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xxrod17xx Adjusting to moving and all that other crap that has been going on has been hard. I finally got back on my horse and played my first session last night and this morning I finally started my duties as AC Rep for TwoRags. I have been browsing and posting on the 2p2 forums and getting back into the game a little bit lately. I didn't want to jump right into my normal limit cold so I started slow with just railing a little bit here and there. A few days ago I played a couple $1 tourneys and the 10c Rebuy on FTP. No luck, but I was feeling more comfortable with my reads and such.

Last night I finally decided to jump into my usual 25NL game. I searched for a little while and found the juciest table I have ever seen in my life. There were a few TAGish players, but they were playing so bad cause there were 2 60/8/3ish players at the table playing like complete donks and everyone at the table were adjusting. I just tightened up and played really solid and over limped in a lot more spots than I normally would. These two guys werent folding to a raise so I only raised premium hands and I limped with a lot of pairs/suited connectors that I would normally raise against Avg. 25NL players. Another thing I noticed which is a very important betting pattern I think people don't take note of enough is that when they lead the flop it meant total weakness. They slowplayed all their "big" hands so a flop bet was an obvious bluff. I was able to take down a buy-in in a short session although I was up close to 1.5 BI's at one point. This was a high variance table and you are going to get sucked out on here and there live with it. I was pretty happy with my game, although I think I made one huge mistake that was a direct result of my rustiness. I did not think though all my decisions. I made too many snap decisions that caused me to make some raises or calls I don't think I would have made if I thought them a bit.

Anyway here are some hands:

Full Tilt Poker, $0.10/$0.25 NL Hold'em Cash Game, 8 Players
LegoPoker Hand History Converter

MP1: $22.25
MP2: $16.45
CO: $51
BTN: $24.65
SB: $9.10
Hero (BB): $32.35
UTG: $25.35
UTG+1: $32.50

Pre-Flop: A Q dealt to Hero (BB)
UTG folds, UTG+1 calls $0.25, 2 folds, CO calls $0.25, BTN calls $0.25, SB folds, Hero checks

Flop: ($1.10) A 9 T (4 Players)
Hero bets $0.60, UTG+1 raises to $2.25, 2 folds, Hero calls $1.65

Turn: ($5.60) 5 (2 Players)
Hero checks, UTG+1 bets $4.25, Hero calls $4.25

River: ($14.10) 5 (2 Players)
Hero checks, UTG+1 bets $25.75 and is All-In, Hero calls $25.60 and is All-In

Results: $65.30 Pot ($3 Rake)
Hero showed A Q (two pair, Aces and Fives) and WON $62.30 (+$29.95 NET)
UTG+1 showed T 4 (two pair, Tens and Fives) and LOST (-$32.35 NET)

Full Tilt Poker, $0.10/$0.25 NL Hold'em Cash Game, 9 Players
LegoPoker Hand History Converter

BTN: $20.55
SB: $9.75
BB: $41.20
UTG: $35.35
UTG+1: $5.50
UTG+2: $10
Hero (MP1): $62.65
MP2: $25
CO: $8.10

UTG+2 posts $0.25
Pre-Flop: Q A dealt to Hero (MP1)
2 folds, UTG+2 checks, Hero raises to $1.10, MP2 calls $1.10, 3 folds, BB calls $0.85, UTG+2 folds

Flop: ($3.65) Q T 5 (3 Players)
BB bets $0.25, Hero raises to $4.40, MP2 folds, BB calls $4.15

Turn: ($12.45) J (2 Players)
BB bets $2, Hero calls $2

River: ($16.45) 9 (2 Players)
BB bets $3, Hero calls $3

Results: $22.45 Pot ($1.10 Rake)
BB showed 8 J (a straight, Queen high) and WON $21.35 (+$10.85 NET)
Hero mucked Q A (a pair of Queens) and LOST (-$10.50 NET)

The first hand was the easiest call I ever made. The second I was so lost in the hand, and the play was a result of not thinking through my decisions enough although IDK if I could play it any differenty. Both of these hands were against the super donks.

As for my AC Rep work, I walked from Bally's to the Showboat today and got some info on some of the rooms. I have a lot more work to be done, but look out for some updates in the future.


EdmondDantes says

I'm not sure what others would do, but I'm raising that first AQ hand pre-flop. Yeah, you're in the BB and in horrible position, but you likely have the best hand at the table. Get some dough in. Also, if it's your intention to stack off with TPGK, I'm not wild about the calling on the flop or check-calling the turn. If you think you have the best hand on that draw heavy board, RAISE.

On the second hand, calling the donkish min bets is gross. As it was, you lost the minimum, but I'm raising that min bet on the turn if I have TPGK. I don't know who teaches guys to make those min bets, but he's doing them a real disservice. That min lead-out bet from the blind begs to be re-raised. Do it!


Anonymous says

I'll be interested to hear about your AC Rep work.


Anonymous says

Good move staritng off easy to shake off the rust. Snap decisions are killers which is why I always say those who think things through are the ones who usually succeed. Good luck getting back into the action. Me, I'm all in, all the time!!


Anonymous says

I agree with Ed. Those small bets usually smell of 'please don't raise me here.' You can't listed to him. RAISE.


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