Today was 200 day.

I played 200 hands and won $200 and earned 200 FPPs. Actually, I earned 300, but it would be cooler if I earned 200 for the purposes of this post. I will add a hand where I won $200 and were I lost $200:

PokerStars 15/30 Hold’em (10 handed)
Preflop: Hero is BB with :Ac, :Ks.
4 folds, MP2 raises, 1 fold, CO calls, 2 folds, Hero 3-bets, MP2 calls, CO calls.
MP2 is a donk who raises way too much. He’s got to be 3-bet here.

Flop: (9.66 SB) :Jh, :Js, :Qh (3 players)
Hero bets, MP2 calls, CO calls.

Turn: (6.33 BB) :Kc (3 players)
Hero bets, MP2 folds, CO raises, Hero calls.
Now I’m not bluffing, but the raise is pretty much what a Jack would do, as well as the straight.

River: (10.33 BB) :6c (2 players)
Hero checks, CO checks.
I sometimes donk here to get calls from weaker Kings, but in this case KQ and KJ beat me, so the only thing I get value from is KT. Which, of course, he has.

Final Pot: 10.33 BB

Hero has :Ac :Ks (two pair, kings and jacks).
CO has :Kd :Ts (two pair, kings and jacks).
Outcome: Hero wins 10.33 BB.

To maintain karmic balance, a loss of $200:

PokerStars 30/60 Hold’em (9 handed)
Preflop: Hero is CO with :9h, :9c.
1 fold, UTG+1 raises, MP1 calls, 2 folds, Hero calls, 2 folds, BB calls.
I’d usually three bet, but MP1 is new and BB is probably going to call anyhow, so I’ll wait and pop the flop.

Flop: (8.50 SB) :5h, :6d, :Qs (4 players)
BB checks, UTG+1 bets, MP1 calls, Hero raises, BB folds, UTG+1 calls, MP1 calls.
Good enough. UTG+1 probably doesn’t get cute in a multi-way pot with an overpair, so I seem to be good here.

Turn: (7.25 BB) :2d (3 players)
UTG+1 checks, MP1 checks, Hero bets, UTG+1 calls, MP1 calls.
UTG+1 is showdown bound. Either a pair less than Queens or something like 76. MP1 is a problem. I would think he has to have QJ or QT.

River: (10.25 BB) :Ts (3 players)
UTG+1 checks, MP1 checks, Hero checks.
I’ve lost faith that I’m ahead, and it turns out that I just got beat with that card.  I take some satisfaction in the fact that all the money went in with me ahead and I didn’t pay when I fell behind.

Final Pot: 10.25 BB
Results below:
UTG+1 has :Ac :6s (one pair, sixes).
MP1 has :Kd :Td (one pair, tens).
Hero has :9h :9c (one pair, nines).

Outcome: MP1 wins 10.25 BB.

It was a decent, if short, session. Nobody called me a fish. Bummer.

By Nsidestrate

I'm a hard-core limit ring game poker player who is becoming a degenerate sports bettor. I'm sure it will all make more sense if you read on.