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CrappyTimeSlot

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you'd have to look at the OOP range facing a bet. But I think for TT

(a) getting check raised will really stink- check out the villain x-r range it will be full of hands that push EV against like 99.
(b) getting called won't be great
(c) picking up a straight draw on the turn will be awesome.

Oct. 17, 2021 | 7:28 p.m.

do they take a rake on hands that end preflop?

If yes, just tighten up.

If no, raise about the same and drop some of the bottom of the calling range. You can move some of the raising hands up in value (more raising with K9s, less playing w K5) and ditch like 53s

Oct. 17, 2021 | 7:20 p.m.

Not even sure about the C-bet size but might be ok?

I think it's probably ok, but my guess is a larger bet has more EV if you're choosing one size. It's close because villain has a lot of queens and jacks in range

At the turn once I got xr I'm also not sure about retaking the lead.

I would say checking range includes top pair, broadway flush draws, sets, combo draws, TP+FD, etc.

At 25NL I think you have a lot of stuff to bet into for value and very few things are going to check raise you twice, none of which will lose to you.

And the river: I feel like it's definitly too thin.

It's thin, and gutsy. In your favor you counterfeit top two pair, but against that you suggest there's really only likely two combos. KTs may find a call (two combos if they're in range, but way less likely), AQ hard to say but probably should lean fold, AK with a spade is in range because of how small turn bet is as is possibly AsKs, and maybe even AK. These are the hands you're targeting and there's only a couple combos after the check raise. I'd say optimistically more than a handful of combos and pessimistically like two

Against that are the sandbags and 9t/AT all of which are around at some frequency. That's a lot more combos.

I think I prefer a check.

Oct. 17, 2021 | 7:16 p.m.

Phil made a recent youtube video

RunItTw1ce phil?

Oct. 17, 2021 | 5:22 p.m.

Also, RIP my iPad, where I watch* play and explains instead of TV when my brain is too full to study theory.

*used to watch :(

Oct. 16, 2021 | 3:10 a.m.

October 13

I tried to play a few sessions of 100NL but the tables were dead. I dropped about a buy in in the first session and the tables didn't look any better, so I drove to the casino.

I started at $1/$3 where I first ran hot then cooled off for a long stretch. Then, the table broke, so I took a spot in a very loud $2/$5 game. It was as crude a table as I have ever been at, and as tempted as I was to tell people to stfu, you guessed it: the yappers were the ones who were going to give it away. I heard all the hits: sexism, homophobia, misogyny, antivax conspiracy lunacy. I feel sorry for their partners and spouses.

I played ok, except for one hand where I could've probably avoided losing half a buy in with a bigger lead and a check fold on the turn, instead of using the solver bet sizing on the flop. I dragged a huge pot when someone made it 14x to go from MP and I 3bet with aces, got a call for my bet on the flop and then unfortunately the turn was a fold for the villain (we were 200bb effective).

I was surprised at how much the swinginess of $2/$5 bothered me and before the aces, it really looked like i was likely to book a losing session at the casino in the first time in a long time. So, I think I'll take a break from playing $2/$5 until I have suffered a few brutal beats at $1/$3 andnget a little more confident in my live game.

Total for night: +$162
On the month: +$1646

Oct. 16, 2021 | 2:58 a.m.

Did a quick "Mental Hand History" of this bluff raise -- I was getting pretty steamed at that moment. I had lost to recent hands to a 3bet in a straddle pot and a 4bet. I was brimming with contempt for the raiser and probably should've recognized that as an emotion and not as a reason to 3bet.

And while if we were heads-up, my bet with the blockers would've been good, we were multiway. It was all driven by greed and emotion.

I actually gave the implications of this a lot of thought and here were my summary statements

  • Poker is a high variance game and I have to accept extremely long, extremely tall and wide hot and cold streaks. This includes
    • Disgusting beats when all in - or huge suckouts
    • Disgusting run outs - or amazing run outs
    • Disgusting calls - or amazing calls
    • Moronic plays - or amazing plays
    • Getting bluffed or outplayed by players who are not as good as me in generally but it is their perfect time. - or getting people to do exactly what I want
    • ... I can mentally prepare for all of it and mentally adjust to all of it
  • My opponents behavior ranges from
    • unpredictable,
    • to mildly unpredictable,
    • to easily predictable.
    • I CAN INTERPRET THEIR ACTIONS IF I STAY FOCUSED
    • I CANNOT CONTROL THEIR ACTIONS
  • My emotions are cues, not instructions.
    • When I act out of my emotion, I am ignoring other variables and missing opportunities
    • It is not my task to obey my emotions
    • It is my task identify, be at peace with and interpret my emotions, then act in a useful way.
  • I do not have to be
    • the smartest or best player at the table.
    • the winningest player at the table
    • the player with the most chips at the table

Oct. 13, 2021 | 9:38 p.m.

October 12
I took a break from heavy study and play tonight to go to the casino and relax and play one hand every three minutes and not have any hand histories to review.

I’ll be brief, because I’m dictating into my iPhone because it’s late and I’m having trouble with some of my software. I had fun, I saw some guys I knew before and met a new reg (who I think I might be a professional) and I watched him play beautifully.

I played three sessions. I went on a tear for the first couple 2-hour sessions and in the first part of the  third session. Then I made a few mistakes that were close to zero expected value calls they put me in spots where I was calling to see turn in river cards to make a hand but didn’t have much for the equity and I missed so I went down a little bit in chip  count. I made one disastrous bluff phrase where I didn’t realize a rec behind me was going to call (but really - I blocked the nuts and the only set my main opponent could have!).

I think I need to spend more time thinking about the best and worst case scenarios of my lines in multiway spots - I was too focused on the person I was running the bluff against.

Day total: +1023
Month total: +1484

Oct. 13, 2021 | 8:08 p.m.

I guess the take home is - this is off to a good start. I know this is probably 70% running good, but the running good will reinforce what is a useful study tool/strategy.

On the night: $574
For the month: $460

Oct. 12, 2021 | 4:45 a.m.

LASER FOCUS ON 100NL PART 1.

As my esteemed discord colleague recommended, I put myself to work tonight on crushing 100NL. The rules were simple:

  1. I cut my table count down to 4 to pay more attention
  2. I tried to think about the villain's exact range in every single decision and look for weak spots.
  3. As always, I was on the hunt for folds that were the EV maximum or indifferent, as bluffs tend not to be as large a factor in this game.

I played 3 ~80 minute sessions with a short break in between them.

Session 1.
I immediately took a liking to this strategy for playing. I could see it impacting my play positively from the start. I sandbagged aces vs a 4bet and stacked a solid reg with tight 4bet ranges. Not much else happened in terms of major pots other than I made a call looks "+EV" against GTO but not against this opponent play - I called with TP + NFD when he always has a set or straight and jammed the turn. Sigh. Nonetheless, I started off strong and gave myself an A for how I was doing.

Session 2.
This one proved harder but still productive. I made a monster fold - third set on a JT6Q board in a 4bet pot, but also made a call with TT as the third set to get shown a straight on the river. I also made a big call with a bluffcatching hand against a villain who NEVER has any bluffs. On the other hand, I found some monster bluffs of my own. Getting in a good 5 bet bluff jam and absurdly sized river bluff when a 4bet board ran out disgusting and the villain (aggressor) kept checking. SO overall good, but maybe not as good - two bad calls. B+/A-

Session 3.
Everything is easy when you flop quads. I ran like a god and just put the pressure on. I was stacking people left and right. I got to jam 4s full of 5s at 350 BB deep because there was no way my opponent held a better one considering his range. A+

Best played hands

Best strategic adjustment
PokerStars - $1 NL (6 max) - Holdem - 5 players

Hero (BB): $112.24 (112.2 bb)
UTG: $161.92 (161.9 bb)
CO: $236.49 (236.5 bb)
BTN: $114.60 (114.6 bb)
SB: $119.74 (119.7 bb)

Pre Flop: (pot: $1.50) Hero has As Ah
fold, CO raises to $2.50, 2 folds, Hero raises to $11.00, CO raises to $25.50, Hero calls $14.50

Flop: ($51.50, 2 players) Td 8s 6h
Hero checks, CO bets $21.00, Hero raises to $86.74 and is all-in, CO calls $65.74

Turn: ($224.98, 2 players) 3d
River: ($224.98, 2 players) 5h
Hero shows As Ah: (One Pair, Aces)
CO shows Qc Qh: (One Pair, Queens)
Hero wins $221.98

Finding a good EV maximizing fold

PokerStars - $1 NL (6 max) - Holdem - 3 players

Hero (BB): $165.88 (165.9 bb)
BTN: $43.76 (43.8 bb)
SB: $357.32 (357.3 bb)

Pre Flop: (pot: $1.50) Hero has Tc Td
fold, SB raises to $2.50, Hero raises to $9.00, SB raises to $24.00, Hero calls $15.00

Flop: ($48.00, 2 players) Jd 6d Ts
SB bets $16.28, Hero calls $16.28

Turn: ($80.56, 2 players) Qc
SB bets $58.50, Hero folds

SB wins $79.06

AND THE QUADS

PokerStars - $1 NL (6 max) - Holdem - 6 players

BB: $50.45 (50.5 bb)
UTG: $61.17 (61.2 bb)
Hero (MP): $333.96 (334 bb)
CO: $78.37 (78.4 bb)
BTN: $82.72 (82.7 bb)
SB: $187.58 (187.6 bb)

SB posts $0.50, BB posts $1.00

Pre Flop: (pot: $1.50) Hero has As Ad
fold, Hero raises to $2.50, fold, BTN calls $2.50, fold, BB calls $1.50

Flop: ($8.00, 3 players) Ah 2h Ac
BB checks, Hero checks, BTN bets $2.80, fold, Hero calls $2.80

Turn: ($13.60, 2 players) 9s
Hero checks, BTN bets $8.46, Hero calls $8.46

River: ($30.52, 2 players) 6d
Hero checks, BTN checks

Hero shows As Ad: (Four of a Kind, Aces)
BTN mucks 7c Tc: (One Pair, Aces)
Hero wins $28.99

He just couldn't find the rip :(

Oct. 12, 2021 | 4:43 a.m.

RunItTw1ce
It's weird - the best feeling is the snap fold, or when you have like the third nuts and you ship, watching the time bank activate.

Although recently I got slowrolled at a final table >:O

Oct. 12, 2021 | 4:41 a.m.

I was just wondering how it's going?

Oct. 11, 2021 | 7:50 p.m.

Will be going to California tomorrow and likely be grinding at Bay101 on Tuesday.

Good luck and enjoy the weather.

Oct. 11, 2021 | 7:48 p.m.

Two things -

(1) I reviewed the river decision above and there's no donks but villain should BLAST AK. So good soul read.

(2) Watching this video and I'm very proud of myself for the bluffs I made two days ago. I was implicitly using unblockers and using blockers to the fullest. Although I had to stop at about halfway because my brain was completely filled.

Oct. 11, 2021 | 7:46 p.m.

The week up to October 11

To quote Gabbo

I spent 3 sessions last week playing without doing warm-up exercises or reviewing hands. I got totally nuked for it, dropping a couple buy ins each night and one nigh dropping 8. It was a series of mistakes that I kept making. This is something I will stop doing.

But my stressful week ended and I got back to the basics at the casino, playing some $1/$3 and later $2/$5. $1/$3 at Parx in Pennsylvania plays about like 10NL, maybe worse. I was just destroying. I was pushing huge EV from bluffs in a few spots where I had nut blockers and just destroying even smarter regs with value bets. It was nice to go there, relax and frankly, just beat the hell out of people at the live stake of the stakes I can play at the very limits of my bankroll (more on this later).

I think because everyone from the high stakes MTT world is in Nevada, it was half price this sunday on Stars. So I dipped my toe into the high roller, as well as playing the usual higher stakes MTTs. I made myself a set of goals for this session.

*6 tables only to focus on decisions
*Find better folds and make them
*Find more +EV 3bets and make them

Overall I did well - better even than at the casino. The small table count was a huge help. In addition to being more consistent, I could quickly recognize it when I was inconsistent. I felt as though for once I might even be (over)-accomodating for ICM pressure on me. I made some excellent folds (11 found and 2 missed) and found some +EV 3bets (4 and I did not notice any misses). The high roller itself taught me a lot. I was outclassed once the stack depth reliably got below 100 (I did not feel that way before it did though - nice). So the only reason I was +EV in this tournament is it didn't come anywhere close enough to having enough players to make its guarantee. In retrospect this is a trend in all of the MTTs above $100 buy in. The regs can put some medium sized errors under a magnifying glass and make them huge.

I did make a deep run in the pokerstars nightly, making it into the money. ICM Pressure was high as there were two weak regs with medium sized stacks and then a good reg ran up a stack and just terrorized the rest of us. Twice I folded top pair with a nonplaying kicker in spots where I thought the bluffing frequency would be too low. I made a questionable 4bet overjam when I thought a short stack was getting fresh, but mostly I just outwaited a lot of implosions and coolers to get it down to headsup. I battled with this dude for like an hour from a 10:1 stack deficit to slightly more than even, but I couldn't seal the deal. I think he might have correctly put in some exploitative play against me as for bet sizings and bet frequencies, but we will see. Either way, he eventually got the best of me. But I did have a decent night.

So what's next?

A couple of higher stakes players joined my New Jersey discord, and one of them gave me some great advice when I brought up the beating I took over the last week. He said I should have "laser focus" on beating 100NL for a serious winrate. Don't spend time or energy on other games, just focus in and fill in the gaps there. There's a lot there to explore. At 100NL I am comfortable but I am by no means crushing. So what can I work on to crush?

*Fix the loose calls and shoves for big bets that show up every time I get lazy, tilted, or bored.
*Drill ranges and how to adjust against various player types. One thing solvers don't give you is a sense for what to do with pocket 9s vs a guy who 3bets 6%, right? Or how to play the BB vs a RFI 25%, fold to 3bet 33%.
*Work on my mental game.
*Study with these things in mind.

I wouldn't call myself excited, it seems like a hell of a lot of work, but I am eager to get cracking on it.

Most interesting river decision
ICM made check raising very awkward vs a person who will call with almost any ace he cbets and might bet a blank or a spade as abluff on the turn. And there's a high probability he's going to check the river back. Should I just have a donking range?

PokerStars - 1500/3000 Ante 375 NL - Holdem - 4 players

BTN: 60,562 (20.2 bb)
SB: 42,400 (14.1 bb)
Hero (BB): 85,744 (28.6 bb)
CO: 371,294 (123.8 bb)

4 players post ante of 375, SB posts 1,500, Hero posts BB 3,000

Pre Flop: (pot: 6,000) Hero has As 2s
CO raises to 6,900, 2 folds, Hero calls 3,900

Flop: (16,800, 2 players) Ts Ad 4s
Hero checks, CO bets 5,040, Hero calls 5,040

Turn: (26,880, 2 players) 7c
Hero checks, CO bets 18,600, Hero calls 18,600

River: (64,080, 2 players) Js
Hero checks, CO checks

Hero shows As 2s: (Flush, Ace High)
(Pre 29%, Flop 45%, Turn 27%)

CO mucks Ah Kh: (One Pair, Aces)
(Pre 71%, Flop 55%, Turn 73%)

Hero wins 64,080

Lessons (Re-)Learned
*Don't play without enough time to warm-up, review, or study. Maybe I should study instead?
*Live poker will feel great again.
*Talk to people who play higher and better than
*40 BB is an entirely different beast than 100 and the MTT regs at high stakes can tear me apart
*Likewise for HU at any stack size.

Bankroll total for now: -$113 on the month

Oct. 11, 2021 | 7:26 a.m.

October 3

I spent today at a memorial for my friend’s dad, so not enough time to play poker. But i did get started on a quick first pass through FTGU: PLO, which i am quite enjoying. The first pass will probably take me 4 weeks, then acltually studying it and taking notes will take months.

Oct. 4, 2021 | 2:12 a.m.

I have been reading The Mental Edge by Leszek which as he says is very practical advice but I do find it very helpful! I'm slowly working through the book with the exercises. I'm only about 1/3 of the way done with it, but I stopped on a section that has me set a yearly goal and performance goals beneath it.

Same. I made fitness and self care my goals. I skimmed the book already once so i’m pretty sure i will enjoy the rest too

Oct. 4, 2021 | 2:09 a.m.

Mark, I’d love to see more of this.

Oct. 3, 2021 | 5:40 p.m.

Interesting point. "What am I going to say, say it, say what I just said". That idea yeah?

Yes exactly.

Oct. 3, 2021 | 4:46 p.m.

October 2nd session

I'll be brief. Played some hold em and it went well. Then played PLO and it went blah. I won't bother with the details because it wasn't very exciting either way.

Buying FTGU PLO to look at on my iPad while I should be sleeping. I think that's what's next for me.

Most interesting hand. I floated to take the pot away and then decided to bluff it away on the river anyway. Villain is a dece reg.

PokerStars - $2 NL (6 max) - Holdem - 3 players

SB: $388.70 (194.4 bb)
BB: $212.75 (106.4 bb)
Hero (BTN): $479.96 (240 bb)

SB posts $1.00, BB posts $2.00

Pre Flop: (pot: $3.00) Hero has Qd Ac
Hero raises to $5.00, fold, BB raises to $24.00, Hero calls $19.00

Flop: ($49.00, 2 players) 8d 4s 6d
BB checks, Hero checks

Turn: ($49.00, 2 players) 3s
BB bets $32.00, Hero calls $32.00

River: ($113.00, 2 players) 2h
BB bets $40.00, Hero raises to $132.00, fold

Results: $193.00 pot ($2.00 rake)
Final Board: 8d 4s 6d 3s 2h

Hero wins $191.00

Total for the session and month to date: $218.61

Oct. 3, 2021 | 5:23 a.m.

September summary and October goals

I won 1k for the month. $1053, to be exact.

It was a little from cash and a little from the MTT (the bink was swallowed up in other buy ins mostly)

What did I learn?

I learned a lot about playing well on my A-game. I'm really impressed by how much I've improved.

I also learned that my C/D-game is more common this month and causing me great distress. A lot of my post session notes talk about "boredom" and "stress" and a few mention "tilt". Fatigue came up once too. C-game, all leads to C-game.

What's my gameplan for October?

  1. Play a little less, study some more. My best month was also my best studying month. I also may focus more on NL cash if the games stay good and there's no high guarantee tournaments (cant pass up free money though)
  2. Actually study an intro PLO course. Enough dicking around, I have to learn how to play this game, the game is too good and I am too lost. I'm going to buy from the ground up PLO. (20% of study, probably during the weeks I work because I anticipate the level of it will be less "graduate school" in terms of focus. I will probably breeze through them this month and start taking notes next month.)
  3. Continue to advance my postflop study. I've matured quite a bit and I want to keep going. But I need to improve the back end of my game as I do it. (10% of study time, probably in primetime hours like mid afternoon on off weeks)
  4. Study the mental game. I have "The Mental Edge" and "The Mental Game of Poker". I intend to try to read and take notes from these both on work weeks and poker weeks. I am "breezing" through MGP and taking notes on Mental Edge at this point. (30% Of study time - doing the exercises in both books)
  5. DRILL preflop. Use GTO Wizard to nail down range. Considering buying other software that you can put your own ranges in (10%)
  6. Review hands. Study hands to find mistakes. I've been lazy about that lately. (10%)

Also my NJ regs discord is slamming. Message me if you play in New Jersey and you want in.

Oct. 3, 2021 | 5:16 a.m.

September 29

Playing cash games tonight.

My goals were to
(1) improve my range based thinking
(2) find folds in spots that appear to be indifferent to calling or folding
(3) find more +EV betting opportunities

I started on WSOP.com, or as you might know it, "Jungleman and Phil's favorite site". I ran kinda bad and made a 1/2 stack of mistake and donated my stack to an ok-ish reg. I did learn, however, that I am not doing a good job of extracting value from stations, or using bet sizing tells to my advantage. More things to learn.

Session 2 - pokerstarsNJ - played a few hundred hands and did a better job getting money from stations but not great. Did fall for a couple bet sizing tells. My goals started to get blurry about 40 mins into the hour.

I don't feel like I'm playing my best, so I am setting a mental stop-loss and wrapping up.

How did I do on my goals
(1) range based reasoning - best on flop, ok on preflop, so-so on the last 2 streets
(2) finding zero EV folds. Here I know I can do better.
(3) Finding more +EV betting opportunities - I think I did good here

Total for the evening + $5 (thanks to a pokerstars chest hehehe "rakeback")
Total for the month = 1053.80

Sept. 30, 2021 | 3:59 a.m.

Shaun Pauwels

First - this video feels foundational to thinking about NLH - I've never seen such a concrete approach to realization. The content is probably going to take me a day or two to fully process but I can instantly see the importance. This is an all-time great for me.

Second - two questions

(1) (a simple one) When equity is displayed in a solver is it realizable equity or raw equity? I've never thought about this before. And of course we can easily calculate realizable equity from EV. never mind, @Mudkip answered, it's raw equity

(2) (a more complex one). When thinking about opening raise sizes, is the raise size alone decreasing equity realization or is it the change in appropriate range with raise size? Do you think they are independent.

Third - a bit of feedback. I find your summary slides very important to understanding the concepts you talk about. It might be helpful to preface the findings with the summary slide, and then include a second summary slide where you remphasize the findings and include a brief explanation of how and why.

Fourth - what drove you start thinking about solvers in such a fundamental, theorhetical way?

Sept. 29, 2021 | 5:56 p.m.

3betting vs cold calling: While you could run solves to calculate this it will get somewhat complex because of 4betting, 5bet jamming, folding range etc... .

It's wild how lost you can get in this. I spent two hours trying to simplify a dumb question about this and the answer was still very unsatisfactory.

Sept. 29, 2021 | 5:48 p.m.

So I reviewed my play for this session. I'm may honestly be lucky I didn;t lose more buy ins

Later street play was very spewy. Particularly there were a lot of exploitative folds. Calling in underbluffed spots a great deal, bluffing people who were playing stationy.

Back to the lab again.

Sept. 29, 2021 | 3:49 p.m.

September 28

Rough night. [insert vomit emoji here]

I played a bunch of MTT and only cashed the smallest one. The night ended early, so I had the chance to review my hands before I switched games.

Then, I sat down at the cash tables and got slaughtered. Just slaughtered. Losing flips for 5 BI, spewing 200BB to two whales at 200NL, dropped another 2 BI badly at 100NL. I think my shot at 200NL is over for now.

The cash play was a brutalizing affair. I lost grip on my session goals

The one useful thing I did do- while I was playing MTTs I took a count of spots where I thought I could exploitatively play for folds, checks, calls or bets and counted hits and misses.

For checks I hit 4 and missed 2.

For folds I hit 11 and missed 9.

For calls I hit 3 and missed 1.

For bets I hit 9 and missed 5.

I'm not sure how to interpret these data yet. Maybe I'll try to generate more. I guess the thing I'll say so far is it's glaring that I miss a lot of folds.

On the night: $-1303
For the month: $1049

Sept. 29, 2021 | 4:58 a.m.

Not in nj anyway

Sept. 28, 2021 | 4:42 a.m.

SO I played two nights this week - I usually don't because I find it too taxing and really, If I have an hour I should just study. But I let myself do it again

Not a great idea.

I got crushed. And a lot of the memorable parts of the beating are run bad, much of it is also play bad. I could see it. Preflop ranges drifting to too lose, not anchoring down play by being consistent and reliable. Some calls that were not range based but more like "Well, they could have a ton of missed flush draws so I should call" instead of "there's a lot of jacks and tens in this range and bluffs as well but on the whole (etc etc)". Incomplete work in the moment, when the work can be completed outside of it.

Truthfully my brain was too tired.

Best win:
PokerStars - $2 NL (6 max) - Holdem - 6 players

BTN: $131.25 (65.6 bb)
SB: $526.47 (263.2 bb)
BB: $202.56 (101.3 bb)
Hero (UTG): $325.37 (162.7 bb)
MP: $242.22 (121.1 bb)
CO: $91.82 (45.9 bb)

SB posts $1.00, BB posts $2.00

Pre Flop: (pot: $3.00) Hero has Ks 8s
Hero raises to $5.00, MP raises to $16.00, 2 folds, SB calls $15.00, fold, Hero calls $11.00

Flop: ($50.00, 3 players) 6s Js Td
SB checks, Hero checks, MP bets $15.68, SB raises to $31.36, Hero calls $31.36, MP raises to $226.22 and is all-in, fold, Hero calls $194.86

Turn: ($533.80, 2 players) 5c
River: ($533.80, 2 players) 2s

Players agreed to run it twice.
Turn #2: ($533.80, 2 players) 4h
River #2: ($533.80, 2 players) Th

Results: $533.80 pot ($0.00 rake)
Final Board: 6s Js Td 5c 2s 4h Th
Hero shows Ks 8s: (Flush, King High)
MP shows 3s Qs: (Flush, Queen High)

Hero wins $265.40

(this is a read player is hyper aggro and will have too many spades in range)

Worst loss
PokerStars - $2 NL (6 max) - Holdem - 6 players

Hero (SB): $277.33 (138.7 bb)
BB: $695.90 (348 bb)
UTG: $1,602.68 (801.3 bb)
MP: $200.00 (100 bb)
CO: $442.51 (221.3 bb)
BTN: $216.45 (108.2 bb)

Hero posts SB $1.00, BB posts $2.00

Pre Flop: (pot: $3.00) Hero has Jd Jc
UTG raises to $6.00, fold, CO calls $6.00, fold, Hero raises to $36.00, fold, UTG calls $30.00, CO raises to $442.51 and is all-in, Hero calls $241.33 and is all-in, fold

Flop: ($592.66, 2 players) 5h Kc 4s

Turn: ($592.66, 2 players) 4d

River: ($592.66, 2 players) Ah

Results: $592.66 pot ($3.00 rake)
Final Board: 5h Kc 4s 4d Ah

Hero shows Jd Jc: (Two Pair, Jacks and Fours)
CO shows Kh Kd: (Full House, Kings full of Fours)

CO wins $589.66

Pretty sure I should've at least thought of folding considering villain's stats.

I dipped a couple buy ins at 100, a couple at 200, and a couple at 50 NL.

In summary I might be done with playing for more than pennies during a week of work.

All told -$1523 for the week
Total for month +$2351

(EDIT: I misread my spreadsheet, so I updated the winnings

Sept. 27, 2021 | 3:45 a.m.

September 21

Sat down at the tables to snoop on a guy who we might invite to the NJ reg discord (he was as good as I remembered), then later finished work and blew off steam in a very juicy PLO table or two.

Ran well but games were very good.

No superinteresting hands but just to brag about how good these games are:

PokerStars - $0.50 PL Hi (6 max) - Omaha Hi - 5 players
BB: $48.04 (96.1 bb)
UTG: $54.79 (109.6 bb)
CO: $48.51 (97 bb)
Hero (BTN): $104.14 (208.3 bb)
SB: $20.56 (41.1 bb)

SB posts $0.25, BB posts $0.50

Pre Flop: (pot: $0.75) Hero has As 6d Ah 8h
UTG raises to $1.75, CO raises to $6.00, Hero raises to $20.50, 2 folds, UTG calls $18.75, CO calls $14.50

Flop: ($62.25, 3 players) 6h 4c 4d
UTG checks, CO bets $28.01 and is all-in, Hero raises to $56.02, fold

Turn: ($118.27, 2 players) Js

River: ($118.27, 2 players) Kh

Results: $118.27 pot ($2.50 rake)
Final Board: 6h 4c 4d Js Kh

CO shows 5s 3s Tc Th: (Two Pair, Tens and Fours)
(Pre 31%, Flop 37%, Turn 25%)

Hero shows As 6d Ah 8h: (Two Pair, Aces and Fours)
(Pre 69%, Flop 63%, Turn 75%)

Hero wins $115.77

Yesterday won $0.41 messing around
Tonight won $235.50 on these juicy PLO games

Net for month $3874.51

Sept. 22, 2021 | 3:33 a.m.

September 18

It was MTT night!

MTTs are a huge time commitment and often brain rottingly dull at the mid stakes. But man do they print.

I played some NJCOOP, some WSOP and the PartyPoker nightlies. Initially my play was off and I was playing low stakes table games as well, but I stopped and focused in. Then... I got really sleepy. My play was good but I was ready for bed. This isn't surprising because I covered a night shift at my job 2 days ago and this was my first day totally back to mornings. So, I ran next door to grab a coffee. I was recharged for a few hours and I was grinding.

I cashed in one of the NJCOOP (but no bink) and busted in the rest of the MTTs, except for a lowly $50 on WSOP. And then the coffee wore off. So I went to the couch and played on my iPad (less criminal than it sounds - there's no HUD on WSOP). I had a key double up. So back to the computer!

At the computer I recorded the bubble onwards. It was a battle but I kept chipping up. I made it to the final table as the chip leader and stayed near the top down to the final 3. It was a battle. Neither player seemed particularly ICM aware but one guy in particular was just bashing very hard with his middle stack. I think there were a few bet sizing tells in there also, so I made a lot of exploitative folds. I made one close call on a spot where I thought the other villain would be jamming any 2 and Q8s held up over JTo.

Then... heads up. ICM pressure is off. Time to smash this guy. And we were about even in stacks at 860k

The hand
Blinds 10k/20k 2.5k ante
Hero and villain both have about 860k but hero slightly covers

Preflop (35k)
Hero SB 6h5c limps in
Villain checks

Flop (45k)
7h6c2c
Villain bet 22.5k
Hero calls

Turn (90k)
7h6c2c 5d
Villain bet 60k
Hero raises 217.5k straight
Villain calls

River (525k)
7h6c2c 5d Ah
Villain jams 600k all in.

At this point I put him on A w a straight draw, missed straight and flush draws, and two pairs that beat me. Plenty of reasons to call. Hero calls.

Villain turned Qd7d into a bluff.

BINK BINK

$2125 in pocket.

I'm pleased the heater continues.

On the night: $1869
For the month: $3639

Sept. 19, 2021 | 4:48 a.m.

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