Going to share some losers with you from this month. Some the money goes in ahead, some behind. Either way I remember these hands to cause me some difficulty at the time. The point is here to not be results orientated but to make correct decisions. Suckouts happen all the time. Stats in brackets are VPIP/PFR/AF.
Hand 1: This happened today and inspired this post. I didn't know much about my opponent but had seen him play back at steals and was somewhat expecting a raise. I bet/3bet the flop showing huge strength. I obviously didn't like his shove but I had now put half my stack in and felt I had to call. Turns out my read was correct but this is still a very thin move. Bet/folding the flop is optimal here but given my 3bet and read do you fold to his shove?
Hand 2: I had not seen this villain check/raise many flops. He's a semi-aware player (20/14/3) that I felt was trying to move me off a medium pair here given my pre flop play. I put him semi-bluffing with big cards and got the turn card I wanted to get it all in. He time-banked and eventually called. Is TP/TK good enough here most of the time at this level? I guess I'm going to have to get more aggressive with the regular aggressive opponents, starting by 3betting this preflop.
Hand 3: This is something I'm going to learn to deal with if I'm going to continue to win at NL200 and above. This guy had been relentlessly 3betting me in position over 2 tables, and it was time to take a stand. I'm not quite sure if getting TT in preflop against very aggressive opponents is standard at NL200+ (28/25/5). TT is at the bottom of my 4bet range here but I know once I've 4bet that I'm not folding to his shove. I think that every once in a while I'm going to have to take these small equity edges and run with them. Obviously table selection helps cut this huge variance play down, but I will not be run over and it's good meta-game overall.
Any feedback is welcomed. I was going to jump straight in and start playing now but I'm going to have to wait as whilst going through my losing hands I've been forced to look at all my 2-6 outers for the month! Not posting any but here's an amusing hand, my opponent makes what can only be described as a "bluff call" LOL :-)