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  1. I would highly suggest finding a study group or a poker coach. Iron sharpens Iron. In my experience the most effective way to get better by far
  2. ACR @jsmith84poker homegame tonight 6pm pst. Guest hosts ACRStormers @ChristaBorg @highhands89 and the Toe. Got a $5 Bounty on our heads. Get it! http://twitch.tv/godsbigtoe
  3. One thing I didnt see mentioned here was that beyond using the hud in game which has plenty of its own merit, using a hud to study after the fact is invaluable.
  4. I dunno, unless the replay is not showing me something correctly, you have a 5 bb stack and got to see a flop for free where you hit a pair. Think this is absolutely fine in my book.
  5. Since going to bitcoin the payout process has improved for sure. I still have a lot of friends on there there. The fact that it took me 9 months to get my money off there last time though is the reason why I am never going back. You can find my post in the Merge cashout thread for details. Not to mention the GTDs have dried up considerably. One positive is that most of the big time sharks have abandoned that site so it should be pretty soft generally speaking.
  6. Wow man that is fantastic. Congrats!
  7. I am a firm believer in the 100 buyin rule personally. with a $500 roll I would not be buying into tournaments that are more than $5.50. I might take the occasional stab at a $11 tourney but be careful those "stabs" dont become regular occasions on that roll. Dont be afraid to drop back down too if you start to dip down closer tot he $300 mark. I would definitely spread the money between different sites. Being a US player its tough to comment on Partypokers schedule, but with a small roll like that, I would be looking to play on a site that has a lot of micro buyins. Sites on the WPN network like Americas Cardroom or True is a good example. They have tons of on demand freerolls and buyins for MTTs that are between $.50 - $5.50. It isnt sexy or glamorous to win a $.50 tourney for $50 bucks but you have to think of it as a 10% increase to your overall roll. That is fantastic. slow and steady is the way and be patient.
  8. Kinda hard to tell what might be going on with the info provided. Off the top of my head though I would look into the fact that maybe you are defending too wide. Might also be too aggressive (or call-y) from the small blind too.
  9. Ignition is the new Bovada. Its pretty much exactly the same as it was. Player pools have dipped a bit since the transfer. Im sure it partially has to do with Ignition not accepting NV or NJ players anymore.
  10. Like DaddyDucks comments above. My question is why not cbet? pretty dry board considering you raised it. I would follow through on the aggression
  11. I agree with vandenboss on this one. 3bet pre as our hand is likely the best and personally i don't like to set mine with a pair as strong as TT. Then cbet most flops. Your aggression should put the villain on his toes and make him play more standard against you in general. With the run out as it was, I would likely cbet flop, check turn if i am flatted and then check / pick off a river bet because when the board pairs the 9 he is less likely to have one and I am mostly worried about Qx. There aren't a ton of those in his range. He will be trying to attack the turn check by us with his missed draws and maybe even Ax floats.
  12. def agree. no reason to defend here out of position with J9o
  13. I think the answer to this depends somewhat on the stakes of the tournament you are playing in. In the low / micros, if i hit a set on a draw heavy board i tend to lead out 1/2 - 3/4 pot and continue that sizing on the turn if none of the draws get there. Reason for that is because at those lower stakes players tend to chase draws no matter the price, so go for that max value as they are going to miss more often than not. They are also making a mathematical error when calling down for that price. In the bigger buyin tournaments generally the villains are more advanced. In which case i would still lead both for value and for protection but keep it closer to 1/2 pot or just under. Key thing i think is to pump the brakes a bit when draws complete. At that point I would go more into pot control mode because if I keep my foot on the gas pedal and then get raised that is going to suck.
  14. snap fold. I would also be all excited to get into this hand until it became a raise war. the Short stack shove isnt very concerning. The Btn iso is also not that crazy but once the SB 4bets it you are praying for a flip at best.
  15. I think I am fine with this move personally. For me, I am a relatively aggressive player but when i start getting down to the 25 - 30ish bb stack size, I start to slow down and look for those good rejam spots. I am not necessarily looking to rejam a full stack of that size, but i know it is going to take me a few rounds to find that good spot and want to give myself a little leeway so that I can use a rejam of 15 - 22 bbs to its fullest advantage. I think this is a pretty awesome spot. You have a good read on your villain that shows he is aggressive from the blinds. You have the bubble working in your favor. You absolutely have fold equity here and if you take it down with out a fight (i dont see where you mention what blind the blind level is but) you pick up around 5bbs and that is about a 20% increase to your stack. That is huge. Not to mention i think you have the best hand here against the villain you described a lot of the time. While i definitely have some raise / folds on this sort of stack size given the right dynamics. I dont think we should be having any 3bet folds on a rejam stack of 20 bbs. While i somewhat agree that if you 3bet and get 4bet, folding with 15 bbs isnt the end of the world but it does handicap you quite a bit. I dont think that is the biggest issue though. Imagining you 3bet and get flatted, then you have to cbet most flops. Assuming your cbet gets 3bet and you have to fold you are now left with about 12 bbs behind. To go from 20 to 12 is disastrous. If your cbet gets flatted, then you are left with a choice of double barreling but a good player will recognize that you only had 12 bbs behind when you decided to cbet and should only be continuing with the top of their range. Everything just gets super awkward if you dont actually hit your hand. And as we all know most hands miss most flops.
  16. I def agree with folding pre. Like the cbet. I have mixed feelings about the turn check. On a wetter board i 100% agree with betting turn to avoid giving your villain a chance at free equity. That said on a K462 board i dont think there is too much worry of letting the villain catch up. He could potentially have a flush draw on the flop and played it passively but most people will 3bet a cbet on their flush draws. I also think hands that have straight draws are less likely because of the open from the hero in early position makes it less likely they are flatting with hands that make a straight on this board and a lot of the time those 3bet a cbet as well. I am not saying they are not possibilities but i do think they are less likely On boards that are more on the dry side though, I like to sometimes cbet and then check turn to make it look like a failed cbet attempt. A lot of the time when you open the door by checking on the turn the villain feels obligated to bet and it is easy to pick up an extra bet that we would not have otherwise had the opportunity to grab. All of the random air, missed draws played passively or under pairs that float the K high flop and then bet the river when you check the turn are probably folding to the turn double barrel, so in that instance you are missing value.
  17. I am a US player so I cant play on ipoker but back in the old days Full Tilt had a similar situation in their re-entry tournaments. You oculd have multiple entries in their big MTTs and then as you mentioned when you had more entries than tables they merged your stacks.
  18. for me this is an open fold. We have a rejam stack and we want to preserve that. We dont want to open shove 19 bbs as you are only going to get called by hands that either crush you or you are flipping at best. I dont want to do my normal open and face a rejam from all the other stacks that are in a similar situation as you are, because i dont think we can call that sort of action. Definitely dont want to open with my normal min raise here when the BTN can flat me and float a lot of cbets and then make life difficult on the turn either. Not to mention if the flop is innocent like J48 or something and then i cbet and get floated, the turn is some sort of over card, 9 or 10 and i am going to feel obligated to double barrel such a good bluff card. Now i am 8 - 10 bbs deep in a hand with no where to go and losing that many blinds on a stack as delicate as you have is disastrous. So all that leads me to just fold and wait for a better spot.
  19. Definitely agree with 3 betting pre. As played though and with the action as it is. you have to put your villain on 9x, an over pair that is slow playing or a flush draw. Most of the time flush draws either check raise or 3bet draw flops (though there are definitely those passive players out there that will call down for heaps). Given that the 6 paired it is unlikely that he has one and in general there are not a lot of 6x hands that people are iso raising with (maybe A6 or 76s or something). So that narrows his range to 9x and a slowed played over pair most of the time. the above leads me to betting the river for value always. I don't want to check the river to him because i think he checks back a good amount of hands that will call a river bet given our hand analysis. I Would lead the river somewhere around half pot-ish and then fold if i get 3bet assuming the flush got there. I think 9x hands are going to flat river raises vs. 3betting them given the fact that you fired 3 bullets at him out of position.
  20. depends on stakes and things but a really good player at low stakes can get as high as 20% or so. Average is 12 - 15 % ish
  21. You mention raising to clear out the field which is only really half the advantage to being an aggressive player. By raising you take initiative in the hand. This give yous multiple ways of winning the pot post flop (like cbetting, x/r, etc.) I know lots of players stick to 3x early and move down as the tourney progresses. Def nothing wrong with that. I am in the school of min raising pre throughout. You are going to get flatted a bunch in the early stages but that is OK too. I am trying to get people to stack off with weaker hands for a ton of chips when they shouldnt be. All the bad players are still in the tourney early on too so there is an advantage there as well. The key is learning to be comfortable post flop so that you can use the fact that the calling ranges are so wide to your advantage. The other advantage to min raising is that when you are an aggressive player that has x/r bluffs, light 3bets and what not, the smaller raises give you wiggle room to make moves and not get yourself committed to pots. Or gives you room to make those kinds of moves a few times and if they happen to not work out you are not stuck with a tiny stack behind.
  22. Original Request made - 3/1 Emailed complaints@antiguagaming.gov.ag - 5/12 Withdrawal changed from processing to in progress - 5/27 Received WU transaction # - 5/29 Attempted to claim my funds and was notified my transaction # could not be found in the system - 5/30 Contacted Live Support and was told to try again - 5/30 When i asked why my transaction would not work at one WU location but work at another, i was told by Gerald at live support "we dont know if that is the case because you havent tried a 2nd time yet" Had to leave town on business from 5/31 - 6/12 Attempt to reach Live Chat for support again but that is no longer an option on the Carbon Client - 6/13 Email support and they say they are investigating - 6/13 Receive response from support saying "Unfortunately, we are no longer able to process Western Union transactions under your name due to reasons out of our control. We were able to credit the funds back into your gaming account. You're welcome to submit a new request for us to send the funds via check." - 6/17 resubmitted my request 6/17 was in processing until 8/1 and then I relocated to Nevada. Attempted to change my address on Carbon since i had moved and found out Merge is not supported in NV. This caused my withdrawal request to be cancelled and i had to start all over AGAIN! AND I got banned from the site and cant even log on. Now it is 9 weeks from my last attempt to get my funds off of Merge and 7 months since my original request and still no processing. At this point this is bordering on theft!
  23. something i noticed. I get the need to advertise upcoming events but the current system shows these alerts and it blocks the size of the pot. I cant see how much to bet!
  24. I thought i was one of the lucky ones. Turns out not so much Request made - 3/1 Emailed complaints@antiguagaming.gov.ag - 5/12 Withdrawal changed from processing to in progress - 5/27 Received WU transaction # - 5/29 Attempted to claim my funds and was notified my transaction # could not be found in the system - 5/30 Contacted Live Support and was told to try again - 5/30 When i asked why my transaction would not work at one WU location but work at another, i was told by Gerald at live support "we dont know if that is the case because you havent tried a 2nd time yet" Had to leave town on business from 5/31 - 6/12 Attempt to reach Live Chat for support again but that is no longer an option on the Carbon Client - 6/13 Email support and they say they are investigating - 6/13 Receive response from support saying "Unfortunately, we are no longer able to process Western Union transactions under your name due to reasons out of our control. We were able to credit the funds back into your gaming account. You're welcome to submit a new request for us to send the funds via check." - 6/17
  25. Got my WU Tracking number yesterday. Will try and get cash in hand this afternoon.
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