Running into sets (bad couple of sessions)

    • wastedyungsta
      wastedyungsta
      Bronze
      Joined: 28.11.2008 Posts: 6
      My bankroll has only gone one way over the past couple of days and that's down. I can't seem to figure out why I'm losing so much money. I'm either playing too many tables or I'm just not concentrating on what I'm doing.

      I've gone through my results and went to the hands where I lost the most money. I've noticed a lot of times I'd have a pocket pair and lose to a set or something better. Here are a couple of hands:

      No-Limit Hold'em, $0.02 BB (8 handed) - Hold'em Manager Converter Tool from FlopTurnRiver.com

      BB ($1.97)
      UTG+1 ($1.85)
      MP2 ($3.42)
      Button ($2.24)
      CO ($0.65)
      SB ($0.30)
      MP1 ($3.56)
      Hero (UTG) ($2.40)

      Preflop: Hero is UTG with K:club: , K:heart:
      Hero bets $0.08, 1 fold, MP1 calls $0.08, 5 folds

      Flop: ($0.19) 10:spade: , 4:spade: , 3:heart: (2 players)
      Hero bets $0.09, MP1 raises $0.18, Hero raises $0.45, MP1 raises $0.72, Hero raises $1.78 (All-In), MP1 calls $1.42

      Turn: ($4.83) 5:heart: (2 players, 1 all-in)

      River: ($4.83) 2:spade: (2 players, 1 all-in)

      Total pot: $4.83
      Main pot: $4.83 between MP1 and Hero, won by MP1

      Results:
      Hero had K:club: , K:heart: (one pair, Kings).
      MP1 had 3:club: , 3:diamond: (three of a kind, threes).
      Outcome: MP1 won $4.59

      No-Limit Hold'em, $0.02 BB (9 handed) - Hold'em Manager Converter Tool from FlopTurnRiver.com

      UTG+1 ($4.95)
      MP3 ($1.13)
      CO ($3.04)
      MP1 ($2.10)
      UTG ($2)
      MP2 ($1.97)
      Button ($2)
      Hero (BB) ($2)
      SB ($2)

      Preflop: Hero is BB with J:spade: , J:diamond:
      2 folds, MP1 bets $0.08, 1 fold, MP3 calls $0.08, 1 fold, Button calls $0.08, 1 fold, Hero raises $0.32, MP1 raises $2.02 (All-In), 2 folds, Hero calls $1.66 (All-In)

      Flop: ($4.17) K:spade: , 4:spade: , A:club: (2 players, 2 all-in)

      Turn: ($4.17) 6:heart: (2 players, 2 all-in)

      River: ($4.17) 3:club: (2 players, 2 all-in)

      Total pot: $4.17
      Main pot: $4.17 between MP1 and Hero, won by MP1

      Results:
      Hero had J:spade: , J:diamond: (one pair, Jacks).
      MP1 had K:club: , K:diamond: (three of a kind, Kings).
      Outcome: MP1 won $4.07

      No-Limit Hold'em, $0.02 BB (8 handed) - Hold'em Manager Converter Tool from FlopTurnRiver.com

      Button ($2.44)
      UTG+1 ($2.16)
      SB ($2.03)
      CO ($2.02)
      UTG ($3.29)
      Hero (MP1) ($1.90)
      MP2 ($0.23)
      BB ($6.15)

      Preflop: Hero is MP1 with A:heart: , A:club:
      1 fold, UTG+1 bets $0.08, Hero raises $0.24, MP2 calls $0.23 (All-In), 4 folds, UTG+1 raises $2.08 (All-In), Hero calls $1.66 (All-In)

      Flop: ($4.06) K:diamond: , 10:heart: , J:heart: (3 players, 3 all-in)

      Turn: ($4.06) 5:spade: (3 players, 3 all-in)

      River: ($4.06) 2:heart: (3 players, 3 all-in)

      Total pot: $4.06
      Main pot: $0.72 between UTG+1, Hero and MP2, won by UTG+1
      Side pot 1: $3.34 between UTG+1 and Hero, won by UTG+1

      Results:
      UTG+1 had K:club: , K:spade: (three of a kind, Kings).
      Hero had A:heart: , A:club: (one pair, Aces).
      MP2 didn't show
      Outcome: UTG+1 won $4.12

      Could this be the root of my problem? Am I just in a downswing or should I have played these hands better?
  • 7 replies
    • MatejM47
      MatejM47
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      Joined: 21.01.2010 Posts: 1,193
      The JJ hand is way to lose to stack off in this positions.
    • Boshdy
      Boshdy
      Bronze
      Joined: 26.02.2011 Posts: 4
      With the Kings on the first hand, you had KK but it is still only one pair, you had no draw either, the villain raised twice, maybe you could have put him on a bigger hand and give your kings up?
    • Saruniks
      Saruniks
      Bronze
      Joined: 30.08.2010 Posts: 1,213
      1st, standart, draw heavy board, all in is probably ok on micros, I am not sure.
      2nd, you have nothing beat, you can only hope for AK which would be cointflip, standart fold, plus 3 callers which may scare other cards but not AA from allin ofcouse.
      3rd, ok play, you have to lose that once in a 5 times or near that, bad luck, you have to understand that AA get's cracked too.
    • wastedyungsta
      wastedyungsta
      Bronze
      Joined: 28.11.2008 Posts: 6
      I think I'm going to lower the amount of tables I'm playing and reread the pokerstrategy.com strategy articles. I think I might be too distracted with trying to clear the starting capital. Downloading some podcasts as well. Any suggestions?
    • tokyoaces
      tokyoaces
      Bronze
      Joined: 01.04.2009 Posts: 1,883
      Originally posted by wastedyungsta
      I think I'm going to lower the amount of tables I'm playing and reread the pokerstrategy.com strategy articles. I think I might be too distracted with trying to clear the starting capital. Downloading some podcasts as well. Any suggestions?
      Watch the videos too. Watch the same one over and over if you have to. I think it helps to get the ideas and concepts from multiple sources. Podcasts sound like a great idea. However make sure that the material is for your personal level and for the stakes you play. I noticed I was losing the most money when I assumed a "tight reg" type at the micros was watching my play. In reality everyone is a fish there or they would have moved up.

      I went through the exact same thing. I had to seriously reduce my table count, go over strategy advice again, analyze my hands for places where I was making plays counter to the strategy advice, and also I really upped my note-taking. (The note taking helps me pay attention to the tables as opposed to browsing the web or watching TV.)
    • taavi1337
      taavi1337
      Bronze
      Joined: 29.05.2009 Posts: 2,920
      you should try running into sunset
    • Evante
      Evante
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      Joined: 07.12.2009 Posts: 833
      to keep this short, the first 2 hands were badly played, the last one, i advice you not to post, your game and mindset will be VERY affected. Why not you go cool off and look at this hand from another prospective? huh?