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"God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, The courage to change the things I can, And wisdom to know the difference." ... 

No I have NOT joined either AA nor Gambler's Anonymous - I'm talking VARIANCE here ...

This has been my mantra this passed week. After having had a good run in October, November sure seems like it has decided to mess with my mental game.

Bad Beats, Suck Outs and pure Donk Luck has gotten the best of me, and i've seen my BR cut in half in A WEEK  (and I HAVE been playing using the "100 Buyins" rule.

Everything that could go wrong, does ...

Check out this monster cooler, in a 45 man SNG, 2 hours in, 18 left, 7 places paid:

No Limit Hold'em Tournament T100/T200
Buy-in: $0.91+$0.09 USD Hold'em No Limit
PokerStars
9 players
Formatted by pokercopilot.com - Mac OS X hand history analysis and tracking

Stacks:
UTG - UTG (T1,000)
UTG+1 - UTG+1 (T10,460)
UTG+2 - UTG+2 (T2,149)
MP - MP (T5,000)
MP2 - MP2 (T6,837)
CO - CO (T2,970)
BTN - BTN (T2,345)
SB - Hero (T7,200) (2nd at this point) ...
BB - BB (T3,513)

Preflop: (T525, 9 players) Hero is SB with Jh Kh
1 fold, UTG+1 raises to T500, 3 folds, CO calls T500, 1 fold, Hero calls T400, BB raises to T800, UTG+1 calls T300, CO calls T300, Hero calls T300

Flop: Kc 9h 9d (T3,425, 4 players - BB: T2,688, UTG+1: T9,635, CO: T2,145, Hero: T6,375)
Hero bets T3,767, BB calls T2,688 (all-in), UTG+1 calls T3,767, 1 fold

Turn: Ks (T13,647, 3 players, 1 all-in - BB: T0, UTG+1: T5,868, Hero: T2,60
Hero bets T2,608 (all-in), UTG+1 calls T2,608

River: Ad (T18,863, 3 players, 2 all-in - BB: T0, UTG+1: T3,260, Hero: T0)

Total Pot: T18,863
Hero shows Jh Kh (a full house, Kings full of Nines)
UTG+1 shows Ah Kd (a full house, Kings full of Aces)
BB shows 8d 8h (two pair, Kings and Nines)

UTG+1 wins T7,374 from side pot
UTG+1 wins T11,489 from main pot

OR

"The Big $5.50" -  4 hours in ...

No Limit Hold'em Tournament T900/T1,800
Buy-in: $5.00+$0.50 USD Hold'em No Limit
PokerStars
9 players
Formatted by pokercopilot.com - Mac OS X hand history analysis and tracking

Stacks:
UTG - Hero (T39,055)
UTG+1 - UTG+1 (T45,945)
UTG+2 - UTG+2 (T38,406)
MP - MP (T25,370)
MP2 - MP2 (T38,21
CO - CO (T15,11
BTN - BTN (T5,390)
SB - SB (T54,091)
BB - BB (T37,080)

Preflop: (T4,725, 9 players) Hero is UTG with Ks Ah
Hero raises to T7,200, 7 folds, BB raises to T36,855 (all-in), Hero calls T29,655

Flop: 6h Kh 9h (T76,635, 2 players, 1 all-in - BB: T0, Hero: T1,975)

Turn: Js (T76,635, 2 players, 1 all-in - BB: T0, Hero: T1,975)

River: Kd (T76,635, 2 players, 1 all-in - BB: T0, Hero: T1,975)

Total Pot: T76,635
BB shows Jh Jd (a full house, Jacks full of Kings)
Hero shows Ks Ah (three of a kind, Kings)

BB wins T76,635

OR how about this one ...

"The Big $11" 1 hour in ...

No Limit Hold'em Tournament T30/T60
Buy-in: $10+$1 USD Hold'em No Limit
PokerStars
9 players
Formatted by pokercopilot.com - Mac OS X hand history analysis and tracking

Stacks:
UTG - Hero (T2,710)
UTG+1 - UTG+1 (T6,085)
UTG+2 - UTG+2 (T2,847)
MP - MP (T6,225)
MP2 - MP2 (T600)
CO - CO (T2,190)
BTN - BTN (T3,425)
SB - SB (T2,781)
BB - BB (T2,795)

Preflop: (T135, 9 players) Hero is UTG with As Kh
Hero raises to T150, UTG+1 calls T150, 6 folds, BB raises to T600, Hero calls T450, UTG+1 calls T450

Flop: Kc 3s 4h (T1,875, 3 players - BB: T2,190, Hero: T2,105, UTG+1: T5,480)
BB checks, Hero checks, UTG+1 checks

Turn: Jc (T1,875, 3 players - BB: T2,190, Hero: T2,105, UTG+1: T5,480)
BB checks, Hero bets T937, 1 fold, BB raises to T2,190 (all-in), Hero calls T1,168 (all-in), Uncalled bet of T85 returned to BB

River: 5d (T6,085, 2 players, 1 all-in - BB: T85, Hero: T0)

Total Pot: T6,085
BB shows Jh Js (three of a kind, Jacks)
Hero shows As Kh (a pair of Kings)

BB wins T6,085

OR this one from today

No Limit Hold'em Tournament T30/T60
Buy-in: $5.00+$0.50 USD Hold'em No Limit
PokerStars
9 players
Formatted by pokercopilot.com - Mac OS X hand history analysis and tracking

Stacks:
UTG - UTG (T3,325)
UTG+1 - Hero (T2,912)
UTG+2 - UTG+2 (T3,825)
MP - MP (T9,225)
MP2 - MP2 (T2,225)
CO - CO (T2,885)
BTN - BTN (T4,560)
SB - SB (T3,140)
BB - BB (T2,185)

Preflop: (T135, 9 players) Hero is UTG+1 with Qh Qd
1 fold, Hero raises to T135, 2 folds, MP2 calls T135, 2 folds, SB calls T105, 1 fold

Flop: Jh 2s 7d (T510, 3 players - Hero: T2,772, MP2: T2,085, SB: T3,000)
SB checks, Hero bets T306, MP2 raises to T2,085 (all-in), 1 fold, Hero calls T1,779

Turn: Kc (T4,680, 2 players, 1 all-in - Hero: T687, MP2: T0)

River: Jc (T4,680, 2 players, 1 all-in - Hero: T687, MP2: T0)

Total Pot: T4,680
Hero shows Qh Qd (two pair, Queens and Jacks)
MP2 shows Qc Js (three of a kind, Jacks)

MP2 wins T4,680

AND THE HITS JUST KEEPS ON COMING

No Limit Hold'em Tournament T500/T1,000
Buy-in: Freeroll Hold'em No Limit
PokerStars
9 players
Formatted by pokercopilot.com - Mac OS X hand history analysis and tracking

Stacks:
UTG - UTG (T7,907)
UTG+1 - UTG+1 (T9,744)
UTG+2 - UTG+2 (T67,790)
MP - MP (T47,884)
MP2 - MP2 (T14,374)
CO - CO (T26,436)
BTN - BTN (T112,756)
SB - SB (T30,11
BB - Hero (T28,736)

Preflop: (T3,300, 9 players) Hero is BB with 6h Ah
1 fold, UTG+1 calls T1,000, UTG+2 calls T1,000, 3 folds, BTN calls T1,000, SB calls T500, Hero raises to T7,800, 1 fold, UTG+2 calls T6,800, BTN calls T6,800, 1 fold

Flop: 6s 8d 8s (T27,200, 3 players - Hero: T20,736, UTG+2: T59,790, BTN: T104,756)
Hero bets T16,320, UTG+2 calls T16,320, 1 fold

Turn: Qh (T59,840, 2 players - Hero: T4,416, UTG+2: T43,470)
Hero bets T4,416 (all-in), UTG+2 calls T4,416

River: 9s (T68,672, 2 players, 1 all-in - Hero: T0, UTG+2: T39,054)

Total Pot: T68,672
Hero shows 6h Ah (two pair, Eights and Sixes)
UTG+2 shows Ks 9c (two pair, Nines and Eights)

UTG+2 wins T68,672

JEEEEEEZZZZUUUUUUSSSSSSS - How many more ...

No Limit Hold'em Tournament T9,000/T18,000
Buy-in: $0.09+$0.01 USD Hold'em No Limit
PokerStars
2 players
Formatted by pokercopilot.com - Mac OS X hand history analysis and tracking

Stacks:
BTN - BTN (T418,900)
BB - Hero (T121,100)

Preflop: (T30,600, 2 players) Hero is BB with Ad Qc
BTN raises to T36,000, Hero raises to T58,500, BTN raises to T417,100 (all-in), Hero calls T60,800 (all-in), Uncalled bet of T297,800 returned to BTN

Flop: Qh 6c 7d (T242,200, 2 players, 1 all-in - BTN: T297,800, Hero: T0)

Turn: 3s (T242,200, 2 players, 1 all-in - BTN: T297,800, Hero: T0)

River: Ks (T242,200, 2 players, 1 all-in - BTN: T297,800, Hero: T0)

Total Pot: T242,200
Hero shows Ad Qc (a pair of Queens)
BTN shows Kc Th (a pair of Kings)

BTN wins T242,200

DOH !!!

/AspieGen

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