Fantabulous No limit Foray (+FL)

    • johnbeattie85
      johnbeattie85
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      Joined: 11.09.2008 Posts: 716
      Hi my name is John. I didn't realise there was a forum when I registered, so I didn't choose some cool fancy posting alias. I figured I would do a blog to encourage me to do session reviews, and as a place to cry when I hit my weekly 150 BB downswing.

      About me:

      I started off playing SSS sometime last year. I did pretty well – but found it really boring. One day I decided I didn't feel like playing poker, and then didn't play again for the next four months. I started playing again about two months ago and decided to give fixed limit a try; FR for the first month and now short-handed most recently.

      I have been struggling a bit with SH .5/1. Which is a bit strange since the player's aren't really much better than at .25/.5, which I beat to a very large degree. I think I am playing a bit weak post flop and choosing the wrong spots to call down. Variance is also possible but I'm not really confident enough in my game to know If I'm making the right decisions.

      Have also been playing a bit of BSS when FL becomes too frustrating. Which is at least once a day recently.


      13-Aug: FL session




      Fairly boring session. I only played .25/.5, as I didn't really feel like concentrating. Didn't play that many hands and they were all pretty standard.

      Favourite hand + chat box drama

      Hand converted with online PokerStrategy.com hand converter:

      Play hand

      $0.25/$0.5 Fixed-Limit Hold'em (6 handed)

      Preflop: Hero is BB with Q, Q.
      MP2 calls, MP3 folds, CO calls, BU calls, SB folds, Hero raises, MP2 calls, CO calls, BU calls.

      Flop: (8.4 SB) 9, 9, 5 (4 players)
      Hero bets, MP2 calls, CO folds, BU raises, Hero 3-Bets, MP2 folds, BU caps, Hero calls.

      Turn: (8.7 BB) T (2 players)
      Hero checks, BU checks.

      River: (8.7 BB) 2 (2 players)
      Hero bets, BU calls.

      Final Pot: 10.7 BB.
      Results follow:

      Hero shows two pairs, queens and nines(Q Q).
      BU shows two pairs, jacks and nines(J J).

      Hero wins with two pairs, queens and nines(Q Q).

      This really made my day. Not much more to say.

      RoyalFlash64: of course the ****y lucker has queens
      RoyalFlash64: and i have the only hand he could beat with his bad play
      RoyalFlash64: what a fishmoron
      omg_zombies!: you are complaining about loosing to a better hand
      omg_zombies!: idiot
      RoyalFlash64: you totally overplay your weak hand and get lucky thats all
      RoyalFlash64: idiot
      RoyalFlash64: you beat jacks and loose to any other hand so you are a ****ing lucker
      RoyalFlash64: moron
      RoyalFlash64: arrogant fish


      Donk moment

      Hand converted with online PokerStrategy.com hand converter:

      Play hand

      $0.25/$0.5 Fixed-Limit Hold'em (5 handed)

      Preflop: Hero is CO with J, A.
      MP3 folds, Hero raises, 2 folds, BB calls.

      Flop: (4.4 SB) 8, 2, 2 (2 players)
      BB checks, Hero bets, BB calls.

      Turn: (3.2 BB) Q (2 players)
      BB checks, Hero bets, BB raises, Hero 3-Bets, BB caps, Hero calls.

      River: (11.2 BB) 7 (2 players)
      BB bets, Hero calls.

      Final Pot: 13.2 BB.
      Results follow:

      Hero shows a flush, ace high(J A).
      BB shows two pairs, sevens and twos(J 7).

      Hero wins with a flush, ace high(J A).


      $$ moment

      Hand converted with online PokerStrategy.com hand converter:

      Play hand

      $0.25/$0.5 Fixed-Limit Hold'em (6 handed)

      Preflop: Hero is CO with K, A.
      MP2 calls, MP3 raises, Hero 3-Bets, BU calls, SB calls, BB folds, MP2 calls, MP3 calls.

      Flop: (16 SB) K, K, A (5 players)
      SB checks, MP2 checks, MP3 checks, Hero bets, BU calls, SB folds, MP2 folds, MP3 folds.

      Turn: (9 BB) 2 (2 players)
      Hero bets, BU raises, Hero 3-Bets, BU caps, Hero calls.

      River: (17 BB) 9 (2 players)
      Hero bets, BU raises, Hero 3-Bets, BU calls.

      Final Pot: 23 BB.
      Results follow:

      Hero shows a full-house, kings full of aces(K A).
      BU shows a flush, ace high(8 Q).

      Hero wins with a full-house, kings full of aces(K A).


      13-Aug: BSS session




      Kind of annoyed at how the session went. I played perfectly for most of the time, but lost a stack and a half in two stupid brain explosion decisions. Which I guess goes to show that No limit is much less forgiving of mistakes in comparison to limit.

      For example:

      Hand converted with online PokerStrategy.com hand converter:

      Play hand

      $0.05/$0.1 No-Limit Hold'em (6 handed)

      Known players:
      MP3:
      $10.00
      CO:
      $10.80
      BU:
      $10.00
      SB:
      $22.25
      BB:
      $8.30
      MP2(Hero):
      $11.50


      Preflop: Hero is MP2 with K, K.
      Hero raises to $0.40, 4 folds, BB calls $0.30.

      Flop: ($0.85) 5, T, 5 (2 players)
      BB checks, Hero bets $0.60, BB calls $0.60.

      Turn: ($2.05) Q (2 players)
      BB checks, Hero bets $1.20, BB calls $1.20.

      River: ($4.45) 9 (2 players)
      BB bets $6.10, Hero calls $6.10.

      Final Pot: $16.65.
      Results follow:

      Hero shows two pairs, kings and fives(K K).
      BB shows three of a kind, fives(3 5).

      BB wins with three of a kind, fives(3 5).

      Yeah I wasn't paying attention and underbet the turn a bit. This lead to a bad situation on the river and I think an incorrect call. The villain was really annoying me. Every hand he would call down to the river and then shove. I got frustrated and called despite the fact that I'm behind quite often.
  • 27 replies
    • johnbeattie85
      johnbeattie85
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      Joined: 11.09.2008 Posts: 716

      14-Aug: FL session




      I played .5/1 for the first 450 or so hands and was having one of those days. Hardly any hands and never hitting the flop. I was at around 12 vip / 9 pfr / 25 WTS. So naturally after changing to .25/.5 I had an amazing run of hands and flop hits and people willing to pay me off. I think I'm going to try play .5/1 all day tomorrow and see how it goes. I think I am scared of loosing at .5/1 since the pots are larger and am playing much weaker / less aggressive than I normally do. Anyone have any hints about getting over this?



      Interesting hands


      Hand 1: Against an Ace I have a lot of outs. Against the draw I have basically zero. Not sure what the best play is.

      Hand converted with online PokerStrategy.com hand converter:

      Play hand

      $0.25/$0.5 Fixed-Limit Hold'em (4 handed)

      Preflop: Hero is SB with 7, 7.
      CO calls, BU folds, Hero raises, BB folds, CO calls.

      Flop: (5 SB) 5, A, 6 (2 players)
      Hero bets, CO raises, Hero calls.

      Turn: (4.5 BB) 4 (2 players)
      Hero checks, CO bets, Hero calls.

      River: (6.5 BB) 9 (2 players)
      Hero checks, CO bets, Hero folds, CO gets uncalled bet back.

      Final Pot: 6.5 BB.



      Hand 2: I couldn't resist for 10 to 1. Some people love to donk on scare cards.


      Hand converted with online PokerStrategy.com hand converter:

      Play hand

      $0.25/$0.5 Fixed-Limit Hold'em (5 handed)

      Preflop: Hero is CO with 5, 5.
      MP3 folds, Hero raises, BU calls, SB calls, BB folds.

      Flop: (7 SB) 4, 5, J (3 players)
      SB checks, Hero bets, BU folds, SB raises, Hero 3-Bets, SB calls.

      Turn: (6.5 BB) 9 (2 players)
      SB checks, Hero bets, SB calls.

      River: (8.5 BB) A (2 players)
      SB bets, Hero calls.

      Final Pot: 10.5 BB.

      Results follow:

      Hero shows three of a kind, fives(5h 5c).
      SB shows a flush, ace high(Jd Ks).

      SB wins with a flush, ace high(Jd Ks).



      Hand 3: I'm thinking folding is a bit too weak with all the draws possible, especially BB vs BU.


      Hand converted with online PokerStrategy.com hand converter:

      Play hand

      $0.25/$0.5 Fixed-Limit Hold'em (6 handed)

      Preflop: Hero is BB with J, J.
      3 folds, BU raises, SB folds, Hero 3-Bets, BU calls.

      Flop: (6.4 SB) 9, K, 6 (2 players)
      Hero bets, BU calls.

      Turn: (4.2 BB) Q (2 players)
      Hero bets, BU raises, Hero calls.

      River: (8.2 BB) 6 (2 players)
      Hero checks, BU bets, Hero calls.

      Final Pot: 10.2 BB.

      Results follow:

      Hero shows two pairs, jacks and sixs(Jd Jh).
      BU shows two pairs, kings and queens(Qh Kc).

      BU wins with two pairs, kings and queens(Qh Kc).


      Hand 4: Why you should rarely fold top pair to a river raise.


      Hand converted with online PokerStrategy.com hand converter:

      Play hand

      $0.25/$0.5 Fixed-Limit Hold'em (6 handed)

      Preflop: Hero is MP2 with J, Q.
      Hero raises, MP3 calls, 3 folds, BB calls.

      Flop: (6.4 SB) J, 4, 3 (3 players)
      BB checks, Hero bets, MP3 calls, BB calls.

      Turn: (4.7 BB) T (3 players)
      BB checks, Hero bets, MP3 calls, BB calls.

      River: (7.7 BB) 4 (3 players)
      BB checks, Hero bets, MP3 raises, BB folds, Hero calls.

      Final Pot: 11.7 BB.

      Results follow:

      Hero shows two pairs, jacks and fours(Jc Qc).
      MP3 shows two pairs, tens and fours(Kd Td).

      Hero wins with two pairs, jacks and fours(Jc Qc).



      Hand 5: I didn't think he'd be leading the river with T, so Ace is the only thing that makes sense. Me am cry.


      Hand converted with online PokerStrategy.com hand converter:

      Play hand

      $0.25/$0.5 Fixed-Limit Hold'em (6 handed)

      Preflop: Hero is MP3 with Q, K.
      MP2 folds, Hero raises, 2 folds, SB 3-Bets, BB folds, Hero calls.

      Flop: (7 SB) 4, J, 8 (2 players)
      SB bets, Hero calls.

      Turn: (4.5 BB) 2 (2 players)
      SB bets, Hero raises, SB 3-Bets, Hero caps, SB calls.

      River: (12.5 BB) 3 (2 players)
      SB bets, Hero calls.

      Final Pot: 14.5 BB.

      Results follow:

      Hero shows a flush, king high(Qh Kh).
      SB shows a flush, ace high(Jc Ah).

      SB wins with a flush, ace high(Jc Ah).



      Hand 6: I talked myself into calling vs his busted draw or A high and was right for once. But I'm not sure if it's the correct play.


      Hand converted with online PokerStrategy.com hand converter:

      Play hand

      $0.25/$0.5 Fixed-Limit Hold'em (5 handed)

      Preflop: Hero is BB with 9, 6.
      MP3 calls, CO folds, BU calls, SB calls, Hero checks.

      Flop: (4 SB) 7, 8, 6 (4 players)
      SB checks, Hero bets, MP3 folds, BU calls, SB folds.

      Turn: (3 BB) K (2 players)
      Hero bets, BU calls.

      River: (5 BB) 8 (2 players)
      Hero checks, BU bets, Hero calls.

      Final Pot: 7 BB.

      Results follow:

      Hero shows two pairs, eights and sixs(9c 6d).
      BU shows a pair of eights(Qh Ac).

      Hero wins with two pairs, eights and sixs(9c 6d).


      Hand 7: Why you should never do stupid moves like Limp raising and check raising with initiative. I love when something like this happens


      Hand converted with online PokerStrategy.com hand converter:

      Play hand

      $0.5/$1 Fixed-Limit Hold'em (6 handed)

      Preflop: Hero is MP3 with J, A.
      MP2 calls, Hero raises, CO calls, BU folds, SB calls, BB folds, MP2 3-Bets, Hero calls, CO calls, SB calls.

      Flop: (13 SB) T, 9, 9 (4 players)
      SB checks, MP2 checks, Hero checks, CO bets, SB calls, MP2 raises, Hero folds, CO calls, SB calls.

      Turn: (9.5 BB) J (3 players)
      SB checks, MP2 bets, CO calls, SB folds.

      River: (11.5 BB) J (2 players)
      MP2 bets, CO raises, MP2 calls.

      Final Pot: 15.5 BB.

      Results follow:

      MP2 shows two pairs, queens and jacks(Qd Qc).
      CO shows a full-house, jacks full of tens(Jc Ts).

      CO wins with a full-house, jacks full of tens(Jc Ts).
    • Waiboy
      Waiboy
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      Joined: 18.09.2008 Posts: 4,877
      Hey jb85!

      Re getting over playing with scared money at higher limits, I've always just thought of bets in terms of SB and BB... the amount I'm playing with is kinda irrelevant. It's only if I'm running close to a BRM limit I might consider the amounts.

      Dunno if this helps at all, but I think it is the mindset that makes the most sense.

      BTW... nice to see another FL blog :f_love: and that you're getting through the limits so nicely! I think the way you have been posting hands so dilligently is a major method to positive progress in your game.

      Good luck fella! :s_cool:
    • johnbeattie85
      johnbeattie85
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      Joined: 11.09.2008 Posts: 716
      Hi Waiboy.

      Yeah I changed all my HEM stuff to Big bets instead of dollars. I'ts definitely a bit more comforting seeing -20 BB instead of -20 dollars : D

      Now I just need to figure out how to stop looking at my graph and stats every few hands.
    • Waiboy
      Waiboy
      Bronze
      Joined: 18.09.2008 Posts: 4,877
      The other thing is to always keep in mind that the short term is basically meaningless.

      Any sort of sickness can occur over a 10k sample, so a 500 hand session is pretty much a drop in the ocean, +ve or -ve it doesn't really matter.
    • johnbeattie85
      johnbeattie85
      Bronze
      Joined: 11.09.2008 Posts: 716
      15-Aug: FL session



      Wow. I had a winning session of .5/1 for a change : D

      Really had to discipline myself to call down instead of folding everything and I think it made a difference. So many marginal spot's, it made my head want to explode.




      Then I played a session of .25/.5 and dropped almost 80 BB's in 400 hands. That is kind of amazing because normally a downswing at that limit = break even stretch. I guess I'll have to get used to this sort of thing if I want to play FL SH.


      Favourite Hand: If only it was always this easy.

      Hand converted with online PokerStrategy.com hand converter:

      Play hand

      $0.25/$0.5 Fixed-Limit Hold'em (5 handed)

      Preflop: Hero is BB with 8, 5.
      3 folds, SB calls, Hero checks.

      Flop: (2 SB) J, 8, K (2 players)
      SB folds, SB gets uncalled bet back.

      Final Pot: 0.7 BB.


      Donk moment: Try to guess his hand

      Hand converted with online PokerStrategy.com hand converter:

      Play hand

      $0.25/$0.5 Fixed-Limit Hold'em (5 handed)

      Preflop: Hero is SB with K, K.
      2 folds, BU calls, Hero raises, BB calls, BU calls.

      Flop: (6 SB) 9, 2, 6 (3 players)
      Hero bets, BB calls, BU calls.

      Turn: (4.5 BB) 4 (3 players)
      Hero bets, BB calls, BU calls.

      River: (7.5 BB) J (3 players)
      Hero bets, BB folds, BU raises, Hero calls.

      Final Pot: 11.5 BB.

      Results follow:

      Hero shows a pair of kings(Kd Ks).
      BU shows a flush, jack high(3h 8h).

      BU wins with a flush, jack high(3h 8h).



      Mistake: Turn should have been an easy fold. I'm drawing dead against everything and he's not going to be raising the draw with a player behind.

      Hand converted with online PokerStrategy.com hand converter:

      Play hand

      $0.5/$1 Fixed-Limit Hold'em (5 handed)

      Preflop: Hero is MP3 with T, J.
      Hero raises, CO calls, BU calls, 2 folds.

      Flop: (7.5 SB) J, K, 2 (3 players)
      Hero bets, CO calls, BU calls.

      Turn: (5.25 BB) K (3 players)
      Hero bets, CO raises, BU folds, Hero calls.

      River: (9.25 BB) 9 (2 players)
      Hero checks, CO bets, Hero calls.

      Final Pot: 11.25 BB.


      Cry moment: I was trying to save rake against a hand I was obviously splitting with . . . and he shows up with second pair no kicker. What a genius.

      Hand converted with online PokerStrategy.com hand converter:

      Play hand

      $0.5/$1 Fixed-Limit Hold'em (6 handed)

      Preflop: Hero is CO with K, T.
      2 folds, Hero raises, 2 folds, BB 3-Bets, Hero calls.

      Flop: (6.5 SB) J, A, K (2 players)
      BB bets, Hero calls.

      Turn: (4.25 BB) Q (2 players)
      BB bets, Hero raises, BB 3-Bets, Hero caps, BB calls.

      River: (12.25 BB) 7 (2 players)
      BB bets, Hero calls.

      Final Pot: 14.25 BB.

      Results follow:

      Hero shows a straight, ace high(Kc Td).
      BB shows a pair of kings(8h Kh).

      Hero wins with a straight, ace high(Kc Td).
    • Waiboy
      Waiboy
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      Joined: 18.09.2008 Posts: 4,877
      Dammit, I guessed 7:heart: 2:heart: ... I gave villian too much credit with a bottom pair + flush draw. :f_mad:

      *EDIT: That last hand I always raise/call, villians with two pairs and sets could still bet after turn CAP even with straight on the board.
    • johnbeattie85
      johnbeattie85
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      Joined: 11.09.2008 Posts: 716
      Haha. Close. I guess he thought his 8 high and 1 out was good enough.

      Yeah I'm always going to raise if I get into that situation again.
    • johnbeattie85
      johnbeattie85
      Bronze
      Joined: 11.09.2008 Posts: 716
      16-Aug: FL session



      I didn't play much today because of IRL stuff. But ended about +25BB in .5/1 and the rest in .25/.5. I just realised that you actually get VPP's on Stars .25/.5 now since they changed things. Like .085 per hand up from <.01. Omg, break out the 12 table supernova grind : D. Have also been trying to answer stuff on the hand forum, just for practice to help me analyse situations.



      Hard Spot: Obviously my flush isn't worth much on a paired board. However, it's 12/1 and MP3 can have a lot of non queen hands. I'm more worried about BB showing up with a 2 or something. But I talked myself into calling since his user name was Donkology007 and he had a WTS of like 60 over 100 hands. Wow I think that''s the first time I've used someone's user name to help make a decision haha.

      Hand converted with online PokerStrategy.com hand converter:

      Play hand

      $0.5/$1 Fixed-Limit Hold'em (6 handed)

      Preflop: Hero is BU with T, A.
      MP2 folds, MP3 raises, CO folds, Hero 3-Bets, SB folds, BB calls, MP3 caps, Hero calls, BB calls.

      Flop: (12.5 SB) 4, 2, Q (3 players)
      BB checks, MP3 bets, Hero calls, BB calls.

      Turn: (7.75 BB) Q (3 players)
      BB checks, MP3 bets, Hero calls, BB calls.

      River: (10.75 BB) 2 (3 players)
      BB checks, MP3 bets, Hero calls, BB calls.

      Final Pot: 13.75 BB.

      Results follow:

      Hero shows a flush, ace high(Ts As).
      BB shows two pairs, queens and eights(8c 8h).
      MP3 shows two pairs, queens and jacks(Jd Jc).

      Hero wins with a flush, ace high(Ts As).




      Hard spot: I'm thinking raise the turn to get rid of BU and BB and for a free showdown. But he loves to donk so it might not work.

      Hand converted with online PokerStrategy.com hand converter:

      Play hand

      $0.5/$1 Fixed-Limit Hold'em (5 handed)

      Preflop: Hero is CO with 8, 8.
      MP3 calls, Hero raises, BU calls, SB folds, BB calls, MP3 3-Bets, Hero calls, BU calls, BB calls.

      Flop: (12.5 SB) 3, 5, 4 (4 players)
      BB checks, MP3 bets, Hero raises, BU calls, BB calls, MP3 calls.

      Turn: (10.25 BB) J (4 players)
      BB checks, MP3 bets, Hero calls, BU folds, BB folds.

      River: (12.25 BB) 6 (2 players)
      MP3 bets, Hero calls.

      Final Pot: 14.25 BB.

      Results follow:

      Hero shows a pair of eights(8s 8c).
      MP3 shows a pair of jacks(As Jh).

      MP3 wins with a pair of jacks(As Jh).


      Interesting hand: I didn't 3bet the river because it doesn't make much sense for him to call the flop with Kx type hands. You can rule out Kxs hands because of the turn card. So he probably has K4 or KJ. Maybe something like KT as well. He's very passive so might not have raised the turn with two pair. Not sure if my thinking is right here.

      Hand converted with online PokerStrategy.com hand converter:

      Play hand

      $0.25/$0.5 Fixed-Limit Hold'em (5 handed)

      Preflop: Hero is SB with 7, Q.
      MP3 calls, CO calls, BU calls, Hero calls, BB checks.

      Flop: (5 SB) J, A, 4 (5 players)
      Hero bets, BB folds, MP3 calls, CO calls, BU calls.

      Turn: (4.5 BB) K (4 players)
      Hero bets, MP3 calls, CO folds, BU calls.

      River: (7.5 BB) K (3 players)
      Hero bets, MP3 raises, BU folds, Hero calls.

      Final Pot: 11.5 BB.

      Results follow:

      Hero shows a flush, ace high(7s Qs).
      MP3 shows a full-house, kings full of jacks(Kc Jd).

      MP3 wins with a full-house, kings full of jacks(Kc Jd).
    • johnbeattie85
      johnbeattie85
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      Joined: 11.09.2008 Posts: 716



      My last few days of fail. I like to call this picture, “Yesterday I hated FL SH, today I it”

      Weak tight tendencies are decreasing, but am still struggling to get my WTS over 35.


      Guess the hand: Hint. Player is 100vip/90pfr/80wts


      Hand converted with online PokerStrategy.com hand converter:

      Play hand

      $0.5/$1 Fixed-Limit Hold'em (6 handed)

      Preflop: Hero is BU with A, Q.
      2 folds, CO raises, Hero 3-Bets, SB calls, BB folds, CO caps, Hero calls, SB calls.

      Flop: (13 SB) K, A, Q (3 players)
      SB checks, CO bets, Hero raises, SB folds, CO calls.

      Turn: (8.5 BB) T (2 players)
      CO checks, Hero bets, CO calls.

      River: (10.5 BB) 5 (2 players)
      CO bets, Hero calls.

      Final Pot: 12.5 BB.

      Results follow:

      Hero shows two pairs, aces and queens(Ad Qc).
      CO shows a pair of fives(4d 5d).

      Hero wins with two pairs, aces and queens(Ad Qc).
    • CoreySteel
      CoreySteel
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      Joined: 25.10.2006 Posts: 3,366
      Nice hand :P

      WTS at 36 would be enough for 0.5/1. I wouldn't go any higher, because there are lots of fishes at this limit.
    • johnbeattie85
      johnbeattie85
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      Joined: 11.09.2008 Posts: 716
      Well yeah, I'm at around 34 at the moment. It kind of feels like I'm constantly getting exploited by the more aggressive players.
    • johnbeattie85
      johnbeattie85
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      Joined: 11.09.2008 Posts: 716
      28th Aug: Fantabulous . . . No Limit Foray!?

      So yeah. I've been having a bit of an enforced holiday from fixed limit. I didn't trust myself not to go on super monster tilt after having one of those LOL sessions.



      Have been playing some NL in the meantime – 25FR and 10SH. I think I'm on a super upswing or something, or maybe micro limits are just this easy. Playing FL has really improved my post flop game, I actually understand reasons for betting now :f_confused: and can hand read to a certain extent.




      Meet Joe Donk:



      Hand converted with online PokerStrategy.com hand converter:

      Play hand

      $0.05/$0.1 No-Limit Hold'em (5 handed)

      Known players:
      MP3:
      $12.60
      CO:
      $14.10
      BU:
      $8.45
      SB(Hero):
      $11.15
      BB:
      $12.95


      Preflop: Hero is SB with A, Q.
      MP3 folds, CO calls $0.10, BU folds, Hero raises to $0.45, BB folds, CO calls $0.40.

      Flop: ($1.1) A, 4, 8 (2 players)
      Hero bets $0.60, CO calls $0.60.

      Turn: ($2.3) 7 (2 players)
      Hero bets $1.20, CO calls $1.20.

      River: ($4.7) J (2 players)
      Hero checks, CO bets $8.70, Hero calls $8.70.

      Final Pot: $22.1.

      Results follow:

      Hero shows a pair of aces(As Qc).
      CO shows a pair of fours(3d 4d).

      Hero wins with a pair of aces(As Qc).

      :heart: agro fish that shove any 2 after you check.


      OMGZ: Miracle turn and river. Not sure why I didn't ship it since he only has $3 left but meh.

      Hand converted with online PokerStrategy.com hand converter:

      Play hand

      $0.1/$0.25 No-Limit Hold'em (7 handed)

      Known players:
      MP1:
      $5.05
      MP2:
      $19.05
      MP3:
      $5.95
      CO:
      $31.10
      BU(Hero):
      $35.95
      SB:
      $16.35
      BB:
      $5.15


      Preflop: Hero is BU with J, A.
      3 folds, CO calls $0.25, Hero raises to $1.25, SB calls $1.15, BB folds, CO calls $1.00.

      Flop: ($4) A, Q, 7 (3 players)
      SB checks, CO checks, Hero bets $3.00, SB calls $3.00, CO calls $3.00.

      Turn: ($13) K (3 players)
      SB checks, CO checks, Hero bets $9.00, SB folds, CO calls $9.00.

      River: ($31) T (2 players)
      CO checks, Hero bets $15.00, CO calls $15.00.

      Final Pot: $61.

      Results follow:

      Hero shows a royal flush(Js Ah).
      CO shows a flush, ace high(Qc Qh).

      Hero wins with a royal flush(Js Ah).
    • Verre
      Verre
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      Joined: 24.02.2009 Posts: 708
      Seriously dude, if you run like that at NL and can keep it up you will be considered as a NL god. 28 BB/100 over 4500 hands is crazy in itself.

      Let me put it this way, Tom Dwan over his lifetime in cash runs at 7.8 BBs/100. Most pros run at 6ish/100.

      Its a heater for sure, but if you can keep up a fraction of that at NL your game may be there and not FL.
    • CoreySteel
      CoreySteel
      Bronze
      Joined: 25.10.2006 Posts: 3,366
      I play NL10 FR at Stars too. Just for fun actually, but I make more money than on FL 2/4 SH :D Well, almost :P I am like 130$ up in about 6000 hands :)

      I must say I like NL atm. I have so much bigger BR behind those 350$ with which I'm playing NL10, so I do not play with scared money, bluff a lot, resteal a lot, cont. bet (almost) every flop and it's working for now... And of course I make some silly min-raises, just to piss off some regulars :D
    • johnbeattie85
      johnbeattie85
      Bronze
      Joined: 11.09.2008 Posts: 716
      @ Verre: Haha yeah 28 might be just a bit optimistic - I think I am getting my much needed FL upswing . . . . In NL :f_mad:

      @CoreySteel: Yeah it's a lot of fun. Everyone fold fold folds. Sitting to the left of a multi-table reg and 3betting the hell out of him is also the lol.
    • johnbeattie85
      johnbeattie85
      Bronze
      Joined: 11.09.2008 Posts: 716
      29th Aug

      So, pokerstars Monthly donkament is on at like 4am tomorrow morning. I'm not sure if I can be bothered to stay up. Last time I put my alarm clock on, got all excited to play, bought some energy drink to keep me focused, and then busted out in the first ten minutes.



      I'm still running like god in NL. But I wasn't very happy with how I played today, made some kind of poor decisions - including this lul hero moment vs a maniac:



      Actually I don't know what's worse; the hand, or my photoshop skills.


      Hand converted with online PokerStrategy.com hand converter:

      Play hand

      $0.1/$0.25 No-Limit Hold'em (8 handed)

      Known players:
      MP2:
      $58.45
      MP3:
      $8.40
      CO:
      $4.65
      BU:
      $11.20
      SB:
      $5.00
      BB:
      $5.00
      UTG2(Hero):
      $39.55
      MP1:
      $5.00


      Preflop: Hero is UTG2 with 7, 7.
      Hero raises to $1.00, MP1 folds, MP2 calls $1.00, 5 folds.

      Flop: ($2.35) 9, 2, Q (2 players)
      Hero bets $1.50, MP2 raises to $3.00, Hero raises to $7.50, MP2 calls $6.00.

      Turn: ($20.35) 2 (2 players)
      Hero checks, MP2 bets $4.00, Hero folds, MP2 gets uncalled bet back.

      Final Pot: $20.35.


      Interesting Hand: I haven't figured out how to play these hands yet. Thought it would be WA/WB, but there's the flush draw to consider so that might be totally wrong. Maybe a fold since BB is very passive and I'm only beating 88, 99.

      Hand converted with online PokerStrategy.com hand converter:

      Play hand

      $0.1/$0.25 No-Limit Hold'em (9 handed)

      Known players:
      BB:
      $38.95
      UTG1:
      $25.05
      UTG2:
      $27.70
      MP1:
      $25.90
      MP2:
      $25.25
      MP3:
      $25.00
      CO:
      $13.70
      BU:
      $21.30
      SB(Hero):
      $25.10


      Preflop: Hero is SB with T, T.
      5 folds, CO calls $0.25, BU folds, Hero raises to $1.15, BB calls $1.00, CO folds.

      Flop: ($2.75) 7, 4, 4 (2 players)
      Hero bets $1.75, BB calls $1.75.

      Turn: ($6.25) 7 (2 players)
      Hero checks, BB bets $5.00, Hero calls $5.00.

      River: ($16.25) 3 (2 players)
      Hero checks, BB checks.

      Final Pot: $16.25.

      Results follow:

      Hero shows two pairs, tens and sevens(Tc Td).
      BB shows two pairs, queens and sevens(Qd Qc).

      BB wins with two pairs, queens and sevens(Qd Qc).


      Meet John the donk: Wow I can't believe I called his 3bet. Poor guy. Need to play more tables or something.

      Hand converted with online PokerStrategy.com hand converter:

      Play hand

      $0.1/$0.25 No-Limit Hold'em (8 handed)

      Known players:
      MP2:
      $27.10
      MP3:
      $20.45
      CO:
      $27.60
      BU(Hero):
      $25.00
      SB:
      $9.90
      BB:
      $23.95
      UTG2:
      $25.00
      MP1:
      $25.00


      Preflop: Hero is BU with 3, 6.
      5 folds, Hero raises to $0.75, SB folds, BB raises to $1.25, Hero calls $0.75.

      Flop: ($3.1) A, 5, 3 (2 players)
      BB checks, Hero checks.

      Turn: ($3.1) 6 (2 players)
      BB checks, Hero bets $2.00, BB calls $2.00.

      River: ($7.1) 7 (2 players)
      BB checks, Hero bets $3.00, BB calls $3.00.

      Final Pot: $13.1.

      Results follow:

      Hero shows two pairs, sixs and threes(3s 6s).
      BB shows a pair of kings(Kc Kh).

      Hero wins with two pairs, sixs and threes(3s 6s).
    • johnbeattie85
      johnbeattie85
      Bronze
      Joined: 11.09.2008 Posts: 716
      30th Aug – 2nd Sep: Doom switch?!



      Not really. I just wanted an excuse to post that pic. Still going ok at NL25 I guess. Should probably move up to NL50, but meh, the players are so much better there and I don't want to play with that much money yet.

      I'm starting to miss the excitement of FL SH so might play some sessions over the next week. Seriously, in NL you get into a hard spot once every few thousand hands and can just fold – in FL SH every third hand is :f_confused:



      I also played some NL25 6-max and it was pretty fail. I guess I'm breaking even, but I felt really uncomfortable on the tables and made some stupid mistakes. Yeah lets try and 4 bet bluff the nitty guy 3 betting my UTG raise. Or call a flop all in with a flush draw, just cos . . he raised my last cbet so he must be bluffing! :f_mad: Video watching time.





      Interesting hand: I checked back the flop since calling a 3bet OOP usually indicates a strong range and I can't see many better hands that will fold. Worse hands like AQ, KQ might call, but they should be a small part of his range. River is a close call. It really looks like total air imo. Made hands would have bet the turn for value/protection. Really can't see him raising anything with a 3 in it from MP2 and then calling a 3-bet. 33 maybe, but it would have bet the turn a lot of the time. 78s is possible, but it's one hand and I'm not sure it's even in his range

      Hand converted with online PokerStrategy.com hand converter:

      Play hand

      $0.1/$0.25 No-Limit Hold'em (7 handed)

      Known players:
      BB:
      $18.15
      MP1:
      $25.00
      MP2:
      $30.40
      MP3:
      $24.90
      CO:
      $25.00
      BU(Hero):
      $26.40
      SB:
      $4.40


      Preflop: Hero is BU with A, K.
      MP1 folds, MP2 raises to $0.50, 2 folds, Hero raises to $1.50, 2 folds, MP2 calls $1.00.

      Flop: ($3.35) 6, 4, 2 (2 players)
      MP2 checks, Hero checks.

      Turn: ($3.35) 4 (2 players)
      MP2 checks, Hero checks.

      River: ($3.35) 5 (2 players)
      MP2 bets $1.00, Hero calls $1.00.

      Final Pot: $5.35.

      Results follow:

      Hero shows a pair of fours(As Kh).
      MP2 shows a pair of fours(Js Qs).

      Hero wins with a pair of fours(As Kh).


      Interesting hand: This was just weird. I think I should have called. But since I am a SH fish I snap folded. Calling a 3bet IP can be a million things. The turn action can almost exclude an Ace. Unless he has like AJ and is worried about me check/raising all in with AK or something. The other things that beat me are JJ, QQ, which I think most players would check behind on the river.

      Hand converted with online PokerStrategy.com hand converter:

      Play hand

      $0.1/$0.25 No-Limit Hold'em (6 handed)

      Known players:
      CO:
      $13.00
      BU:
      $25.25
      SB:
      $17.10
      BB(Hero):
      $26.05
      MP2:
      $21.10
      MP3:
      $25.00


      Preflop: Hero is BB with T, T.
      3 folds, BU raises to $1.00, SB folds, Hero raises to $3.25, BU calls $2.50.

      Flop: ($7.1) 9, 6, A (2 players)
      Hero bets $4.00, BU calls $4.00.

      Turn: ($15.1) 3 (2 players)
      Hero checks, BU checks.

      River: ($15.1) 4 (2 players)
      Hero checks, BU bets $5.00, Hero folds, BU gets uncalled bet back.

      Final Pot: $15.1.


      Interesting hand: BU = super limping calling station. Not sure if this is a call. A5, A6, AJ are quite likely. But so is the busted draw or some dumb fish play.

      Hand converted with online PokerStrategy.com hand converter:

      Play hand

      $0.1/$0.25 No-Limit Hold'em (7 handed)

      Known players:
      BU:
      $25.70
      SB:
      $26.50
      BB(Hero):
      $26.40
      MP1:
      $25.85
      MP2:
      $24.85
      MP3:
      $28.35
      CO:
      $14.65


      Preflop: Hero is BB with 9, 9.
      4 folds, BU calls $0.25, SB folds, Hero raises to $1.00, BU calls $1.00.

      Flop: ($2.6) 2, 6, 5 (2 players)
      Hero bets $1.75, BU calls $1.75.

      Turn: ($6.1) J (2 players)
      Hero bets $3.75, BU calls $3.75.

      River: ($13.6) A (2 players)
      Hero checks, BU bets $4.50, Hero calls $4.50.

      Final Pot: $22.6.

      Results follow:

      Hero shows a pair of nines(9s 9c).
      BU shows a pair of sixs(6d Kd).

      Hero wins with a pair of nines(9s 9c).
    • CoreySteel
      CoreySteel
      Bronze
      Joined: 25.10.2006 Posts: 3,366
      Yep, NL is boring :)
      I have to play 9 NL tables to be constantly busy, which is the same as 3 FL tables :) And no real hard spots, yeah. Only typing numbers :P
    • travoltaJOHNy
      travoltaJOHNy
      Bronze
      Joined: 17.02.2008 Posts: 149
      Hands are nice, so does blog. =] Nl25 looks still a big fish pool.
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