Midstakes heads up hypers - back to the grind

    • daun666
      daun666
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      Joined: 12.05.2010 Posts: 540
      Hi all
      I decided to start my blog :f_biggrin:
      So I am 22 years old and I am from Latvia.
      Have first level degree in computer sciences(don't know how it would be in english so translated word for word, its kinda one level lower than bachelor’s degree :D )

      Two months ago I decided to try make career in poker.
      Main reasons for this because I love this game and I can't imagine myself doing anything else. And because I live in Latvia, its kinda poor country, avarage salary here is 600$ per month. And I think I can make more money in poker than working avarage job.

      About poker and me.
      I am playing poker about a year. 1 year ago received ps 50$ free starting capital :D
      Have tried different formats. Stared with full table and 6-max sng but didnt like it, think they are boring with few postflop game. Tried cash games, but unsuccesfully, finally tried HU SNG and I really like them.
      Now seriously playing and studing game for 2 months.
      Now I think I can beat low stakes Hu sng.

      Currently playing 15s at stars.


      Biggest archievment in poker was last summer I qualified for:


      It is full tilt sponsored tv show. 30 players, 12 pro and 18 amateurs
      Starting 6 tables qualification for 2 tables semifinal. From each semifinal table 3 get to final table. Managed to win semifinal and cashed for 3.5k $
      In final busted on bubble :f_cry:
      Key hand was early when lithuaninan pro had on flop mid pair and flushdraw but I had top set and it was all in and I lost it and was left with couple big blinds.

      Will be updating couple times in a week, posting some hands and how I am doing.
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    • daun666
      daun666
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      Joined: 12.05.2010 Posts: 540
      Today played a bit cashgame.
      Finnally had nice session it could be better but made big mistake which costed me 1 bi.
      Had some very nice hands:
      Two times get all in preflop with QQ and opp had AK, both flips winned.
      After couple hands get preflop all in with AK and opp had QQ and on river caught A. And some hands later get all in with KK vs opponents QQ, winned too :f_biggrin:


      Played some HU SnG.

      Played against one nice opponent :s_biggrin:
      Hi raises 100% on button and 3-bets 100% my Button raises.

      Full Tilt - $5+$0.25HeadsUp|10/20 NL - Holdem - 2 players
      Hand converted by PokerTracker 3

      BB: 1,420.00
      Hero (SB): 1,580.00

      Hero posts SB 10.00, BB posts BB 20.00

      Pre Flop: (30.00) Hero has T:diamond: T:heart:

      Hero raises to 40.00, BB raises to 120.00, Hero raises to 400.00, BB raises to 1,200.00, Hero raises to 1,580.00 and is all-in, BB calls 220.00 and is all-in


      Flop: (2840.00, 2 players) 9:club: 5:spade: 5:diamond:

      Turn: (2840.00, 2 players) 2:club:

      River: (2840.00, 2 players) 7:club:

      Hero shows T:diamond: T:heart: (Two Pair, Tens and Fives) (PreFlop 88%, Flop 91%, Turn 95%)
      BB shows 9:diamond: 3:spade: (Two Pair, Nines and Fives) (PreFlop 12%, Flop 9%, Turn 5%)
      Hero wins 2,840.00

      He agreed remach :s_love:
      Very first hand.

      Full Tilt - $5+$0.25HeadsUp|10/20 NL - Holdem - 2 players
      Hand converted by PokerTracker 3

      Hero (BB): 1,500.00
      SB: 1,500.00

      SB posts SB 10.00, Hero posts BB 20.00

      Pre Flop: (30.00) Hero has K:diamond: 4:diamond:

      SB raises to 40.00, Hero calls 20.00

      Flop: (80.00, 2 players) 4:spade: 4:club: J:club:
      Hero checks, SB bets 80.00, Hero calls 80.00

      Turn: (240.00, 2 players) 6:club:
      Hero checks, SB bets 240.00, Hero raises to 640.00, SB raises to 1,380.00 and is all-in, Hero calls 740.00 and is all-in


      River: (3000.00, 2 players) 7:diamond:

      SB shows T:spade: T:diamond: (Two Pair, Tens and Fours) (PreFlop 69%, Flop 9%, Turn 5%)
      Hero shows K:diamond: 4:diamond: (Three of a Kind, Fours) (PreFlop 31%, Flop 91%, Turn 95%)
      Hero wins 3,000.00

      Unfortunalety he declined remach :f_cry:

      Later played another vs one interesting opp.
      He ussually never leads flop with TP+, he slowplay so he is most likely bluffing.
      And after this hand he called me donk and declined remach because he dont know how to play with bad opponenets :D

      Full Tilt - $5+$0.25HeadsUp|15/30 NL - Holdem - 2 players
      Hand converted by PokerTracker 3

      Hero (BB): 1,959.00
      SB: 1,041.00

      SB posts SB 15.00, Hero posts BB 30.00

      Pre Flop: (45.00) Hero has 8:diamond: 2:club:

      SB calls 15.00, Hero checks

      Flop: (60.00, 2 players) 2:diamond: T:diamond: 9:spade:
      Hero checks, SB bets 60.00, Hero calls 60.00

      Turn: (180.00, 2 players) T:spade:
      Hero checks, SB bets 180.00, Hero calls 180.00

      River: (540.00, 2 players) 6:club:
      Hero checks, SB bets 786.00 and is all-in, Hero calls 786.00

      SB shows 8:spade: 3:heart: (One Pair, Tens) (PreFlop 55%, Flop 19%, Turn 31%)
      Hero shows 8:diamond: 2:club: (Two Pair, Tens and Twos) (PreFlop 45%, Flop 81%, Turn 69%)
      Hero wins 2,082.00

      Reached 300 $ BR, tomorrow moving to 10 $ sng
    • daun666
      daun666
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      Decided to try 10 $ games today.
      Didnt went well down to 250$.

      Suffered two bad beats in first two matches. In first sng floped bottom two pair, he has top pair, went all in and he caught his second pair.
      In second one in first hand opponent goes all in and I had AA :s_cool:
      He had QT and flop TTx, and I lost it.

      I suppose I should stopped playing but continue and played against some agressive preflop 3-betors, made some 4-bet/shoves.
      My AQ ran into AK, then A8s into QQ - down 4bi

      And in last mach raised opp c-bet with my FD+2 overs, he shoved , I called and he hold up :f_cry:

      Ofcourse I played only 5 sng but can say game is different from 5$.
      Its more agressive preflop and I played 5 people and no one was calling station, at 5$ there would be at least 2 :D

      Back to 5$ games till reach 300$ and will give another shot, but this time with 2-3 bi stoploss and has to improve game against tight aggresive opponents.
    • daun666
      daun666
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      Long time no update.

      As we know full tilt is down and my whole br(250$) is there. All this time I was working on my game, watching videos and reading strategy articles and partying, love summer :D

      It's not known when FT will be back so I deposited 50$ on Pokerstars to play NL2 sh.
      First time playing there. Started 6 tabling and at the beggining it was to much tables so reduced to 4, but after 20 minutes started adding more tables as get used to software.
      Played only 1 hour and 2 BI up.

      One good reason to not slow play aces :f_biggrin:

      PokerStars - $0.02 NL (6 max) - Holdem - 4 players
      Hand converted by PokerTracker 3

      Hero (SB): $2.06
      BB: $3.34
      UTG: $1.23
      BTN: $0.62

      Hero posts SB $0.01, BB posts BB $0.02

      Pre Flop: ($0.03) Hero has 3:club: 4:heart:

      UTG calls $0.02, fold, Hero calls $0.01, BB checks

      Flop: ($0.06, 3 players) Q:diamond: A:diamond: 2:heart:
      Hero checks, BB checks, UTG bets $0.02, Hero calls $0.02, BB calls $0.02

      Turn: ($0.12, 3 players) 5:spade:
      Hero bets $0.08, BB calls $0.08, UTG raises to $1.19 and is all-in, Hero raises to $2.02 and is all-in, fold

      River: ($2.58, 2 players) 8:spade:

      Hero shows 3:club: 4:heart: (Straight, Five High) (PreFlop 14%, Flop 14%, Turn 77%)
      UTG shows A:club: A:heart: (Three of a Kind, Aces) (PreFlop 86%, Flop 86%, Turn 23%)
      Hero wins $2.46

      Until FT is down will be playing NL 6-max on stars.
    • daun666
      daun666
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      Joined: 12.05.2010 Posts: 540
      End of the week. 2 days off from poker.
      Really like playing on stars.

      Now planning to reach 100$ br and then take shots to NL5
      Graph on stars so far


      Still making big mistakes which costed me about 5-6 bi :f_frown:
      Making stupid plays like this

      PokerStars - $0.02 NL (6 max) - Holdem - 6 players
      Hand converted by PokerTracker 3

      BB: $1.59
      UTG: $2.74
      Hero (MP): $5.83
      CO: $3.66
      BTN: $2.46
      SB: $5.00

      SB posts SB $0.01, BB posts BB $0.02

      Pre Flop: ($0.03) Hero has K:spade: A:spade:

      UTG calls $0.02, Hero raises to $0.08, fold, fold, fold, fold, UTG calls $0.06

      Flop: ($0.19, 2 players) 5:club: A:club: 6:club:
      UTG bets $0.36, Hero calls $0.36

      Turn: ($0.91, 2 players) 8:heart:
      UTG bets $2.30 and is all-in, Hero calls $2.30

      River: ($5.51, 2 players) Q:club:

      UTG shows A:heart: 5:spade: (Two Pair, Aces and Fives) (PreFlop 27%, Flop 71%, Turn 80%)
      Hero shows K:spade: A:spade: (One Pair, Aces) (PreFlop 73%, Flop 29%, Turn 20%)
      UTG wins $5.24

      or

      PokerStars - $0.02 NL (6 max) - Holdem - 6 players
      Hand converted by PokerTracker 3

      MP: $2.00
      CO: $1.98
      Hero (BTN): $2.33
      SB: $1.95
      BB: $3.57
      UTG: $2.15

      SB posts SB $0.01, BB posts BB $0.02

      Pre Flop: ($0.03) Hero has Q:spade: A:club:

      fold, fold, fold, Hero raises to $0.06, SB calls $0.05, fold

      Flop: ($0.14, 2 players) 6:club: T:diamond: Q:heart:
      SB checks, Hero bets $0.09, SB raises to $0.30, Hero calls $0.21

      Turn: ($0.74, 2 players) J:heart:
      SB bets $1.59 and is all-in, Hero calls $1.59

      River: ($3.92, 2 players) Q:diamond:

      SB shows T:spade: T:club: (Full House, Tens full of Queens) (PreFlop 57%, Flop 97%, Turn 91%)
      Hero shows Q:spade: A:club: (Three of a Kind, Queens) (PreFlop 43%, Flop 3%, Turn 9%)
      SB wins $3.73

      Have worked on situations when I have top pair top kicker and I think now playing much better and have saved couple bujins.

      Resuming play on next week.
    • daun666
      daun666
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      Joined: 12.05.2010 Posts: 540
      Reached 100$ br
      Tomorrow will be trying NL5.

      NL2 graph
    • vaidag
      vaidag
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      Joined: 20.04.2010 Posts: 35
      Gl keep it going! :)
    • daun666
      daun666
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      Tnx, I will :)
    • daun666
      daun666
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      Today played 2 sessions NL5
      First didnt went well, dont know why ?(
      Then reviewed some hands and stats and make adjustments and secon was much better =)

      Todays graph


      And some stats


      What do you think what should I do more or less?
    • daun666
      daun666
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      Things aren't going well.
      Bad beats, suckouts mixed with some bad play:


      Hitting top two and they call with pocket pair with 3 overcards till river and on river hitting 2 outer or calling pot size bets with gutshot and hitting it ofcourse :D

      was tilting one moment but fortunately noticed that after loosing only 2 buj ins :D

      and in the end of the day - 6 BI
      left 2 bujins for NL5 before moving back to NL2

      Have to fix i think my biggest leak - I think I am calling too much when weaker hands just could not bet so strong.

      For instance
      PokerStars - $0.05 NL (6 max) - Holdem - 6 players
      Hand converted by PokerTracker 3

      Hero (BTN): $4.91
      SB: $5.02
      BB: $3.49
      UTG: $5.05
      MP: $5.39
      CO: $4.00

      SB posts SB $0.02, BB posts BB $0.05, CO posts DB $0.05

      Pre Flop: ($0.12) Hero has 8:diamond: 8:heart:

      fold, fold, CO checks, Hero raises to $0.20, SB calls $0.18, fold, fold

      Flop: ($0.50, 2 players) 3:spade: 2:diamond: 7:spade:
      SB bets $0.36, Hero raises to $1.15, SB raises to $4.82 and is all-in, Hero calls $3.56 and is all-in

      Turn: ($9.92, 2 players) 5:heart:

      River: ($9.92, 2 players) 4:spade:

      SB shows 7:heart: 7:club: (Three of a Kind, Sevens) (PreFlop 19%, Flop 91%, Turn 95%)
      Hero shows 8:diamond: 8:heart: (One Pair, Eights) (PreFlop 81%, Flop 9%, Turn 5%)
      SB wins $9.43

      So what can I beat here, pretty much nothing :f_mad:
      But when I analise hand after session I am thinking how da fck I made that call
    • eXtremeACE
      eXtremeACE
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      Joined: 22.02.2011 Posts: 267
      Hey buddy,

      Well I can't really help you much with cashgame because I am more of a fullring player, so I can tell you how would I play that hand if it was FR.

      Basically, unless you have a read on SB or something, I wouldn't be that aggressive with only an overpair, and medium one. I mean, you know the saying small pots for small hands, big pots for big hands.

      I wouldn't go broke with 88 on that flop. SB limps behind you, and starts acting very aggressively, that insta fires "SET" in my head lol... Doesn't need to mean necessarily, but if he's any good, why else would he limp behind you, other than holding a pocket pair(22-medium).

      At most I'd re-raise him, and fold to a shove.

      Other reason why I came in to post is because I plan in a long future to be playing HU, so I found reading about HU interesting.. :) Have you tried cashgame HU?

      Best regards,
      -eXtremeACE
    • daun666
      daun666
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      hey
      Wierd thing is when I review my hands I can see what I done wrong and how I should play but when I play I am making the same mistakes and after I lost big pot I review hand and again I clearly see what I did wrong but when similar situation appears again I making same mistakes. I though it was because I play too many tables (10 tables) so I reduced to 6 now but no change.

      I dont have bankroll for HU cash as lowest limit is NL50 but I have played a once in NL2 about 5-10 minutes while we was only two at the table and if you have easy opponent than that is easy :D
    • daun666
      daun666
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      Joined: 12.05.2010 Posts: 540
      Today reached silverstar on stars, next month goal goldstar :s_cool:

      But on NL5 still running bad.


      I think I improved my game and saved some money in some spots. For example week ago I would make call without thinking :D

      PokerStars - $0.05 NL (6 max) - Holdem - 4 players
      Hand converted by PokerTracker 3

      BB: $12.50
      UTG: $5.00
      Hero (BTN): $7.85
      SB: $5.05

      SB posts SB $0.02, BB posts BB $0.05

      Pre Flop: ($0.07) Hero has A:spade: A:diamond:

      fold, Hero raises to $0.15, SB calls $0.13, fold

      Flop: ($0.35, 2 players) 2:heart: J:heart: 4:club:
      SB checks, Hero bets $0.23, SB raises to $0.60, Hero calls $0.37

      Turn: ($1.55, 2 players) Q:heart:
      SB bets $0.70, Hero calls $0.70

      River: ($2.95, 2 players) 2:diamond:
      SB bets $3.60 and is all-in, fold

      will keep playing NL5 and some HU sng.
    • daun666
      daun666
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      Joined: 12.05.2010 Posts: 540
      Decided to focus on my main game type - HU sng.
      Tried yesterday 7$ sng on stars. And first opponent was regular, dont know how good he is, but he was def very agressive, it is hard to play that type, but there is positive side - sng lasts much shorter than playing passive opponents :D but next games was vs easy opponents.
      one hand
      PokerStars - $6.67+$0.33|10/20 NL (2 max) - Holdem - 2 players
      Hand converted by PokerTracker 3

      BB: 1,370.00
      Hero (SB): 1,630.00

      Hero posts SB 10.00, BB posts BB 20.00

      Pre Flop: (30.00) Hero has 8:club: 7:club:

      Hero raises to 50.00, BB raises to 140.00, Hero calls 90.00

      Flop: (280.00, 2 players) 6:heart: K:spade: 9:club:
      BB checks, Hero bets 160.00, BB calls 160.00

      Turn: (600.00, 2 players) J:diamond:
      BB checks, Hero bets 300.00, BB calls 300.00

      River: (1200.00, 2 players) J:club:
      BB bets 770.00 and is all-in, fold

      He was 3beting very light, so I called and was prepared to bluff this hand.
      And after flop there was perfect spot to bluff, he was very agressive so dont see him checking here K and + I have OESD and backdoor FD
      But on river he shoved first and after hand he told me it was bluff with AQ, unfortunately he bluffed first :D

      HU graph on stars


      Found many good and educating hu sng videos in ru.pokerstrategy, wached one and already found some mistakes what I have been doing. Today will be watching all day long :f_biggrin: -> :s_cool: :D
    • daun666
      daun666
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      So my plan didnt worked cos now I am bronze and I cant watch silver videos X(
      Tried some NL5 full ring, was playing first time and down 3 bi, really dont like it. No wonder it's called nitring.

      One sick hand :D
      Hand converted with online PokerStrategy.com hand converter:

      Play hand

      $0.02/$0.05 No-Limit Hold'em (8 handed)

      Known players:
      MP3:
      $5.05
      CO (Hero):
      $5.21
      BU:
      $5.00
      SB:
      $3.41
      BB:
      $5.00
      UTG2:
      $3.05
      MP1:
      $15.26
      MP2:
      $2.48


      Preflop: Hero is CO with Q, Q.
      UTG2 folds, MP1 raises to $0.15, MP2 folds, MP3 calls $0.15, Hero raises to $0.60, 3 folds, MP1 calls $0.45, MP3 calls $0.45.

      Flop: ($1.87) 5, 5, Q (3 players)
      MP1 checks, MP3 checks, Hero checks.

      Turn: ($1.87) K (3 players)
      MP1 bets $1.35, MP3 calls $1.35, Hero raises to $4.61(All-In), MP1 calls $3.26, MP3 calls $3.10.

      River: ($15.54) 2 (3 players)


      Final Pot: $15.54.
      Results follow:

      MP1 shows a full-house, kings full of fives(K K).
      MP3 shows four of a kind, fives(5 5).
      Hero shows a full-house, queens full of fives(Q Q).

      MP3 wins with four of a kind, fives(5 5).

      The bad thing I have no more bankroll for 7$ husng :(

      Now will building br with 3.5$ sng. Mby playing NL5 sh, atm 5 bi under all in ev line so stars owes me some money :D
    • daun666
      daun666
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      ha ha, played some NL5 sh.
      was 5 bi under all in ev, now I am 10 bi under all in ev :D

      all started good, won QQ>AA pre all in, then flopped set vs opponents top two, was thinking fuck yea finally downswing is over.
      yea right :D
      lost deep 200 bb, AA<KK pre all in

      later some fish was shoving all in every hand and I get dealt JJ was so happy :f_biggrin: , he had Q3o and Q on flop fml
      couple hands later flop top set vs same fish, all in on flop, he had just top pair :D but runner straight and he wins. Some hands later vs same fish AK, make 6bb raise pre, he calls flop A93 I bet, turn - 8 I bet, river - 5 I bet, he calls and shows me 95o and rivered two pair. couple hands later again vs the same fish got AK and make even 10bb raise(was on tilt) he ofcourse called flop A42 I go all in on flop,not good play but as I sad was tilting :D , he called and shows me 42o ofcourse he held up :D dont know if I was very unlucky or he was very lucky

      eh its no funny, now my br is 80 $ :f_cry:

      Was thinking about brm and decided to play only 3.5$ sng till reach 145 $ and move to 7 $ sng. and play cash only when I have good br for 7$ hu sng.
    • daun666
      daun666
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      Joined: 12.05.2010 Posts: 540
      Currently playing now 3.5$ Hu sng.
      Current BR 125$ so need 15 $ and will be moving to 7$ sng.

      3.5$


      Today played my 100th 3.5$sng.

      Have to say FTP 5$ games was softer. On stars here are much less superdonks who just are giving you free money, just calling your all ins with 3rd pairs or K high or some kind of running straits or flushes and then agreeing remach and donating you couple bujins.
      Speaking about remaches on stars almost no one agrees remach if I remember right only 2 guys offered remach.
      And other thing is so many russians are playing these.
    • acceleration123
      acceleration123
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      Hey man,

      just was browsing through random english blogs and found this one.
      Will follow. I am also a HU sng player.

      If you want PM me and we can do something together (sweat sessions, HH reviews, w/e)

      acceleration
    • daun666
      daun666
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      Joined: 12.05.2010 Posts: 540
      Can't reach 140$ 3 times was close - 137, but then couple next sng I lose to some donks who are hyper agressive and I get into 70:30 spots and still lose :f_mad: but overall running good, have 16 % roi on 3.5 $
      Some hands
      Random pot size 100% cbettor :D

      PokerStars - $3.29+$0.21|10/20 NL (2 max) - Holdem - 2 players
      Hand converted by PokerTracker 3

      SB: 1,500.00
      Hero (BB): 1,500.00

      SB posts SB 10.00, Hero posts BB 20.00

      Pre Flop: (30.00) Hero has 8:club: J:heart:

      SB raises to 40.00, Hero calls 20.00

      Flop: (80.00, 2 players) T:heart: 9:heart: 3:spade:
      Hero checks, SB bets 80.00, Hero calls 80.00

      Turn: (240.00, 2 players) 7:spade:
      Hero checks, SB bets 240.00, Hero calls 240.00

      River: (720.00, 2 players) A:heart:
      Hero checks, SB bets 540.00, Hero calls 540.00

      SB shows 4:diamond: 6:spade: (High Card, Ace) (PreFlop 36%, Flop 17%, Turn 0%)
      Hero shows 8:club: J:heart: (Straight, Jack High) (PreFlop 64%, Flop 83%, Turn 100%)
      Hero wins 1,800.00

      After this hand he was shoving every hand. I lost JJ < JT then A8s < A3o after these beats was hard to get back to game.

      Made some questionable play

      PokerStars - $3.29+$0.21|20/40 NL (2 max) - Holdem - 2 players
      Hand converted by PokerTracker 3

      BB: 1,110.00
      Hero (SB): 1,890.00

      Hero posts SB 20.00, BB posts BB 40.00

      Pre Flop: (60.00) Hero has Q:spade: 6:diamond:

      Hero calls 20.00, BB checks

      Flop: (80.00, 2 players) 9:spade: J:spade: A:spade:
      BB checks, Hero bets 50.00, BB raises to 120.00, Hero calls 70.00

      Turn: (320.00, 2 players) 6:heart:
      BB checks, Hero checks

      River: (320.00, 2 players) 2:diamond:
      BB bets 320.00, Hero calls 320.00

      BB shows 5:heart: K:spade: (High Card, Ace) (PreFlop 60%, Flop 83%, Turn 25%)
      Hero shows Q:spade: 6:diamond: (One Pair, Sixes) (PreFlop 40%, Flop 17%, Turn 75%)
      Hero wins 960.00

      I think all strong hands he is betting on turn. After check he most likely have :spade: x and river bet is bluff, but still he could be bluffing with best hand like K9 or Kj I think good call but smarter people says I should fold it :D

      I hope tomorrow I can move to 7$
    • daun666
      daun666
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      Hey acceleration,
      Ok, it would be nice. But what is sweet sessions? I have seen this term so many times but still dont know what is it :D
      Where and what stakes are you playing?
      I will pm my skypename you so we could contact trough skype if you use it.
      Edit: I can't pm you, I invited you so I think after you accept me I should be able to pm you