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Poker Sess.24 - Thin Value-Betting

18 May 2015

Return of the Pete’s 881 Club. The poker addiction is Sidious. Last Friday after a night at Off the Grid, I went down -$110 in a 2/5NL cash game, a case of card-dead, but I lost the minimum, and it could have gone worse. Then on Sunday I played a deepstack tourney and dropped my -$120 buy-in, I was playing close-to-perfect but got sucked out on after someone tried a stop-and-go bluff. Tonight, I went up a +$500 buy-in in about an hour in the 2/5NL cash game. I admit I ran a little hot, but I’ll take it as a reward for enduring the cold. And as usual, I always blog after a good night while ignoring the bad ones.

I walked into Pete’s, an older Vietnamese regular yelled “ah, you go to school, then come here?” as I had my backpack. I had brought my laptop to work while I was waiting for a seat. The waitress also IDed me. #curryface.

Thin Value-Betting

Probably one of my weaknesses right now is value-betting thin, which is betting a marginal hand which you think is most likely good. Though I have shown some strides, I miss a lot of value on the river by betting too small or not raising.

An example of a hand where I could have gotten more value:

An example of a hand that is pretty thin, but value-betting more was an option:

An example of a hand where I pulled the trigger on thin value-betting: