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Old 05-10-2012, 07:17 PM
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Just cut that 10.5% ROI in half lol. 38 games for a loss of $10.28. I handled it pretty well up til the last half hour or so (played for 90 minutes). I had a very good mindset for the first hour, realizing that every game I play I'm making about 10c, whether or not I win or lose the game. If I'm actually good at these, then I shouldn't care if I'm winning or losing because it'll work itself out in the long term. Then as I continued losing and losing and losing and I saw my roll dipping closer and closer to $20, where playing these $1.06s now is uncomfortable, I started getting angry at every bad beat. Conclusion? When I'm properly rolled and confident in my game my mindset is great. When I don't have the proper bankroll for the game I'm playing and I start doubting every move, my mindset is awful. Solution? Have enough money for whatever game I'm playing and keep studying to make sure what I'm doing is right.

The problem with studying is I don't know who to talk to about super turbos. Hozer woulda been a solid choice but I believe he's gone back to tourneys. However I'm sure he still remembers most of the strat so I'll probably talk to him about strange hands that I wasn't sure about. The issue with that is the fact that Hero Poker hand histories suck and I don't even know how to copy and paste one so that it makes sense; in fact, I don't think I can copy and paste it like on stars and tilt. So I'd have to relay the hand I'm talking about in some other way which would really just be a hassle. Idk maybe I'll take screen shots of the hand history, save them in one document, and then type out the hand later on. Blah. Still missing the good ol' days of online poker.

That session lasted 1:30 with 38 games. I was playing 4 at a time to start, moved up to 6 for a little while then went back down to 4. I think I still play fine when playing 6, but of the 18 sessions I've played so far, I've only 6 tabled during two of them. The first I played 29 games for a $2.54 loss, and the second was this one with the $10.28 loss on 38 games. I guess it'll just be something to keep an eye on; I think I've just ran bad in those 2 sets but I'll need more data to be sure of that. For now, I really need to hope I start running good or possibly bink a tourney. I don't think you can really be comfortable playing super turbos without 50 buy ins, and even then it's iffy. With the 30 I have now I can't afford to have many more sessions like this one. Food time!

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Old 05-12-2012, 12:15 AM
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Still not running hot in the supers but did win a 36 man $1.10 turbo MTT for like $14. I've realized that I need to be patient in building this bankroll; in the past when I had less than $500 I just pressed too much and that led to me busting the roll. Once I am up to $1000ish I don't think BRM will be very hard, considering I had no problem with it when I had a bigger bankroll in the past. However getting to that point might take a while, especially on Hero Poker, where $1.10 multi table sngs hardly ever load so I have to play the high variance super turbos in order to get any sort of volume.

I don't think I did great on my final today but it could have been a lot worse. Now it's just one final on Monday and a 10 page paper to get done before then and I'm done with school til next year. Gonna be working at a pizza place this summer and I'll start there on Friday. $5 an hour + tips as a delivery boy. Mehhhhhhhh but it's whatever at least it's something to do. And in less than a month I'll be able to play in casinos! Looking forward to that.

Gonna play a bit now I guess. Gotta do some packing at some point and then my parents will be picking me up tomorrow some time. Also looking forward to the Clippers Grizzlies game tonight where both Chris Paul and Blake Griffin are questionable for LA. That's it for now.

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Got like 40c on Hero lol it's all good though I decided playing the dollar sngs were too painful and I was just going to shot take until I busted or I ran it up to triple digits at the very least. The former happened so I occasionally play the 60c tourney that I have a bunch of tickets for but haven't even been able to cash those. Oh well.

I'm 21 today though! My buddy who deals the live game I've often talked about on this blog is going to pick me up shortly and we'll be heading to Parx Casino, which is just outside Philadelphia and only about 30 minutes from my house. There aren't any tourneys there until 7PM and I'm not looking to play one that late. The structure is pretty poor on their daily tourneys anyway, so I'll be playing $1/$2 cash. I've been reading a lot in the Live Low Stakes NL forum on 2p2 and have been adjusting my thinking from tournaments in an effort to play better at cash. I think I've always thought about cash the wrong way and have attempted to make too much happen too quickly. When everyone is 100 BBs deep, no one is in any rush to make plays, so you're going to see much tighter play than you would in a tourney, whereas everyone is forced to play sub-optimal hands in tournament poker due to the quickly rising blinds. This might seem like very obvious and basic knowledge but I've really tried to make sure I have a solid foundation before I start trying any tricky plays again. And I think at 1/2 I will very very rarely need to make any sort of tricky play; a straight up approach to the game at those stakes should be fine.

My BR isn't as big as I'd like it to be but having a summer job means I'll be able to replenish it at least slightly if the worst happens. It doesn't help that the max is $300, or 150 BBs, rather than 100 BBs, in 1/2 but such is life. I still have 5 buy ins for that so I'm taking 2 BIs with me today. Pretty excited to play and attempt to use some of the knowledge I've been picking up in the last few months. I think I have a pretty good understanding of the game from all the online play I did get in before black friday, so it's just a matter of adjusting it now to make it work for live low stakes cash. That's it for now see y'all later.

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My trip to Parx and my birthday overall yesterday went very well! My buddy picked me up at 11:30 and we got to the casino at noon...it's almost surreal to think I can drive a half hour and play poker whenever I want now. I also realized how nice it felt to play without any overriding factors in the back of my mind. When I played online I always had to worry about whether 18 or 21 would be the actual acceptable playing age, if I had to pay taxes, when poker was going to shut down in my state / country, etc. At the casino all I had to worry about was playing poker, and whatever I won/lost had no strings attached!

All the reading I did on 2p2 in the live low stakes NL section has definitely helped and I plan on continuing to study that subforum. I played pretty tight the first 30-60 minutes, just getting a feel for how everyone at the table played, and after a while I realized that every single player at my table was passive preflop. Preflop raises almost always meant TT+ or AK, but guys were limping almost every hand. It made playing very easy; just a very straightforward game, respecting post flop bets and playing pretty tight aggressive. That being said, I did limp somewhat often with suited connector type hands where there were a bunch of limpers before me, and I often limped pocket pairs to set mine, knowing I would get paid off if I flopped a set if anyone else hit any part of the board. After about 3 hours my $300 starting stack was up to around 430 and I lost a decent pot against a guy who had just felted my friend the hand before after picking off my friend's bluff on a A K J 6 A board with A4. There were a bunch of limps in front of me and I picked up KTss either OTB or in the CO so I made it $15 in an effort to isolate one opponent or just pick up all the dead money. The guy who felted my friend flatted from the BB and everyone else folded. Flop came Q3Qdd and villain checked...he had about 200 behind at this point. With $36ish in the pot I led $25 and he thought for a little while then called. Turn came 7x and he very slowly checked. I got the feeling he was on a flush draw and was hoping to appear interested enough in the pot to dissuade me from bluffing so he could take his free river card, so I bet $60 into the 85ish pot. He thought for about 30 seconds then shoved for 100 more or so, so now I just hollywooded, looked at him and said "I guess it's not the flush draw then huh?" and folded with a smile. He almost literally threw his 5-5 at me and scooped the pot in as all the other old guys said "wow nice play great bluff" blah blah blah. I guarantee none of them figured I had less than 5-5 haha, but about ten minutes later the guy who made the shove looked at me and said "what'd you have that hand? I was actually shoving thinking my 5-5 was good." He was a nice guy and polite and all that so I told him I'd tell him after the session, but it was a good read by him I suppose. If I do play against him in the future though I now have it noted that there is a decent chance I can get my big hands paid off by him since he's not going to be one to always put me on a big hand when I bet big.

One thing I noticed that I thought was interesting was the one time I picked up AA, a young Jewish guy (wearing the little hat) made it $7 from EP, one flatted, and I made it $30. Everyone folded and one of the younger guys who seems like he plays there often said "tens or jacks, tens or jacks? cuz i knooow you don't do that with KK or AA, right?" After I said "You don't think I do that with KK or AA?" a few guys agreed I would have made it less with kings or aces. I just thought it was interesting that they thought I'd try to induce people in with big pairs...I think it's pretty important to isolate to one player with that type of hand so raising big seems fine to me. Anyway, that knocked me back to about 315 and over the next 30 minutes most of the old guys got up and were replaced with young guys. It was really weird how quickly the dynamics of the table changed from loose passive preflop and me being the only guy willing to raise hands other than the tippety top premium hands, to several raisers pretty often preflop and less loose passive players; some of the young guys still limped a lot but most were playing well.

I got into a hand with one of the younger, more aggressive guys who seemed comfortable at the table. He made it $12 from MP, folded to me OTB with AQo, I called, blinds fold, flop comes A42dd with $27 in the pot. He leads $20 and I flat, turn Ax. He checks and I decide I need to bet for value. I bet $40 into $67 and he calls rather quickly and checks the 4x river. Board is A42A4 with no flush and $147 in the pot vs a young guy who seems competent. I think he would have bet the turn with an A, so I don't have him on that, but I want to bet as big as possible and hopefully still get called. I think I had like $220 behind and I know this kid had just saw me lose the hand to 5-5 guy, so I figured just pushing out a stack might get a call from a 55-KK type of hand, which I think were all in his range (raise pre, c-bet flop, check/call turn when it's unlikely I have an A with 2 on board, check/plan to call river) so I push out a stack of red for a $100 bet, he called pretty quickly, I showed and he mucked. I think for sure he most likely had something in the 88-KK range, but maybe he raises lower pairs, I didn't play enough with him to get a read that in depth. So that put me around $500.

A little while later I knew my friend and I were about ready to leave (he was at another table at this point) so I decided I'd play one more round then head out. When it got to me at UTG+1 I limped 75s and a guy who had been raising many of my PF limps made it $13. The guy in the last hand called, and so did another, so with $11 to win $40ish with a disguised hand and one of my last of the day I decided to take a shot. Flop came 567dd and I led for $35 into about $50, not wanting to let anything get there on my vulnerable 2p. OR folded, guy from last hand shoved $75 total, other guy folded, I called, board ran Qx 8x, he flipped Ad5d and left. That put me around $600 and I decided to play one more round so as to not hit and run and eventually cashed out for $663. However, right after that hand someone said something to the effect of "you were 52% that hand," which led to some interesting debate when I insisted I was at least a decent favorite around 60%. When 3 people objected, including the old guy at the table, which surprised me that he was willing to talk math, I realized I was at a table of thinking players and it was good I was leaving soon. But a young kid who was playing aggressively preflop and seemed to really be a reg at the place was one of the guys arguing 52%, so I conceded that I must really need to study if I'm messing the math up that bad. In the end I brought my number down a little and they brought there's up a little and we decided maybe it was about 55/45 with a 3%ish shot of a tie because of the 567 flop. I looked it up when I got home and the exact numbers for 7h5h vs Ad5d on 7d6d5s flop is 53.94% for 75, 43.33% for A5, and 2.73% for tie. Split up the tie percentage and we get 55.3%-44.7%, pretty much the average of what we said but they were closer, so I really do need to study a bit!

Anyway, I had a good time and felt very in control the whole way. I just hope that I play as well when I start out losing in the session. But that win gives me a decent little cushion of comfort bankroll-wise; I've got 6 buy ins now and with play as weak as it is, I really hope I don't find a way to lose all 6.

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Went to Atlantic City last Monday (the 11th) and had a really great time. A friend of mine who was a senior in college when I was a freshman and who was also on the track team asked me on the 9th if I was available to come down to help his company out by running a 5K. There was a convention in AC for a bunch of insurance companies, one of which he works for, and the convention ended with a 5K race on that Tuesday morning on the boardwalk and for whatever reason, the company really wanted to win. So the year before Pat had asked my friends Ken and Kyle, both older than me, to join, and when Ken couldn't do it this year he asked me. I was going to say yes and then he told me they would comp both Kyle and I with a paid dinner, paid suite, and paid breakfast. After he said that I asked him if I could do it for him for the next twenty years. Not sure how that offer is gonna play out but I was really excited to go.

Got there around 6:00 PM and met the guy who would be staying with us / paying for stuff. Nice older guy, very obviously in the corporate world with the polo shirt and dress pants and the way he conversed with us. We get into the suite and I learn it's $1400 per night, on like the 36th floor of the Trump Taj Majal, overlooks the ocean, has a jacuzzi, 2 bathrooms, master bed, secondary bed and 2 couches, one of which is a pull out bed. Unbelievable. Anyway, we walk about a mile down the boardwalk to get dinner at the Rainforest Cafe. Great food, fun atmosphere, and the guy told us to just order whatever the fck we wanted and the company would pay for it. Being 21 yrs and 4 days old I felt very obligated to take advantage of this and had a few beers. We then went back to the room and after a little bit of relaxing headed out. Kyle and I got a few more beers given we were pretty damn confident we'd go 1-2 in that race, and then decided to gamble. Pat and Kyle wanted to gamble but only had 20 bucks or so and told me to play poker with it. Not much you can do with $40 and I was already a bit buzzed so I only took an additional $80 of my money and sat down with $120 at $1/$2. While at the table I got 2 more beers and folded probably 17 of my first 18 hands with Kyle and Pat watching on. I finally picked up J9s from MP and raised to $12 or so and got called by 2 players. Flop comes J T 7 rainbow, and first player leads $21. He has about $800 in front of him and has been talking as if he's the man, a younger kid sitting with his chair turned around and a backwards cap on. Other guy folds and I flat, leaving me with about $90 behind and about $75 in the pot. Turn is an offsuit 9 and he bets $21 again, very small into $75. I decide my hand is good and I shove and he studies me for like 3 full minutes. I finally look up at him and see him staring right at me, so I stare back and after 3 seconds I start laughing and look away. I think that kinda pissed him off and eventually another guy called clock and the kid mucked. Put my stack around $200, I went on to donk off $70 or so and walked away from the game a $9 winner and went and bought some more beer with Kyle.

We fell asleep at 2:00, woke up at 6:00, race started at 7:00, and 17:40 later Kyle came through the finish line in first, with me coming 9 seconds after him to take 2nd and go 1-2 like the company wanted. They were all very excited about it and their company won the race on the strength of our performances. We got our free breakfast and they even gave us plaques for top 3 in the race. We only spent $7 of the $9 on beer after that so I left Atlantic City, after a dinner at Rainforest Cafe, a bunch of beers, drunk gambling, a $1400/night suite, a morning 5K, and a breakfast banquet, with $2 more than I came with. Epic trip.

Anyway, I went back to AC this past Tuesday night. I had jury duty all week but called in on Tuesday night to be told I would not be needed for Wednesday, so I left around 9PM that night and got to the Borgata around 11PM. My buddy Ryan, who deals the poker game on campus, met me there and had a room he got from comps. The definite plan was to play the $230 entry $75K guarantee event at 11 the next morning. It was part of the Borgata Open Summer Series and I was pretty pumped to play a live tourney as a 21 year old. I ended up playing cash 11 PM - 2 AM, getting some sleep, and then playing the tourney at 11. I fortunately was not called in for Thursday jury duty so I stayed Wednesday night as well. I'll talk more about the trip in the next post.

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Eh I won't go into crazy detail about the AC trip, although I feel like I usually say something like that and then go into crazy detail. I was on jury duty all week so I had to check at 5PM the night before each weekday to see if I would have to report. I checked while at work Tuesday night, didn't have to report the next day, and shot down to AC at 9, got there around 10:30, stuff in the room and at the poker table by 11. The game was pretty loose and I found myself in a hand with a guy I had seen play very low flush draws very aggressively and really overplay hands he shouldn't be firing at with. Then he'd lose a big pot and not even flinch, just keep watching TV. I'm not sure how preflop action went but I believe I led out in a multiway pot on an A83hh flop. Only he called and we took the 8x turn. Now that my hand could not be outdrawn and I was up against a guy who was relentless with the aggression I checked and he bet big. I flatted and the turn was a non-heart blank. I checked again. I very very rarely go for check/raises on the river but this definitely seemed like a spot to do so against a guy I had seen bluff a missed flush draw previously. Sure enough he bet $100 and after a little bit of thought I shoved for $70 more. Without our river action the pot was around $200 so when he snap folded needing $70 to win over $470 I decided it could be a fun night. Another hand from that session that had me taking a lot of chips was when I led QQ on a Q 9 7 type of flop, got 2 callers, and after a 6 turn an older guy who had been talking about how hold em is all luck leads. Other guy folds, I take a little while before putting him all in and he snaps with 66, river blank, and he goes off about how hold em is all luck and stud requires so much skill, hold em all you have to do is bet a lot. I mean or just fold low PPs when 3 overcards hit the flop. I decided not to point this out to him.

I don't remember the exact texture of the board but I know another hand from that session came when I 3b (I think? maybe I just raised in the $15 range pre) with AA and got 2 callers. Flop came something like QJ3ss. I got more chips in there and had both players call, turn 4x, checks to me, I bet $100, middle aged black guy with like $200 behind flats, and other guy who had been quiet but seemed like he was more competent than others check raises to $400. I fold, black guy calls, river Kx, guy who shoved shows 5s6s and black guy shows KJo, starts ranting about how "THESE YOUNG BOYS CAN'T FOOL ME!" I was tempted to point out that had it not been for a pretty crazy aggro move from the other dude who should have known he had very little FE vs the black dude, I would have been in there and way ahead of his KJ. That being said he would have rivered it. I folded the best hand but given I was $500 deep going to the turn and I hadn't seen the 5s6s guy get too out of line, I don't hate my fold. He was obviously very live.

Anyway I cashed out for $650 on that sesh for +$350 and went to bed around 2 and woke up in the morning for the $230 $75K guarantee. The structure was pretty nice for a buy in as low as it was, with 25K starting stack and blinds 25/50 to start. Levels 1-8 lasted 20 minutes each, and it was a re-entry tourney, so after 8 levels re-entries were closed and levels would last 30 minutes for the rest of the tourney. Blinds were only 500/1000 at that point so it allowed for some nice play. I drew a pretty aggressive younger table and got 3-bet multiple times early on. Really couldn't find many spots. The table finally broke and I got put at a really really soft table with a bunch of older folks who were just looking to have a good time (nothing wrong with that but could certainly be very profitable for me). Problem was I had 22K at 600/1200 so really could only reship if given the right cards, especially since everyone wants to see a flop every hand so opening to 2700 or whatever doesn't really work. I eventually shoved TdTh at 800/1600 over a 4100 raise from MP. Middle aged chubby Filipino dude who seemed like a nice guy tanks and I can tell he's genuinely thinking about it. He shrugs a few times and finally says "alright I guess I call." He was seriously contemplating folding and then shows JsJc. Sigh. Board ran 8d7c2dJd for a nice sweat but 8x hit river to take me out. Fun tourney though.

That night I played cash again and felt very comfortable and played very well. I cashed out for $408 after buying in for $300. This came after getting JT in on a T926 board for a pot of a little over $200, river 8, kid flips T7, and then later getting AA in on an As5s2x flop for over $450 pot (like a dream...open to $15 UTG, 5 callers (lol), A25 flop, I lead $65 because that just works in these games, dude shoves $200 it folds to me I snap and flip hand in like .3 seconds). I show and he groans as if he has lower set / 2 pair, turn 8x river 7s he flips Qs9s to scoop. So that all being said I could have easily cashed out 4 figures but I was very happy with my play so can't complain. Made a very good read against a younger Asian kid who had not played many hands but left a lasting impression on me when he raised $15 pre, c-bet A35r flop, bet 4 turn, bet small on T river and then flipped 92s. So I make it $15 pre with TT, get 4 callers, flop 843ss, villain checks I bet $60 3 folds, villain makes it $170 total. I tank and decide he has 65, pocket spades, and random air in his hand and thinks I either has an AK type of hand or is trying to blow me off the type of hand I have. I shove for $400 ($460 total) and he immediately gets angry. "You can't fold aces? Wowwwwww so bad can't believe that." He folds and big pot gets pushed to me. "Wow I thought you were good man." I just gave him a smile and told him "Eh I was at least good that hand" and that got a laugh out of another guy at the table. I let the kid know what I had as I was leaving the table later and he told me good read and seemed like he had just got caught up in the moment earlier.

I played Thursday then from around noon to 4:00 and started off quite well. Several limpers to me OTB with Tc9c, I limp, SB makes it $16. Middle aged - older guy who I'd seen raise JTs preflop earlier so I know he's not only raising premiums. 2 others call so it's an easy call for me and flop comes down 9x8c3c. SB bets $35 into $65, 1 fold, MP calls. The flat caller had about $200 going to the flop, I had about $300, and SB had me covered. I decide I want to raise this hand since it's equity is so high on the flop. I try to figure out sizing and decide I want the SB out but can definitely be fine against MP. Earlier in the session kid made it $11, MP flatted, another guy 3b to 40, all folds MP calls flop 7 K 7, MP checks, 3 bettor bets 50 MP shoves 180ish other guy folds MP shows 66. So now that I've seen that I'm not too worried about getting moved in on since not only do I have the club draw, my 9s could be good. I make it $110, SB tank folds MP shoves I call board runs something like 2x 4x I flip my T9 thinking 9s could be good, he looks at my hand, looks at the board, looks at his hand, looks at the board again, then mucks.

Later in that session there are like 7 limpers to me I have AQs in the BB I make it $20. 4 callers. I might start making it like $40 pre and seeing if that does anything. Flop Q23r I bet $65 into $100. New guy who started hand with $200 calls everyone else folds. This puts $230 in the pot and leaves him with $110. I'm shoving every turn. Turn 9 I shove he calls flips Q9. errrrrrrrr. And one last hand that occurred later...guy raises to $19, I make it $50 with QQ, he shoves $165 I call. I tanked after the 4b shove and even made a thread on 2p2 about the hand I was so conflicted. Still not sure if my play was alright given the guy seemed tight. Anyway, flop comes 8Q8 and I flip my cards up almost apologetically. Turn 2 river K he fist pumps and shows KK. I got that one in bad but it was kind of cruel how it ran haha. After running 300 to over 600 I eventually cashed out for $180 and a $120 session loss. So anyway I could have left AC with much more money than I did. But overall I profited $100 despite a very good chance of winning that $400 pot, the $450 AA pot, and the $200 JT<T7 pot. I was happy with how I played and my mindset.

Tonight I played $1/$2 at Parx and profited $215. I played one hand very poorly but aside from that I think I played alright and picked up a few big hands. Guess that's bound to happen during 4 hour sessions though. The key is to just not spew in the middle of picking up those big hands. The hand I played badly came when I made it $12 UTG with AK and was only called by the BB, a younger Asian kid. Flop comes T75 he checks I bet $20 he calls. Turn 2 he checks I bet $40 he calls. River K he shoves $106. I really don't know why I convinced myself he was doing this with a busted draw. He had been pretty quiet since he had sat down about a half hour previously. I think I let the young crazy Asian stereotype get to my head. I called and he showed TT. It probably would have even been fine to give up on turn and check, although I probably end up calling river anyway. Would have definitely saved chips though.

Anyway, I'm currently up about $900 in about 21 hours of play at $1/$2. I figure the downswing will start soon as 21.5 BB/hr doesn't seem like it will be sustainable. Although that'd be pretty sick if it were! The main issue I have with it all is that my parents don't seem convinced that if I do run bad that I won't spew all my money away in a weak moment. I've tried so many time to explain to them bankroll management, how hard I work to build my roll, how blowing it all would be so counterproductive that I would never even WANT to play when my mind was in the wrong place. "You never know" is typically there response and I guess there's no way for me to logically counter the "you never know" approach. "Oh, but I do know" seems like the best play back at them but that doesn't seem to get me anywhere. Tonight though I just asked my mom if it was cool if I took the car to Parx for a few hours, she asked my dad, and I was good to go. Ahhhhh living with your parents. What a life I lead.

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Since the last post I played the weekly $100+$20 tourney on Thursday night at Parx...the structure was suuuuuuper fast and I made a few good folds but making good folds just leaves you with an all in or fold stack and I was never able to double up. I learned some things though...I made it 500 at 50/100 with KK and got 5 callers. Next time looks like I'll have to make it like 10x. Really absurd. Flop came 5 5 2 I bet got 1 caller, turn was an 8 to put 3 diamonds on the board (I had the Kd) I bet he called, river Tx I checked he shoved I folded and based on chat afterward I'm 95% sure he had the 5 ("I really hated that diamond but once you checked river I was pretty sure I had it" blah blah blah). Also folded A8 on an AK67 board and opponent flipped K7. Ended up shoving 6500 at 600/1200 UTG with J9s and got repopped by a Jewish guy wearing the hat and the curls and he flipped QQ, he flopped a set I turned an OESD and river paired the board. Pretty standard stuff but just really not enough time to develop stack. Tomorrow however is the same tourney but with blinds raising every 30 mins instead of 20 mins. 10,000 starting stack, blind levels go 25/50, 50/100, 100/200, 100/200/25, 200/400/50, 300/600/75, 400/800/100, 600/1200/200, etc, so there will at least be a little more time to build the stack. Buy in tomorrow is $230.

Anyway, my parents are still in the 'once a week' mindset but my mom was up in Vermont all week and my dad works a basketball camp in the day so I took a few trips to Parx in those mornings. Sessions went +$35, +$183, +$272 in 3, 3.5, and 3 hour sessions respectively, back home before my dad got there lol. That puts me at +$1408 in 30 hours, still a small sample size and certainly not sustainable, but I do feel confident that I will prove to be profitable overall at $1/$2. My live bankroll is over $2500 now and I think the plan will be to shot take at $2/$5 when I hit $5000. Would be nice to just bink the tourney tomorrow or any tourney for that matter to try $2/$5 soon, but I'm very content playing $1/$2 still. I've been playing a very low variance style of poker in which I try to keep pots small with my non-monsters and don't play good but not premium hands when I'm OOP. I've folded AJo to single raises several times now from the blinds simply because I don't want to flat and then c/f when I miss. 3 betting also rarely seems to take pots down unless the 3 bets are very large (I made it $30 from the SB today over an EP raise to $8 and another guy who had flatted the 8 and got both to fold, but I'm pretty confident I would have gotten at least 1 caller, if not both, had I made it $24). Live low stakes cash just seems soooo much different than online tourneys, or even online cash for that matter. The level of play at live $1/$2 is obviously much worse than online $1/$2 and it's really as simple as playing all of your hands somewhat straight forward and only making moves very very rarely when you have a lot of confidence you can pull them off.

My +$183 session on Tuesday included the first time I've been felted at a casino (I'm just not going to count my random Turningstone trip a few years ago when talking about casino play because of how absurdly spewy and clueless I was there lol). After a few annoying hands (lost a bit with AK when I got 3 callers pre, flopped KJ9dd got 2 callers on my c-bet, led 8d turn for like 75 and got check raised and had to give it up) I was down to $130. Older guy makes it $4 from UTG. He'd been playing a somewhat solid game and limped a lot like most do at $1/$2 but also had been raising often enough that I wouldn't consider him totally passive. The $4 was a really funky amount and 3 before me called as I looked down at 8-8. I called to set mine, 1 other player called, flop comes Ax9d8d. Old guy bets $20, folds to me. I've noticed that when guys lead the flop they very rarely fold to raises so I want to make it more, and with $130 behind I figure a smaller raise will either induce a shove or set up a nice size to shove any turn. I make it $50, folds to old guy, he puts me all in I call and show my set. He just nods, turn and river blank, he shows AA. Errr. Was he gonna muck if I rivered the case 8??

I go reload and after winning a few pots I have $330 and get in another big pot with my slowrolling buddy. In between me busting and reloading he let's us all know he meant to make it $14 pre but somehow picked up the wrong chips. He makes it $17 from EP and I look down at AA in the SB. I've also noticed guys don't fold to 3b's pre when they raise very often so I might as well get some value now. I make it $50 and it folds to old guy who calls. Flop comes 532r. I had him on KK QQ or JJ at this point by the speed of his call pre and am pretty sure he's not gonna give it up on this flop to many bets. He had my $330 covered to start the hand so I think I can bet big and get a call pretty easily. I make it $75 into about $100 and he snap calls. The other reasoning for my sizing is that my SPR (stack to pot ratio) will be < 1 going to the turn ($250 pot and about $200 in my stack) on most turn cards. The turn however is an A. I'm never folding since I can't see any 4s in his range, so I want to try to get my stack in here. I decide betting is most likely going to push out JJ-KK. He might not bet if I check, but giving a free card is okay here since if he does have that range I put him on, he's drawing dead (unless we chop with a river 3). I check, he bets $100 fairly quickly. No doubt I'm putting it in now, and after the necessary 10 seconds or so I look at the dealer and say all in. He has me put all my chips in front of the line and old guy says, almost in an aggravated tone "How much is it? ... Ah I'm not folding" and puts the extra $106 in there. I flip my set, again, and he nods and doesn't show, again. River is an 8 and he starts to flip his hand over. I'm just wondering how the flipflipflipflip he can possibly have a 4 until I see his TT. "I didn't believe him" I hear him saying to a few guys next to him as I rack in the $660ish pot. I was trying to rep KK-JJ in this hand and hoped he had KK-JJ and would somehow find a call. He has less than that and STILL called. I just really have no idea what he could put me on, but I think the hand was just a good example of how fish will simply make decision that don't make sense to competent players. I eventually cashed out for $783 to book the $183 win.

Alright I'm going to bed now and hoping to play the $230 nooner at Parx tomorrow. They'll actually be hosting a $3300 WPT event in August which should be pretty cool...I believe Sexton and that other dude will be there and it'll be televised and all that. I might go just to watch some of the action. They have smaller events before that big one, including a $230 on Aug 1 where the blinds are similar to what I listed above but you get 20K to start instead of the 10K you get in the tourney tomorrow (half hour blinds for both). Should be a lot of fun!

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The $230 was fun in the fact that it was my third live tourney but the first one I actually got something going in, but not fun in the way it ended. There were only 65 entrants but with half hour blinds and a 10K start stack I got pretty comfortable at my table, especially knowing that I wouldn't crushed by the blinds going up super fast if I stayed around starting stack for an hour or two. A younger player at my table with the hood and sunglasses and all that good stuff appeared to be the aggressor early on and certainly seemed like he knew what he was doing; raising to 2.5x, making normal bet sizes in relation to the pot, not getting out of line with marginal holdings, etc, and he was 3 to my left. He won a nice sized pot early on to put him at 17Kish and I kind of settled in to playing a few small but insignificant pots; however, I assume he noticed my sizing made sense and all that good stuff too, and I don't think I showed any hands early on. I do believe I flopped a set of 4s and check raised him on the flop in one hand. Not sure if we made the turn or not but he eventually folded and I mucked.

In the 2nd level at 50/100 I make it 300 from MP with 88. Guy on my left calls and young kid makes it 850. I flat and so does the other player and we take the flop of 9c8c2c. I check other guy checks kid bets out 1600ish. I take a while before making it 3600ish, other guy folds, kid snap shoves I snap call he flips AsAh I hold to go to around 20K. He continues to play solidly and chips back up to around 10K when I pick up KJo in the BB at 100/200. Two limp, including young kid, SB completes and I check to take a 4 way flop of QsTs9c. It checks to the kid who bets 500ish and I believe I raised and he called to see the 5c turn. With 2 flush draws on board I lead he calls and the river comes the Kh. AJ is the only hand that beats me and I assume he'd be raising that preflop, so I value bet 3600 or so. He calls quickly, I shove my straight, and he flips over 5c3c, dealer says "flush" and pushes the pot to him. I get up (I was in seat 2, somewhat far from the board) and squint to see that the Qs was actually the Qc. I don't really let on that anything strange happened but I seriously couldn't believe I misread the board. My vision definitely doesn't feel 20/20 with the contacts I've been wearing but it's never really mattered since I see everything just fine. However making the distinction between a club and a spade, especially with a paint card that only has one of that shape on it, was apparently tougher than I thought. I had become so fixated on maintaining a consistent appearance after flopping the nuts that when I thought I was spade spade club flop I didn't think to recheck it. Lesson learned!!

That knocked me down to about 14K at the first break, which came after the 3rd level. I was a bit frustrated that I'd given the kid who I thought was quite solid chips like that, but after thinking about it I don't know what I would have done differently had I seen the 3rd club hit the turn. Without the nuts I don't know if I would have continued to fire for value or not since his hand kind of does look like a draw when he flats 2 streets on a wet board. For all I know I would have checked river and he would have bet more on it. My mistake may have saved me chips! After the break I continued to play well and picked up cards. I won a nice pot after flopping KQ2 with KQ, I busted a player who shoved 3500 when my AQ>A5s, and I won a standard pot with AJ on J low low flop.

When our table broke I had about 27K and was naturally moved to a table where the guy on my left and the guy on his left both had me covered. There were still 5 tables left of original 65 entrants so average stack was probably like 16K-17K. I raise T9s from MP my first hand of the table to 1025 (200/400/25 at this point), guy on my left calls, guy on his left 3b to 3200, I fold, other guy folds. I fold the next hand but come in the hand after that to 1025 again with 8c7c. Guy two to my left flats this time and the rest fold to go heads up to the flop, which comes Tc7h4c. I lead 1325 with my pair + flush draw and he calls. Turn comes 5s, adding a straight draw for me, and I bet 2650 into 5500 and he snap shoves. I have 20K behind and he has me covered. The shove is just so strange and I think about it for a long time before deciding he doesn't play sets this fast and if I run into two pair, I have a lot of outs. I don't think he plays a T like this, and it would be a pretty random two pair hand. He probably 3bs big PPs, so I really just don't know what to put him on, and my hand has so much value. He shows the big KdJd and takes the 50K+ pot on the Js river. It's really kinda sick to see that live when you only have one game going and the play is so insanely spewy and he gets all of your chips anyway, but that's poker I suppose. I don't really know what his thinking is there but I guess I can be happy that guys think they should spaz like that on me; I'll get stacks easier in the long run. Just woulda been nice to have 50K+ with 17K avg and just be able to dominate my table. Oh well. There will be more opportunities! I just have to wait a lot longer to play live than I did when online

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Played Parx's Wednesday noon tourney yesterday and busted in nasty fashion again. However, I ran pretty well before the bust hand so I can't be too upset. After bumping down to 6000 (10,000 starting stack) after hitting a straight on the turn which put 3 hearts on the board and having to fold based on the action, I knocked out a short with 66>76 (after last to act folded and showed 76) to bump up to 7000, then 3b with QQ only to get cold 4b...decided I had to go with it, he showed AKs and I won the flip to go to 14K. Later isolated a short stack with KQs, he showed A3s and his hand held up. So with 7500 at 400/800/75 in the SB, I decided to shove after one limped and the rest folded to me with Q8o. The BB was an older guy that I thought would fold most hands, especially with a limper behind, and the limper said it was his first tourney (and definitely didn't seem to be trying to level anyone) so I figured limp/fold was definitely an option from him even with blinds this big.

So after both of them called the J 5 3 flop wasn't too great and I grabbed my bag to get ready to go. Check check, turn 6 to put 3 clubs out there. I check my hand to see I have the Qc, and half giggle at the 8c river. Limper shows AsTs, I flip my hand, old guy grumbles and mucks, bumping me to 22K. After winning a pot with a c-bet later I went to the break with 24.5K coming back 600/1200/100. The blinds go up every 20 minutes so it's a super fast structure but the incompetence of live players at low stakes buy ins really had me feeling like one more double up would allow me to dominate the table. About 15 minutes after the return from the break I pick up TT with one limper ahead of me. I'm in MP and have about 21K in front. I decide to open shove; a small raise will almost definitely have the limper coming along and most likely pick someone else up, and from hand histories I've seen online people tend to favor shoving middle pairs in this spot over getting tricky with smaller raises when they are under 20 BBs. So I ship, it folds to limper who has 19K. He was down to 900 earlier, tripled up after shoving blinds and waking up with TT, then doubled through me on the KQ<A3 hand, and has doubled again since then. He says "alright I'm gonna call I got a pair." I show him my hand and he tells me it's good and flips 99. Flop 9 6 3 turn and river blank and I'm left with 2400 to bust the next hand. I've played 3 total tourneys at Parx and now two of them I've lost 40K+ pots being over an 80% fave! I was really happy with my attitude after it though; joked that I was gonna make an insane comeback with the 2 BBs and after I lost just smiled and wished everyone luck.

I then went to play cash and was just super card dead. I played from 3:15 to 10:45 with a half hour break for food and TT was my highest PP. I picked up AK once only to chop with a guy I've befriended who had about $100 to start the hand...we got it in pre and he showed AK as well. I must have had AJ 6 times and I don't think I connected once with it, although I definitely tried hard to rep that I did. The one hand involved me missing the flop 3 ways and just checking, then betting the turn when everyone else checked flop. One player called and we went to the river. The texture of the board on the turn was 2 clubs 2 spades and a straight draw, and the river Kh missed everything. I bet $70 into a pot that was probably over $100, pretty confident that my opponent was on a draw and that I'd blow him off of a hand that maybe had a small pair with it or something else that could just barely beat my A high. He tanked and call with 5s3s for a busted flush draw with a pair of 3s. I'm still learning the subtleties of live play; my thought process was that he'd fold because he missed the draw. I did not think about what I was representing; not because I'm incapable of understanding if I'm repping a hand or not, but because I didn't give my opponent enough credit. I assume most people at 1/2 are simply playing their cards and are going to assume I have a big hand when I bet river big, or at least that I won't have complete air. But he clearly rethought the entire hand, put the pieces together, and decided my line didn't make sense. I guess I'll have to start giving certain people more credit in the future.

After all that I was still sitting on $315ish (bought in for $300) around 10:00 and was planning on leaving around 11:00. I made what was probably a bad fold to knock down to $210 and eventually raised to $15 after 2 or 3 people limped with J9s. I was in position and wanted to play a pot heads up with a hand that can be disguised while having position on my opponent. Three people called and the flop came KQT with 2 hearts. It checked to me and I bet $20 (very small but I really wanted action at this point in the night) and got 1 caller, which left him with a short stack behind. Turn was 4x, he checked, I bet $25, he shoved which turned out to only be $10 more, I called and showed, he flips AJ. I just got up and left at that point because I knew there was no way I was gonna keep my head on straight after over 10 hours of somewhat frustrating poker. I cashed out $142 for a $158 cash loss plus the $120 tourney for a -$278 day. First time I've walked out of a casino with less money than I walked into it with!

What I did notice though was that I was having fun the whole time. Even when taking the downswings and losing certain hands I was enjoying myself. This is a very encouraging thing for me; if you can't enjoy poker while losing you probably aren't going to play optimally because of that fear of losing. You have to be okay with taking those hits in order to not be afraid of making the wrong decision if you feel it is correct at the time. That being said I only have 7 buy ins for $1/$2 right now so it'd be nice to upswing again soon but I at least now know that if I lose I can handle it. It'd also be nice to hold for the big pots in these tourneys sometime soon!

Last note: Joe "dude904" McKeehan has 227,000 going into day 3 of the main event. That puts him in the 146th of the remaining 1749. I hope he wins the flipflipflipfliping thing.

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I eclipsed $2000 in profit on Saturday in strictly $1/$2 live NL. Unfortunately I've also degen'ed 300 away from the live roll in blackjack and have yet to cash any of the 5 tourneys I've played in, totaling -$760 (2 x $120, 2 x $230, and a $50+$50+$10 bounty in which I finally at least saw a return after 1 KO but busted shortly after). Add that all together and I'm up slightly under a grand. However the two biggest pots I've been involved in in live tourneys have seen me as a >80% favorite and I lost both of them, so it's just a matter of time until I at least cash and get back in the green. I'm hoping that tournament is tomorrow. I'm playing event 1 of the Parx Open Poker Classic. It's a $230 re-entry with pretty solid structure: 20,000 starting stacks with 30 minute levels (60 minutes at the FT).

I'm thinking about making a new blog just devoted to the live game since I don't have much hope that I'll be playing online any time soon. I've noticed a few things since my last post. My image seems to be loose aggressive as soon as I sit down at the table. I don't have to play a hand. For example: at Borgata, Friday afternoon, I lose a decent pot early in my session to bump my $300 starting stack down to $200ish and sit on my hands for a while to make sure I don't spew. I stayed away from marginal hands and pretty much just played my cards. I pick up AQ in the CO and it folds to me, I make it $12, it folds to BB and he starts up a dialogue like I'm trying to bluff him off a 100BB pot. "Ehhh I really don't think you got much over there...just attacking my big blind...I'll let you have this one but idk man" and he folds. Later on I again pick up AQ in the HJ this time, make it $12, same guy calls, flop AK8, checks to me I put out a c-bet and he gets really flustered before folding. I show him the AQ and tell him "just for you, it's nothing personal." He starts with the "wow you had it this once huh" stuff. He'd been sitting at the table for an hour or so and hadn't seen me get out of line in the slightest and immediately assumed I'm always on a move. I've had other such circumstances before then. It's actually a really great image for me to have; overall I'm a nit and just kind of wait for hands and attack the weaker players, so getting action isn't really a bad thing.

I was at Borgata on Friday for my friends bday so I was there for the night. I woke up around 9:00 and headed down to the poker room and a new game started at 9:45. I again lost $100 early in the session and chose to add on this time to top up to $300. With about $270 in front of me an older guy on my direct right makes it $10. I look down at AA and make it $25. It folds back to him and he immediately says "fifty." Older guys are generally tighter so I'm kinda jizzing in my pants at getting 4b by one while holding the preflop nuts. To make it better he has me covered whereas most of the rest of the table has bought in short. 4 betting at 1/2 is almost nevvvver a bluff so I want to raise for value but need to decide on the right amount. I'm not too worried about this guy picking up on raise sizing so I don't think I need to shove to disguise how strong my hand is. I pick up a stack of reds and plump it down next to the 25 I already have out there to make it $125 to go. He thinks for a while then calls. I liked my sizing because that gives me a $250 pot with me having $145 behind; a pretty decent SPR to shove. Flop comes KK9 and he throws out 2 reds for a $10 bet. I continue with my plan, put it in, and he snaps. I ask him if he has AK and he smiles at me and shakes his head no. I shove him my hand and he shows me his: TT. Turn and river blank and I take the $540ish pot.

So the guy makes it 10 with tens, I 3b, and he immediately 4b small. Is that a product of me looking like I'm aggro? Of him just being a maniac (he proved to be later in the session)? Of him knowing what he's doing and wanting to better define my hand (unlikely since he flats the 5b)? At any rate I don't think too many people get action like that there. Probably just a product of me picking up a big hand vs a spewy player's pretty big hand but me being young couldn't have hurt.

Anyway I'm +$2024 in 53.25 hours at $1/$2, -$760 in 5 tourneys, and -$300 spewing at table games. The plan was to shot take at $2/$5 when my roll was $5000 but contrary to what I was hoping, the max at $2/$5 at Parx is $1000. I believe at most casinos in AC it is $500, but I go to Parx more often so shot taking there is going to have to wait. However, as my bankroll goes up, the more I can take higher variance lines that I think are still +EV. I've been playing a very nitty game and making most of my profit from a few isolated very large pots. That previous hand was actually the second time I've doubled a full buy in with AA vs an old guy's TT.

Really hoping to make a run tomorrow in the tourney, at least get off the ground. The best I've done so far was to turn a 10K stack into 25K then get it all in and get rivered by total air lol. We shall see!

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Hmmm well since last update I played Event 1 at Parx, had another overnight AC stay, and added $300 from real life money to my poker bankroll to make up for the blackjack losses. I've decided that my poker bankroll will be exclusively poker and I won't take anything out to gamble with; if I do want to gamble it will have to come from my IRL money. I busted the Parx event...twice. Probably not a great idea to re-enter but I busted somewhere in the 5th level and decided to stick to my plan and go play cash. I walked over to the cash area to see a wait list of 63 players for $1/$2. The longest I'd ever seen it before then was 4. Guess that's what happens when a somewhat new casino runs a big series: gonna be short on dealers and have a lot of people looking to play cash after busting the tourney.

So I got some lunch and re-entered somewhere in level 6 (half hour blinds and re-entries closed before level 7 started). I got a new 20K stack at 300/600/75 and had to wait like 8 hands until I was the big blind which took like 20 minutes. Really sucked. Ended up being 400/800/75 when I could finally play and I didn't play any hands before the break. Got back to 500/1000/100 with 16.5Kish and got 99 in over a 3100 open from EP and a call. OR flatted, original flatter shoved, OR called, and I was ecstatic when they flipped AK and AQ. However the Q came on the flop, A on turn, and I was busto again. -$460 in one tourney isn't too great for my bankroll! I decided to look at it as two separate tourneys though since you're technically a totally new player when you re-enter. I met up with 3 guys there who I've skyped with a bit online...Dan Dizenzo who took 199th in the wsop main, dude904, and his buddy who I also stayed with at turningstone and was a pretty sick online player. There were 535 entries in event 1 and aside from me, the worst the 4 of us did was 9th. Dan took 9th, Mike 5th, and Joe 4th. So absurd. Nice way for them ALL to start the series though! I know Joe is in the $3500 televised main today, of which Day 1A started 90 minutes ago, and I'd have to assume Dan and Mike are also playing it.

My cousin called me on Monday at around 4:00 PM and told me that it was extremely last minute but he had a room at the Waterclub at Borgata for the night and he was gonna be there with a girl from work and asked if I wanted to join. I wasn't working that night and didn't have plans so I shot down there and arrived around 10 ready to play. I had my starting $300 stack around $750 at about 2:30 and made a few unsuccessful plays before my cousin came and got me at 3:00. I left with $660 for a $360 win at which point my cousin let me know he was up $2800 on the night in blackjack (totallll degen). However he did buy me some food after that so I couldn't be too upset with it. I fell asleep around 4:00 and woke up at 11:00 for checkout. I walked my cousin and his friend out to their car and went back in to play another session after they left.

My friend who lives a town over from Seaside texted me at that point and asked if I wanted to chill that night. Since I live on the west side of New Jersey, my house is one hour from Seaside, Seaside is one hour from AC, but AC is 90 minutes from my house. So going straight to my buddy's house would have made way more sense. He didn't want me to get there til around 8:00 so it gave me a perfect excuse for another session. I played from 12:30-4:30 and booked another $200 win before heading out and getting to his house a little early. One of my first hands at the table saw me raising to $12 from LP and getting 2 callers to a 9J9 flop. The both checked, I bet $20, one called. Turn J he checked I checked. River 9 for a board of 9J9J9 he checked and I plopped out a stack of red equal to $65. Was so tempted to give me best Scotty impression with the "you call and it's all over baby" but I kept silent until he called. I rolled over my QJ to put my stack over $400 very early, which was even more beneficial since it was a new table and $300 was the most anyone had to start the hand. Anyway, I drove to Lavalette after the session, took the extra $60 out of my $560 profit from the trip and bought some alcohol for the house. Got pretty drunk and had a really great time!

I've decided that I'm basically going to cut out tournaments until I have a bankroll of $5000+. I might play dinky little $120s and under with my friends if they wanna hop in them, but I can't handle the variance of tournaments with a $2900 bankroll and $230 being the lowest buy in for a tournament with any type of play. Joe offered to buy most of my action for one of the Parx tourneys which would have been AWESOME but I had to work that day; so sour that I have a summer job. It's mainly because my parents are very uncomfortable with me playing poker. I think I'll show them my spreadsheet at the end of the summer with my profit from my job and from poker compared to the number of hours (I have both). I'm at a little under $2600 profit from $1/$2 in a little over 60 hours, and I'm at a little over $2700 profit from my job in a little under 180 hours. Ehmmmm no brainer?

The only problem is I already know they'll have the generic response of "but you can lose money in poker!" or "we just don't want you to get addicted." I don't really know how to combat the second one, and I've used lots of math and every analogy I can think of for the first one and it never seems to help (imagine someone said they'd give you 60c every time they flipped heads and you'd have to give them 40c every time they flipped tails and they'd flip the coin as much as you want (assuming fair coin). If it flipped tails 10 straight times would you give up or keep playing? That's called variance and I have that sort of edge on almost everyone playing poker at the stakes I'm playing). We've agreed on me going and playing once per week, which obviously sucks but is better then me having to sneak out every time I want to play. They are however going on a week long vacation starting Sunday so that could lead to a fun next week.

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So my parents left last Monday and are returning today. In this past week I played live poker Monday, Tuesday, and yesterday (Sunday). Each day I hit quads with a pocket pair. I'm down $550 from poker in the three days! (And another $150 from blackjack lol) Monday's session was interesting in the fact that I went with my friend Ryan (guy who deals the game at my school who I've alluded to in the past in these blogs) and they opened a new table when we got there so we ended up playing at the same table. Probably a bad idea. We both bought in for $300 and both started our sessions nicely. I slowly built up to around $450 while he played pretty fast and loose to over double his starting stack to $650ish. After he lost a few pots he started very visibly tilting and was down to $200ish when I got involved in a hand with him. I of course didn't want to get involved with him since a) he was probably the toughest player at the table along with me given $1/$2 is almost always very soft and b) taking money from your friend is never really all that fun. However, he was playing close to every hand and I'm not gonna start folding premiums just because he's tilting. I don't remember the exact specifics of the hand but I opened AQ to $12ish and got a call from him and another player. Flop came A 3 T with 2 spades. I believe it checked to me and I led out $25ish, Ryan raised, other guy got out of the way, I jammed and Ryan called, telling me he was live. When I heard that I knew I didn't wanna see any more spades. Turn was an off suit 4 ("I've got more outs" from Ryan) river Ts and he flips 5s4s to double through me, knocking me to about $250.

He slowed down a little after that and I was able to keep my head on straight knowing he had lots of outs and probably was gonna spew a lot of money if he didn't hit that river. Our stacks remained pretty constant until I picked up 99 later on and raised to around $12 and again got a call from him and another player. Flop came A98 rainbow and it checked to me. A bet might have been best here but I elected to check in hopes of letting someone catch up or at least decide to take a shot on the turn. I was playing somewhat tight so I think a bet would have easily let my opponents put me on an AK-AT type of hand and get away. Turn was the last 9 and I had to stop myself from double checking my cards. I don't remember the turn action but I know that Ryan and I ended up heads up to the river with a decent amount of money in the pot. He might have led $30 or so and I flatted after other villain folded. River was a T and he bet $60. I looked down at my stack to see I had $140 remaining so it was a very obvious shove. He thought about it for a while which I found interesting given it was $80 to win like $300 or so. He eventually called and I almost winked at him as I said "four of a kind" and flipped my hand to the mandatory oohs and aahs of my live poker playing table mates.

That put Ryan and I both around $450 again and we joked with the other guys at the table that we were jockeying for the most chips so we could bust each other. I ended up running a big bluff on an older guy that I think would have got through had the river not put 3 hearts on the board; at the time I thought there were a lot of weaker hands in his range but I was clearly wrong; he c/c flop, c/c turn, the crai river after letting me dump like $200. The river put a 3rd heart out on an unpaired board so I highly doubt he would raise river with just a set / 2 pair, and he didn't have a ton of FE so I doubt it was a bluff, and I ended up downing my stack back to about $200. I think I've been successful at $1/$2 up to this point because I always try to take the lowest variance type of line and usually know how to get my big hands paid in full; this hand was definitely a mistake caused by me probably subconsciously trying to show off to my buddy that I could triple barrel bluff and get a fold. Most of the time I'd simply shut it down after the flop c-bet didn't work. Anyway, I lost my last $200 after Ryan put the straddle on, one or two players limped, I raised to $20 with AKs, Ryan and a girl called. Flop came A87 and I don't remember if Ryan led or it checked to me, I bet, and Ryan raised. I do remember Ryan offering to let me pick a card to see if I folded. I flatted deciding I could get stacks in on the turn. Turn was a blank and we got it in and Ryan flipped 77. He told me after the session that if we were ever in a pot together he would have the goods and I should have known he had a set when he offered to show one (aka both cards were the same so 'pick one' should have set me off to knowing he flopped a set). However, this was the same kid who got it in with a 5 high draw vs me, so I don't hate my play. It just kinda sucked we were at the same table and had two hands that big in a straddled pot. Oh well.

I rebought and lost another $150 before heading out. Ryan meanwhile cashed out for over a grand. Imagine if he hadn't rivered that spade in the AQ vs 54 hand! It could have been a much different story for both of us. Dan DiZenzo was playing $2/$5 there and was looking to get dinner so we went over to the main casino and ate there. Afterwards I decided to take the $150 I had left from the second buy in and play blackjack with it! Brilliant! A very cold deck and a $15 minimum bet at Parx led to that going down the drain as well. Ryan and I went back to Parx the next day where things didn't get a whole lot better. This time I flopped quads after limping 4-4 but wasn't able to get a whole lot out of it...a lady said she folded JJ on the 44638 (or something like that) board because my river bet of $35 was just very obviously a big hand (there was like $45 in the pot...wish I could've used that against her later on but never got the opportunity). "I woulda called $15!" I love the mentality of most live low stakes players that when you have the nuts you should bet small so that "at least you get paid something!"

I again had a decent start but ended up dropping to about $200 when I picked up AA about 4 hours into the session from UTG. I made it $12 and got 3 callers (bleh). Flop came 2x3s8s (I didn't have a spade). I led $30, one fold, one call, 4th player throws it 4 greens and a red to make it $105. He'd only been at the table for about an hour but I already had him marked as a very solid player. Probably about 30 years old, quiet, limping occasionally but mainly playing a solid TAG game, I saw him bet 3 streets with AQ on a Q 6 4 2 Q type of board, each bet making sense compared to the size of the pot. He brought greens to the table rather than reds, just a lot of things were giving me a vibe that he was solid. I had been playing very tight since he sat down at the table since I had just got knocked down to $200, I was down $600 in total the day before, and I was determined not to start tilting. All that added up makes me think that he has to know I have a pretty big hand here, and he's raising anyway. Replaying the hand in my head on the way home I decided that a fold would have been best. It would have been tough on such a dry board but I think it would have been good. I eventually decided in game that I had been playing tight and folding in that spot would just be too tight, so I jammed and got SNAP called by BOTH players!! It took about 3 seconds for the guy who flatted the $30 to jam, and as soon as he did the guy who made it $105 just threw another few greens on top of his original raise. All I could do was laugh because it was very possible they both had sets. Turn 8 river 4 the guy who I thought was solid flips 22, other guy (who had about $20 more than me, 22 guy had us both covered) flips Qs6s. Uhhhhh okay. I just got up and left at that point.

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Note: Tried to submit this with the last post but it was apparently too long so I had to break it up into two posts lol

So I go back to Parx yesterday really just hoping to book a win. I of course try to look at live cash as just one long session, so whether I win or lose on a given session shouldn't be too important, but I really did want to get some confidence back. I played super super tight the first hour or so, and the first real hand I played came when I limped JJ. It's definitely very very tight to not be raising there but I didn't want to get involved with a bunch of players I don't know a lot about and have to make decisions on Q 2 3 types of flops. No one raised and 6 went to the J J 3 flop. I just remember thinking while waiting for the action to get back to me "is this real?? 3/3 on hitting quads last 3 Parx sessions?" I don't remember the action on the flop and turn but I do know that I flat called both and got to the river heads up with the pot around $170. The board read something like J J 3 5 8. As the river hit I hear a few people go "woah woah woah!" and I look up to see villain has flipped KK over. lol what!! This is clearly the strangest hand I've been involved in live to date. "Hold on to your cards" dealer says and pushes them back to the player, since when he showed them face up they landed on the betting line. "I guess I check now" says the other guy and it's on me. Whole table's really interested now and everyone's staring at me. Villain has about $100 in front and I have him covered. I'm now half thinking about how to make a bet look weak and half trying not to laugh. It was such a bizarre spot. I stare at the board for about 20 seconds and announce all in and shove a stack of reds out in front of me. A few people give the "oh wow's" around me and it goes back to villain. He looks sick and finally says "I guess I have to call now" and shoves his stack in front and I again get to table quads after winning the max. He tells me nice hand and walks away from the table.

Table was a bit shocked and as a new guy filled in the 6 seat the guy on my right looks at him and says "hey be careful, that seat just lost to quads!" About 20 minutes later a young Asian kid who I'd been talking to a bit in seat 4 (I was in seat 1) gets involved in a decent pot on a K Q 8 K 9 kinda board and announces all in. I believe pot size and bet size were similar to my hand with him betting about $100 into $150 and having the other guy covered. Other guy, who happened to be the same guy who just filled seat 6, finally makes the call and the Asian kid quietly says "I have the nuts." Weird thing to say on a paired board until he flips KK!! I look at the guy on my left and just shake my head because he warned seat 6 20 minutes earlier! About a half hour after that seat 3 gets involved with the Asian kid on a 5 7 5 Q x board with 3 diamonds, seat 3 gets his short stack in there and flips 55!!! Asian kid shows a flush and mucks. Three hands in an hour where a pocket pair made quads. The 2 seat started whining that all 3 of us around him hit it so why couldn't he.

I played what I think was a very solid session after that and cashed out for $500. I lost a pretty decent pot when I opened TT after 2 limps and one of the limpers called. Flop came J J 3 and he c/r pretty small. I called and then called a small bet on a 6 turn, then called a small bet on a 6 river. I had a reason for not putting him on a J at the time (I think he played a big hand differently earlier in the session) and he kinda shakes his head before flipping QQ. I was really surprised to see that given he limp/called pre and c/r flop but what can you do. We got involved in another pot about 2 hands later when I raised AQ pre, flopped A J 4, bet $20, and he again c/r me, this time only to $50. Months, maybe even weeks ago I would have never dreamed folding in this spot, but I think there are some weird situations live that warrant folding despite getting a great price with a pretty good hand, and I folded. I decided that he just wasn't gonna bluff me in this spot given I was prone to tilt after losing the last hand and he had just gone at me. He said nice fold before flipping AJ. I picked up AA twice in the session and ended up heads up to the flop against the same guy both times. The first I got paid pretty nicely on a AK277 board after he paid a $65 river bet, and the 2nd I ended up folding on a KK7xx board. I raised pre in the 2nd hand, he called, he checked flop and I checked behind. Probably a mistake since QQ-88 is probably giving me one call on that flop, but when he checked turn and I bet $20 he minraised to $40. I just don't think the check/minraise is ever really a bluff at $1/$2. Like I said earlier "raise a little so you at least get something!" seems to be the $1/$2 ideal. I called the turn bet and then folded to the $40 river bet. I'm not sure if that was right but I think the K was really likely there. Next time though I think I either need to be flop or, if I check flop, probably check turn too and get paid / save money on the river. Meh idk it was an annoying spot and obviously not a great flop for AA.

So I ended the week at -$450 Monday, -$300 Tuesday, +$200 Sunday for poker, and -$150 Monday for blackjack. I put $150 back into the poker roll from irl money since I want that poker roll to be exclusively poker. I'm only gonna use irl money for table games if I play them anymore. -$550 kinda sucked for the week but I do think I realized that my style is super tight and I just need to wait for the goods to get paid when playing $1/$2. If I had a bigger bankroll I'd be able to take those higher variance lines, but for now I need to be patient and make sure that if I do get felted that it's just a super cooler. I've got about 8 full buy ins for $1/$2 atm and hopefully will be able to up that during the live games at school this year. I go back on Wednesday to start cross country preseason; probably won't be playing much poker during that two week period.

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Figured I might as well update this as I'm playing on Carbon lately. My friend transferred me $100 on there about 3 weeks ago and I've ran it up to $5000 since then. $5500 if you count the fact that I withdrew $500 the other day. Decided to do so by check and they need me to verify account with photo ID and all that so I still need to get that done. I hope it works; could use some irl money, especially to play in some live tourneys.

I squeaked into the top 8 on my cross country team by running 27:28 for 8 kilometers (4.98 miles) two Saturdays ago, but was exactly 8th so I am only training with the team as an alternate since the top 7 run regionals. My brother got 2nd in our entire conference for another team with a time of 25:22. 5:05 per mile is pretty absurd. Will be nice to travel with the team up to Rochester, NY on Friday for the race Saturday. Two of my teammates have a decent shot at nationals, but given they got 4th and 7th in the conference race, I think my brother probably has the most likely shot. Pretty cool given he's only a sophomore.

Hurricane Sandy hit my area quite hard but I was very fortunate to not get hit that badly at my college or in my hometown. I saw my entire area however lose lives, property, and just a lot of bad stuff in general. Our beaches were pretty much destroyed and everyone is low on gas. Kind of strange to see it happen right around you. Our entire college shut down for over a week since people couldn't get past shut down roads or acquire enough gas to make it to the school. The whole thing was a mess. The good thing is that no one I know of died and I can feel very lucky for that. I hope everyone on the forum is doing well and good luck.

Edit: Just read my last post. I've been to Parx twice since that trip. Hit quads each trip with a pocket pair, extending that streak to 5 sessions. First time was 55 where I checked dark after a super small 3b in a 3 handed pot, flop comes 5A5 and a guy gets all his money in with AK. I called. Second time I had 22 on an AQ2 flop, turn 2, got value on the river. Fun stuff. Live roll is doing pretty good but is now less than my online roll lol.

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Dumped all my money on Carbon a while back playing blackjack. It really made me stop and examine myself as a person. I've always insisted I don't have a gambling problem and truly believed it but after that I really was worried. I believe that part of me didn't want the money online. I was worried about the legality of playing in the US and every time I had a little downswing I would wonder what the point of playing was.

I still don't think I'm addicted to gambling but I am going to totally cut off playing any games aside from poker. When I go to AC or wherever with my friends I'll simply watch them play whatever table games they want to play, maybe while drinking or something to keep it entertaining. I don't think I'm capable of spewing "real" money in blackjack aside from the $150 or whatever I allocate to it. However I'm not even going to risk it after I lost as much as I did online. It's much easier to click buttons and spew it away, especially when you never really had the money to begin with, but it's still very scary to think that I did that in any medium. So just to be safe, no more table games for me. I've made several trips to casinos since busting the online roll and haven't even been tempted so that did make me feel a little bit better.

Anyway enough of the depressing stuff. My last update was November 5 so I'm gonna check my Excel sheet and see which sessions I've played live since then...Alright since my last update I played 2 sessions at the home game at college, 1 at Sands in Bethlehem, PA, and 6 at Parx, all of which have come since New Years Eve. The first college session was a standard small buy in game, 50c/$1 blinds, bought in $200, played a little over 2 hours and cashed out $285 for $85 profit. OH SHIT just remembered that was the night some craaaaaaazy shit went down. We were playing 6 handed with my buddy dealing, some guys had to leave and the game broke somewhat early. My dealer friend and I decide to go to a diner (this is around midnight). We get there and eat and right before we're about to leave at 1:00 my buddy gets a call from his roommate saying the cops are looking for him! He eventually explains he's not in trouble but they need to talk to him. Neither he nor I know what the hell it's about. His roommate tells him we should stay at the diner and the cops are gonna come get us.

We wait in the parking lot for 5-10 minutes, starting to wonder if this is some twisted prank, and then bam two cop cars pull up. My friend gets out and talks to them for 5 minutes (the first thing I hear one of them say is "you're not in trouble but we need to ask you some questions."). Then one of them comes to the passenger side of the car where I am and asks if I can talk to him. He asks me if I know who Bob is (I'm changing names here just in case). No idea. He tells me he's Chuck's friend. Now I know who he's talking about so I say yeah. He asks if Bob had been acting strange or drinking or smoking. Now, I know Bob likes to smoke, but I've never actually seen him do it and none of us were drinking or smoking at the game so I say no, everyone was being cool (which was true). Cop goes on to tell me Bob had seizures in our parking lot and the ambulance had to come and take him away. I suppose Chuck told the cops where they were and what they were doing which is how it got traced back to us. The way the cop was talking it makes me think Bob very well might have died in that ambulance. I still don't know. It was really weird though that my friend and I might have been some of the last people to talk to him. After the shock wore off I went back into asshole jokester and made the obligatory remarks to my friend (pretty sure he had A8 a few times tonight, now that's what I call running bad, etc).

Anyway, we only had the game on campus one more time after that and I did quite well. I believe this was 6 handed again but blinds were $1/$2 this time. I bought in $300 and added on $100 after a shaky start. I started playing / running well and built a little stack. We had had a lot of people straddling and eventually decided we'd just play 1/2/5 the last half hour. I was playing pretty laggy most of the game and with about 3 of the other players playing somewhat short stacked for 1/2/5 I was in my element. Everyone knew I was playing aggro and at the end of the session a kid put on a straddle (or second straddle if you'd like) to $10. I was UTG and looked down at AA obv. So I raised to $32 and got 2 called, flop came 2 3 7 and straddler jams his last 53, I call to induce but other guy folds, straddler shows A7 and I win a pretty easy $200 pot. I won the last pot of the night to see over $1000 in front of me for the first time ever at a poker game and a $610 profit over just over 3 hours.

I played at Sands about a month after that and since there $2/$5 only had a max of $600 I decided to play there. Long story short I ran really hot and hit big hands vs bad players. After 8 hours I had $2001 in front of me, took the dollar chip home and cashed out 2K for 1400 profit. I played tight early, eventually raised J9s in position, got 2 callers and flopped 939. I stacked a guy for about tree fiddy that hand (he didn't show what he had). The only big hand I lost that might have been misplayed came against an Asian lady reg. She had like 500 to start the hand, I had around 2000. I raised AhAs to 35 from the SB after 2 limpers, and only she called. Flop came AdJd4h, I bet (I think maybe 45?) and she called. Turn came 3h and I checked. This is where I think I made my mistake and 2p2 seemed to agree. River was the 7h and I bet 105. She threw in a tower of reds and I flipped my hand ready to take the pot. Everyone looked at me weird. Oh, Asian lady asshole had 3 blacks on top of the tower of reds and was all in for like 300 more. Now my AA is exposed on the table and I have to make a decision. I called pretty quickly and she showed JhTh. My turn check was worse than my river call (and most on 2p2 agreed I have to call river after everything that happened). I could have got more value (she said she'd have folded to a turn bet but I think that's bullshit) and protected my hand at the same time. If I didn't have the Ah I think I can fold river, but what two hearts does she call flop with? It would have to be Jhxh and there just weren't enough combos of that for me to be too worried. Here's the thread if anyone's interested: xhttp://forumserver.twoplustwo.com/170/live-low-stakes-nl/2-5-aa-river-decision-vs-reg-1277473/
Rereading it I got some details wrong: 2 players called pre and I led 70 at flop (another reason it made it tough for me to think she called flop with Jhxh). River was actually 9h (don't think it makes a difference from 7h) and I bet 120, not 105. It was only 252 for me to win 752 so the call is almost trivial. I eventually grinded my stack back to 2000 before leaving.

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I've played at Parx 6 times since NYE (including yesterday where I played both 1/2 and 2/5 as two different sessions). I've won 3 and lost 3 for a total loss of 158 in 23 hours. I lost 500 on New Year's Eve running really bad against a crazy Italian guy. He was super spewy and I got it in with QQ on a J33 flop vs him after I raised to 16 from the SB (at 1/2), he called. I led flop, he raised, I jammed, he called with K3 and told me that I should have raised more pre. lol live poker. I then had a chance to get it all back and then some but a dealer error led to me losing the pot. I straddled to $4 and got criticized by other players at the table because "you gotta know he's gonna raise!" This is how crazy the guy was; he was the only player anyone was talking about. He makes it $25 and before I look at my cards I tell everyone that I'm gonna have some straddle karma and pick up a big hand. I make it $85 (I somehow picked up AK lol) and he calls. Flop comes Q93 and I check. He acts very surprised and then checks behind. Turn is a K and villain lets out some weird groan implying that card hit me. I'm shuffling my chips looking at him trying to figure out the best bet size. I started the hand with 300 and he has me covered, so I'm thinking I'll just bet 85 again and then shove river for value. But before I can do this dealer burns and turns a river J.

I look at dealer with a wtf expression and tell him I haven't checked. And I was first to act. And I don't think he checked either. Like what the flipflipflipflip inspired the dealer to put the river out there. "Well did you want to check?" asks the dealer. That's obviously beside the flipflipflipfliping point; I was trying to make a decision (and I did not want to check). I tell him to shuffle the river back into the deck since that's the right rule and it should be my action on the turn. After a lot of discussion he finally does this and I tell villain I was going to bet 85 and am not trying to angle him. He says okay and calls. New river is an A giving me 2 pair on a Q93KA board. As I'm getting ready to jam villain says "look buddy I got a straight" and flips JT. I'm just kind of dumbfounded and muck my hand. He then throws me $25 saying he's sorry. I try to throw it back but he won't let me. It was the weirdest session ever. I lost that last $140 pretty quickly on half tilt and half more wtf play that went well for him. Total loss of $500 that night.

Came back and played $1/$2 a few days later and profited $118 in a pretty standard session. I made a good call with 2 pair on a $100 river bet by a guy who was bluffing with a pair of 4s. The next time I played I sat down at $1/$2, went from $300 to $180 quickly, then up to $300, then $500, then $800, then $1040 before having to leave (I wish I could have stayed at the table forever). The same guy brought my stack from $180 to $800. He got it all in with 44 vs my KK, then with AT on a A246 board vs my 53 (I checked the BB in an 8 way pot then check/raised BIG on the flop, then led turn. He jammed. It was really bad but good for me! After he rebought full for $300 we got it in again, his KK vs my AA. I held. I then stacked a girl who seemed to be a reg who got very mad at the slowness of my river call. I had 63 in the BB and the flop came 334. I check/called her $10 bet into 6 players. 3 handed to the turn which was a J. I c/c'ed 50 now, which she bet very quickly. River 9 and I checked for her to insta-shove about 110. I thought for a while trying to figure out what I could beat. I finally decided I chopped with enough 3s and might be beating some AJ KJ QJ hands and called saying "I have a 3." She shook her head and flipped J4, and then some switch came on where she just started spazzing about me taking so long and then stormed away from the table. I left a few minutes later.

I shot took 2/5 the next day and felt comfortable but did not play that well. I lost 535 that session, calling raises preflop too often, chasing draws where I shouldn't (and never hitting to damage control the losses), and just playing bad overall. And then yesterday I played 1/2 for 3.5 hours, losing 214 (I jammed like 120 on a As4d7s9h board with 5s2s and got called by 77, missed river), then headed over to 2/5 and played for 4.5 hours, winning 233 for a big $19 win. I was pretty content with how I played a hand where I had AK (posted it here: xhttp://forumserver.twoplustwo.com/170/live-low-stakes-nl/2-5-ak-river-spot-1287987/ ) and played much more tight-aggressive this session. I was really happy with how I played except for a hand with QQ where I flatted pre and had to fold river and it was just really poorly played. A kid on my right was on his phone reading the entire time and I glanced really quickly at one point to see he was on the 2p2 app. I assume this is the major difference between 2/5 and 1/2; while you will get donks at both, you will get more players who really think about and analyze the game at 2/5 then you will at 1/2; in fact, I doubt you'll really get anyone else who will be reading 2p2 at 1/2 at your table.

Anyway I'm enjoying the live poker scene but my parents aren't about it. It's tough to get to the casino and all the times I've gone this break have been when my parents were away and they don't know I've gone. I guess I'll have to figure that out eventually.

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Played six sessions since last update. All wins except the 2/5 one :/. I was pumped with the one from the 14th; bought in for 300. After going down to 100 I added on back to 300. Then busted that. By the time I rebought my next 300 I was in for 800. Ended up at 1040 at one point before eventually cashing out for 920 for a 120 profit. Really just stayed positive the whole way and was laughing with everyone as they took my money. When I took it back everyone got mopey again. Immature pricks.

My session from the 22nd was pretty funny. I went to play 2/5 and while waiting for my name to be called I sat at a 1/2 table. I played 3 hands there. Folded the first one. Made it 15 with the 2nd one with 88 and got 4 callers. That essentially makes it a set mining hand. Flop comes Q64 with 2 hearts. Checks around. Turn is an off suit 7. Checks to me so I bet 35. 3 callers. Shutting down again unless I hit a 5. River Kx (no flush gets there). Checks around. No one seems to want to show so I flip the 8s. Muck muck muck. Gotta love 1/2. Name gets called, fold the next hand, over to 2/5 with a 145 win in 3 hands from 1/2.

I've had a few big hands at 2/5, about half of which I have felt good about. I really loved how I played the first big pot I was involved in at 2/5 after the 3 hand 1/2 session. I bought in for 600 and had about 700 to start this hand. I have AsQc (suits important) and make it 25 after 1 limper. 2 call (including limper). Flop (pot is $75) comes: AxTs3s. Limper checks, I bet 50, fold, limper raises to 150 (he covers me). I call knowing I could be good (probably not), have backdoor flush draws, and kind of just hate bet/folding top pair good kicker here. The call leaves me with 510. Turn (Pot: $375): Ks. He bets 200 and I pretty quickly jam for 310 more. I'm not sure if I'm good but I think I can get him to fold a lot of better hands and I have pretty good equity either way. He curses a lot and takes like 60 seconds before folding. 1100 to me. I had him on AT and after the session he told me that was indeed what he had.

Later on in the session I thought I was soul reading a guy who really just nailed a flop and bet 3 streets. I ended the session +145, aka breakeven at 2/5. Sigh. Another hand I had at 2/5 during a different session involved me with QQ against an old guy I had a little bit of history with. He had 3b me earlier and 3b me again in this hand. It's discussed here if anyone is interested: xhttp://forumserver.twoplustwo.com/170/live-low-stakes-nl/qq-spot-i-never-know-how-approach-1295101/

I definitely think I can beat 2/5. However playing it during the day on weekdays just seems kind of stupid. I am probably more profitable picking off donks at 1/2 and waiting til the 2/5 game is softer on Fridays and Saturdays, or at least at night on weekdays. I'm up about 5500 in about 165 hours now (including 2/5). That's $33.33/hr on average mainly from 1/2...I think it'd probably be something like 4000 in 150 hours for 1/2 for $26.67/hr. From what I've heard beating the game for 10 BBs an hour is like killing it so I think I'm still running over expectation but I feel very confident and comfortable every time I play so I'm not worried about what my exact EV is. Been having a lot of fun playing though!

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Played my biggest pot ever yesterday. 1100 deep at 2/5 villain covers. MP makes it 25 villain in CO calls I make it 85 from button with AdAc both call.

Flop (pot at 255): Qd6h4h. Check check I bet 150, fold, villain makes it 500.

It was 4 AM and I was tired but I really felt in control and on my game so I sat there for the better part of 5 minutes running ranges in my head and occasionally glancing quickly at villain on my right hoping to get some kind of tell. Obviously 66 and 44 are in range. QQ is but I think less often just because that gets 3b pre a lot. I do not have the Ah so Ahxh is in there sometimes with AhQh being the most likely combo of those. I don't know what else is in there but some people seemed to think even KhJh could be. I didn't know a whole lot about villain but had the feel that he was competent.

After like 5 minutes some random Asian dude calls clock on me. I had pretty much came up with my decision by that point and was just looking at villain one last time to see if any weird ticks came up. As floor was walking over to begin 60 second count down I announced all in. Villain called faster than you can say "bye bye 1100." His 66 held and 2.2k was shipped to him.

I'm not all that upset about this play. I'm sure a lot of people observing it might think "gee some people just can't fold AA." My first instinct was to do so. In the end I decided there were enough hands I beat that shoving was best. In a weird way I'm proud of this shove. I didn't back down just because the pot was big and it was somewhat uncomfortable for me to shove 1015 with one pair. I think old timid me probably just folds there but I made a read and went with it. While it was the wrong read I think I'll be right more than wrong when I really sit and think about a hand like that so in the long run it'll work out.

That being said I hope I don't ever take five minutes again lol. It's weird because I wasn't in the normal donk mode of thinking where they just get stuck in a rut of thinking and need someone to kick them out of it. It was more "I beat these hands. I don't beat these hands. Let's think about villain. Any tendencies we can come up with. I'm gonna fold. But I only lose to QQ 66 and 44. What are the odds he has those hands? Probably low. But then again what else can he c/r?? I guess these hands are in there. Did he just flinch?" and so on. For five minutes lmao blah wish my read was good that woulda been a fun pot to rake in! Unfortunately my roll is now even less equipped to handle 2/5 swings so I may need to go back to the ol 1/2 grind as annoying as that will be. Maybe I'll shot take 2/5 on weekends when the games are good.

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My parents have given me the go ahead to play live poker. A lot of stuff went into that but I'm just gonna keep it simple and give the terms of our agreement. It basically goes that I have to finish school (which I 100% agree with) and I need to make a schedule before each week listing where and when I'm gonna be playing. I also am still working at the pizza place for a guaranteed income.

My parents gave me the go ahead on February 18. Since then (about 5 weeks) I'm up just over $2000. This includes the $650 I'm down in tourneys, so in cash I'm up almost $2700. This all comes from 1/2 except for about 10 total hours of 2/5 in 2 different sessions, resulting in about $460 of profit. My bankroll is not yet big enough to play 2/5 consistently but I'll still shot take.

I played the $365 6 max in the WSOP circuit at Caesar's in Atlantic City on March 6. I feel I played quite well and just went a little card dead. I loved the structure and 6 max is very fun live since it allows me to be even more aggressive pre flop. An old guy two to my left seemed to defend his BB every time I tried to steal. He'd c/c flop, check turn, then lead river, then show me a monster almost every time. To his credit he was more aggressive than the typical old donk but it was frustrating to never be able to get through him. I finished around 140th of the 292 entrants. He eventually took 2nd place for 5 like $17,000 lol. He also took 12th in the main event, which attracted 540 runners. No one could seem to stop the player who took the chip lead with about 30 left though, and that kid just steamrolled to victory. More on that later though

I eventually picked up a little bit of steam and had my 10K stack to 15K at 250/500/50. I picked up AK UTG and made it 1000, the old guy flatted, and the pretty tight Asian kid on my right shipped for 7500 from the BB. Pretty trivial reshove for me, the old guy thought for a little while then folded what he said was AQ. Asian kid says "I busted with this hand in *insert tourney here* earlier this week." I show the AK, Asian shakes his head like he's frustrated and says "and that's the hand I lost to!" I'm thinking sweet he's got an AQ type of hand. He flips TT and holds.

That puts me down to about 7500, a good 3b shove stack. An orbit or two later I'm still at 7500 and it folds to Asian in the SB. He limps, I look down at an ace (A4o to be exact) and shove 15 BBs. He tanks. I mean 45 seconds of thinking and talking in a resigned manner. I'm thinking it must be like QJ or something in there. He finally says "well maybe this is karma and you'll get your chips back" and calls. I flip the A4 ready to race and he shows...TT! What the flipflipflipflip! He holds and I bust after about 5 hours.

The trip in AC was fun though. It was the first time I booked a hotel room on my own, and Harrah's must have really been grateful about my 10 hour 1/2 session from October, because it only cost $64 for 2 nights there, including taxes and fees. I split it with my buddy so it was incredibly cheap. I played 2/5 at Harrah's with him around midnight...it was the only 2/5 game running and there were some decent regs but people I could therefore range better. They'd probably all be weak - average players online but were probably big winners live. There were also a few weak players at the table. I'd imagine my friend and I were the best two there. I ended up in a big pot with a kid who was drinking a little and playing erratically (I'm assuming he was drunk before he got to the table). I made it 25 from EP with A9o, he 3b to 50 and I called. The flop came AQ2 and I check/called 100. The turn was a 3 and I check/called the same bet of 100. The river was a 7 and I check/called 250. This line seems super spewy but I had this villain pegged as a guy who was going to get very out of line, based on previous hands he had played. I called the 250 bet on the river verbally, and it only took me about three seconds after he had pushed the 2.5 stacks of red into the middle to say "I call" pretty confidently. He shook his head said nice call and showed KJ. The table was kind of surprised to see my A9 but the $1000 pot was pretty sweet. I ended up down $120ish on that session but that hand was a lot of fun.

I've been on a big heater the last two weeks, playing well and running well. Last Tuesday I bought in for $300 at 1/2 at Parx and eventually had 4 stacks in front of me, 2 of which were green. Cashed out for $1225 that day for a $925 profit. Thursday of this week sucked though. I lost $460 and just kept getting owned by a cocky old guy who kept flopping the world against me while I flopped 2nd best hand. One hand we played saw me make it 15 with KJo on the button, he flatted on my left and the rest folded. Flop came 965r, he checked, and I decided I was over it and was gonna give up vs this guy. I check, turn Q, check check, river J, he bets 26. I just started laughing because I expect to be beat but I can beat bluffs now, and he checked flop and turn. What does he rep? Flopped set? Total air? Random queen? I jokingly ask the dealer why he couldn't put a deuce on the river so I could just fold. I finally call and cocky asshole flips 87 for the flopped nuts. I sigh say "nice hand...nice flop...nice river" and muck. Old guy pipes up "Dealer flip his hand please." I look at him in disbelief like are you serious? Dealer shows my hand and old guy nods and starts stacking my chips. I kind of mumble under my breath "well at least your classy in victory..."

Shortly after I pick up AKo and make it 12...old guy almost beats me into the pot. The way he was acting made me feel like I had offended him in some way because he seemed determined to play pots with me to try to punish me. We go heads up and flop comes KcTx3c. I decide old guy missed he's gonna try to outplay me, and if he has more than what I have betting only gets me in trouble, so I check/call his $17 flop bet. Turn is the 4c, c/c again from me, this time of $40 bet. River 2s, I check, he splashes out a bet with different chip denominations, I see it's not a huge bet and verbalize my call. He shows Qc9c (seriously beat me into the pot pre flop). I ask dealer how much I owe, he tells me $49. I count it out, then flip my hand and tell the old guy "here you go bud, just so you don't have to ask this time." I pick up my last $140 and walk to the cage steaming. Decided that day just wasn't my day and I wasn't going to play the last $140 pretty well and I might as well save it rather than spew it away. I've seen that old guy in there before though so I imagine I'll have another shot at him soon.

I'm playing on America's Card Room online now. I really hope it's legal; the fact that they actually call themselves "America's" Card Room makes me think it can't possibly be ILLEGAL. I deposited $50 on March 7 and it cleared pretty easily. I've shipped either 6 or 7 tourneys since then and have over $500 now. No dumping that on blackjack this time! I refuse to bet even $1 since I got in over my head on Merge last time. I'm a bit worried I might have a slight problem with table games in that sense. However, I played blackjack in AC, telling myself I'd put $50 on the table, bet $10 at a time, and leave when I hit either $100 or 0. I busted in like 7 hands and had no problem walking away. I think it might have just been that I was in a terrible state of mind when I went busto on Merge, feeling like I'd never be able to withdraw that money anyway, and therefore justifying that blowing it all didn't really matter. I don't think that will ever happen again but I really have no desire to play any virtual table games any time soon.

To conclude this post I'll give a shout out to Joe "dude904" McKeehen on his WSOP Circuit Main Event victory at Caesar's in Atlantic City. Joe took 1st of 540 in the $1500+$150 buy in tournament to win $174,150. He absolutely dominated the tourney. He had 4,650,000 chips to start the final table. Second place had 1,240,000. He never gave up the lead. I think I am usually one of the youngest players in a poker room whenever I walk in. Joe is younger than me. An amazing feat to be sure. Congrats again Joe! Maybe someday you'll get unbanned from Surfers lmao

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Went to AC yesterday by myself. Booked a room at Harrah's. First time I've ever done something like that completely on my own and I gotta say it was fun! Definitely a lot different than having a buddy to talk hands with and chill with in the room / at dinner or wherever, but kind of cool just being able to do what you want when you want without worrying about someone else knowing where you are.

I got to AC at 1:00 and went to Borgata to play 2/5. I feel more comfortable with the $500 max (as opposed to the $1000 max at Parx) since I kind of hate buying in less than the max allowed. When I sat down though there were quite a few guys with more than 500 so I knew I'd have to be ready to play for stacks if need be. The table was a lot of fun; I sat at 1:30 and pretty much immediately got into table talk. I usually try to be friendly so when I saw the kid on my left looking at me kind of weird when I sat down I just said "hey man how you doing today?" He smiled and said good how bout you and all that good stuff. He kind of ripped on me for driving through snow to get to Borgata on a Monday afternoon, "when OBVIOUSLY the games will be the softest." His sarcastic comments made me realize that this really might literally be the toughest time to play, which I thought was pretty funny. The kid on his left was crazy but funny too; wearing a bathrobe over shorts and a T shirt and just rambling about everything. Almost gave me a Phil Laak vibe. The guy on my right was a black gentleman who was on his phone the whole time. Like even while he was in hands. And not insignificant hands. He raised pre bet flop bet turn bet river and barely looked away from his phone the whole time before scooping a $300 or so pot. That being said, he seemed kinda spewy; after someone made it $20, 3 people called, and another guy 3b to $100, he shows me his ATdd and agonizes over "really wanting to see the flop." I kinda figured he'd be a good target, especially since he was on my direct right.

I was down to about $420 and picked up 97hh OTB. 3 limped, I limped, blinds completed and flop came 976dd. An older guy led out. I can't remember how the action went here because I thought he bet 50 but I don't remember thinking "woah he overbet the pot." I think it might have gone he bet 20, black guy made it 50, I made it 150, old guy jammed 30 more, black guy called, I jammed 420 total (again, this is probably wrong because I'm not legally allowed to raise there, but dealers seem to miss that rule sometimes, so maybe that's what happened). Anyway, black guy took like 10 seconds to call. Turn 3x river Qd. Old guy announces "just a pair" and shows 88. I flip the 97, black guy nods his head and mucks. Figured black guy probably had pair plus flush draw kinda hand but that was obviously wrong. And there were only 2 other 8s left in the deck; I guess 98 and 87 were possible. The diamond hit the river and I kinda shrugged and though gg everyone but the 2 pair held up! Scoop the pot just over $1000. Ended up cashing out $1045 so it was a good session. The kid on my left, after we talked for a while and I realized he was a very solid player, eventually told me his "story": In the 2008 main event he bluffed off 2.3 million chips with 82 left to Antonio Esfandiari in a pretty wild hand. If anyone else tries to tell me that I probably don't believe it, but I didn't see this kid make any mistakes and I really liked the way he played a few of his hands / logic'ed stuff out.

Anyway, I went back to Harrah's to check in to my hotel, played 1/2 for 2 hours and made $20 for dinner lol, then went over to Borgata to play the 7PM $120 tourney. Chopped that 3 ways around 1:30 to take $1000, then went back to Harrah's and stupidly played 1/2. Even if I won 4 digits in that session it woulda been stupid. I was just really tired but didn't feel like sleep so decided I had to play poker haha. Lost like $120 but it was all good. Got up around 11AM thinking about playing the 11AM tourney at Borgata but then saw it was a $40 bounty tourney and figured it wasn't really worth it so I just shot home. Really good trip overall! I've almost got enough wiggle room now to feel comfortable playing 2/5 once a week or so.

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Wow lot of updates since last post. I'll give cliff notes here then elaborate on whatever later.

--Online is going very well. Bankroll almost at 4 figures and I feel very dominant in tournaments. Took 4th in a $55 (that I sattied into for $6) and 9th in a $33 on Sunday. Also been playing a lot of cash and am planning on being ranked somewhat high on the monthly leader board towards "The Beast" on America's Card Room by the end of April.

--Thursday Parx session had me give back about half the profits from the March 25 AC trip. Busted the $120 7PM tourney after I shoved 6100 at 400/800/100 with K7o from EP and got called by the SB. I was ahead lmao. His QJ flopped a J and I went over to play 2/5. I lost $440 in that session after getting T9 in on a QT9 board. Turn 9. River T. Dude flips QQ. Dealer audibly says "wow!" QQ flatted pre then flatted a bet post then I raised, original preflop raiser and bettor on the flop folds, QQ shoves for like 130 more after I already have 150 in there. Whoops.

--My brother forgot his shoes when he went back to college on Sunday so I told him I'd bring them to him on Monday. Told my parents I'd shoot down to AC after that since his school is less than an hour away. I half jokingly asked if they wanted to come since they both really aren't into gambling. My dad said yes. I figured I should play the same tournament I chopped exactly a week earlier, the Monday 7PM $100+$20 tourney. My dad stood behind me and watched for 8.5 hours as I won the 77 man tourney for $2615. One of the coolest days of my life just being able to at least show him some tangible proof that I really am good at this game. I promptly thanked my brother for forgetting his shoes; it made me about $2500.

That's all for now. I'm thinking about quitting the pizza job; definitely would have already if I didn't like all of my coworkers and my boss so much. Probably just gonna stick it out til September. I'm still not rolled to play 2/5 but I definitely feel comfortable taking $500 shots here and there now. I also don't have to feel guilty about playing tourneys since I basically am rolled for them now. The Borgata Spring Open starts today and I hope to play one or two tournaments next week.

Oh and I guess I'll elaborate on the tourney a little bit. I was rolling early, up to 35K kinda quickly again from the 15K starting stack. I then got into a big hand at 300/600/75. Bad player limps from EP, folds to my button, I make it 1800 with Q8o, blinds fold, EP calls. He has 12K behind. Flop 383. He checks, I bet 2700, he calls. Turn J he slams his 9200 into the middle, maybe less than 1 second after the J hits. Definitely less than 3 seconds. It almost seemed scripted as if he would do this regardless of the turn. Let's reevaluate hand and range him.
Limps pre, calls a raise. Has to be decent but not super strong. I'd have expected him to raise a big pair so I'm counting out TT-AA. I also think AK AQ are out of there too.
Check/calls flop. TT-AA are gone. I think 99 plays this flop more aggressively since it's about the best you can hope for without flopping a set. But his hand has to have some value, he check/called. Either that or he was planning on calling with air and jamming any turn. I think his most likely holding at this point is 44-77. I don't think a 3 makes sense since he limp/called pre but I guess a donk can do that with A3s.
Insta-shoves turn. If he had air or 44-77 and had the plan that any turn is going in then this still makes sense. If he binked a jack I think he'd take a little more time to try to induce a call. It seemed scripted, it's not 99+, I lose to a 3 or a jack. I even think 98 is in here sometimes.

I call. He flips J9. He wins. He check/called flop with 383 board and J9. And hit the jack. It's possible I was right about the scripted play. It's possible he jams an A turn. And then I look smart. Instead I get the obligatory "you had to think he had a jack, no??" comments.

That hand takes me down to under 20K and I blind down / lose a pot or two to get to 8500 at 600/1200. I then go 77>AK, 77>AK, 55>AK. Unbelievable run. Was up to 85K with 2 tables left. We reach the final table and I have 200K. Average is 117K. 9 are supposed to cash and we immediately get to the "bubble should get money talk." I begrudgingly say okay ten from everyone $100 to bubble he basically breaks even. As we collect people start whining. "9th is $240, take $20 from everyone so 10th makes money and gets less than 9th!" I look at another young kid who has a lot of chips and I quietly tell him I don't wanna do it so if he doesn't want to I'll back him up. He agrees. People start getting mad at HIM lolol. I'm like "Hey. I wanted to give 0. I don't plan on busting 10th. I think it's more than fair that I'm giving 10th $10 out of my pocket, now let's play." Everyone kind of shut up after that.

I naturally go AK<AQ minutes after that convo to get bumped down to 130K. I expected the "karma!" comments but everyone was kinda nice about it. The bubble broke, I built back to 200K and then went on a tear stealing blinds and antes 3 or 4 hands in a row. I then get into a big pot with the kid who went AQ>AK vs me. I had about 275K to start and he was the only one at the table who covered me with 7 left. I believe it was 6K/12K and I made it 30K with A9o and both blinds called. I'm getting ready to c-bet and flop comes 9J9. Woah! They can't really put me on a 9 here either so dollar signs are in my eyes. Check check I bet less than half pot hoping to look weak. This kid had played back at me multiple times too; he doubled me with 12 left or so when I minraised SB, he called BB, flop 37J, I bet half pot he jammed I snapped he had 52 no draw my KK held. So this kid calls and other guy folds. Pot is over 200K and I think 3rd had about that much at the time. Turn 7 he checks to me. I've got almost exactly a pot size bet left. I've seen this kid chase draws and fold to a nothing river shove (15K into 85K) when he missed. If this were a cash game I'd try to induce but I decided picking the pot up for a 500K stack when there is 1.15M in play is more important than risking letting QT get there. I also think shoving looks more like AK than if I bet half pot again; my image was aggressive enough that he could put me on a bluff and call with a QJ kind of hand. He checks I shove he tanks (although he tanked a lot at that table) and folds. He asked what I had after the hand and that was the first time I heard him talk so I assume he folded something decent, probably QJ type of hand.

Anyway I go on an absurdly bad run after that. Aggro kid makes it 45K short stack all in for 12K I make it 120K with JJ folds around I show JJ shorty shows T4 board runs AAKQQ. Jacks get counterfeited. I didn't know that could happen. I double him next hand after 44<JTs. I then double a nice older guy who was actually quite solid with 44<AQs blind vs blind. I then get the kid who also didn't wanna throw $20 in all in, my ATs vs his J8. He wins. That all sucks but I keep grinding and picking up blinds when I can. I build the stack up a little more and now solid older guy jams UTG. It folds to my BB. Everytime this happened when he was in the BB he'd say "let's look together" and flip them one at a time. So I look at him and I'm like "I'll look one at a time just for your sweat." First one, jack. Second one, jack! "Wow I have to call man." He shows Ad3d. Flop 2s5dKd. Turn 7c. River 4s. He lets out a little "YES!" and we're down again. Keep grinding hard and once again the $20 kid shoves UTG 4 handed, I iso with AJs, he has Q2 and flops a Q. First time I've ever really gotten upset. I wasn't tilting but it really was absurd. That was a lot of hands to lose. That knocked me down to 80K at 15K/30K and that looked to be it. I folded the next hand then shoved 98o UTG. Aggro kid calls with Q4 board runs 7JJA (I call for 7 lol) Ten! Straight and I double. I then cripple the $20 kid after TT finally holds vs 33. He busts soon after.

That leaves us 3 handed, solid older guy, spewy aggro kid, and me. Prizes are $2600 $1400 $900, Gil (older guy) asks if we want to talk about a chop. Gil has said he's won 6 figures in live tourneys and used to play professionally til "us young kids" came in and made it so much tougher to win. I had a lot of respect for this guy. I believe he offered the chop more for us than for himself. I was on the fence since I'd already chopped the same tourney the week before, and then young aggro kid says "no, let's play." I shrugged and we continued on. Aggro kid has shorter stack and shoves and gets through 2 hands. He then shoves button (probably 270K at 15K/30K), I iso with KJo from SB, Gil looks at his cards and agonizes. Finally he folds ATs face up, aggro kid says "hope you have a small pair" I flip KJ, he curses and flips QJss. Flop comes As4s2d. Turn 7s. River 6s........I have Ks. That's the most animated I've ever gotten at the table lol big fist pump and a "LET'S GO...JUSTICE BABY" hahaha couldn't help myself after the run I'd had. Aggro kid says "WOW what a terrible call" but then collects himself and shakes hands and walks away. The funny thing is 3 handed last week, I raised KJ OTB and when a tight old guy shoved I folded. It's all about your opponents obviously and I guess aggro didn't realize I understood he was being, uh, aggro.

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Gil starts talking numbers with me and I tell him I need a chip count before I do anything (I guesstimated last week and I really think I should have paid more attention to detail). Turns out I'm up something like 725K to 425K. We've locked up $1400 so we're playing for $1200. He starts throwing out numbers like $2100 to $1900. No. I tell him I want to play it out but take some for both of us, like $2000 for me $1650 for him and we play for $350 but he doesn't think that's fair. Finally I said "you wanna just play?" He shrugged and said Yeah! We shook hands and started haha it was a lot of fun. 20K/40K and I'm sure I have better push/fold knowledge than he does. He makes it 100K first hand I fold. I make it 80K next hand he shoves I fold. He makes it 90K next hand and I look down at...77. I'd outflipped AK TWICE with 77 in this tourney. One of those was vs Gil and he was the one who said "I guess 77 is your hand!" I responded "the way I'm running I think I'm destined to win this tourney!" 30 bust outs later and we're heads up and I have it. I jam, he snaps I laugh and say "how fitting is this." He says "well you better hit a 7 then!" and flips JJ! I barely have him covered so it's not looking good. Dealer had this weird tendency of exposing the window card longer than most other dealers before spreading the flop. This window happened to be a 7 and he started laughing, Gil started laughing, I'm like "alright there's 4 more cards so let's not get too crazy yet." Turn gives Gil a flush draw but gives me a boat, he'll need a third 9 to hit the board or a J on the river. It blanks, Gil is very classy shakes my hand all that good stuff, we check to make sure I have him covered and I do, and tourney is mine. Gil even shakes my dad's hand and we talk for a little while before going to the cage.

Really great time in AC and had a lot of fun again. Back again next week for the Spring Open!

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Lost the $120 noon tourney at Parx today. 10K starting stack had 14K at 400/800/100 UTG had been pretty active raised to 1600 folded to my SB I shove AJ he thinks for a while then calls with AK...J in the window, king hiding under it for a JKA flop, x turn, A river, so I probably was getting stacked regardless of how I played the hand (unless I folded pre, which I'm sure you can argue would have been the best play).

I then headed over to 1/2, bought in for $300, and 8 hours later cashed out for a little over $900. Poker's going well for me right now. I feel confident every time I sit down. My reads are rarely wrong. I made it $12 pre with 77, got 2 callers, flop came 853, checked to me I bet 22, fold, guy shoves $83 total. I study him. I recall hands he played. I ask him a question and he smiles at me. I call. Turn 5 river 2 he shows 93 then asks "how can you call with that??" I respond with "cuz I'm CRAZY!!" and do some weird hand motion. What kind of flipflipflipfliping question is that?? I clearly thought about it and concluded that you're a loose bad player and not a tight bad player and made a good read. Why did I call...c'mon.

Stacked a guy after I flopped a set. Got it in on 9JQhh 2h board. River 6h. I sigh and say 3 9s. He mucks and walks away. Kid next to him says he saw the guy pick up his cards at showdown and he had KJ. I guess I just come off as crazy enough to raise pre then fire into 4 other players with less than jacks. Fine with me.

I flopped a set of 6s twice later on in the night and got paid pretty well on both. Both ended with me being scared of a flush and probably playing the river too passively. I don't hate how I played the hands and I won pretty big pots in both but it's very important to max out value whenever possible, especially in live poker when you see less hands per hour, so I'll have to take another look at those hands to make sure they were okay.

For the most part I'm just really thinking about the game way better than I ever have. My push/fold strategy for tournaments is better than anyone's who plays in the daily tourneys. And my deep stack strategy has gotten so much better with the help of 2p2 and the Live Low Stakes No Limit sub forum. I range people really well at this point. I called a guy today with A high on the river to win a $120 pot. Despite the fact that I said "you can't have this or this because of this...I think you have JT (busted straight draw) or 2 hearts (busted flush draw) and I think I have the best hand........I call", people still said stuff like "what the hell was that??" after he announces 8 high and I flip AT for the win. A guy shoved $150 on me into like $100 on the river and I had AK high but nothing made sense for him to have. I finally decided I wasn't getting the right price to try another hero call and folded. I said nice bluff and he said thank you lol so I guess I'll never know, but the fact that I actually think about those spots is very encouraging. I haven't tilted as long as I can remember and even when I get sucked out on or lose a big hand I usually have a smile on my face and am joking with the table. The only time I'll get frustrated is when I misplay a hand but even then I usually shake it off after a minute and just log it in my memory bank so as to not make the same mistake again.

That's all for now. I feel great about poker and think I can really crush this game in the long term.

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Played Wednesday tourney at noon at Parx two days ago. Busted first hand back from break. 400/800/100 blind level, UTG had been active makes it 1600, folds to me I shove 14K from SB with AJ, he calls with AK, J in window but AK behind it. Ace on river so we both make aces full...so only a fold pre would have saved me from busting. I'm not sure if shoving here is right. Online it's pretty standard (imo) but live it might be better to just fold. I figured he had to have a monster to call since guys will regularly fold hands like 88 there, but idk. I went and played cash after and won over 600 there to make it a 500+ day.

Got to Parx at 1:00 yesterday, played 1/2. Things went very poorly and I was getting annoyed with the kid next to me who'd say "wow I woulda flopped a pair" every freaking time the flop came and he folded. He was also one of those guys who had to keep saying he woulda flopped 4 9s, nope just kidding, every hand, then awkwardly laugh. That combined with me losing, combined with the guy talking about Obama and how patriotism is ridiculous if we look behind the scenes and conspiracy theories and other retarded stuff led to me asking for my first ever table change. I usually just like to try to stick stuff out but my mindset is way more focused on making money over having fun (though I obviously still try to have fun) these days, so I decided to move. I was -200 at the first table and finished +370ish on the 2nd one. I then moved to 2/5 at 5:30, planning on getting dinner around 6:30 and playing the 7:00 tourney. I really only played 2 hands...I raised to 25 with 66 and got the BB to call; flop 9TJ check check, turn K he checks I bet 25 (hoping to look like I'm trying to extract value with a Q) he calls, river 2 check check he says "what do you got?" That shit has been annoying me so much lately; the rule at Parx is not the last aggressor shows first, it's left of the button. So show you're damn hand or muck. I said "your turn show or muck", he says "ace high" I flip my 66 and he mucks anyway.

The second pot came against the same guy. I made it 25 with AK he called from BB. Flop TT2 check check. Turn A check check. River 4 he bets 25 I minraise hoping to get value from a 66 type of hand he calls I show he flips AJ in frustration. Looking back my raise should definitely have been bigger. A minraise looks just as strong (if not stronger) as a raise to 75 there. In any case, I finished +123 and use 120 of it to buy in to 7:00 tourney. I then got some dinner and came back and was on fire the first 2 levels. Went from 10K to 35K+ in less than an hour. Rolled pretty much the whole way. However the Parx structure sucks and after I hit 150K everything kinda went backwards. KQ<54 to bust a shorty but with blinds at 6K/12K every pot's important. Blinded down. Guys getting mad when I shoved SB lol. Ended up down to 60K at 8K/16K with 9 left (115 started) when old guy with huge stack limps UTG. Folds to my SB I jam KQ BB folds old guy thinks for over a minute then calls with 87s............

976 flop I don't improve out in 9th for 299 1st was 2990. Very very frustrating; bankroll woulda been 5 figures with any top 3 finish there. Woulda had 150K at 8K/16K, but with 1.15M in play 9 handed, the average woulda been 127K and everyone's stupid so shoving woulda been so much more profitable than it should be. Sigh. But after no cashes in my first 9 tourneys, I've final tabled 4 of my last 8 (3 of my last 5, and 2 of my last 3). Obviously I'm running very good but the level of competition is absolutely terrible and it makes it pretty fun and profitable.

Anyway I'm up over 4200 since last Monday, and only 200 of that is from 2/5, meaning I'm at 4000+ from 1/2 and tourneys, making the money I'm risking very manageable. I think once I hit 5 figures I'm gonna take a shot at a full buy in at 2/5 at Parx (1000). No add on and if I feel uncomfortable for whatever reason I'd just leave, but it'd be nice to buy in full and be able to make some plays, and worst case scenario my BR would still be 9K. We'll have to see whenever that time comes; I was really hoping that was gonna be last night!

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Lost 800 at the home game at Ramapo on Friday...I DON'T WANNA TALK ABOUT IT STOP ASKING ME!! Okay fine I'll talk about it. Basically I got lots of money in multiple times with huge draws and missed. The first I'm dealt 65cc and make it $25 over a $5 straddle (we were playing 1/2 with no max and everyone there was down to play bigger). Straddle calls (kid never folded and always seemed to connect) flop comes T34cc I say something like "oh I NAILED that flop" (it was a very talkative game and I don't even know if I want a call here so figured it couldn't hurt lol). He checks I c-bet like 35 he calls. Turn Qx he checks I bet 70 and he starts talking about shoving or folding and I look over and see he has like 130 behind. Whoops. He shoves I call saying "I told you I nailed the flop...I have 6 high" river blank he flips T2. Jesus Christ.

Then we start playing Omaha which was probably a mistake being 4 handed with 2 gambly Asians. Long story short I get QJ65hhdd in on 2469hhdd board for my last 350 or so (bought in for 600). Other kid calls with 53 and no redraw, so my outs are red cards and his are black. Black 6 on the river give him the chips. I rebuy 600 and quit after losing with AQxx on a AQTQT board (he had aces full). I check/called the river lmao just really had a feeling I was getting raised if I bet and if he bets it's pretty polarized to monster or air and air didn't really make sense. He bet 115 into like 130 on the river and I snapped and lost. I quit without playing another hand.

Anyway today I played day 1B of the $300K guarantee $350+$50 event at the Borgata Spring Open. I was very happy with how I played and busted on a flip (if you wanna call it that...an observer asked if we just wanted to flip a coin instead of run the cards and I told him no way I'm 57% with QQ). The guy who beat me now has the chip lead. Ugh.

I started the game with Matthew Burnitz on my left. I thought I recognized him then looked it up on my phone. He got 2nd in the WPT Borgata Main Event in September for about a half milly. He was aggressive but what today taught me was that I'm never really going to be intimidated by big name players (not that his name is THAT big but it's definitely a big deal to hit for that kind of score). As long as I analyze every hand the way I'm supposed to and give everyone the proper amount of respect I think I can play with anyone. One hand of note occurred when Matt made it 600 from UTG at 100/200. Three players called and I find AQo in the BB. I squeeze to 2500 and Matt pretty much snap shoves 21K. It folds to me and I kind of laugh and ask him why he had to do that. He laughed and shrugged and said he only knows how to win preflop. I tell him I can't beat AK and fold. He flips 88 and says "I can!" It was a re-entry tourney but I'm not really looking to flip early on for 100+ BBs, especially when I didn't want to re-enter. Matt eventually busted with Q9 all in for like 17K. He seemed really over it and really determined to bust or double. I saw him later on a break and he told me he was up to 40K so maybe he's doing well now idk. Oh and note for later in the blog: An Asian kid with a mohawk sat on my left in between me and Matt about an hour in. He then proceeded to call 5200 (25K starting stack) on a 98698 board. Matt said "I missed 18 outs!" and flipped QT. The kid shows K4. He was the preflop raiser. Woah!

So our table breaks a little while later and I go on a crazy cold streak. I find K8s at one point after folding what really may have been one hour straight and raise, get a flatter and a 3 bettor and fold. Guess my image wasn't as great as I thought it'd be after that. That table breaks and we go on break a little while later and I find myself with 13K at 500/1000/100. An orbit later I'm at 11,200 and the guy on my right makes it 6500. He'd done that once last orbit so I don't totally know what it means but it doesn't really matter due to my stack size. I find KK and shove. A decent kid cold calls and the original raiser calls. Flop 942 bet 10K call. Turn 6 all in call. JJ and QQ I triple up. A few hands later I c/r AT on a T high flop and take a nice pot down. I'm at 45K and the guy on my left busts. I see the chair next to me move and I look over to see...the Asian kid from the first table! It was pretty funny because after he made the call with K4 I looked at him and said "did you really have to be the one to sit on my left?? Couldn't be a stardard donk?" He laughed and moved on.

I look at his stack and tell him it looks like he's been doing well and we start chatting. A few hands later I pick up QQ at 600/1200/200. I make it 3000 and when he doesn't fold instantly I'm ready for a little hand to develop. He makes it 8500 and it folds back to me. I do some math to make sure shoving is better than 4 betting small and eventually shove after about 30 seconds of thinking. He SNAP calls and I'm ready to leave vs AA or KK but he flips AK. A high flop and that's it for me. About a half hour after I busted I read on the blog that the chip leader has 170K. That was a 90K+ pot! Ugh. 7th place in that tourney was 10K+ lol first almost 70K. I checked about a half hour ago and the Asian kid with the mohawk was reported as the chip leader with 235K. The table we were at was soft and he was probably just running it over. That's what I woulda been doing! Poker is a silly game sometimes.

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Asian kid with mohawk is apparently somewhat well known. First name Sai. Anyway I went to AC again on Tuesday night after losing 115 in cash and 120 in tourney at Parx that night. Played 1/2 with my friends. One of my friends played crazy and me and him made action crazy at table and I ended up -520 in that session. Biggest hand went him 12, 3 flats, me 60, him all in for 150 or so, 2 folds, cold all in for 120 or so, I call with AKss, friend shows 54, flop Q54ss, turn 9x, river 9x, he wins side, guy who cold calls then flips A5 for the main. I finish 3rd with AK vs A5 and 54. Seems real. I then dumped 100 on video poker. That is bad! That's the worst part of this story!!!

We all played the $230 re entry the next day. It got over 900 entrants. Two of those were me. I busted last hand before first break on a big time move vs a good player. I got owned but I did feel a bit unlucky given he was playing every hand and definitely knew I was competent. I 4b 7s7c pre then check/shoved Q93hhh flop. He had QQ lol. I re-entered and made a small run before busting in standard tourney style. Had the 20K up to 45K, then old guy shoved 20K at 800/1600 from CO, I rejammed AJ in SB, old guy had 77 and I lost, down to 25K, next hand CO opens to 4000. He was solid based on table talk and I have 88. Obvious jam but even better since it looks like I'm tilting. He snaps with AA. Little while later I see his pic on blog again, ends up finishing 11th. So both guys who busted me got pics on blog made nice runs and were chip leaders at some point in respective tourneys. I'm due!

So I bust that tourney around 5:00 and put in a cash game session at 6:30. At 7:30 a girl sits next to me who seems familiar. I realize I played a long 3AM-9AM session with her at Borgata months ago and we had really fun conversation. We end up playing from 7:30-11:15. And that's PM to AM. Longest session of my life. I made 111 lol but the experience made it worth it. We kept getting shots and I realized that I could probably get blasted and still beat 1/2...only had like 3 shots and 3 beers though so wasn't totally bad but definitely impaired. Had lots of fun pots and had a really good time. Slept from 1PM-9PM then went home.

I worked Friday night then wanted to go play the $350+$50 event at Borgata on Saturday but parents weren't happy with the idea. We compromised with me playing the $200+$30 Saturday tourney at noon. I late regged and played well. The structure was sweet with 20K starting and half hour levels. I replayed how I built my stack and realized I only ended up all in without being the favorite once, and that was with AQ vs TT, and I had her covered. I went KQ>J9 to double early, that AQ>TT was big, QQ>JJ to knock it down to 18 players, won a nice pot first hand of new table with TT at showdown vs 6x, and doubled at FT with TT>A8. With four people left a guy had ICM calculations on his phone. I would have gotten $2800. I asked for $3000 and they said eh let's play. Maybe douchey on my part but I'm okay letting them know I'm better than them and I don't want to deal .

Obviously I make a terrible call shortly after and get crippled lol. I outlast one more guy and then shove 9 BBs OTB with Q9 get called by AT and lose. 3rd for 2043. 2nd was 3100 and 1st was 4500. Sigh. Think I played extremely well except for that one misstep though. Good times.

Harrah's Chester has a series coming next week I'd like to play in. Parx has Big Stax II in May. And I still want to play the $170+$30 100K guarantee on Wednesday at Borgata. Looking forward to all that and hope to eclipse the 5 figure bankroll soon.

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Well my run at the Borgata Spring Poker Open series was pretty awful lol. I played 3 events and re-entered in one, effectively playing 4 bullets. In those 4 bullets I flipped 4 times (twice in one, once in another two) and went 0-4. The $400 event saw me get QQ in vs AK for a 90K+ pot when the average was less than 50K (25K starting stack). The $230 event saw me get AJ in vs 77 for a 40K+ pot and lose, then bust 88 to AA in an annoying spot where a good player raised CO and I jammed <20 BBs OTB.

Then the $200 event I played yesterday was dumb. 25K starting stack and I think I played really well. I had a good player on my right who told me a little bit about how he busted the $2500 main event the day before, and based on how he talked I knew he was capable of making interesting plays. We got into a WILD hand that ended in us both laughing and both being a bit confused by the other's play. I have about 18K to start the hand at 200/400/50 and I think I have a pretty good, tight image. He had been raising somewhat often and was on my immediate right. He makes it 1000 from the HJ. I make it 2600 from the CO with JTo. The SB, who seemed to never fold when I raised, flatted. HJ flats as well. Flop comes AJ3dd and it checks through. Turn is an 8x, SB checks, HJ bets 7000. I tank for probably a full minute then jam. SB thinks for a while (god forbid he fold when I invest chips) then folds. HJ looks at me and says with a smile "nice hand" while throwing chips into the pot. I still think I might have the best hand vs a random two diamonds. He says "ace is good." I'm like "I don't have an ace." Then he flips his JT lolol. The table was like wtf as the dealer chopped the pot.

The guy who hated folding when I raised eventually got burnt. He limps UTG+1, and 4 others proceed to limp at 200/400/50. I look at AA in the BB and make it 2500. UTG+1 almost instantly announces all in. I go into my half fake tell / half genuine reaction mode and look at the guy on my right and say "I told you he just doesn't fold when I put chips in." Folds to guy on my right who says "Damn I really wanna see a flop." I look at him as he folds and say "Looks like you will!" and throw all my chips in and insta flip the AA. UTG+1 shows 99 and I hold. That put me to almost exactly 40K and I would never climb back above that mark. I lose quite a few chips on a bluff where I do manage to not get too crazy. Good kid on my right flats my raise pre, calls my cbet on AQx, calls my turn bet on blank, and then I shut down on river blank where the only bet would have been all in (I had him covered). He shows KQ. It was the exact kind of hand I put him on, but I was pretty confident he wasn't folding. I told him I almost jammed (I was never jamming) and he said "Oh I was snapping." That's something I realize I used to do that was bad; I would know my opponent didn't have a big hand so I would jam thinking they should fold. But my line would look weak (here it didn't but I guess he just decided he could re enter if I had what I was obviously representing) and I would get called anyway and then I would complain about the "bad players" who just made a good call lol.

That put me to 32K or so, I played a few small pots well, was back to 35 or 36, and then picked up TT in the CO. MP jams 4900 at 300/600/75, I isolate to 11K, and crazy guy who just sat down and immediately ran a weird bluff that got picked off my AK high says "oh I'm all in!" from the SB. Folds back to me and we realize he had 10.7K so action is closed. MP shows J8, SB shows AQ. I ask dealer for no overs and he disappoints me with a K73 flop. Oh wait that was over was okay lol. Turn blank river A ship to the idiot (nothing new). At break I'm back to 24K from 25K starting stack lol.

I play a bunch of standard hands and end up back to 19K at 600/1200/100 knowing blinds are going up soon. MP makes it 3000, next player flats, and I find AK for the easy jam. Original raiser flats and limper calls my all in. He shows 99. I don't get how people flat those hands in tournaments (he had very close to me in chips). Just jam moron. Anyway chips are getting in regardless and this was one of those typical older dudes who says he never gets lucky so I kind of jokingly look at him and say "oh damn dude I never get lucky either so we might both lose this one." Flop comes K73 and we both kinda shrug. Turn 9 so we count chips and I have 800 left lol. Stupid game. I put it in blind next hand and same old guy turns over nut flush after the turn. I expose my 23o and walk away.

I played some cash after that where I folded a set in an interesting hand. I got flack from my friends for the way I played the hand despite it being (what I think) is one of the best folds I've ever made. I limp for $2 UTG+1, MP limps, button makes it $12, I call, MP calls. History on opponents: button is late 20s early 30s white guy with a beard who has actually been somewhat tight. MP is an older guy who is definitely a Borgata reg. He's actually not bad and we've been having a lot of conversation. He definitely has weird leaks but nothing glaring and I'm sure he's a winner at 1/2. I told him about a PLO hand between two of my friends where the board was A8727, one bet, the other raised big, and the first 3b jammed river. The guy who now had a decision had AA and finally called after making a funny speech and tanking and lost to 77. His response was something like "yeah when you raised and get jammed there you just kind of have to say 'OOPS!!'" (This is all strangely relevant)

Flop comes J53cc. Checks through. Turn 7c I bet $25 MP makes it $125 OR folds. Back to me. I've got about $230 behind. After about 10 seconds of thinking MP looks at me and smiles and says "OOPS!" I tank for over a minute. I finally look at table and am like "sorry guys I'll be done in less than 30 seconds." He then says "Look, if you're gonna fold, do it face up and I'll show you mine." I tell him "Old me would usually just say 'I'm not good enough to fold here' and then jam. I'm trying to be 'good enough' these days so I'm gonna fold" and I flip my hand face up. He shows Q9cc and takes the pot with a flush.

The person I talked to about the hand seemed to think I need to lead flop or, if I check and it checks through, c/c turn. I still don't know what I think about this. I lost a bunch with KK vs AA in another hand but somehow didn't lose too much. I make it $12, guy next to me flats, button 3b to $25, I flat, kid flats. Don't ask me why but I had some weird feeling that he was crazy strong and I wanted to play post flop. Flop 842hh checks through. Turn 2h I check kid checks button bets $40 I call kid folds. River Jx I check and he looks like he jumps then bets $40. I'm like damn JJ??? I finally call and he says "I have the best pair" and shows the AA. I muck and he asks if i had 99. I'm like "you'd never believe what I had...if you guess I'll tell you." He says "I already said 99." I'm like "well that's wrong." I told the guy next to me I had KK and he's like "cmon man it's not that tough he had KK." Villain in hand is like "Wait no way. You woulda raised pre!" I shrug and tell him 1/2 is a weird game. I end up losing $81 on the session. I'll consider that a win every time after those hands.

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Well I played a session just over 5 hours today of 1/2. I lost a pot over of over 400 in the last hour with QQ on a KT9AQ board against a guy I had history with. He had KJ.

That being said I guess booking 801 in profit isn't a bad day . I bought in for 300 and had 1350 at one point before cashing out 1101. I had some really sick hands where I just ran really good but I don't recall ever sucking out; mainly just got the money in good and held. The big one I can think of where it was close was when I got 55 in on a QJ5cc board vs T9cc, but that's just kind of a cooler and the money has to go in. I actually just stoved it and I'm a bigger favorite than I expected at 59.7%. I asked the dealer to pair the board and he obliged with a J on the turn, which was good since the river was an 8. Always nice to run good. I won a big pot with KJ on a J43KJ board against the tourney player who busted me when I had QJhh vs his 99 last week...the way he played the hand I thought he had AA when I shoved over his bet on the river, but he folded quickly and said he had QQ. He only had like 100 after the 50 bet and there was already a lot in the middle so I was shoving no matter what I put him on.

Probably the sickest hand was when I had T7ss...I don't remember the action but it's definitely possible I was the aggressor pre flop. Flop came 9s6s5x giving me an inside straight flush draw. Thinking back I believe it was a limped pot because I checked, someone bet 6, 3 callers, I made it 35, 2 called. Pot is about 125 and I hit absolute gin on the river: an off suit 8. Obviously making a straight flush is cool and fun and all but the off suit 8 still gives me that absolute nuts, but it totally disguises my absolute nuts. Why would I raise c/r flop with T7? It's just an inside straight draw. But ah, I had the flush draw to go with it. Kid on my right open jams 118. I think for a little while; I guess you could call it hollywooding but if I instantly call then the guy behind me knows I have at least a 7. I was hoping he'd come along with a set or 2 pair but he folded quickly after I called. I look at the kid next to me and tell him I have the nuts. He says "TEN seven??" and I tell him yes and show my hand. The river is the 5s so I now have a flush but it's actually a pretty scary card; I went from having the nuts to now losing to sets and higher spades. He mucks and walks away. I assume he had a 7 based on the way he emphasized "ten" when he asked me, making the off suit 8 such an amazing card to hit on the turn.

Anyway, good day overall. I have had some swings in the last 2 weeks that I would never have expected to deal with just a few months ago. The best part about that is that I have barely felt them; they are somewhat significant compared to my bankroll but I understand it's just variance and I'm playing well and I pat myself on the back for not playing under rolled. In the last 2 weeks I have had a stretch of 4 days at -2600, then +1800 in a tourney, then -1000 in 2 days, then +800 today. I'm down money in the last 2 weeks but to only be down 500 or so after back to back daily tournament wins in Borgata Monday night $120s I was to expect some negative swings. I think I have handled them very well and am very happy with how my mind set has been through it all.

I think I have always been very inclined to act the opposite of how everyone else acts. I don't know why but if everyone thought blue was cool then I'd wear green; once the trend came back to green I'd be back to blue. So I think this line of thought helps me with my mindset in poker. Live poker, at least at the lower stakes I am playing right now, always seems to have people who need to tell you how unlucky they are. "Just the other day I flopped a straight and this guy rivered a flush!" "Wow sir that is quite unlucky." All the hands people tell me all day are so standard and nothing to even think about but to them the fact that a good hand can lose is incredibly unlucky and strange. I say all of this because when I hear everyone whining about their luck, I swing the other way. "Wow my AA just held vs your 77, from what I can tell most people always lose with aces! I must run really good!" I make jokes like that all the time as a way to stay sane and also to get other people to shut up. My favorite line from players live usually goes something like this: Player A gets all in vs Player B, let's say in a tournament. Player A has AK. Player B has QQ. The board runs A7258. The pot is given to Player A and Player B walks away. Player A, after some people say nice hand to him: "Thanks! I never win with AK!" My response, every time: "Well now you can never, EVER, say that again!" They undoubtedly will say it again.

Ok my live poker rambling is over, feeling very good about my game and I expect to have a 5 figure roll before April is over. Harrah's Chester (Philadelphia) is hosting another WSOP Circuit series which is very convenient because it is the second closest casino to my house (behind Parx). I will certainly play a few of their $300+$65 events (such a rip off on the entry fee!!), and then Parx Big Stax II will happen starting May 8! Can't wait!

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I'm in a zone. Just won the same tourney I took 3rd in last week, Saturday $230 re entry at noon at Parx. 94 entrants this time and there was no chop so I won $5470. Prior to heads up, here is the list of every all in hand I encountered:

KK>77 all in on 985 flop
KK>77 all in on T62 flop
AQ>A9 all in pre
AQ<A9 all in pre
A9>AJ all in pre

Only the first two had me at risk. None of them occurred at the final table. The A9>AJ was against the same guy who I lost AQ<A9 to. The AQ>A9 was the only player I knocked out, aside from 2nd place. The final table dynamic was very interesting. With 1.88 million chips in play, the leader had 600K+. He was in seat 10. Seat 1 was, from what I could gather with limited play with him, a very intelligent player who knew what he was doing. He was probably 2nd going to final table. I was 3rd in seat 2. Very fortunate seat draw. From 10 down to 2 I never showed a hand down. The first hand I played was AKs, I raised to 18K at 4K/8K/1K, got 3 flats, c bet a K72 flop and got 3 folds. That put me to 250K. I won another pot after checking J5 in the BB and turning jacks up. The player in seat 1 went on an absolute tear. He knocked two players out in 6th and 5th with QQ vs AQ and A8 (can you hope for any better?), then took a guy out on an AK5xJ board by jamming river with J5 and getting a call from K2 (K2 guy busts 4th and had 600K to start final table). 3rd place was short stack entire final table and did very well to ladder to 3rd. Seat 1 busted him promptly.

So heads up started with him at 1.5M and me at 350K at 8K/16K. We both were kinda meh on chopping so we played. I doubled after losing small pots with KJhh>A5hh, board runs KxxJx to lock it up on the turn. 1.2M to 600K now. Blinds go to 10K/20K. I looked at him and told him if he wanted to talk numbers I'd listen but if not I was fine playing...he wanted to play since we were relatively deep stacked and I said that was fine. Difference between 1st and 2nd was 1600 so it was a pretty important heads up match! Before heads up started I warned him that I'd watched every episode of the 2013 NBC heads up championship in the past week (it was true lol) so he better watch out. I make it 40K OTB with A3o, he makes it 110K. Our stacks are sort of awkward that if I 3b I have to make it like 240K but then if he jams I'm almost always beat but am priced in. I don't want to flat A3 as it flops poorly so I decide to just apply as much pressure as possible and I jam. He snaps so I figured I was dead and he flips KQ! I kinda looked at him funny and he said "well when I raised I knew I was calling so no reason to hollywood right?"

Flop comes K74 and I don't really flinch. I've gotten to the point that I feel like whatever happens happens and there's no point in getting upset or excited. At least wait until all 5 cards are out there. Turn 3. Dealer doesn't wait long to put river 3 out there to give me the double LOL such a sick run out. Now I lead 1.2M to 600K. A little later I get a little taste of deja vu when I make it 40K OTB with A4o and he makes it 110K. I feel like there's a small chance at tilt but it's unlikely since he seemed very solid. It's interesting because stack sizes are effectively the same as the last time but now I have the lead. It's the same scenario where a 3b means I shouldn't fold but am always crushed when I get 4b so again, I jam. I suppose flatting might be better in those spots; it'd be cool to talk to a heads up specialist about them. Anyway he snaps again so instead of assuming I'm killed I just show my hand. He shows 99. I see an ace in the window. Board finishes up A8787 and I ship the tourney. He was gracious in defeat but obviously a little frustrated about the heads up run bad. The odds of him losing all 3 of those hands are .4092 * .5789 * .2993 = .0709, or 7.1%. That being said I think they were all semi-coolers that need to be played the way they were. Again, maybe flatting the A3/A4 hands would be better, but folding to a 3b vs a competent player seems bad and flatting just leads to us folding a lot of flops, so idk. At any rate it worked out this time.

Anyway I told my dad this morning that my goal was to have 10K bankroll by the time I saw my brother run the 10K on May 4 for conference track meet. Twelve hours later I'm way over that haha. Nice to run good. Also nice to have a freeroll into a $1650 tournament in Peru still in my back pocket.

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I felt baller for the first ever on Monday. Got a free room at Harrah's in AC and invited my buddy along. This was the trip that I realized I basically know the whole layout of both Harrah's and Borgata so I was just showing him around. I got there around 1PM and waited for him to get there / 4PM when we could check in without fees. I played 1/2 at Borgata. I've been getting much quieter at the poker table; I'll still talk if conversation is interesting but I realize now that if I talk a lot, I often run into the guy next to me who wants to tell me about how his AK lost an $80 pot yesterday vs 77; how crazy is that?!?!? After a while those guys get really really annoying so I just stay quiet now unless someone is talking non-poker or I find the rare thinking player at 1/2.

So I quietly built my 300 stack to 400 at Borgata and then got into a hand with the drunk kid who was uttering nonsense the whole time. This is a breed of player that you will not encounter at Parx on a Monday afternoon. I limp from EP after one other limper, drunk kid makes it 12, folds to limper who calls, I was with 76s, flop 543r. Check check drunk kid bets 25 limper folds. I normally raise bigger here but based on stack sizes and dynamics I minraise to 50. He calls, turn Tx. I announce all in for his last 75. He tanks and calls with A5. Easy game. Cashout up 240 or so after a little over an hour then go meet my friend at Harrah's. We mess around on some slot machines and get some drinks then check in then head over to Borgata to play the Monday night 7PM daily that I own lol. Only 46 entrants this time but my friend is on the other table with 18 left and we're both still looking good. Then with 16 left I pick up AK at 600/1200/200. Very active player on my right makes it 2500 and it's on me with 30K from MP. I think for a while then jam. I'm obviously not folding and flatting is bad, but the sizing for a 3b is tricky. I decide to just ship it in, and guy on my left looks at cards and instantly excitedly announces all in. I turn around to the kid behind me and tell her I almost hope he has KK based on that reaction. He didn't, and his AA holds to bust me. The sick part is I think crazy aggro kid on my right would have called me (he showed 44 when he folded) and a K hit the flop. Coulda been my double!

My friend ended up getting 8th but since there were only 46, only 5 paid. I felt bad because he doesn't play a lot of poker and would have been very happy with a mincash, but what can you do. He jammed 30K at 2K/4K from the CO with QQ and BB had AA lol so sick. We went back to Harrah's and drank some more playing slots then went to bed. He left around 10 and I checked out then played some poker at Harrah's. I was never below starting stack but it took me like 4 hours to get over 400. I dipped back down to 350 then the big hand occurred. I straddle and get 3 callers. Pot is 16 for 8d7d5x flop. I bet 10 with Ad2d and guy on my left calls. Turn Qx I bet 25 he calls river Td. There is 86 in the pot and I bet 60. He almost instantly says "100 on top." I think I gave a very slight physical reaction of confusion lol what can he have here? I'm obviously never folding but is calling ever right given I lose to 2 different straight flushes?? I'm positive he has a flush but the raise sounded so confident it spooked me a little.

I jam for a little over 100 more and he starts thinking; okay, at least I'll win the pot lol. He finally calls, I show, and he says "look at this shit!" and flips 6d5d for an open ended straight flush draw that only hit the flush. I've decided I LOVE leading with big draws in cash games. They have a very tough time putting you on that hand when it gets there (he even said I never put you on a flush). That put my stack a little over 700 and I started thinking about trying to book another room until this hand came up.

I make it 20 after a straddle and a limp in front of me. The straddler and limper start laughing about how I always gotta attack that straddle. My crazy young kid side was in full effect here and I love when people perceive me like that. It's especially helpful when I have QQ! Unfortunately, the guy who I just beat, the straddler, and the limper all call, making this an $83 pot 4 ways; not really what you want with QQ. Flop comes Q95hh and I'm feeling better about it. Check check I bet 40 guy on my left calls other 2 fold. It's me and this guy I just crushed and he still has 250 behind. Turn Th. Ew, ugly card, draws get there. I check. Mistake number 1!!! He checks behind, instantly tapping the felt with no second thought. Turn 2x. I check. Mistake number 2!!! He very quickly announces 150 and puts a black chip and ten reds out there. I start thinking. That check behind so quickly seemed suspicious. This huge bet seems like someone who is either trying to get max value or who is totally bluffing. But I just beat him in a hand and he should know how bluffy this looks; he's not a great player but he definitely has a little understanding of the game and tries to think about it. So he's gotta know how this looks. So he must have a flush and hope he looks like he's spazzing!

Notice in that whole thought process not once do I say "what does MY hand look like? I attack the straddle like they all thought I would. I put a pretty weak c-bet on the flop, then just shut it down on the turn and river. My hand is so stupidly under repped it hurts." Of course he can try to bluff me here! I finally fold and he flips A5 for a pair of 5s that he turned into a weird large bluff. I got up the next hand. I left 310 out there that should easily have been mine by making three very fundamental mistakes. I had "Monsters Under The Bed Syndrome" when I checked the turn. Once I check the river I need to call any bet. I never thought about my perceived range. Everything was so bad that I just decided to call it a day. It was the most frustrating +380 session ever.

So I left Atlantic City up 620 in cash games, down 120 from the tournament, and down about 80 from drinking and transportation and food. Up $400 should be a pretty cool feeling, but as a semi-professional player (I think it's fair to call myself that at this point) with potential aspirations of being a pro, leaving money on the table like that is painful and bad. I won't dwell on it but it's something I really need to make sure I learn from.

 


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