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Played a boatload of poker this weekend, and had a blast.  Didn't make enough to retire, but life goes on.

On Saturday I played in a local 4 table tournament, $70 buy in with a $50 rebuy and a $50 add on.  So there was a ton of money available.

When we got to two tables, I flopped trips, and there was 4 to a flush on the board. 

So I had J-J, with Jack and King of Diamonds on the board, along with a 2.   

I bet out and got a call.  Turn gave me a full house, as the 2 of diamonds hit the board.  I had to consider him having the flush, so I was feeling pretty good.  I bet, got a raise, and figured he'd go with the flush and call an all in.  Which he did. 

He didn't even wait, and turned over what he called "the nut flush".  A-Q of diamonds.

I said "Flush, but not nut", and turned over my full house.

And of course, since I'm writing about it....the 10 of diamonds on the frigging river, giving him the royal flush.  YAY!

So from there, on to a cash game down in the Springs.  Had a good night there, and made back what I lost in the tournament earlier.  I might have won more, but I quit earlier than I should have against a bad player. 

This guy simply refused to fold.  You could shove all in PRE-DEAL and he'd still call.  And he'd call all the way to the river, no matter what you bet.

Now, normally this is cool, because this person can make you a ton of money.  But cool or profitable isn't the problem.  FUN is the problem.  I was not enjoying it.  For example, he called my pocket 10's bet, with a board of 2-4-6.  Turn was another 2, I bet big, and he called again.  I said "you don't have ****, and I'm trying to save you money here."  River was a 9, I bet big AGAIN, and he called....and turned over J-8.  Now, you might think he was calling on the turn to catch the Jack and win.....but why the river call?  All I needed was Queen high to beat him. 

So even though I made money on the hand, I was miserable playing against him.  I play poker for enjoyment.  I don't care if I make $1000 profit on the night, I won't return to the game if it isn't enjoyable.  So I packed up and left.  And I'll bet he still doesn't understand why. 

Then yesterday, Jonesy and I drove up to Black Hawk to play in a $60 buy in at a casino.   It was a fun tournament, and I managed to play down to 11th place....but then made one of those boneheaded moves that can ruin everything.

Flop came Q-J-2 of spades, and I had Q-6 in an unraised small blind, against the big blind. 

1.  So I had no info on what the guy was holding.  Mistake #1.

2.  I checked the flop, rather than betting top pair with a crap kicker to see where I stood.  Mistake #2.

3.  He bet, I raised, but didn't raise enough.  Should have shoved all in right there.  Instead, I gave him pot odds to call me, and he did.  Mistake #3.

4.  Turn was a 10.  I shoved all in.  Notice, I still have zero information as to what he's holding.  Mistake #4.

He turns over J-10, and the 10 is a 10 of spades.  So all along he had middle pair with a great redraw.  The only bets he WOULD NOT have called was an all in preflop, or an all in first to act after the flop.  Beyond that, he was in complete control of that hand.

What should I have done?  Folded.  Either preflop, or when he bet post flop.  My kicker sucked and I should have said "final table is here, and there's no reason to pee it all away with a single pair and no kicker".

But I did, and we came home.  Oh well, lesson learned, and honestly, not that expensive of a lesson.

So the week ended down, with hardly a swing either way in the poker bankroll.

Life goes on.  Time to start preparing for the upcoming week!

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