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By: Drarr @ 22:24 (EDT) / 66 / Comment ( 2 )

Running BR: $20.52

After my inital post last night I jumped into a couple of games and ended up with a unfortunate 9th place  

I know a push in this spot would have been unexploitable but I felt taking a slighty riskier route may pay off more with a premium hand. Tbh I don't think it changed all that much as my opponent probably would have called anyway, as he was calling a lot and hitting a lot, even though it wouldn't have been a profitable play for him in the long run. I also wasn't too worried if the 2nd guy came into the hand too as I was aiming to get a good stack for a decent finish.

Today I played the rest of my games in this block between 2 sessions. The earlier one I played a touch too loose and aggressive which I soon found didn't work too much at this lowest limit. The old advice of hitting your hand and betting through for value held very true. Still, I was impressed by the standard of play compared to what I imagined it to be, the majority of people were actually playing as if they cared about it. Play was generally loose/passive however, as expected, and you did see folk show up with the odd goofy hand now and again. That didn't stop me making sense of people lines though.

Here my opponents bets were really far too quick as if he wasn't thinking about his hand and just trying to get a bluff throgh. If he had a J or 7 on the flop he would have thought about it for a bit in order to try and figure out either if he was ahead or how he was going to extract value. The same could be said for an overpair. So with the board being paired I just didn't believe him on the flop, the turn made little difference and the guy just insta-shoved the T on the river, which he wouldn't have done usually if he hit.

On this hand the SB limps in and I read this as being weak so put in a raise. I'm looking for the fold, and a walk next round but he calls which is by no means the worse as I have a playable hand in position. On the flop I can't really represent much with a continuation bet, and although my hand hasn't hit yet I have a load of backdoor draws that are possible. I opt to check behind and see what the turn brings. The turn brings me a straight draw so when it's checked to me I make a delayed continuation bet as a semi bluff. My opponent calls and I miss on the river. However a diamond draw comes in. I've not got my opponent on a draw because I think it would be hard for him to call the turn bet. I do however have him on something that beats me, either overcards or a small pair, so therefore I opt to take the risk, as 9 high isn't usually a winner, and stick a chuncky bet in on the river. 

This hand is later on in one of the games. Here I was simply getting good odds on the call with a suited K, but the real key is I was not in danger of loosing anymore chips in the pot as both my opponents were all-in. If one had me covered and just raised that amount, or called the all-in, I would have folded as the hand is hard to play out of position.

I did also make my share of mistakes, such as here with not betting the flop and having the worst card come down, after I think the flop is safe. In those cases I've had to turn down the aggression and play the hand passivley to avoid getting bet off it.

Anyway I managed to eek out the win in the last game I played today so we're in profit (just) and starting on track

#620562454, 1st  place.
#620564875, 21st place.
#620566061, 29th place.
#620563576, 31st place.
#620524577, 27th place.
#620518331, 23rd place.
#620526736, 36th place.
#620523717, 34th place.
#620156126, 9th place.
#620154896, 26th place.

Thanks for reading and GL!

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