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Old 09-06-2017, 10:27 AM   #226
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day 12/13 (th/fr): living with a bankroll on the mend....

ok poker fans we're up early on Thursday morning to pack our bags, checkout of the hotel, and head for the airport.

las vegas has beaten us.

still one more stop on our annual poker vacation though and i'm up early on Friday morning at the turf motel in Charles town.


I've brought little cash and a horrible nagging cough back from vegas and I spend some time tailgating in the racino parking garage with some cheap cough syrup and a monster energy drink. i'm listening to a radio station called true apple country 105.5 and lorrie morgan comes on with I didn't know my own strength:

I've been living with a bankroll on the mend
wondering how will it ever be strong?
I know i'll live to play again
I've just been in vegas too long.....


I take another swig of cough syrup and head into the racino to kickoff the day's gambling with some 3/6 limit action.

I jump out to a $90 lead but losses with AA and KK cut that in half.

several suited aces (that miss everything) later my lead is down to $1 before the blinds take it all away.

I just can't get out of this losing streak no matter what I do and a hand with K7 from late position illustrates my frustrations.

four of us see a flop of Q T 8
and the first two players check to the player on my immediate right who bets.

I raise and EVERYONE CALLS.

of course the board bricks out and the two early players table their hands:

A 8

A 9

the bettor mucks.... he couldn't even beat bottom pair (flop) with an ace kicker and how the other two players call my flop raise??.... I have no idea. it's not like I was using the free card play all game.

moving on in a (very) rare break AT from the big blind outflops AJ to get me back in contention before one final loss with KK seals my fate and I head over to live racing to enjoy my final night of vacation.

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The K7 hand is probably tilt manifesting itself in the form of fancy play. Sorry to say it to a nice guy, but that's what it reads like. Unless you're in the blinds and it's an unraised pot, you want to mostly fold or occasionally steal with it pre. If it's a raised pot you want to fold 95% and 3 bet 5% of the time. Not a lot of good things are likely to come from K7, unless it's you forcing the action both pre and post. Even then it behooves you to know when to give up. My opinion.
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Old 09-11-2017, 01:30 AM   #228
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The K7 hand is probably tilt manifesting itself in the form of fancy play. Sorry to say it to a nice guy, but that's what it reads like. Unless you're in the blinds and it's an unraised pot, you want to mostly fold or occasionally steal with it pre. If it's a raised pot you want to fold 95% and 3 bet 5% of the time. Not a lot of good things are likely to come from K7, unless it's you forcing the action both pre and post. Even then it behooves you to know when to give up. My opinion.
the hand is actually on my late position starting hand chart for these games.


https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Texas_...starting_hands

the now dead pokerrroom link had the ev's from all positions (it shows K7s being dead even overall) and I used a lot of this data to make my chart for these small stakes mid-atlantic games.


i'm pretty much done with limit poker so maybe i'll post the chart sometime?
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Old 09-11-2017, 01:47 AM   #229
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losing the minimum.....

ok poker fans we're back from vacation and our next action finds us in a humble 1-2 game at Hollywood penn national.

in a recurring theme it takes FOREVER to win a hand in this one, but QUEEN HIGH finally drags a small pot and we're on the board!!

with AK I raise a couple limpers to $11 and one of them hangs around to see a flop of:

A T 3.

the villain checks and (although i'm primarily a bettor) I actually check back here before betting another $11 on the turn.

the villain calls my $11 and leads out $22 on the river.

something doesn't feel right here and I just call.

villain: 33.

big ace. flop ace. lose.

this just happens again, and again, and again, and again, and again........

"nice check back on the turn..... you lost the minimum," one kid at the table says.

i'm getting a lot of experience at that.

too much.

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ok poker fans we're back from vacation and our next action finds us in a humble 1-2 game at Hollywood penn national.

in a recurring theme it takes FOREVER to win a hand in this one, but QUEEN HIGH finally drags a small pot and we're on the board!!

with AK I raise a couple limpers to $11 and one of them hangs around to see a flop of:

A T 3.

the villain checks and (although i'm primarily a bettor) I actually check back here before betting another $11 on the turn.

the villain calls my $11 and leads out $22 on the river.

something doesn't feel right here and I just call.

villain: 33.

big ace. flop ace. lose.

this just happens again, and again, and again, and again, and again........

"nice check back on the turn..... you lost the minimum," one kid at the table says.

i'm getting a lot of experience at that.

too much.

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One of my weaknesses that I hope I have done a much better job of correcting recently is to not overvalue TPTK or TPGK (with Aces being the pair). Players at 1/2 and 1/3 are typically straight foward and as a whole don't bluff enough at the proper frequency, particularly on the river. For the villain to lead out on the river with a $22 bet meant they had at a minimum of two pair (with an above average chance that Aces are one of those two pair) rather than trying to bluff or get to a cheap showdown. The big red flag here was the villain's turn call, which was then confirmed by the river bet despite being out of position). As difficult as it is to do (especially when one is getting very few if any playable hands), IMHO it is +EV to fold against this river bet unless you had at least another pair to go along with your Aces.

The villain of course did get lucky despite going set mining in a heads up situation, which IMO has to be significantly -EV given the bet size. If they consistently do this, they are great to have at your table.
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Old 09-18-2017, 09:35 PM   #231
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One of my weaknesses that I hope I have done a much better job of correcting recently is to not overvalue TPTK or TPGK (with Aces being the pair). Players at 1/2 and 1/3 are typically straight foward and as a whole don't bluff enough at the proper frequency, particularly on the river. For the villain to lead out on the river with a $22 bet meant they had at a minimum of two pair (with an above average chance that Aces are one of those two pair) rather than trying to bluff or get to a cheap showdown. The big red flag here was the villain's turn call, which was then confirmed by the river bet despite being out of position). As difficult as it is to do (especially when one is getting very few if any playable hands), IMHO it is +EV to fold against this river bet unless you had at least another pair to go along with your Aces.

The villain of course did get lucky despite going set mining in a heads up situation, which IMO has to be significantly -EV given the bet size. If they consistently do this, they are great to have at your table.
you don't think i'm at least 25% there? especially since i never made an aggressive move towards the pot?

we were almost 200 deep too so i don't fault the villain for calling $9 at all.
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you don't think i'm at least 25% there? especially since i never made an aggressive move towards the pot?

we were almost 200 deep too so i don't fault the villain for calling $9 at all.
When the villain calls your turn bet, the question that you need to ask yourself is what could he/she possibly have here. In 3-6 limit game the answer is that it could be crazy stuff. In 1/2 NL as I stated before, players have to play more straightforward because the mistakes are magnitudes higher and bankrolls can quickly disappear from bad play. With pocket pairs that do not match the board they are folding. The probabilities are high they have Ax, with lesser possibilities of 2-pair aces over, or 2 broadway cards with a gut-shot straight draw, or trips.

I am assuming the board run-out eliminates the straight possibility. A lead-out bet out of position runs the risk of being raised, so it eliminates some of the weaker holdings the villain might have. If the villain were bluffing, the lead-out bet is WAY too small to get folds. So the smallish bet was made either as a value bet hoping to get called, or for pot control to get to showdown with a reasonably decent hand where the villain still believed they had an excellent chance of winning. IF I had aces over I could see calling here, but not with less.

If I did my math correctly, it appears the villain barely made the required payoff vs. risk when choosing to set mine heads up, not exactly a recipe for success long-term.

Did you have 25% equity to call the river? Someone who has one of those calculators could tell you once you make an assumption of the villain's range.
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When the villain calls your turn bet, the question that you need to ask yourself is what could he/she possibly have here.
i did ask myself that and even beyond that.... what could he have based on what he thinks i have given the way the hand has played. i could have raised 77+, jt+ here and given his two checks i could be delayed c-betting here with as little as queen high. even if we both have middle pair and i have him outkicked the ace on the board gives him additional outs for a chop. when he bets the river i did pause but certainly thought i was more than 25% to win the pot.

at showdown i did table the hand (i know, i do this too much) and he was disappointed that he didn't bet MORE when he saw the AK.

so idk cd?
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i can't do anything right in the casinos.

one night i couldn't get through to the adw and won back most of those timonium "tote" losses i suffered though. so some good news cd.
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Old 09-21-2017, 01:18 AM   #235
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KK IS a good hand!!

ok poker fans, we're back with another exciting 1-2 no limit game at Hollywood penn national.

QQ, TT, and AQ all lose without seeing a flop when I fold to HUGE 3 bets.

the villains table all of their hands though and all three are.....KK.

so it really does win sometimes!

it wouldn't be a proximity game without an ace flopping an ace and losing. fortunately this time I don't lose much when my A9 from the big blind is outkicked by AT.

I play for a few hours and (yet again) rack up without winning a single pot.

meanwhile a few tables over our friend the lion is continuing to ROAR.

with AK he crushes a guy who has AQ. I watch as he flops NOTHING with AJ and tries to bully a bad old lady. she doesn't fall for it and he loses more than I do when my aces flop an ace..... BUT IT DOESN'T MATTER IN THE BIG PICTURE.

why? because he pockets ANOTHER three digit win.... something I haven't done in like..... oh, forever.

with over 80% winning sessions the lion is indeed the undisputed KING of the pen poker jungle!!

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Old 09-26-2017, 07:34 AM   #236
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losing makes you a leper....

ok poker fans after a stellar vacation we returned for two games at penn national where we dragged a total of one pot, and not a very big one when queen high takes it down.

our next game finds us back at the beautiful horseshoe baltimore in 3/6 limit company. will we win a hand? let's find out.

we start with AQs and see a flop of A 7 5.

villain: 77.

raise big ace, flop ace, lose.

happens pretty much every game now.

finally 80 minutes into the action we river a straight with two rags from the big blind to pick up our first pot. and since the villains here don't like to fold much it's enough to put us ahead $5.

but the lead won't last.

Ad5d sees a beautiful flop of A 5 7d and a promising turn of 8d.

but the river blanks out and the villain tables 64 (big blind) for a turned straight.

finally with KK i get to three bet preflop and hold on until the river where 98 off (called 2 cold from early-middle) hits a straight.

one win, a chop, and another $100 loss.

my friend the lion texts me about the game and starts trying to convince me that "no limit" is the answer to all my problems. of course since he's winning 80% (+) of his games this is like rhys hoskins trying to tell me to take up professional baseball.

what would've happened if the game was no limit?

*777 isn't going anywhere vs AQ.

*with the A5 i bet 2/3 of the pot and the straight draw calls and hits.

*i could PROBABLY drive out 98 with kk..... IF I HAD ANY MONEY LEFT BY THAT POINT.

no use talking about the game with a friend. because when you're losing you have no friends.

it's all your fault.

it has to be.

no one wants to catch your disease.

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illegal blackjack, boardwalk beggars, in a short line, other birthday fun!!

ok poker fans, we are back with more mid-atlantic excitement. it's proximity's birthday and we will celebrate with a trip to marvelous BALLY'S ATLANTIC CITY!!

Caesar's is offering a special September deal where we can get a 500 tier credit bonus on a 500 tier credit day so i don't play anything when i arrive in town birthday-eve but i'm up early to start with blackjack just minutes after the new gaming day begins at 6:00 am.

"which hand?" the dealer asks when i take a hit.

"uhh? i'm only playing one hand?"

sigh. apparently i'm playing "illegally" since i tapped the felt with my left hand..... confusing the dealer.... even though i'm only playing one hand and there's an empty space between me and the Asian angel on my left.

I've seen it all now and retire with a small win before heading out to the boardwalk for some fresh air. i decide to walk down to country kitchen (days inn by Tropicana) to get an egg and some coffee. of course i'm hit up for change both going and coming.

back in the casino i'm holding my own on the slots but after a power nap i start getting hammered on a humble triple diamond machine. bar-triple-bar is about the best the machine can do as the tier credits pile up as the bankroll goes down, down, down.

after the sun goes down i try to get a sandwich at taste of the shore (?). i'm only behind one woman in line, but she's a BIG woman and when her order starts to approach my total net worth i give up and head for the POKER ROOM.

a few hours of 2/6 limit should get me to 500 tier credits and i look on as a player's ace flips over when he folds pre-flop and the table can't believe it!!
with an AK of my own on the button i see just how crazy this table is. the hijack bets a flop of A 5 4 rainbow and i raise. the small blind calls two cold here with J 6. i win the hand, but WOW.

so i'm winning, but believe it or not, i'm losing too as i still need those tier credits and suddenly i'm not logged in bravo.

the floor "backs me up" but apparently not too much as i end up having to lose some more on the slots before the night is over.

with AsTs though my luck changes back when the Ts flips over and is replaced by Ac.

on a flop of K66, J T hangs in and gets excited when the board runs out T J.

"oh, i have two pairs too," i tell him.

i hate to deflate a man's hopes and dreams, but hey, it was MY birthday.

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high hand or a tropicana low?......

ok poker fans we're back with day number two of yet another exciting ATLANTIC CITY trip.

day number one found us winning at the poker and blackjack tables but taking an absolute pounding on the slots.

we'll close out the trip with a day of poker and the day starts well as I jump out to a quick lead in 2/6 company at the bally's world series of poker room I the wild west section of the casino.

unfortunately, however, i'm in the "main game" featuring "regs" who take frequent and lengthy breaks. from sixty year old pot smokers to long lunch breaks to normal smoke breaks...... you name it. it all adds up to a short table. eventually I get sick of seeing double the number of players at one of the other 2/6 games and ahead $54 I bolt for the Tropicana.

Tropicana features a brand new poker room. the room is nice enough but it's tucked way back in the corner behind even where the old room was so idk how much casual traffic it's going to pull in ? and truth be told, the room probably shouldn't have pulled me in since this little stroll down the boardwalk isn't getting me any much needed caesars tier credits.

but when i flop a set and river quad 9s it appears that the gamble could pay off as Tropicana has an hourly high hand that i take command of! another player tells me that it's like $300 AND i get to draw a ping pong ball or something for an added bonus. indeed this could turn the whole trip around!!

however, with just five minutes left in the hour, the other 2/6 game breaks and a player from this broken game comes to our table and immediately flops quad tens.

i rack up with a $25 loss and head back down to bally's for one final game of 2/6 where i go back to being incredibly card dead.

i fold about 100 hands in a row before running TT into AA.

in a recurring 2017 theme AQ flops an ace but loses to A9 offsuit. JJ loses. 87s misses completely. i drop $39 and point my car for Grantville.

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no limit is not the answer part 2,658,931.......

ok poker fans we're back from atlantic city (although i'll be returning SOON) and our next action finds us stepping onto the red carpet at exciting Hollywood penn national!

we step up to big bet today after swimming with the minnows on the jersey shore.

with AK I raise a limper or two to $10 or $12 and four of us see a flop.

A Q 3.

I bet this flop and get one caller. when another queen comes on the turn I bet again and he shoves all in for about $70 more.

usually i'd say this hand is a fold at pen but I take some time to think about it.

I do end up folding and the villain tables AK for what would've been a chop.

I consult with our friend the lion
(71-16 season, 69-15 pen) who first says fold but then changes to call. so who knows? i guess i was just outplayed. it happens.

i rebound a little when T7 drags a pot from the big blind and look to win another one with AA on the button.

i raise several limpers to $17 here and get one caller. we see a flop of J 8 8 and i bet again. the villain calls and leads out for $45 when a 2 hits the turn.

i shove all in.

he calls with a Q 9 off suit.

river: 10.

i consult with our friend the lion about this hand.

he can't believe it, although this stuff happens almost every single time i play.

the very next night however, the lion raises QQ.

he gets one caller.

he bets an ace high flop.

the villain calls.

the lion bets the turn.

villain calls.

then finally.... on the river.... the villain hits his king to beat the lion with one pair: K 4 off suit.

anyhow, hoping this atlantic city trip goes well and best of luck to everyone here in the pa poker forum!

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