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.

Wednesday, 3 July 2013

Hand History

Just had a so so session, you know one of those where nothing goes right. It's very easy to tilt when it happens but when you've played close to a million hands it's easier to manage your emotions in those situations.

So I was pleased with the way I played other than one hand which I'll share:

PokerStars Zoom Hand #100929348436:  Hold'em No Limit ($0.25/$0.50) - 2013/07/03 21:57:23 WET [2013/07/03 16:57:23 ET]
Table 'Arp' 9-max Seat #1 is the button
Seat 1: monnemma ($25.06 in chips)
Seat 2: dbubll ($23.25 in chips)
Seat 3: ira5000 ($32.42 in chips)
Seat 4: BankoBet ($55.78 in chips)
Seat 5: hassofass000 ($67.67 in chips)
Seat 6: konn84 ($63.54 in chips)
Seat 7: ZEROPOSITIV ($40.90 in chips)
Seat 8: prelop_me ($141.46 in chips)
Seat 9: plesko ($99.01 in chips)
dbubll: posts small blind $0.25
ira5000: posts big blind $0.50
*** HOLE CARDS ***

Dealt to BankoBet [9d 9s]

BankoBet: raises $1 to $1.50
hassofass000: folds
konn84: folds
prelop_me: calls $1.50
plesko: folds
monnemma: folds
dbubll: folds
ira5000: raises $1 to $2.50
BankoBet: calls $1
prelop_me: calls $1
*** FLOP *** [8h Kc 9c]


ira5000: bets $2.50
BankoBet: calls $2.50

This is where the decision tree gets interesting. I don't think that calling was the right play given that there is evidence that ira5000 is an inexperienced player. Historically I've always done better by playing good hands fast against players like this. How would you have proceeded?

prelop_me: calls $2.50
*** TURN *** [8h Kc 9c] [Th]
ira5000: checks
BankoBet: bets $9.50
prelop_me: calls $9.50
ira5000: raises $9.50 to $19
BankoBet: raises $31.78 to $50.78 and is all-in

Given the evidence we've got so far about ira5000 I'm not too worried by this check raise. I've seen enough players like this overplaying AA and AK post flop to shit myself about KK - although it's obviously in his range. The question again is whether I took the right line by raising rather than calling. I can definitely see merits in calling. Again, what do you think?

prelop_me: folds
ira5000: calls $8.42 and is all-in
Uncalled bet ($23.36) returned to BankoBet
*** RIVER *** [8h Kc 9c Th] [Ah]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
ira5000: shows [Qc Jc] (a straight, Ten to Ace)
BankoBet: shows [9d 9s] (three of a kind, Nines)
ira5000 collected $77.09 from pot
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot $79.59 | Rake $2.50
Board [8h Kc 9c Th Ah]
Seat 1: monnemma (button) folded before Flop (didn't bet)
Seat 2: dbubll (small blind) folded before Flop
Seat 3: ira5000 (big blind) showed [Qc Jc] and won ($77.09) with a straight, Ten to Ace
Seat 4: BankoBet showed [9d 9s] and lost with three of a kind, Nines
Seat 5: hassofass000 folded before Flop (didn't bet)
Seat 6: konn84 folded before Flop (didn't bet)
Seat 7: ZEROPOSITIV folded before Flop (didn't bet)
Seat 8: prelop_me folded on the Turn
Seat 9: plesko folded before Flop (didn't bet)

You might wonder why I posted this hand, but my instincts are telling me that I got it wrong and I wanted to hear some other points of view. Looking back I can understand why I took the line that I did but it still feels wrong somehow.

Right, time to head in. GL

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