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1-Cole ($398) *****MP ($627.40) *****Button ($416.20) *****SB ($465.50) *****BB ($542) *****Preflop: Cole is UTG with Ah, Kc. SB posts a blind of $2. *****Cole raises to $14, 2 folds, SB (poster) calls $12, 1 fold.
I get a great hand and raise the pot. The SB, an absolutely terrible player calls my raise.
2-Flop: ($32) 2d, Ad, 4c (2 players) *****SB checks, Cole bets $20, SB raises to $60,
This flop is perfect for me. The SB is such a bad player that I'm probably never getting away from this one and am correct to do so. I bet 2/3 pot and he makes a decent check-raise. I pop him right back big and he calls.
3-Cole raises to $165, SB calls $105. *****Turn: ($362) Jc (2 players)SB checks,
Cole calls $219 (All-In), SB calls $219. The pot size is just right to go all-in so I shove. he calls. River: ($800) 4s (2 players, 1 all-in) Final Pot: $800 I was 83.33% to win on the flop and he turned a 3-outer. SB has As Jd (two pair, aces and jacks). Cole has Ah Kc (two pair, aces and fours). Outcome: SB wins $800.
10-Button ($1389)***SB ($396) ***BB ($87.40) ***Cole ($400) ***MP ($406) ***CO ($376.50) ***Preflop: Cole is UTG with Kh, Ah. SB posts a blind of $2. ***
I am UTG with AKs and make a raise. CO is a relatively straightforward, good player and smooth-calls. It's unlikely he would do this with a big hand, but not impossible. The BB, an awful, shortstacked player, moves all-in. There is a lot of dead money in the pot that I want to take down, and I have a good hand that figures to be far ahead of the BB's, so I move all-in trying to get the pot heads up. Unfortunately the CO does not cooperate and he calls my all-in. Not good.
11-Cole raises to $14, 1 fold, CO calls $14, 1 fold, SB (poster) calls $12, BB calls $83.40 (All-In), Cole calls $386 (All-In), CO calls $362.50 (All-In), SB folds. ***Flop: $877.90) 7s, Td, 8s (3 players, 3 all-in) ***Turn: ($877.90) 4c (3 players, 3 all-in) ***River: ($877.90) Qd (3 players, 3 all-in) ***Final Pot: $877.90
I had the BB dominated so I believe my play was correct and that CO will fold 90% of the time. However, he was slowplaying a big hand and it cost me my stack. BB has 7h Ad (one pair, sevens). Cole has Kh Ah (high card, ace). CO has Kd Ks (one pair, kings). Outcome: CO wins $848.40. Cole wins $23.50.
21-SB ($274.89) ***BB ($592.75) ***Cole ($667.30) ***MP ($314.40) ***CO ($880.52) ***Button ($83.12) ***Preflop: Cole is UTG with Qs, Qd. SB posts a blind of $2. ***I am first to act with pocket queens and raise the pot. ***Cole raises to $14, MP calls $14, 2 folds, SB (poster) calls $12, 1 fold.
Three of us see a flop. Both MP and SB are strong and tricky hold'em players (I probably should have found another game!).
22-Flop: ($46) 5s, 7d, 6h (3 players) ***SB checks
This is not a good flop for me. It is possible that the SB or MP has a set, straight, or two pair. The SB has checked and it is very unlikely he has a good hand. If he has any hand other than a straight, he must bet the flop so anyone with an 8 does not get a free card. It is possible he would check the flop if he has the nut straight, but unlikely. I bet fairly small, less than 2/3-pot.
23-Cole bets $30, MP calls $30, SB folds. ***The MP smooth-calls and the SB folds. ***Turn: ($106) 8h (2 players)
The turn card is one of the worst that could have came. It is painfully obvious to MP that I do not have a straight. I assign him a range of hands and come to the conclusion that he probably also does not have a straight and it will be hard for him to call any more bets. I decide to bet fairly large and try to take down the pot right here.
24-Cole bets $85, MP raises to $170
The MP quickly raises me the minimum. There are only 2 options here
25-Cole calls $85. ***River: ($446) 3s (2 players)
I should probably just push all-in here, but I wasn't positive that I had the best hand and wanted to see how this player would act on the river for future hands. He instantly pushes all-in. ***Cole checks, MP calls 100.40 (All-In), I am pot-committed and must call here. Cole calls $100.40. *** Final Pot: $646.80. He was basically bluffing with pocket jacks and my read was correct.
31-Button ($505.40) ***SB ($408.30) ***BB ($865) ***UTG ($708.10) ***Cole ($510.56) ***Preflop: Cole is MP with Td, Th. SB posts a blind of $2. ***UTG calls $4,
We are only 5-handed and I pick up pocket tens. UTG calls and I make a standard pot-sized raise. It's important to raise the same amount with all of your hands so opponents can't gather information about your hand from the size of your raise.
32-Cole raises to $18, 1 fold, SB (poster) calls $16, BB calls $14, UTG calls $14. ***Flop: ($72) 4c, 5c, Ts (4 players) ***SB checks, BB bets $35, UTG folds
Four (!?) players (it was a great game) see the flop and so I'm basically just playing the tens in order to flop a set, because overcards to my pair will frequently appear. ***I flopped the nuts. However, the board is fairly draw-heavy. There is a flush draw out, and several open-ended straight draws. The BB, a strong, thinking player, bets out half-pot. I have well over a full buyin, and he has me covered so this is a poor time to slowplay
33-Cole raises to $90, SB folds, BB raises to $267.57,
UTG and SB have folded so now the pot is heads up. Somewhat surprisingly, the BB makes a large reraise. It is clear he has a real hand here and no matter what hand he has, I am a large favorite. In the worst case scenario he has 6c7c for an openended straight-flush draw and I am just a 57.88% favorite to win the hand. However, against a lower set or two-pair he is drawing extremely thin. There is no reason to smooth-call here and play a guessing game if an unfavorable turn card comes. I think he should have a set around 70% of the time, a big draw 25% of the time, and something terrible like AA or AT the other 5% of the time. I push all-in right here and am certain he will call.
34-Cole calls $402.56 (All-In), BB calls $224.99. ***Turn: ($1057.12) 2c (2 players, 1 all-in) ***River: ($1057.12) 5s (2 players, 1 all-in) ***Final Pot: $1057.12
The BB had 7c8c for a gutshot straight draw and a flush draw. I was 65.25% to win on the flop. It was important to get all the money in before the club came, although I made a full house on the river to pull a $1,000+ pot. BB has 8c 7c (flush, eight high). Cole has Td Th (full house, tens full of fives). Outcome: Cole wins $1057.12.
41-BB ($388) ***UTG ($470) ***MP ($567.62) ***CO ($74.81) ***Cole ($1084.95) ***SB ($1067.20) ***Preflop: Cole is Button with Ad, Ah. SB posts a blind of $2. 3 folds
It is folded to me and I pick up pocket aces. I raise the pot.
42-Cole raises to $14, 1 fold, BB raises to $35
The BB raises me right back, but the raise is pretty small. I am on the button so my initial raise looks like a blind steal. I've got a monster hand and I will have position on BB for the entire hand so I smooth-call his raise.
43-Cole calls $25. ***Flop: ($80) 2c, 9s, 3h (2 players) ***BB bets $45
The flop is a good one for me. The only hand he can have that beats me is 99. BB bets half of the pot and I make a standard raise to $120. He calls my reraise and we have a large pot.
44-Cole raises to $120, BB calls $75. ***Turn: ($320) 4d (2 players) ***BB checks
He has less than the size of the pot left, so I'm focusing on getting the rest of his money in. I bet out $115 to give him an enticing price to call, although he knows I will put him all-in on the river.
45-Cole bets $115, ***The BB check-raises me all-in, and I gladly call. BB calls $229 (All-In), Cole calls $114. ***River: ($778) 6d (2 players, 1 all-in) ***Final Pot: $778
Unfortunately he had the one hand that beat me and flopped a set of nines. If we both had deeper stacks, I would have considered folding the hand at some point, but for less than a buy-in I think I played the hand fine. BB has 9c 9h (three of a kind, nines). Cole has Ad Ah (one pair, aces). Outcome: BB wins $778.
51-BB ($709.55) ***UTG ($826.70) ***MP ($416.50) ***CO ($392) ***Button ($250.40) ***Cole ($359.40) ***Preflop: Cole is SB with As, Ad. Cole posts a blind of $2. *** UTG raises to $15, 3 folds
UTG raises the pot and I repop him from the SB to $46. He calls and we see a flop. Cole (poster) raises to $46, 1 fold, UTG calls $33.
52-Flop: ($100) 2h, 4s, Jc (2 players)
The flop is pretty good for me as my opponent is very tight and does not raise 22 or 44 from UTG. The only hand I am scared of is JJ. I bet 3/4-pot.
53- Cole bets $75 ***UTG calls $778.70 (All-In),
UTG immediately raises me all-in and I have a tough decision. If I had him covered, I would have definitely folded. However, I'm not even 100BBs deep and I think there is a good chance he holds KK or QQ so I call.
54-Cole calls $236.40 (All-In). ***Turn: ($1190.10) 2s (2 players, 2 all-in) ***River: ($1190.10) Qc (2 players, 2 all-in) ***Final Pot: $1190.10
UTG had flopped a set of jacks and took my stack. I thought he played the hand very well and will keep in mind that he is a skilled, tight player. Cole has As Ad (two pair, aces and twos). UTG has Jh Js (full house, jacks full of twos). Outcome: UTG wins $1190.10.
61-One hand I played today is a good example of knowing your opponent's playing tendencies and analyzing implied odds situations.
Implied odds take into account the money you expect to earn should you make your hand. They are what make it profitable to play pocket pairs in most situations in no-limit hold'em. If your opponent is raising preflop, it is likely he has a good hand. When considering a call with a hand like 33, you must take into account implied odds. If both you and your opponent have $400 and the raise is to $20, a call is correct. When a 3 comes on the flop you nearly always have the best hand, and your opponent will frequently pay you off with his premium hand. By investing $20, we have a chance to see the flop and double up through the opponent. With a pocket pair, you will flop a set 1 in 7.5 times, so the play is profitable. However, against shorter stacks that don't have as much money to pay you off with, your implied odds are reduced and a fold is often the right play.
62-Button ($422.50) ***SB ($407.40) ***BB ($484.22) ***UTG ($330.30) ***Cole ($684.57) ***Preflop: Cole is MP with 4s, 4h. SB posts a blind of $2. ***UTG calls $4
UTG, an awful player, limps and I find myself with 44. Frequently I will raise here to isolate UTG and play him heads up, in position. However I decide to call here because my raises have not been getting much respect in this game.
63-Cole calls $4, 1 fold, SB (poster) raises to $23, 1 fold, UTG folds,
The SB makes a large raise to $25. He is a tight, decent player and surely has a big hand. He has over a full stack, and I call due to implied odds. If I do not flop a set I am almost always done with the hand.
64-Cole calls $21. ***Flop: ($58) 6s, 2h, 3d (2 players) ***SB bets $33,
I did not flop a set. However, I have a gutshot straight draw and the SB made a pretty small bet. If I make my straight or a set on the next card, I am pretty sure I can get his entire stack. This player never folds overpairs and should pay me off. There is 58 + 33 = $91 in the pot and he has $350 behind. So my implied odds are (350 + 91) : 33, or about 13.3 : 1. There are six cards left in the deck that will make my straight or set and 47 unseen cards (so 41 don't help me), and the odds of me making a straight or set on the turn are 41 : 6, or 6.8 : 1. The implied odds are far greater than the odds of me making a hand, so a call is definitely the right play. It is easy to calculate the expectation of the play: The turn bricks 41/47, or 87.2% of the time. When this happens I fold and lose my $33 call. The turn hits 6/47, or 12.8% of the time. When this happens I expect to get his stack and win the money in the pot for a gain of 91 + 350 = $441. The expectation of the play is (.872)(-33) + (.128)(441) = +$27.67. This is just an estimate because sometimes he will hit a king on the river to draw out on me, but this roughly cancels out with the time he has ace-king and gives up on the turn. I identify that a call is profitable so I make the play.
65-Cole calls $33. ***Turn: ($124) 5h (2 players) ***SB bets $75,
On the turn I made my straight and the SB bets just over half of the pot. If I raise here, he has a chance to get away from the hand. If the stacks were deeper I would surely raise. However, if I just call, he will have exactly the size of the pot on the river. Any river bet he makes will leave him pot-committed to call an all-in. Even if he does not bet the river, if I bet the size of the pot putting him all-in, he will almost always call. I decide to call and wait until the river to get the money in.
66-Cole calls $75. ***River: ($274) Th (2 players) ***SB bets $150,
The river worked out perfectly. He bets $150 leaving himself with just $124.40 behind. There is no way he can fold to an all-in with the pot this large, so I push all-in and he calls.
67-Cole calls $551.57 (All-In), SB calls $124.40 (All-In). ***Final Pot: $1099.97
I win a large pot and my analysis of this player's betting tendencies and my implied odds was spot on. Note that my opponent played this hand horribly. He bet far too little on the flop! By betting just over half of the pot, he gave me great odds to call with my 6-out draw. If he had bet around the size of the pot, I would have folded without thinking twice. His river bet was also a poor play. The way I played the hand it sure looks like I cannot have anything he beats. By the river he really only QQ and JJ. He should have checked the river and considered calling a reasonably sized bet. By betting himself, he made it that much easier for me to get all of his chips in the pot. SB has Kd Kh (one pair, kings). Cole has 4s 4h (straight, six high). Outcome: Cole wins $1099.97.
72-Flop: ($48) 9h, Kc, As (3 players) ***Cole bets $32, MP calls $32, CO folds.
Wow, this is about the best possible flop for me. There are no flush draws and only gutshot straight draws. If anyone has AK, I'm going to get a ton of action, and even AQ, AJ, AT, and K9 may put a lot of money in the pot. I bet out 2/3 pot, a pretty standard continuation bet. Only the MP calls.
73-Turn: ($112) 6c (2 players)
The turn is a great card for me, as it does not complete any gutshot straights. Both MP and I are pretty deep and I bet out pretty large so we can get all of our chips in if he wants to see a showdown. He makes a pretty small raise and I go all-in. He instantly calls and I figure he probably has AK.
74-Cole bets $95, MP raises to $225, Cole calls $259 (All-In), MP calls $129. ***River: ($820) 8s (2 players, 1 all-in) Final Pot: $820
Unfortunately we had flopped set-over-set, as he had slowplayed aces preflop. His play wasn't very good because with deep stacks you don't want a multi-way pot holding aces. His smooth-call from middle position encouraged other players to enter the pot. Cole has 9s 9c (three of a kind, nines). MP has Ad Ac (three of a kind, aces). Outcome: MP wins $820.
81-MP ($109.40) ***CO ($726.90) ***Button ($275.39) ***Cole ($778.14) ***BB ($220.70) ***UTG ($753.80) ***Preflop: Cole is SB with As, Ac. Cole posts a blind of $2. ***2 folds, CO raises to $8, 1 fold,
It is folded to the CO who makes the minimum raise, a very weak play. I have aces in the small blind and raise the pot. He calls and we see a flop.
82-Cole (poster) raises to $27, 1 fold, CO calls $21. ***Flop: ($62) Kd, Jd, 5s (2 players)
This is an OK, but not great flop for aces. There are a lot of draws, including diamonds and open-ended straight draws. I also could be losing to KJ, KK, or JJ. I bet 2/3-pot and he calls. I'm pretty sure I'm ahead at this point. We're both pretty deep and if he had flopped a great hand I think he would have raised me to try to get all of our chips in the pot by the end of the hand. We are very deep and I have just one pair so I would fold to any reasonable raise.
83-Cole bets $42, CO calls $42. ***Turn: ($146) 7s (2 players)
The turn card is fine. If I was ahead on the flop, I'm still ahead. I'm not trying to play a huge pot out of position with just one pair, so I bet 2/3-pot again. He calls and I'm very unsure of what he has. He would have folded AJ or QQ by now so the only hand I really beat here is AK. However, this hand is pretty likely. Once again, if raised, I will fold the hand here.
84-Cole bets $105, CO calls $105***River: ($356) Tc (2 players)
This is a bad river. Now a bunch of straights are possible, and I lose to KT and JT as well. I do not want to get blown off of the winning hand by ace-king, so I make a bet of about 3/5-pot. I'm unsure of his hand so my bet could either be a value bet or a blocking bet. I will not call any raise here.
85-Cole bets $200, CO calls $200***Final Pot: $756
The CO had pocket jacks and had flopped a set. He's somewhat of a regular in the game and so he softplayed me a little bit by just calling down with the second-nuts. It was still a big pot and I'm not sure if the turn or river bets were correct. I'll be thinking this hand over for a while. However, I did a good job at keeping the pot size manageable while I was out of position by making smaller bets. Cole has As Ac (one pair, aces). CO has Js Jc (three of a kind, jacks). Outcome: CO wins $756.
UTG calls $4, Cole calls $4, CO raises to $25, Button calls $25, 2 folds, UTG calls $21, Cole calls $21.
I've got some suited semi-connectors and limp preflop. I'll raise here a lot of the time, but I don't mind if other players enter the pot. The cutoff makes a big raise, which this player always does (and he is a very good player), and there are 2 callers before the action gets to me. Normally I would fold here, but with 2 callers the pot is big and my hand plays well multi-way. It is also well-disguised so my implied odds are good.
92-Flop: ($106) 5h, 7s, Qs (4 players) UTG bets $50
This is a pretty decent flop for me. I have an open-ended straight draw with 6 outs to the nuts and 2 more outs (that put a 3-flush on the board) to a hand that is most likely best. UTG leads out with a weak bet and I should consider folding here. The CO is a good, very aggressive player and is sure to raise. However, I'm steaming from the hand before and decide to call. This isn't a terrible mistake, but it wasn't a great play. As expected, the CO raises to $200. Surprisingly, the button calls! UTG folds and normally I would just call here. However, the pot is already huge and if the turn bricks I'm going to be in a tough situation. It is clear that both the CO and Button will call an all-in, so I decide to push all-in now. Both the CO and Button call. ***Cole calls $50, CO raises to $200, Button calls $200, UTG folds, Cole calls $377.50 (All-In), CO calls $203.20 (All-In), Button calls $37.60 (All-In).
93-I was up against two overpairs and take down a huge pot with my straight. On the flop, the win percentages were
6c 8c (me) : 33.78% ***Kh Ks : 11.85%***Ah Ac : 54.37% Since I am winning the pot about 1/3 of the time, and we are each putting in 1/3 of the money, my all-in on the flop has positive expectation when we consider the massive size of the pot. Because the CO is on my immediate left, I leave the game after this hand. He is one of the best players at this limit, and is extremely aggressive and frustrating to play against. It's not so bad when he's on my right so I can see what he does before I act, but on my left it's hard because he reraises me so big and often with a wide range of hands.
101-BB ($394) ***UTG ($363.70) ***MP ($112.70) ***CO ($482.78) ***Button ($155.30)***Cole ($555.99) ***Preflop: Cole is SB with 6d, 6s. Cole posts a blind of $2. ***1 fold, MP calls $4, CO calls $4, Button raises to $8,
There are two limpers and then the button makes a minimum raise, an awful play. I have a small pocket pair, a hand with great implied odds, and I call in the small blind. Everyone calls and we have 5 players to the flop. This is the ideal situation with a hand like 66. If I flop a set, it is likely that at least one of the other players catches a piece of the flop and tags along for the ride.
102-Cole (poster) calls $6, BB calls $4, MP calls $4, CO calls $4. ***Flop: ($40) 6c, 2h, 9h (5 players)
I flop a set and am first to act. My hand is surely best here. The button raised preflop, so if I check, it could be checked around to him and he may (or may not) bet. I could checkraise him, but this play would be very bad. Then all of the other players will see that I am showing obvious strength and they will fold any marginal hands. Additionally, the button could have overcards or a weak hand and either not bet or fold to a checkraise. I have a good hand and want to build a pot, so I bet out about 3/4-pot. My bet size is a little larger than a standard continuation bet, but this is standard with so many players in the hand. Only the CO calls. There are two hearts on the board so he could have a flush draw or a hand like A9. The cutoff is a very strange player, who loves to make giant overbets at pots, and I haven't caught him bluffing yet.
103-Cole bets $28, BB folds, MP folds, CO calls $28, Button folds. ***Turn: ($96) 8h (2 players)
The turn card completes the flush so it is not great for me. However, I have a bunch of outs to fill up. I bet 3/4-pot and the CO calls me again.
104-Cole bets $75, CO calls $75. ***River: ($246) 9d (2 players)
The river card is perfect for me. If he had a hand like A9, he now has trip nines. If he had hearts, he has a flush. I have a full house and beat both of these hands. If he has complete air, he's not calling any bet. This is the perfect spot for a river checkraise because he either has a very good hand now and is sure to bet, or has nothing and would not have called a bet anyways. I overlook the possibility of a checkraise, but make a large pot-sized bet. The cutoff calls.
105-Cole bets $220, CO calls $220. ***Final Pot: $686
The CO had a flush and I bring down a big pot. He should have raised the turn. I should have check-raised the river. Unfortunately for him, his mistake was much more serious and cost him the pot. Cole has 6d 6s (full house, sixes full of nines). CO has Jh 4h (flush, jack high). Outcome: Cole wins $686.
110-Cole ($407.60) ***MP ($210.15) ***CO ($658.72) ***Button ($252.70) ***SB ($402.50) ***BB ($618.67) *** Preflop: Cole is UTG with 8s, 8h. SB posts a blind of $2. ***Cole raises to $14, 2 folds, Button raises to $24, 2 folds,.
I am first to act with pocket eights and raise the pot. The button makes the minimum reraise. He has a shorter stack and this screams that he has a big hand. I call, hoping to flop a set.
111-Cole calls $10***Flop: ($54) Ts, 8d, 7h (2 players)
This is a good flop. I have a set, but there are some bad cards that can come. If a 6, 9, or J comes, I probably still have the best hand. However, he will see that there are 4 cards to a straight on the board and may not give me anymore action even though I don't have the straight. He is sure to bet this flop so I check to him. The button makes a weak bet of 1/2-pot. I check-raise him to $65 and intend to get all of the money in now or on the turn.
112-Cole checks, Button bets $25, Cole raises to $65, Button calls $40. ***Turn: ($184) 9c (2 players)
The turn card is awful for me. Now there are four cards to a straight on the board. However, he has a small stack and reraised preflop so I believe there is a very good chance he has AA, KK, QQ, or AK. The only hand he can really have that beats me is JJ. However, because his range is wider than JJ, it is unlikely that this is his hand. If I bet here and he does not have JJ, he will almost always assume I have a straight and fold. If I check to him, he may bet AA, KK, QQ, AK, and JJ. So by betting out money will only go in when I am behind, but by checking, if any money goes in there is a good chance I am ahead. A check here commits me to call any bet he makes. I check and he instantly goes all-in. I've already thought out the situation and his hand range, so I automatically call.
113-Cole checks, Button calls $163.70 (All-In), Cole calls $163.70. ***River: ($511.40) Kd (2 players, 1 all-in)***Final Pot: $511.40
My analysis was very good. He had AK and surely would have folded to a bet on the turn. By checking to him, I gave him the chance to bluff at the pot and represent JJ. He did this and I pulled in a decent pot. Cole has 8s 8h (three of a kind, eights). Button has Kc As (one pair, kings). Outcome: Cole wins $511.40.
121-Cole ($421.30) ***BB ($384.50) ***UTG ($396) ***MP ($254) ***Button ($398.70) ***Preflop: Cole is SB with 8s, 5s. Cole posts a blind of $2. ***1 fold, MP calls $4, button calls $4, Cole (poster) completes, BB checks.
I'm in the small blind with a nice deceptive hand, 85s and complete the blind. Four of us see the flop.
122-Flop: ($16) 6d, 9d, 7c (4 players) ***Cole bets $12, BB folds, MP folds, Button raises to $24,
Cole raises to $100, Button calls $370.70 (All-In), Cole calls $294.70. I have flopped a straight, but it is not the nuts. The board is very drawy. Anyone with an 8 has an open-ended straight draw, diamonds make a flush draw, and a set is very possible. I bet out 3/4-pot and am min-raised (a very weak play) by the button. There are so many draws out that I am doing my best to get all of the money in here before a diamond comes or the board pairs so I reraise him big to $100. He instantly goes all-in. There are a bunch of hands he would do this with, including an 8 with diamonds, a set, overcards and diamonds, top two pair, etc since he is just as worried about me drawing. Only one of these hands beats me, T8. I call his all-in and hope he has one of the hands I am ahead of.
123-Turn: ($805.40) 8c (2 players, 1 all-in) ***River: ($805.40) 5d (2 players, 1 all-in) ***Final Pot: $805.40
He had flopped a higher straight than mine and took my stack. ***Cole has 8s 5s (straight, nine high).Button has Th 8h (straight, ten high).Outcome: Button wins $805.40.
131-MP ($435.50) ***CO ($389.60) ***Button ($725.60) ***SB ($86.70) ***Cole ($400) ***UTG ($372.50) ***Preflop: Cole is BB with 3h, 4h. SB posts a blind of $2. ***2 folds, CO raises to $14, 2 folds, Cole calls $10.
The CO raises the pot and I call in the big blind with some suited connectors. I don't always call here, I mix up about 40% calls, 50% folds, and 10% reraises. Looking back on it, I should have folded here because the CO is a good player and I will be out of position for the entire hand.
132-Flop: ($30) Ks, Qs, Qh (2 players)
The flop is terrible for me so I check and plan to fold to a bet. At this point I figure no good cards can come for me so I completely forget about the hand (including the fact that the flop came KQQ).
133-Cole checks, CO checks. ***Turn: ($30) 8h (2 players)
On the turn I pick up a flush draw, and there is a chance that the board missed him so I bet 2/3-pot. He calls.
134-Cole bets $20, CO calls $20.River: ($70) Jh (2 players)
I make my flush on the turn. When a backdoor flush comes on the river, I sometimes make an overbet of about twice the pot whether I have the flush or not. It is important that I make this bet with the flush about as often as I do it without the flush. It also must be believable that I did make a flush when I bluff at the pot. I bet $120 and the cutoff instantly goes all-in (!?). I had stopped thinking about the hand after the flop, so when I return on the river and see I have a backdoor flush I think "backdoor flush! nuts! allin!" and call. Terrible play by me as the board is paired, my flush is only 4 high, and the CO is a sane player.
135-Cole bets $120, CO calls $355.60 (All-In), Cole calls $235.60. ***Final Pot: $781.20
The cutoff had flopped four queens and I was drawing dead all the way. Normally I wouldn't really like his play, but it sure worked this time as I caught some cards that helped me out. My play of course was horrible and I needed to pay more attention to the hand. This rarely happens to me but when it does it is expensive. ***Cole has 3h 4h (flush, queen high). CO has Qd Qc (four of a kind, queens). Outcome: CO wins $781.20.
141-MP ($376.23) ***CO ($498) ***Button ($319.40) ***Cole ($419.75) ***BB ($103.10) UTG ($738.60) ***Preflop: Cole is SB with Jd, Qh. Cole posts a blind of $2. UTG raises to $8, MP calls $8, 1 fold, Button calls $8,
UTG, a terrible player, min-raises and there are several callers. I've got a OK hand in the small blind and call, hoping to flop a big hand like a straight in this multi-way pot.
142-Cole (poster) calls $6, BB calls $4. ***Flop: ($40) Td, Kd, Qd (5 players) Button folds, Cole calls $98, BB calls $68.10 (All-In), UTG folds.
The flop is OK, but dangerous for me. I've got middle pair, an opended straight draw, the second-nut flush draw, and an open-ended straightflush draw! Lots of possibilities. I bet out just over 2/3-pot
143-Cole bets $27, BB calls $27, UTG calls $27, MP raises to $125
two callers before MP raises big. The BB calls which is irrelevant because he is shortstacked and I'm getting good pot odds on a call with a lot of great turn cards that can come so I make the call. With the larger-than-normal raise, I think there is a decent chance MP has a small flush and doesn't want a diamond to hit.
144-Turn: ($412.10) 9h (3 players, 1 all-in)
I make a straight on a turn, but the board has three to a flush. I check and the MP checks behind. He will be put in a tough situation if a diamond falls on the river and he has a small flush so I no longer think he is capable of having this hand.
145-Cole checks, MP checks. ***River: ($412.10) 5s (3 players, 1 all-in)
Cole calls $286.75 (All-In), MP calls $243.23 (All-In). ***The river bricks and I should definitely just check here. However, I think I have MP's set/Ad/two pair beat so I go all-in. He calls and I figure I'm toast. ***Final Pot: $942.08***I was a pretty big dog this whole hand, as MP had flopped a small flush. I don't really understand his turn play, but my river play was awful. Cole has Jd Qh (straight, king high). BB has 9s Ad (one pair, nines). MP has 5d 6d (flush, king high). Outcome: MP wins $898.56. Cole wins $43.52.
151-BB ($871.40) ***UTG ($763.75) ***MP ($380.60) ***Cole ($425.40) ***Button ($375) ***SB ($567.11) ***Preflop: Cole is CO with Ks, Ah. SB posts a blind of $2. 2 folds, Cole raises to $14, Button raises to $52
I raise the pot in late position and am reraised by the button. The button is a good player who is aggressive and capable of reraising me light. He probably views me as a good, loose-aggressive player and does not give me credit for a hand as good as ace-king in this spot. If I reraise here and he goes all-in, I have to fold of course. If I reraise and he just calls, I am in a tough situation on the flop as I will only make a pair 1/3 of the time and I will be out of position. I elect to just call.
152-2 folds, Cole calls $38. ***Flop: ($110) Jd, Kd, 2c (2 players)
I flop top pair with top kicker. I'm a little nervous he has JJ, KK, or AA here so I just check. I definitely should have bet around $90 and folded to a raise. He checks behind.
153-Cole checks, Button checks*** Turn: ($110) Qs (2 players)
The turn card is terrible for me. The only hand I beat is TT, which will call a bet but not bet out. There is some merit to betting out on the turn but I check again. He bets $70. I beat absolutely nothing here. AA, KK, QQ, JJ, KQ, KJ all have me crushed and I'm only tying against AK. His bet is not that big and I do have a gutshot straight draw with top pair top kicker so I call his bet. I should probably fold the turn.
154- Cole checks, Button bets $70, Cole calls $70. ***River: ($250) Kc (2 players) ***Cole checks, Button calls $253 (All-In),
Cole calls $253. On the river I make trips with top kicker. There is no way I have him beat. He goes all-in and I should fold 100% of the time. For some reason I called his all-in. Final Pot: $756 Of course I lose to his full house. I'm not sure if he would have folded to a flop bet, but I definitely should have made the bet regardless. Cole has Ks Ah (three of a kind, kings). Button has Qh Qc (full house, queens full of kings). Outcome: Button wins $756.
161-BB ($426.70) ***UTG ($400) ***MP ($366.50) ***CO ($81.50) ***Cole ($402) ***SB ($376) ***Preflop: Cole is Button with Js, Jd. SB posts a blind of $2. ***1 fold, MP raises to $10, 1 fold, Cole raises to $30, 2 folds, MP calls $20.
MP makes a tiny raise and I pop him to $30 with pocket jacks.
162-Flop: ($66) 9h, 8s, 5s (2 players) ***MP bets $20
This is not a great flop for me but it's not terrible. It's pretty drawy and I have an overpair so I don't want to let spades or a gutshot see the turn cheaply. He bets very weak on the flop and I make a big raise, which he calls. I figure he is on some draw that he is going to refuse to fold, as this is how this player usually plays.
163-Cole raises to $75, MP calls $55. ***Turn: ($216) 4h (2 players) ***MP bets $90
The turn bricks and he makes another weak bet. I'm pretty sure he's on a draw or a weak pair so I just go all-in here figuring I'm ahead.
164-Cole calls $297 (All-In), MP calls $171.50 (All-In). ***River: ($774.50) 6d (2 players, 2 all-in) ***Final Pot: $774.50
He had flopped the nuts, but against this weak player I think my play was probably correct. MP has 6c 7c (straight, nine high). Cole has Js Jd (one pair, jacks). Outcome: MP wins $739. Cole wins $35.50.
172- BB raises to $28, UTG calls $24, Cole calls $24. ***Flop: ($98) Ac, 5h, 6d (3 players)BB bets $78, UTG calls $78
This is a perfect flop for me. I have middle set on a board with no good draws. If BB has AK or AQ I'm probably going to get a lot of action. I could get a lot of action from UTG no matter what he has, and I certainly have him beat. The BB bets out pretty large. Not surprisingly UTG calls. I would almost always raise here. However, we have deep stacks and I don't want to give away the strength of my hand. BB is definitely capable of releasing ace-king here. I think through the hand and realize I have a great chance to disguise my hand. If I call here, BB will check if he has a big ace on the turn. If anyone checks, UTG feels it is his duty to bet so he will undoubtedly fire a big bet with any two cards. I know this, but more importantly BB knows that I know this, so he knows I will call UTG's bets with a wide range of hands (most of which are behind ace-king). I decide to call and am pretty sure my plan will work.
173- Cole calls $78. ***Turn: ($332) Kh (3 players) ***BB checks, UTG bets $227.24,
On the turn, BB checks and UTG makes a big bet. I smooth call hoping to sucker the BB in. He calls as well.
174-Cole calls $227.24, BB calls $227.24. ***River: ($1013.72) Td (3 players) ***BB bets $350, UTG folds, Cole calls $161.87 (All-In).
The pot is so big and I only have $161.87 behind so I'm going all-in no matter what and there is no way the BB can fold. Luckily he does the betting for me. UTG folds (!?) and could have had literally any two cards after investing a few hundred dollars. I call all-in.
175-Final Pot: $1525.59
BB had ace-queen and I thought I played the hand pretty well. Normally slowplaying a set wouldn't be correct with deep stacks, but by knowing my opponents well I made the correct decisions. BB has Qc As (one pair, aces). Cole has 6c 6h (three of a kind, sixes). Outcome: Cole wins $1337.46. BB wins $188.13.
181-BB ($523.70) ***UTG ($558) ***MP ($616.50) ***Cole ($1036.50) ***Button ($784) ***SB ($619) ***Preflop: Cole is CO with Kd, As. SB posts a blind of $3. 2 folds, Cole raises to $12, Button raises to $45
I pick up ace-king in the cutoff and try to bet the pot. However, I accidentally minraise. The button is a good player, but we haven't played many hands together and so after my minraise he probably views me as a very weak player. I will exploit this perception. He makes a standard reraise. We are both pretty deep
182-2 folds, Cole calls $33. ***Flop: ($99) 3h, Kh, Kc (2 players)
This is a great flop for me. If I check-raise here he's going to get very suspicious and not put any more money in without a king. Even if he has a king, if he has KQ or KJ he may shut down. He views me as a weak player so I try to act the part by betting the whole way and hoping he calls me down. I bet 3/4-pot and he calls.
183-Cole bets $75, Button calls $75. ***Turn: ($249) 9d (2 players)
The turn bricks and I still have a great hand. I bet out larger here and it may look like I'm trying to steal the pot out of position. He goes all-in and I gladly call
184-Cole bets $210, Button calls $664 (All-In), Cole calls $454. ***River: ($1577) 7h (2 players, 1 all-in) Final Pot: $1577***
He had KJ and pays severely for playing a dominated hand. I pull down a huge $1577 pot for a profit of $790. Cole has Kd As (three of a kind, kings). Button has Js Ks (three of a kind, kings). Outcome: Cole wins $1577.
191-Button ($617) ***SB ($463.50) ***Cole ($596) ***UTG ($796) ***MP ($541) ***Preflop: Cole is BB with 8c, 8h. SB posts a blind of $3. ***3 folds, SB (poster) completes,.
The SB, a lousy player, open-limps on my big blind. This is not OK and I will raise with any two cards. I actually have a hand here and I bump it up to $22.
192-Cole raises to $22, SB calls $22***Flop: ($56) 7d, Ad, 8d (2 players) *** SB checks,.
The flop contains 3 diamonds so it's a little dangerous, but I flopped a very strong hand (a set) and have many outs against a made flush. I bet out 3/4-pot and he calls. He's gotta have an ace or a big diamond here.
193-Cole bets $42, SB calls $42***Turn: ($140) 7h (2 players) ***SB checks.
The turn pairs the board and now I beat any flush. I also beat the full house made by the hand A7 which is a possibility. My hand is the third nuts (77, AA beat me) but I dont want to bet so huge as to scare of a big diamond. I bet fairly large so we can get all of the money in on the river and make it $115. He check-minraises me and I figure he has a flush or a 7 so I go all-in. He calls and I expect to win the hand.
194-, Cole bets $115, SB raises to $230, Cole calls $411 (All-In), SB calls $163.50 (All-In) ***River: ($1059.50) Th (2 players, 2 all-in) ***
Final Pot: $1059.50 The SB shows queen high! He checkraise my big turn bet and called my all-in with queen high plus the 3rd nut flush draw on a paired board. Very good player to have at your table. Cole has 8c 8h (full house, eights full of sevens). SB has Jd Qc (one pair, sevens). Outcome: Cole wins $1059.50.
201-Cole ($678.10) ***UTG ($1240.35) ***MP ($546.15) ***Button ($1236.21) ***SB ($732.10) ***Preflop: Cole is BB with 5s, Ts. SB posts a blind of $3. ***1 fold, MP calls $6, Button raises to $17, SB (poster) calls $14,
The button raises to $17 and I'm in the big blind with T5s. I elect to call (somewhat questionable, I fold most of the time here but had a good feel for the table). Four players see the flop which is a good thing for my hand.
202-Cole calls $11, MP calls $11. ***Flop: ($68) 3d, 9s, Qs (4 players) ***SB checks,.
I flop a flush draw and a backdoor one-card straight draw. I plan on seeing a turn card. The button bets $30 and the SB calls. I call as well figuring my flush outs are good.
203-Cole checks, MP checks, Button bets $30, SB calls $30, Cole calls $30, MP folds ***Turn: ($158) Ks (3 players) SB checks,
On the turn I make my flush. Its pretty obvious that I have a straight or a flush here, but I make a big value bet. Both the button and the SB call and I'm sure I currently have the best hand.
SB checks, Cole bets $250, Button raises to $500, SB folds, Cole calls $250.
The river was probably the worst card in the deck as it paired the board. I definitely need to check here as it is very likely one or both of my opponents has a full house. I make a terrible play and "blocking bet" half the pot. Of course any full house will raise my bet and I will have to call. This is exactly what happens. Final Pot: $1539 I lose a stack to queens full. Cole has 5s Ts (flush, king high). Button has Qh Kc (full house, queens full of kings). Outcome: Button wins $1539.
211-Cole ($591) ***SB ($603.62) ***BB ($600) ***UTG ($1645.36) ***MP ($575.40) ***CO ($600.35) ***Preflop: Cole is Button with Th, Td. SB posts a blind of $3. UTG raises to $22, 2 folds,.
UTG raises the pot and I've got pocket tens in the big blind. I make a big reraise and he smoothcalls in position.
212-Cole raises to $68, 2 folds, UTG calls $46***Flop: ($145) Qh, Js, Tc (2 players) *** UTG checks,
Not a great flop for my hand. UTG's raising range is probably pretty narrow so he has a good hand. I have bottom set but I'm in a lot of trouble against AK, JJ, and QQ. I bet 2/3-pot and am checkraised pretty big. I don't want to give free cards to a hand like KK, AQ, AJ, AT, etc so I go all-in. This was stupid as this player isn't playing any hand I beat in this manner. He calls and it's clear I'm toast.
213-Cole bets $100, UTG raises to $300, Cole calls $423 (All-In), UTG calls $223. ***Turn: ($1191) 5c (2 players, 1 all-in) ***River: ($1191) 2c (2 players, 1 all-in) ***Final Pot: $1191***
I had a bunch of outs to fill up, but he had flopped the nut straight and takes the pot. UTG has Kh As (straight, ace high). Cole has Th Td (three of a kind, tens). Outcome: UTG wins $1191.
221-CO ($1170.10) ***Button ($1608.85) ***SB ($576.50) ***BB ($591) ***UTG ($719.09) ***Cole ($610.10) ***Preflop: Cole is MP with Ts, Th. SB posts a blind of $3.1 fold, Cole raises to $21, 1 fold, Button calls $21, SB (poster) raises to $33, 1 fold,
I raise the pot in MP and the SB minraises me. This is a terrible play, but when a bad player minraises me out of position it screams that he has a huge hand. I'm pretty concerned he has AA or KK here.
222-Cole calls $15, Button calls $15. ***Flop: ($114) 9s, 6h, 5c (3 players) ***SB bets $66
The flop is pretty favorable for my hand. SB makes a small bet and I put in a standard raise. The second he calls I need to not put any more money in the pot, as there are no hands I beat.
223-Cole raises to $185, Button folds, SB calls $119. ***Turn: ($484) 3h (2 players) ***SB checks,
Of course I want to see a showdown cheaply so I make a bad $200 bet and I have to call his checkraise all-in. Checking the turn is the right play, and planning on folding to any reasonable river bet.
224-Cole bets $200, SB calls $355.50 (All-In), Cole calls $155.50. ***River: ($1195) Kh (2 players, 1 all-in)
Final Pot: $1195 He had KK and spiked a third king on the river just to rub it in. SB has Kc Ks (three of a kind, kings). Cole has Ts Th (one pair, tens). Outcome: SB wins $1195.
231-CO ($670.35) ***Cole ($803) ***SB ($1520.24) ***BB ($1885.79) ***UTG ($966.05)***MP ($71.10) ***Preflop: Cole is Button with Ah, Ac. SB posts a blind of $3. ***3 folds, Cole raises to $21, SB (poster) calls $18, 1 fold.
I raise the pot with aces on the button.
232-Flop: ($48) 7h, 6h, 7c (2 players) ***SB bets $25, Cole raises to $80, SB raises to $135
The flop is very draw-heavy with many straight and flush draws. The SB bets half-pot and I make a decent raise. He makes a very strange play and minimum raises me. I call to see if a favorable turn card comes.
233-Cole calls $55.Turn: ($318) Tc (2 players) *** SB bets $125
Now 89 makes a straight, but the SB makes a very small bet of 1/3-pot. The bet is so small that it feels like he either has a flush draw and wants to see a cheap river or he's milking me with a full house or straight. I probably should have raised to $300 or so and not put any more money in the pot but I just call the bet.
234-Cole calls $125. ***River: ($568) Kh (2 players) ***SB bets $255,.
On the river the flush is completed. If he had any sort of draw he beats me. If he had a 7 he beats me. He makes a weak river bet and I'm the odds tempt me to call.
235-Cole calls $255***Final Pot: $1078
The SB was drawing on the flop, but he had a combo draw and was a favorite over my aces. He definitely should have pushed all-in on the flop. He made a straight on the turn and a flush on the river. SB has 9h 8h (flush, king high). Cole has Ah Ac (two pair, aces and sevens). Outcome: SB wins $1078.
241-CO ($971.10) ***Button ($225.95) ***SB ($1178.02) ***BB ($3086.51) ***UTG ($485.69) ***Cole ($1204.52) ***Preflop: Cole is MP with 7h, 6h. SB posts a blind of $3. ***1 fold,.
I raise with some suited connectors from middle position.
242-Cole raises to $21, CO calls $21, 3 folds ***Flop: ($51) 5d, 4h, Kc (2 players)
The flop is alright for me, as I have an open-ended straight draw and both the cutoff and I are pretty deep.
243-Cole checks, CO bets $40, Cole calls $40.Turn: ($131) 3d (2 players)
I've got a very good read on the cutoff. He consistently bets the flop, bets the turn, and checks behind on the river with any good but not great hand. He has bet the turn an astounding 71% of the time when given the opportunity. I make my straight on the turn and attempt to checkraise him. Somehow he checks behind on the turn.
244-Cole checks, CO checks ***River: ($131) 9s (2 players) ***
On the river my hand is still the nuts and I bet the pot. I would make this sized bet with the nuts or a bluff so it's hard to tell what my hand is. He makes a minimum raise which is fantastic. I go all-in for a huge overbet of the pot. He instantly calls and I figure we are splitting the pot.
245-Cole bets $125, CO raises to $250, Cole raises to $999, CO calls $660.10 (All-In).Final Pot: $2040.10
The river card was perfect as it gave him second set. His raise on the river was OK but he shouldn't have called my huge push. I pull down a $2,000+ pot. Cole has 7h 6h (straight, seven high). CO has 9h 9d (three of a kind, nines). Outcome: Cole wins $2040.10.
251-Button ($654.40) ***SB ($127.25) ***BB ($801.60) ***UTG ($600) ***Cole ($854) ***CO ($749.15) ***Preflop: Cole is MP with 2h, 2c. SB posts a blind of $3. ***1 fold, Cole raises to $21, 3 folds, BB calls $15
I raise the pot from middle position with a small pocket pair, hoping to take down the pot right now or flop a set and stack someone.
252-Flop: ($45) 4s, 2d, Tc (2 players) BB checks,.
I flop a set and there are absolutely no draws on this flop. I want to encourage my opponents to see the next card with a hand like AK, AQ, KJ, etc so I bet 2/3-pot (pretty small bet for this table).
253-Cole bets $30, BB calls $30***Turn: ($105) Ah (2 players) ***BB checks, Cole bets $88, BB raises to $251
The turn card is perfect as the ace could have made someone two pair or top pair with a good kicker. I make a pretty large bet and am raised by the BB, a good regular in the game. There are absolutely no draws and I am not scared of giving a free card to the BB. If I go all-in he will release any one pair hand. I smoothcall his checkraise.
254-Cole calls $163.River: ($607) 7h (2 players) ***BB bets $200***
On the river, the BB senses that he is beat. He makes a very weak bet of $200 into a $607 pot. I will push all-in with a variety of hands here, from the nuts to air, because of the weakness shown by his bet. I go all-in and he uses his entire time bank before eventually calling.
255-Cole calls $552 (All-In), BB calls $299.60 (All-In).Final Pot: $1658.60
He was drawing dead on the turn with top pair top kicker and I net over $800. BB has Kh As (one pair, aces). Cole has 2h 2c (three of a kind, twos). Outcome: Cole wins $1658.60.
261-This hand occured about 15 minutes later against the same opponent as the last hand on a different table: UTG ($666.60) ***MP ($789.75) ***CO ($1917.69) ***Cole ($736.40) ***SB ($1104.85) ***BB ($1131.12) ***Preflop: Cole is Button with Js, As. SB posts a blind of $3. ***2 folds, CO calls $6, Cole calls $6, SB (poster) completes, BB raises to $29, CO calls $29
I'm on the button with AJs and the CO limps in. I raise here 99% of the time but I have raised several hands in a row and decide just to call for fear of having to fold to a light reraise. The BB, whom I stacked with my set of twos in the previous hand, makes a big reraise. I fold here a lot of the time, but I've got position on the good player and the CO calls before I do. My hand plays well multi-way so I call and hope the SB calls as well. He does and four of us see a flop.
262-Cole calls $29, SB calls $29. ***Flop: ($140) 3c, 2d, 9d (4 players) ***SB checks, BB bets $100, CO folds,.
The good player bets over 2/3-pot and has an overpair here about 80% of the time. There is no way I am ahead. The CO folds and I am about to click the fold button and move on to the next hand. Then I think to myself, wait a minute, what hands do I play this way preflop? Pocket pairs! When I limp and call a raise, I frequently have a pocket pair. The BB is a good player so he knows this and it is very possible I have 22 or 33. With either of these hands, I will raise the flop. I notice that my play is consistent with a set so I make a large bluff-raise to $275. I would never do this against a lousy player who won't fold AA because "it's the nuts." However, this player is capable of folding an overpair and I am pretty sure this play will work. He again takes his entire time bank before folding and making some frustrated comments in the chat box. This is a risky play that is investing $275 in order to win just $240, so it must work over 50% of the time. With my image from the previous hand and this player's hand-reading skills, I was confident that the play would be profitable so I made it. In times like this it is important not to be playing with scared money. Raising to $275 is the right play, but it takes guts to put a couple hundred dollars in the pot with a hand that you know is the worst (and probably drawing to very few, if any, outs).
271-Button ($4182.42) ***SB ($990) ***Cole ($1190)***UTG ($1000) ***Preflop: Cole is BB with Ah, 5h. SB posts a blind of $5. ***2 folds, SB (poster) completes, Cole raises to $35, SB calls $35.
The SB open-limps and I pop it up to $45 with A5s.
272-Flop: ($90) 3h, 4h, 7c (2 players) ***SB bets $35,
This is a great flop for me. Any 2 or 5 makes me a straight. Any heart gives me the nut flush. I also have an overcard. I am a favorite against an overpair and even two pair. I'm not in terrible shape against a set or a straight, but I am an underdog. I'm going to try to get all my money in here if my opponent likes the flop. We do just that.
273-Cole raises to $125, SB raises to $240, Cole calls $1020 (All-In), SB calls $705 (All-In). ***Turn: ($2180) Ts (2 players, 2 all-in) ***River: ($2180) 3d (2 players, 2 all-in)
Final Pot: $2180 ***Unfortunately he had flopped a straight. My play was still fine as I had outs to a flush as well as outs to chop with the same straight. I was 43.33% to win on the flop. Against my opponent's range of hands I believe I will be ahead most of the time. Cole has Ah 5h (one pair, threes). SB has 5s 6s (straight, seven high). Outcome: SB wins $1980. Cole wins $200.
281-UTG ($213) ***MP ($4237.42) ***CO ($988.75) ***Cole ($1010) ***SB ($1912) ***BB ($1019)
Preflop: Cole is Button with Qd, 7d. SB posts a blind of $5. ***2 folds, Cole raises to $35, 1 fold, BB calls $25.
282-Flop: ($75) 5c, 8h, 4c (3 players) ***BB checks, Cole bets $52, BB raises to $104,
I flop a gutshot straight draw and an overcard. I make a continuation bet and he minraises me. I elect to call.
283-Cole calls $52. ***Turn: ($283) 6h (3 players) BB checks,.
On the turn I make my straight and am checked to. I bet 2/3-pot and he again check-minraises me.
284-Cole bets $205, BB raises to $410, Cole calls $205
River: ($1103) 2d (3 players) BB calls $470 (All-In),.
285-Cole calls $461 (All-In)
Final Pot: $2034 Unfortunately he had both a 9 and a 7 to make a higher straight than me. I think my play in this hand was fine, although the flop call is not one I would usually make. This player was tilting pretty badly and I felt I could get paid off if I made my straight. BB has 9h 7h (straight, nine high). Cole has Qd 7d (straight, eight high). Outcome: BB wins $2034.
291-SB ($415.25) ***BB ($1000) ***Cole ($1009) ***MP ($1257) ***Button ($880.75) ***Preflop: Cole is UTG with Kc, Ad. SB posts a blind of $5. ***Cole raises to $35, 1 fold, Button calls $35, SB (poster) calls $30, 1 fold.
I'm under the gun with ace-king and raise the pot. The button is the player from the previous hand, and we have been playing back at each other frequently.
292-Flop: ($115) 6s, Kh, 2h (3 players) ***SB checks, Cole bets $82, Button raises to $164, SB calls $164
I flop top pair with top kicker and bet 3/4-pot. The button minraises me and the SB calls. This is kind of bizarre and I'm unsure where I'm at in the hand... so I go all-in. There are several draws on the board and the button showed earlier that he was capable of raising the flop with just a gutshot, so he may have a weak draw. The SB calls and I'm pretty sure he has a flush draw. I don't really know any other hands that should be calling a bet and a raise, but he's a shortstack so he could be a lousy player. The button folds and the shortstack calls my all-in. I was praying that the button does not call as well, as my all-in is a massive overbet and he will have to have a big hand to call.
293-Cole calls $892 (All-In), Button folds, SB calls $216.25 (All-In). ***Turn: ($1633.25) 3h (2 players, 2 all-in)The turn completes the flush draw and I start cursing. ***River: $1633.25) Td (2 players, 2 all-in) ***Final Pot: $1633.25***
The pot comes my way and he had called my all-in with top pair, no kicker. SB has 8d Ks (one pair, kings). Cole has Kc Ad (one pair, kings). Outcome: Cole wins $1633.25.
UTG calls $10, 1 fold, CO calls $10, 1 fold,
There are a few limpers and I raise about the pot from the small blind with pocket tens.
302-Cole (poster) raises to $50, 1 fold, UTG calls $45, CO folds.Flop: ($130) 5d, 9h, 7s (2 players)
I flop an overpair and bet the pot, surprisingly UTG calls. I've never seen this player before but he's got the biggest stack at the table so he's probably decent. He has a set, straight, overpair, two pair, or some sort of pair + straight draw combination.
303-Cole bets $105, UTG calls $105. ***Turn: ($340) 9c (2 players)
This is a bad turn card. If he had top pair, he now has trips. I should probably just check and fold the turn. Instead I bet 3/4-pot. This isn't a terrible bet, as he could have a straight draw which he will fold, or the 9 could have counterfeited a seven-five two pair. Once again he calls and it's clear I'm beat. There's no hand he can play this way that I am ahead of. I need to check/fold the river.
304-Cole bets $235, UTG calls $235. ***River: ($810) 3d (2 players)
I'm pretty confused and make a weak 1/2-pot bet. He goes all-in and I guess just out of frustration I call. Stupid. Easy check/fold river.
305-Cole bets $375, UTG calls $1590.69 (All-In), Cole calls $424 (All-In).Final Pot: 3199.69
He slowplayed aces and stacked me. Cole has Ts Tc (two pair, tens and nines). UTG has Ah Ac (two pair, aces and nines). Outcome: UTG wins $3199.69.
312-MP ($1256.25) ***Button ($77.16) ***Cole ($2315) ***BB ($1098) ***UTG ($2337) ***Preflop: Cole is SB with Qd, Ac. Cole posts a blind of $5. ***3 folds, Cole (poster) raises to $30, BB raises to $115,
It's folded to me in the small blind and I raise to $35. The tough opponent reraises the pot. He will do this with a wide variety of hands, so I call. I probably just should fold here as this hand will be tough to play out of position.
313-Cole calls $90. ***Flop: ($250) 6d, Qc, 6s (2 players) ***Cole checks, BB bets $175, Cole raises to $450, BB calls $798 (All-In)
, Cole calls $523. I flop top pair and check-raise his flop bet. He goes all-in and I should definitely fold here. However, he's very aggressive and I've caught him making some outrageous bluffs so our recent history sways me to call. I'm never ahead here
314-This is against the same skilled loose-aggressive opponent from the previous hand. MP ($985) ***CO ($667.52) ***Button ($1476) ***SB ($1153) ***BB ($3027.75) ***Cole ($998) ***Preflop: Cole is UTG with Jd, Js. SB posts a blind of $5. ***Cole raises to $35, 4 folds, BB calls $25.
I raise the pot with pocket jacks and a tough player calls in the big blind.
315-Flop: ($75) Jc, 6s, Ac (2 players) ***BB checks,
Cole bets $55, BB raises to $185, Cole raises to $500, BB calls $2807.75 (All-In), Cole calls $463 (All-In). ***I flop middle set on a board with 2 clubs and an ace. I could get a lot of action here. The big blind checks to me and I make a standard continuation bet. He checkraises me and I reraise him. He goes all-in and I call expecting to see 66. Turn: ($4030.75) 5h (2 players, 2 all-in) ***River: ($4030.75) 3s (2 players, 2 all-in) ***Final Pot: $4030.75***He had smooth-called preflop with aces and we flopped set-over-set. No getting away from this one. ***BB has As Ad (three of a kind, aces).Cole has Jd Js (three of a kind, jacks). Outcome: BB wins $4030.75.
321-Cole ($1351) ***MP ($1016.75) ***CO ($1379.50) ***Button ($2439.49) ***SB ($748.25) ***BB ($1208.25) ***Preflop: Cole is UTG with Ad, Ts. SB posts a blind of $5.
I pick up ace-ten under the gun and raise the pot. The button and big blind both call, and I see a flop in position.
322-Cole raises to $35, 2 folds, Button calls $35, 1 fold, BB calls $25. ***Flop: ($110) Kd, Tc, As (3 players) ***BB checks,
I flop top and bottom pair, but a queen or jack will either send me under or ruin any possible action I may receive. Because of this, I bet out 4/5-pot and only the BB calls. He is a terrible player and could have just about any pair or gutshot draw here.
323-Cole bets $81, Button folds, BB calls $81. ***Turn: ($272) Qd (2 players) ***BB bets $95, Cole calls $95.
On the turn, a queen falls giving any player with a jack a straight. The BB bets out $95. If I am ahead here, he will probably shut down on the river. If I am behind here, I have 4 outs and am about 10:1 to fill up. This player is so poor, that when I'm behind I believe I can get his entire stack in the middle if I make a full house on the river. Therefore my implied odds when he has a straight are (95 + 272 + 997.25):95 or greater than 14:1. A call is profitable, so I make the play.
324-River: ($462) Ah (2 players) ***BB calls $997.25 (All-In),
Cole calls $997.25. The river pairs the board and makes me a full house. The BB makes a very amateur play and goes all-in for over twice the size of the pot. I am scare he has AK or AQ for a higher full house, but I will never fold this hand against such a weak player. Final Pot: $2456.50. My opponent called a pot-sized bet preflop with J3o, on the flop with a gutshot straight draw, bet 1/3-pot when he hit his straight, and then overbet twice the pot after the board pairs. I really can't think of a worse way for him to play this hand. I pat myself on the back for such great game selection as I pull in the $2456.50 pot. BB has 3d Jh (straight, ace high). Cole has Ad Ts (full house, aces full of tens). Outcome: Cole wins $2456.50.
331-BB ($2369.50) ***UTG ($1395.50) ***MP ($1042) ***CO ($972) ***Button ($1136.25) ***Cole ($1995) ***Preflop: Cole is SB with Kd, Kc. Cole posts a blind of $5.1 fold, MP raises to $35, CO calls $35, 1 fold, Cole (poster) raises to $160, BB raises to $340, MP folds, CO calls $937 (All-In), Cole calls $1830 (All-In), BB calls $1645.
MP raises the pot and I pick up pocket kings from the big blind. I reraise and the big blind reraises me. The cutoff goes all-in for about 100BBs. I don't mind playing pocket kings for 100BBs, but I would rather not put all my money with them for 200BBs. However, if I go all-in here I believe the BB might perceive it as a squeeze play and call with QQ, or maybe even AK/JJ. This opponent is good but plays pretty bizarre preflop sometimes. I push all my chips in and the BB calls. This was played poorly. I'm definitely toast
341-Button ($5489.50) ***SB ($1202) ***BB ($1000) ***UTG ($1033) ***MP ($1101) ***Cole ($2257) ***Preflop: Cole is CO with Jh, Ah. SB posts a blind of $5. ***2 folds, Cole raises to $35, Button raises to $60,
I raise the pot with AJs and the button makes a weird minraise. He's a good player so I'm not really sure what he's doing. We are both well over 200BBs deep so I make the call.
342-2 folds, Cole calls $25. ***Flop: ($135) Td, Ks, Qd (2 players) ***Cole bets $100, Button raises to $300,
I flop the nut straight. This hand is always vulnerable, so I would like to get as much money in as possible right now. If a diamond comes or the board pairs, I will no longer have the nuts. I lead at the pot and the button makes a standard raise. I reraise him and he immediately comes over the top. At this point he must have either a straight or a set. I go all-in and he calls. I pray he does not have ace-jack of diamonds, in which case we are tied but he is on a freeroll in this huge pot.
343-Cole raises to $550, Button raises to $800, Cole calls $1647 (All-In), Button calls $1397. ***Turn: ($4529) 2s (2 players, 1 all-in) ***River: ($4529) 8c (2 players, 1 all-in) ***Final Pot: $4529
The turn and river are perfect as my hand is still the nuts. The button had the second nut straight and a diamond draw. I pull in a huge $4500+ pot. Cole has Jh Ah (straight, ace high). Button has Jd 9d (straight, king high). Outcome: Cole wins $4529.
351-I haven't written a theory post in a while, but I've had some good ideas that I've been applying to my play recently.
High stakes no-limit hold'em is all about hand-reading skills and it is important for me to play in a manner in which it is difficult for an opponent to know what I hold. In a lower stakes game, where my opponents are calling me down with all sorts of garbage, I will play my good hands strongly and rarely bluff. However, in a higher stakes game if I play strongly only with my good hands, I will get run over when I don't have a hand and won't get paid off when I do have a hand.
352-Continuation Bets
When I raise preflop and get a caller, I will frequently bet the flop no matter what I have. This flop bet is a continuation bet and frequently takes the pot down uncontested. Of course I don't always make these continuation bets. Sometimes I check behind when the flop misses me, and sometimes I check behind when the flop hits me. I do this to stay deceptive. When I make a continuation bet, it is unclear whether I made a hand. When I check the flop, it is also unclear when I have a real hand. Sometimes I want to see a free turn card if I have a weak draw, and checking the flop with made hands makes opponents less likely to force me to pay to draw.
353-It is extremely important that my continuation bets do not contain any information whatsoever.
I must be sure to make the same bets whether I have aces or 5-high. Passive amateur players tend to bet more when they hit a hand, and they are very easy to read
354-Extra Outs and Getting Paid
Counting my outs is extremely basic and is the first thing I do when I'm faced with a tough situation. I then compare my outs to my pot odds and along with any fold equity a raise carries, I determine the correct play.
355-In no-limit hold'em it is important to carry sneaky draws so you will be paid off when they hit.
An example would be holding 43 when the board comes A75. If the pot was raised preflop, it is likely someone has an ace. Neither a 2 nor a 6 look particularly scary on this board, but they both make a straight for 43. In this situation, it is likely the straight will be paid off.
356-On the opposite side of the spetcrum, the most obvious draw on a board is usually a flush draw. Consider the following situation.
I hold 6s 5s on the button and raise the pot preflop. The big blind holds Ad Kd and calls my raise. ***Flop: Ac 8s Ts***The big blind bets 1/2-pot and I call. ***Turn: 2d***The big blind bets 1/2-pot and I call. ***River: Qs***The big blind checks, I bet the pot, he folds.
357-In this hand, I was getting 3:1 odds on the turn when I called with my flush draw.
The draw is about 4:1 to hit, so immediately the call is unprofitable, but if he will bet or call a bet on the river it turns into a profitable play (implied odds). By calling down, my hand is somewhat transparent. When my spade hits on the river, I bet the pot and the big blind folds. So my turn call was unprofitable.
358-When I call down on a two-flush board and finally bet when the flush gets there, it become "obvious" what I have.
I can use this to my advantage in the form of extra outs. If I do not actually have a flush draw, I can use any flush-completing card that comes as a "bluff out." It does not give me the best hand, but I am pretty sure I can take down the pot with a pot-sized bet. Against the right type of player, this type of bluff is very effective and can greatly enhance the value of other draws.
359-Consider the previous situation, but instead I hold a different hand
I hold 9d 7d on the button and raise the pot preflop. The big blind holds Ad Kd and calls my raise. ***Flop: Ac 8s Ts***The big blind bets 1/2-pot and I call. ***In the previous hand, I had a flush draw. Now I have an open-ended straight draw. A flush draw is "better" than an open-ended straight draw, because it has 9 outs rather than 8. However, I believe that I can use any spade as a bluff card against this opponent. There are 13 spades in the deck and I have only seen 2 of them, so there are 11 bluff outs. On top of that, 8 outs give me the best hand with a straight. One of these 19 "outs" will come by the river 50% of the time. Turn: 2d***The big blind bets 1/2-pot and I call. ***River: Qs***The big blind checks, I bet the pot, he folds.
360-In the previous hand, the Qs had made my flush. In this hand, I have 9 high.
When a bluff out comes, I bet the pot and am confident that he will fold. If I make my straight, it is concealed very well. Hopefully he will continue to bet on the river and I will raise. If he checks the river, he will probably call when a 6 or J comes on the river completing my straight.
361-It is important to know your opponent before you make a play like this.
I would not use a play like this at low stakes where poor players don't mind calling with anything because "top pair is the nuts." If a player calls my bluff, it is a very expensive play. However, against opponents who are capable of folding the play is great I'd definitely use a play like this against a regular in one of my games before I would use it against an unknown (possibly weak) player.
362-There is a great benefit of using bluff outs when playing against regulars.
If I am caught bluffing with 9 high as a flush card hits, my opponent is going to remember this. Later on when a flush hits on the river and I do actually have the flush, it is very likely I will get paid off. Getting paid off when I hit a flush can be difficult, but by mixing in bluffing at flushes, I make it very difficult for opponents to tell if I have a monster or air. I play my flush draws and my "flush bluffs" in the same way, and I would not make the bluff if it wasn't believable that I had the flush. It is also important that I believe he doesn't have the flush. I would rarely use these bluff outs if I didn't have something else going for me, like an open-ended straight draw or some sort of pair + draw combination.
371-MP ($1798) ***CO ($419) ***Cole ($1150.25) ***SB ($3132.76) ***BB ($1022) ***UTG ($1000) ***Preflop: Cole is Button with Jc, Kc. SB posts a blind of $5. 3 folds, Cole raises to $35, SB (poster) calls $30, 1 fold.
I raise from the button with KJs. The SB is a regular in the game and we've played together a fair amount. He knows I'm capable of making tricky plays, but he's also capable of folding good hands and does not like to play big pots without having a lock hand. We are both over 100BBs deep.
372-Flop: ($80) 5s, Jd, 8s (2 players) ***SB bets $69,
I flop top pair and the SB bets about the pot. This is a very drawy board and a lot of times I will raise here. However, I elect to call and reevaluate on the turn.
373-Cole calls $69. ***Turn: ($218) 7c (2 players) ***SB bets $180,
A fairly meaningless turn card falls and the SB again bets almost the size of the pot. At this point, I'm sure that he has me beat. He's playing the hand strongly and trying to force out any flush draws, so I think this is a good board to try to bluff at if a flush is completed on the river. Additionally, it is likely that kings and jacks are outs.
374-Cole calls $180. ***River: ($578) As (2 players) ***SB bets $225,.
The flush draw is completed on the river. The SB makes a weak blocking bet of less than 1/2-pot. His line of bet pot, bet pot, bet weak indicates that he is scared of the last card. My criteria are met: I could play a flush draw in this way (like Ts9s or 7s6s), it is obvious he does not have a flush (his river bet), and he is very capable of folding many hands that beat mine (we've played together a lot and I know his style). I go all-in for over $800. This is a powerful play and it is important to use it confidently and only when I believe it will work. Obviously it is expensive to drop over $1,000 when I clearly have the worst hand. The SB takes his entire time bank before folding. There is no way I had the best hand, and it's likely he had two pair. Cole calls $866.25 (All-In), SB folds Final Pot: $1669.25***Cole has Jc Kc (one pair, jacks). ***Outcome: Cole wins $1669.25.
381-Cole ($1187) ***SB ($1045) ***BB ($495) ***UTG ($1105.50) ***MP ($585) ***CO ($657) ***Preflop: Cole is Button with Th, 8h. SB posts a blind of $5. ***1 fold, MP raises to $30, 1 fold, Cole calls $30, SB (poster) calls $25, 1 fold.
MP is a regular in the game and is very tight, both preflop and postflop. He recently lost a pot and hasn't reloaded so his stack sits at about 60BBs. I call on the button with T8s, confident I can outplay this player postflop.
382-Flop: ($100) 5s, 9s, Jd (3 players) ***SB checks, MP bets $75,.
I flop an open-ended straight draw on a two-flush board. The MP makes a continuation bet and I call. The pot is heads up to the turn.
383-Cole calls $75, SB folds ***Turn: ($250) Kc (2 players) ***MP bets $175
On the turn the MP makes another large bet. He has only $305 behind which is less than ideal for one of my river bluffs. However, I've played a ton with this player and know how tight he is so I am confident that I can bluff him off at the river when the flush is completed. I may also get paid off when I make a straight.
384-Cole calls $175. ***River: ($600) 4s (2 players) ***MP checks,
MP checks to me on the river. Again, my criteria are met: I could play a flush draw in this way (say T8s, 86s, etc.), he clearly doesn't have a flush (he would go all-in on the river), and he's capable of folding a good hand (this guy is a huge nit). I go all-in with ten high, and he folds. Cole calls $907 (All-In), MP folds.
391-The higher stakes games are filled with regulars who take easy money as the fish come through.
This is profitable of course, but it is also important to be able to exploit the other regulars.Players who bluff too much hemorrhage money, while players who never bluff are painfully easy to read and never get paid off. It is important to play in a game theoretically optimal way so my opponents are constantly faced with difficult decisions. When they make the play in a tough spot, I make money.
392-In my previous entry I wrote about the profitability of using bluff outs in combination with a draw.
Calculating the expected value of these plays is a simple mathematical problem and I am going to demonstrate the profitability of the play. Consider the last hand I posted:
393-Here is how I calculate the expected value of the play.
The preflop raise and flop call are very standard, so the key street is the turn. At the turn, I need to decide whether to give up on the hand or make the call and go all-in on the river if I hit a real out (making my straight) or a bluff out (any spade). I will make a few estimates on how this player will act on various river cards based on his playing tendencies. These estimates are conservative, as I want to make sure that the play is profitable in the worst scenarios.
394-1.) The river completes my straight (8 outs)
My straight is a sneaky hand and he has only $305 behind when we get to the river. If he goes all-in I will of course call. If he checks and I go all-in, I believe I will be paid off almost always because he is getting 3:1 odds to call my river bet. Let's assume I get paid off 75% of the time when I hit my straight. Then the expected value when I make my straight is: (.75)(250 + 175 + 305) + (.25)(250 + 175) = $653.75
395-2.) The river brings three to a flush (11 outs)
The flush is an obvious hand for me to have. My opponent is very tight and hates to put all his chips in without the nuts. His turn bet looks like he's trying to price me out of drawing to a flush, so I do not believe he has a flush. To be safe I will assume he will go all-in on the river 25% of the time, check and call my all-in 25% of the time, and check and fold the other 50% of the time. Obviously when he goes all-in, I fold. When he calls my all-in, I lose. These numbers are pretty low and this player should fold to my "flush" more often than 50% of the time. With these estimates, the expected value when one of my bluff outs falls is: (.25)(-175) + (.25)(-175 - 305) + (.50)(250+175) = $48.75
396-3.) The river bricks
When the river bricks, I will check and fold, losing my $175 investment on the turn. The expected value when the river bricks is: -$175.00*** There are 46 unseen cards in the deck, so the expected value of my turn call is: (8/46)(653.75) + (11/46)(48.75) + (27/46)(-175) = $22.64
397-The play has positive expected value, therefore it is profitable and I make it.
I suspect the play is even more profitable, as I think the MP will put the rest of his money in when an innocuous 7 or Q falls, and I think he will fold to my river bet far more often when the flush arises. Also, there is some possibility that he is on a stone-cold bluff. Calculating the expected value of certain plays helps me determine the correct decisions at the poker table. If I know in advance that a play is profitable, it seems natural for me to make. However, if it "just feels right" to call and then make an $800 bluff, it's a little tougher to convince myself to make the play.
401-UTG ($597.70) ***MP ($873.25) ***Cole ($600) ***Button ($535.50) ***SB ($1169.40) ***BB ($474.05) ***Preflop: Cole is CO with Qc, Qs. SB posts a blind of $3. 2 folds, Cole raises to $21, Button calls $21, 1 fold, BB calls $15.
I raise the pot with black queens.
402-Flop: ($66) 9s, 9c, 4s (3 players) BB bets $40,
The pot is 3-way and players will lead out at a 994 flop with all sorts of garbage so I make a hefty raise.
BB checks,.
The flush is completed on the turn and I check behind.
404-Cole checks ***River: ($336) 7s (2 players) *** BB calls $318.05 (All-In),
Cole folds. On the river I make the 3rd best flush on a paired board. Lots of players will bluff at this river, and this was a very tough decision. I made the fold and everyone on TwoPlusTwo agreed that it was close, most players saying to fold and a few promoting a call. may
71-Button ($412.30) ***SB ($578.10) ***BB ($420) ***Cole ($400) ***MP ($739.70) ***CO ($129) ***Preflop: Cole is UTG with 9s, 9c. SB posts a blind of $2. ***Cole raises to $14, MP calls $14, CO calls $14, 3 folds. ***
I pick up pocket nines and raise the pot. There are two callers that both have position on me, so I'm going to have to play this hand very carefully.
91-BB ($493.23) ***UTG ($822.87) ***Cole ($452.50) ***CO ($428.20) ***Button ($262.60) ***SB ($372.30) ***Preflop: Cole is MP with 8c, 6c. SB posts a blind of $2. UTG calls $4, Cole calls $4, CO raises to $25, Button calls $25, 2 folds, UTG calls $21, Cole calls $
I've got some suited semi-connectors and limp preflop. I'll raise here a lot of the time, but I don't mind if other players enter the pot. The cutoff makes a big raise, which this player always does (and he is a very good player), and there are 2 callers before the action gets to me. Normally I would fold here, but with 2 callers the pot is big and my hand plays well multi-way. It is also well-disguised so my implied odds are good.
171- SB ($132.90) ***BB ($747.20) ***UTG ($686.67) ***Cole ($499.11) ***CO ($374.40)***Button ($379) ***Preflop: Cole is MP with 6c, 6h. SB posts a blind of $2.UTG raises to $8, Cole calls $8, 3 fold
UTG is one of the worst players I have ever played with. He loves to make outrageous bluffs, ridiculous calls, and is all-around lighting his money on fire. Somehow he's managed to build a pretty big stack. He minraises (standard for him, could mean anything) and I call with pocket sixes. The big blind is a pretty good regular in the game who reraises. I've got great position with a hand that has awesome implied odds and all of us have deep stacks. There is no way I fold here. The three of us see a flop.
204-Cole bets $127, Button calls $127, SB calls $127. ***River: ($539) Qc (3 players) SB checks, Cole bets $250, Button raises to $500, SB folds, Cole calls $25
The river was probably the worst card in the deck as it paired the board. I definitely need to check here as it is very likely one or both of my opponents has a full house. I make a terrible play and "blocking bet" half the pot. Of course any full house will raise my bet and I will have to call. This is exactly what happens. Final Pot: $1539 I lose a stack to queens full. Cole has 5s Ts (flush, king high). Button has Qh Kc (full house, queens full of kings). Outcome: Button wins $1539.
301-MP ($1063.75) ***CO ($629) ***Button ($1000) ***Cole ($1194) ***BB ($535.31)UTG ($1985.69) ***Preflop: Cole is SB with Ts, Tc. Cole posts a blind of $5. UTG calls $10, 1 fold, CO calls $10, 1 fold
There are a few limpers and I raise about the pot from the small blind with pocket tens.
311-The following hand occurs in a blind battle against a good player
My opponent is extremely loose and aggressive, and is probably one of the bigger winners in the game. He plays a very wide range of hands, but makes up for it with his great postflop skills and hand-reading ability. He is on several of my tables and I have stacked him a couple of times, so I think he's eager to play back at me and may be on a little bit of tilt. I did not play this hand well.
403-Cole raises to $135, Button folds, BB calls $95. ***Turn: ($336) 6s (2 players) BB checks,
The flush is completed on the turn and I check behind.