Saturday, May 28, 2016

Three Strikeouts

Not all is well at the Live poker room.  As the title says, the author of this blog has had three losing sessions in a row.  That's not a record but it's worth mentioning.  Thank you all who leave comments because they do bring a constructive and different point of view to each hand.

Here are some hands that I played terribly.  You know that you are making a mistake when you look at your cards and debate calling or folding for $2.  I had K,7 and called.  Three of us saw the flop K,Q,J.  There was a $15 bet and two of us called.  Turn was 6.  First guy made it $25, I called (mistake #1), and the second guy went all-in for $52 total.  The other guy folded and I called (mistake #2).  The river was a blank and the winner flipped over 9,10.  I'm being asked to put in $27 more to win $180.  I should have focused on the strength of my hand instead of the pot odds.

Only $80 behind, I was dealt 6,6 while UTG+1.  I bet $12 and it folded around to the guy in the cutt-off, $500+ behind, who thought about it and then called.  Flop was 9,10,3 and I went all-in (tilt move).  He thought about it and called with 9,5!  I mean, pot is $27 and he calls $68 more with 9,5.  I don't think I could have made the call if I was in his position.  But my shove was bad since I bet $68 to win $27.

Second session, I had K,Q and bet $10.  The guy next to me called.  Flop was K,5,8.  I bet $15 and he called.  The turn was a blank, I bet, and he called.  River was a blank and I bet and he min raised.  I thought about it and called.  The older gentleman flipped over A,A!

Third session, I'm in mid position with $100 behind, holding 3,4.  BB and a bearded guy on the button have me covered.  Flop is A,10,3.  BB checks, I check, Mr. Beard bets $15.  We call and the turn is 4.  BB checks, I check, and Mr. Beard bets $40.  BB folds and I move all-in.  I'm putting him on an ace.  BB debates for two minutes and calls.  Obviously he doesn't have a flush.  River is a J.  Mr. Beard flips over 10,J and wins with a higher two pair.  I was representing a flush but my turn check said I really didn't have a flush.  He had to call, right? Pot was $174 and all he had to do is put in $43 to win $217. 

I wasn't patient.  I need to be mentally prepared to sit at a poker table for hours.  I have to be willing to fold and only play good starting hands and preferably when in position.

I admit that I expect the comments to be very negative towards my play and deservedly so.  But they are helpful.

2 comments:

  1. wrong. first mistake was seeing the flop with K7 suited. 2nd was calling on the flop. what u call ur first mistake, was ur 3rd.

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  2. Unless you are playing like Mr. Bigcharles, who I can attest has made some unbelievably terrible plays at the table, donating $2 as a recreational player to see a flop is not that bad. And yes, you should have folded after the flop.

    The second hand -- I've had that happen to me many times. I'd be interested if any readers have a good way to play this hand.

    Third hand -- with only $100 behind, I don't recommend playing hands like this. If you have a big stack and want to have fun, okay. Instead, with only $100 behind, I would wait for a much better hand before getting involved.

    Nice post!

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