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Saturday, March 19, 2005

Feeling Good

It feels so good to have things go the way they're supposed to. After months of constant suckouts and barely profitable poker I've finally had some great poker days where my monsters held up and I played great poker getting the most out of my opponent. The 600nl tables have been good to me and the players there are absolutely horrible, those two combined make for a great profit. I completed around 900 of the 1400 raked hands to get my bonus and I'll be able to finish off the bonus by tonight. A few more profitable days and I'll have my best month ever. Winning feels great.

A big part of the game is figuring out what your opponent is thinking. River play should be consistant with how you played the rest of the hand to add deception, making your opponent think that their hand may still be good. Here is a hand where I kept the play consistant so that I could more money of out my opponent on the river.

In this hand I know my opponent has a marginal hand but nothing strong enough to handle a raise, he is aggressive though and that's what makes this hand work. The only way he's going to win it is by betting. I was thinking of raising the turn but I was sure he would fold since his turn bet was so strong and I believe I'm still ahead. The river is where I follow up with my pre-river play. I've been checking and calling the entire way so if I come out betting on this 8s he folds right away putting me on either an 8 or the backdoor flush somehow. He doesn't have QQ or JJ because he didn't raise preflop so I do have the best hand and the only way I can get more money from him is to play like I was before, check. He bets $100 on the river believing that his KQ, QT is still best and that's when I can pop him.

Party Poker No-Limit Hold'em, $ Denis (9 handed) converter

saw flop|saw showdown
MP2 ($537.95)
MP3 ($806.15)
CO ($642.35)
Button (Villian)/ ($674)
SB ($707.1)
Denis ($833.25)
UTG ($559.8)
UTG+1 ($601.25)
MP1 ($513.8)

Preflop: Hero is BB with Qd, 8d. SB posts a blind of $3.
1 fold, UTG+1 calls $6, 4 folds, Button (Villian)/ calls $6, SB (poster) completes, Denis checks.

Flop: ($24) 8h, Qs, 2c (4 players)
SB checks, Denis checks, UTG+1 checks, Villian bets $15, SB folds, Denis calls $15, UTG+1 folds.

Turn: ($54) Js (2 players)
Denis checks, Villian bets $50, Denis calls $50.

River: ($154) 8s (2 players)
Denis checks, Villian bets $100, Denis raises to $300, Villian folds.

Final Pot: $554
Results in white below:
Denis has Qd 8d (full house, eights full of queens).
Outcome: Denis wins $554.

This next hand was one that had me really confused. The initial raiser was aggressive and had re-raised me preflop with JJ after I had raised with AKo. When he limp-reraised I put him on the hand that everyone limps re-raises with, AA or KK. KK isn't very likely since I have them obviously. The caller that limped and then called the big raise could have any pocket pair, this player would call with high cards or any pair. I called to take a look at the flop and decided I'd make a decision if the flop was Ace less and based on the other players actions. When he bet this big on the flop and was smooth called I decided I had to bail. He most likely had AA and the other player may have hit a set. The only hands I was ahead of at the moment was QQ and JJ, I didn't like my chances.

Party Poker No-Limit Hold'em, $ BB (9 handed) converter

saw flop|saw showdown
MP2 ($600)
MP3 ($514.55)
CO ($1180.6)
Button ($1530.05)
Denis ($955.25)
BB ($759.8)
UTG ($359)
UTG+1 ($580.95)
MP1 ($888)

Preflop: Hero is SB with Ks, Kh. Denis posts a blind of $3.
1 fold, UTG+1 calls $6, 1 fold, MP2 calls $6, MP3 calls $6, 1 fold, Button calls $6, Denis (poster) raises to $21, 1 fold, UTG+1 raises to $60, MP2 calls $54, MP3 folds, Button folds, Denis calls $36.

Flop: ($198) 3d, 2s, Th (3 players)
Denis checks, UTG+1 bets $150, MP2 calls $150, Denis folds.

Turn: ($498) 5s (2 players)
UTG+1 calls $370.95 (All-In), MP2 calls $370.95.

River: ($1239.90) 7c (2 players, 1 all-in)

Final Pot: $1239.90

What do you think they had? Was the fold right?

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Friday, March 18, 2005

Birthday Boy

One more week until it's my 20th birthday, horrahh! I turn 20 on March 25th around 8:00pm. I won't be able to spend it with my family but that's alright, I'll go out and party with my friends since my birthday falls on a friday, perfect! I was thinking of what I wanted for my birthday, too bad that 'luck' doesn't come in a wrapped gift.

I've been playing the $3/$6 $600 NL on Party lately and boy is it swingy. I am winning though so that's a good thing. I'm still sour from some of the losses I've been taking lately and that's why I've been lacking in my posts. I'm very close to hitting the $20,000 earned mark but I continue to think about how much I should 'really' be up and boy it hurts. I need to cut back on my whining though or I'm going to turn into a Hellmuth really fast. Someone posted a comment that I should take a break from a month and come back playing lower stakes. Personally I don't think I'd be able to take it seriously. After I graduate a certain level it is very hard for me to go back, it's like I have to relearn the game. I could move down to $2/$4nl but anything lower wouldn't be good for me. I'm getting used to the swings and even though I complain a lot I know that I'm a winning player and can continue to play where I'm at, it's just I could be up so much more if it weren't for the horrendous beats. Note to self: STOP WHINING!

Party Poker is still by far the best site now with the new NL structure and the massive amount of bad players. If you're not playing there you're missing out on a lot of free money. Speaking of free money, Party released this months 20% bonus up to $200. Deposit any amount up to $1,000 and receive a 20% bonus using bonus code BONUSMAR . I deposited as soon as I saw it and I'll have the bonus cleared by tomorrow. I'll take $200 for free anyday!

I'll try to post some hands that I play through some future sessions and analyze them, I think it would be good for me to clearly write out my thought process for some hands, and maybe some readers would like that too.

Back to the tables...

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Monday, March 14, 2005

Bad Mood

I'm in a very bad mood. I've had some of the worst luck in poker, both live and online lately. Everytime I think I've had the worst of it and things are changing it just comes back around and gets even worse. I went to Turning Stone casino from Thursday until Sunday morning and dropped around $1,000 playing 2/5nl, 10/20, and 15/30. Thursday and Friday were fine but Saturday absolutely destroyed me. I went so card dead and when I did get some nice hands they got cracked half the time to runner runner flushes or a gutshot draw on the turn that filled up on the river. Some of the stuff just made me want to puke. I really need to take a break from this game. I always say that though and I just keep on playing and keep on losing, when is this going to turn around? I watch my friends play online and live and they get great hands or flop monsters. They hit their 2 outers when they need to and win. When will my luck change? As time goes on I'm beginning to believe that poker is more of a game of luck than it is skill, and I have barely any luck. When I was sick of poker I went to the blackjack tables and lost 6 hands in a row. I stopped playing every game and just waited to go home. Can a person be this unlucky? Looks like it, I'm a perfect example.

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Monday, March 07, 2005

Love When This Happens

After having an incredibly rough night where most of my great hands got 3 outered and I lost a ton I finally had a hand where I was pretty sure I was the winner. Don't you just love that turn? Should I have re-raised on the flop, do you think I could've doubled up?

Party Poker Pot-Limit Hold'em, $ BB (9 handed) converter

saw flop|saw showdown

MP3 ($517.95)
CO ($643)
Button ($733.25)
Denis ($791.8)
BB ($1545.35)
UTG ($3399.12)
UTG+1 ($605.1)
MP1 ($600)
MP2 ($361)

Preflop: Denis is SB with 6h, 6d. Denis posts a blind of $3. MP2 posts a blind of $6.

1 fold, UTG+1 calls $6, 1 fold, MP2 (poster) checks, 2 folds, Button calls $6, Denis (poster) completes, BB checks.


Flop: ($30) Jc, 6c, 6s (5 players)

Denis checks, BB checks, UTG+1 checks, MP2 checks, Button checks.


Turn: ($30) Js (5 players)

Denis checks, BB bets $10, UTG+1 folds, MP2 folds, Button folds, Denis raises to $30, BB raises to $100, Denis calls $70.


River: ($230) 2h (2 players)

Denis bets $227, BB calls $227.

Final Pot: $684

Results in white below:
Denis has 6h 6d (four of a kind, sixes).
BB has Jd 9h (full house, jacks full of sixes).

Outcome: Denis wins $684.

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Sunday, March 06, 2005

Spring Break - Over

Just wanted to let you all know that I'm back from visiting home for a week, sorry for not being able to post. Over spring break I went with my friend to the new Fallsview Casino and played 5-5nl for about 7 hours. I was in for $700 total and lost it all. The player there was absolutely horrible but I just couldn't catch a break. The raises were to $40 and $50 preflop and crazy action with measly pairs. I finally got AA in MP and re-raised to $160 after a $40 raise from UTG and a cold-call in between. The cold-caller went all-in for around $200 after UTG folded and showed QJo. Flop is T high, turn and river are 8 and 9 to give him a straight. Wow great start. Later on I limp in with 78ss and about 6 of us see a flop of 9TJ rainbow. UTG bets $25 into the $30 pot and I re-raise to $80. She calls fairly quickly and I have to fold after the turn bring an 8 to counterfeit my straight. She shows me Q7o for an open-ended and laughs, just my luck. Then a player raises to $15 UTG and I re-raise to $50 with AKo after a couple of cold-callers. Two people call me and we see a flop of A95, UTG bets out $60 and I re-raise all-in for my remaining $200. The other person in between us thinks for a bit and calls turning over 95o for a flopped two pair. Wow, you play g00t. I get up and leave, just horrible :)

I made $1,000 the night before on the Party tables playing the $400PL, players were just horrible. Now that I'm back at my apartment I can pay more attention to poker and hopefully win big. I need a good winning month so hopefully it's this one. I'll post some more but for now I have to rest, had a long train ride.

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Tuesday, March 01, 2005

Oh Party Poker How I Love Thee

They finally did it! They increased the buy-in amount to 100x BB and increased all the games they have. They now have 400nl, 600nl, and 1000nl with 2-4 blinds, 3-6, and 5-10 blinds. They also added 30/60 tables so the lines aren't AS big. WOW, that's all I can say, WOW!

If there was ever a time to go to Party Poker NOW is the time!!!

I'm afraid that they may take down the tables when they see how many people lose their money so quickly. I've seen a guy drop 8k at the 1k NL tables already. Some people just like losing their money.

I LOVE PARTY POKER!!

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