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April 2, 2011, 8PM: Played 8 hours, 30 minutes at Rama
$2 No-Limit Texas Hold'em

I decided to hit the casino right after work, because there was a semi-major MMA event being held that night, and I thought it might bring out a lot of fishies that I wanted to take advantage of.
There was a very long wait for a table, so while I waited, I blew $40 on the slot machine, then decided to play some Mississippi Stud. I won't bore you with the details of that game, but I caught lucky a few times, and by the time my name was called to play real poker, I was up over $500(this result is not factored into amount won/lost).
I started off poorly, perhaps wasting some of my luck on the table games, when I lost ~$120 when my AK ran into AQ on an AQ4 flop.
The next 6-7 hours were totally brutal. I would pick up almost no hands, and when I decided to get frisky, I seemed to always miss the flop, and get bet out of the pot. In-fact, I didn't rake my first pot until hour 3 or so...with a bluff.
The funny thing about the first bit of this session....when I was folding drek(lots of 42o, j3o type stuff), it NEVER hit. quite often I will muck a hand and it ends up flopping huge, and I beat myself up over it. So this was keeping me disciplined, knowing I would just have lost more had I called bets/raises and had to give up on the flop.
Eventually, I started getting hands. And by getting hands, I don't mean premium stuff. I mean 67o in a multi-limped pot, and I flop trips, or a straight draw, etc. I never got paid off too huge, probably because my image was so tight after getting nothing playable for the few hours.
My final memorable hand came when I was on the btn. In a 4 way limped pot, I pick up 89o, and limp with it. 7 players see this flop of J102 rainbow. Its checked around to me, and with just the button left to act(He is a very solid player, known for making some great soul reads) I check, hoping to get a free chance to hit my straight. I'm disappointed however, when he bets out $18. it's folded around to me, so I decide to take an aggressive line with this one, raising to $55. He thinks for only a few seconds, and re-pops me to $155. I think for a bit, play with my chips, and think some more. I pull the extra $100 from my stack, and start measuring it. He then makes a comment, asking if I am feeling like getting frisky on this hand.(twice I bluffed him out of pots in the last 3 orbits and both times they got shown...not by me) For whatever reason, this makes my mind up for me, and I call and say "absolutely". The turn is my second favorite card, an offsuit Q making no chance for a flush. He shoves, and I beat him into the pot(I'd already decided I wasn't calling $100 on the flop to hit my hand and fold). He only shows a J, and leaves in a huff when my hand holds up. This is the main hand that turned my session from a losing one into a winning one. over a $500 pot, pushed in my direction.
I won a few more hands here and there, bluffing a few times, getting some pretty decent holdings others.
I have come to a realization. I am not a good player with a short stack. I limp way too often, and make too many decisions based on bet size, rather than odds. I feel I am damn good with a big stack(especially if its all profit). I will have to work on this, and hopefully get better.(or I can just keep topping up to the max when I lose over 30% of my stack.)

Last Update: April 3, 2011, 11:28AM | Permalink

September 10, 2010, 12PM: Played 8 hours, 45 minutes at Rama
$2 No-Limit Texas Hold'em

I Play so poorly some times, it makes me sick. I don't know what to say about this day, but here's an example of how bad I run.
I'm in the big blind, and there's 8 limpers to me. I wake up with 2 black Kings, and I raise to 35 to try and take the blinds, or get heads up. I guess in retrospect I could have made it more, but I was getting frustrated with the lack of cards I'd been getting, and kinda wanted action. At least 1 caller that will fold on the flop when they don't connect would be nice.
UTG then reraises to 80. This is a player I've been talking to, we both get basic strategies, and are interested in advancing our play. So I'm thinking that he thinks I'm just trying to take down all that dead money out there. So a re-raise from him doesn't necessarily mean strength.
It's obviously folded back around to me, and I have 2 choices on me. I can call here, and shove any flop(he only has $250 when this hand starts) but I don't want to risk him connecting, so I decide there's enough money in the pot already and I shove. He snap calls, and of course shows Aces.
And not that it matters, but I flop a K on the flop, and he hits runner runner flush to beat me.

Last Update: September 13, 2010, 9:18PM | Permalink

September 5, 2010, 10AM: Played 8 hours at Rama
$2 No-Limit Texas Hold'em

33 in HJ. 2 limpers, I limp, co limps, blinds comp and check. Flop: 346 two spades. Checked to me, I check cause I see co sizing a bet. He bets 10, 1 caller, I raise to 25. I raised him intentionally because I check raised him twice off his handin the last 1.5 orbits, and I want him to be tired of it and re-raise me light. But co calls, and we're heads up. Turn 5o. I bet 25, co min raises to $50. I smooth call, quitely begging for the board to pair. River: Ko.  When I called turn raise I decided I'm gonna check fold any non board pairing card. But I think for a min, and decide to make a blocking bet because he doesn't have a lot of money left(about 85) and I want him to know I'm pot committed. I make it $35, and he stacks his chips up and shoves. I think for a bit, but I know he's a very tight player, and he can't think I'm folding any big hand. I eventually muck, but the dealer accidentally exposes my set. Grrr!
I have AJ 4 times in first 2 hours, and flop at least an ace(if not aj or trips) all 4 times. Every time, I bet it all the way, and get sucked out on the river. FML. down $400 early
J♥10♣ in MP, a few limpers before and after me. 8 see a flop. Flop QJ10 2 hearts. Ep bets out 12, 1 caller, I raise to 45 trying to define my hand and get any flush draws with no money in the pot to fold. Original ep pushes to 79, orig caller calls, I shove to 160ish. He calls. I'm up against KQ and QJ. It comes runner runner hearts, and I win a pot I had no business in winning.
QQ in BB. 6 limpers to me, and I raise to 16, get 4 callers. Flop Q109 2 diamonds. I bet out 30, get 2 callers. Turn Ao. I bet out 60, get raised all in to 120ish. I call, she shows a9 of diamonds, and doesn't improve.
A♣2♣ utg. I decide to mix it up and raise to 11. Get 4 callers. Flop: K22 2 diamonds. I bet out 35, get 1 caller. Turn 6o, I bet 65, utg+1 pushes for 100, and I snap call he shows k5 and doesn't improve.
I know all these hands I end up winning...but I don't remember the specs of the hands where I got out drawn, or when I 3 barreled into a monster. All in all my reads weren't too good on this day, and luck wasn't on my side too often. Perhaps its because I haven't played in 2 weeks.

Last Update: September 6, 2010, 5:29PM | Permalink

August 8, 2010, 11AM: Played 11 hours at Rama
$2 No-Limit Texas Hold'em

This was a big day for me. I stayed in the hotel over night, and when I woke up I was able to shower, get breakfast, and mosey down to the poker room. No 45 minute drive for me, and it was really relaxing. They opened a new table for me and 9 others. I started out ok, up a bit before the following hand came up.
910o on btn. several limpers to me, i limp, sb completes, bb checks. 7 see the flop. Flop: KQJ rainbow. the first few people check, MP bets out $15. He gets 1 caller, and I raise to $45. BB pushes for $140, MP and caller fold, I of course call. He shows QJ for top two pairs, and I'm looking very good. Turn is a blank, river is another J and I'm down to about $60. What can I do here? I flopped huge, raised it when it was bet into me, and got all my money in as a better than 4-1 favorite. Can't ask for much more than that.
After this hand I added on another $100, and I was never below $150 again. I was raising preflop with nothing, cbetting the flop and taking it down, or raising preflop with good cards, and getting away when my opponent out flops me, and winning pots when i connect at all.
Also, my no set streak got very long. It took until about 10.5 hours in to hit a set. I hit top set of kings, and took $300 off another guy who had kj, and rivered 2 pair.
I ended up a huge winner with $1110.

Last Update: August 16, 2010, 8:16AM | Permalink

August 7, 2010, 8PM: Played 5 hours, 30 minutes at Rama
$2 No-Limit Texas Hold'em

I went up to Rama right after work, and decided to stay in the hotel for the night. So after checking in, and showering, i didn't get onto a table until 8. I played for 5 hours, and did pretty well. I made some very nicely placed bluffs, and took down a few pots I'm sure I didn't deserve to. The one thing that's starting to get to me, I haven't hit a set in what seems like forever. Last Sunday I think.

Last Update: August 9, 2010, 6:23PM | Permalink

August 6, 2010, 7PM: Played 5 hours at Rama
$2 No-Limit Texas Hold'em

first hand I post on dead btn. JJ ep raises to 10, gets 5 callers and I already know I'm at a bad table for me. I call, 6 to the flop. Flop: aq10 rainbow. Ep bets 40, 2 callers so I fold. Turn k making 2 clubs, bet and a call, river 2. Winner had q10. This is gonna be a tough night.
After tonight, I'm going on a week without a set. It's getting very frustrating calling pre-flop raises, and having to ditch it on the flop when I don't connect.

Last Update: August 9, 2010, 6:27PM | Permalink

July 25, 2010, 12PM: Played 12 hours at Rama
$2 No-Limit Texas Hold'em

I haven't really been logging my hands, as I feel it takes away from my ability to watch the rest of the action at the table. As such, I've even stopped logging hours and wins. The good news, is i've been playing very well, and have easily won over $1500 this month, and never had a losing session in July.

Last Update: July 29, 2010, 9:54AM | Permalink

July 18, 2010, 2PM: Played 11 hours at Rama
$2 No-Limit Texas Hold'em

No hands logged. Just updating win totals.

Last Update: July 29, 2010, 10:02AM | Permalink

July 1, 2010, 10AM: Played 11 hours at Rama
$2 No-Limit Texas Hold'em

This was a pretty decent session for me. I sat down with $100 that I had to buy from the dealer cause the cage was closed. I was in the CO when I posted, and by the time I was the button, I was up over $300. I just kept winning pots, making nut straights and getting called by top two, or flopping a full house, and having someone else hit runner runner for the nut flush so he could dump all his chips on me.
The one hand that resulted in a bad result for me was when I had Queens UTG. I raised it to 12(which is my standard raise, but the table was preferring raises to 7-10), and get a couple callers including the BB. Flop is QJ4 rainbow. checked to me, and I bet out $30 and only the BB calls. The Turn is a K making 2 diamonds. BB checks, and I start measuring out a raise, and every time I grab more chips, he keeps saying I call, I call. So I started complaining that I haven't even decided how much to bet. He says he doesn't care how much I bet, he's going to call. So I say ok then, I'm all in! I have over 700 left at this point, and he has well over $300. He snap calls, and turns over 10-10! What the fuck is that shit? there are 3 cards out of 4 that are over his pair? He said he feels like gambling, and of course the river is an A giving him Broadway.
So that really hurt, and I was steaming a little bit. But I was smart, and I didn't let it get me down too much. I tightened way up, and I mixed it up here and there...but I built my chip stack up slowly, but surely to over $500, when I decided to leave.

Last Update: July 2, 2010, 7:20PM | Permalink

June 22, 2010, 3PM: Played 6 hours, 30 minutes at Rama
$2 No-Limit Texas Hold'em

this was a brutal session. I was doing really, really well. Getting good cards, and making smart convincing bluffs when I didn't have the goods. I think I went card dead, and started making some unconvincing bluffs(or bluffing into a made hand).
I'm sure if I re committed myself to playing good, and didn't have to work the next day I could have stayed longer and won some money back.
I had aces 5 times, and won each and every time. Only once did I not get any pre-flop action.
I didn't log any hands. I think I'm going to stop doing that, and just do a recount of important hands. No one wants to read a list of hands, and how they went down. Plus this will give me a chance to add more commentary, and show what my thoughts were/are.  Here are a few important hands, and how they went down, to the best of my recollection.
J♦10♦ in HJ. its limped to me, and I feel randy, so I raise to $11. I get 4 callers including btn. Flop AK8 2 spades 1 diamond. Its checked to me, and I bet 20, btn then raises to 40(I think at the time it seems like a squeeze play), player to my right who's clearly a good player calls, and I call. Turn 4o. Checked to btn, who bets out $20. Guy on my right calls. Btn is holding his whole stack in his hand (~150) and I ask him if that's gonna be his river bet. He says maybe, depends on the river. So I decide to call. River 7♠. Player on my right checks, and I think for a bit. I decide to bet out $110, btn starts talking to himself about me making a flush, and he eventually folds. Guy on my right thinks for a little and folds too. I show my bluff, and everyone is in shock that I could do that. Btn says he had a naked ace, guy on my right says he had a K and wasn't calling any river bet.
My final hand: AQo in MP utg raises to 6, 2 callers. I flat call(why, I'm not sure. I don't think I even had a good reason at the time. In retrospect, I clearly should have re-raised), and 6 people see the flop. Flop: A♠9♠4o. SB bets 12, villain raises to 45 all in(as said by the dealer) I think about raising, but I'm pretty sure sb was trying to take down a pretty nice pot. So I just call. Everyone folds, including sb. Then villain asks the dealer if we're down to 2 players, which we are. The dealer puts down the turn card, and I flip my hand over. Villain then shoves his remaining stack, and I fly off the handle as to why I was told he was all in, when he wasn't. The dealer insists he didn't say he was all in, but the players on my right and left both thought he was all in too. He has about $90 left, so I really can't call. He could have me crushed, and just be trying to get my back up so I can call, or he may have nothing, trying to play meta games with me, trying to force a fold. I fold without thinking about it much. I can't play poker this way, and he shows AJ.
I am so steaming, that I quit after getting a few more hands that I don't feel like playing. I think I even folded A10, but I wasn't really paying attention.

Last Update: July 2, 2010, 10:00PM | Permalink

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