bad couple fault or am i jinxed?



Silver Level
Jul 29, 2006
Total posts
i need to know if a) i suck at poker or b) im jinxed and should run i just cant seem to win.....
decided to just post to the hands with the results to save time and typing ......

pokerstars Game #10530156997: Tournament #53344186, $1.00+$0.20 Hold'em
No Limit - Level I (10/20) - 2007/06/20 - 12:56:37 (ET)
Table '53344186 4' 9-max Seat #1 is the button
Seat 1: brutus34 (1450 in chips)
Seat 2: NSaNeATLien (1600 in chips)
Seat 3: BK50 (1530 in chips)
Seat 4: holden54 (1420 in chips)
Seat 5: Plekzy-Gladz (1300 in chips)
Seat 6: Écureuilmort (1440 in chips)
Seat 7: a1pha (1720 in chips)
Seat 8: ValkF6 (1430 in chips)
Seat 9: stoshic454 (1610 in chips)
NSaNeATLien: posts small blind 10
BK50: posts big blind 20
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to brutus34 [Qh Kh]
holden54: folds
Plekzy-Gladz: folds
Écureuilmort: folds
a1pha: folds
ValkF6: raises 40 to 60
stoshic454: folds
brutus34: calls 60
NSaNeATLien: folds
BK50: calls 40
*** FLOP *** [Qs Jc 7d]
BK50: checks
ValkF6: bets 100
brutus34: raises 200 to 300
BK50: folds
ValkF6: calls 200
*** TURN *** [Qs Jc 7d] [6h]
ValkF6: checks
brutus34: bets 340
ValkF6: calls 340
*** RIVER *** [Qs Jc 7d 6h] [7h]
ValkF6: checks
brutus34: bets 750 and is all-in
ValkF6: calls 730 and is all-in
*** SHOW DOWN ***
brutus34: shows [Qh Kh] (two pair, Queens and Sevens)
ValkF6: shows [As Ac] (two pair, Aces and Sevens)
ValkF6 collected 2930 from pot
PokerStars Game #10545619239: Tournament #53419808, $1.00+$0.20 Hold'em
No Limit - Level VI (100/200) - 2007/06/21 - 11:47:58 (ET)
Table '53419808 2' 9-max Seat #3 is the button
Seat 2: BirdNextDoor (370 in chips)
Seat 3: Horse15 (8980 in chips)
Seat 4: brutus34 (2550 in chips)
Seat 5: BENINYAB4 (1650 in chips)
Seat 7: amccaul1976 (900 in chips)
Seat 9: gimpy#44 (3975 in chips)
brutus34: posts small blind 100
BENINYAB4: posts big blind 200
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to brutus34 [9d 9s]
amccaul1976: folds
gimpy#44: calls 200
BirdNextDoor: folds
Horse15: calls 200
brutus34: raises 400 to 600
BENINYAB4: folds
gimpy#44: calls 400
Horse15: calls 400
*** FLOP *** [7c Jd 9h]
brutus34: checks
gimpy#44: checks
Horse15: bets 600
brutus34: raises 1350 to 1950 and is all-in
gimpy#44: folds
Horse15: calls 1350
*** TURN *** [7c Jd 9h] [Th]
*** RIVER *** [7c Jd 9h Th] [Jh]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
brutus34: shows [9d 9s] (a full house, Nines full of Jacks)
Horse15: shows [9c Jc] (a full house, Jacks full of Nines)
Horse15 collected 5900 from pot

Dealt to brutus34 [Ac Qh]
wafersharp: raises 200 to 300
Jasmin33: folds
brutus34: calls 300
Sthil123: folds
Dinosaur D: folds
The Leaf: folds
sturmvogel5: calls 200
*** FLOP *** [Qs 8d Js]
sturmvogel5: checks
Pancone84 is connected
wafersharp: bets 1000
brutus34: raises 2350 to 3350 and is all-in
sturmvogel5: folds
wafersharp: calls 2350
*** TURN *** [Qs 8d Js] [Kc]
*** RIVER *** [Qs 8d Js Kc] [3d]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
wafersharp: shows [Qc Kh] (two pair, Kings and Queens)
brutus34: shows [Ac Qh] (a pair of Queens)
wafersharp collected 7650 from pot

PokerStars Game #10551715937: Tournament #53452097, $1.00+$0.20 Hold'em
No Limit - Level I (10/20) - 2007/06/21 - 18:51:31 (ET)
Table '53452097 2' 9-max Seat #8 is the button
Seat 1: brutus34 (1500 in chips)
Seat 2: KA1234 (1800 in chips)
Seat 3: Matty_Rose (1260 in chips)
Seat 4: aaron.roth (2540 in chips)
Seat 6: warpigs_80 (1280 in chips)
Seat 7: Raw_B13 (1480 in chips)
Seat 8: Carlpool (1350 in chips)
Seat 9: j-less (2290 in chips)
j-less: posts small blind 10
brutus34: posts big blind 20
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to brutus34 [Kh Jd]
KA1234: folds
Matty_Rose: raises 60 to 80
aaron.roth: folds
warpigs_80: folds
Raw_B13: folds
Carlpool: folds
j-less: folds
brutus34: calls 60
*** FLOP *** [Ks Th Ad]
brutus34: checks
Matty_Rose: bets 220
brutus34: raises 220 to 440
Matty_Rose: raises 740 to 1180 and is all-in ....:confused:
brutus34: calls 740
*** TURN *** [Ks Th Ad] [8h]
*** RIVER *** [Ks Th Ad 8h] [5h]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
brutus34: shows [Kh Jd] (a pair of Kings)
Matty_Rose: shows [Kc Tc] (two pair, Kings and Tens)
Matty_Rose collected 2530 from pot

PokerStars Game #10552213447: Tournament #53453229, $1.00+$0.20 Hold'em
No Limit - Level III (25/50) - 2007/06/21 - 19:26:11 (ET)
Table '53453229 4' 9-max Seat #1 is the button
Seat 1: flushpavlos (780 in chips)
Seat 2: Crash681 (1705 in chips)
Seat 3: rikenclacker (2540 in chips)
Seat 4: sneekpoker (3120 in chips)
Seat 5: Tiger61 (1215 in chips)
Seat 6: JAWSRL (915 in chips)
Seat 8: brutus34 (1715 in chips)
Seat 9: divine75 (3210 in chips)
Crash681: posts small blind 25
rikenclacker: posts big blind 50
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to brutus34 [Ks Qd]
sneekpoker: calls 50
Tiger61: folds
JAWSRL: folds
brutus34: raises 150 to 200
divine75: folds
flushpavlos: folds
Crash681: folds
rikenclacker: folds
sneekpoker: calls 150
*** FLOP *** [Qh 3s 4s]
sneekpoker: bets 400
brutus34: raises 1115 to 1515 and is all-in
sneekpoker: calls 1115
*** TURN *** [Qh 3s 4s] [6d]
*** RIVER *** [Qh 3s 4s 6d] [Js]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
sneekpoker: shows [6s 7s] (a flush, Jack high)
brutus34: shows [Ks Qd] (a pair of Queens)
sneekpoker collected 3505 from pot


Silver Level
Nov 10, 2005
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Welcome to poker. No worries. It's called "variance". It'll come around for ya.

Here's my June, so far, to make you feel better:


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Cardschat Elite
Silver Level
May 13, 2006
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I was listening to a podcast where Raymer was doing a hand analysis. Basically the hero in the HH played the hand correctly, and got outdrawn. At the end of the analysis, Raymer said "Well, that was unlucky, but at the end of the year this is a profitable play" That got me to thinking about the "big picture". If I get my money in with the best hand, say 80% favorite or the like, and get outdrawn, I just tell myself that at the end of the year I will win 80% of those hands and will be ahead.

Not 5 minutes ago I was in a $10 SNG, and got all my chips into the middle with pocket aces against pocket 7's and a seven hit on the turn busting me out. Every penny went into the pot while I was ahead. Although it sucks, in the long run I will come out ahead.

Do you think you played all these hands correctly?

In the Kh,Qh hand, I think you overplayed it. What could you beat there that was calling all those bets?

Same with the KJ hand, going to the felt with middle pair, and the blinds still so low isn't wise. You made your reraise to test the waters (a tad overly aggressive in my opinion but not all that bad), and once you got the call, slow down and get out. Is it really that unreasonable that the villian would have an Ace? Once again, what in that hand would they have that you are actually ahead of?

In the other hands, you got your money in while you were ahead, can't ask for much more than that.


Silver Level
Jul 29, 2006
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i think i did but im starting to the hand with 9s was my preflop raise enough to get rid of hands like J9 sooooted and was it my fault he was able to stay in the hand, the KQ sooooted hand i figured i overplayed that one, KK or AA did cross my mind but was thinking he would've raised more preflop with those, the KJo hand i thought looooooong and hard before making that call, i just had a feeling he didnt have an ace, it was a pretty bonehead move. i generally wouldnt even get involved in hands like this so early with KJ o to a 4x bb raise, i think i was asking for trouble.

i think i play pretty good but i cant seem to make any money, and im starting to doubt myself and thinking about giving up for awhile. the variances come around so often that im starting to believe that its not the variances, its me.


Silver Level
Jul 29, 2006
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this part is classic....
  1. I rock. I’m invincible. Fear me!
  2. What the hell, why am I having such bad luck lately?! No fair! I don’t deserve to be down!!
  3. Okay, so I screwed up in that hand. And that one. Oh, and I could have played that smarter. Geez, time to re-read [insert book here].
  4. *finds topic that needs refreshment* Aha. Oh yeah, I have to learn to pay more attention to that in the future. (#4 gets repeated for a couple of topics)
  5. Let’s see if I can find some hands where I can practise this. Here are some good examples… Oh, okay. I get it now; I should have [action] instead. Okay.
  6. *Plays a couple of thousand hands* How could I even be a winner before? God, I sucked at poker back then.
  7. I rock at poker. I’m invincible!
Rinse and repeat."

lol that has been me to a tee

thanks for pointing me in the right direction off to do some reading and homework lol


Caveman Eye Surgeon
Bronze Level
Mar 20, 2007
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I think it would help you to keep the pots smaller. You're building them to the point of being pot committed with just top pair.