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The first clue was that he was Supernova VIP on Pokerstars. I think it must be impossible to be a Supernova VIP and play no higher than 25NL. With the new labelling system on Pokerstars you can configure the client to show  your VIP status. You occasionally see a Platinum Star player, but until now I had not seen a Supernova.

The second clue were his stats: VPIP 28, PFR 27, 3BetPreflop 18%!, Attempt to Steal 38%.

He was sitting two to my right..not ideal, but I noticed how he was playing. Despite usually trying to avoid good players, I stayed at the table and hoped to hit a good hand to trap him. His post-flop play is what I aspire to….Over 59 hands he was up 3/4 of a buyin and only had one showdown where he lost a small pot. That means his winnings were all from aggressive pre and post flop play resulting in his opponents folding.

This is my tangle with him when I finally picked up a hand. He is Villain 2 and he plays by the name B Buddy.

Seat 1: Villain 1 ($18.05 in chips)
Seat 2: Villain 2 ($33.70 in chips)
Seat 3: Villain 3 ($16.30 in chips) –
Seat 4: Villain 4 ($22.35 in chips) –
Seat 6: Hero ($25 in chips) –
Villain 4 posts small blind $0.10
Hero posts BIG blind $0.25
Dealt To: Hero
FOLD Villain 1
RAISE Villain 2 ($0.75)
CALL Villain 3 ($0.75)
FOLD Villain 4
RAISE Hero ($2.25)
CALL Villain 2 ($1.50)
FOLD Villain 3
Pot: $5.6
BET Hero ($3.50)
CALL Villain 2 ($3.50)
Pot: $12.6
CHECK Villain 2
Pot: $12.6
BET Villain 2 ($11)
Villain 2 collected $11.75 from main pot

So he floated me on the flop, then when I timidly checked on the river, he bet pot. I was so tempted to call here. The river is a great scare card. His style of play has me ahead many times here imho, but I elected to fold with two overcards and a flush on the board. Any comments? This is all about playing the player. Of course against a tight nitty player this is an easy fold.

Here is a hand I found on 2+2 where B Buddy is playing slightly higher stakes!!!!

Seat 1: B Buddy ($4162.40 in chips)
Seat 2: mMagic_cards ($4372 in chips)
Seat 3: Telefonkiosk ($6238 in chips) –
Seat 4: J-FRANK ($5547 in chips) –
Seat 7: bet2win ($8432 in chips) –
Seat 8: strassa2 ($8672 in chips)
Seat 9: thebruiser ($4925 in chips)
J-FRANK posts small blind $25
bet2win posts big blind $50
CALL strassa2 ($50)
FOLD thebruiser
RAISE B Buddy ($4162.40) – All in
FOLD mMagic_cards
FOLD Telefonkiosk
FOLD bet2win
CALL strassa2 ($4112.40)
Pot: $8399.8
Pot: $8399.8
Pot: $8399.8
B Buddy:
B Buddy collected $8396.8 from main pot


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I quite enjoy listening to players banter at the tables and thought that I would post the funnier and/or wittier ones that I hear. The first is from someone you would not expect: Allen Cunningham at the 2008 WSOP. As you see in the pic, Allen had trip Q’s against his opponents fullhouse. The other guy was so nervous he was visibly shaking when he made a value bet on the river. Allen thought briefly before eventually folding and quipping “I  wanted to think for longer but I did not want you to die!” ROFL. He doesn’t say much, but when he does it is usually on the money.

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I was once on the right end of quads over quads. This hand is sicker than that. This is from the first epidose of the 2008 Main Event on ESPN:

Apparently the odds of that happening are 1 in 2.7 billion!

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“Good players know when to lay down Pocket Aces” + this hand = I am not a good player.

I think that this hand, more than any other, has depressed me and made me wonder whether I can be a winning player at higher stakes.

PokerStars No-Limit Hold’em, $0.25 BB (6 handed)

SB ($26.80)
BB ($39.45)
UTG ($14.50)
Hero ($41.45)
CO ($28.60)
Button ($24.25)

Preflop: Hero is MP with , .
1 fold, Hero raises to $1, 1 fold, Button calls $1, 1 fold, BB calls $0.75.

Flop: ($3.10) , , (3 players)
BB bets $2.25, Hero raises to $6, Button folds, BB raises to $15, Hero raises to $40.45, BB calls $23.45 (All-In).

Turn: ($82) (2 players, 1 all-in)

River: ($82) (2 players, 1 all-in)

Final Pot: $80

Results in white below:
BB has Jc Kc (two pair, kings and jacks).
Hero has Ah As (one pair, aces).
Outcome: BB wins $80.

It is purely psychological. You struggle for hand after hand being dealt crap, then play pots with average hands and miss the flop, try bluffs and get reraised…and then you finally get AA and your mindset is that you are happy to go all the way with this hand. But that is a bad mindset. In my June Reflection I mentioned that I was having a bad run with AA. I only won 60% of hands at showdown. After this hand, I am now wondering whether AA is actually a big leak for me. Perhaps the low W$SD numbers are due to bad selection of when to take the hand all of the way.

In this particular hand, my opponent was telling me that he had something big on the flop. It is easy in retrospect. But the problem is that at the time, I wasn’t even thinking it through, and that is how you lose. When someone reraises your raise after you raised him on the flop, warning bells should ring, regardless of how innocent the flop seems. In reality, there is very little I beat here that reraises a raise (a bluff, and maybe, maybe AK). Given this situation again, I will try to fold (if I have the strength!). The added problem here is that we both had big stacks (about 1 and 3/4 buy-ins)…..so the difference between folding and going all the way and being wrong is losing 1/4 buy-in versus 1  3/4’s of a buy-in.

Just to rub it in, EXACTLY at the same time I had AA on another table which got rivered for more than half a buy-in (I had Set Aces; he rivered a straight)! More than 2 buy-in loss in about 30 seconds.

Anyway, you live and learn. I am still up a buy-in at this level and I plod on….

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Ok….before I show the hand that I need advice on, I need to give some background.

After my ‘understanding variance’ post, I ignored my advice. On Saturday night I played like a donkey and had a shocker. One thing that I said in that post is to understand when a bad run is due to variance. Well on Saturday night I played 560 hands and lost 5 buyins…not due to variance but due to playing like a donk. I did have one cooler (set v straight) but essentially 3 and a half buyins of loss was due to playing like a donkey. Twice I went all in with overpairs (9 9 and 10 10) against players who had reraised me only to find they had higher overpairs. My only defense is that both players were hyperaggressive and I didn’t believe their reraises.

So on Sunday I analysed the session and was embarrassed by it. I started another session and felt confident working my way up to being 1 buyin ahead.

Now this hand here is NOT the hand I need advice on. It is a bad beat hand. I usually try to avoid showing bad beats, but the reason is that this happened immediately before the hand I would like to show.

PokerStars No-Limit Hold’em, $0.10 BB (5 handed)

MP ($9.90)
Button ($5.75)
SB ($32.25)
Hero ($14.75)
UTG ($11.20)

Preflop: Hero is BB with , .
UTG calls $0.10, MP raises to $0.4, 1 fold, SB calls $0.35, Hero calls $0.30, UTG calls $0.30.

Flop: ($1.60) , , (4 players)
SB checks, Hero checks, UTG checks, MP bets $0.6, SB folds, Hero calls $0.60, UTG folds.

Turn: ($2.80) (2 players)
Hero bets $1.2, MP raises to $3, Hero raises to $13.75, MP calls $5.90 (All-In).

River: ($20.60) (2 players, 1 all-in)

Final Pot: $20.60

Results in white below:
Hero has Jd Qd (straight, ace high).
MP has Ad Tc (full house, tens full of aces).
Outcome: MP wins $20.60.

So I flopped the nuts, still had nuts after turn and he hit a 4 outer. We both played the hand fine..I don’t complain about these hands……its a cooler and they happen.

OK, here we go…NEXT HAND:

PokerStars No-Limit Hold’em, $0.10 BB (6 handed)

Button ($10.65)
Hero ($10.10)
BB ($12.10)
UTG ($1.60)
MP ($10.30)
CO ($11.15)

Preflop: Hero is SB with , .
1 fold, MP raises to $0.4, 2 folds, Hero calls $0.35, 1 fold.

Flop: ($0.90) , , (2 players)
Hero checks, MP bets $0.7, Hero calls $0.70.

Turn: ($2.30) (2 players)
Hero checks, MP bets $2, Hero raises to $5, MP raises to $9.2, Hero calls $4 (All-In).

River: ($20.30) (2 players, 1 all-in)

Final Pot: $20.30

Results in white below:
Hero has Qc Qd (three of a kind, queens).
MP has 4d 3d (flush, ace high).
Outcome: MP wins $20.49.

So I had QQ on a scary scary flop and played passively pre and post flop. I guess I should raise preflop but I hate playing in the SB…he may have folded (I didn’t know anything about how he plays). The turn gave me a set (unfortunately! as he had flopped a flush. I check-raised then called his all in. My thinking was that there were plenty of hands that I am beating here…I am only losing to a flopped flush and 10 J, and I figured that if I was behind I had plenty of outs with the nut flush draw and any card that will pair the board. As it turned out, he had flopped a flush and I missed my 16 outs.

Any thoughts?

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I have several leaks in my NL cash game online. This hand demonstrates one of them:

PokerStars No-Limit Hold’em, $0.10 BB (5 handed)

SB ($28.15)
BB ($3.80)
Hero ($10)
MP ($10.05)
Button ($15.25)

Preflop: Hero is UTG with , .
Hero raises to $0.4, 1 fold, Button calls $0.40, SB calls $0.35, 1 fold.

Flop: ($1.30) , , (3 players)
SB checks, Hero checks, Button checks.

Turn: ($1.30) (3 players)
SB checks, Hero bets $0.8, Button calls $0.80, SB folds.

River: ($2.90) (2 players)
Hero bets $1.5, Button raises to $14.05, Hero calls $7.30 (All-In).

Final Pot: $20.50

Results in white below:
Hero has As Ah (three of a kind, aces).
Button has Kd Td (flush, ace high).
Outcome: Button wins $25.75.

Yes I know, checking the flop with 2 diamonds on the board was stupid. But the call on the end was even more stupid.

I have decided that it is a good idea to post these ugly hands for more own benefit. I am not showing this as a bad beat, because it isn’t one. It is a fish-like call on the end. When an opponent makes a massive all-in bet like that on the river ……….FOLD. I need to drum that into my head. I threw away 3/4 of a buy-in.

The way I have to think about it is in terms of EV. Over say 1000 hands played out exactly like this, the villain is going to have the flush more times than not. Therefore fold!!! It is irrelevant whether this particular player has it or not. It is a negative EV situation.

You live and learn…sometimes.

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I don’t usually say sorry when I am on the right side of a cooler. I did after this hand:

PokerStars No-Limit Hold’em, $0.25 BB (5 handed)

MP ($23.95)
Button ($4.85)
Hero ($39.45)
BB ($22.20)
UTG ($10.05)

Preflop: Hero is SB with , .
UTG calls $0.25, 1 fold, Button calls $0.25, Hero raises to $1, BB calls $0.75, UTG calls $0.75, Button calls $0.75.

Flop: ($4) , , (4 players)
Hero checks, BB checks, UTG checks, Button bets $3.85 (All-In), Hero calls $3.85, BB calls $3.85, UTG folds.

Turn: ($-19.15) (3 players, 1 all-in)
Hero checks, BB bets $2.5, Hero calls $2.50.

River: ($-14.15) (3 players, 1 all-in)
Hero bets $10, BB raises to $14.85, Hero calls $4.85.

Final Pot: $50.25

Results below:
BB has 5h 5s (four of a kind, fives).
Button doesn’t show.
Hero has 7d 7s (four of a kind, sevens).
Outcome: Hero wins $50.25.

I guess he was going all the way  after flopping the FH, but still it is tough to lose with quads!!

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