Poker with Friends | Part 5

This started out as an interesting day. Well, make that two days. Yesterday, I started working on a YouTube script for PokerJournal. These are poker strategy scripts. You can find them by on YouTube on the Poker Journal Channel, just search Tyler Nals or Poker Journal and it will come up. They might come across as simple and easy to understand, as I hope most of my articles do, but they take FOREVER to write. That’s because I write about 20 different topics.

These articles are only supposed to be 8-15 sentences each, but I always go overboard. Also, I like to flow, and since these are 20 different topics, it’s like 20 different drag races where I’m starting and stopping over and over again. A long-distance race where I can really get in-tune with the course is more my thing.

I’m not saying I don’t enjoy writing the scripts. I do. Not as much as the regular poker articles, but I’d rather be writing about poker than fishnet stockings or environmentally-friendly deodorant. What I am saying is that these scripts take me 1-2 days to complete, and I work on them almost all day and night (break for exercise and food).

Earlier this morning, when working on #16 of 20 for this YouTube script, it hit me that something seemed a little too familiar. I had been working from an email Anthony sent (Anthony manages PokerJournal). The email included 20 poker strategies. Then I checked my email again and realized this was the YouTube script I worked on last month. I went to my inbox and found a more recent email with much newer material. So … I had wasted more than an entire day working on something that I had already completed a month ago.

I went for a quick walk, came back, grabbed my Bing (caffeinated beverage) and went hardcore. I thought I could get this project done within a few hours, but it took me all day and part of the evening.

It might seem as though this misstep would put me in a negative mood and impact my poker play, but the world works in mysterious ways. By working so hard all day and part of the evening, it was an incredible relief when I was done. This is often the case when I finish a project. I’m sure it’s the same for you. I had some time between working on the YouTube script and this poker session, and I used that time to go swimming and grab some Chinese food. Now we were rollin’!

This probably seems like a strange opener for a Poker with Friends article, but if we’re friends, then I’m going to tell you about my day. And when we’re together, you can tell me about your day and I’ll pretend to listen too.

And if we’re friends, I’m going to share my successes and failures with you. Below are the results in my Cash Game Book for this year since I moved back to cash. For the record, I’m not moving away from poker tournaments. I’m just playing both now, and cash games are really where you make your money. Tournaments should be seen as longshots with big prizes at the end. Something you try with your cash game winnings. Anyway, here are the results prior to tonight. I’ll reveal tonight’s results at the end of the article.

-$160

+$300

+$569

+$722

+$24

-$200

+$324.10

-$96.10

-$200

-$240

+$100.40

-$200

+$115.35

-$200

+$213.92

+$55.32

+$143.85

Win/Loss: 9-7 (never rebuy)

Overall: $1,127.99

Nothing crazy but profitable.

SLOW START

After looking forward to this game all day, and after promoting it heavily, at 8 p.m. EST, only me and two other players sat at the table. There were four players in the lobby. I don’t really get this. If there are only three people at the table, then they have an opportunity to get the position they want on whoever is already there. Also, by sitting down, it increases demand for when check-ins come by. The more people they see, the more likely they are to sit down. Please keep this poker strategy in mind for next time.

We did get this game rolling at 8:24 p.m., which isn’t too bad. That’s actually very early compared to other nights in this game. And we had a full table and a waiting list by 9 p.m., which was great. The game ran until just after 1 a.m. That’s pretty solid.

I started this game in a hot tub with a Bing on the edge of the hot tub. I started sweating within ten minutes and moved to the regular pool. I stayed there for a few hours, just standing at the edge of the pool while playing poker on my phone and taking notes in a notebook. I seem to do well when partially submerged in water, so I figured I’d stick with that.

Now that you have some background for this session, let’s get to the poker. If you played, then you should find your name in here.

POKER TIME

84o. Fold.

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74o in BB.

PokerKatt49 limps from SB.

Flop: QKQ

I bet $7.

She folds.

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9♥ 5♥ in SB.

MrKRAKN raises to $11.

Fold.

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62o. Fold.

K5o. Fold.

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99 UTG +1.

Limp.

4-player pot.

Flop: AK7-rainbow

Checked around.

I want to see if there is interest on the turn. If so, it would likely be a weak Ace or King. Or they could have hit the turn.

Turn: 4

MrKRAKN & MattieBoy check.

PokerKatt49 bets $12.

Fold.

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A♦ J♦ UTG.

Raise to $9.

RickyTidwell calls.

PokerKatt49 calls.

Flop: 6♣ 5♣ K♠

Checked around.

Turn: A♥

PokerKatt49 checks.

I bet $27.

Two folds.

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J6o in BB.

Two limpers to me.

Check.

Flop: 3JQ

I bet $4.

MattieBoy calls.

Turn: 5

I bet $4

MattieBoy calls.

River: 5

I check.

He bets $11.

Fold.

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63o in SB.

Call.

Three-player pot.

Board: QKJ97

Not firing with 6-high vs. two opponents. That’s Ego, my true competition.

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J2o. Fold.

73o. Fold.

A6o. Fold.

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Friendly vibes in chat (for now)…

“Hope everyone had a good weekend.”

“Good luck everyone.”

“WooHoo! Let’s get this party started!”

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JTo UTG.

Limp.

Six-player table right now but still don’t like it. Dangerous.

Three-player pot.

Flop: 956

PokerKatt49 bets $8.

Fold.

She was in BB and definitely got a piece of that flop.

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98o in BB.

MattieBoy raises to $12 from Button.

Fold.

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98o in SB.

MattieBoy raises to $14.

Fold.

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96o. Fold.

420. Fold.

84o. Fold.

K9o. Fold.

82o. Fold.

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Q4o in BB.

Six players limp to me.

Check.

Flop: K5K

Checked around.

I sense a trap. Not that I’m going to fire anyway.

Turn: 7

Checked around.

River: 8

PokerKatt49 wins with A7. No trap.

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QJo in SB.

MattieBoy raises to $10 from Cutoff.

He’s usually a TAG player, but he’s opening much more often tonight. Either he’s running good or he’s changing gears. I will figure it out, but fold for now.

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QTo on Button.

Call.

Seven-player pot.

Flop: A45

MrKRAKN bets $13.

MattieBoy calls.

Fold.

Turn: T

MrKRAKN checks.

MattieBoy bets half the pot.

MrKRAKN calls.

River: Q

MattieBoy bets $104.

MrKRAKN folds.

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J7o. Fold.

J2o. Fold.

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Q♠ T♠ UTG +1.

Call.

Six-player pot.

Flop: K89 (two clubs)

I bet $4.

100*Bill raises to $14.

Fold.

I have to fold to that bet because the clubs give me fewer outs and reduce my implied odds.

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KQo UTG.

Raise to $8.

Trying to build the pot a little.

Kikurace calls.

MrKRAKN raises to $28.

Fold.

Walking into walls early. Remain poised. Difference between me and many players (hopefully).

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T4o in BB.

Three limpers to me.

Check.

Flop: 3JK

PokerKatt49 checks.

I check.

100*Bill bets $12.

Lilbit callls.

Fold.

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VPIP: 29.16%

-$35.45

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DixieAngel75 in.

Full table.

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Q9o in SB.

One limper to me.

Call.

3-player pot.

Flop: Q56

I bet $7.

RickyTidwell calls.

Turn: 3

I bet $9. Need to see where he’s at. If I check, he fires a bigger bet. I want to avoid that.

He calls.

River: J

I check.

He checks and tables Q9.

Same hand.

Chop.

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A♣ K♣ on Button.

MattieBoy raises to $18.

Call.

Heads-up.

Flop: K27

He checks.

I bet $27.

He folds and shows AQ.

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J9o. Fold.

43o. Fold.

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As I’m sitting here, I’m wondering how I’m perceived at the poker table. This is the first time I have thought about that in months. I only thought about it then because I was adjusting to online poker as well as readjusting to cash games. And whether I want to admit it or not, I felt like I had something to prove at that time. That would sometimes lead to forced action. Well … it would often lead to forced action. Ego was winning.

Now as I sit here, I realize that I haven’t thought about how I’m perceived up until tonight because I stopped caring. And if my opponents have me pegged as something at the poker table, it’s probably a vault. It could also be a NIT, TAG, ROCK, etc. But I don’t care. I’m back to only caring about one thing at the poker table: Profit.

I have played enough poker to know the path to Profit. If you want to follow me down that path, then I recommend reading my poker articles and books, but you would have to forget everything you have ever been taught about poker.

Approximately 10% of cash game players are profitable, and only about 5% of tournament players are profitable. At the same time, more than 50% of poker players read about the same strategies. What does that tell you?

Most people fear going down new paths because they will be ridiculed. I don’t have that fear. I have learned what works through trial and error. I consistently get messages about how SPATS changed their game. I’m trying to help, but part of me hopes you don’t listen.

It basically comes down to this: Do you want to look cool or do you want to win?

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Q4o. Fold.

32o. Fold.

Q8o. Fold. (Flop: KQQ).

T4o. Fold.

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T7o in BB.

Check.

3-player pot.

Flop: 7QK

I bet $4.

Two folds.

It doesn’t take much to gauge interest, especially with my table image.

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Q♥ 3♥ in SB.

Three limpers to me.

I call.

BB checks.

Flop: 7QJ (two clubs)

I bet $9. This one isn’t going to be easy.

Lilbit calls.

Turn: T♦

I bet $5.

Lilbit calls.

River: 3♣

I bet $4.

Lilbit calls and tables QJ.

I lost very little here based on situation. Lucky.

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Q♠ 9♠ on Button.

PokerKatt49 raises to $12.

Fold.

Flop: 47T

Good fold.

Ends up with RickyTidwell 3-betting all-in on flop and PokerKatt49 folding.

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65o. Fold.

J2o. Fold.

93o. Fold.

42s. Fold.

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VPIP: 23.05%

-$23.05

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J4o. Fold.

T5o. Fold.

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A♦ 8♥ in BB.

Two limpers to me.

Check.

Flop: 8KJ

PokerKatt49 bets $8.

Fold.

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J♠ 8♥ in SB.

MattieBoy raises to $10 from Cutoff.

Fold.

He shows a Jack. Very likely better than an 8 kicker.

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T9o on Button.

Raise to $10 for sneak attack. Nobody will put me on this hand based on my table image.

RickyTidwell and Kikurace fold.

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K♦ Q♦ in Cutoff.

Lilbit limps in early position.

MattieBoy raises to $14.

I have lost respect for MattieBoy’s raises because he’s been opening a lot. I also have position on him. And, of course, I have a strong hand.

Call.

Lilbit calls.

Flop: 8♦ 6♦ 4♥

Lilbit checks.

MattieBoy bets $28.

Now I know he has a real hand, but that’s a good thing because it’s more likely I can stack him if I hit.

Lilbit folds.

Turn: 9♦

MattieBoy bets $60.

I jam for $156.

MattieBoy folds.

Nice pot.

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J2o. Fold.

K6o. Fold.

T5o. Fold.

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A♣ J♣ UTG +1.

Raise to $10.

The only way someone will raise here is if they have me beat. Once again, my table image allows me to know this. In case you’re missing it, setting up this table image gives me a lot of unnoticed power, both offensively and defensively.

Four callers.

Flop: 977

Checked around.

Turn: J

MattieBoy bets $15.

I call.

River: 5

MattieBoy checks.

Something seems fishy here. He checked the flop, bet the turn when the Jack hit, and is not checking the river. He has been aggressive all night. The $15 bet on the turn was too high for a feeler bet. He was looking for value.

I check back.

MattieBoy shows a 7.

Good check.

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86o in BB.

MattieBoy open-raises to $10 from Button.

Call.

Flop: Q27

I bet $14.

He folds.

Just a move to slow him down on raising my BB.

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53o. Fold.

Q3o. Fold.

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VPIP: 28%

+$74.65

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42o. Fold.

Q8o. Fold.

65o. Fold.

96s. Fold.

J2o. Fold.

KTo UTG. Fold.

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Random Note after observing hand: Only represent draws against passive players that have given away their hands via their patterns. Otherwise, it’s -EV. I don’t care what all the ‘top level’ poker pros tell you. Most of them are full of shit. They might have a lot in earnings, but you don’t know how much money it took most of them to get there. I’m in a different world: Profits.

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73 in BB.

No SB in this hand.

RickyTidwell raises to $12 from UTG.

Lilbit raises to $24.

Fold.

RickyTidwell calls.

Flop: KTJ

RickyTidwell checks.

Lilbit bets half the pot.

RickyTidwell jams.

Lilbit calls.

RickyTidwell tables AT.

Lilbiit tables AA.

They run it twice and Lilbit wins both.

RickyTidwell leaves the table (for now).

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K9o in SB.

One limper to me.

Call.

BB checks.

Flop: 825

Checked around.

Turn: K

I bet $13.

Two folds.

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T9o on Button.

MattieBoy raises to $12.

Fold.

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94o. Fold.

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43s. Fold. This hand is within SPATS range, but I stay away from these hands as much as possible. I will only play them in ideal situations–mostly when the cards don’t matter and I’m playing the player while in position. Avoiding these kinds of hands in most situations makes a big difference when using SPATS. I went through a stretch where I would play these kinds of hands too often. It was -EV.

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Q6o. Fold.

A7o. Fold.

76o UTG. Fold.

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42o in BB.

Four limpers to me.

Check.

Flop: 957

MattieBoy bets $12.

Fold.

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83o in SB.

Pablito505 raises to $8 from Button.

Fold.

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A4o. Fold.

A3o. Fold.

72o. Fold.

76o. Fold.

K2o. Fold.

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9♦ 6♦ in BB.

Poker132213 raises to $12.

Fold.

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Q2o in SB.

One limper to me.

Check.

Saintsfangir checks in BB.

Flop: J57

Check.

Saintsfangir bets $12.

Pablito505 calls.

Fold.

Turn: 9

Saintsfangir bets $12.

Pablito505 folds.

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J7o. Fold.

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VPIP: 21.91%

+$64.65

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Where do we go from here? Will there be any drama? Hmm.

Find out here in Poker with Friends | Part 6.

♠ Tyler Nals | pokerjournal.org