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5/10 Quick stab
  THE RISE, Feb 20 2007

Took a small stab at the game and see how it plays compated to 3/6NL. At 3/6NL people decided to just repop me every hand they played with me which did nothing but increase their varience. I played a few of the regulars heads up - CaptainZeebo, TheCleaner, and these two random fish. Besides TheCleaner, I don't think anyone has even close to an edge over me and I will gladly play them HU. The regulars on this stake seem to play lower varience styles than that of 3/6NL (which is better for my style) - I think 3/6NL is the most aggresive preflop game on PS . I just wanted to get a couple of hands and anylize the play a little. I will do that today, and starting tomorrow I will play longer sessions (3k+)




That is all for now.



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Playing Weird.
  THE RISE, Feb 19 2007

Graph of today's session.




I normally don't stack off as a huge underdog unless it's a cooler. I felt I played this hand absolutley attrociously but hopefully I won't repeat the same mistake.
I don't actually know this player nor have history with him but I have seen him play the 25 50 game and I just assumed he's a very aggresive player who is making "moves". I have no idea what his ranges were at the time and I just decided to shove.
Maybe I wouldn't make this post if he had AK or JJ but reviewing the HH he is repoping my UTG raisefrom the BB which is generally considered to be a very strong play. I think optimally I should have taken a flop. Radioheads later told me he folded JJ, had I taken a flop I would have been able to get away from this hand rather cheap - I think had he C-bet into two people on a Jxx flop I would have mucked my queens post-flop because the only hand I can beat is TT but that would be an extremley loose play on his part and after a few orbits of playing with him afterwards I quickly realized he is a very ABC striaght forward tight player - basically the complete opposite of my assumption

POKERSTARS GAME #8519476165: HOLD'EM NO LIMIT ($3/$6) - 2007/02/19 - 13:14:08 (ET)
Table 'Memnon IV' 6-max Seat #5 is the button
Seat 1: teacuppoker ($732 in chips)
Seat 2: TH£ RISE ($870.95 in chips)
Seat 3: running solo ($1400 in chips)
Seat 4: ETUDEinE ($211.65 in chips)
Seat 5: Radioheads ($630.50 in chips)
Seat 6: SMOKIN_VIC ($730.40 in chips)
SMOKIN_VIC: posts small blind $3
teacuppoker: posts big blind $6
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to TH£ RISE [Qc Qh]
TH£ RISE: raises $18 to $24
running solo: folds
ETUDEinE: folds
Radioheads: calls $24
SMOKIN_VIC: folds
teacuppoker: raises $60 to $84
TH£ RISE: raises $786.95 to $870.95 and is all-in
Radioheads: folds
teacuppoker: calls $648 and is all-in
*** FLOP *** [Jh 7d 2c]
*** TURN *** [Jh 7d 2c] 6d
*** RIVER *** [Jh 7d 2c 6d] Td
*** SHOW DOWN ***
teacuppoker: shows [Ah Ad] (a pair of Aces)
TH£ RISE: mucks hand
teacuppoker collected $1488 from pot
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot $1491 | Rake $3
Board [Jh 7d 2c 6d Td]
Seat 1: teacuppoker (big blind) showed [Ah Ad] and won ($1488) with a pair of Aces
Seat 2: TH£ RISE mucked [Qc Qh]
Seat 3: running solo folded before Flop (didn't bet)
Seat 4: ETUDEinE folded before Flop (didn't bet)
Seat 5: Radioheads (button) folded before Flop
Seat 6: SMOKIN_VIC (small blind) folded before Flop

This hand also hurt my image a little because I overplayed a marginal hand and people thought I was on tilt afterwards (I think) so I was getting played back at more and I had to re-establish myself.

I think the lesson here is don't assume anything and don't stack off in marginal spots against unknowns based on phantom assumptions.

I took the entire weekend off to do things with family + go out - I did not play a single hand of poker during this time. Well I now have the proper bankroll for 5/10 NL. So I will play starting tomorrow.



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Chilling at 3/6NL
  THE RISE, Feb 16 2007

After thinking for a little bit, I figured I might as well play 3/6NL for a few days to see how quickly I can adjust to a new game. First day was kind of unusual I was playing CTS and running solo heads up. I was completley decimating solo, he has a ton of leaks in his game and is/was very easily exploitable. CTS is a little more solid and aggresive but he runs like god. He kept hitting sets against my TPTK in reraised pots eg. AcKc v JJ flop = AJc4c this happened a few times. But I also had my share of monsters too. He finished +1 buy in or so(meaningless difference) but it was fun finally playing against a decent player.

As for the other 3/6 regulars - none of them seem to be super-b players some more solid than others but overall there is no one I would avoid / no one I don't think I have a substancial edge over.
Yesturday was kind of an eve-ish session because I was getting a lot of setup hands + I was being sucked out (yes KK v AA happened a few times but I don't complain)

I reviewed some of my hands and plays form yesturday, and I changed my style up a little to something I thought will better fit the 3/6NL game and I got decent results today despite even being sucked out in a few massive pots eg. AK v AJ all in pre, or KK v JJ (he hit the J on the river and a few more which I neglect to mention.

Today's session was not too long - I will save my energy for the weekend games which I beleive are the softest times of the week.

Today's session Stats:




Hand of the session:

POKERSTARS GAME #8469145357: HOLD'EM NO LIMIT ($3/$6) - 2007/02/16 - 13:10:07 (ET)
Table 'Mancunia' 6-max Seat #3 is the button
Seat 1: running solo ($630.20 in chips)
Seat 2: Sleepy80 ($582 in chips)
Seat 3: i_lv_beer ($638.25 in chips)
Seat 4: Ocho4950 ($588.25 in chips)
Seat 5: Psier ($835 in chips)
Seat 6: TH£ RISE ($1723.25 in chips)
Ocho4950: posts small blind $3
Psier: posts big blind $6
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to TH£ RISE [Ac Ah]
TH£ RISE: raises $18 to $24
running solo: folds
Sleepy80: folds
i_lv_beer: folds
Ocho4950: calls $21
Psier: calls $18
*** FLOP *** [2h Jd 8h]
Ocho4950: checks
Psier: checks
TH£ RISE: checks
*** TURN *** [2h Jd 8h] 5s
Ocho4950: checks
Psier: checks
TH£ RISE: bets $42
Ocho4950: raises $78 to $120
Psier: folds
TH£ RISE: calls $78
*** RIVER *** [2h Jd 8h 5s] 6d
Ocho4950: checks
TH£ RISE: bets $160
Ocho4950: calls $160
*** SHOW DOWN ***
TH£ RISE: shows [Ac Ah] (a pair of Aces)
Ocho4950: mucks hand
TH£ RISE collected $629 from pot
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot $632 | Rake $3
Board [2h Jd 8h 5s 6d]
Seat 1: running solo folded before Flop (didn't bet)
Seat 2: Sleepy80 folded before Flop (didn't bet)
Seat 3: i_lv_beer (button) folded before Flop (didn't bet)
Seat 4: Ocho4950 (small blind) mucked [7d 7c]
Seat 5: Psier (big blind) folded on the Turn
Seat 6: TH£ RISE showed [Ac Ah] and won ($629) with a pair of Aces

This is somwhat of a "fancy" play - I don't do this very often because that would be considered spewing but I decided to mix it up this one time. Flop check in position almost always means I have absolutley nothing and I am giving up I figured I would indude a bluff on the turn from one of them. To my surprise they both checked (Apparently no one has anything) I figured any draw / pair would take a stab at this point. So I decided to make a "stealer" raise a bet designed to look like I have nothing but I am trying to pick up the pot because obviously no one else wants it.
I get check-raised, so I figure I induced a bluff - I think 3 betting would be attrocious so I decided to call and call almost any river bet and repop a river bet if I think it was weak. Since he checked I figured he was on a bluf and I decide to make a very small 1/2 pot value bet and he insta-calls with 77. I figured I could/should have made a slightly larger bet somehwere in the range of 200 but it's still fine.



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