Online Poker with Friends | Part 9

Umm … Where’s the game???

I promoted for 8 p.m. EST as always and it’s 8:05 p.m. EST, but there is no table open. I have people messaging me left and right and nothing is happening.

I texted Starr (she runs the game) the following…

Me: “Are you putting game up?”

Me (again): “It’s 8 pm EST.”

Me (again): “People are asking.”

Me (again): “This is not good look for me.”

No reply. My only guess is that she’s in Vegas and lost track of the time because she’s in a different time zone.

8:11 p.m. EST. Still no game. I’m now certain that we lost some players for tonight.

An anonymous friend texted me and asked me how I was feeling at this moment. I wrote: “Pissed off.”

But was I really pissed off? A little perturbed but I wasn’t pissed off. I wasn’t allowed to be. I’ll let you in on a little secret. Since I’m in Tunica Mississippi, I’m also in a different time zone. And I also had the wrong time. I was just about to go eat dinner and then come back for the game. I was an hour off. Right when I was about to leave my room, I received a text from Antjuan…

Antjuan: “Same room on the app right? I’m in CST and don’t want to miss out.”

Me: “Yes. Same room. 1 hour 5 min.”

Antjuan: “Thx”

Me: “Yw”

Antjuan: “Ok, I thought I was about to be late.”

Me: “Hold on. It’s 8 p.m. EST now, isn’t it?”

Antjuan: “Yeah, that’s why I was asking.”

Me: “Trying to contact Starr.”

Me (a few minutes later): “Game is up now.”

Antjuan: “Yup”

I make mistakes. I will always own them when I do. Every single time. Accountability.

On to the next problem. No sound on the game. Smh. You will read plenty about this as we move on. You will also read some interesting chat conversations as well as some drama later in the session. For now, let’s get to some poker.

POKER

65 in SB.

Fold to $12 raise from Joachim.

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KTo vs. Joachim.

He raises to $6 pre-flop and bets $6 on every street.

I call the whole way on this board: K458J

He tables 77.

I estimated a 50% chance I was winner there.

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Ac 5c.

Call.

3-way pot.

Flop: J33

Checked around.

Turn: T

Checked around.

River: 8

RickyTidwell bets $8.

Fold.

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Q4o. Fold.

Q2o. Fold.

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No sound. Driving me crazy. When you’re writing notes, you need to hear those dings and signals that it’s your turn to act. I can’t look at the game and my notebook at the same exact time. I need to figure this out. If I don’t, I’m going to miss some hands.

76o in BB.

Joachim raises to $10.

Fold.

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AA on Button.

Open-raise to $12.

Two folds.

Not what I wanted.

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K6o. Fold.

A8o. Fold.

A3o. Fold.

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53 in BB.

ACDOE2k raises to $10 from UTG.

Fold.

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Me: “Anyone know how to fix sound on here?”

Joachim: “Volume up.”

Me: (laughing emoji)

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JJ in SB.

MattieBoy raises to $10.

Call.

ACDOE2k calls.

Flop: 985

I bet $18.

Two folds.

A lot of players will raise pre-flop with JJ in that spot, but my goal is to outplay people post-flop and stay in the game. I don’t want to get into situations where the pot is ballooned and I end up all-in on one hand.

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62o. Fold.

87o. Fold.

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MattieBoy: “Hmmm. Click on the three lines up top and see what table settings say.”

Me: “Nope. Good idea though.”

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J5o. Fold.

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SlowRoll all-in before I even knew he was there because I was taking notes. He must have just sat down. He loses with 44 vs. 77 and AQ. ACDOE2k takes it down with AQ.

Connection problem. Can’t access game. No sound + no connection = frustration. Shutting off phone and starting again. Not starting poker session again. Just phone. See if that works.

I return to game and see that I auto-folded 86 due to being timed-out. Still no sound. WTH? If PokerBros was a person, I’d probably be picking a fight with him right now. Not a physical fight but a verbal one.

I’d say, “BRO!”

He’d say calmly, “Bro…”

That would only piss me off more and I’d say, “BRO!!!”

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This does remind me of something. During my ten-hour drive to Tunica, an idea for a story popped into my head. It came out of nowhere. Title: Bro. I have the entire story outlined. I’m either going to make it a book or a short story. Not sure yet. I need to finish some other projects first, but since it’s in my mind and now in my notes, it will probably become a reality at some point in the not-so-distant future. The title will make sense by the time you’re done reading. It might make sense earlier. It depends on your ability to decipher.

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K8o. Fold.

Q3o. Fold.

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No fucking sound! Can you hear my frustration?

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ACDOE2k: “Picking up Chinese food while playing. Brave new world.”

Me: “Chinese food! Wonton soup?”

ACDOE2k: “Kung Fu Stuffed Chicken and Rice Soup.”

I think he means “Kung Pao Stuffed Chicken but not sure.”

Me: (Kung Fu uniform emoji)

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72o. Fold.

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88 UTG.

Call.

SlowRoll16 jams for $108.19.

I think about it, but if I lose this hand, I have no freaking content. I never re-buy.

Fold.

If he made this move later in the session and I was stuck, I would call.

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CalebDurio: “Last time I had an issue, I went to the phone settings.”

Joachim: “Last time I had an issue, I had to go to counseling.”

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K4o. Fold.

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J8o in SB.

SlowRoll16 raises to $12.

Fold.

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Q3o. Fold.

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77 in Cutoff.

Call.

Flop: 565

Two checks to me.

I bet $12.

Two folds.

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J4o. Fold.

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CalebDurio: “Conversational question. In this time we live in, are you now a racist if you don’t like a certain country’s food? lol. Like if someone doesn’t like Chinese food?”

Joachim: “Probably.”

CalebDurio: “Lol.”

Joachim: “You can do nothing and be accused of that.”

CalebDurio: “Yep.”

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K4o. Fold.

93o. Fold.

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As Qs in BB.

SlowRoll16 raises to $10.

Call.

Flop: 55A

I bet $13.

He folds.

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Where is the freaking sound? Going to check Settings on my phone.

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33 in SB.

SlowRoll16 raises to $10.

Call.

Flop: 4A9

Check.

He bets $8.

Fold.

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Ac Tc on Button.

Call.

3-way pot.

Flop: 8d 4d 6d

ACDOE2k bets $6.

Fold.

That is definitely a hand I should raise pre-flop in that spot, but taking notes and trying to keep up with everything is very difficult. Sometimes I just hit call while writing my notes. And that’s fine because it keeps me around longer, which leads to me having more story to tell.

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85o. Fold.

K3s. Fold.

43o. Fold.

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RickyTidwell all-in on ATK5 board.

Joachim folds.

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Tried settings on phone for sound. No luck.

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Q7o. Fold.

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Ah Kh.

MattieBoy and CalebDurio limp.

I raise to $15.

Both of them call. Highly unexpected.

Flop: 37J (two diamonds)

CalebDurio checks.

I check.

MattieBoy bets $20.

Fold.

MattieBoy shows Ad.

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Q4 in SB.

Fold.

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I think I’m going to have to live with the fact that there will be no sound for this game. I don’t want to stand up from game and sit back down because I could end up in a different seat or something. I don’t know.

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83o. Fold.

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VPIP: 29.26%

– $1.90

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Ac 9c in Cutoff.

Call.

4-way pot.

Flop: 7h 9s Qc

Three checks to me.

I bet $9.

RickyTidwell calls.

SlowRoll16 calls.

swagdog folds.

Turn: 9d

Two checks to me.

I bet $19.

RickyTidwell calls and SlowRoll16 folds. Opposite of what I expected.

River: 4h

RickyTidwell bets $41.50.

I call.

He tables 97 for full house.

Ouch.

I’ll blame it on the sound. So much for accountability, huh?

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J5o. Fold.

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MattieBoy: “So are you just going to keep boating up all night Ricky?”

RickyTidwell: “Yes.”

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Good answer. Good answer.

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MattieBoy and RickyTidwell are heads-up on next hand.

MattieBoy: “Damn it. You did it again, didn’t you?”

RickyTidwell: “Maybe you did.”

MattieBoy: “I did.”

MattieBoy bets $34.66 on river.

RickyTidwell folds.

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AJo.

Raise to $11.

RickyTidwell calls.

Jim MAC calls.

I don’t remember flop, but I know that I bet $25 and got two folds.

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CalebDurio (on hand where I lost to RickyTidwell’s full house): “Bad thing is he had 97o in BB. Anyone raises pre-flop and he’s out of there.”

This is a valid point. Thank you for that reminder. Lol.

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KJo.

Call.

SlowRoll16 raises to $12.

Call.

Flop: 863

Check.

SlowRoll16 bets $17.

Fold.

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As Ks UTG.

Limp with no intention of folding to any raise.

ACDOE2k raises to $14.

SlowRoll16 calls.

Flop: 22A

I bet $16.

ACDOE2k folds.

SlowRoll16 jams for $90.49.

I call.

He tables AQ.

I offer to run it three times.

He accepts.

I win two and we chop one.

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T8o. Fold.

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ATo in BB.

RickyTidwell raises to $12.

SlowRoll16 jams for $39.96.

Call.

RickyTidwell folds.

Slowroll16 tables 6h 5h.

I offer to run it three times.

He accepts.

He wins 2 of 3.

If the sound is on, I win at least 2 of 3.

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5d 4d in SB.

Jim MAC raises to $8.

swagdog raises to $16.

Fold.

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98o. Fold.

T2o. Fold.

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Me: “Can anyone here sing and put it on audio in chat? No sound is kind of annoying.”

Joachim: (Oh Shit! emoji)

I don’t know if there is an ‘Oh Shit!’ emoji, but I think that’s what it would look like. You will have to use your imagination.

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55.

Call.

Flop: 9J2

Checked around.

Turn: 9

RickyTidwell checks.

SlowRoll16 bets $8.

River: 2

SlowRoll16 bets $14.

Call. Might be a bad call.

Yeah. He had a 2. Right on the turn call. Bad river card. Could have folded there.

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T3o. Fold.

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ACDOE2k is all-in with KK vs. Jim MAC with JT on 2K3 flop.

They run it twice.

Somehow, they chop it.

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A3o. Fold.

J8s. Fold.

Q4s. Fold.

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Q5o in BB.

Three limpers to me.

Check.

Flop: KK2

Checked around.

Turn: T

Checked to swagdog, who bets $8.

All folds.

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74o in SB.

SlowRoll16 raises to $10.

Jim MAC calls.

Fold.

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Ad 9h on Button.

Call. Outside of SPATS. Danger!

Jim MAC calls.

4-player pot.

Flop: 6TK.

Checked around.

Turn: 8

Checked to Jim MAC, who bets $4.

Fold.

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T2o. Fold.

73o. Fold.

K5o. Fold.

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Figured out sound. I had dropped my phone earlier, which must have led to the Mute button switching to On. I had to take my phone protector off and switch the Mute button back to Off. Very unimportant information for a poker book, but I always want to tell the whole story. That said, I will not explain how I ate pretzels in the shower yesterday.

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KJo.

Call.

3-player pot.

Flop: 935

ACDOE2k bets $7.

Fold.

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VPIP: 30.64% (WAY TOO HIGH!)

– $22.67

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Q5o. Fold.

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MattieBoy all-in with AA vs. SlowRoll16 with 75o.

They run it twice.

MattieBoy wins both.

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KJo.

Call.

SlowRoll16 calls.

MattieBoy raises to $12.

We both call.

Flop: QQ9

Checked around.

Turn: Q.

I bet $4. Just to see what’s going on.

Two callers.

River: 2

Checked to MattieBoy, who bets $26.

Two folds.

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Q9o in BB.

3-player pot.

Flop: K69

I bet $6.

RickyTidwell folds.

CalebDurio raises to $18.

Fold.

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99 in SB.

Call.

3-player pot.

Flop: 5AA

I bet $11.

ACDOE2k calls.

Turn: K

Check-check.

River: 7

Check.

ACDOE2k bets $17.

Fold.

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K2o. Fold.

92o. Fold.

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I am WAY too active in this game. Not sure if it’s me or starting hands I’m being dealt.

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T5o. Fold.

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ACODE2k: “I just discovered table settings myself. Now we’re playing in a basement.”

Me: “Nice! Memories.”

ACDOE2k: “And it has a typewriter?”

Me: (laughing emoji/strong emoji).

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83o. Fold.

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Joachim: “Every Friday we had a half keg of genesee cream ale then went to the bar (some kind of emoji with wide eyes. Wide-Eyed Emoji?).

CalebDurio: “Lol.”

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K7o. Fold.

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MattieBoy: “Are you drunk now, Joachim?”

Joachim: “Maybe.”

I’m going to guess no because it’s not Friday.

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43 in BB.

SlowRoll16 raises to $12.

Fold.

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Tc 8c in SB.

SlowRoll16 raises to $12.

swagdog calls.

CalebDurio calls.

I call.

ACDOE2k calls.

Flop: A6T (one club)

Checked around.

Turn: 5c

I accidentally bet $4 (hit wrong button).

SlowRoll16 bets $48.

Fold.

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AQo on Button.

Jim MAC limps.

I raise to $10.

Jim MAC calls.

Flop: 3Q2

Jim MAC bets $6.

I raise to $12.

He calls.

Turn: 7

Jim MAC checks.

I bet $22.

He folds and shows 99.

I say “AQ” in chat (true) and say “gf.”

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AKo.

Raise to $12.

ACDOE2k calls.

Flop: 758

I bet $12.

He folds.

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94o. Fold.

J3s. Fold.

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Jim MAC all-in with ATs vs. Slowroll16 with TT.

They run it twice and chop it.

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J9o. Fold.

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VPIP: 32.05%

– $37.37

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I don’t know what’s going on with that VPIP.

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9c 8c UTG.

Fold.

Tempting but not from early position.

That’s bad poker.

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Finally got some good music going: Jen Ferrer Boiler Room Los Angeles DJ Set. Before this, it was a DJ wearing a denim jacket and a scarf. I can’t listen to a DJ that’s wearing a denim jacket and a scarf. Never do that! PSA.

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84o in BB.

SlowRoll16 raises to $12.

Fold.

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K2o in SB.

Call.

4-player pot.

Flop: 47K

I bet $12.

SlowRoll16 calls.

Turn: 4

I bet $8.

He raises to $28.

Fold.

I have learned that SlowRoll16 will attack if you use descending bets. I knew he would raise here, and I knew I would fold, but it’s part of the long-term plan. Lose the battle to win the war. I’m risking $8 to win hundreds at some point over the next few sessions. I’ve been down this road before. I just need the right spot.

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J6o. Fold.

94s. Fold.

A3o. Fold.

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55.

Call.

4-way pot.

Whiff.

Jim MAC all-in on this hand and busts.

Sorry, JIM! I was rooting for you.

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T4s. Fold.

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Qc Jc UTG.

Call.

ACDOE2k raises to $14.

CalebDurio calls.

Call.

Flop: TT7 (two spades)

I don’t have remainder of information on this hand, but I know that CalebDurio bet $52 and got two folds.

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Tc 3c in BB.

Heads-up blind action vs. CalebDurio.

Flop: 7h 9h 3h

CalebDurio checks.

I bet $4.

He calls.

Turn: 6d

Check-check.

River: 4h

CalebDurio bets half the pot.

Fold.

CalebDurio has come out firing tonight. I think he’s using his image to his advantage. Smart. As long as he doesn’t get too crazy with it. Also possible he’s running good.

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73o in SB.

Two limpers to me.

Call.

Flop: J54

Check.

ACDOE2k bets $8.

swagdog calls.

Call.

Turn: 6 (wow)

Check.

ACDOE2k bets $20.

swagdog calls.

I jam for $86.63.

Both players call.

ACDOE2k tables 54.

swagdog tables 66.

My hand holds on river.

Nice pot.

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86o. Fold.

T6o. Fold.

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VPIP: 32.22%

+ $94.69

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No idea what is going on here with these numbers. All I know is that the DJ when the denim jacket and scarf wasn’t working.

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95o. Fold.

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44.

Call.

3-way pot.

Flop: J6Q

Checked around.

Turn: J

Poker132213 bets $4.

Call.

River: 9

Poker13213 checks.

I check.

She tables 96 for the scoop.

I don’t know who third player was here. Sorry. It’s a lot to keep up with. I’m doing the best I can with the notes while playing.

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T3s. Fold.

73o. Fold.

K4o. Fold.

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52o in BB.

MattieBoy raises to $10.

Fold.

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K4o in SB.

Fold.

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Q5o. Fold.

T5s. Fold.

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MattieBoy goes Tomato-Emoji Crazy. Attacking everyone!

Me: “If there’s ever a draft for a food fight, I’m picking you first round.”

MattieBoy: “Thanks!”

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94s. Fold.

84o. Fold.

K2o. Fold.

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Me: “I would never fling shit at you, Jim.”

No reply.

I fling shit at him.

Jim: “Pray.”

Me: (prayer emoji).

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KTo.

Call.

4-way pot.

Flop: KJK

Checked around.

Turn: 3

swagdog bets $14.

Call.

SlowRoll16 raises to $42.

swagdog raises to $82.

Fold. Hope that’s a good fold!

River: Q (third diamond)

swagdog checks.

SlowRoll16 bets $99.

Swagdog calls and tables K3 for a boat.

Me: “I folded KT. Tough fold.”

swagdog: “Get in there villain.”

Me: “Most people would. That’s why they’re not here maybe.”

Risky statement! Modest always  best.

swagdog: (laughing emoji).

Me: “I’m retracting my statement. It was a lucky fold. I’m a NIT that just tries to hang around. For real.”

CalebDurio: “Now you’re speaking my language.”

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32 in BB.

SlowRoll16 raises to $12.

Fold.

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Ad Qd in BB.

MattieBoy raises to $12.

Call.

Flop: 37T

I bet $14.

He calls.

That didn’t work.

Turn: J

I check.

He bets $28.

Fold.

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J9o. Fold.

Q4o. Fold.

J7o. Fold.

K3o. Fold.

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VPIP: 29.09%

+ $32.69

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5d 2d in BB.

swagdog raises to $12.

Fold.

I throw a fish at him.

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87o in SB.

Fold.

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9d 7d.

Call.

Joachim calls.

BLM 12 raises to $10.

Call.

Joachim calls.

Flop: 5Q7

Check.

Joachim checks.

BLM 12 bets $10.

Fold.

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Q7o. Fold.

K7o. Fold.

K7o (again). Fold.

83o. Fold.

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7s 6s in BB.

SlowRoll16 raises to $10.

swagdog calls.

Call.

Flop: TTQ

SlowRoll16 bets (don’t remember amount).

Two folds.

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42o in SB.

CalebDurio raises to $12.

Fold.

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83o. Fold.

83o. Fold.

95o. Fold.

K7o. Fold.

64o. Fold.

42s. Fold.

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65o in BB.

Check.

3-player pot.

Flop: 499

Checked around.

Turn: 9

BLM 12 bets $9.

Fold.

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7c 6c in SB.

SlowRoll16 bets $10.

Poker132213 raises to $30.

Fold.

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83o. Fold.

73o. Fold.

83o. Fold.

Q4o. Fold.

K7o. Fold.

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KJo in BB.

Poker132213 raises to $12.

Call.

Flop: 979

Check-check.

Turn: T

I bet $13.

Poker132213 raises to $52.

Fold.

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96o. Fold.

42s. Fold.

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Disconnected.

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K5o. Auto-fold due to disconnection.

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T8o. Fold.

Q9o. Fold.

74s. Fold.

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T9o in SB.

Call.

3-way pot.

Flop: 32Q

Check.

RickyTidwell checks.

SlowRoll16 bets $8.

Fold.

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8s 7s on Button.

SlowRoll16 raises to $12.

Call. Dangerous.

Flop: AJ9 (two spades)

SlowRoll16 checks.

I bet $13.

He folds.

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J7s. Fold.

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QJo.

Call.

3-way pot.

Flop: 6T2

BLM 12 bets $6.

Fold.

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K9o in BB.

SlowRoll16 raises to $12.

Fold.

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VPIP: 26.38%

– $27.81

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JJ in SB.

Poker132213 raises to $20.

Call.

Flop: QQK

Check-check.

Turn: T

Check.

Poker132213 bets $12.

Call.

River: 9

I bet $33.

Poker132213 folds.

I probably could have done better here (extracted some chips with a smaller bet).

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K3o. Fold.

63o. Fold.

93o. Fold.

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VPIP: 26.53% (a little high for me)

+ $12.39

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K6s. Fold.

T5o. Fold.

62o. Fold.

This is Poker With Friends, but at this exact moment, it’s a full table and I have only met two of the players here in person. That number is usually much higher, as it was earlier. Most of the players I invited tonight have left the game due to locking in wins or losing. The table dynamics have changed.

I have also realized that the people I invite are good people. I’m not saying anyone else is bad. I have just noticed that there is a lot more drama with the players I don’t know. If I invite a player and they act like that, I’m going to say something or uninvite them. If I don’t know the players, I have no control over that. However, this can be a good thing when it comes to storytelling. You will see what I mean in Poker With Friends Part 10.

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