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Busy Weekend

I had a really busy weekend. I attended a wedding on Saturday and a baptism on Sunday. Lots of church, lots of food, a few drinks, and very little poker. I did manage to play a couple sessions at Full Tilt. Luckily, I came out on top and was able to end my losing streak at 5 buy-ins. Unfortunately, I don't have my laptop with me right now so I can't give you any further details of my weekend poker play. But I do have some hands worth discussing below.

No Limit Holdem Ring game
Blinds: $0.50/$1
6 players

Stack sizes:
UTG: $102.65
UTG+1: $300.05
Hero (CO): $100
Villain (Button): $104.15
SB: $167.10
BB: $105.20

(Villain is a LAG. We have a little history but nothing memorable. I know that the Villain loves to 3-bet. He's 3-bet me enough times in the past that I've taken to 4-betting him lightly a few times and have picked up a few good-sized pots pre-flop.)

Pre-flop: (6 players) Hero is CO with J? J?
2 folds, Hero raises to $4, Villain raises to $8, 2 folds, Hero raises to $20, Villain calls.

(I'm not folding JJ pre-flop to this particular Villain. My options after getting 3-bet are to call or raise. I don't want to give away the intitiative in the hand by calling so I need to 4-bet. Although I could shove, I know that the Villain has folded to my 4-bets in the past. And I don't want to raise so much that the Villain is only calling me with hands that beat me.

I decide to make a small 4-bet, giving the Villain close to 3:1 on his call. With an SPR of less than 2, I plan to stack off on post-flop as long as I don't see too many Aces, Kings, or Queens flop.)

Flop: 6? 8? Q? ($41.5, 2 players)
Hero bets $30, Villain folds.

(Pretty good flop for me. I throw out the $30 bet and hope that the Villain isn't playing AQ. I like the fact that there are a lot of hands that the Villain should be calling with that will see me ahead on the flop. For example, I'm sure that the Villain calls or raises my c-bet with mid-pocket pairs and any flush draws.

Although the Villain folds, I was happy. Taking down a 40+ BB pot holding second pair in a 4-bet pot is always a good result.)

Final pot: $41.5

No Limit Holdem Ring game
Blinds: $0.50/$1
5 players

Stack sizes:
UTG: $63.70
CO: $124.65
Hero (Button): $130.55
SB: $137.65
Villain (BB): $20.40

(Villain has been losing money since I sat down at the table. Both his stack and his temper are getting short judging by the Villain's comments in chat. He's been sucked out on a couple times and he has started making a number of mistakes in the hands he's playing. His biggest mistake has been an inability to properly tighten up his range based on the his diminishing stack size. He's also failed to notice (or adjust to the fact) that his chances to push his opponents off their hands are next to nothing given his stack size and current table image.)

Pre-flop: (5 players) Hero is Button with 6? 6?
2 folds, Hero raises to $4, SB folds, Villain calls.

(I've tightened up my stealing range against the Villain. I'd rather not play for stacks with a hand like K9s against this Villain. He's a little volatile and I'm expecting him to make a mistake for his last $20 at some point.

Villain's call doesn't mean much. If his hand wasn't good enough for a raise, he must be playing some random crap because I'm sure he shoves a good hand.)

Flop: Q? 3? 2? ($8.5, 2 players)
Villain checks, Hero bets $7, Villain raises all-in $16.4, Hero calls.

(Good flop for a c-bet. My plan is to bet and call a push. After my bet, Villain tanks and uses up all his time before shoving. I insta-call and hope that I'm ahead and that I don't see an A or K hit the board.)

Turn: 7? ($41.3, 1 player + 1 all-in - Main pot: $41.3)

River: 6? ($41.3, 1 player + 1 all-in - Main pot: $41.3)

(Nice. The six on the river makes things infinitely easier for me. The pot is undoubtedly mine.)

Final pot: $41.3
Villain showed Kc Qs (Whaddy know? He actually had a hand.)
Hero showed 6c 6h

(Villain handled the bust out with class and simply left the table. I was a little surprised by the reaction but some people will surprise you. Of course, the Villain's quiet departure didn't stop the player sitting in the SB from trash-talking the Villain on his way out. Now that's class for you...)

Tonight I'll continue to play at Full Tilt. I'm going to stick to playing there until September 1st rolls around. A new month means I'll have to return to Stars to continue working off my bonus while trying to hit SilverStar VIP status for a third month in a row. Once that's done, I'll once again stick with Full Tilt and possibly a little Titan Poker as well.

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Have a great day everyone!

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