I enjoyed your video. I'm not a mix-game player, but your style is very relaxed and approachable. As a NL/PLO player, I sometimes let my game become overly rigid, so it was helpful to see a good player such as yourself applying poker concepts so fluidly across a variety of games.
Feb. 13, 2016 | 7:54 p.m.
Thanks for the sanity check. I have taken some very bad losses recently and I started over-questioning my lines. I have tons of areas to improve my game, but I realize that I am just using this as a way to punish myself and relive the loss .. Poker PTSD :-|
I've had a really rough month and am going to get some backing and drop down in stakes or share action for a while. Never been through anything like the losing streak I've been on.
Jan. 25, 2016 | 4:12 a.m.
I agree that it is a bit of a trouble hand, even folded to the CO, but I'm more interested in postflop, as played preflop. My reasons for raising were somewhat image-based, as I had not played a hand in 15 hands.
Jan. 22, 2016 | 3:14 a.m.
edited: BB calls, Button calls.
My thinking on the flop was that my hand is too strong to fold, and that if I call I will inevitably be guessing on almost all turn cards. Right now I have good equity against a range of combo draws, QJ, 44 (discounted), and terrible equity against QQ.
Jan. 21, 2016 | 2:58 p.m.
Background: Game is a 9-handed 5/5 PLO game which has a $25 mandatory "Dallas" button straddle, which guarantees absolute last action preflop to the button. This means that that button will only act once all other players have closed the action by betting, raising, and calling beforehand. An aggressive regular has half the table (other regs) straddling to $100 in an effort to get unstuck. My image at the table is tight and straightforward. Just about everyone knows I am playing higher than I would like, and that I don't get out of line much. The game is so splashy that there is plenty of money to be made this way, in my opinion, which is why I've taken a number of shots at this game (never seen the straddle go up above $25 before though..)
CO - Hero (8.5k) - KdJdJ8
Button straddles to 100 on the button and it folds around to me in the CO with KdJdJ8 which I pot to 400. SB folds, BB calls, Button calls. This was my first hand played in about 15 hands because the game had become wild preflop, and I was card-dead. I've also been perceived as having my chips "locked down," not entirely incorrectly. I expect to get action because players expect me to over-define my hand and think they can outplay me postflop.
BB leads 900 into 1200...
Hero raises to 4k
Button raises all in for 8.5k effective
BB thinks and folds
Button shows QQ** and Hero loses the biggest pot of his life with 1 out, playing way way way too high for his "bankroll". Is this a cooler or did I misplay somewhere?