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Time Vault Poker Goals - Sun Jan 06, 2013, 08:27 PM
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Since: Jan 2013
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My Goals For 2013 are:

To use the free tools on Poker School Online to become a better poker player, read, watch videos and Live commentary sessions. I will also complete the bankroll builder courses and Sit & Go Quiz promotion to help me get started with a bankroll and tickets so that I can start from $0 and work my way up. I will also be playing the freeroll tournaments so that i can hopefully cash on the Weekly Round 2's.

Off to make a blog, will keep you posted on my months progress.

Good Luck all at the tables
 
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Mon Jan 07, 2013, 04:58 AM
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All the best.
 
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Mon Jan 07, 2013, 04:12 PM
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Thank you. I played my first Freeroll last night (HORSE) and bagged a weekly round 2 ticket for the weekend . I will be putting some hand histories in my blog when i receive them from pokerstars if you would like to take a look and post any advice for me, which would be greatly appreciated. Thanks
 
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Mon Jan 07, 2013, 10:33 PM
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Unfortunately I busted out very early in tonights PSO Freeroll. These are the only 2 hands I played.



Hand 1: As Qc

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I was dealt As Qc in the big blind. There was 1 limper and the small blind completed also. I like to raise 3x in all positions plus 1 for every limp, although I generally don't count the small blind as I assume they will have to fold to a raise after only completing. So I make it 240 and suprisingly I got 2 callers! The flop came Jc Js 5h. I decided to check this flop although I likely have the best hand I am still out of position to one caller and have no informtion about his hand other than he limped and called my raise. Pot is 720 - Everyone checks and we see the turn which is 8c. The small blind now leads out for 180. This is a quite a small bet and with the turn bringing flush and straight draws it was possible he wanted to see the river for cheap. As I still had 1 other player behind I decided to call as I may still have the best hand. Unfortunately the player behind me called also. At this point I have totally given up on the hand unless I hit an Ace or Queen on the river and the bet is small enough for me to call. Pot - 1260, the river brings 10c at which point I am check folding regardless. The small blind leads out for an ultra thin 120 bet ( i'm guessing a hand like 89 suited ), I fold and the original limper smooth calls. Turned out the original limper had 8s Ks and turned 2 pair ( I imagine he was looking to flop a flush and not get paid, or give me his chips if I had AK and we both flop top pair), and the small blind had 9h 9c. Credit to him for winning the hand but I cannot help but feel he played it incredibly deceptiive pre-flop and very weak and obvious post-flop. The player was silverstar level and im guessing he knows what he's doing, so maybe I should just be set mining with 9's and try and see a flop as cheap as possible im not sure?



Hand 2: 9h Qh

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The very next hand I am dealt 9h Qh in the small blind. After 3 limpers I decided to limp also as I am getting 9/1 on a call, providing the big blind checks, and I may hit a decent flop. Stack 980, Pot - 300, The flop comes Qd 2s 10h. Not a bad flop although there is a straight draw so I decided to bet 120 to protect my hand, at which time I got 1 caller. I could be dominated but unlikely with the pre-flop limp from my oponent. Pot - 540, The turn brings 2h. I felt this was a good card for me and bought me a flush draw so I decided to bet again - 360, my oponent calls. Now I am a bit cautious as i've been called on 2 streets and I only have 500 chips left, the pot is now 1260 (same size as last hand on the turn coincidently). The river brings Jh, I am relieved and more than likely now have the best hand. I shove my remaining 500 for value as if my oponent made 2pair on the river I may get called. I get snapped and my oponent turned over Quads! From the way the hand was played this also made sense and i'm guessing he would play a made full house the same, although I didnt think about those 2 possibilities during the hand.

I would appreciate any help and any comments.
 
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Wed Jan 09, 2013, 04:35 PM
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I played last nights PSO Freeroll and bust out again. There was around 3000 runners left out of a starting 10,000. Heres the hand below:

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The blinds were 60/120 and I pick up AQ UTG. My stack was 1740. I probably should of gone all-in but decided to min-raise to try and see a flop because the majority of the table were hyper agressive lose players, and example of this is calling all in's prefolp with King-rag hands (suited) for the majority of their stack and shoving flops with backdoor gutshots and flush draws.

Anyway the flop came Ts Qs Jd. The pot was 1160 and I opted to bet 780. At this point with top pair top kicker and the fishy table I decided to try and commit on the flop as I was sure I would definetly get called by worse. 1 player then goes all in for another 725 and another player also calls the total 1505 bet. As i said these 2 players are very bad and I felt I likely have the best hand, but I am commited regardless. So I call for my remaining 710 chips.
player 1 turns over KJ for 2nd pair and a straight draw, and the 2nd flopped 2pair J10.

After the hand I regretted not going all-in preflop although based on my oponents calling all-in PF range I am 100% sure I was getting called by those same 2 players and the outcome of the hand would of been the same regardless. The only difference being I would of got my stack in good instead of behind which says it all really.
I would appreciate any help with this hand on how I could of played it better.

Thanks
 
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Wed Jan 09, 2013, 06:42 PM
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Dear AliBanjali

First hand AQo in the BB,

For me its too early in the torniment to be playing this hand. I would just check here and then reevaluate on the Flop. having raised and picked up two callers, Now you have a few questions on your hands
what will you do if you miss the flop and someone bets?
What will you do if the flop is QKT rainbow
can you bluff these oppenents
are they solid players
what will i do if I'm reraised
Having the plan (something i have to remind my self still (often at the point when thinking oh poodles why did i do that)will help with the future spots as the come up in the hand.

second hand 9Q s in the sb

again too early to be playing this hand, if you have to play it here then I might put in a raise (if the players have shown they will fold to aggression) If the flop is not full of heart but has one 9 do you know where you stand? Are you ahead if a Queen hits or are you behind. Yes you have 9:1 odds but with that many players in the pot what cards can you hit to KNOW you are actually in the lead?

will look and the third hand in a minute,

hope this helps

Grade b


I am always ready to learn although I do not always like being taught. ~Winston Churchill

13 Time Bracelet Winner


 
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Wed Jan 09, 2013, 06:46 PM
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yes very helpful thank you very much
 
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Wed Jan 09, 2013, 07:12 PM
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no problem,

The third Hand AQ I have to say personally i don't mind the min raise preflop but would Jam it all in on the flop and at least ask the question of the villians.

Can i ask are you playing the PSO open league games from tournament practice or to win a prize at the end of the month and a move to the Premier league?


I am always ready to learn although I do not always like being taught. ~Winston Churchill

13 Time Bracelet Winner


 
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Wed Jan 09, 2013, 07:58 PM
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Bro,

To be honest I haven't read all your comments in all the hands, so I'll post based on what I've seen and based on the few lines I read.

1st hand I like the raise for value and you shouldn't be amazed that they called. They have almost zero reason to fold (from their PoV). They didn't pay to play this game and they just want to have some fun. They aren't money nor time commited to this tournament, so they will call.

I like the way you think the hand, but I just hate the flat in the turn. IMO you should think what do you expect from this hand when you call. You're probably losing the hand and they will probably bet again in the river.

2nd hand I love the way you played. Don't feel bad about it.

3rd hand I think the all in preflop is waay better because: people tend to call lighter in freerolls and you don't want to be against 2 or more hands here and because the big blind is so short, which will make him call quite light.

I don't agree they call 240 as much they call your all-in pre-flop there.

I think you have what you need to be a great player

Let's learn together!
 
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Thu Jan 10, 2013, 05:07 PM
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message for grade b - thanks yes from now on in that spot i will either jam, or check fold. Yes I was playing the Pokerschool Open skill league freeroll with cash prizes, and leaderboard points also.
 
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Thu Jan 10, 2013, 05:19 PM
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message for markusvik - Cheers thank you for the support and advice, I understand what you mean, I seemed to be giving people a bit too much respect in regards to calling ranges in freeroll tournaments. I realize there is no buy-in but most players don't realize the ROI is pretty sweet and I play for what you can win, not what I've invested. I will be posting hands regular if you are happy to help me out also, I would really appreciate it. Thank you.
 
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Fri Jan 11, 2013, 06:22 PM
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Im currently on break in the Pokerschool Online freeroll, 1872 runners left out of 10,000.

This hand i won earlier but not sure if i played it correctly. The hand is below and I will explain my line of thinking underneath:

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Blinds were 50/100 and im sitting with 1850 in chips. I post the big blind and am dealt As 9d. The table has alot of players limping but they are raising with premium hands only. There are 3 limpers and the button min-raises to 200. He started the hand with 690 in chips. He also lost the last hand because he bluffed the river out of position with bottom pair, got raised and folded, whilst showing his hand. Due to his min-raise I felt that he didnt have a strong hand, the feeling was he had a ok hand and wanted to inflate the pot incase he hit big and then he could go all in as continuation bet and probably get paid. I also felt that if i just 3-bet here to isolate I may get called by the bigger stacks wanting to see the flop and then I would have to play A9 out out position which i wouldnt be confortable with. I decided to shove all in to isolate the button shortstack, the other limpers folded, which i had hoped, and the button thought about it for a while - im guessing he new he was behind and his plan had been ruined, but he called anyway, i flop an ace and win the hand. Although i didnt need to hit to win, he did.
Would anyone of played this hand differently like folding pre-flop and waiting for something better?
 
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Fri Jan 11, 2013, 07:25 PM
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nice one you went with your read and were 100% correct. Always nice when that happens oh and the best hand still held up, bonus!

Nice play and eve better good observations of your table.

GL in this one


Grade b


I am always ready to learn although I do not always like being taught. ~Winston Churchill

13 Time Bracelet Winner


 
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Fri Jan 11, 2013, 07:44 PM
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cheers thank you very much. The tourney still running btw 169 runners left blinds 1500/300, got 106,100 chips going for the win
 
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Fri Jan 11, 2013, 08:25 PM
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Busto PSO Freeroll 112/10,000

82,243 in chips, blinds 3000/6000 - 600 ante..

UTG shortstack shoves 23970 with J2 suited, player 2 with just under 1/4 million chips flat calls, i was putting him on some sort of Ax hand, I decided to go all in with 99 to isolate the UTG shorstack but player 2 had QQ and happily called. Hand below:

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Kind of dissapointed, should of jus folded but already lost 1/5 of my stack folding blinds with antes for last few orbits pus with 12BB thought I had to go with it, maybe / maybe not. And just moved tables so didnt know player 2 was likely to flat with big pair type hands.

12 places off winning $0.01, not much but would of been that 1 step closer to making a playable bankroll. Probs got some decent league points though so thats a plus

Anyways chin up for tomorows round 2 NL Hold-Em freeroll, bring it on!
 
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Fri Jan 11, 2013, 10:33 PM
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Great finish Ali! I agree that maybe you could have been more patient and waited for a better spot to get your chips in. I can't remember the exact numbers, but placing in the money boosts your points.

I'll be in the WR2 too. See you on the final table
 
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Sat Jan 12, 2013, 10:01 AM
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Posts: 93
Yes my league rank jumped from around 40k to 9k

Will wait for a better spot next time or just fold all hands so close to the money.

See you at the final
 
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Sat Jan 12, 2013, 10:01 AM
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sorry 6961 not 9, even better
 
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Sat Jan 12, 2013, 11:07 AM
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Busto Round 2 Freeroll 4083/7501

1245 in chips, blinds 25/50.

At ths point I have been completely card dead and folding for 45 minutes. I am dealt Jh Ad on the button. An agressive bigstack raises to 200 in late position. This player is entering alot of pots limping and raising, but its payng off for him. As I have an extremely tight player image I decide to 3-bet in position to try and take it down pre-flop as I have a strong hand and I was Probably infront of his range ( based on previous hands he was raising and got to showdown ).

He decided to call, at this point I am putting him on a hand like Ax or KJ / K10, maybe a small pair. Something ok but not great. The flop came Qh 3c 6d. As this point he moves all in. Now I start to think about what hand he is puting me on that I can call with, but my mind swayed to the thinking of what hand I cant call with - which was a big mistake on my part.

I talked myself into thinking 'he's putting me on AK' - so why would he shove? He's either got a small pair and wants to get it in - but why not put me all-in preflop? ( hes happy to get all his chips in Prefop with K10 so why not a small pair? ), Or maybe he has nothing at all, doesnt think i've hit and is trying to bully me off it. This was a big mistake on my part as even really loose players can wake up with a hand!

Check out the hand below:

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I decided to make the Hero call and that was the end of it.

I would appreciate any help, and I will try not to level myself in future
 
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Sun Jan 13, 2013, 01:51 AM
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Since: Jan 2013
Posts: 93
PSO Freeroll 12/10,000 - Sooo Close

Got very close to the win this time - 12th place out of 10,000

Played extremely tight all tournament and used all the advice that had been given to me so far by forum members commenting on my hand histories and giving me advice - So lets me just say Thanks to all of you for your help and support so far

The hand I went out on is shown below:



Started the hand with around 23 Big Blinds, fealt like I had to get it in as 1st place pays 5 times as much as 2nd and now seemed like it was a good time to accumulate some chips for the final table.

Let me know what you think, if I should of folded once I was 3-bet? Although once I 4-bet I was committing myself. Dont really like the idea of flat calling for 1/4 of my stack out of position also.

Thanks
 

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