Haven’t had much of a chance to play this week, busy with work during the day and life most nights.
I did play a few hundred hands last night though for a small (1.5 buy-in) loss. Generally I’m playing well generally and the overall loss was caused by two hands.
One was my first big blind at a table full of unknown players, folds to the small blind who limps and I have:
I check (generally I’d raise the small blind here but it was my first hand) and the flop comes:
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Some betting happens on the flop, turn and river and we end up getting it all in. He shows:
No surprise probably but in that blind vs blind situation it’s hard to get away from trips as an unknowns range (especially at the micro stakes) is so wide there even with the action.
Same table, a few hands later I pick up pocket jacks in early position and get 3 bet from a middle position player, I call and see a flop of under cards and end up getting it in vs pocket kings. I probably could have got away from this one for about half a buy-in less if I’d slowed down and thought about things a bit.
Otherwise I feel like I’m playing fairly solid poker. Apart from playing less for stacks with pairs I think I need to work on the following:
- Value bet sizing on later streets when I have strong hands.
- Continuation bets in 3 bet hands.
- Pre-flop raise percentage (currently it’s a little disproportionate to my VP$IP – something like 23/13).
Will keep working at it, I’m enjoying the challenge again!