AM   #103
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Kind of speechless as I write this. Not really sure what happened this weekend as it was all a blur. Time flew so quickly. Set a few personal records, and was able to get in 20 hours of poker this weekend in the best games Iíve been in over the last few months. In addition to that got in an amazing 5/T game and made heaps. Running with the godmode attachment helps.

Weekend cliffs:
-Biggest 5/T win (albeit minuscule 5/T sample thus far - havenít written up this post yet)
-First 5 figure month (lolrecreational hours)

Friday Night Halloweekend:

In our first interesting hand of the day we see 4 limps to us and complete the SB with 52. The BB checks and we go to a flop of 649 it checks to the UTG limper who bets $40. Everyone else folds and we call. The turn is the A and we check it over to him. This time he fires again, for 45. We call again and the river is the most [insert positive adjective here] card in the deck the 3:diamond. We check it over to him again hoping to put in a check raise. Our plan works as he fires 45 again. With 200 already in the middle, we jam for 300 total. He calls it off and we scoop. We also hold for the $1100 high hand bonus. When youíre hot, youíre hot.

A few hours later played a hand with someone clicking buttons so we decided to click back. We limp 44 UTG and go to a flop 5 ways of T82 the flop checks through and we see a T on the turn. The blinds check and we try to take it down and wager 20. Only a player in LP calls and we go to a 5 on the river. We check it over to him and he bets 45. It just seems like he can never have anything here so we click the call button and are good with 4th pair.

In our final interesting hand we make it 30 over two limpers with black queens from the CO QQ. The last limper calls and we see a flop of 996 he checks to us and we decide to check back. The turn comes the 7 and he checks to us again. This time we wager 35 and he calls. The river is the 8:spade and he checks to us again. I decide to go for thin value, and wager 45. He quickly makes it 110. We decide to station and he has the straight. I wanted to post this hand because I think it was butchered on multiple streets. Posting it here helps me learn from these things and Iíve gone through it a few times already.

After about 2:00 the game turned in 2/5/T with occasional blind raises. It was complete madness and killed my sleep schedule lol. Would not allow myself to leave the game. Some of the HHís if posted would seem like trolls, but to be completely honest I was not paying great attention and was having a great time (not the best $$ approach but the fun was worth it)



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Old 10-29-2017, 12:02 PM   #104
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I think with QQ we should just cbet - reason being, he's never folding a smaller pair here ever. And he may float something like AQ. Save the checking paired boards like this for when it's a multiway pot imo.

Keen to hear about your beastmode 5/T session.
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Old 10-29-2017, 06:41 PM   #105
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I think with QQ we should just cbet - reason being, he's never folding a smaller pair here ever. And he may float something like AQ. Save the checking paired boards like this for when it's a multiway pot imo.

Keen to hear about your beastmode 5/T session.
I see what you're saying on the QQ hand - may be some FPS here on the flop :/. Great point about MW.

River call is just embarrassing though tbh as I think about it again.
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Old 10-29-2017, 08:04 PM   #106
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B/f riv with QQ, prob fine to vbet thin as played but riv c/r are almost always super strong.
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Old 10-30-2017, 10:25 AM   #107
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B/f riv with QQ, prob fine to vbet thin as played but riv c/r are almost always super strong.
Thank you for the feedback - youíre totally right. Itís just such a bad stationy call in a spot where I know better.
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Old 10-30-2017, 05:55 PM   #108
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5/T At The Sun

As I mentioned, this session below capped of an amazing month where I was lucky enough to go 10/10 winning sessions, had my best month, and my best $ session, not in terms of BB, just straight $ won. Ran super hot, but the game was so above average up until just about the last 45 minutes. Blessed to be in this position, itís been a hell of a year so far. First 5 figure month, which I never expected to accomplish as a rec player. Just have the chills writing this to be honest. Itís humbling to think back to years ago in my college days when I was grinding 6 tables of 5 cent 10 cent, to now playing 100 times as big.

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Our session got off to an interesting start when a tighter recreational player who is prone to making mistakes post flop, but is quite selective preflop opens to 50 UTG. (Standard open size for the table and him has been 35-40). It folds to us on the BTN and we find AQ and decide to call.

We go heads up and the flop comes Q42. Villain decides quickly on a potsized bet, wagering 105. As Jamie Gold once said - WE HAVE TOP TOP, and while alarm bells are going off we canít fold now, and we call. The turn is the 2 and villain does not stop there. This time he wagers 210, and we call. The river is the 7 and he goes with 400 this time. We decide to give up to the triple barrel. Villain shows us his hand, but we,lol save that for later as Iíd like to hear thoughts on this.

In the next interesting hand we find 33 on the button. We see a limp from a recreational in EP and then an ISO from a good reg to 45 that we have tons of history with. I know his game and he is hoping to iso a weaker player here, and he could be wider than usual. We call OTB and the limper comes along as well.

The flop comes 856 and it checks to us. I donít see much meet in betting here so I decide to check back. The turn brings a very interesting 2 the limper leads out for 85, and the good reg calls. Now this brings up and interesting spot. I thing calling and folding are both not terrible here, probably would fold before calling, but there is a 3rd option as well. I donít expect the recreational to have too many strong hands here, and I know the reg I have history with should be raising most of his value hands against this opponent. I also know the rec is not a fan of playing but pots with marginal hands, and is playing this stake for one of his first times. Anyways, for those reasons and the fact that we ainít no nit, we make it 305 to go. As expected the limper folds and itís onto the rec. one thing I considered but did not factor in enough is what my hand looks like to v2. I know that he knows my value range is so thin here with this line, and he makes the call.

The river decides to save me, and brings the 4 giving me the second straight. I would have most likely taken a showdown here without that card, but it did come and he wager 405. He thinks for a short while and tosses in the call, and weíre good. The only credible hand I can put him on knowing his game in this spot as played is 98s. But weíll never know.

Later on in the session, one of the spots at the table limps in EP (playing 90/5), and it folds to us in the CO and we make it 45 to go with A9 Only he calls and we go to a flop of J92 he checks and I check it back expecting to be ahead most of the time. Hes pretty tilted, he ran up 500 ó> 3k at 2/5 earlier with me and has since given it all back at 5/T. He leads out as I expected him to do a lot of the time for 100 on a J turn. We have an easy call and we see a 7 river. He surely has heart, and wagers 300, but we have two hearts (in our hand) and make the call, and are good.

About 4 hours into our session an Instagram pro sits down in the game and gets in the mix. The game has gone from a 6/3 rec/grinder ratio when it started to a 4/5, which for a 5/T game in my experience isnít too bad. The game was still above average. Anyways, insta gets involved after a decent reg opens to 40 from UTG, we flat with 88 and he also calls from the CO. We see a flop 3 way of 85Q. UTG checks and we bet 50. Instagram calls and the original raiser folds. We go to a lovely 5 turn, and ramp up the sizing to 175. He calls again and we see a 9 river. This time we go for the gold, and wager 525. He thinks for a bit and calls again, and mucks. Chalk one up to team 2+2.

In our final hand of the day, as the game has gotten significantly worse and itís just about time to leave we decide to get into the mix in the BB with T7 after a good reg opens the BTN (heís literally opening 90% of hands here Iím sure a villain from hand 2) We make a speculative, very loose call and go to a flop of T63. We check and he goes quite large, 70. We of course call and we see a turn of Q. This time he goes 200 after we check to him, and we call again. The river is the 5 and this time we check again, and he hits us with a 600 wager.

As I mentioned we have a ton of history... and I think itís a close spot. Thoughts?










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Old 10-31-2017, 03:41 AM   #109
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Nice session. Total cash out for? Re the last hand I think we just have to call expecting villain to be slightly too polarised here and super super wide. AQ hand is super gross, what was the result? I guess I like calling river if he isn't a nit. Awesome news on the 5 fig month mate.
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Old 10-31-2017, 12:02 PM   #110
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Nice session. Total cash out for? Re the last hand I think we just have to call expecting villain to be slightly too polarised here and super super wide. AQ hand is super gross, what was the result? I guess I like calling river if he isn't a nit. Awesome news on the 5 fig month mate.
aslfgafkg I feel like I'm too nitty to the 3 barrels. (The lowstakes did this to me!) I ended up folding both. In the first hand V had AA () In that last hand we'll never know but I could have easily been good, it seems like it's air more often than not. It's a weird spot because he also knows that I know that he's polarized...so theoretically he should be vbetting thinner. Either way it's probably a call getting 2:1.

Was in for 1700 - out for 6200
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Old 10-31-2017, 12:09 PM   #111
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Pro tip ~ You can eat nearly all food at the poker table
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Old 10-31-2017, 01:13 PM   #112
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Our session got off to an interesting start when a tighter recreational player who is prone to making mistakes post flop, but is quite selective preflop opens to 50 UTG. (Standard open size for the table and him has been 35-40). It folds to us on the BTN and we find AQ and decide to call.

We go heads up and the flop comes Q42. Villain decides quickly on a potsized bet, wagering 105. As Jamie Gold once said - WE HAVE TOP TOP, and while alarm bells are going off we can’t fold now, and we call. The turn is the 2 and villain does not stop there. This time he wagers 210, and we call. The river is the 7 and he goes with 400 this time. We decide to give up to the triple barrel. Villain shows us his hand, but we,lol save that for later as I’d like to hear thoughts on this.
Well played.

KQ is the only value hand that would play like this if our reads are: Tight preflop, okayish postflop.

I guess he had AQ or KQ? us having the Qc makes it even more unlikely that he is betting like this with worse. With hands like QJcc he may bets flop and turn like this, but river then would be a check as well.

Actually, I dislike this spot when he bets turn, if we think he is not spewy.

If villain is spewy, I pay him off.
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Old 10-31-2017, 02:18 PM   #113
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congrats on the 5/T score & solid month! my thoughts on the most recent hands:

AQ hand: fold pre
33 hand: fold turn
A9 hand: wp
88 hand: wp
T7 hand: fold pre
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congrats on the 5/T score & solid month! my thoughts on the most recent hands:

AQ hand: fold pre
Haha. Sounds ridiculous, but I think it`s super badass vs super nits.
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Well played.

KQ is the only value hand that would play like this if our reads are: Tight preflop, okayish postflop.

I guess he had AQ or KQ? us having the Qc makes it even more unlikely that he is betting like this with worse. With hands like QJcc he may bets flop and turn like this, but river then would be a check as well.

Actually, I dislike this spot when he bets turn, if we think he is not spewy.

If villain is spewy, I pay him off.
Agree with your analysis against this specific V. We make the fold and V shows AA.

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congrats on the 5/T score & solid month! my thoughts on the most recent hands:

AQ hand: fold pre
33 hand: fold turn
A9 hand: wp
88 hand: wp
T7 hand: fold pre
1) I don't hate folding, but not making the fold against a recreational, even one on the tighter side.
2) Folding is probably the best option on turn - don't think raising is too much worse, and it's good for our image (which is how I get paid in certain future spots - re 88 hand)
5) Agree - pre is spewy

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Haha. Sounds ridiculous, but I think it`s super badass vs super nits.
Agree - he's definitely nittier but I wouldn't call him a super nit.

Thanks for the feedback all!
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Old 10-31-2017, 10:29 PM   #116
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Yah folding AQ on the BTN vs a standard open is not good lol
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Yah folding AQ on the BTN vs a standard open is not good lol
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Our session got off to an interesting start when a tighter recreational player who is prone to making mistakes post flop, but is quite selective preflop opens to 50 UTG. (Standard open size for the table and him has been 35-40). It folds to us on the BTN and we find AQ and decide to call.
not all preflop spots are created equal. i'm not even remotely a nit, and depending on how deep we are i'd be calling with plenty of hands here preflop, but goodluck making $ post vs this guy's range with AQo here lol.
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Didn't see he was nitty. I guess AQs prob becomes the cut off then.
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not all preflop spots are created equal. i'm not even remotely a nit, and depending on how deep we are i'd be calling with plenty of hands here preflop, but goodluck making $ post vs this guy's range with AQo here lol.
If you assign him a top 9% of hands open range from UTG, we’re a slight dog IP. I don’t hate folding but as I said against someone who I believe will make some bad errors post, I prefer calling a little more.

But taking into account the 5x open I don’t hate folding at all pre
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Didn't see he was nitty. I guess AQs prob becomes the cut off then.
Yeah, wasn’t quite standard, but if we’re foldig AQo against recs (albeit tight recs) I think we are folding slightly too much.

But taking into consideration the 5x open I agree fold is fine
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Yeah, wasnít quite standard, but if weíre foldig AQo against recs (albeit tight recs) I think we are folding slightly too much.

But taking into consideration the 5x open I agree fold is fine
Ye like a tight player opening 5x from UTG could literally be QQ+/AK, in which case it wouldn't be a bad fold at all.
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If you assign him a top 9% of hands open range from UTG, weíre a slight dog IP. I donít hate folding but as I said against someone who I believe will make some bad errors post, I prefer calling a little more.
Do you know what a 9% range looks like? No chance he's opening anywhere close to 9% utg for that size or else you vastly mis-labeled him.

Our hot/cold equity vs his range is also not what is relevant here. You should be thinking about how our hand plays post-flop vs his (actual) range (hint: not well)

if he's actually opening 9% for 5x utg then yeah don't fold but there is no chance that this guy is doing that.
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Ye like a tight player opening 5x from UTG could literally be QQ+/AK, in which case it wouldn't be a bad fold at all.
^this.

also just b/c we fold AQo doesn't mean we still can't call with plenty of hands (unless eff stacks were short, you didn't say).

the guy turned his hand face-up. i'd be calling with lots of hands here. just not hands that never win any money vs his range.
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Do you know what a 9% range looks like? No chance he's opening anywhere close to 9% utg for that size or else you vastly mis-labeled him.

Our hot/cold equity vs his range is also not what is relevant here. You should be thinking about how our hand plays post-flop vs his (actual) range (hint: not well)

if he's actually opening 9% for 5x utg then yeah don't fold but there is no chance that this guy is doing that.
Thanks Dizzy, this is very helpful analysis. Yeah, of course I plugged in AQo vs a top 9% open to take a look. But you make a good point - with this sizing it may be closer to 4-5% (or even less) When I get home I'll plug it in vs that range and probably be shocked at how low our equity is. Good points - definitely a learning spot I can take with me going forward. I'll also check out how other hands do against that type of range (suited connectors, etc)

We were just under 200BB eff.
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Tickets booked for Las Vegas 11/23-11/28. This will be my 3rd time going. Expecting some fun sports wagers, good food, and a LOT of poker
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