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Here are a couple of random hands from three different ring games that happened online at Full Tilt or PokerStars in the last week or so. 7-7: 1/2 NL... I had been mucking tons of crappy hands during my fifth orbit at a nine-handed NL table. Three different super-loose players played most of the pots and the majority of the money was being pushed back and forth between those three. The remainder of the table was weak-tight with two short-stacks. With 7-7, I raised 4x the BB. The CO, button, and both blinds called. I lost position in a five-way pot and asked the poker gods to flop me a set. A beautiful 7 of diamonds appeared on the flop on a board of Ad-7d-3c. "Action flop!" I yelled at my laptop. I bet the pot (about $40) and the button raised to $80. The LB check-raised all in for $100 total. I had both players covered and pushed my remaining $150 in as well. Up against A-8o and Jd- 10d, I was ahead. The turn was the 2d and I lost the lead. The river was the case 7. My re-suck felted two players. I left two hands later because the nimrod who went broke with TPBK (top pair bad kicker) did not rebuy. I tagged him for future hunting expeditions.

Kh-Kc-Qh-Jc: 2/4 Pot Limit Omaha (Six-handed)... I'm a big fan of double suited royal cards in PLO, especially in a short-handed game. I lost 1/3 of my stack two hands earlier after I flopped a straight and missed a flush redraw. I was ready to get my chips back after a flop of: Js-Jh-9c. I flopped trips and had two backdoor flush draws with a gutshot straight draw. I bet out and was raised the pot. I thought about reraising the guy with the donkey as an avatar, but wanted to see if I could pick up more outs before I committed the remainder of my chips. The turn 10c. I made a straight and picked up a redraw to a straight flush. I bet out and he raised the pot. I re-raised and he pushed all-in. I called the rest of my chips and yelled, "D'oh!" when he showed: 9-9-A-10. He flopped the boat and I was chasing outs for a bigger boat or the gutshot straight flush. Both missed and I got felted. Rebuy!

K-Q: 5/10 Limit...Classic example of how my luck prevails over any skills in my arsenal. I don't know why I called a raise in MP with K-Qo especially after the guy UTG + 1 raised, but I did. Usually those hands are tossed into the muck or if I do play them, I come in for a raise especially in EP. For some reason I felt like gambling and quickly hit the call button. The flop: A-10-9. He checked to me and I checked. The turn: J. My money card gave me a Broadway straight. He checked-raised me on the turn and I three-bet. He quickly capped. I had to put him on K-Q or J-J. Would he be raising with K-Q in EP? I've seen a plethora of Partyfish that have invaded the 5-10 games on Full Tilt raise with marginal hands like that so K-Q was possible. J-J seemed more likely and I hoped that the board wouldn't pair. River was a blank.

He bet out and I raised. He called and my Broadway took it down. He had A-9 and slowplayed his flopped two pair. His fancy play cost him the pot. His first mistake was playing A-9 in EP (at least he raised with it) and his second mistake was slowplaying two pair. Then he got greedy and wanted to check-raise me, which backfired when I checked behind him to get a free card. If he bet out on the flop, I would have folded my gut-shot.

Instead, he let me catch up and nail a four outer. Always play your hands fast online. Like my friend Grubby says, "Never slowplay in a Limit game online unless you flop the absolute nuts."

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