Beating the small-stakes isn't that easy

    • FeroMrkva
      FeroMrkva
      Basic
      Joined: 31.05.2010 Posts: 8
      My name is Igor, live in Bratislava. I play poker for about 3 years for fun, however started to really put some good volume in the end of the May of this year after my graduation. Currently I am concentrating on full ring nl200 on Cereus. My goal is to comfortably beat the nl200 game there and move to nl200-600 6max there (spring of 2011) and later maybe to some other sites with action up to nl1000. If I will not beat the nl200 game until May of next year, I won't play anymore.


      I try to play aroud 20 hours a week on 6 to 8 tables. I guess I play on the looser side of the field with stats around 21/16. Since the start of my "semi-pro" carrer I have had good May, very good June and bad July. I see my strenght in pre-flop play, in play against worse regulars and surprisingly in play against good regulars. I do not play very good against average regulars and semi-bad players. I think it might be because I am always trying to outplay them because I put myself above them, but it doesn't work so often :) . Also I find some mistakes in overplaying strong draws and with barreling against the wrong people in wrong spots.


      I am starting this blog because now I don't really have some "poker buddy" to share hands and feelings about the game so I would like to get some feedback for my hands from other players here. I will try to post couple of hands at least twice a week and of course monthly results to see if I am improving or not.
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    • FeroMrkva
      FeroMrkva
      Basic
      Joined: 31.05.2010 Posts: 8
      1. Villain is 30/13 with 5 3bet on 200 hands, so far a little up. Never played him before. On flop I put him on almost any sc, pp 22-10, almost all suited aces and overcards of all kinds. I do not want to get raised on this flop, so I try to checkraise. When he calls and 10 hits I see that card as a brick and think he can continue only with a set or 5d6d or 3d5d, so I bet again. River is a brick, so I decide to shove the river which I do with a fh or AA/KK as well. He snap calls and shows 55. When I look at that hand now I can see, that he might have think I am actually on the draw with 5d6d, 3d5d, AdQd or AdQd and decides to catch my bluff. But I still think my line is not that bad against passive player without big history between us. Should I know on the turn, that he will call the river shove and just give up? Or maybe bet just the pot or little overbet which would probably do the same as the big overbet?

      Absolute Poker $1/$2 No Limit Hold'em - 6 players
      The Official DeucesCracked.com Hand History Converter

      UTG: $241.20
      MP: $200.00
      Hero (CO): $284.25
      BTN: $301.50
      SB: $180.41
      BB: $200.00

      Pre Flop: ($3.00) Hero is CO with A :diamond: 9 :club:
      2 folds, Hero raises to $6, BTN calls $6, 2 folds

      Flop: ($15.00) 4 :diamond: 2 :diamond: 7 :heart: (2 players)
      Hero checks, BTN bets $8, Hero raises to $26, BTN calls $18

      Turn: ($67.00) T :club: (2 players)
      Hero bets $52, BTN calls $52

      River: ($171.00) 2 :club: (2 players)
      Hero bets $200.25 all in, BTN calls $200.25

      Final Pot: $571.50
      Hero shows A :diamond: 9 :club: (One pair, twos)
      BTN shows 5 :club: 5 :diamond: (Two Pair, fives and twos)
      BTN wins $568.00
      (Rake: $3.50)


      2. Villain is 40/20 with 9 3bet on 170 hands, so far a little crazy, but not really bad. He raises light pf, so when good reg 3bets him I decide to 4bet. Now I can't reason the 4bet, but I guess I was 4bet bluffing. I did not expect fold from the BTN guy after MP guy called. Now I put the called on AK/AQ and every pp. When the flop comes I am happy and try to vbet here with intention of shoving on raise. The allin raise however seemed so strong to me, that I folded. Despite of the 4bet which I found now horrible, what would be the best line on flop?

      Absolute Poker $1/$2 No Limit Hold'em - 8 players
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      Hero (BB): $400.00
      UTG: $512.40
      UTG+1: $817.90
      MP1: $369.45
      MP2: $200.00
      CO: $462.30
      BTN: $224.95
      SB: $150.50

      Pre Flop: ($3.00) Hero is BB with 9 :club: 9 :heart:
      1 fold, UTG+1 calls $2, MP1 raises to $9, 2 folds, BTN raises to $28, 1 fold, Hero raises to $68, 1 fold, MP1 calls $59, 1 fold

      Flop: ($167.00) 4 :heart: 7 :diamond: 2 :club: (2 players)
      Hero bets $80, MP1 raises to $301.45 all in, Hero folds

      Final Pot: $327.00
      MP1 wins $323.50
      (Rake: $3.50)


      3. Again barreling hand. Villain is tight reg with stats around 13/9 with 3bet 3.3 on 4k hands. He knows I play looser than majority so I do not really get the call on the flop, but my question is - could he call check/call flop and turn and fold river with AJ or A10 (I do not think he calls pf with worse A) and maybe AK? Or would he call with those Aces as well? Is it possible to have this line profitable against tight player as this one is? My opinion now is that it is not good but I am probably a little result oriented too.

      Absolute Poker $1/$2 No Limit Hold'em - 8 players
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      Hero (UTG): $412.35
      UTG+1: $779.90
      MP1: $436.60
      MP2: $200.00
      CO: $196.30
      BTN: $102.85
      SB: $398.00
      BB: $200.00

      Pre Flop: ($3.00) Hero is UTG with T :club: 9 :club:
      Hero raises to $6, 6 folds, BB calls $4

      Flop: ($13.00) A :diamond: Q :diamond: 3 :spade: (2 players)
      BB checks, Hero bets $9, BB calls $9

      Turn: ($31.00) 3 :diamond: (2 players)
      BB checks, Hero bets $24, BB calls $24

      River: ($79.00) 5 :heart: (2 players)
      BB checks, Hero bets $75, BB calls $75

      Final Pot: $229.00
      Hero shows T :club: 9 :club: (One pair, threes)
      BB shows A :heart: Q :heart: (Two Pair, aces and queens)
      BB wins $225.50
      (Rake: $3.50)
    • garyk5846
      garyk5846
      Bronze
      Joined: 10.07.2010 Posts: 60
      Playing NL 200 you must be pretty good to begin with. I wouldn't even consider these "mid stakes", but in all three hands you seemed to get a lot of action..I'll admit playing against pro's, they would have folded pocket 5s in the first hand, but in the other 2 it just seems like they had a genuinely better hand and you were paying them off.

      Good luck with the blog and I hope you start running good.
    • fryandspicy
      fryandspicy
      Bronze
      Joined: 27.05.2010 Posts: 440
      I think in hand number 3 people wouldn't fold the weaker aces if they know you're loose because of the extra chance of the split pot once the 3 hits.
    • Shevtshenko
      Shevtshenko
      Bronze
      Joined: 06.12.2009 Posts: 4,087
      1st hand: I'd c/f river, since when he calls the c/r on flop he either has a weak made hand or draw. So on river if you check, he's not going to bluff you with busted draw (that you still beat) and he's neither going for any thin value with a weak made hand. So you're basically always seeing a showdown and you might win it if villain also had a draw. Also if villain has a weak made hand on river and you shove, he's propably calling pretty light since your line looks a lot like a busted draw.

      2nd hand: Your hand doesn't really matter when you're bluff 4betting but if you're doing it with 99 you'll get into tough spots like this. If I'm not 100% sure that I'm comfortable of getting stacks in on that board with 99, I wouldn't cbet it. c/c or even c/f are both ok lines (would decide on betsizing and timing) since villains or/call 4bet line preflop looks a lot like AA/KK.

      3rd hand: Such a tight villain isn't going to call preflop oop with any worse Ax than AQ. Would never barrel in that spot against such a tight guy on A-high dryish board where the only draw hits on turn. He's going to have AQ, QQ, 33 or AxKd a ton of the time on river when he gets there. Out of that range he can only give up with AK. If you want to effectively bluff on river I'd say shoving rest in on river is the best way to make villain fould out everything except boats. (Still depending on his went to showdown)

      Don't play on NL200 but that's my thoughts about those hands.
    • FeroMrkva
      FeroMrkva
      Basic
      Joined: 31.05.2010 Posts: 8
      Thank you for comments, especially to you Shevtshenko, I understand the mistakes here I think.

      I guess you guys are right that the stakes might be too high to start, but I decided I will give it a shot and until I bust the current bankroll, I am not going to give up :) .
    • mbml
      mbml
      Black
      Joined: 27.11.2008 Posts: 20,694
      you are playing too spewy and I highly suspect you lack the skill level to beat NL200. Try moving down to NL50 or lower before you busto. You keep trying to make unnecessary 3-barrel bluffs in bad spots (where you can't rep anything) and also against fishes who won't fold.
    • FeroMrkva
      FeroMrkva
      Basic
      Joined: 31.05.2010 Posts: 8
      So I just played in a bit strange session for me, cause I actually hit strong hands, but I almost always got beaten by something even stronger. At least I managed to climb up to green numbers, but nothing special.

      The question is, should I let go any of these hands or just suck it up and continue playing?

      1. Villain is playing weird, but not really bad. Have him running 36/7 with 3bet 2. I guess it is just a cooler in 200bb spot.

      Absolute Poker $1/$2 No Limit Hold'em - 8 players
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      MP1: $458.20
      Hero (MP2): $455.40
      CO: $90.15
      BTN: $203.40
      SB: $419.75
      BB: $31.65
      UTG: $111.60
      UTG+1: $294.45

      Pre Flop: ($3.00) Hero is MP2 with 5 :spade: 5 :heart:
      3 folds, Hero raises to $6, CO calls $6, 1 fold, SB calls $5, 1 fold

      Flop: ($20.00) 5 :diamond: 2 :club: 8 :club: (3 players)
      SB checks, Hero bets $14, CO folds, SB raises to $62, Hero raises to $180, SB raises to $413.75 all in, Hero calls $233.75

      Turn: ($847.50) 9 :diamond: (2 players - 1 is all in)

      River: ($847.50) 7 :club: (2 players - 1 is all in)

      Final Pot: $847.50
      Hero shows 5 :spade: 5 :heart: (Three of a kind, fives)
      SB shows 8 :diamond: 8 :spade: (Three of a kind, eights)
      SB wins $844.00
      (Rake: $3.50)

      2. Villain is a reg with stats 23/20 with fold to 3bet 62. I thought I am beat or might get a call from KQ, maybe AdJx, AdKx or get a fold from different AK.

      Absolute Poker $1/$2 No Limit Hold'em - 6 players
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      BTN: $232.05
      Hero (SB): $278.95
      BB: $107.30
      UTG: $742.24
      MP: $204.55
      CO: $214.75

      Pre Flop: ($3.00) Hero is SB with A :spade: K :heart:
      2 folds, CO raises to $7, 1 fold, Hero raises to $26, 1 fold, CO calls $19

      Flop: ($54.00) J :club: K :diamond: 3 :diamond: (2 players)
      Hero bets $26, CO calls $26

      Turn: ($106.00) T :diamond: (2 players)
      Hero checks, CO bets $55, Hero raises to $226.95 all in, CO calls $107.75 all in

      River: ($431.50) 2 :spade: (2 players - 2 are all in)

      Final Pot: $431.50
      Hero shows A :spade: K :heart: (One pair, kings)
      CO shows Q :club: A :diamond: (Straight, ten to ace)
      CO wins $428.00
      (Rake: $3.50)

      3. Villain is solid reg which I have been in various 3bet pots before and been raising/reraising a lot with him. It is a 6max hand, he is 30/23, 3bet 10. I have had the ace of clubs, so probably no way of folding.

      Absolute Poker $1/$2 No Limit Hold'em - 6 players
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      Hero (CO): $334.85
      BTN: $204.30
      SB: $220.15
      BB: $218.25
      UTG: $207.00
      MP: $342.55

      Pre Flop: ($3.00) Hero is CO with A :diamond: A :club:
      2 folds, Hero raises to $6, BTN calls $6, 2 folds

      Flop: ($15.00) 7 :club: 5 :club: T :club: (2 players)
      Hero bets $11.50, BTN raises to $29, Hero calls $17.50

      Turn: ($73.00) 3 :diamond: (2 players)
      Hero checks, BTN bets $52, Hero raises to $254, BTN calls $117.30 all in

      River: ($411.60) 7 :spade: (2 players - 1 is all in)

      Final Pot: $411.60
      Hero shows A :diamond: A :club: (Two Pair, aces and sevens)
      BTN shows 5 :heart: 5 :diamond: (Full house, fives full of sevens)
      BTN wins $408.60
      (Rake: $3.00)

      4. Another 6max hand, villain is playing a lot against me, we have had some weird spots against each other. For example in different spot on 9s6y6x2sQz I call flop, raise turn big and overbet shove river and he calls with 9z7z. He is 27/22 with 3bet 12 on 400 hands I got on him. I will always stack off there I think.

      Absolute Poker $1/$2 No Limit Hold'em - 6 players
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      BTN: $200.00
      SB: $201.00
      BB: $305.65
      Hero (UTG): $200.00
      MP: $628.90
      CO: $123.85

      Pre Flop: ($3.00) Hero is UTG with A :spade: A :diamond:
      Hero raises to $6, MP calls $6, 4 folds

      Flop: ($15.00) T :spade: T :club: 9 :spade: (2 players)
      Hero bets $11.50, MP raises to $33, Hero raises to $58.50, MP raises to $622.90 all in

      , Hero calls $135.50 all in

      Turn: ($403.00) K :club: (2 players - 2 are all in)

      River: ($403.00) 7 :club: (2 players - 2 are all in)

      Final Pot: $403.00
      Hero shows A :spade: A :diamond: (Two Pair, aces and tens)
      MP shows T :diamond: J :diamond: (Three of a kind, tens)
      MP wins $400.00
      (Rake: $3.00)

      5. Villain is the same as in previous hand. I almost knew he had the nuts but cant fold it. Do you have some advice how to convince myself to fold there?:) Is the flop bet too small or should I control the pot on turn?

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      BTN: $398.35
      SB: $201.00
      BB: $152.00
      Hero (UTG): $316.45
      MP: $412.00
      CO: $116.00

      Pre Flop: ($3.00) Hero is UTG with 8 :club: 8 :spade:
      Hero raises to $6, MP calls $6, 1 fold, BTN calls $6, 2 folds

      Flop: ($21.00) K :spade: 5 :club: 8 :heart: (3 players)
      Hero bets $12.50, MP calls $12.50, BTN calls $12.50

      Turn: ($58.50) 4 :heart: (3 players)
      Hero bets $42, MP calls $42, BTN folds

      River: ($142.50) T :spade: (2 players)
      Hero checks, MP bets $90, Hero calls $90

      Final Pot: $322.50
      Hero mucks 8 :club: 8 :spade:
      MP shows 6 :club: 7 :club: (Straight, four to eight)
      MP wins $319.50
      (Rake: $3.00)

      6. 6max again, the guy is 16/10 with 3bet 1 on 232 hands. Is the call on the flop ok? after that I cannot see myself playing that much different.

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      UTG: $218.45
      MP: $198.39
      CO: $148.55
      Hero (BTN): $200.00
      SB: $228.55
      BB: $167.20

      Pre Flop: ($3.00) Hero is BTN with 7 :diamond: 8 :diamond:
      1 fold, MP raises to $6, 1 fold, Hero calls $6, 2 folds

      Flop: ($15.00) 3 :diamond: 6 :diamond: 3 :heart: (2 players)
      MP bets $15, Hero calls $15

      Turn: ($45.00) 4 :diamond: (2 players)
      MP bets $32, Hero raises to $76, MP raises to $177.39 all in, Hero calls $101.39

      River: ($399.78) 2 :spade: (2 players - 1 is all in)

      Final Pot: $399.78
      MP shows Q :diamond: T :diamond: (Flush, queen high)
      Hero shows 7 :diamond: 8 :diamond: (Flush, eight high)
      MP wins $396.78
      (Rake: $3.00)


      I think that except of hand with AKo I would not play much differently now and lose again. But after all I was pretty happy I did not get spewy yesterday, barreled the right people and got a lot of value when I have had the best hands.
    • ZeMammuth
      ZeMammuth
      Bronze
      Joined: 08.11.2008 Posts: 704
      These are indeed pretty difficult spots, however you are making some pretty bad plays and have made the wrong dicisions in all of them. From what i've seen you lack that required mentality to lay down hands, this is gained from experience, if I where you I would move down limits and work on your game. The a-a with the suited flop was fine, but the rest was played pretty bad. I would of only made those plays if the players were super aggro.
    • ihufa
      ihufa
      Gold
      Joined: 18.03.2008 Posts: 3,323
      midstakes lol
    • FeroMrkva
      FeroMrkva
      Basic
      Joined: 31.05.2010 Posts: 8
      mbml, thank you for advice. I think I started to think more about the opponent and not try to bluff everyone :) .

      ZeMammuth, I don't agree that all those hands are totally bad. Of course, they can be played better, but that is exactly the question, what would be better play? For example I don't know if it is usual to fold second best sets on drawy flops like in the hand one. I guess I don't have required mentality for that but did not see a lot of folds like that in videos or hand histories of good players.

      But you are right, I have huge leaks and therefore I started posted some hands and think about it more. However I did not learn much new from you yet :) .


      Anyway, here three other hands I am not sure about.


      1. Villain is average reg (16/12/3 fold to cbet 60), we know each other but not have some special history. He knows I am a bit looser. I am kinda lost on the turn. Is bet/fold good here?

      Absolute Poker $1/$2 No Limit Hold'em - 9 players - View hand 856898
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      SB: $200.00
      BB: $73.75
      UTG: $120.60
      Hero (UTG+1): $232.95
      UTG+2: $232.15
      MP1: $202.80
      MP2: $251.30
      CO: $21.90
      BTN: $200.00

      Pre Flop: ($3.00) Hero is UTG+1 with K :club: Q :club:
      1 fold, Hero raises to $6, 4 folds, BTN calls $6, 2 folds

      Flop: ($15.00) 9 :heart: J :club: 6 :club: (2 players)
      Hero bets $11, BTN calls $11

      Turn: ($37.00) A :heart: (2 players)


      2. Villain is known to me, he plays one or two tables at most and I find him as loose-passive. His stats are 32/4 with 3bet 3, W$SD with 55. Would you give him credit for 99/QQ/AA? When I see it now, I guess he can call the bet just with the AQ, Q9, KdQd, AdKd. Is my valuebet here good?

      Absolute Poker $1/$2 No Limit Hold'em - 9 players
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      UTG+2: $89.23
      MP1: $293.05
      MP2: $70.00
      CO: $260.70
      BTN: $215.05
      SB: $159.00
      BB: $172.30
      Hero (UTG): $337.15
      UTG+1: $200.00

      Pre Flop: ($3.00) Hero is UTG with 6 :spade: 6 :heart:
      Hero raises to $6, 2 folds, MP1 calls $6, 3 folds, SB calls $5, BB calls $4

      Flop: ($24.00) Q :club: 9 :diamond: 6 :diamond: (4 players)
      SB checks, BB checks, Hero bets $19, MP1 calls $19, SB folds, BB folds

      Turn: ($62.00) A :club: (2 players)
      Hero bets $44, MP1 calls $44

      River: ($150.00) 3 :spade: (2 players)
      Hero bets $116, MP1 calls $116

      Final Pot: $382.00
      MP1 shows 9 :spade: 9 :heart: (Three of a kind, nines)
      Hero shows 6 :spade: 6 :heart: (Three of a kind, sixes)
      MP1 wins $378.50
      (Rake: $3.50)


      3. I get lost in spots like the following. What should be my play on flop like this? I put villain (17/7/3 with fold to 3bet 78) on AQ and pp 77-JJ, sometimes even QQ. Is check/fold here pretty weak? If I decide to start barreling, what do I do when he raises the flop? Just fold and let it go? We are both almost 200bb deep, when I look at the hand now I think I can maybe reraise flop and sometime get him of those PPs. What do you think?

      Absolute Poker $1/$2 No Limit Hold'em - 6 players
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      Hero (SB): $402.90
      BB: $60.30
      UTG: $222.65
      MP: $246.35
      CO: $222.90
      BTN: $375.10

      Pre Flop: ($3.00) Hero is SB with A :heart: K :spade:
      2 folds, CO raises to $6, BTN calls $6, Hero raises to $26, 2 folds, BTN calls $20

      Flop: ($60.00) 6 :spade: 8 :club: 8 :heart: (2 players)

      Hero bets $29, BTN raises to $60, Hero folds

      Final Pot: $118.00
      BTN wins $114.50
      (Rake: $3.50)
    • chenny8888
      chenny8888
      Bronze
      Joined: 03.10.2007 Posts: 19,324
      You're raising way too thin postflop for value. either mix in a lot more bluffs postflop (i recommend against this btw) or call down more often in spots where people's ranges are polarised. I would personally recommend moving down a couple stakes to regain confidence.
    • MaxerMax
      MaxerMax
      Bronze
      Joined: 08.04.2008 Posts: 11
      1. I dunno why you're posting set over set hands. You can only VERY rarely fold a set on a dry board.

      2.
      3. Villain is solid reg which I have been in various 3bet pots before and been raising/reraising a lot with him. It is a 6max hand, he is 30/23, 3bet 10. I have had the ace of clubs, so probably no way of folding. Absolute Poker $1/$2 No Limit Hold'em - 6 players The Official DeucesCracked.com Hand History Converter Hero (CO): $334.85 BTN: $204.30 SB: $220.15 BB: $218.25 UTG: $207.00 MP: $342.55 Pre Flop: ($3.00) Hero is CO with A A 2 folds, Hero raises to $6, BTN calls $6, 2 folds Flop: ($15.00) 7 5 T (2 players) Hero bets $11.50, BTN raises to $29, Hero calls $17.50 Turn: ($73.00) 3 (2 players) Hero checks, BTN bets $52, Hero raises to $254, BTN calls $117.30 all in River: ($411.60) 7 (2 players - 1 is all in) Final Pot: $411.60 Hero shows A A (Two Pair, aces and sevens) BTN shows 5 5 (Full house, fives full of sevens) BTN wins $408.60 (Rake: $3.00)


      I definitely think you should check this flop. You have a strong hand and a strong draw, there's no value in betting the flop. If he calls, you don't know where you stand, if he folds you get no extra value for your hand and in the few instances he raises you have to shove and in that spot he has top two at least, probably a flush though and you're dead to 7 outs. If you check here, you keep the pot small until you make your flush and you look weak so if he has a Kc then you'll get some kind of value. If he bets when checked to him(which he would with this particular hand) you can either call and try to hit your flush cheaply or you can shove right there and even with a set he'd be hard pressed to call on such a scary board as he'd have to put you on a flush and would be drawing to his 7 outs on the turn and 10 on the river.

      3.
      4. Another 6max hand, villain is playing a lot against me, we have had some weird spots against each other. For example in different spot on 9s6y6x2sQz I call flop, raise turn big and overbet shove river and he calls with 9z7z. He is 27/22 with 3bet 12 on 400 hands I got on him. I will always stack off there I think. Absolute Poker $1/$2 No Limit Hold'em - 6 players The Official DeucesCracked.com Hand History Converter BTN: $200.00 SB: $201.00 BB: $305.65 Hero (UTG): $200.00 MP: $628.90 CO: $123.85 Pre Flop: ($3.00) Hero is UTG with A A Hero raises to $6, MP calls $6, 4 folds Flop: ($15.00) T T 9 (2 players) Hero bets $11.50, MP raises to $33, Hero raises to $58.50, MP raises to $622.90 all in , Hero calls $135.50 all in Turn: ($403.00) K (2 players - 2 are all in) River: ($403.00) 7 (2 players - 2 are all in) Final Pot: $403.00 Hero shows A A (Two Pair, aces and tens) MP shows T J (Three of a kind, tens) MP wins $400.00 (Rake: $3.00)


      Honestly? why would you ever get it in with AA with no backdoor draw here? at worst here he has 7s8s. You're only a slight favorite over a flush draw and that's the least of your worries. Anyone willing to get it in on this board has at least that. Sooooo -EV. On the flop I'm playing bet/fold most times, bet/call in a few cases since he sometimes overplays 2 pair here but NEVER am I playing bet/raise/broke... EVER.

      I have to agree with everyone else, drop down a limit or 2.
    • Heffron89
      Heffron89
      Bronze
      Joined: 23.01.2009 Posts: 813
      The first hand where u shove river and he has pocket 5, isnt it pretty obvious that u have a busted flush draw there? or atleast a good amount of time to make it profitable to call with 55?
    • FeroMrkva
      FeroMrkva
      Basic
      Joined: 31.05.2010 Posts: 8
      Chenny - that actually is true I think. I am used to just always bet my strong hands and check when I am either really really strong or do not fell confident on the flop/turn. I will try to mix it up with bluff raises postflop.

      MaxerMax - thank you very much for comments. Very helpful.

      1. you are right, I just wanted to know, if there is a way how to not stack off 200bb. Some people here wrote, that it is bad, which I don't agree actually. On that drawy flop I would be afraid not to get it in with second best set.

      2. agree now, the check on the flop is way more better.

      3. I am not sure here because of history with the guy. He really played against me in many spots in that session and I actually wanted from him to kinda semibluffraise allin. I am sure, he would do it with JQ, J8, 78 with just backdoor FD as well and of course with all FD+SD type hands where we flip I think. Also he would stack off with JJ, QQ, KK there and it would not be that unusual that he would not 3bet them pf. I have seen him just call JJ in very good squeeze spots, so he is capable of just calling those premium hands sometimes. With so many draws there I just did not want some scary card hit the turn and then get bluffed. But what do you suggets? You think I should just check-call or bet/call and get call the safe turn and river? I think I can fold AA on some flops but I guess this is not one of them - especially against tricky LAG just 100bb deep.

      Heffron89
      - yep, I guess it is. That time I did not see it. I think I either represent FH or a bluff.
    • FeroMrkva
      FeroMrkva
      Basic
      Joined: 31.05.2010 Posts: 8
      Early August summary

      While I knew I will be out of home for more than a half of the month, I tried to play a lot (for me) in first days of the month. I felt pretty good some days, but not that good in especially some longer session where I could not pick up any good hands in good spots. That drives me crazy actually - to play for more than 6 hours and still be in red numbers. I know, I have to work on that and stop caring about it and just play my best game while I am 1000 down or up. Hopefully next month I will do that.

      Negatives:
      In graph I don't like the red line that much because I could for sure play more aggresively in some spots, give up already on some flops and not turns and so on. Also I could be floating more the right people and I stopped stealing that much. My steal percentage used to be around 40, now it is just 35. I actually didn't notice it until now. I will for sure work on that :) .
      I still don't like my hand reading while I play. I should think more about tougher spots and not just do first thing that comes into my mind.

      Positives:
      What I find as positive is that I am now trying to pick up bluff spots much better, I folded some really good hands too when I knew I was behind. I still did not manage to fold QQ or KK before flop in spots where I was almost sure that villain has AA or KK - guess the experience will teach me. The other great thing for me is, that I started to review my sessions alittle, which is almost 100% more than I used to do it :) . I am glad I still post on the blog which helps me to think more about the game when I am off the tables and I get some good information for thinking from you guys.

      I am ending the month as break even which is obvously not success. However I am sure I would make som profit in next sessions - which I won't play until September :) . I have the right feeling, motivation and TRY to improve in something else every day (doesn't work every day, but what does? :-) ). BE finish With rakeback and bonuses helps to enlarge my BR and keep it solid for my standards, so now I have around 60 buyins and I am ready for some 10-15 buyin swings.

      Graph:
      https://i819.photobucket.com/albums/zz115/FeroMrkva/graph_august.jpg


      Stats
      https://i819.photobucket.com/albums/zz115/FeroMrkva/graph_august.jpg


      My plans for september are to grind as hard as it gets, because my gf won't be around for 2 weeks and I have nothing planned. I will try to play 45k hands with profit at least 10 buyins. Want to read Leatherasses' book Treat Your Poker Like A Business that mbml mentiones in his blog and I find it very interesting. I will watch some FR videos as I do usually and add some 6max to improve my SH game which is pretty bad. Also I have to update my blog constantly at least twice a week. See you in September.

      And I take the advice about moving down seriously and gave that a thought. But I think I will try to play here while I can manage at least break even scores for couple of more months. I study, play solid amount of hours, think about the game often and think I am prepared for swings and prepared to stop playing if I feel I just can't make it. I guess it is not the right approach, but I will better play for me some serious level (nl200) for couple of months, loose some amount of money and find out that I am not good enough and stop playing poker and find something else, than play for a year or more at nl25-50 and find the same or be just slight winner.

      And obviously I dont know how to put pictures in the text, can someone help me? :)