Online Poker with Friends | Part 13

Online Poker with Friends | Part 13. Today started with an earthquake. That’s not a metaphor. It was a real earthquake, as well as the biggest one in North Carolina since 1916. But it was only a 5.1. I was in a 6.7 in Mexico when I was 13, which was a much more interesting experience, including criminals on the loose, people stuck in elevators, and buildings falling down.

About two hours following the earthquake this morning, I received the following text from my mother: “Your sister told me you said you wanted me to move to the Bronx.”

Me: “Huh?”

So … that was strange. As far as poker goes, the game was scheduled to begin at 8 p.m. EST.

Players in…

7:57 funkvillain (me), ACDOE2k, CalebDurio

8:00 DougEPoker48 joins

8:03 donmagnet76 and HomelessB in lobby

Texted Joachim. He’s eating at Jack Binion’s at Horseshoe Tunica and forgot the time change. He said he’d hop in within an hour.

It didn’t take long for the game to be at full strength (full table).

Prior to that, this is where I was at on results…

+$183 RubyRoyal (2/4 No Limit)

-$160 BestBet Jax (2/2 No Limit)

+$300 BestBet OP (2/2 No Limit)

+$596 RubyRoyal (2/4 No Limit)

+$722 RubyRoyal (2/4 No Limit)

+$24 RubyRoyal (2/4 No Limit)

-$200 RubyRoyal (2/4 No Limit)

+$324.10 RubyRoyal (2/4 No Limit)

-$96.10 RubyRoyal (2/4 No Limit)

-$200 RubyRoyal (2/4 No Limit)

-$240 RubyRoyal (2/4 No Limit)

+$100.40 RubyRoyal (2/4 No Limit)

-$200 RubyRoyal (2/4 No Limit)

+$115.35 RubyRoyal (2/4 No Limit)

-$200 RubyRoyal (2/4 No Limit)

+$213.92 RubyRoyal (2/4 No Limit)

+$55.32 RubyRoyal (2/4 No Limit)

+$143.85 RubyRoyal (2/4 No Limit)

+$111.85 RubyRoyal (2/4 No Limit)

+$17.30 RubyRoyal (2/4 No Limit)

-$99.02 HouseOfShades (.50/1 No Limit)

-$200 RubyRoyal (2/4 No Limit)

+$15.96 HouseOfShades (.50/1 No Limit)

+$232.13 RubyRoyal (2/4 No Limit)

-$200 RubyRoyal (2/4 No Limit)

-$117 HouseOfShades (.50/1 PLO)

-$200 RubyRoyal (2/4 No Limit)

+$63.04 RubyRoyal (2/4 No Limit)

-$132.28 RubyRoyal (2/4 No Limit)

+$489.19 RubyRoyal (2/4 No Limit)

+$106 Harrah’s Cherokee (2/5 No Limit)

-$200 RubyRoyal (2/4 No Limit)

-$200 RubyRoyal (2/4 No Limit)

+$822.22 RubyRoyal (2/4 No Limit)

+$46.90 RubyRoyal (2/4 No Limit)

+$93.56 RubyRoyal (2/4 No Limit)

+$506.54 RubyRoyal (2/4 No Limit)

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Win/Loss: 22-15

Overall: +$2,611.24

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ONLINE POKER

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85o. Fold.

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K5o in BB.

Two limpers.

Check.

Flop: 774

ACDOE2k bets $8.

Fold.

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A9o in BB.

Two limpers to me.

Check.

Flop: 8K5

Checked around.

Turn: 8

Good time to rep the 8.

I bet $9.

Two folds.

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Kh 4h in SB.

Fold.

Needed to catch up with notes. Would have missed flop anyway.

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T6o in Cutoff.

Fold.

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T2o. Fold.

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K8s in Hijack.

Might play this hand sometimes in 7-handed game but note-taking factor. Good thing because CalebDurio raises to $12, which means I was way behind.

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A2o in BB.

HomelessB raises to $12.

DougEPoker48 calls.

Fold.

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Q5s in SB.

Poker132213 raises to $12.

donmagnet76 calls.

DougEPoker48 calls.

Fold.

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QJo on Button.

donkmagnet76 raises to $8.

DougEPoker48 raises to $16.

Fold.

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mean joe in for $80.

Table right now: ACDOE2k, CalebDurio, HomelessB, Poker132213, donkmagnet76, mean joe, DougEPoker48, funkyvillain

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K2s in CO.

Fold.

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K8o. Fold.

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KTo in MP.

Too risky when taking notes and 8-player game.

donkmagnet76 raises to $16.

Makes for much easier decision anyway.

Flop: 6J3 (and action)

Good fold.

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J9s. Fold.

Q6o. Fold.

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Ad Kh in BB.

Poker132213 raises to $12 from SB.

Call to disguise my hand.

Flop: Kc 7c 3s

He bets $12.

Call.

Turn: 2s

Check-check.

River: Qh

He bets $24.

Call.

He tables J9o.

Decent pot.

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K6o in SB.

Poker132213 raises to $12 from SB.

Fold.

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K8o on Button.

DougEPoker48 raises to $24.

Fold.

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66 in Cutoff.

donkmagnet76 calls.

Call.

CalebDurio and HomelessB call from blinds.

Flop: Q59

Checked around.

Turn: 3

CalebDurio bets half the pot.

donmagnet76 folds.

Fold.

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95o. Fold.

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AQo.

Raise to $10.

Two callers.

Flop: J47

donkmagnet76 bets $10.

mean joe calls.

Fold.

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T5o. Fold.

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99 UTG.

Call.

4-way pot.

Flop: A2A

Two checks to me.

I bet $4 into $20.

mean joe raises to $12.

Fold.

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94s in BB.

ACDOE2k raises to $12 from UTG.

Fold.

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52s in SB.

mean joe raises to $12.

Fold.

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VPIP: 20.83%

+$13.20

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92o. Fold.

83o. Fold.

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QTo in CO.

DougEPoker48 raises to $31.

Fold.

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Q6o. Fold.

Q8s. Fold.

A4o. Fold.

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Kh Qh.

Call.

4-way pot.

Flop: AK5

Two checks to me.

I bet $13.

mean joe calls, leaving her with $2.74 behind.

Turn: 2

I check to be nice because I had just invited her to the game.

She bets $2.74.

I call.

She tales Q5.

I offer to run it three times.

She accepts.

I win all three.

I did everything I could to give her a chance.

She reloads.

No big deal.

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Ac 2c in BB.

HomelessB raises to $12.

mean joe calls.

Call.

Flop: J8K (one club)

Check.

HomelessB bets $15.

Fold.

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53s in SB.

Poker132213 raises to $12.

Fold.

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mwnmark in.

SlowerRoll16 on wait list.

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J2s. Fold.

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JTs in Cutoff.

Call.

4-way pot.

Flop: J8T

HomelessB bets $14.

Call.

Turn: 4

HomelessB bets $40.

Call.

River: 7

HomelessB bets $84.

Fold.

Tough fold.

Pretty sure he had straight. He never stopped despite resistance. I inquired later. He flopped the straight.

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Q9o. Fold.

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99.

mwnmark limps.

I raise to $12.

Flop: AA3

Check-check.

Turn: 2

mwnmark checks.

I bet $4.

He calls.

River: K

He checks.

I bet $16.

He folds.

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93o. Fold.

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Cotton23 in lobby.

MattieBoy in lobby.

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82o. Fold.

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mean joe out.

MattieBoy in.

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QTs UTG.

3-player pot.

Flop: A39

Two checks to me.

I bet $8.

DougEpoker48 calls.

Turn: J

He checks.

I bet $27. Don’t know this player yet.

He calls.

River: 8

He checks.

I bet $28.

He calls.

Nice pot.

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93o in BB.

DougEPoker48 raises to $16.

Fold.

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7c 4h in SB.

3-player pot.

Call.

Flop: J64 (all clubs)

I bet $9.

Someone calls.

Turn: 6h

Check.

He bets $16.

Fold.

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Q8o. Fold.

96s. Fold.

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VPIP: 25%

+$36.96

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Ac Kh.

Cotton raises to $16.

Call.

My first hand ever with Cotton.

MattieBoy tank-calls.

Flop: As 7s 9s

Cotton checks.

I bet $35.

Two folds.

Cotton shows a Q.

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76o. Fold.

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AQo in MP.

One limper to me.

I raise to $11.

Three callers before Cotton jams for $128.60.

Tank-fold. I knew I was folding though. Just needed to catch up on these notes. I’ll tank sometimes on Sunday nights for this reason. 

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T8o. Fold.

A6o. Fold.

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J2s in BB.

Cotton raises to $12 from Button.

Fold.

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RickyTidwell in lobby.

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T6o in SB.

Poker132213 raises to $16.

Fold.

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Jh 8h on Button.

Call.

ACDOE2k raises to $12.

Call.

Flop: 3J7 (no hearts)

ACDOE2k bets a fast $18.66.

Call.

Turn: 6

ACDOE2k checks.

Check.

River: Q

Check-check.

He tables J9 and scoops. I could have moved him off this hand but check felt right at that time. No hindsight. You do the things you do for a reason—the way you’re wired.

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64s. Fold.

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As 7s.

Call.

3-way pot.

Flop: Qs Th 5h

Cotton jams for $18.66.

Fold.

MattieBoy calls.

Cotton tables AT.

MattieBoy tables KJ.

MattieBoy offers to run it three times.

Cotton rejects.

They run it once.

MattieBoy hits his straight.

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MattieBoy: “Should have run it multiple times.”

Cotton: “I’m not that smart. Lol.”

MattieBoy: “ha, nah you’re good.”

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ACDOE2k: “For the record: great timing can also occur with great hands.”

MattieBoy: “brass giblets can also occur at smart timings.”

ACDOE2k: “giblets – I know the word, but the context escapes me.”

MattieBoy: “Bravery.”

ACDOE2k: “Aha! Got it.”

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Q4o. Fold.

84o. Fold.

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A5o in BB.

Check.

4-way pot.

Flop: JJK

Checked around.

Turn: 5

Poker132213 bets $5.

Fold.

Not getting involved in that nonsense for a small pot.

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A6o. Fold.

64s. Fold.

Q2s. Fold.

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VPIP: 24.19%

+$14.60

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Joachim in.

Don’t know who is out. Too much going on.

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54o. Fold.

75o. Fold.

QTo. Fold.

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K3o UTG.

Fold.

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Q3o in BB.

Cotton23 raises to $12.

Fold.

Flop: J27

Good fold.

The money saved by folding in these situations far exceeds the money won when you gamble.

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Joachim: “As the famous Marvin said, ‘Good evening earthlings.’”

MattieBoy: “Marvin?”

Joachim: “Martian. Autocorrect.”

MattieBoy: “Nanu nanu.”

Joachim: “Mork.”

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98o in SB.

3-way pot.

Flop: 569

I bet $8.

CalebDurio calls.

Turn: Q

Check.

CalebDurio bets $11.

Call.

River: 7

I bet $22.

He calls.

Nice pot.

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CalebDurio: “Tyler, I knew you had straight but still couldn’t fold. I flopped a set.”

Me: “Bad read on my part then. I knew you were strong, but I didn’t know you were rat strong. (yikes emoji).”

Me (again): “Thought I had more outs.”

MattieBoy: “CalebDurio, I had you on KK or AA. That’s a tough one.”

CalebDurio: “lol.”

Joachim: “Tyler, is ‘rat strong’ a new literary superlative?”

Me: “Didn’t know I wrote that, but I like it!”

MattieBoy: “Some rats have crazy strength.”

CalebDurio: “You ever hear of master splinter?”

MattieBoy: “Only because I’m a turtle in a half shell.”

CalebDurio: “That rat single handedly whipped Shredder’s ass.”

MattieBoy: “He did indeed.”

I have no idea what they’re talking about. I’ll assume it’s MMA.

Note: I looked it up. I was way off. They were talking about Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. But maybe that was the inspiration for MMA and I’m not that far off.

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A7o. Fold.

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A4o. Fold.

J3o. Fold.

J9o. Fold.

A8o. Fold.

J9o. Fold.

52o. Fold.

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72o in BB.

Check.

6-way pot.

Flop: 887

Checked around.

Turn: Q

Someone bets $15.

Fold.

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Ac Tc in SB.

3 limpers to me.

Check. I have no idea why. If I’m only playing and not doing anything else, I definitely raise here.

Flop: 835

Checked to Cotton, who bets $10.

Fold.

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Poker132213 puts Joachim all-in and gets called.

Poker132213 tables AK.

Joachim tables 88.

They run it twice.

Poker132213 wins both.

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Joachim out.

RickyTidwell in.

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Ac 3c on Button.

Poker13213 raises to $16.

Fold.

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Q7o. Fold.

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RickyTidwell out. Never played. Didn’t load in time.

Poker183094 in for the first time. That I’ve seen anyway. He watches from lobby often, but I’ve never seen him play. No clue what to expect.

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J4s. Fold.

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T4o in BB.

Poker183094 raises to $12.

donkmagnet76 calls.

Fold.

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A2o in SB.

Call.

3-way pot.

Flop: 83Q

Check.

ACDOE2k bets $4.

Cotton calls.

Fold.

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Me: “Strongest creature on earth pound for pound? Just looked it up.”

Me (again): “Don’t look it up though! MattieBoy.”

I throw a tomato at MattieBoy.

MattieBoy: “Aw man! Why do I need to know these things when I know of Google?”

MattieBoy (again): “Is it Nessy?”

Me: “Surprise interviews for zoo positions. Not Nessy.”

MattieBoy: “Alien Ant Farm?”

Me: “A panchilla.”

MattieBoy: “No making up fictional creatures.”

Me: “Got me! Seeing how gullible you were for this game. Nice call!”

MattieBoy: “Army ant?”

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Q7o. Fold.

53o. Fold.

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MattieBoy: “I meant army ant farm.”

Me: “Dung Beetle.”

I throw poop at his face.

He goes on a rampage and throws poop at everyone.

Me: “Dung.”

MattieBoy: “Good night, all.”

mwmark: “Smells kinda shitty in here.”

Me: “Mind your manners, MB. I can’t smell it, MM. I am thankful for many things in life.”

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QQ UTG +1.

Raise to $13.

donkmagnet76 and Cotton call.

Flop: 36T

Two checks to me.

I bet $26.

Two folds.

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A5o. Fold.

T4o. Fold.

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Ah 5h UTG.

Call.

5-way pot.

Flop: Qh Th Jd

Poker132213 bets $20.

Call.

Turn: 4d

Poker132213 bets $40.

Call. I know this river card might be the card that makes or breaks me for the session.

River: 3c

Poker132213 bets $70.

Fold.

That sucked.

No big deal.

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SlowerRoll16 in.

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42s in BB.

SlowerRoll16 raises to $10 from MP.

Fold.

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72o in SB.

Poker183094 raises to $12.

Fold.

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64 on Button.

SlowerRoll16 raises to $12.

Fold.

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QTo in Cutoff.

Cotton23 raises to $12.

Fold.

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A9o. Fold.

86o. Fold.

83o. Fold.

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33 UTG.

Call.

4-way pot.

Flop: 346.

Cotton23 and Poker132213 check.

I bet $12.

Poker132213 min-raises.

Call.

Cotton23 folds.

Turn: 8

Poker132213 bets $32.

Call.

River: 7

Poker132213 puts me all-in.

Fold.

He shows a 5.

This is one of those situations where I didn’t slowplay to trap as much as to to see what happened before investing more chips. If he has the 5, I’m not moving this player off that hand with the size of the pot. I know this because I have played with him many times.

It’s a unique yet financially effective style of play. The technical crowd will never agree with it, but I have never been technical in anything, including athletics and writing. I operate via trial and error. I then apply my own style. I only care about one thing at the poker table: Profits. And that doesn’t mean one session. It means long-term profits. Money Management plays a key role, which I will write an article about soon.

A few minutes later…

Poker132213: “Good laydown. Straight.”

Me: “Thanks. Flopped a set. Tough fold.”

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Good laydown, but would happen in the second half of this session? Click here to read Online Poker with Friends Part 14.

♠ Tyler Nals | pokerjournal.org