Dear Diary...

    • Sowulo
      Sowulo
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      Joined: 03.02.2010 Posts: 46
      I've started playing poker when I've got my free bankroll at PP. At the same time I've deposited some money to Full tilt and started playing $1 SNG. My bankroll didn't last long. Then I started playing SNG at pokerstars and sometimes played tournaments. I managed to win 3rd place on $1 tournament and shortly after that 1st in $4.5 180SNG. At that point my bankroll was around $800. Slowly it dissapeared trying beat those $4.5 180 SNGs. Then I deposited some money to PP again and started playing $5 SNGs. My ROI was around 14%. Combining with $6 MTTs I've managed to build my bankroll to $1000. Started playing $10 SNGs. All went wrong. Moved down to $5 SNG but still no joy. My bankroll was crippled to $700. I stopped playing poker for about a month.
      Now I decided to try playing cash. I never liked it. So for a last 3 weeks I was just trying different tactics and strategies. I'm playing FR $10 NLTH, 4 tables at the time. I use HM2 as a HUD and a NoteCaddy soft to make notes. I've played over 7000 hands so far.

      One year ago I've started working as a poker dealer in local casino. Now I'm cardroom supervisor. So I'm into poker pretty much 24/7.

      My short term goals:
      *improve my postflop game (read all silver articles for NL BSS)
      *reach gold rank
      *post some interesting hands here after every session
      *think more short term goals ;)
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    • Sowulo
      Sowulo
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      Joined: 03.02.2010 Posts: 46
      There is my todays session...


      I' pretty happy with my game tonight in general. Not happy with this hand tho.
      $10.00 No Limit Hold'em - 9 players - View hand 1914654
      DeucesCracked Poker Videos Hand History Converter

      SB: $8.46 - VPIP: 25, PFR: 4, 3B: 0, AF: 1.4, Hands: 134
      BB: $10.00 - VPIP: 17, PFR: 5, 3B: 3, AF: 1.1, Hands: 186
      UTG: $9.96 - VPIP: 32, PFR: 13, 3B: 0, AF: 9.0, Hands: 62
      UTG+1: $10.00 - VPIP: 10, PFR: 6, 3B: 2, AF: 4.7, Hands: 173
      UTG+2: $3.50 - VPIP: 16, PFR: 15, 3B: 9, AF: 2.0, Hands: 444
      MP1: $3.71 - VPIP: 20, PFR: 14, 3B: 8, AF: 2.1, Hands: 232
      Hero (MP2): $10.46 - VPIP: 15, PFR: 10, 3B: 3, AF: 2.6, Hands: 8415
      CO: $3.60 - VPIP: 15, PFR: 12, 3B: 9, AF: 4.0, Hands: 60
      BTN: $11.66 - VPIP: 17, PFR: 11, 3B: 3, AF: 2.6, Hands: 978

      Pre Flop: ($0.15) Hero is MP2 with A:diamond: K:heart:
      UTG calls $0.10, 3 folds, Hero raises to $0.50, 1 fold, BTN raises to $1.80, 3 folds, Hero calls $1.30

      Flop: ($3.85) 3:spade: K:spade: 7:spade: (2 players)
      Hero checks, BTN bets $2.00, Hero raises to $8.66, BTN calls $6.66

      Turn: ($21.17) T:club: (2 players)

      River: ($21.17) 3:club: (2 players)

      Final Pot: $21.17
      Hero mucks A:diamond: K:heart:
      BTN shows A:spade: A:heart:
      BTN wins $20.17
      (Rake: $1.00)
      I know I had to fold it on the flop or even pre...
      But I took this hand as a personal challenge and I was involved in few interesting hands with a same player.

      $10.00 No Limit Hold'em - 7 players - View hand 1914660
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      Hero (BTN): $12.77 - VPIP: 15, PFR: 10, 3B: 3, AF: 2.6, Hands: 8415
      SB: $2.55 - VPIP: 32, PFR: 9, 3B: 0, AF: 0.9, Hands: 22
      BB: $13.68 - VPIP: 16, PFR: 12, 3B: 3, AF: 3.4, Hands: 653
      UTG: $13.46 - VPIP: 17, PFR: 10, 3B: 3, AF: 2.0, Hands: 1334
      UTG+1: $8.25 - VPIP: 42, PFR: 12, 3B: 13, AF: 1.4, Hands: 26
      MP: $11.81 - VPIP: 17, PFR: 11, 3B: 3, AF: 2.6, Hands: 978
      CO: $9.18 - VPIP: 14, PFR: 8, 3B: 0, AF: 0.0, Hands: 49

      Pre Flop: ($0.15) Hero is BTN with A:heart: A:spade:
      1 fold, UTG+1 calls $0.10, MP calls $0.10, 1 fold, Hero raises to $0.60, 3 folds, MP calls $0.50

      Flop: ($1.45) 5:heart: T:heart: Q:spade: (2 players)
      MP checks, Hero bets $0.69, MP calls $0.69

      Turn: ($2.83) 9:club: (2 players)
      MP checks, Hero checks

      River: ($2.83) 2:diamond: (2 players)
      MP checks, Hero bets $1.80, MP raises to $4, Hero calls $2.20

      Final Pot: $10.83
      Hero shows A:heart: A:spade:
      MP shows 8:heart: 8:club:
      Hero wins $10.29
      (Rake: $0.54)
      In this hand on the river I overbet a little bit just to make it look like I want to steal the pot. I only flat call in case he had a set or a strait. I was really tempted to shove on the river...

      And one more.
      $10.00 No Limit Hold'em - 9 players - View hand 1914662
      DeucesCracked Poker Videos Hand History Converter

      BB: $1.48 - VPIP: 25, PFR: 4, 3B: 0, AF: 1.4, Hands: 134
      UTG: $9.26 - VPIP: 44, PFR: 12, 3B: 0, AF: 2.6, Hands: 25
      UTG+1: $2.85 - VPIP: 17, PFR: 15, 3B: 3, AF: 3.6, Hands: 217
      UTG+2: $10.00 - VPIP: 33, PFR: 12, 3B: 0, AF: 1.8, Hands: 92
      MP1: $9.19 - VPIP: 11, PFR: 7, 3B: 2, AF: 3.0, Hands: 165
      MP2: $3.00 - VPIP: 42, PFR: 21, 3B: 11, AF: 1.5, Hands: 33
      Hero (CO): $14.98 - VPIP: 15, PFR: 10, 3B: 3, AF: 2.6, Hands: 8415
      BTN: $12.89 - VPIP: 15, PFR: 10, 3B: 5, AF: 2.6, Hands: 375
      SB: $20.75 - VPIP: 17, PFR: 11, 3B: 3, AF: 2.6, Hands: 978

      Pre Flop: ($0.15) Hero is CO with Q:heart: A:club:
      4 folds, MP2 checks, Hero raises to $0.50, 1 fold, SB calls $0.45, 2 folds

      Flop: ($1.10) T:diamond: 8:spade: Q:club: (2 players)
      SB checks, Hero bets $0.57, SB calls $0.57

      Turn: ($2.24) 9:spade: (2 players)
      SB checks, Hero checks

      River: ($2.24) T:club: (2 players)
      SB bets $1.20, Hero calls $1.20

      Final Pot: $4.64
      Hero shows Q:heart: A:club:
      SB shows K:heart: A:diamond:
      Hero wins $4.51
      (Rake: $0.13)


      All comments highly appreciated. Thanks and see you on the tables.
    • Sowulo
      Sowulo
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      Joined: 03.02.2010 Posts: 46
      Shit, I'm too lazy to write my blog... Anyway... During September I have managed to play just over 10k hands. And it looked like this

      Up and down up and down like a roller coaster... Hopefully I will start climbing up constantly. In October I had 8 sessions so far and 7 of them were profitable (over 3,5k hands total).
      Todays session
    • Sowulo
      Sowulo
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      Joined: 03.02.2010 Posts: 46
      Hand of the day - Quads :s_cool:
      Thankfully against regular fish, so I've been paid
      UTG+1: $10.00 - VPIP: 20, PFR: 10, 3B: 4, AF: 2.3, Hands: 129
      MP: $7.29 - VPIP: 35, PFR: 4, 3B: 2, AF: 1.8, Hands: 124
      CO: $11.52 - VPIP: 20, PFR: 11, 3B: 6, AF: 4.0, Hands: 108
      Hero (BTN): $10.00 - VPIP: 15, PFR: 10, 3B: 3, AF: 2.4, Hands: 14536
      SB: $10.00 - VPIP: 8, PFR: 5, 3B: 1, AF: 2.6, Hands: 322
      BB: $9.43 - VPIP: 48, PFR: 6, 3B: 3, AF: 2.2, Hands: 191
      UTG: $8.63 - VPIP: 63, PFR: 17, 3B: 0, AF: 4.3, Hands: 24

      Pre Flop: ($0.15) Hero is BTN with 6:heart: 6:diamond:
      4 folds, Hero raises to $0.40, 1 fold, BB calls $0.30

      Flop: ($0.85) A:heart: 6:spade: T:spade: (2 players)
      BB checks, Hero bets $0.40, BB calls $0.40

      Turn: ($1.65) J:club: (2 players)
      BB checks, Hero bets $0.78, BB raises to $1.56, Hero calls $0.78

      River: ($4.77) 6:club: (2 players)
      BB bets $2.00, Hero raises to $5.27, BB calls $3.27

      Final Pot: $15.31
      Hero shows 6:heart: 6:diamond:
      BB mucks A:spade: K:spade:
      Hero wins $14.55

      Do you think it was a good fold?
      CO: $9.48 - VPIP: 14, PFR: 4, 3B: 2, AF: 2.0, Hands: 132
      Hero (BTN): $23.66 - VPIP: 15, PFR: 10, 3B: 3, AF: 2.4, Hands: 14536
      SB: $10.00 - VPIP: 15, PFR: 10, 3B: 4, AF: 3.7, Hands: 222
      BB: $11.79 - VPIP: 16, PFR: 11, 3B: 0, AF: 1.7, Hands: 38
      UTG: $8.06 - VPIP: 61, PFR: 2, 3B: 6, AF: 1.1, Hands: 61
      UTG+1: $15.35 - VPIP: 16, PFR: 14, 3B: 4, AF: 1.1, Hands: 183
      UTG+2: $3.14 - VPIP: 17, PFR: 15, 3B: 4, AF: 6.4, Hands: 745
      MP1: $12.39 - VPIP: 23, PFR: 12, 3B: 5, AF: 4.0, Hands: 163
      MP2: $12.08 - VPIP: 20, PFR: 11, 3B: 6, AF: 4.0, Hands: 108

      Pre Flop: ($0.15) Hero is BTN with J:heart: K:club:
      UTG calls $0.10, 3 folds, MP2 calls $0.10, 1 fold, Hero raises to $0.50, SB calls $0.45, 1 fold, UTG calls $0.40, MP2 calls $0.40

      Flop: ($2.10) K:diamond: 2:heart: T:club: (4 players)
      SB bets $1.50, UTG folds, MP2 folds, Hero calls $1.50

      Turn: ($5.10) Q:club: (2 players)
      SB bets $3.63, Hero folds

      Final Pot: $5.10
      SB wins $4.85

      And this was definitely a good fold

      UTG+1: $10.15 - VPIP: 21, PFR: 18, 3B: 6, AF: 2.0, Hands: 62
      UTG+2: $3.30 - VPIP: 19, PFR: 16, 3B: 8, AF: 6.0, Hands: 308
      MP1: $8.21 - VPIP: 35, PFR: 4, 3B: 2, AF: 1.8, Hands: 124
      MP2: $11.63 - VPIP: 20, PFR: 11, 3B: 6, AF: 4.0, Hands: 108
      Hero (CO): $21.62 - VPIP: 15, PFR: 10, 3B: 3, AF: 2.4, Hands: 14536
      BTN: $15.28 - VPIP: 8, PFR: 5, 3B: 1, AF: 2.6, Hands: 322
      SB: $9.60 - VPIP: 12, PFR: 12, 3B: 0, AF: 0.0, Hands: 69
      BB: $7.44 - VPIP: 48, PFR: 6, 3B: 3, AF: 2.2, Hands: 191
      UTG: $10.00 - VPIP: 13, PFR: 13, 3B: 0, AF: 0.0, Hands: 56

      Pre Flop: ($0.15) Hero is CO with A:spade: J:spade:
      3 folds, MP1 calls $0.10, 1 fold, Hero raises to $0.50, 2 folds, BB calls $0.40, MP1 calls $0.40

      Flop: ($1.55) 2:diamond: A:diamond: 3:heart: (3 players)
      BB checks, MP1 bets $1.48, Hero calls $1.48, BB raises to $6.94, MP1 raises to $7.71, Hero folds

      Turn: ($16.91) 8:diamond: (2 players)

      River: ($16.91) 9:diamond: (2 players)

      Final Pot: $16.91
      MP1 shows A:club: 8:heart:
      BB mucks A:heart: K:spade:
      MP1 wins $0.77
      MP1 wins $15.30

      Thats it for today. Good luck at the tables.
    • Sowulo
      Sowulo
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      Joined: 03.02.2010 Posts: 46
      Played a session today. Went really bad. Started tilting so stopped playing to save some money :)

      And there is a hand which put me on tilt... Villain 5 seconds ago lost huge pot to other player with QQ against KK. So was thinking he is on tilt...

      CO: $10.21 - VPIP: 16, PFR: 10, 3B: 6, AF: 3.6, Hands: 374
      BTN: $17.52 - VPIP: 29, PFR: 24, 3B: 13, AF: 2.2, Hands: 82
      SB: $10.00 - VPIP: 21, PFR: 19, 3B: 10, AF: 3.0, Hands: 175
      BB: $6.62 - VPIP: 13, PFR: 4, 3B: 3, AF: 1.1, Hands: 320
      Hero (UTG): $13.30 - VPIP: 15, PFR: 10, 3B: 3, AF: 2.4, Hands: 15013
      MP: $18.58 - VPIP: 12, PFR: 10, 3B: 4, AF: 4.5, Hands: 157

      Pre Flop: ($0.15) Hero is UTG with Q:diamond: A:club:
      Hero raises to $0.40, 1 fold, CO calls $0.40, 2 folds, BB raises to $1.50, Hero calls $1.10, 1 fold

      Flop: ($3.45) K:club: J:club: T:club: (2 players)
      BB bets $2.90, Hero raises to $5.80, BB calls $2.22 all in

      Turn: ($13.69) T:heart: (2 players - 1 is all in)

      River: ($13.69) 8:heart: (2 players - 1 is all in)

      Final Pot: $13.69
      BB shows K:spade: K:diamond:
      Hero shows Q:diamond: A:club:
      BB wins $13.01

      At least made a really good fold pre with QQ...
      BTN: $10.21 - VPIP: 16, PFR: 10, 3B: 6, AF: 3.6, Hands: 374
      SB: $17.57 - VPIP: 29, PFR: 24, 3B: 13, AF: 2.2, Hands: 82
      BB: $11.89 - VPIP: 21, PFR: 19, 3B: 10, AF: 3.0, Hands: 175
      UTG: $6.62 - VPIP: 13, PFR: 4, 3B: 3, AF: 1.1, Hands: 320
      Hero (MP): $13.70 - VPIP: 15, PFR: 10, 3B: 3, AF: 2.4, Hands: 15013
      CO: $9.55 - VPIP: 12, PFR: 10, 3B: 4, AF: 4.5, Hands: 157

      Pre Flop: ($0.15) Hero is MP with Q:diamond: Q:club:
      1 fold, Hero raises to $0.40, CO raises to $2, 2 folds, BB raises to $5, 1 fold, CO raises to $9.55, BB calls $4.55

      Flop: ($19.55) A:diamond: 4:diamond: T:spade: (2 players)

      Turn: ($19.55) 8:diamond: (2 players)

      River: ($19.55) J:diamond: (2 players)

      Final Pot: $19.55
      BB shows K:heart: K:spade:
      CO shows K:club: K:diamond:
      CO wins $18.58
    • Sowulo
      Sowulo
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      Joined: 03.02.2010 Posts: 46
      Another session of late night poker. Better than yesterday...


      I suppose I have to set my long term goals.

      * Go up to NL25 in 3 months (60 buyins)

      So far I have 32 BI's for NL25.

      So, day 0 - 32 BI
    • Sowulo
      Sowulo
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      Joined: 03.02.2010 Posts: 46
      Awful day.
      Day 1 30.7 BIs
    • Sowulo
      Sowulo
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      Joined: 03.02.2010 Posts: 46
      How would you play this hand? MP1 is a fish giving away his money and MP2 is a TAG...
      BTN: $9.85 - VPIP: 0, PFR: 0, 3B: 0, AF: 0.0, Hands: 3
      SB: $6.87 - VPIP: 21, PFR: 13, 3B: 5, AF: 3.0, Hands: 969
      Hero (BB): $11.08 - VPIP: 15, PFR: 10, 3B: 3, AF: 2.4, Hands: 17006
      UTG: $9.15 - VPIP: 15, PFR: 3, 3B: 0, AF: 0.7, Hands: 129
      UTG+1: $19.16 - VPIP: 18, PFR: 13, 3B: 3, AF: 2.7, Hands: 791
      MP1: $2.50 - VPIP: 91, PFR: 22, 3B: 0, AF: 2.9, Hands: 32
      MP2: $11.69 - VPIP: 12, PFR: 8, 3B: 3, AF: 2.0, Hands: 842
      CO: $10.00 - VPIP: 50, PFR: 0, 3B: 0, AF: 0.0, Hands: 4

      Pre Flop: ($0.15) Hero is BB with K:club: A:diamond:
      UTG calls $0.10, 1 fold, MP1 raises to $2.50, MP2 calls $2.50, 3 folds, Hero calls $2.40, 1 fold

      Flop: ($7.65) 2:heart: 3:diamond: J:heart: (3 players)
      Hero checks, MP2 bets $2.00, Hero calls $2

      Turn: ($11.65) K:spade: (3 players)
      Hero checks, MP2 bets $7.19, Hero calls $6.58 all in

      River: ($24.81) T:spade: (3 players - 1 is all in)
    • mbml
      mbml
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      Joined: 27.11.2008 Posts: 20,694
      it's a shove or fold spot. I probably shove cos we are way ahead of MP's stacking off range and MP2 should be folding a lot of the time as well (why would he not 3bet AA/KK? unless the fish folds a lot to 3bets or spews a lot)
    • Sowulo
      Sowulo
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      Joined: 03.02.2010 Posts: 46
      I would like to note, that fish is AI pre with a short $2.50 stack...
    • gigenieks
      gigenieks
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      Joined: 18.10.2010 Posts: 130
      Subscribed.

      Hi there! :f_cool:

      How you doing lately?
    • Sowulo
      Sowulo
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      Wohooo I have one subscriber! Thanks man. I'm on a downswing again. So no poker for couple of days. Just analysis of the leaks and reading new articles...
    • Sowulo
      Sowulo
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      Joined: 03.02.2010 Posts: 46
      I have some trouble playing against players who are actualy playing shortstacked. Another problem is when I'm trying to steal blinds or defend blinds. I run into hight pocket pairs too often. How to polarize my steal hand range? How to find out when you are beaten when the ranges are so wide? And of course I bluff too much... :(
    • gigenieks
      gigenieks
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      Joined: 18.10.2010 Posts: 130
      This is what I call downswing :f_eek:


      1. I have some trouble playing against players who are actualy playing shortstacked.
      2. Another problem is when I'm trying to steal blinds or defend blinds. I run into high pocket pairs too often.
      1. What do you mean?

      2. Quote about stealing:
      In general, you want to focus on the big blind, and in particular on two statistics: 'Fold big blind to Steal' and 'Fold to F Cbet'. If 'Fold big blind to Steal' is less than 60%, or 'Fold to F Cbet' is less than 50%, or both, you're probably up against an opponent who at least has the concept of blind defense in place, and you'll need to tighten your range when open-raising from the cutoff or button.


      Hope this helps! :f_wink:

      Btw, "I run into high pocket pairs too often"- what is considered too often and what is normal?
    • Sowulo
      Sowulo
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      Thanks for your reply Gigenieks.
      1. I mean their 3bet/shove range is much wider and very often I dont know where I am. Is it just a small pair (in which case they are ahead of my strong ace) or is it a strong ace (but weaker than mine) or maybe I'm running into monster? If I just flat call pre they usually follow with a shove on the flop. If I bet first, they shove anyway and most of the time I dont know where I am...

      2. Thats useful thanks. I'll have a look to my HUD settings and will make adjustments if needed. Usually I only consider Tot steal and Tot resteal...

      3. This means I'm not folding often enough when I'm beaten and finish on the showdown facing bullets...

      And thanks for your reply...
    • gigenieks
      gigenieks
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      Joined: 18.10.2010 Posts: 130
      1. Fair enough, I sometimes have the same "problem"..
      Basically this is how I conclude if they are playing premium hands or poor hands --->

      1) Find out how many tables the opponent is playing. Using search. If they've used 'hide from search' function I just check manually all tables (no hiding from me lol :f_biggrin: ).

      2) I always take notes after my sessions on hands which I taged while playing. For example,
      [P]
      AI = ATo (30bb)
      3B = KK, AJo, JTo
      etc

      So add these things together and you're starting to get an idea of his range. Of course, check his '3bet preflop' statistic in your HUD.

      check this thread for more info

      So basically: Tables + notes + 3bet Preflop stat + general rule of range you should call (provided link above) --- should give you some ideas how to counter their strategy. Does this help?
    • Sowulo
      Sowulo
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      Thanks , thats really useful. And by the way there is an article in gold section of BS strategy ''Opponent profiles: The Short Stack''. Woohooo! And its probably good idea to read Short stack strategy articles myself...
    • Sowulo
      Sowulo
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      Ok, played 4 hours today (just over 1.2k hands). Played 6 tables at one point (usually I play 4). Ended 2.6 BI up. Could finish better, but in general I'm happy with my play today. I've found that the most effective and profitable way to play against short stacked players is to play exactly by Short Stack Strategy. You just have to be a little bit tighter than they are.


      Today I've red these articles:
      *How to Play Strong Draws
      *Opponent Profiles: The Short Stack
      *Mathematics of Poker: Implied Pot Odds
      *What is the Short Stack Strategy?
      *How to Play Before the Flop (Short stack strategy)
      *How to Play After the Flop (Short stack strategy)

      Day 4/29.4 BI
    • Sowulo
      Sowulo
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      Known Players:
      MP2: $10.00 - 100 bb
      MP3: $4.66 - 47 bb
      CO: $11.18 - 112 bb
      BU: $2.93 - 29 bb
      SB: $3.99 - 40 bb
      BB: $2.65 - 27 bb

      0.05/0.10 No Limit Hold'em (6 Handed)
      Hand recorder for this hand: PokerStrategy.com SideKick 1.0.51016.3

      Preflop: Hero is MP2 with T:heart: , T:diamond:
      SB posts small blind ($0.05), BB posts big blind ($0.10), Hero raises for $0.40, 3 folds, SB calls, BB 3-bets $1.30, Hero 4-bets $4.40, SB folds, BB bets $1.25, Hero gets uncalled back ($2.15)

      Flop: ($5.70 - 57 bb) Q:diamond: , 8:spade: , 7:heart: (2 Players)

      Turn: ($5.70 - 57 bb) 6:heart: (2 Players)

      River: ($5.70 - 57 bb) J:club: (2 Players)


      Thats how I chose to play this hand against a shortie. I don't mind flipping with them. Its better than raise/call or raise/fold...
    • Sowulo
      Sowulo
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      Joined: 03.02.2010 Posts: 46
      -4 BI. I'm on tilt for all next week...
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