How not to play: a master class

How not to slow play a set:

5/10 game at UB.

R2GOOD: — —
hotcookie42: As Ad


Rawhideman folds. shebedawon folds. coldstart
calls. VitaminABC folds. R2GOOD folds.
hotcookie42 raises to $10. coldstart calls.

Flop (board: 3c Tc 5d):

hotcookie42 bets $5. coldstart calls.

Turn (board: 3c Tc 5d Ac):

hotcookie42 bets $10. coldstart calls.

River (board: 3c Tc 5d Ac Ah):

hotcookie42 bets $10. coldstart raises to $20.
hotcookie42 re-raises to $30. coldstart calls.


hotcookie42 shows As Ad.
hotcookie42 has As Ad Tc Ac Ah: four aces.
coldstart mucks cards.
(coldstart has 5c 5h.)

Not that he has to fear this type of suck-out often, but why not make some money off me on the other streets?

How to overplay an overpair:

Deep Stack tourney on Stars.

Dealt to hotcookie42 [Ks Kc]
mr fed: calls 30
rexmundi1337: folds
hotcookie42: raises 120 to 150
cldealer53: calls 135
Mad Matt: calls 120
mr fed: calls 120
*** FLOP *** [4h 3d 7d]
cldealer53: checks
Mad Matt: checks
mr fed: checks
hotcookie42: bets 500
cldealer53: raises 500 to 1000
Mad Matt: raises 1010 to 2010
mr fed: folds
hotcookie42: raises 2990 to 5000
cldealer53: raises 65 to 5065 and is all-in
Mad Matt: raises 6090 to 11155 and is all-in
hotcookie42: calls 4710 and is all-in
*** TURN *** [4h 3d 7d] [2h]
*** RIVER *** [4h 3d 7d 2h] [Th]
1916 said, “goodness”
*** SHOW DOWN ***
Mad Matt: shows [4s 4d] (three of a kind, Fours)
hotcookie42: shows [Ks Kc] (a pair of Kings)
Mad Matt collected 9290 from side pot
cldealer53: shows [7c 7s] (three of a kind, Sevens)

Clearly I’m behind on the flop and should not spew chips in all directions, nor do I have to bust out on this hand. But come on, both of them have sets? Boooo.

How to quadruple me up:

First hand of rebuy tourney on Stars:

Dealt to hotcookie42 [Js Jc]
hotcookie42: raises 2980 to 3000 and is all-in
fillup1230: calls 3000 and is all-in
spankdig: calls 3000 and is all-in
uraqx: folds
poppino: folds
Ocean: calls 3000 and is all-in
PJ94Z: folds
kid_canvass: folds
fillup1230 said, “gl”
*** FLOP *** [9s 2h 4d]
*** TURN *** [9s 2h 4d] [3s]
*** RIVER *** [9s 2h 4d 3s] [9d]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
hotcookie42: shows [Js Jc] (two pair, Jacks and Nines)
fillup1230: shows [Jh Ah] (a pair of Nines)
spankdig: shows [Kh Qd] (a pair of Nines)
Ocean: shows [Ts Td] (two pair, Tens and Nines)
hotcookie42 collected 12030 from pot
spankdig re-buys and receives 1500 chips for $3.00
fillup1230 re-buys and receives 1500 chips for $3.00
PJ94Z said, “wow”
uraqx re-buys and receives 1500 chips for $3.00
PJ94Z said, “what is this… a crap shoot ?”
Ocean re-buys and receives 1500 chips for $3.00
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot 12030 | Rake 0
Board [9s 2h 4d 3s 9d]
Seat 1: Ocean (button) showed [Ts Td] and lost with two pair, Tens and Nines
Seat 2: PJ94Z (small blind) folded before Flop
Seat 3: kid_canvass (big blind) folded before Flop
Seat 4: hotcookie42 showed [Js Jc] and won (12030) with two pair, Jacks and Nines
Seat 5: fillup1230 showed [Jh Ah] and lost with a pair of Nines
Seat 6: spankdig showed [Kh Qd] and lost with a pair of Nines

Wow, how many outs do these guys have! According to, somehow the KQo is a slight favorite pre-flop. Sick!

How to confuse me and make me laugh:

hellbelly posts the small blind of $2.
hotcookie42 posts the big blind of $5.

Dallas: — —
HappyPhantom: — —
hellbelly: — —
hotcookie42: As Kc
FINNY11: — —
ColonelKurtz: — —


FINNY11 calls. ColonelKurtz folds. Dallas calls.
HappyPhantom folds. hellbelly calls. hotcookie42
raises to $10. FINNY11 calls. Dallas calls.
hellbelly calls.

Flop (board: Ah 7s Ad):

hellbelly checks. hotcookie42 bets $5. FINNY11
calls. Dallas raises to $10. hellbelly re-raises to
$15. hotcookie42 re-raises to $20. FINNY11 folds.
Dallas folds. hellbelly calls.

Turn (board: Ah 7s Ad Js):

hellbelly checks. hotcookie42 bets $10. hellbelly
folds. hotcookie42 is returned $10 (uncalled).
hotcookie42 wins $92.

Are they trying to steal the pot? Do they think they’re winning? Does someone have an ace and the ability to fold it here? Someone explain.

I’ve been taking shots at the 10/20 game lately. Tonight I had a good result after a very up and down session. My goal lately has been to play a set amount of time in a session, rather than quitting winner or when I’ve lost a certain amount. It helps me to remember that I’m winning or losing over the long term, not just for the one session. Plus, the longer I play, the more crazy hands I have to report to you folks!

Gearing up for Atlantic City after Christmas and then Atlantis. Lots of poker in the coming weeks.

5 replies on “How not to play: a master class”

KQo is a favorite over you because AJ has cut your set flopping power in half. So you flop a set ~6%-ish of the time instead of 12%-ish. Reckon 50% of the time KQo makes it to the river by having top pair when you hav. So he plusses up ~2.5%-3% against you in what is typically a coinflip. You get your equity back from the AJ-a$$ (he’ll say, “They were soooooted.”) and TT. So this run probably goes like 36% KQo, 33% JJ, 18% AJ, and the rest to TT. I should really get pokerstove. Make this easier.

With all those broadway cards gone, this is almost completely a top pair race, I think. So, say you’re on the button when four people go all-in in front of you, what do you need to call with?
If the hands were face-up, what do you think you call with?

Whoops, it’s supposed to be, “Reckon 50% of the time KQo makes it to the river making top pair, when you’ve made a set.”

Hmm, the more I think about it, the more I think that my second paragraph from the first post is dumb.

I’ve got a more substantive question for you. What combination of board and action do you lay down TPTK or an overpair for?

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