Tuesday, August 19, 2014

who can describe on here the difference between a donkey and a nit?

Truthfully, i am neither one, (which is known by anyone whose ever watched me play in reno, but tonight i looked like BOTH).

I started the night with $8646, and ended the night with $8771, but at one point, i was down about $200 when i made my final rebuy. i was on tilt, (still hadnt won my first pot), and shoved $100 into a $12 raise and a call 6 handed with AQ, after just losing a shove with the best hand the hand right before.

A different guy this time calls me with KK, and i got very lucky to hit an ace on the board. that was my turning point. after giving back quite a bit of it, a bit later i had JQ spades and called $8 to see the flop. flop comes K9T, giving me the open ended straight flush draw, and the nut straight. original raiser bets $12, and i really dont want to raise because the high hand right now is paying $350 every hour.

u see, all day long during non graveyard hours, regular customers pay $1 a hand to build up the BBJ money, and during the night the high hands suddenly increase to $350 from $100, and its paid out every hour instead of every 4 hours. so the daytime players are MASSIVELY subsidizing the BBJ money of those playing on graveyard and this is why its best to play then.

so i called, as did others, and on the turn its the 2c making 2 possible flush draws. same guy bets $12, i finally decided to build a pot and just pray i get to see the river, but am also satisfied by the size the pots grown to. i make it $41 (how much would YOU have raised there?) and only he calls. river is a red ace, and i shove and he had about $70 left, and folds. so that pot got me to where i was finally $24 ahead.

Played a few more hours, game didnt break til after 6am, later than usual, and i won a few more hands in the meantime, finally cashing out $410 for a $125 profit, not bad for about 5 hours work. but here is the really bad play i want to talk about.

i had QQ and make it $11 preflop and got 3 callers. flop comes 378 with 2 hearts. i bet $25, and one guy calls on my immediate left, and then the kid whose made tons on full tilt from detroit with his friend and has $300 behind makes it $100. both these guys have me covered, and ive got close to $250-280. what would u do in this situation?

i didnt want to lose my whole stack and be way stuck, so i folded. other guy calls. turn comes 3, guy checks, other guy goes allin, he calls with JJ. original raiser to $100 has A9 hearts, misses his draw on the river, and the JJ takes down the pot id won and it was a good pot

i'm glad that no matter how many dumb plays i make, im still overall a much better player than most of the regulars and cali tourists who come here to play, and that overall im still averaging over $14 an hour and closer to $15. i'm glad i have my roll up to such a high level that these kind of mistakes wont affect my bankroll too much. I'm also glad that i dont get really upset the way i did when i was much more broke.

id like to take a vacation, but i cant make up my mind where to go, and i do hesitate knowing that a nice safe place to stay would be like $300-400 a week and then cab fares involved nightly too. thats if i was anywhere like vegas, atlantic city (do they still have them nice condos on the boardwalk for $900 a month?) columbus, phoenix, evansville, jacksonville, toledo, south dakota, desmoines, etc.


40 comments:

  1. They say the difference between an amateur and professional is that a professional can lay down the big hands. I think this was a good fold. Yes, you would have won the pot, but I still think under the circumstances this was a good fold.

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  2. Do you think about whether you are ahead or behind for the day before every play you make?

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  3. Treat yourself to a vacation at the Wisconsin Dells? You would need to fly in to Madison or Willwaukee I believe. The HoChunk casino poker room is full of tourists at least for the three or four weeks when the summer season at the Dells dies down.

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    1. whats the lowest travel cost u can find to get there, and dont use greyhound

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    2. Hitchhike? But avoid white vans and also any vehicle that has a bumper sticker that sez: Ass, gas or grass nobody rides for free!

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  4. PRE FLOP - $280 in your stack and have QQ.
    - You raised $11 and you got multiple callers.

    FLOP - 378 with two hearts
    - You raise $25 dollars and it folds to the villain who makes it $100
    - It looks like this guy might have made trips, two pair, or a flush draw and your going to end up getting your whole stack in if you call. You are deep stacked. You only have one pair.

    When deep stacked it is a good idea not to be going all in with just one pair after the flop unless you have a good read on your opponent and are pretty sure what he has.

    The down side is it seems you never have a good read on your opponents because it is very rare that you give us this information when you discuss the hand.

    Folding the your QQ in that situation is ok even though you had the best hand.

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  5. but here is the really bad play i want to talk about.

    I don't usually comment on your play; how you play is your business. Having said that: The truly horrible play was your shove with A-Q. You are called by hands that have you crushed, and you drive out hands you have dominated. WTF?

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    1. i knew it was a bad play. but the other play that mightve not been bad was the one that hurt me financially, not that play. u will notice that regardless of whether i play good or bad, i still make money in the long run. thats all that really matters.

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  6. Hero:

    Instead of taking a crappy "vacation" to gamble some more in a different town, why not show some temporary restraint, and save up for a nice vacation? Go to Thailand for a few weeks and just spend all day kissing affectionate hookers on this lips.

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    1. Pete P. Peters, have you consider St. Louis, and Downtown Detroit for your next vaca' you would love these areas.

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    2. Yes - I am sure Tony would enjoy sorting through the ladyboys of Thailand to find one that would kiss him on the lips.

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    3. I've been to both, Ray. Not much to do in Detroit unless you are there for a game, etc. I've been to St Louis 10+ times, both for work and leisure. I actually like the city. Some fun bars down by the river (by the Casino/4 Seasons). Also, a great Westin right next to Busch stadium. Always a fun time.

      Thanks for the suggestions!

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  7. You are right Tony, Jenny is a very nice looking woman with many redeeming qualities. May i tell her you said hello the next time she calls me?

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    1. of course. find out if she would like to be my gf.

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    2. Just pass her a note in homeroom.

      Do you like Wolverine: Yes or No (check one)

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  8. and of course you see if the flush hit or the opponent had a better hand than qq you would think you made a great fold.

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  9. new roll $9035, after paying for a cab and food tonight at the grocery store. won a bit over $300 in the $1-2 NL game off my $100 buyin (been making my initial buyins more now with the higher roll) and still have over $60 on bovada too, and 15 chips on seals, neither of which is part of the roll. also i bought a lot better and healthier food than usual, instead of just the cheapest things i could find. Thats one of the benefits of having a larger sized roll. But a much bigger benefit is using cabs instead of buses. safer, and more convenient and quicker. That, and being able to afford to pay others to wash ur laundry on ur behalf.

    Any type of work u can hire someone else to do for u, u do. that way u are "sharing the wealth and creating jobs"

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  10. i still never played the survivor 7pm at atlantis, and im not planning to, ive heard more bad things about it. the blinds go up too fast, they dont give u enough play, and worse of all, they have rentries. thats on top of the bad juice.

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  11. 9K baby!!!!! Congrats Tony! That is a pretty big feat, and yes I knew you were capable of it.

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  12. I agree with Mojo about calling all in with A-Q, 6 handed. You couldn't think you were ahead when you did that.

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    1. id never call an allin with that. i shoved over the top of the original raiser, but i still think it was a bad play.

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  13. QQ - easy fold. AQ shove - terrible move.

    Congrats on climbing the $ summit.

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  14. am happy to report im now at $9375 instead of $9035. i got very lucky, i was in the game for a total of $373 in buyins, had rebought a few times, and the game was shorthanded when i came in at 440am after a 4 hour nap at home, but loose as hell. finally i got very lucky late in the session about 8.30am off the new guy and one regular whose been playing $3-6 because he keeps losing at NL. young mexican guy, usually really nice and friendly. i had A7 diamonds and flop nut flush draw. he bets top pair of kings, other guy calls $15, and i shove my last $140-150. get 2 callers, him, and the other guy who calls with less. i miss the flush but beat KQ and KJ when i hit the ace on the river.

    then i take the rest of his chips about 15 min later when i call his $6 preflop on my BB with 78 offsuit, flop is 782 rainbow he has 99 and calls my check raise allin, and my hand holds up. so i cashed out over $700 when the game then broke.

    i thought tonight was going to be my long overdue big loss. now i can go back to sleep for a few hours again.

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    1. So, on the second hand, with 78, you are check-raise shoving $400 or so on the flop? And getting calls? Are your opponents drooling?

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    2. I'm really starting to wonder if Reno even exists. Where all of the players are dumb asses, body odor smells like flowers and tooth pain just magically goes away. I'm with Pete, who plays holdem that badly? And why do these people all seem to live in Reno together?

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  15. Tony asks..."who can describe on here the difference between a donkey and a nit?"

    Tony after getting stuck vs Tony ahead for the day?

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    1. Holy mackerel I had the exact same thought upon reading the headline and was about to post it. Eerie.

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  16. I am growing increasingly concerned about your attitude toward your increased roll. 9k is not a bottomless well, especially when you are putting 4% of it at risk on a daily basis ($373). I estimated your daily expenses again the other day and it came out to be $62/day. 9k is a HUGE improvement but you need to keep some aside for that rainy day which will come eventually.

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  17. DONKEYS PLAY THEM MACHINES. EVEN THEM GOOD ONES. HEE HAW!

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  18. Tony on days you don't feel like a long session try to hit on hand on em and quit. The regulars really enjoy that. Then do a stash n dash and take the night off!

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  19. Tony you are doing great.paying by the month and saving some $$ and growing your roll rather quickly, and seem to have everything going in the right direction. so why the hell do you want to go other places for a Vacation . laughing out loud most people work for 1 or 2 yrs before getting to go on a short vacation. but not you you want to travel the U.S. trying out different poker places. Remember the GRASS always looks greener on the other side of the fence so try to stay put and take a day off once a week to do something beside gambling and enjoy life believe me your game will improve with you enjoying some time off as you will be more relaxed. and don't look at it like you are losing a days worth off poker and trying to make money, think of it as saving some money due to no gambling......

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  20. I'd appreciate some feedback on some hands I played recently - always looking to improve!

    Playing 1/3 at Aria; perhaps 11:00pm on a weekday. I'm UTG+1, with my buddy (LAG) to my right and a VERY LAG player to my left. Effective stacks at about $300. Two good players at the other end of the table, but the rest were just decent to poor, IMHO.

    I had been there for just over an orbit and the LAG to my left had raised about 50% of the pots and 3 bet twice. VERY LAG. My buddy to my right (big blind) raises a lot of pots (to be clear, for Poker Grump and others who wanted me killed last time I posted about slow playing during my annual poker trip, I had NO slow play agreement with my friend - In fact, I LOVE taking his money)

    My buddy makes it 12, which is standard. I get KK and just call. My thought was that if the LAG to my left raised, I would do my best to play for stacks. It seemed like a place where he might squeeze. This isn't my typical line, and I'm not sure it's optimal. Most of the time I see a move like that it screams AA. Any feedback on that? Regardless, LAG makes it $35. Folds around to my buddy, who calls. I make it $145.00 into a pot of $75.

    LAG doesn't take long at all and pushes. Damn. My buddy folds.

    What do you do there? Anyone good enough to lay down kings in that spot?

    I'm curious about your thoughts (your's too, Tony)...

    s.i.

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    1. Is this a trick question? Snap call.

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    2. Agree with snap call. Never folding KK here with 100bb, especially after putting in half your stack. You are committed. I'd like to reccomend a good book that helps understand commitment threshold and the ratio of your effective stack to the pot (SPR). Professional no limit hold em - often referred to as pnlhe on 2p2. Great NL theory in this book. Helps you plan out your hand and try to recognize troublesome situations. If he had aces that's just bad luck, but it happens.

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  21. i didnt have time to post on here before they did, but of course id call.

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  22. had a small win today, making the roll $9303 again, some of last nights loss back, more of it from BJ than poker of course. (todays win i mean). finally got a chance to use the final coupon on a $10 bet, and then later had no coupon when i got a suited BJ on a $25 bet. made a big error in trying to bluff Benny of RTP off a hand for $125, he called and said that every time i show 1 card im bluffing, and he was right.

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    1. You should thank him for pointing out a leak in your game.

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