[Note: hands are mostly Euro and GBP, but since I can't get the hands to display properly with anything but a $ symbol, all currencies have been (mis)represented as dollars]

Since I've been an active member of this poker school, I've not had a losing day. Ok, I've only been active for a week or so, but today could have continued that trend. But what happened was a little different.

Finding 4 tables a little soporific, decided to switch to 6 tables with a bit of tricky manual placement to ensure that all the HUD information was visible. Got used to it quite quickly, and had a nice start, with about 8BB/100 for the 600 or so hands I played in the afternoon.

Returned after supper for another few hundred hands, and something went wrong with my careful methodical play. The first hand is one where I had a flush draw with two overcards. Not enough to reraise a donking villain who probably had a set or an overpair, and not a great hand to call. Folding the flop was what I feel I should have done. Failing that, definitely folding the pot-sized turn bet. Appallingly fishy play.

Hand converted with online PokerStrategy.com hand converter:

Play hand

$0.01/$0.02 No-Limit Hold'em (9 handed)

Known players:
SB:
$2.08
BB:
$2.09
UTG1:
$4.79
UTG2:
$1.47
MP1:
$12.92
MP2:
$2.02
MP3:
$4.84
CO (Hero):
$0.97
BU:
$5.07


Preflop: Hero is CO with K, A.
5 folds, Hero raises to $0.08, 2 folds, BB calls $0.06.

Flop: ($0.17) 7, 3, 2 (2 players)
BB bets $0.08, Hero calls $0.08.

Turn: ($0.33) 6 (2 players)
BB bets $0.33, Hero calls $0.33.

River: ($0.99) J (2 players)
BB bets $1.60, Hero folds, BB gets uncalled bet back.

Final Pot: $0.99.

This was quite an instructive hand, that seemed quite obvious immediately I made the mistake. According to simple rules, AJo was appropriate for 3-betting a middle position opener, but with 2 callers for the raise, what chance had my kicker if an ace came up? Probably best folded at the first opportunity, I think. I'll never know if I should have called, but at the time my jack kicker didn't look good against better aces (or monsters) and I can't say I've changed my mind now.

Hand converted with online PokerStrategy.com hand converter:

Play hand

$0.02/$0.04 No-Limit Hold'em (10 handed)

Known players:
UTG2:
$4.13
MP1:
$1.32
MP2:
$6.59
MP3:
$4.06
CO:
$6.10
BU (Hero):
$1.32
SB:
$4.37
BB:
$4.68
UTG:
$4.00
UTG1:
$1.00


Preflop: Hero is BU with A, J.
4 folds, MP2 raises to $0.12, MP3 calls $0.12, CO calls $0.12, Hero raises to $0.36, 2 folds, MP2 calls $0.24, MP3 calls $0.24, CO calls $0.24.

Flop: ($1.5) 8, 7, A (4 players)
MP2 checks, MP3 checks, CO bets $1.50, Hero folds, MP2 folds, MP3 folds, CO gets uncalled bet back.

Final Pot: $1.5.

The next hand is just plain wrong. I know you need more than AK to raise an early position raise. Obliged to fold to the reraise, on the grounds that he needed KK+ for that.

Hand converted with online PokerStrategy.com hand converter:

Play hand

0.02/0.04 No-Limit Hold'em (9 handed)

Known players:
BU3.40
SB1.34
BB6.53
UTG12.77
UTG2 (Hero)1.82
MP14.41
MP24.68
MP34.00
CO1.00


Preflop: Hero is UTG2 with A, K.
UTG1 raises to 0.14, Hero raises to 0.44, 7 folds, UTG1 raises to 2.77, Hero folds, UTG1 gets uncalled bet back.

Final Pot: 0.5.

Almost the last hand of the session, fractionally up on the day at this point.

Villain was a very bad consistently losing player, with 70% VPIP, surely his UTG limp-reraise was some junk he didn't want me to call? Yes, it was AA. The worst players get good cards too.

Hand converted with online PokerStrategy.com hand converter:

Play hand

$0.02/$0.04 No-Limit Hold'em (10 handed)

Known players:
UTG1 (Hero):
$1.24
UTG2:
$2.47
MP1:
$4.13
MP2:
$4.94
MP3:
$2.22
CO:
$1.00
BU:
$0.88
SB:
$8.46
BB:
$4.26
UTG:
$4.30


Preflop: Hero is UTG1 with A, K.
UTG calls $0.04, Hero raises to $0.20, 8 folds, UTG raises to $1.28, Hero calls $1.04(All-In).

Flop: ($2.58) 8, J, 6 (2 players)


Turn: ($2.58) 6 (2 players)


River: ($2.58) J (2 players)


Final Pot: $2.58.

So, a few poor hands in a session of only 200 donated over 100bb back to my opponents and sent me from being over 8BB/100 for the day to clearly negative. Live and learn.