Hello all, welcome to my online poker blog.

I've been playing on and off for a decade after being introduced by a friend.

I played regularly for a few years during the poker boom and had a decent record at the micros, particularly Rush and Zoom No Limit Hold'em games (here's one of my graphs).

Around 2012 I began a new career which involved immersing myself completely in study in my spare time, so I had little to no time for poker. However recently this burden has eased and so I have been gradually dipping back in.

I'm an amateur player who still hopes to some day beat the rake.

Monday, 11 April 2011

Tonight I sucked... BIG TIME

I can't remember a time in recent memory when I think I've played quite so fishily. I was BAD. I'm spotting a pattern here too, I played tonight out of necessity because I want the free buy-in that Full Tilt are offering with the Take 2 promotion and a requirement is to earn 50 playing points on 9/10 days. However when I play after a long day with an 8pm finish I always play poorly. So this is the last time I do it - with the exception of further take 2 promos.

So, here I am outing my horrible play for the WORLD to see.
I'm a fish example ONE:
NL Holdem $0.25(BB) Replayer Game#29821721102

ChrizT ($9.75)
Jiggystyler ($25.89)
David Schlager ($26.79)
hjelmedl ($21.65)
stoney4201982 ($24.75)
Hero ($25)
ilpadr1no ($14.46)
New_Cortez ($9)
ullid34 ($30)

ChrizT posts (SB) $0.10
Jiggystyler posts (BB) $0.25

Dealt to Hero Jh Jc
fold, fold, fold,
Hero raises to $0.75
ilpadr1no raises to $1.75
fold, fold, fold, fold,
Hero calls $1
FLOP ($3.85) 8c Tc 6h
Hero checks
ilpadr1no bets $1.75
Hero calls $1.75
TURN ($7.35) 8c Tc 6h Qc
Hero checks
ilpadr1no bets $3
Hero calls $3
RIVER ($13.35) 8c Tc 6h Qc Qs
Hero checks
ilpadr1no bets $7.96 (AI)
Hero calls $7.96
Hero shows Jh Jc
(Pre 19%, Flop 15.9%, Turn 31.8%)

ilpadr1no shows Ah Ad
(Pre 81%, Flop 84.1%, Turn 68.2%)

ilpadr1no wins $27.81

Right my opponent had been playing and reraising tons of hands and I thought he could easily be reraising preflop with a range wide enough to bluff catch with JJ. Flop is great for my hand given the range I'd assigned preflop and so calling the c-bet is OK. But as soon as he fired turn and river my calls become much more dubious. The river queen meant that there were less combinations of better pairs than mine and trips or quads is very unlikely. So essentially I thought that I was either up against AA, KK or complete garbage. But I should probably have weighted it heavily enough to those two hands that the fold was mandatory. Also the hand sample I had was pretty small and so I should also have given him more credit than I did.
Mistake: Trusting my HUD stats without a large enough sample of hands

I'm a fish example TWO:
NL Holdem $0.25(BB) Replayer Game#29821433265

Hejkosport ($60.54)
liondani ($25.44)
PokerEsel ($15)
arsabg01 ($25.45)
DVolodya7 ($36.18)
Hero ($25)
Grand Ravin ($22.11)
MEgBEDb ($42.95)
slam878 ($25)

Hejkosport posts (SB) $0.10
liondani posts (BB) $0.25

Dealt to Hero Qs Ks
fold, fold, fold,
Hero raises to $0.75
fold, fold, fold, fold,
liondani calls $0.50
FLOP ($1.60) 4h 7d Js
liondani checks
Hero bets $1
liondani raises to $2.53
Hero calls $1.53
TURN ($6.66) 4h 7d Js 3s
liondani bets $3.66
Hero calls $3.66
RIVER ($13.98) 4h 7d Js 3s 7s
liondani bets $18.50 (AI)
Hero calls $18.06 (AI)
Hero shows Qs Ks
(Pre 46%, Flop 5.9%, Turn 15.9%)

liondani shows Jc Jd
(Pre 54%, Flop 94.1%, Turn 84.1%)

liondani wins $47.60

I played this hand terribly. Now, against the sort of aggressive villain who is calling reasonably often in the blinds I don't mind the flop call so much because most players will check call with a set on this dry uncoordinated board. So in a situation when a player such as that check raises, it's very often a bluff heavy range so making a float play is fine. But THIS opponent had given NO evidence of those traits. I let suspicion get the better of me. So the flop call is bad, the turn call is fine given the tons of implied odds I was getting at the time. The river call is AWFUL. Wow, the more I look at the hand the worse it looks.... This is a great example of how NOT to play NLHE.
Mistake: Making the decision to play poker tonight.

I'm a WHALE:
NL Holdem $0.25(BB) Replayer Game#29822332209

Vova Vard ($9.55)
Wahoo_JJ ($25.35)
Hero ($28.80)
11Cart ($26.64)
Salesman2010 ($30.27)
tobi812 ($22.98)
Tigg666gger ($84.20)
josh1881 ($21.26)
Bulldogao ($9.78)

Vova Vard posts (SB) $0.10
Wahoo_JJ posts (BB) $0.25

Dealt to Hero Qc Kc
Hero raises to $0.75
11Cart calls $0.75
Salesman2010 calls $0.75
fold, fold, fold, fold, fold,
FLOP ($2.60) As 2c Ac
Hero bets $1.50
11Cart folds
Salesman2010 raises to $3
Hero calls $1.50
TURN ($8.60) As 2c Ac 7d
Hero checks
Salesman2010 bets $1.50
Hero calls $1.50
RIVER ($11.60) As 2c Ac 7d Jc
Hero bets $9.30
Salesman2010 raises to $25.02 (AI)
Hero calls $14.25 (AI)
Hero shows Qc Kc
(Pre 42%, Flop 24.7%, Turn 15.9%)

Salesman2010 shows Ad Jd
(Pre 58%, Flop 75.3%, Turn 84.1%)

Salesman2010 wins $55.77

Actually, I think technically this wasn't too terrible; my opponent was betting so small on the flop and turn it just looked exactly like a trips hand trying to get value from a large part of my range. So I definitely had the odds to draw to my flush. When it comes in, and knowing that AJ is the only hand I should be scared of betting big makes a lot of sense. I don't think he'd ever fold AK or AQ on that river. When he shoves though, calling becomes a case of whether he'd ever do that with AK trying to get value from weaker aces. A better player might do, but at these stakes I think any trips hand would just call my bet. In that case, even given how much money was in the pot - I think folding was the best play on the river. Although it's not a huge mistake in the long run since he'll call with weaker trips hands a ton of the time on that river in my opinion.

Anyway, long post and rant over. I must play better. These $15-$25 pots make a huge difference and I think a better player would prob be $50 better off tonight. GL

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