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Guess Who's Back?

I'm Back From Italy

Sept. 2, 2017 | 10:25 a.m.

May 18, 2017 | 10:17 p.m.

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Cheers buddy! Nice to hear some positive feedback

and on that note, here's April 2017

May 1, 2017 | 5 p.m.

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Monthly Roundup for March

My best month to date and things are heading in the right direction!

April 2, 2017 | 6:40 p.m.

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Guca Trumpet Festival

I took a random trip to a Trumpet Festival in Serbia. Here's how it went down!

March 22, 2017 | 11:55 a.m.

Hey sorry for lack of response. Been seriously ill with a massive dose of man flu so have only just returned to poker. Cheers for all your input!

March 22, 2017 | 11:51 a.m.

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Monthly Roundup Feb

Still struggling away but still loving it!

March 1, 2017 | 2:04 p.m.

Thanks for the responses guys. Does anyone have an idea on how/when to use a blocker bet? Not saying that I WOULD use it in this spot but it's certainly interesting to have it in your arsenal.

March 1, 2017 | 1:54 p.m.

bump as no one commented ;)

Feb. 23, 2017 | 4:36 p.m.

Sadly you are wrong and he's absolutely right. As people have mentioned before, you can get enough info from one hand let alone 32. Obviously not a vast amount of date sometimes enough to sway a decision.

Feb. 23, 2017 | 4:35 p.m.

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I love Musicals...

Bit of a left field post but I've written about why I love musicals and the reasons why you shouldn't give a shit....enjoy!

Feb. 20, 2017 | 4:56 p.m.

  • Raise more from UTG. 2x is too low.

  • I would bet/call as I don't want to give any club draws a free card and you can get called by a a pretty wide range. Yes getting raised kinda sucks but you can call and go from there. Also no info on villain so you can't assume that 'we're going to get raised here pretty often'

-After x/c then I think you have to play it how it was as villain could have missed draws. TT/JJ even.

Most important thing here is to raise larger pre and not assume we are going to get raised on this board often...especially with no reads

Feb. 16, 2017 | 12:09 p.m.

Hand History | PokerVagabond posted in NLHE: 99 vs active 3bettor
Blinds: $0.10/$0.25 (9 Players) BN: $28.07
SB: $39.49
BB: $31.51
UTG: $29.12
UTG+1: $39.78
MP: $23.39
MP+1: $59.94 (Hero)
MP+2: $42.80
CO: $26.70
Preflop ($0.35) Hero is MP+1 with 9 9
3 folds, Hero raises to $0.75, MP+2 folds, CO raises to $2.25, 3 folds, Hero calls $1.50
Villain is actively 3betting Hero. 4.3 overall (1k hands) but 16 vs Hero. First question is could I 4bet this as a bluff?

My 4betting game isn't strong and I'm not sure what to do in certain situations. I would certainly 4bet AK, QQ+ here for value. But I think 4betting this hand will just fold out everything weaker and keep in hands that generally have me crushed.

Both situations suck as I have to play a lot of flops where I see overcards OOP but 4betting a strongish hand like this and then having to fold to a shove would suck as well...would love to here your thoughts on 4betting game...I'm slowly improving but I don't want to be tilting myself and 4bet weaker hands without knowing specific reasons why
Flop ($4.85) 2 6 K
Hero checks, CO bets $2.75, Hero calls $2.75
With his wide range preflop and his cbet stat being 57% I am clearly not folding to a cbet,
Turn ($10.35) 2 6 K 8
Hero checks, CO checks
I would probably reluctantly call a turn cbet given his aggresive preflop stats against me, his 55% cbet turn stat and the fact that I don't see many triple barrels but plenty of double barrels.
River ($10.35) 2 6 K 8 7
Hero checks, CO bets $7.00, Hero folds
Going through this hand again I would think I actually have to call in this spot, If I am reluctantly calling a turn cbet then surely I have to reluctantly call a river cbet. Lots of air in his range that totally whiffed.

I don't believe leading is an option as I am only getting called by worse and I don't give the villain chance to bluff.
Final Pot CO wins $9.88
Rake is $0.47

Feb. 15, 2017 | 1:14 p.m.

I would have thought that I can dominate a lot of hands that are opening from MP, it's not a very very tight range at all? Tight yes, very very tight not so much?

It's not that I am not giving credit, I am merely stating my opinion and enjoy discourse...I certainly do not think I am great or anything but I am willing to think for myself as well. (I state think, not think I am fact I don't mind being shown that I am wrong at all)

Not sure where I did the pot odds wrong? Isn't it Risk/Risk+Reward to figure out your requited equity?

Yeah as stated I'm not sure why I didn't bet the turn and it's probably one of those hands where you think 'what the hell was I thinking' when you view it in the replayer. I do indeed have many leaks but hopefully this forum will help at least a few of them.

Feb. 10, 2017 | 9:59 a.m.

I have AQo in my calling range preflop against most of the population. Having a calling range of only AKo+ and ATs+ is far too nitty in my opinion. Turning a decent, albeit not amazing hand into a 3bet bluff preflop I think is a mistake. I use AJo as my 3bet bluff preflop against most regs as that is not good enough to call with

Feb. 8, 2017 | 11:19 p.m.

Blinds: $0.10/$0.25 (9 Players) BN: $24.75
SB: $24.22
BB: $25.00
UTG: $10.21
UTG+1: $47.24
MP: $25.60
MP+1: $25.00 (Hero)
MP+2: $28.34
CO: $32.09
Preflop ($0.35) Hero is MP+1 with Q A
2 folds, MP raises to $0.62, Hero calls $0.62, MP+2 folds, CO calls $0.62, 2 folds, BB calls $0.37
Nothing too crazy here and relatively unimportant
Flop ($2.58) 8 3 7
BB checks, MP checks, Hero checks, CO checks
No need to stab at the micros 4 way...could be tempted to call a bet depending on who bets and what their stats are
Turn ($2.58) 8 3 7 Q
BB checks, MP checks, Hero checks, CO bets $1.96, BB folds, MP folds, Hero calls $1.96
Not overly sure why I decided just to check here and I feel a bet was the better option but nevertheless once I decided to just check then I don't see much value in raising. Could be called by a couple of worse queens but overall not wanting to get too out of line. Villain is also 16/12 reggy sort of player who I have 500 hands on
River ($6.50) 8 3 7 Q Q
Hero checks, CO bets $4.96
see below

Feb. 8, 2017 | 11:41 a.m.

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Monthly Roundup January

Totally forgot to post my monthly roundup here...the year didn't start too well!

Feb. 8, 2017 | 11:25 a.m.

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My Top 10 Travelling Songs

Went a little bit different this time...spicing things up!

Jan. 24, 2017 | 1:06 p.m.

Hand History | PokerVagabond posted in NLHE: X/R Top Two on the Turn
Blinds: $0.10/$0.25 (5 Players) UTG: $28.91
CO: $26.24
BN: $23.35
SB: $29.74
BB: $27.74 (Hero)
Preflop ($0.35) Hero is BB with K A
UTG folds, CO raises to $0.62, 2 folds, Hero raises to $2.10, CO calls $1.48
Villain is running at 25/18 over 2.3k. RFI at 30 in the CO and fold to 3BET in CO is 50% over 10 sample-s (47% over 66 samples in total)

Clear 3bet for value
Flop ($4.55) 5 K 4
Hero bets $3.40, CO calls $3.40
Putting villain on a relatively wide-ish range. His fold to cbet is 37% over a decent sample so it's an easy value cbet. Could continue with a large part of his range (Medium pocket pairs, overcards, flush draws, A highs)
Turn ($11.35) 5 K 4 A
Hero checks, CO bets $7.23, Hero raises to $22.19 and is all in, CO calls $13.46 and is all in
Now this is where I kind of had a brain fart and wanted to try to get max value without scary myself if the 3rd spade came down (although I now understand that is only a small part of his range)

I think he could still represent a large-ish part of his range here and so I COULD elect to just check/call and keep in all his bluffs but could possible miss out on value with his Ax hands that just made TP but might fold if a 3rd space came or another scare card, his flush draws that could still call my shove, pair and flush draw hands.

However obviously just shipping here could also get all worse hands to fold and only getting called by better (although I do still think he could call with a lot worse hands given his semi-fishy stats)

River ($54.23) 5 K 4 A J
Final Pot BB lost and shows two pair, Aces and Kings.
CO wins and shows three of a kind, Fours.
CO wins $50.73
Rake is $2.00

Jan. 15, 2017 | 5:06 p.m.

What you mentioned about fold to 3bet is a very good point, so good in fact that I went ahead and quickly made a custom popup to make sure I know exactly where villains are folding from. I tend to do it sometimes but hopefully my new popup hud will make it a lot easier for me to check quickly, especially against more competent regs. Thanks for the help buddy, really appreciate it

Jan. 12, 2017 | 4:46 p.m.

Very interesting about the sizing. Its something I haven't adjusted other than the standard 50% 60% 70%

Jan. 11, 2017 | 9:35 a.m.

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My New Years Resolutions

One year on and I'm still here! Cheers to anyone who has read any of my little blog! Here's to 2017!

Jan. 10, 2017 | 11:48 a.m.

Yeah wish I took this advice last night!

Jan. 10, 2017 | 11:47 a.m.

Thanks buddy!

Jan. 9, 2017 | 6:46 p.m.

Hand History | PokerVagabond posted in NLHE: QQ facing x/r on river
Blinds: $0.10/$0.25 (8 Players) SB: $25.10
BB: $15.13
UTG: $25.00
UTG+1: $33.06
MP: $39.93
MP+1: $31.45
CO: $32.89 (Hero)
BN: $25.35
Preflop ($0.35) Hero is CO with Q Q
UTG folds, UTG+1 raises to $0.75, 2 folds, Hero raises to $2.00, 3 folds, UTG+1 calls $1.25
Villain is playing 14/10 over 1.5k hands. Folding to 3bet only 44% of the time and has a very very tight 4bet range of 0.8. I think raising here for value as standard. Will be called by 99+, AT/AJs + at a minimum.
Flop ($4.35) 2 9 6
UTG+1 checks, Hero bets $2.80, UTG+1 calls $2.80
Checking here could be an option but I can get value from TT/JJ/ random OOP float with Ax hands. Maybe even 77/88 that decide to call a 3bet. Also a tiny bit of protection as 8 cards would kill any action. (Villains fold to cbet is 53)
Turn ($9.95) 2 9 6 J
UTG+1 checks, Hero checks
I think betting here would seriously narrow villains range and fold out most that I beat (77/88/TT, random floats) and being called or even raised by hands that crush me (99/JJ in particular, AA/KK that decided not to 4bet)
River ($9.95) 2 9 6 J 9
UTG+1 checks, Hero bets $4.00, UTG+1 raises to $13.50, Hero folds
Checking back the river was certainly going through my mind as I struggled to find what hands would call me. In the end I thought that was just too passive and quickly came to the assumption that TT COULD call, random float with AJ could also call, plus hero calling with AK

As soon as the raise came in it seems like a pretty easy fold but would love to know what you think
Final Pot UTG+1 wins $17.14
Rake is $0.81

Jan. 9, 2017 | 12:02 a.m.

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The Yearly Review

I reflect on a year that didn't exactly go to plan...but looking towards the future!

Dec. 31, 2016 | 1:23 p.m.

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A Hike Across The Worlds Largest Sand Island

A cheeky post about heading out on random adventures, I've also given myself a promotion to $25nl this week so everything is looking up!

Dec. 14, 2016 | 11:51 a.m.

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Monthly Roundup - November

My best month to date and a promotion looms...

Dec. 6, 2016 | 9:28 p.m.

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I'm off to Italy!

but not by the normal route...

Nov. 22, 2016 | 8:58 p.m.

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I Hitchhiked 7000km Across Australia

I chat about it a little bit....

Nov. 7, 2016 | 5:03 p.m.

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