As a Player: I am happy to play poker tonight as a Professional Poker Player. I am feeling very relaxed (rated 5/5), and feel well rested (rated 5/5), and nothing “special” or “distracting” is on my mind (rated 5/5).

The Conditions: It’s Wednesday night, 8:30, the casino cardroom is busy, all 16 tables are running; all of the tables have waiting lists (rated 5/5).

My Stakes: My poker bankroll dictates I can play $5/$10 no-limit Hold ‘Em.

My Game Selection: Table #8 is the only $5/$10 NLHD game to play (rated 3/5).  There is over $29,000 in chips on the table (rated 5/5). Players: 4 Professionals, 2 regulars, and 2 poker fish (rated 2/5). Table action: Card playing is rated as very loose (rated 5/5); betting is rated as aggressive (rated 3/5).

My Key Decision: It’s a tough decision tonight, it’s close on playing $5/$10;, but I decide to play. I buy-in for the table maximum, $2,000.

 

The Action:    

I fold my first 18 hands while closely watching the game.

Hand Number 19:

Seat #3: An aggressive player straddles for $50.

Seat #4: Calls $50.

Seat #5: Calls $50.

Seat #6: Calls $50.

Seat #7: Calls $50.

Seat #8: Calls $50.

Seat #9 (Me):  On the Button, I call $50 holding the  A  Q♦.

Seat #1: The Small Blind calls $50.

Seat #2: The Big Blind folds.

Seat #3: The aggressive player having straddled, now raises an additional $300.

Seat #4: A Professional player calls the additional $300.

Seats 5, 6, 7 and 8: All Fold.

Seat #9 (Me):  On the Button, I call the additional $300 holding the  A  Q♦.

Three players call making a $1,015 pot.

 

The Flop:  Q   10   4♦  (What a flop! I love it!)

 

The Action:

Seat #3: The aggressive player having originally straddled, now checks.

Seat #4: A solid Professional also checks.

Seat #9 (Me):  Being on the Button, I bet $400 holding  A  Q

Seat #3: Calls $400.

Seat #4: Calls $400.

 

The Turn:  Q   10   4♦   Q

 

The Action:

Seat #3: Checks.

Seat #4: Checks.

Seat #9 (Me):  Being on the Button, I raise $600 holding  A  Q

Seat #3: Calls $600.

Seat #4: Calls $600.

 

The pot is now $3,105

 

The River:   Q   10   4♦   Q♠   3          

 

The Action:

Seat #3: Checks.

Seat #4: A solid Professional also checks.

Seat #9 (Me):  Being on the Button, I push All-In betting my last $650 having hit the Nut  Flush  A  Q on the River.

Seat #3: Calls $650.

Seat #4: Calls also $650.

 

The Showdown:

Seat #9 (Me): Being the Bettor, I show my  Nut Flush   A  Q♦.

Seat #3: Shows Q♣ 10♥  (Queens-Full over Tens)

Seat #4: Shows 10♣ 10 ♠ (Tens-Full over Queens)

I lose the $5,055 pot.

 

Bad luck! I lost my $2,000 stake for the day and went home early; that’s poker.

Hopefully, tomorrow will be a better day.

To understand why this hand was played this way look for the book: How to Become a Successful Professional Poker Player, written by Barton M. Gratt, available on Amazon.com.

 

 

{ 0 comments }

Buy this book.

Win Big Money!

 

bookcover7-4 - Copy

Available at  Amazon.com  and for the Kindle.

{ 0 comments }

Playing Poker Like a Professional Poker Player

by Bart September 25, 2013

Chapter 12. Playing Practice Hands Taken from the book: How to Become a Successful Professional Poker Player, written by Barton M. Gratt,   Your Final Examination Try playing these 26 hands. Most of them are very easy to play, you just Fold. When you understand all 26, then you are ready to play cards in […]

Read the full article →

Playing Poker on the Internet: Becareful

by Bart September 18, 2013

Chapter 12. Playing Internet Poker Taken from the book: How to Become a Successful Professional Poker Player, written by Barton M. Gratt. The Advantages and Disadvantages of Internet Poker Playing poker on the internet has become a world wide phenomenon. Both tournament poker and cash game poker is extremely popular throughout the entire modern world. […]

Read the full article →

by Bart September 11, 2013

Chapter 11. Let’s Talk Overall Strategy Taken from the book: How to Become a Successful Professional Poker Player, written by Barton M. Gratt. Playing poker is complicated, it seems like a simple game, but in truth things are constantly changing. Cards are always changing, hands are always changing, chip counts are always changing, your position […]

Read the full article →

How to Play Poker Like a Successful Professional Poker Player

by Bart September 4, 2013

Chapter 10. Playing Cards Taken from the book: How to Become a Successful Professional Poker Player, written by Barton M. Gratt.   “Poker Tells” (Reading Your Opponents) Now, what exactly is a poker “tell”?  It’s simply a physical sign given off by an opponent that gives away the strength (or weakness) of the player’s hand. […]

Read the full article →

Playing Cards as a Professional Poker Player

by Bart August 28, 2013

Chapter 9. Taken from the book: How to Become a Successful Professional Poker Player, written by Barton M. Gratt. Playing Your Cards: When to Fold Okay, you know the fixed rules for playing your cards: Over 90% of the time, pre-flop you are going to fold, fold, and fold some more. Over 90% of the […]

Read the full article →

Playing Cards as a Professional Poker Player

by Bart August 21, 2013

Chapter 8. Taken from the book: How to Become a Successful Professional Poker Player, written by Barton M. Gratt.   Playing Your Cards: Mixing-Up Your Play on the Button and in the Big Blind. Okay, so far you’ve been taught hard and fixed rules for playing cards: Only play Pocket Pairs and Pocket Ace King […]

Read the full article →

Playing Cards as a Professional Poker Player

by Bart August 14, 2013

Chapter 7. Taken from the book: How to Become a Successful Professional Poker Player, written by Barton M. Gratt.   Playing Your Cards: Playing Ace King. In tournament poker and in limit poker, Ace King (AK) is a strong hand, you can move All-In, or Raise at will, when holding Ace King. However, in no-limit […]

Read the full article →

Playing Cards as a Professional Poker Player

by Bart August 7, 2013

Chapter 6. Taken from the book: How to Become a Successful Professional Poker Player, written by Barton M. Gratt.   Playing Your Cards: Playing Pocket Pairs and Hitting Sets Patience” is Our Mantra Aiding Winning Card Play. So far you’re doing well in your effort to learn how to become a Professional Poker Player. You […]

Read the full article →