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Some of my experiences on ZOOM Poker.
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/May/2013

Crash landing when you ZOOM

By: scrixer @ 08:02 (EDT) / 266 / Comment ( 0 )

I jumped on to ZOOM at about this time last night. I played far too aggressively and got burnt. I wanted to share some reflections on my six worst decisions.


All reasonable plays pre-flop and post-flop. It's at the turn when it went bad for me: when he raised, with those over-cards on the board (J, J, Q), I should have folded rather than make an aggressive re-raise. That didn't leave me many wise choices once a K hits and he makes a half-pot bet on the river.


Starting with weak Ace in late position seems alright. I probably shouldn't have been so aggressive. My opponent's flat calling indicates he either had the better cards, or he was more aggressive than me. Once he re-raised my river bet, my poor hand just crumbles.


A weak Ace, but this time in middle position, with a min raise! Crazy!? I decide to c-bet after hitting the 6. One caller, so he had to have hit or also have an Ace. Unfortunately I checked the turn which showed some weakness. Maybe a strong call here may have taken down the pot, but there was now a 9 and Q on the board. When the board paired at the river, my value bet was all wrong, because I didn't improve. Unfortunately he did - making his set.


Again those weak Aces! A 3-bet pre-flop from my opponent. What was I thinking when I tried a 4-bet? I got a 5-bet shove, revealing that A9 is not that great, so I should have folded after the 3-bet.


I saw QJ, and knew it was weak, but why not give it a try at BB!? What joy I felt when I hit top pair. But, when he called the flop I suspected a stronger J. I should have listened to that instinct; because when I checked the flop and he gave a strong bet, that's when I should have folded seeing my suspicion confirmed. In the end it was JJ in my opponent's hand to take the pot with a set.


Yes again - weak A6 on the button, and I get a call from the SB. When I kept calling the pot-size bets after hitting an Ace, I should have listened to that little voice in my head saying "He's got an Ace too". My bets probably indicated that I had an Ace, (rather than the 7 for a set), and I think he figured his kicker was better. His check on the river was probably to entice me to bet. I should have checked back knowing how weak was my kicker!

Se the lessons learnt from last night?

1. Be careful with those weak Aces!

2. Listen to your gut instincts. Not everyone is trying to bluff me off my hand - they actually have what I suspect!

Did I miss any other important lessons? Let me know.

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