Sunday, September 19, 2010

Live Cash Game Success at Ho Chunk

So last night I had the opportunity to go to Ho Chunk casino with my big brother Pete, and boy did we have fun!  We got there at about 830 local time, and were prepared to win some cash.  Right away we made sure to get a membership card, thanks to the good advice of our friend and mentor Bruce.  He was telling us the good slots to search for, where the poker room was, etc.  Right away I checked out the poker room, quite mall, about 12 tables, roughly equivalent to the size of the casino in Michigan that we normally go to, maybe a bit bigger.  I signed up for a 1-2 NL table, and was ready to play!  Unfortunately two people were in front of me, so I would have to take some time until I got called.  We followed Bruce's advice, which netted us our first big win of the night when Pete won $125 at one of Bruce's lucky machines!  We played the seed down to 500 credits, which was $125, making him +$105.

When Pete was cashing his ticket I got called to the poker room, I couldn't believe I was moments away from playing some live poker! I decided in order to remember the session better I would try to document every hand I played the entire night.  I didn't bother filling out hands I was folding, because for the most part they were rags.  Now I'll try deciphering my notes to tell you how the night went.

The first hand I played I feel like I played safe, and may have lost the minimum.  We are dealt K5os in the small blind, about 3 players limp and we complete out of the SB, BB checks and we see a flop of K34 with two clubs.  I like my hand but I'm not in love with it since we have 3 limpers in the hand.  I check and it gets checked around to the button who bets out 10. I call since we have a decent hand, and we are heads up.  The turn brings a 7, so now I have a gutshot to go with my top pair.  I check once more and the player bets out 20.  I call again and the river is the Qc.  Pretty bad card here, and I am hoping this guy is scared of the clubs.  He isn't and goes all in for 35. I have to muck and lose the first hand I played.

The next hand we play is J9c.  I don't have all the information but I'm pretty sure I limp in.  We flop a flush draw and check it.  Turn is an ace and I bet 10, get a fold.  I think I bet the flop too but my note says I only bet 10 on the turn, so if I did bet flop it was for 5 or so.

This next hand represents how I played the entire night.  We are dealt K2s on the button, marginal hand but we have position so we raise it to $8 after a couple limpers, they both call and we see a flop of 247.  I bet $15 and get on call.  I don't love my hand but I feel if I barrel I can represent a strong hand.  The turn is a 6 and the player checks to us again, we fire $25 and thankfully get a fold.

The next hand we play begins with a player raising it to $10 preflop.  I watch and see 4 other players call with the guy and I look down at QQ.  Tough spot, the table had been veerrry tight so far, so normally when people came in for raises they had a little something something.  I decided to play a little small ball and only call.  The flop came out K J 4 and I don't like my hand at all.  The original raiser bets out $20, but with so much money out in the pot I decide to peel once to try and hit a queen.  Not getting the right odds but the implied odds were through the roof for this table, meaning if I hit my hand I am likely to make a lot of money! One more guy calls and we see the turn bring an Ace.  Now I really hate my hand, but to my surprise the original raiser checks.  I have no problem checking behind and neither does the last player in the hand.  We see a Jack hit on the river and now no one wants to bet, we get 3 more checks and see the hands.  The original raiser has AK! WOW! If this is the way he is going to play AK I am going to make a lot of money at this table!  He missed tons of value, especially since the player behind me had KQ!

The next hand I get dealt K5h and I immediately think of my buddy moose who loves K5!  I say why not and limp in.  Unfortunately the player to my immediate left had different plans, and raised it to 8.  I call since two others decided to join the party, and we see a flop of Ah 4c Th.  I love my hand but decide to again play it safe and check to the original raiser.  He checks and we see a Qd hit the turn.  I decide I have to bet my huge draw here and bet $15.  Everyone folds and I win a nice pot.

One of the biggest losses of the day came with us holding T5h in the SB.  I limp in and see a flop of AAT with one heart.  We check around and a guy bets out 10.  I think the guy may be going for a steal/we may have similar hands so I decide to call.  The turn brings me a flush draw with the 4h.  This is a card that keeps me in since it isn't an overcard, and it gives me additional outs to hitting a flush.  I check and our villain bets out $15 and we call once more.  The river is a T.  Well almost impossible to leave the hand now, I check call once more for $20 and he shows me his A4 to take the pot.  I show the table my barf hand just for shits and giggles saying "of course I have to pick up the flush draw on the turn".  Which is bad luck, since if it doesn't come I can easily justify folding on the turn.  Overall major barf hand.

The next hand I play is another small ball type play, the player to our immediate right from the first hand raises it to 7, and we look down at KK.  I decide to just smooth call, and so do two others.  The flop comes out 2c3s4c and I decide I need to take this pot down.  Original raiser checks and I bet $15, everyone folds and we win another nice pot.

This next hand was really a make or break point in the session.  I get dealt K5s(ty mooose) and of course have to limp in.  So do 3 others and we see a flop of Js Ts 2d.  I try taking it down with a bet of $10 and get one call.  The turn brings a 5c and I bet out $25, the same player calls once more.  The river bricks for us completely and is something random like a 6h.  I take a big breath and fire one more barrel, $40.  The player thought for a bit and mucked his hand.  I wanted to desperately show my hand, but my image was soo solid I couldn't risk it.

A new player comes to the table and sits to my immediate left.  He seems like a recreational player and seems verrry bad.  I get dealt 23d on the button and decide to try to steal since it was folded to me.  I raise to 10 and the small blind calls, bb folds.  The flop comes out A Q 4 and the player checks.  I have to bet here to represent the ace and do with a bet of 10.  The player hoos and hummms for a bit and finally calls.  He showed a TON of weakness before he called, so I had to take time to interpret what it meant.  If this player was an experienced player he could be doing it as a reverse tell.  Thankfully I had read him as being genuinely confused on what to do.  The turn came a 5 and I knew I had to bet once more, especially since we picked up a straight draw.  I wanted the player out so I bet a solid amount of $20.  He cuts out the call right away, shakes his head and mucks his hand.  He tells me he folded a queen, and I 100% believe him.  I tell him good lay down, I had AK.  I even shook my head when he folded, pretending like I wanted a call.  I did little things like that the whole time to set up these players to make them think I had it every time.

Our next hand is T7s in middle position, I'm feeling the MOJO at this point and opt for a raise in middle position, I make it $8 to go and get 3 callers.  The flop is JQ6 with one spade, I continuation bet for the millionth time, and get 3 folds.

HAND OF THE SESSION!

This hand is a great one, I definitely won't forget it anytime soon!  WE get dealt KQ in late position and raise it up to 8.  A tight player calls and we see a flop of Ac Tc  9s.  Player checks and I continuation bet to $15.  The player acts pretty quickly and makes it $30 to go.  Now had this raise been anything but a min raise, I may have folded.  But once again the implied odds are through the roof since I feel like this player has a hand here almost 100% of the time.  If I manage to hit my hand I will get paid, at least that is the plan.  The turn comes out and I nearly jizz my pants when I see it, the Jh!!  Wow, heart is definitely pumping crazy fast, and no me way too loud!  I don't think the player was paying attention since he quickly bet out $35.  I look and think about it before taking a stack of chips ($50) and tower it onto another stack($50) and push it into the middle.  I raise this mofo $65 and he clearly hates his life.  He is shaking his head, really confused and asks me "Will you show?".  Now I have a lot of options of how to respond.  If I say yes he will have an easier time folding because he KNOWS I will show him.  I decide right away this is NOT the way to respond to this particular player.  He was a level 1 thinker, so I go straight to the jugular "Gotta pay to see" but I say it somewhat coyly.  He asks "What did you say" and I try to respond again, just a little bit louder "pay to see".  He does not like this response once bit, and clearly wants to know if I have it or not.  He thinks for a little longer before deciding to go all in. I am ecstatic, I very clearly have the best hand, and quickly announce call. I flip my hand up quickly and show the nuts.  He looks disappointed and shows me AsTc.  I saw two black cards and quickly wanted to barf, but after closer inspection I saw I wasn't having to fade as many outs as I had thought.  The river blanked out with a 4 and I raked the huuuuge pot ~$470. I tip the dealer $10 and am loving life.  The rest of the night pales in comparison to this gigantic hand, so I'll end the story here.  In the end I walked away up $210, once again having a winning live session in a casino!

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Marginal Spots in Tournaments

Have you ever had a tough decision with what do do when you get dealt a hand like KJ, KQ, 55, 66, etc. under the gun? I've had this problem early in my career, and it's been a learning experience ever since. First and foremost my advice will depend on a couple of things. The first will be your chip stack. Let's take time to break down how to look at how your chips look in relation to the blinds.

One of the simplest measure of your chip stack is to see how many big blinds you have. Take your stack and divide the total amount by the size of the big blind. Usually a healthy stack is around 30 BB's, it allows you to raise plenty of hands, and still have enough chips to get away if you face some heat. M-zone has become my preferred way of looking at your chip stack, since it takes in account the size of the antes. To calculate your chip stack based on M, take your total amount, and divide this number by the size of the blinds and antes that are in the pot preflop. If you are playing online this is usually very easy to do, since you can see the size of the pot at all times. Your M number should be lower than your BB number, so here a healthy stack would be anything 20+. Medium stacks are about 10-20, and anything below that you are getting short stacked.
This picture should give you a good idea of what I'm talking about.

An M of 0-5 should alert you to start shoving all in preflop.  At this point you just need to get chips, so any decent hand you have you should look to put it all in.  An M of 5-10 is another problem stack.  At that point I would not raise or call with any marginal hand in early position.  I would look to open up in late position when most of the table has already folded.  Lastly an M of 10-20 will depend on how the rest of your table is playing.

So we have our chip stack out of the way, but one other major factor to examine is how many players are at your table.  Typical tournaments will be 9 handed, but there are many 6 handed format tournaments online.  My advice will look at 9-handed tournaments since this is what you will probably be playing if you play live as well.  Now a closer look at our table.  It is your job to pay attention to your table and observe your opponents tendencies.  By noticing what your opponents are doing you can more easily adapt to a more optimal strategy.  My best advice is to consider what your opponents see you as.  Did you make a bunch of raises that you folded to a reraise to?  Have you been playing really tight and folding most of your hands?  If you don't take a moment to look at your own play, you will be unaware what changes your opponents are making to combat your strategy.  It is true that not all opponents will change their play, but knowing who is will be a great benefit to you.

Let's look at an example.  You have an M of 15 and your table is playing particularly tight, also under the gun raises have been getting a lot of respect, then you should lean towards raising with your hands like KJ, KQ, A9s, or any pocket pair above 4's.  My cutoff is 4's because when you have 4's you are very likely to see an over card on the flop, making your decisions not as clear cut.  If however, you have been raising relentlessly and your table is tight, but you notice there are two very good players in late position, then I would lean towards folding your mediocre hands under the gun.  It is pretty easy to work out the strategy for every situation, so I won't waste your time explaining what to do.

Hopefully this will help you out when you are unsure what to do when you get one of those hands.  If you find that you are still confused, then my best advice is to continue to study your opponents play.  Take notes if someone is doing something crazy, and again think about your image to the rest of the table.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Taking Down $2568.33 in the Midnight Madness!

Just took down my biggest score to date, for over $2500! I'm ecstatic with my performance, early in the tournament I made one of the biggest HERO calls of my life. The call defined my tournament, it gave me all the confidence I needed, and it provided me with a nice stack to stay in the tournament! These two hands happened back to back, which helped out A LOT! So glad I played in this tournament tonight, it was spur of the moment, I even told my friend moose that I was going to win it. Well I came close but decided to take the sure thing and do a deal. I'm sure my friend would have done the same thing if he was in my position.
Hand #1

Full Tilt Poker Midnight Madness! No Limit Hold'em Tournament - t120/t240 Blinds + t25 - 9 players - View hand 869536

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MP2: t5010 M = 8.56

CO: t5921 M = 10.12

BTN: t3825 M = 6.54

SB: t7965 M = 13.62

BB: t6864 M = 11.73

Hero (UTG): t11385 M = 19.46

UTG+1: t2530 M = 4.32

UTG+2: t4155 M = 7.10

MP1: t4309 M = 7.37



Pre Flop: (t585) Hero is UTG with A of hearts A of spades

Hero raises to t720, 7 folds, BB calls t480



Flop: (t1785) Q of spades 3 of hearts T of hearts (2 players)

BB checks, Hero bets t1200, BB raises to t6119 all in, Hero calls t4919



Turn: (t14023) 6 of diamonds (2 players - 1 is all in)



River: (t14023) 5 of hearts (2 players - 1 is all in)



Final Pot: t14023

BB shows Q of diamonds K of spades (a pair of Queens)

Hero shows A of hearts A of spades (a pair of Aces)

Hero wins t14023





Hand #2

Full Tilt Poker Midnight Madness! No Limit Hold'em Tournament - t120/t240 Blinds + t25 - 8 players - View hand 869537

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MP1: t4985 M = 8.90

MP2: t5896 M = 10.53

CO: t3800 M = 6.79

BTN: t7820 M = 13.96

Hero (SB): t18544 M = 33.11

BB: t2505 M = 4.47

UTG: t4130 M = 7.38

UTG+1: t4284 M = 7.65



Pre Flop: (t440) Hero is SB with A of hearts 6 of spades

4 folds, MP2 raises to t480, CO calls t480, 1 fold, Hero calls t240



Flop: (t1640) 5 of diamonds 5 of spades 3 of hearts (3 players)

Hero checks, MP2 checks, CO checks



Turn: (t1640) 6 of clubs (3 players)

Hero checks, MP2 bets t1200, CO folds, Hero calls t1200



River: (t4040) 9 of clubs (2 players)

Hero checks, MP2 bets t4191 all in, Hero requests TIME, Hero calls t4191



Final Pot: t12422

MP2 shows K of hearts Q of diamonds (a pair of Fives)

Hero shows A of hearts 6 of spades (two pair, Sixes and Fives)

Hero wins t12422





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Maybe not the sickest hero call, but it was definitely hard to do at the time!

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Thinking Ahead In Poker

I'd like to go through a recent had I played which I feel was as close to perfect as you can get. The reason the hand was played so well is that I put my opponent on a particular hand, and got maximum value from it. This hand took place in a Rush .50 1 table, where I had built up a decent stack.


Full Tilt Poker $100.00 No Limit Hold'em - 9 players - View hand 861542

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UTG: $62.90

UTG+1: $125.80

UTG+2: $104.10

MP1: $26.30

MP2: $268.20

CO: $66.30

BTN: $99.00

Hero (SB): $129.50

BB: $100.00



Pre Flop: ($1.50) Hero is SB with Q of clubs Q of diamonds

2 folds, UTG+2 raises to $3.50, 4 folds, Hero ?. Before I reveal what I did let's look at our options, we can make a reraise out of the small blind, but doing so will make us commit more chips preflop while out of position. My general strategy in Rush tables is to avoid big three bet pots, since we won't have a solid read on our opponents raising tendencies. For example if this particular player is just looking to raise AA and fold everything else, our reraise preflop is going to lead us to face a likely 4bet and have us scratching our head with QQ in the SB. With all of this information I decided to just make a call. 1 fold





Flop: ($8.00) 4 of hearts 2 of diamonds Q of hearts (2 players)

Hero ?? wow, we flop the nuts, a great feeling to have for sure. What do we do when we have such a strong hand? Well we could take a different line and lead out to induce our original raiser to commit more chips to play. This could be good, but I don't want our opponent to release his hand prematurely. I would much rather check to the raiser, and let him commit some money to the pot. So I decide to check.
, UTG+2 bets $5.00, Hero ? Now we are faced with a pretty decently sized bet. Initially I felt that this player had a pretty strong hand to be committing $5 into a pot of $8. I decided my best line here was to check raise and get more money in the pot while my opponent is behind. If there was any sort of improvement I could have made in the hand, it is probably in the sizing of my re-raise. I decided to make it $14, $9 dollars to the raiser. I didn't want to do a minimum raise because that can often be seen as extreme strength. I wanted to make a raise that looked weakish. So by making it $14 I am raising a bit more than the minimum, but still make it look like I can fold the hand., UTG+2 calls $9 At this point in the hand I am starting to put him on a range of hands. My initial thoughts were that he was drawing, but likely to a really strong hand. I felt that I needed to avoid a heart in order to stay ahead, since if he had hit a set of 2's or 4's he would likely re-raise. If he had a strong hand like AQ or KQ he could just call, but most players at this stake will go for one more raise on the flop.



Turn: ($36.00) 2 of spades (2 players)

Boom, we hit the card that probably locked up this hand for us. The 2 completes our full huse, and at this point I see no point in betting, if our opponent has a flush draw we want him to hit it and have us get paid off. At this point in the hand I am already formulating a plan for what to do when a heart comes off on the river. I decide it's best to check here, and pray for a heart on the river. Hero checks, UTG+2 checks



River: ($36.00) T of hearts (2 players)

Well we got what we were praying for, a heart came out on the river. I decided that since our opponent checked back the turn he was definitely on a draw. This means that our opponent likely loves his hand, and therefore we need to look to get maximum value. Well I figured I could mask my hand, while still getting maximum value by just shoving all in here. Our opponent can justify calling because it looks like we are spazzing out on a crazy bluff. If he has any kind of flush he is likely to call, but if he has the nut flush, he is definitely going to call. In reality I had already thought about doing this on the turn, which allowed me to quickly make my move, making it more likely that I am bluffing. Hero bets $112.00, UTG+2 calls $86.60 all in



Final Pot: $209.20

UTG+2 mucks A of hearts 9 of hearts

Hero shows Q of clubs Q of diamonds

Hero wins $180.80

(Rake: $3.00)




So that's the hand, once again I feel like the reason I did so well is that I formulated a plan ahead of time, deciding what I would do if certain cards came out. If you start formulating plans while you are playing you will definitely see an improvement to your game, as you won't be flustered and will make the best play more often.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

HR 2267 Hearing and what it means to you as a poker player

Well it certainly has been a long time since I have posted on my blog, I come back to share some news in regard to Online Poker. Currently there is a bill, crafted by House Financial Committee chairman Barney Frank called HR 2267 that is in the works to legalize and regulate online poker.

This bill is one that has been in the works for awhile now, ever since the UIGEA was signed into law. Recently on June 1st 2010 the UIGEA went into full enforcement. The effect on the poker sites and primarily US poker players has been little to none. This could change in coming months and years, which is why bill HR 2267 is so important.

Today on capital hill inside the House Financial Services Committee they held a hearing to discuss the bill being crafted. This hearing is primarily for opponents to voice their reasons for disapproval, allow proponents to voice why they thing the bill is good, and also allow people on the edge voice their opinion on how to make the bill better. During the hearing, which was aired live on www.theppa.org , the bill was put under the microscope. The opponents voiced their opinions on why they thought online poker should be illegal. Their choice of words was key, they used phrasing like "gambling is bad for our kids" and included every chance they could to say "gambling" when in fact online poker has been mandated as a game of skill. The opponents of the bill were skeptical that it would prevent problem gamblers and children off of the internet.

Back to the good news. Annie Duke led off the witness portion of the hearing representing the Poker Players Alliance with a strong argument on why Online Poker should be legalized. She stayed strong on the fact that it is a personal freedom that Americans should be able to gamble and play online poker inside their own house. She also brushed away the problem with addictive gambling by saying how only 1% of the gambling population is subject to pathological gambling. She explained that we shouldn't disregard the rest of the population that wants to play poker just for the minority of problem gamblers. She also did a very good job of explaining why the UIGEA is bad, primarily that it does nothing to protect consumers from getting cheated, it only goes after the payment processors. Going after the middle man in this giant process is not the way to go, and instead we should look at regulating and taxing the poker industry to make things more legitimate and fair.

The people on the fence of this bill included Indian tribes who wanted to put in a clause to allow them to also take part in the online poker industry. A rather strange case was also made by the Vice Chairman and Director of Strategic Planning at the Commerce Casino Mr. Tom Malkasian. He simply wanted to make sure that the people in violation of the law currently could not be in the industry when the US regulates online gambling. I think this was strategically done to make sure that they(brick and mortar casinos) could have a larger portion of the market when legalization happens. Both witnesses who were on the fence said that if some of their suggestions were put in place they would be in favor of this bill.

It will still be a tough vote to win, the last time a bill went to vote on this issue it stayed in committee due to a tie. Hopefully the committee can pass this bill and have a victory for poker, after that it will go to the house for further debate and voting. Just be sure to check back here for all your information on HR 2267

Friday, May 28, 2010

What would you do?

I had just started playing heads up when I got into an interesting spot. The guy three bet me on the 3rd hand, so I had a decision to make with my As 5c. I could fold my marginal hand and get on to the next one. My reason for not doing this was because my hand happened to contain an ace. I felt folding an ace here is marginal since I probably have the only ace in the hand, and therefore have the lead if he doesn't have a pair. I could also 4 bet him and see if his 3bet range is wide. Reasons for doing this is to show him I won't be pushed around, and that I am an aggressive maniac, which could be useful later in the match. The reason for not doing this is we are pretty much forced to call his 5 bet since we have a lot invested. My last option was to call. I had many reasons for calling preflop,
1. I gain information on his 3bet range if we get to a showdown.
2. I get to see how likely he is to continuation bet in a 3 bet pot.
3. I show him that I will not be pushed around.
4. etc..

So I call the raise and we see the flop of 5s 4h 10c. I feel like this is a pretty good flop for me. His three bet range is pretty wide, but I feel like if he is doing it with a hands like AJ AQ AK KQ KJ QJ plus all pairs, we are fairing well. So he bets out $5 and I decide to make the call. His bet of 5 seemed weak to me, but it was only the 3rd hand so I didn't make much of it. The turn was the 2s. I was a bit surprised when he bet out $16.5 into the pot of $19. To me it didn't seem like a value bet, and had me feeling like he just wanted me out of the hand. I could have read this wrong, but that was my gut feeling. The river was the 6c, and he led out all in for $23.25. This is where you the reader come in. What do you think I should do in this spot? This exercise is both for you and for me. What do you put our villain on? Should I have folded preflop? Raise the flop? Fold flop, turn, or river? Here's what happened up until my decision

Absolute Poker $50.00 No Limit Hold'em - 2 players - View hand 721432

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HEYLETSPARTY (BB): $49.25

Hero (BTN/SB): $50.75



Pre Flop: ($0.75) Hero is BTN/SB with 5 of clubs A of spades

Hero raises to $1.50, HEYLETSPARTY raises to $4.50, Hero calls $3



Flop: ($9.00) 5 of spades 4 of hearts T of clubs (2 players)

HEYLETSPARTY bets $5.00, Hero calls $5



Turn: ($19.00) 2 of spades (2 players)

HEYLETSPARTY bets $16.50, Hero calls $16.50



River: ($52.00) 6 of clubs (2 players)

HEYLETSPARTY bets $23.25, Hero?

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Evaluating Your Play Will Improve Your Game, Period.

I just got done watching a series where a Deuces Cracked instructor took a relative n00b at small stakes cash games online(.25-.50) and made her into a winning player. The method of teaching was very effective, basically the instructor would ask the player why they do certain things, when the player couldn't explain why the instructor went through the reasoning behind why we don't do certain things and do others. My best example is betting. When you bet ask yourself, am I doing this for value or as a bluff? If you answer bluff more often than value then I would start re-evaluating your strategy at small stakes online games.

Basically it gave me the reason why I am continuation betting on certain boards after I raise preflop. If I have equity in the hand(IE if I still feel I can catch cards to make the winning hand) then I will continuation bet. But let's say I have a hand like QJs and the board comes out 7 2 4 rainbow. I am probably not going to make a continuation bet against a good player since he knows that board is unlikely to hit my preflop raising range. Against players who are fit or fold it may be different. The key is knowing what you are trying to accomplish with each bet, by thinking things through you are unlikely to make huge mistakes, and therefore play better winning poker.

Anyways I can show you a hand that I played recently and describe the thought process I was going through on each street.

The history is this player played a bit straightforward in 3bet pots postflop. He would bet $7 on the flop and $14 on the turn. One time when I had a big draw I called his flop bet, and raised his turn bet to $37 when I picked up a flush draw. He folded and we moved on...
Absolute Poker $50.00 No Limit Hold'em - 2 players - View hand 678045

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YOUREAWESOME (BTN/SB): $92.00

Hero (BB): $136.50



Pre Flop: ($0.75) Hero is BB with 2 of clubs Q of clubs

YOUREAWESOME raises to $1.50, Hero raises to $5, YOUREAWESOME calls $3.50



When He calls here I am pretty sure I don't have the best hand
Flop: ($10.00) 7 of diamonds K of spades Q of spades (2 players)

Hero checks, YOUREAWESOME bets $7.00, Hero calls $7



My reason for check/calling is that I can control the size of the pot, and since I know he likes to take control in these three bet pots when checked to, I allow him to bet with pretty much 100% of his range.
Turn: ($24.00) Q of diamonds (2 players)

Hero checks, YOUREAWESOME bets $14.00, Hero raises to $28, YOUREAWESOME raises to $80, Hero calls $52



Well I really liked my play here, although you can't tell in the hand history, I timed down a bit before min raising, almost saying to him "I don't think you have it so I'm going to raise you". The minraise makes it look like I really don't have much, since last time I raised the turn it was a significant raise. His response was "Oh yea, I DO have a hand" Easy call, and no sweat seeing that he is drawing dead when the money goes in :)
River: ($184.00) 9 of diamonds (2 players)



Final Pot: $184.00

YOUREAWESOME shows 9 of clubs 6 of clubs

Hero shows 2 of clubs Q of clubs

Hero wins $183.50

(Rake: $0.50)