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By: baud2death @ 01:29 (EDT) / 218 / Comment ( 0 )

Night of suckouts... that would make a bad movie right? Revenge of the suckouts?


1st table bust when my turned straight also turned his full house and we both thought we were value betting the turn, the river started to get hairy and I didn't immediately fear the full house but perhaps I should have?

Down to 3 tables


I more than double my buyin on 2 tables (total of $4.25 between them) so cash out them both and load 3 tables to get back to my 4 table setup.


Next table bust was when I had AK, flopped the king and rivered an Ace, was playing for a big pot but put that down to him having a weaker queen or king hand, was sure I nailed him on the river but he had me drawing for nothing because had a set of queens on the flop and he let me hang myself.

Reload so now my profit is at 25c


Next bust was when my JJ overpair gets stuck behind a rivered flush

Next bust was my set of nines, all in on the flop against his AA and he rivers an Ace

Last bust of the night when I get short, KQ two pair is counterfeited on the river with his A3 two pair and it crippled my stack so i didnt last much longer.


Worked on my final table and got the stack of up $5.04 before cashing out at the 2 hour mark.

This puts me $5.29 win for the night, $8.00 spent, -$2.71 loss and $10.71 loss so far this week.


I think one lesson I learned is that whilst I got it in good with certain hands, others I only show up with top pair and that really isnt strong enough to be stacking off for. I might need to tighten up my stacking off range a little.. two pair is on the border of what I need to be thinking there and need to be a lot more aware of when my value hand turns into a showdown value hand due to board cards giving up a straight or flush.

There were times when my opponent bet/raised and I should have called because my hand was showdown value not value but I raised and got stuck. I have to be aware that sometimes when I have a good hand but not the best, I need to minimize my losses rather than maximize my profits.

Now... when i have a value hand (such as a set, flush or straight) then i can turn the volume up but my biggest leak that I think here is that I am willing to go all-or-nothing on hands that if I think about them are not the nuts and I need to appreciate the benefit of just calling with my Jacks when a flush is showing instead of feeding into my opponent. 

Bearing in mind that this opponent WANTS to play a big pot. There has to be a reason for that and although I may have to call because my hand is too strong not to, I am making a massive mistake raising because he either has me beat there (and I lose my stack) or I have him beat and he won't call. There will be the occasion where i get him to call off a worse hand... and that does happen (I have seen fish stack off with King high when I have a lot better) but it doesn't happen with a frequency strong enough to put me ahead by taking that line all the time.


So tonights games, I will stay strong with my aggression and work to build value where I have a value hand but in that spot where it turns into a showdown value hand (either because the board runs out with cards that improve a better hand or my opponent decides to go crazy with his bets) then I need to make a judgement about calling or folding but I am not... absolutely not going to feed into him.

My mistake is a raising mistake, if my opponents are taking notes they will be tagging me as an Agro opponent and will just wait me out on their bad hands and wait for me to go nuclear when they have me dominated. I need to change that.


I think I am good enough to understand the difference between value hands and showdown value hands, thats good.. I just need the discpline to put that understanding into action and be restrained enough to take the small win where the risk is high rather than take the big loss when the risk is high.

Furthermore, I expect to come back tomorrow with some examples of how this helped, so to keep me honest


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