by PokerAnon ~ May 17th, 2009. Filed under: $ 10nl x 8+ tables of FR, $ 25nl x 6+ tables of FR.

Well, I did it. I stopped my string of up sessions. Fortunately, at least, I downshifted from 6x25nl after realizing that I wasn’t on my game and being down 1 buyin, and then was only down another 2 buyins at 10x10nl.

Coolered, by a minraiser

Then later at the same table, against a 63/0 or something like that, and a 6/6 in early position.

Then, this is how you trap yourself when playing against loose, limpy calling stations and not raising for value and to protect your hand.

All set up by a session at 6x25nl session, starting with this hand that I overvalued, by quite a bit.

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  1. Pat

    I think 1 and 2 were all unlucky beats. Vast majority of the time (I do not know the statistic for it) your set of 2’s would’ve won the hand. The most interesting part of that hand was Player 6’s minraise; if the player is consistently making minraises (especially in early pos.), then any good poker player would realise that P6 isn’t that erudite at poker. Essentially, it’s just a guy who got lucky.

    In hand no. 2, the guy with the set of 7’s got unlucky, you flopped the 2nd best flush, and the player with the nut flush draw risked a lot of money on exactly that: just a draw. He wasn’t even getting proper odds to make that call (maybe implied odds made it worth it, but I doubt it. Risk:Reward ratio). Also of interest is that he called your $0.60 preflop raise with A3o; obviously he’s one of those players who put too much faith in weak ace’s.

    Being a good player, you’ve already identified the (minor) errors in 3 and 4. Yenic0laus would’ve won that hand regardless of any way you could’ve played it, so I’m thinking that’s more variance based. In hand 3, if you’d have posted that to any poker forums, they would’ve all told you to raise preflop (I’m always a bit tenative with AJo, myself). But I can see that you were aiming to stir up a bit more action and, in the long run, your AJ will beat his Q2 most of the time (as you already know!).

    I think it was Daniel Negreanu who once talked about avoiding “result orientated thinking”; your idea of slowplaying AJ was a good one, and, as I said above, will work most of the time against limpers.

    Recently I’ve trained myself to think: “This guy keeps calling my raises… Why?” – I used to be a little trigger happy with top pair and now I just become suspicious if someone is calling me. If there are no obvious draws on the table, I usually figure that the guy is a new player with middle/bottom pair or the guy has a monster and is slowplaying.

    Okay, wow, long comment, I do apologise. And this is cutting into your poker playing time: Sorry!

    Kind regards,


  2. PokerAnon

    Nice comments, Pat.

    I think you give me too much credit with the AJo hand. AJo is at the top end of hands like ATo/KJo ect that I’m pretty weak with when I play a limpy table and I’m in the blinds. ATs/AJs/AQo I’ll raise the limpers, but AJo I’m hesitant to play aggressively OOP knowing players will call with crap and won’t fold bottom pair. Against a stack that short I’m fine paying his Q2o off with TPTK on that flop.

    The bad beats and suckouts (either mine or the other player’s) I don’t mind posting once in a while to remind me how badly some players, including myself, play sometimes.

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