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Butter

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Re: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
« Reply #390 on: August 05, 2015, 12:14:03 PM »

So, came back and was reading this today.  I have been watching a lot more poker on TV lately, as it's been making a comeback with the proliferation of cable sports networks.

Got me in the mood to play.  Started to look around and noticed that there are way fewer sites catering to US players now, due to the hazy legality of playing poker online from The States.  PokerStars and FullTilt Poker are mostly European sites.  Seems like the Feds are mostly interested in chasing down large sums of money, not small stakes home players.  Ohio has no specific laws restricting game playing.  That's about as much of a green light as I needed.

I dug around a bit for a site that would be friendly to US players.  There are a couple.  The most reliable one appears to be Bovada, formerly Bodog.  I tried at a couple others for a single day to play some freerolls.  I won like 0.04% of a bitcoin in one tournament, which is weird... works out to maybe 10 cents.  A couple of the others, the software just seemed poor, or the site sketchy in some way.

So, after a small period of begging, Andrea gave me the ok to put in $50 to Bovada and try my luck at building it up.  With a 50% bonus, I start with $75 there.  I'll give some periodic updates on it.  Last night, I played 3 SNG's, and 3 ring games.  Finished about $3 up.  Going to do some more research bankroll building, because I'd actually like to make some money instead of just donking it all away.

What's funny is, when I go back and read these hand histories, how loose I was playing.  No wonder my variance was all over the place.  I was playing way too loose, playing games I didn't fully understand, playing at too high of stakes.  I would be at $180 one day, then down to $50 the next.  It was crazy.  When the Feds finally scared all the poker sites off of taking US players, I think I had wasted all the money we had anyway.  Andrea was probably a better player than me.  She was tight-aggressive, and I was just loose-semi-aggressive, which is REALLY BAD.  If you go back and look, she was the one that had the big wins.  I would just stack off money by trying to play too many hands in big tournaments .  And SNG's.  And ring games.

Funny too where I'm at in my life now to just have $50 that I can put in for fun at a poker site to see if I'm any good at it, and to be self-aware enough to know that I thought I was a half-decent player at the time, but I was definitely not.  Not by a longshot.  We'll see where this goes, and I'll give some periodic updates.

Also, I miss Marlowe and Jonathan, and Action Jim.  I heard some rumors about Jim, but he always seemed a decent guy to me at least when I was around him.
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Re: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
« Reply #391 on: August 05, 2015, 01:37:02 PM »

I miss Marlowe and Jonathan, and Action Jim.
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Poker players amaze me because I suck so horribly at playing cards. It confuses me and I don't have the concentration or the memory required, so I look forward to following along with your attempts.

A friend of mine and CRs went to one of those World Series of Poker events in Las Vegas in May/June and won $5,700, finishing #464. He said he placed overall in the top 2 percent. That astounded me. He used some of those winnings to buy MLB All-Star game tickets and Home Run Derby tickets for himself and his roommate.

Then in early July he was in a big tournament at Horseshoe in Cincinnati and won first place - $15K. He said he was putting the winnings into the bank this time.
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Re: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
« Reply #392 on: August 05, 2015, 01:57:51 PM »

So, came back and was reading this today.  I have been watching a lot more poker on TV lately, as it's been making a comeback with the proliferation of cable sports networks.

Got me in the mood to play.  Started to look around and noticed that there are way fewer sites catering to US players now, due to the hazy legality of playing poker online from The States.  PokerStars and FullTilt Poker are mostly European sites.  Seems like the Feds are mostly interested in chasing down large sums of money, not small stakes home players.  Ohio has no specific laws restricting game playing.  That's about as much of a green light as I needed.

I dug around a bit for a site that would be friendly to US players.  There are a couple.  The most reliable one appears to be Bovada, formerly Bodog.  I tried at a couple others for a single day to play some freerolls.  I won like 0.04% of a bitcoin in one tournament, which is weird... works out to maybe 10 cents.  A couple of the others, the software just seemed poor, or the site sketchy in some way.

So, after a small period of begging, Andrea gave me the ok to put in $50 to Bovada and try my luck at building it up.  With a 50% bonus, I start with $75 there.  I'll give some periodic updates on it.  Last night, I played 3 SNG's, and 3 ring games.  Finished about $3 up.  Going to do some more research bankroll building, because I'd actually like to make some money instead of just donking it all away.

What's funny is, when I go back and read these hand histories, how loose I was playing.  No wonder my variance was all over the place.  I was playing way too loose, playing games I didn't fully understand, playing at too high of stakes.  I would be at $180 one day, then down to $50 the next.  It was crazy.  When the Feds finally scared all the poker sites off of taking US players, I think I had wasted all the money we had anyway.  Andrea was probably a better player than me.  She was tight-aggressive, and I was just loose-semi-aggressive, which is REALLY BAD.  If you go back and look, she was the one that had the big wins.  I would just stack off money by trying to play too many hands in big tournaments .  And SNG's.  And ring games.


Funny too where I'm at in my life now to just have $50 that I can put in for fun at a poker site to see if I'm any good at it, and to be self-aware enough to know that I thought I was a half-decent player at the time, but I was definitely not.  Not by a longshot.  We'll see where this goes, and I'll give some periodic updates.

daytime drinking interjects dude.  this is where you totally make a comeback.  this is how all comebacks start! daytime drinking interjects no further

Also, I miss Marlowe and Jonathan, and Action Jim.  I heard some rumors about Jim, but he always seemed a decent guy to me at least when I was around him.

i had to read a few pages back to assure myself that this wasn't some serial comic of a fictional gambler.  i think we need more of those and you have the, the it.  the hue i prefer is mostly the bold
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Re: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
« Reply #393 on: August 05, 2015, 02:04:24 PM »

Shame you can't play on PokerStars any more, we could have got a Randomville home game going.
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Re: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
« Reply #394 on: August 05, 2015, 03:31:33 PM »

One of Julie's cousins has been playing professionally in Vagas for a couple of months now.  By professionally I just mean that it's his only means of support... not to say that it's his profession, he's unemployed and is content to bunk with a bunch of other dudes, probably living in squalor, and live on next to nothing.  But he's made enough to not need to call home for money, or come back with his tail between his legs, so he must be decent.

We need to do another poker night some time.  I'll bring the kiddie deck so we can make jokes about having a "Nut Flush."
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Re: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
« Reply #395 on: August 05, 2015, 04:06:30 PM »

good job dude - maybe you're on the beginning of a run like chris ferguson when he turned $1 into $20,000 online?

his money mgt technique/theory is pretty interesting. first, he would never risk more than 5% of his accumulated stack at a time. so, if he had $10, he's play with no more than $0.50 at a commensurate-sized table or sit & go.

anytime he had a loss of that 5% at a table, he'd start over for no more than 5%, but if he went on a win streak/tear, he would leave the table if his stack got to 10% or more of his overall stack.

some people have criticized that as an overly-conservative strategy, particularly the leave-if-you-win strategy, since you're in theory supposed to want to continue playing when you're at a favorable table.

i'm (unfortunately) nowhere near as disciplined or conservative in my money mgt techniques online. and i dunno, maybe that's partly why i haven't built it up to $20,000 yet.

Supposedly, the figure is actually $28,000 which he then blew down to $8k.  But I was reading up on this today.  If anyone else is interested, just google "Chris Ferguson bankroll challenge".

Anyway, in order for me to actually be able to withdraw the 50% bonus money (the $25 on top of the $50 that I physically put in), I have to play some crazy number of hands that are "raked", and / or pay a large number of tournament entry fees.  As of last night, when I played for about 3.5 hours, I cleared a whopping $1.07 of this bonus.  Once I'm able to clear that $25, then I have the chance to earn another $25 with even more rake and tournament fees.

For novices, rake is the amount that the casino charges for you to be in a pot.  At the cash game level I am playing in (which is .02/.05 no limit hold 'em, or .05/.10 limit games), the casino keeps 1 cent for every 20 cents that is bet into the pot, up to a maximum of 50 cents.  So if I win a pot where $1 is bet, I will only net 95 cents.

I have to earn another 144 "points" to clear my bonus.  In order to earn points, I have to play at cash tables or in SNG or multi-table tournaments.  I get a sliding scale starting at .05 points for .01 of rake that I contribute to cash games or tournament fees, all the way up to 1 whole point if I contribute $1 to the rake, or pay for $1 in tournament fees.

To play in a sit 'n go tournament (a tournament where there are 9 players that play down to 3 paid places over about an hour or so), the lowest level costs $1 for the prize pool, but .10 in fees.  The win breakout for a 9 person SNG is $4.50 for first, $2.70 for second, and $1.80 for third.

August 4, 2015
Start at $75


I don't have any details, but I do know this:

I played at a pot limit Omaha table, and lost $1.50 in about the time it took you to read this sentence.  Going back and reading through this whole thread reminds me how I don't understand that game as well as I need to to win consistently, so I'm out of that unless I get bored and can find a fixed limit table where much less money is at risk.

I entered a 5-table SNG where the top-8 places paid and the top prize was $13.  I finished like 14th out of 45.

I won a single table 9-person SNG for $4.50.

Also entered a $1 SNG that was a satellite to a much larger tournament, and was out early.  I should not be playing satellite tournaments.

I sat at a 9-person .02/.05 no limit hold'em (NLHE) table (referred to as 5NL based on 100-times the big blind size) with $1.50 and got up to $4.87 before leaving.

I also sat at a 9-max .05/.10 fixed limit hold 'em table with $1, and was down to .58... before the table got down to 3 players, and this one guy tried to raise every pot.  And on most pots, I just so happened to be getting cards, so I got that back to $2 before leaving.

I am really trying to play much tighter... I had no issue folding smaller pocket pairs, whereas before I would almost never do that.  I widened my range of hands to play in late position (button and cutoff positions), and tightened it way down otherwise.  I folded a lot of draws where I wasn't getting the proper odds to call, whereas before I would call down just about every draw to the river, where I missed them quite often and would fold... which is something they talk about bad players doing.

I am working on being reformed, but it's hard.

Finish: $77.81
(+1.20 on tournaments, +$1.61 on ring games)
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Re: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
« Reply #396 on: August 05, 2015, 04:16:20 PM »

Another quick word about the bankroll idea:

Most sites that I am reading recommend that you sit down at a table with about 20 big blinds, and that your whole bankroll should be at least 300-500 big blinds.

So, at a .02/.05 NLHE table, I would sit with 1.00 (though I think the max is $5 and many people sit with that much), while at a .05/.10 limit table, you would sit with $2.

Also, playing at a 5NL table, you should have at least $25 total as a bankroll to play there.  Or $50 to play at a 10NL table.  I have $75 right now, but that's not really enough to go to a higher limit.

That's where I'm at, so I'll be avoiding another larger than 5 and 10 cent blinds to start, or any tournaments higher than $2 for a buy-in, though I would prefer a single dollar buy-in.
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Re: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
« Reply #397 on: August 05, 2015, 09:59:40 PM »

Ah...I remember the poker game at your house...fun times!
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Re: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
« Reply #398 on: August 06, 2015, 10:09:51 AM »

August 5, 2015
Start: $77.81


Took a bath yesterday.

Started by sitting at 2 ring games, a 2NL table and a 5/10 cent limit table.

I busted out my $1.50 at the 2NL table when I played my TT against a well-disguised QQ vs. a board that was all undercards.... and bought back in with $2.00... ended up leaving that table with $2.01.
Bought in the 5/10 cent limit table with $2 and left with $3.51.  Made 2 cents for the hour-plus I was at these tables.

Nee-ha.

Bought into a 5-table SNG for $1.10, finished 15th out of 45 where only 7 cash.  Got really no cards in this tournament.

Bought into a MTT for $1.10 with 148 players where first place paid $37 and 18 got paid.  I tripled early, but then busted out mid-tourney against a guy who sat at the table and basically said "I didn't mean to sign up for this tournament" and was going all-in about every other hand.  I had AKh v. JTo and lost when a Jack hit the board.  Finished 74th.

I sat with $2 at another 9-max 2NL table and busted out in short order... I was in the cutoff and was facing a raiser and 3 callers with .20.  Pot was at something like .90 so I raised it to all-in with QQ.  Got called with KK and lost $2 pretty quick.  Overplayed QQ against a number of players showing strength there.  All-in pre-flop was probably not a great play, should've gone up to .60 maybe and then if someone else goes back over the top or a scare card hits the board, I could get away.  But if I remember right, neither A or K hit the board, so I was probably busting either way.

I also sat with $1.50 at another .05/.10 limit table, and raised KQs on the button.  Got 3 callers.  Board came QxxxA and was called all the way to the river with Ace-rag with no flush possibility.  Lost like 60 cents on that one and didn't catch anything else good.

Finish: $72.36
(-2.20 on tournaments, -3.25 on ring games)


I should be fine with how I played the limit table and the multi-table tournament, because math says I will come out ahead (or have +expected value (+EV)) for these plays, but it is still annoying.

Also, I probably subscribe a bit too much to the tongue-in-cheek poker theory I was reading the other day that "nobody ever has anything".
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« Reply #399 on: August 06, 2015, 12:18:34 PM »

Tournament style poker just kinda mystifies me.  You lost $5, that's hardly "taking a bath."

I would actually be okay with losing all $77 in a heated 15 minute activity of "high stakes" hands.  What would bother me would be slowly bleeding out $5.00 over say, three hours of slow play $.5-10 at a time.

That's why it would probably be a bad idea for me to try online poker.  I'd just get bored and go all-in.  Which would make me lose a lot of money.  I'm guessing the other people at the virtual table would not be happy about it either.  And I feel like this sort of ragequit would happen all the time, making the games even less pleasant.

Do the online sites try anything to curb people's tendencies to do that?

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« Reply #400 on: August 06, 2015, 12:26:42 PM »

That's called "tilting", and is a major leak in most people's game. One of the main aspects of playing poker well is discipline and self-control, which is why you should always play against drunk people while you're sober.

Butter, if you're really serious about making some money at this rather than just blowing some spare cash for fun, I think you should concentrate on improving your play at one game type (e.g. NLHE ring games, or SNGs) before splashing out on the others.
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Re: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
« Reply #401 on: August 07, 2015, 08:39:49 AM »

Tournament style poker just kinda mystifies me.  You lost $5, that's hardly "taking a bath."

I would actually be okay with losing all $77 in a heated 15 minute activity of "high stakes" hands.  What would bother me would be slowly bleeding out $5.00 over say, three hours of slow play $.5-10 at a time.

That's why it would probably be a bad idea for me to try online poker.  I'd just get bored and go all-in.  Which would make me lose a lot of money.  I'm guessing the other people at the virtual table would not be happy about it either.  And I feel like this sort of ragequit would happen all the time, making the games even less pleasant.

Do the online sites try anything to curb people's tendencies to do that?

Yes, it's $5, but it was also taking a bath in purely relative terms.  That amounts to like 7-8% of what I had on there, which is not a good thing.

This is also a test of patience and discipline, in a way.

No, online sites do not discourage tilting.  In fact, if you are at a table where someone is tilting it can be a good thing if you can benefit from it.  Often times, you'll see people at your table just lose it after they lose a big hand and just bet off the rest of their chips in disgust.  I'm fine with it.  I don't do it.  I get frustrated, it's impossible not to.  But I try hard not to let it affect my play.  Sometimes successfully, sometimes not.
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« Reply #402 on: August 07, 2015, 01:41:17 PM »

Butter, if you're really serious about making some money at this rather than just blowing some spare cash for fun, I think you should concentrate on improving your play at one game type (e.g. NLHE ring games, or SNGs) before splashing out on the others.

You are right, I'm sure.  However, I find myself jumping between SNG's, ring games, and multi-table tournaments too often.

I think I prefer tournaments to the other style, but it seems like the ring games are much easier to make quicker money at times.

With that:

August 6, 2015
Start: $72.36


I start the day in a 2NL ring game and a .05/.10 limit game right away.  $2 at NL, $1.50 at limit.  I end with .86 on the NL table and 2.39 on the limit table, losing about a quarter.

Then I join 2 tournaments at once, a $1 Super-turbo SNG where the blinds go up every 3 minutes, and a $1 multi-table tournament that is pretty straightforward.

I don't do well on either of these.  In the SNG, fairly early I am dealt J9o in the SB.  I call 50 and we go to the flop, which is 992, 2 hearts.  I check to induce a bet, I get a bet, I raise the pot size, BB calls.  Turn is a 3rd heart.  I bet about 2/3 of the pot size which means half my stack is involved now.  BB goes all-in.  I guess I should've gotten away at this point, but I snap call instead and BB turns over 64 of hearts and I'm out in 8th after just 10 hands.

The MTT... I am doing ok enough, getting to about 1900 from my initial 1500.  Pot that killed my chances was this:

I am dealt TT in the BB.  3 callers before me, I just check in an attempt to be sneaky... plus playing middle pair in early position tends to be tricky.  Blinds are just 20/40 at this point anyway. 
Flop is a good one, 6d-4d-Td... I get top set, but there is a made flush already possibly on the board.  Pot is 160.  SB bets 120.  I raise to 360 to force the single diamonds out of the hand.  Folds around to SB, who re-raises me to 800.  I could've gotten out here, but I just couldn't lay down top set.  I just called and hoped for a paired board or not a diamond.  I could also already be beaten.  Turn is a 4th diamond, SB goes all-in.  I fold, giving up half my stack in the process.  In reviewing the hand history today, SB did indeed have a single diamond, Jack of diamonds, so my read was correct.  I could've put him to the test on the flop by 4-betting all-in, but I doubt he was folding.

I get down to about 600 chips before getting AA in the cutoff.  I go all-in hoping for a call.  I get 2 callers, including another all-in.  3 way all-in to the flop.  I show AA, UTG shows AKo, player behind me shows QQ.  Board comes Q58QJ, I lose emphatically and am out in 33rd place where 18 pay.

BTW, at this poker website, no names are displayed, so I refer to all players as "he".  I apologize for my inherent sexism.

At this point, my bank is below $70.  I head back to a NL and limit table simultaneously.  I blow the NL wad rather quickly when my AQo raise pre-flop is not respected by TT, and I attempt to force TT off his hand with a post flop bet on a 66K board, committing all of my $1.01 on the table.  I don't improve, and leave the table with nothing.

At the limit table, I make .50 but am now down below $69.

I then try my hand at some poker variant that this website produces called Zone Poker.  It is a 2NL 6-max ring game... but what happens here is when you fold, you immediately are sat at another table taking another hand.  It increases the action, but also fails to get you in a rhythm.  What you are hoping for here is either being the bully or catching some cards.  I try my hand at the bully, failing cards, and end up down almost $3 in rather short order.  Welp.

Licking my wounds at $66, I should've packed up.  But I mentally regroup and decide to try my hand at 2 more tournaments.

A $1 Pot-Limit Omaha (reg. Omaha, not Hi/Lo) SNG and some multi-table tournament called a $2 Super Knockout tourney.  More about that one later.

First, the Omaha tournament.  VERY FIRST HAND, I am 2 behind the dealer and am dealt As-Ad-Kd-4h.  A pair of aces and suited AK are among the best starting hands in Omaha.  I raise pot, which is 110 when it gets to me.  I get 4 callers.  Flop is 6h-Td-Qd, giving me a gutshot royal flush draw.  UTG bets pot, 570.  Next player calls, I raise pot, which is all-in.  Folds around to UTG who calls, as does UTG+1.

Their hands are:
UTG:     9d-Qc-9h-8d
UTG+1: 7h-5h-6s-Ts

UTG has a double gutshot straight draw, and a gutshot straight flush draw.  UTG+1 has essentially 2 pair.  He has no business here.

Turn comes 4d, making my Ace high flush.  River comes Jd, completing UTG's straight flush... however, also completing my royal flush.  Bad beat there.

I triple on the very first hand and pretty much ride that to victory.  +$4.50, and a much needed boost of confidence.  Hard not to win when you're flopping royal flushes in that situation though.  Although, to my credit I was holding the best hand pre-flop and pushing my edge as you are supposed to.

In the $2 Super Knockout MTT, $1 of each entry goes to the prize pool, while the other $1 goes to each player who knocks anyone out.  You knock someone out, you get $1.

I am at about my starting stack well into the tournament, when there is a triple-all in at the table, AA v. JJ v. AK.  AA wins, and next hand, AK goes all-in.  I am in the BB and correctly identify him as tilting, as I call with A6o, and win when an A flops.  I win $1.

I am up to 7,000 chips when CO goes all-in against me as the dealer.  I call half my stack vs. an all-in with 88, and see JJ come up.  Board comes 58K5A, and I luck up to 11k chips and another $1 knockout.

I get AA UTG, raise, get 2 callers including the dealer who has about 1 BB left.  I raise post flop to isolate him, and he shows Q9o.  Board does bring a Q, but that's not enough as I notch a 3rd knockout.

We start approaching the money, and everyone slows down.  I decide to start raising, A LOT.  I raise 6 out of 9 hands or so.  I get called once, and even win that pot with a large C-bet while holding 26o.  I get up near the chip lead with this tactic against a VERY tight table.

I notch my 4th knockout when I catch A2o in the BB, and face a less than 1 BB all-in against 2 other bettors.  They are more than willing to check it around when the board brings an Ace, and I win the showdown.

I get KO #5 when I raise to 2000 from the CO with AJo and face an all-in re-raise from SB of over 9000 chips.  That's half my stack, but I figure I'm in a race situation here.  Surprised when I see J9s from the SB.  Board comes 252KK, and I take the chip lead with over 32k chips.

About 3 hands later, I get QTh UTG.  I raise to 2100 with blinds of 400/800.  I get one caller near the button.  Board comes a seemingly great Q82 rainbow.  I check to induce a bet... and dealer goes all-in.  I snap call and see KK.  I lose 2/3 of my stack and ride it out to one more knockout and a 7th place finish in a field of 146.

The 6 knockouts give me $6, and 7th place is worth $5.84.  $11.84 is better than 3rd place money.

Finish: $79.26
(-3.94 in ring games, +10.84 in tournaments)
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Re: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
« Reply #403 on: August 07, 2015, 01:48:06 PM »

I feel like I really need to improve on 3 areas:

1. I need to stop snap calling when I have just top pair against either strong raises or scary boards.  The stakes I am playing at are not filled with great players (yes, including me), and often they can't contain their glee at a made hand.  The several times I lost here, I refused to believe that anyone was beating my reasonably strong hands.  In reviewing hand histories, people are rarely betting strongly into me when they don't have it.

2. I need to stop snap raising all-in when someone raises me when I bet out with a strong hand.  I feel like those insta-raises really signal high strength and often times can scare people away.  A couple of good examples of this are a couple of times in tournaments yesterday when I was the recipient of checking around while in a blind, and the board either gave me 2 pair or trips on my garbage hand.  If someone C-bets into me (or maybe even bets some kind of pair), I am often so excited to see them bet that I can't wait to get my over the top raise in.  Probably acts as a scare more often than not... see #1 in "not containing glee at a made hand".  I could probably make more money/chips this way.

3. Also, playing even tighter when in early position.  There were a few times when I would open raise from bad position with something like KJ suited, see a call behind me, and then not be able to play any kind of positional advantage and end up having to give it up when I didn't hit.  Position is so ridiculously powerful in poker, I need to play more like it both while in position and out of it.
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Re: Butter attempts to conquer the poker world via freerolls
« Reply #404 on: August 10, 2015, 09:14:34 AM »

August 8-9, 2015
Start: $79.26


Somewhat uneventful weekend, as I didn't have a ton of time to play.

Saturday, lost $1.40 at 2 ring games, lost $2 at a NL table, and won 60 cents at a limit hold 'em table.

Sunday, played 2 ring games briefly... won .31 at 6-handed Pot-limit Omaha Hi-Lo, and lost 15 cents at 9-handed Pot-Limit Omaha high only.

Played a lot of tournaments Sunday, they didn't go great.

I played 2 simultaneous $1 NLHE SNG's.  Finished 4th in one, and 2nd in the other where I was behind 3:1 in chips going heads-up, so that wasn't a big deal.  $2.70 for second place.

Played a couple more, another $1 NLHE and a $1 PLO.  Placed 3rd in the PLO getting $1.80.

In the one I finished 4th in, the final hand was 77 against QQ, so I didn't have the best of it there.  Probably overplayed a mid-pair, but when the board went K54 rainbow, thought I was behind only to a large King and decided to make a stand.  Didn't have a lot of fold equity, so might've been best to pick a better spot, especially considering I was on the money line.

In the evening, I let Andrea play a $2 multi-table tournament.  It was a "deep stack" tournament, where all players started with twice as many chips as a normal tourney.  Andrea got a couple of hands, but never got paid off, and got moved off any other hands she made.  About 90 minutes in, she got AQo in middle position.  Once it got raised to 400 behind her, I gave her the only piece of advice I gave for the whole tournament which was "all-in or fold".  Since she had about 1400 chips at the time.  She re-raised all-in, and got called by JTo.  And lost.  Can't be too unhappy with that, she was below half her starting chips, and it was time.

I played a $2 multi-table tournament about 30 minutes later with the same rules.  I was at 2450 chips with blinds at 30/60, so it was only the 3rd blind level.  I raised one caller from middle position to 270 with TT.  Two callers to the flop, which was Qh-Th-Ad.  Checked to me, I bet pot-size, 900.  Pretty much pot-committed at this point.  Dealer folds, early position goes all-in.  I think for a moment... even if he had KJ and flopped Broadway, I am only 2:1 behind and have outs and am calling about 1300 into a 4800 pot.  I call, he shows J9h, he flopped an open ended straight flush draw.  I was actually 2:1 ahead, but 8c comes on the river to end my tournament in 151st place.

To end up the night, I sat at a couple more SNGs simultaneously.

$1 NLHE, I go out in 8th when a 4-flush hits the board and I am beaten by the Queen when the King and Ace are on the board and I'm holding the Jack.  Alas.

I try a different tournament... a $3 Omaha Turbo "Triple-Up" SNG.  In a triple-up, if you finish 1st, 2nd, or 3rd, you triple your starting bet.  Or as I explained to Andrea, 9 players put in $3, and in the end, 3 players walk away with $9.  The tournament actually ends once 4th place is knocked out.

I do fine in this tournament.  There are a lot of callers to every flop, so I stay out of the action unless I have something.  I made that something count.  It tightened way up when it got 5-handed, then I made it to 4-handed.  At 4-handed, it was very tense.  I was all-in twice due to my cards, and wasn't called either time.  There was a clear chip leader, then 3 other guys fighting for the last 2 spots, of which I was one.  Finally, blinds got to 400/800, which is high for a turbo.  A guy was all-in on the BB, and me and another guy just checked it down and were able to knock him out to get into the money.  I didn't have any big showdown hands in this tourney though.  Anytime I was in for a lot of money, I never got to get all the way to the end.

This triple-up made my weekend pretty neutral.

Finish: $78.32
(-1.24 cash games, +.30 tournaments)
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