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Opening balance: $12.61


I won't be this active every day so I thought I'd take the oportunity to review today whilst I can. 

I've played 4 9 player STTs today and after winning the first one, I came 5th, 5th and then 4th. I'm finding that quite often I bust out in 4th and 5th, I think it's the struggle of having to play looser when I'm running out of BBs.

The hands below are in no particular order and I've made comments about them below.

Hand 1: The villian had been playing rather loosely. I'm pretty happy playing this hand in position. When the villian checks I'm happy to make the raises I do (although were these bets the right size?) when the villian goes all in, I'm pot committed by this point, I don't believe they have a 9, I think they are trying to bluff or taking poor pot odds for a straight (which is what happens in the end)

Hand 2: AJo a tricky hand to play. I call 3BB since I'm on the button. Thinking I should have fired a bet on the flop after everyone checks. I fold on the turn as I'm not getting the pot odds for a straight.

Hand 3: Under 9BB, there's one caller, is all-in the right play?

Hand 4: Bad beat, no regrets.

Hand 5: This was an interesting one, I win this hand but was this the right play? The turn is where I'm questionning myself. They check so I bet, when they go all-in I wonder if they have the flush or not. It's another case where at the $1.50 you get a lot of people who'll bluff in these spots plus they hadn't displayed that they had a strong hand before (although I'm aware they going for a check then a re-raise) The river was lovely to me but I'm happier at this stage knowing what the correct play was!

Hand 6: Not sure at all what to do here, bloody AKs again! I've attempted to c-bet but the villian calls. They then check to me on the turn, I'm not confident in putting another bet in as I reckon the villian will call when I only have A high at this point. Any suggestions are welcome!

Hand 7: I enjoyed this The villian here was a crazy player so I was very happy when I find myself in position against them with 88 (the re-raise doesn't put me off given the range they were playing!) It may have been better to put a bigger raise on the flop but I was bit worried they were fold. The hand plays out beautifully when I see 'all-in' across from me at the table and I double up

Hand 8: Learning how AKs isn't all it's made out to be! Should I just call here rather than re-raise?

Closing balance: $12.42

Profit/Loss: -$0.19


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