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April/May Review

Man I'd love to have a monthly review every month but fml I'm so busy. OK so here it goes.

In April I went to Vegas on my one weekend off of the month which is when I usually get in 20-35 mtts. So I only got in 70 mtts online and 5 mtts live. I don't count the live mtts I played in Vegas since no way was I rolled for 4 of the 5 mtts I played. Of the 70 mtts online I started out on my 2nd session with high hopes but after winning a $8.80 with 142 runners I ran JJ into AA at a ftp $75/18k ft to bust 8th which paid a measley $324 and $535 when first in the 18k was somewhere in the neighborhood of 5k. After that session everything went downhill and I finished with a monthly profit of $190 which is pretty disappointing.

May was similar to April as my first session saw me get deep in 3 mtts where the combined prizepools were somewhere close to 120k. My only ft of the 3 saw me bust ATs<A8o aipf for a 70bb+ pot vs a spastic retard for a crappy 8th place finish. I'm not gonna lie this sort've put me on tilt as I see friends suck out, win flips, or just plain have their hands hold at fts. This never happens to me. Finishing 8th in the ftp $26/28k was brutal as the only guy that had a bit of a clue was the guy who knocked me out. Granted most $26 fts are going to be soft but this was softer then normal and getting busted by an idiot where I pretty much was guaranteed a top 3 hurts. I sucked it up played well but every session I played since I keep getting outdrawn or getting coolered. So based on my runbad after 94 mtts I managed to finish with a loss of $1547.

I got moved to a shift where I can't just randomly decide that on any given day I can put in a mtt session. So I'm going to try and grind 50nl fr when I can't play mtts. At the moment I've played around 800 hands and things haven't went that well and I'm down around $25. God I hope things turn around I'm tired of getting fucked at every ft that has a prizepool of at least 15k.

My newest poker podcast guide.

Poker Podcast Guide 3rd Edition

In the world of Poker podcasts not many that stick around for long. Some have poker pros that are essentially losing money by staying away from the tables and while others aren’t worth the time and commitment as most are probably not making anyone a lot of money. I’m a part time online MTT grinder, this is where I spend most of my time when I’m home from work either studying or playing. I am biased toward good poker strategy pod casts. Funny that my favorite pod cast is more of a news, gossip, interview pod cast. If there is terrible poker strategy advice that takes up a major part of the pod cast it’s not going to be ranked all that high. I was going to have a top 10 but I feel only 7 are of quality and there is a huge drop off after the top 7. My top 7 list comprises of current pod casts. At the bottom like before I’ll list the one’s that didn’t make the top 7 as well as some pod casts that were good but no longer have new episodes. If you are a beginner pod casts like Killer Poker Anaylsis and RoundersRadio are definitely worth a listen but are worthless to more experienced players.

If you want to subscribe to these podcasts just type the podcast name into itunes store search.

1) Two Plus Two Pokercast - Hosted by Adam Schwartz and Mike Johnson. Adam is/was a mid/high stakes online player and really knows his stuff, Mike has a fulltime job and plays the part of the casual player. Both guys keep up on gossip and what happens on the 2p2 forum. I love that the hosts are intelligent and have nice chemistry, there's nothing worse then hosts that talk over each other or have seconds of silence or awkward conversation's where the hosts aren't on the same page. The show in a nutshell is a mix of gossip, forum static, hand advice, and poker player interviews.

Cons: There aren't enough shows only one per week


2) Deuce Plays - Hosted by Bart Hanson. Bart is a mid stakes live nlhe player and plo online player, he previously commentated on "Live at the Bike" and was a host for "Pokerroad Radio." This show is very low gossip and focuses almost entirely on cash game play. Every week there is a guest cash game player that talks over some hands with Bart.

Cons: If you want to call this a con, The content is so good I don't like listening to it unless I can give the show my complete attention because there is so much good content in the podcast

3) Cash Plays - Hosted by Jeremiah Smith. Smith has experience in the 5/10 and 10/20 nlhe live cash games. This is essentially the same thing as Deuce Plays, like Bart, Smith knows what he’s talking about and asks great questions.

Cons: Same as Deuce Plays

4) Mediocre Poker - Hosted by Eric Bickel and Bret Oliverio who are Djs for a morning radio show in Washington D.C. Both guys are amateur players much like me they are passionate about poker but don’t pretend to be experts. This is how a poker pod cast without a pro on it should be done. Little if any hand anaylsis, professional hosts, good audio quality, great guests, and awesome interviews. Ante Up is the exact opposite of this show, with 2 players who know much less about poker but take up half their show with poker analysis that is just terrible.

Cons: You’re not going to get the greatest poker strategy but the pod cast is so fun and full of energy and that’s what makes it so great.


5) The Bernard Lee Poker Show - Hosted by Bernard Lee who is a circuit pro from what I gather, his claim to fame is making it deep in a wsop me. This like most podcasts is news then an interview. There is a lot of great strategy as Bernard knows what he’s talking about and gets great guests. The show really gives the listener a great idea about what life is like on the tournament circuit.

Cons: Sometimes Bernard needs to clear his throat and that gets annoying. But really if this is the worst thing I can think of he’s doing a great job.


6) Wisehand Poker - Hosted by Gary Wise who is a writer for Bluff magazine and ESPN.com. This show centers on usually 2 long interviews with people in the poker world. The interviews are always great and not your typical "how did you get into poker" questions.

Cons: The audio at times can be horrible. Gary is part of another show the Poker Beat and he sounds terrible in that as well.


7) The Poker Beat - Hosted by Scott Huff. Scott has hosted many poker pod casts. This show is essentially Scott feeding questions to a panel of poker media members. It’s pretty good and out of all the poker pod casts that have members talking on the phone this one does the best job of staying away from talking over each other.

Cons: The show is not long enough. Sometimes the audio quality from the guy’s calling in is poor.

The rest in no particular order:

Pumped on Poker - Hosted by Forrest and Wolf. I don't know much about these guys, to the best of my knowledge neither one is a pro. Essentially this is a poker news followed by an interview format.

Cons: The hosts aren't in the same room and often talk over each other or talk over the guest. One of the hosts has a whiney voice that ends in a question which tilts me a bit.

Pocket 5s Podcast - Hosted by David Hubar and Adam Small. This podcast is mostly about online mtts, ldo this is p5s. There is a little bit of poker news followed by one or two interviews usually an online mtt pro.

Cons: The interviews are very short usually 10-20 minutes at most. David Hubar has a dry, boring, monotone, emotionless voice, robotic voice. Every time I listen to this I wonder if he isn’t a robot.


Keep Flopping Aces - Hosted by Lou Kreger. Lou has at least one poker book out there. This is one of the more intelligent podcasts out there. This like most of the others is a news and interview podcast.

Cons: Lou has a horrible habit of talking over his guests including some akward pauses. He’ll often ask a question pause for a bit and when his guest starts to answer he talks over the guest.

ESPN Radio: The Poker Edge - Hosted by Phil Gordon. I think you all know Phil. The show is mostly again news and an interview.

Cons: The show doesn't go online very often. Since the show will often be on a 2 month hiatus it's a bit annoying to listen to poker news that might be 2 weeks old.


Ante Up - Hosted by Scott Long and Chris Cosenza. This show is essentially a news, strategy, and interview show.

Cons: The hosts are donks that have no clue what they're doing and often give advice that is terrible. The show does give you insight on how donks play.

The Tournament Pwnage Hour - Hosted by a mix of instructors on a training website. This pod cast would have been the 8th best pod cast but hasn’t been available on itunes all that regularly for the last month or so. This is essentially like Cash Plays except focused mostly on MTT strategy.

Cons: It’s painfully obvious that whoever is the host doesn’t have much time behind the mic. Sometimes I wish the host would elaborate on some strategy a bit more.

All Strategy - Hosted by Scott Huff, Justin Bonomo, and Daniel Negreanu. This is complete strategy. However they haven’t had a show in soooo long.

Cons: None, love this show sad to see they don’t do the show anymore.

Pokerroad Radio - Hosted by Joe Sebok, Gavin Smith, and whoever they have that rotates in as the main host. This is a news and interview show. With Ali Nejad who I think people either love or hate, I fall in the hate category this show moves near to the bottom of my listening list. With Joe Stapleton or Scott Huff it moves up a bit from the bottom.

Cons: Joe is the one of the least interesting show hosts of all time and Gavin doesn’t even seem to give a shit that he’s on the show and barely utters a grunt. It’s amazing this is the flagship radio show on http://www.pokerroad.com as it’s mostly terrible. The interviews are short and for the most part uninteresting.

Grinder Radio - hosted by some small stakes live nlhe players. This is a bit of news followed by some strategy.

Cons: The strategy is pretty bad. When I hear things like “bet to get them off a draw” or “I bet for information” I generally put these people in the donk category. The hosts are mostly bad nlhe cash players but when compared to the average live 1/2nl 2/5nl these guys are probably the best at the table. Listening to this show makes me really want to start playing live nl cash game.


Killer Poker Analysis - hosted by Tony Guerrero. This show has grown on me a bit. It’s obvious that the host knows what he’s talking about. This is strictly a strategy post.

Cons: The biggest problem is he delves into basic questions that most people that are winning players and have plenty of experience are all ready going to know.

The Circuit and Pokewire pod casts are previous incarnations of the pokerroadradio pod cast and are quite good.


Rounders Radio - hosted by DC, Ace Jones, and ALakeOfFire. This is mostly a beginners strategy pod cast where the same basic questions are asked and answered ad nauseam. These guys seem like they are a notch better then the grinder radio guys but again just basic strategy here folks.

Cons: Listening to donks ask the same question gets tiresome.

Final table

I apologize for it taking so long to get these trip reports out. I've actually had these written for awhile but I needed to edit them so they made a bit more sense.



Day 3 Part 4

Before long we get down to the final table 10 handed. I have ~25k and I’m probably 4/10 at this point. I find some hands and win some pots uncontested.

Hand 6:

Preflop: I hold T9o in the bb. Blinds are 500/1k 100a. We are 7 handed. Villain has my 25k stack covered. The sb limps I think about raising but decide I can check and I do.

Flop: is Jd98d Pot: 2.7k

That’s a pretty good flop if I get check/raised I’ll go ahead and stack off. Villain checks, I bet 1.5k he calls really quick.

Turn: 3 Pot 5.7k

Total brick. Villain checks. I decide I can bet for value vs. draws some worse 9x and maybe 8x. But if villain calls who’s new to me as we busted 3 guys pretty quick he could give me a tough decision on the river if he calls my turn bet he can shove river making my life really difficult.

River. 3d putting the flush out there.

Villain bets 6k really quick. Hmm he could have a draw but bvb my hand is really strong and I’m sure he doesn’t have a J as most live players will bet the flop with that hand. He’s either got a flush or nothing I call and he quickly tables 84o lol. Nice bet sir you could’ve got a free showdown.

Hand 7:

Preflop: I hold TT otb with a 31k stack and I‘m covered by villain. Blinds are 800/1600 200a. 6 handed just one from the money. Laggy asian guy who raised 2.5x with AA and 4x with junk earlier raises to 8k utg. It folds to me and I pretty much auto ship. He tank/calls AsQs.

Flop: Ks9s5

Fml don’t do it to me again

Turn: 6
River: 3

Holy shit that’s the mtt I’m now a pretty decent chip leader now 6 handed.

Hand 8:

Preflop: I hold JT in the bb with a 70k stack. Villain has 40k. Blinds are 1200/2400 300a. We just are in the money 5 handed. Villain limps, I’ve been joking around with this guy and talking to him. He’s a really nice guy from Texas. He’s the one that dbled me up when my AJ>AT. I check my option.

Flop: JT8 Pot: 5k

Booyah nailed the flop. This guy was terrible post flop. He had either called a raise or opened earlier flopped top set with JJ and shipped on the driest possible flop earlier. He’s also done this with fairly strong top pair types of hands. When I say shove I mean shoving for 10-15x the size of the pot. That’s what he does here and I snap call. He tables J9o.

Turn: A
River: 6

Now I’ve got right at 110k 4 handed. This puts me in as cl 4 handed. Immediately the blinds go up. I’m pretty much running the table with no showdowns.

Hand 9:

Preflop: QT otb 3 handed. 3k/6k blinds 500a with a 150k stack villain has me covered because he made a retarded play that would never work and his j2s>kq vs a knowledgeable opponent that was never folding to his retarded resteal (this is also the same guy that won his kj flip vs my 99 to cripple me earlier). I raise to 15k villain 3 bets to 25k. I’m not happy about it but fuck I’m getting better then 4:1 with position. This guys really doesn’t trap post flop and over plays his top pair type hands post flop. In fact he told the table that he overbets his top pair because it gets called by worse or something. So basically if he cbets a decent amount on the flop I'm mostly folding.

Flop: T93 Pot: 54.5k

Villain checks, I check behind. Just in case he’s trapping I don’t want to bet/fold and I’m pretty sure I’m ahead and on most turns I’m willing to stick it in.

Turn: 7

Villain bets 30k. At this point like most live guys his range is polarized to sets and complete air. I'm sure he doesn't have JJ or QQ, I'm also really sure he doesn't reraise that small with 33. Basically he's picked up a draw and is betting because I checked behind and thinks I have nothing or he is slowplaying TT, 99, KK, or AA although I'm pretty sure he'd even cbet with KK+. I announce all in. He tank calls with AQ LOL. I have no idea how he makes this call tbh but for the most part this guy is horrible.

River: K

Now I have almost 300k of the 360k chips in play. The guy bitches about how I could call with QT. A part of me wants to berate him and tell him his raise size was horrible and btw I got most of the money in as a 95% favorite. Instead I tell him I should’ve folded and that he’s unlucky.

After that is was easy sailing. At the end I got HU vs. the KJ guy. I even got him to congratulate me when my 35> his K5. I won $1711 which really hurts now because a few hours later echo was going to cash for $35 more and bragging rights. I tipped the Wynn $125 because: 1. They put on a good mtt with a great structure considering the buy in and 2. The dealers for the most part are awesome. 3. The free drinks were very quick usually it took 10 minutes after you ordered. I'm actually not sure if I should've tipped so much but I was so grateful because the win paid for everything but my plane ticket.

Vegas day 3. Part 2 and 3. Ups and downs

Day 3 Part 2

I have few hands where I get involved with Asian guy but for the most part I’m sure he’s learned he better have it vs. me since I’m a calling station. One hand I called his lp open from the bb with QQ as I made the mistake thinking we were deeper. I thought we were 150bbs deep and I really don’t like 3bet calling vs. this guy that deep. But still I was 120bbs deep so calling is not so bad given that asian guy seems to be super spewy and I’m more then comfortable calling down with 2nd pair vs. this guy. Anyway I c/c a kxx flop, blank turn, then he bombed an A river and I folded. Another hand happened where he opened in lp I called with 56o and we were hu on the a 4s47s flop. He bet flop for close to pot which is fine I got lots of implied odds as I can either hit and win big or I can bet when checked too. He bombed a brick turn and I had to let it go.

Unfortunately the tight passive nit to my right got all his chips when the asian guy went down in spaztastic spewy fashion. This guy was super tight and meant to make a standard pf rr but made a minraise with JJ. The flop was Jxsxs where he check/called asian guy. Led an A turn then 3 bet shoved spewy asian guys turn 2 bet who ended up calling with As9s. Tight guys pf 3 bet, lead turn, 3 bet shove range is never ever behind tpnk w/fd lol.

I get moved a little after the first break to a table that had David Levi and Nick Bartoldi. From what I gather on tv Nick seems really good and he’s 3 to my right and David is a super nit which echo will agree with me. Echo shoved 8bb over Levi’s sb from the bb and Levi showed Ajs before mucking lol. I really don’t get many hands at this table.

Hand 4: JJ button 12.5k effective. Blinds are 100/200 25a

I’m not sure I like how this hand played. I went into online auto mode where JJ is pretty much always a 3 bet get it in in lp. An older gentleman opens on the co to 600, I make it 2.2k. It folds back to the old guy who tank/calls. At this point I put him on AQ+, QQ-77, maybe KQ, KJ but I just moved to the table so who knows.

Flop: 864 Pot: 4950

Old guy checks I bet 3k and I’m stacking off at this point as 99-QQ is hopefully in his calling range. He folds quick and shows AK as he shakes his head and mumbles something about AK. David Levi shouts, “show it. You had it right.” I quietly muck and pray to the Gods it folds to me when it’s his bb. Obviously this never happens unless I get 92o. The one time it did I raised his sb w/87s and had to fold to his big overraise.

Hand 5: 44 sb 15k effective blinds are 150/300 25a

PF: Blinds are 150/300 25a. I have roughly 15k and I’m covered w/44 in the sb

A young guy opens in ep for 1.1k it folds around to my sb and I make a somewhat loose call. I really don’t like my call right after I make it. Oh well maybe I can flop a set.

Flop: A92 Pot: 2750

I check ready to give up. Villain checks behind. Hmmmm.

Turn: T

I check, villain checks.
River: 9

I check villain bets 1.5k. At this point I thnk his range is polarized to junk and monsters. I snap call and he tables AK. Fml. What a weird way to play AK.

After this nothing interesting happened until I blinded down to 15bbs and reshoved on an old guy who had opened a lot of pots when he opened the button into my bb and my A8<KK just after the 2nd break.

After this I’m pretty pissed I never got a good spot to acquire some chips and pretty much went card dead again after the first break. When I say card dead I’m not talking I’m not getting QQ+, AQ+. I’m talking about getting hands in lp that I can’t open like j5o and the such. It was gross that I lost pots with AA, QQ, and when I flopped the 3rd nuts and got 4 outed.

I’m not really hot but tbh at this point I’ve played 4 mtts and nothing has gone right at all. It’s even more brutal since I’ve put in 13 hours of mtt play at this point and nothing to show for it but bubbling one mtt.

Obviously I’m going to play the Wynn 140+20 that starts at 7pm which means I have 2.5 hours to eat go back to the flamingo where Rich is and figure out what we want to do. We meet Echo at the Venetian who busted just in time to grab some food and play the Wynn mtt.

Day 3 Part 3

Most of the mtts the 3 of us had played were smaller fields except the Venetian which had 200-220 runners with a first place prize of around 36k. The Wynn mtts had anywhere from 24-40 runners. After me and Rich meet Echo at the Venetian we head over to the Wynn where Echo offers to buy dinner. Since I had pizza on my way back to the Flamingo I got an awesome peace of 7 layer chocolate cake and a glass of milk.

We sit down and we’re ready to roll. At this point I think I’ve finally made the adjustment to the avg. live player in Vegas. I’m used to the live players in Iowa who play very loose passive pf, and either very loose/tight passive post flop. Which is pretty cool as you can usually steal blinds relentlessly and if someone bets they almost always have some kind of a hand. In Vegas people are a little more willing to bet flops with draws and make some very unsophisticated bluffs. There were also a lot more guys that like to punish limpers and had no problem firing at least 2 barrels on bluffs.

This $140 + $20 managed to have 36 runners. I got the 1 seat to start off with echo at the 7 or 8 seat.

The first few levels nothing really happens as I win lots of small and medium pots hitting flops and taking down pots post flop when I float or cbet after a pfr. Really this is usually how mtts go until you finally get in a big pot where you got a guy drawing thin. Before long I work up my stack from 10k up to 14k with no risk.

Hand 1: JJ BB 14k stack, mp villain has 6.5k. Blinds 150/300

PF: Blinds 150/300 25ante. There are 2 limpers to me and my image is taggish maybe bordering on laggish. I hold JJ in the bb. I raise to 1.5k. An old guy that was horrible ships his 6.5k stack and it folds to me. The dealer says something like he doesn’t have AQ or something quietly to me which I thought was kind’ve fucked up. I don’t know maybe he wanted to keep things moving along for some reason. I’d seen this guy do this 2x. Once with AA and the other time with AK. Basically I’m getting about 1.4:1 on my money. I think his range might be a tad wider then QQ+, AK which is what I initially put him on as I had raised the last few pots and raised some limpers previously when I was in the bb with 99. I put him on 99+, AK. So that’s a slam dunk call really. I decide I’m pretty much going to call but I’m going to try and get a read. He didn’t look too comfortable so I put him on QQ-99, AK and made the call. He tables AK. I’m very happy not to see QQ.

Flop: Q85

Yess finally I can have a really nice stack going into the later levels.

Turn: 5

River: don’t do it….K

Fml I’m down to 7.5k

I chip back up getting some hands.

Hand 2: A9s BTN 9k effective. Blinds are 150/300 25a.

I open to 1k cause I’m tired and think the blinds are 200/400. Mid 20’s asian guy calls in the bb.

Flop: 6s64s Pot: 2350

Villain checks, I check.

Turn: Ac

Villain checks, I bet 1.4k, villain calls.

River: Q Pot: 5150

Villain checks, I bet 2k. Villain tank calls and shows KQ.


Hand 3: AK BTN 13.5k effective. Blinds are 200/400. Against same villain as previous hand.

It folds to me and I open for 1k, villain calls from the bb.

Flop: AJ4 Pot: 2.5k

The first hand villain was new to the table now it’s pretty clear he’s a station so I’m betting for stacks here.

Villain checks, I bet 1.5k villain calls.

Turn: 6 Pot: 5.5k

Villain checks, I bet 3k, villain calls

River: 7 Pot: 11.5k

Villain checks, I shove about 8k and villain tanks then calls and shows A8o.

Hand 4: AdJd CO 22k effective. Blinds 300/600 blinds 50a 7 handed with about 14 people left, 5 get paid.

A guy who loved to limp limped in early position I raised to 2400 and the button who had been a card rack called the blinds folded and the limper called.

Flop: K63 Pot: 8450

Ep limper checks, I check as I’m not really wanting to fire into 2 guys I’m kind of resigned to give this pot up. The button bets 6k, the ep limper tank folds and it comes back to me. Earlier when the button who was a really nice guy and fun to play with was talkative he showed big hands. The one bluff he showed he was very quite and looked straight ahead. He looked like he wasn’t happy with his hand which in my mind meant he was on a stone cold bluff or had something like middle pp or 6x. Ajs if I have any fe put’s me in a great spot to bluff here unless he has A6 I‘m 25% vs. one pair hands TT or less. After looking at him for 10 seconds I announce, “I’ll go all in.” and push my stack in. He tanked for probably 2 minutes folding his 99 face up. The other guy announces he had TT. LOL live players. I grimace and tell him I had it and that it sucks he folded.

About an orbit later I had been pretty laggy and I could tell the guy to my right was getting tired of me isoing his limps and raising his sb limps which lead to this hand.

Hadn 5: 99 in the bb. 500/1000 blinds 50a. I have 38k and cover villain by 7k.

There are roughly 11 people left in the mtt 5 get paid. We are 5 handed at our table. Sb open limps. I raise to 4000. Villain very quickly makes it 10000. I’m for sure I’m crushing his range and he folds lots of hands to a shove and will most likely call with worse hands like 88-55. I shove he tanks for 2 minutes and calls with KJ which seems insane to me but whatever.

Flop: A74

Hold one time and this mother fucker is mine. I’ll have the cl with 10 left. The next blind level jumps to 800/1.6k and if I win this showdown I’ll have over 70k and will have 2 or 3 levels where my mtt life won’t be at risk.

Turn: K

FML

River: 8

At this point I’m resigned to the fact that I run worse then anyone playing live. I shove for a bit with no showdowns. Before long I have 9k and end up doubling up vs. a guy who limp/calls my shove with AT and loses to my AJ. A few hands after the dbl up the blinds shoot up to 500/1k and I’m sitting at 22k.

Vegas Trip day 3 part 1: Venetian Deep Stack

This was by far the best day of the trip for a few reasons. 1. I think I had some interesting hands. 2. I actually remember some hands. 3. I actually got some sleep the night before. By sleep I mean an entire 5 hours or so which seemed like a lot.

Somehow Echo and Rich are up and ready before me. After shitty luck in our first 3 mtts obviously running good in the $550 Venetian deep stack would be very nice for any of us. We head over to the Venetian to sign up and then eat in it’s food court. Me and Rich settle on a Johnny Rocket burgers while Echo decides on a meatball sub of some kind and a milkshake. I decide against the milkshake since I don’t want to be having the urge to shit 3 hours into the Venetian.

At noon we all get to our seats and we’re ready to own for one fucking time. At the start of the mtt you start with 15k in chips and 25/50 blinds with 45 minute blinds. Fucking Awesome!!!!! Very first hand I get AA wheeeeeeeeeeeeee! But wait I’m really not that excited since I have no idea how everyone plays, most likely I’m going to be oop, and stacks are fucking deep.

Hand 1: AA UTG 15k stacks effective. Blinds 25/50

Prefop: I raise to 200, guy who looks to be late 20s early 30s calls, a guy that looks to be mid 40s calls, another guy in his 50’s calls, and a late 40’s asian guy calls in the bb.

Flop: QhQxJh Pot: 1025

Fuck me that’s a horrible flop getting 4 callers. I do some quick math. If I bet 600 and get one caller the pot will be 2225 and I’ll likely check the turn for pot control or fold the flop if I’m raised since I have no idea how anyone plays and I only have a tad more then 1% of my stack committed. I decided to check and see what happens seems like a pussy way to play but if someone bets, gets a call, then I’m mostly calling and turning my hand into a bluff catcher that deep. Late 20’s guy bets 600, guy to his left calls, and asian bb guy calls in the bb. Fuck my life what do I do now. The pot is now almost 3k and what the fuck do I do on the turn? I decide to just give it up and fold as I’m either barely ahead or way the fuck behind oop with no clue how everyone plays.

Turn: a blank hit’s Pot 2825

The 20’s guy checks, while the 40’s guy bets, bb folds, 20’s guy folds. When 40’s guy mucks I see paint whether it was a KQJ I have no idea. But fuck it I only lost 200. Oh yeah this is the first time I’ve seen AA all weekend.

Hand 2: TT OTB. Blinds 25/50 still really deep. 40’s Asian guy opens to 150 from the hj, I mean to call but throw out 2 100 chips and 1 25 chip instead of the other way around so this is a minreraise. 20’s guy calls in the bb who also seems to be very laggy.

Asian guy is now in the spaz category as he’s playing really agro and is sitting 2 to my right I’m calling his raises pretty wide and pretty much making his life hell because I know I can get tons of value if I could ever hit a flop.

Flop: T7s6s Pot: 800

Boom I flopped top fucking set!!!! Now I’m wishing I had just fucking called pf because at the moment I’m repping QQ+ and asian guy likes to 2 barrel at a minimum with air when he has the lead in the hand. 20’s guy bets 600, asian guy calls. I’m in a difficult spot now. Connectors and hands with a flush draw are for sure in 20’s guys range and honestly I think asian guy is calling his flop bet really wide. If I were hu or the flop was drier I really like just calling to induce some action later in the hand. Now the pot is 2000 after the bet and call. I decided to raise to 3k making the pot 5k while giving a little better then 2:1 for one of the guys to call or maybe I can get repopped by a draw. 20’s guy turbo mucks, asian guy tank folds. FML. I really believe if I just call pf there’s a good chance the flop goes bet, call, I raise and might get some action. Maybe not. I can’t be too mad though I added 30bbs to my stack.

Hand 3: 8d7d CO. Blinds 75/150. 2 limps in front of me I limp for 150, 50s lady who is a good tag or a tight passive player who’s getting hit by the deck calls, young 20s guy calls, bb checks

Flop: JcTc9x Pot: 975

Wow I hit another flop, fucking awesome!!! It checks to me I bet 600, 50s lady raises me to 1500 everyone folds and I’m put in a shitty spot. I think her range here is a set, str8, or 2 pair. I decide to call as I just don’t see her raising with a draw or even a combo draw and I have a pretty tight image. I call trying to see what reaction I get and to see what kind of turn I can get. She doesn’t look happy that I called her raise.

Turn: Kx Pot: 3975

Well fuck me. I think I’m getting zero action now from sets and 2 pps now and I still think I’m ahead of her flop raising range if I was ahead before. Because I don’t see how I can get action from a worse hand and if I bet and get called I’m going to have a shitty decision on the river for most of my chips. I check. She checks.

River: 9c Pot: 3975

Awesome. Now I lose to T9, J9, JJ, TT, 99, any Q, or some combo draws which is a tiny part of 50’s lady’s range. I see no reason to bet as I don’t think she’s capable of bluffing nor is she calling me with anything less then a flush. I check. She bets 1.5k. FML. I go through all the hands and T9, J9 seem like the most likely hands in her range. I sigh and tell her she must have T9 as I think the hand through then tank a bit longer and fold telling her I had a str8. We had been friendly at the table, which is something I’ve picked up on. It seems that when you’re friendly live you get more fe and people will show you their cards which is very helpful.
She says I put you on a straight and shows T9. Feels good to make a correct read, feels like shit to see 1/8 of my stack go.
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