3 hands in.. 6 man sit n go. Buddy to my right has played all 3 hands, and now hes first to act.He opens with a min raise to 40.  I look down at 33. I don’t want all the other people limping in for 40, but 33 isn’t that strong of a hand.  I chose to make it 100. Everyone folds but him, and thats exactly what I wanted. He calls and the flop comes A38. Normally this would be great, except that they are all clubs. He checks it to me, and if I am going to win this hand, now is my chance. The pot is 230. I believe in making you pay a good price if your gonna chase a flush. (assuming you dont already have one) I bet 275. Maybe a suspicious bet? Yes I’m sure it was. But he called.

 

The turn card was a club. NOT what I wanted to see. I was quite sure this guy didn’t have a flush already on the flop, and my best guess was that he was protecting his ace from my flush draw, or or he had the queen or king of clubs. He checked it to me again. the pot was 780 now and I had a ten or eleven hundred left. I requested more time and thought hard as I could. My options were to bet, which would then fork into the decision of to bet high or go all in, or bet really low to confuse him, or to check it to the river card and see if I can pair the board while leaving me looking weak. In the end I opted to bet cause after all, I have a set that dominates any ace or two pair he could have, it eliminates any weakness i may have shown, and gives me a chance to win the pot right there. And my hand can still improve to a full house which would just about guarantee a swell payoff.

 

The thing that worried me was his call of my first over-bet. and maybe that’s where I went wrong. I chose to bet 350. He took a long time and eventually called. I should have got out of the hand right then and there. I should have bet really small on the flop. I see this now. There’s a lot of talk going around right now about benefits of smaller betting habits, and Ive been exercising this for a while now. I dont know what changed in me today, maybe it was the fact that Ive been rivered twice already today and again with the AK-suited vs ATs and short-stacked all in only to lose to a ten on the turn.

 

Oh, and this one – the fish lady who calls everything right to the river sucking hands left and right from peoples pockets and sets. I raise her bb with k9clubs she calls for 2.5xbb, Flop is A clubs, 5 heart, j clubs. I bet 3/4 pot size she calls. Turn comes 5 clubs. I have my flush I go all in and she calls with 75off, and hits a 7 on the river for a full house. Pull my fucking hair out!

But back to the original hand, after analyzing my mistakes in this hand, I see the river is a queen of clubs, a five club board. (hmm, I’m realizing now the popularity of club flushes today) he doesn’t take long to go all in, and at this point Ive invested so much into this hand, and become so frustrated that i have to call. I have to see, even if its just so i can note this guy accurately. I splash my chips in there and show my set of threes hoping for a split at best, but he shows the king of clubs, and the queen of…….diamonds. Thank you for the notes, your welcome for my money, see you next time, fuckface!

 

Now that pisses me off. Yes I should have bet lower on the flop. or maybe I should’ve bet higher preflop? Something tells me he would have called any amount if it boiled down to me and him. But the odds of hitting a 4th club on the turn are very heavy against. Implied odds are great, yes, and maybe he would’ve folded if the turn was a heart and I bet huge. Ill never know, but if your going to chase implied odds all day for bets higher than the current pot, your going to be reloading pretty quick.

Its a good thing poker is online these days, because I picture myself taking many of the suckout beats I do, in live casino play, and I’m sure I would’ve been dragged out by security a few times for jumping across the table to rip some faces off.

 

I must have played 10 games yesterday, and got first four times, and second 3 times, and lost the others. Today Ive played four games, and I haven’t placed once. The only thing keeping me going today is the fact that when Ive lost all my chips, it was to someone who had a lesser hand than me before the flop, who made a bad call somewhere that payed off like fish-flakes. Ive taken a break for the last hour and written this instead of tilting. Lets see if it helps..

 

Well its been an interesting day at the tables. I got first place the very next game I played, but I continued losing after that. I did however, grab two more second places. But along the way were some interesting conversations. First, I played a 6man tourney and did ok. A girl got knocked out early and stuck around to keep chatting to her friend, a guy from Luxembourg. Small talk, but she stuck around for a long time and then left for a while.

When she came back it was me and the Lux guy left. She was asking him to play another game after. He told her “sure, but it might take a while, I have a good opponent here.” After a second or two he continued “I find myself wondering why he is not playing higher stakes.”  I was glad to hear that and intrigued, so I began talking to him. “Really? you think so?” Turns out he was a high stakes player who only went to low stakes to play a few games with the lady. So I was really complimented well. I took his stack once with a nice checkraise but he eventually beat me.

We played another game together, all three of us, and talked a lot, and he told me about his poker winnings and how i should be playing higher, and I explained to him my extra cautious bankroll management system. But it was a great compliment, good for my morale on this losing day, and I’m sure ill see him at the higher tables soon 🙂

 

After that, a while later on, I sat at another 6 man table. Waiting for entrants to arrive this other guy asked me if I played four hours ago. I told him Id been playing almost 8 hours now. Then I asked why, and he told me he remembered the notes he wrote about me but not my name. I asked him what his notes said, expecting him to laugh and not tell me, but he told me they said shark, watch out! Again I was totally complimented! The girl from earlier was also in this sng, and we made it to the final 2. Going heads up, she said to me straight up “you’re a good player.” I complimented her back as she was also good.

3 compliments in one day, on my worst day in a long time. I must say I feel a lot better. I lost to her eventually when I checked a 3 spaded flop 10 being the highest card, I had ace ten offsuit, no spades. she had JToff, jack of spades. I checked, she bet most of her stack and I put her all in. Of course, the turn was a spade. She apologized and said goodnight. Maybe I will play higher stakes tomorrow, but for the rest of the night, Im gonna keep it low as luck isn’t much on my side on this day..

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