What’s up poker people. My name is Wes and this is my poker vlog. Today we’re playing a 5/5 No Limit cash game
session at Texas Card House in Houston Texas. I’m buying into the game for
$4,000. Wish me luck. This is for entertainment only. I am not a
professional poker player. I’m not trying to be a poker coach. I’m trying to share
the fun of the games I play in. Enjoy the action. You guys have asked me to show my
chip stack as I go through the session. This is my starting stack minus about $100.
The yellow chips are tip chips and they aren’t in play. This is one of the very
first hands I witnessed during this session. So, we’re gonna watch these two
players play this hand out and this should give you a little bit of an idea
on how these games play. So, preflop it was $50 to go called by the small
blind. On this flop the small blind checks and the late position player bets
$60 on a King King Five flop. The small blind check raises to $125. It’s
a min-check raise, but he’s basically saying I got a King buddy. Late position
player says, “I don’t care” and calls. Turn is a brick. Doesn’t really change
much. These guys either have a King or a flush draw and that’s about it.
The small blind bets $250. Exactly twice the size of his check raised. And he’s
trying to charge the late position player to draw to his flush. But that
player calls. The the river’s a Queen. And the flush draw bricks out. Small blind bets
$450. He’s quickly called and shows Ace Ten of diamonds against Ace King. He
should have picked a better spot. Now it’s my turn to get in there and make
some questionable plays. I straddled $10 in this hand and the cut off raised to
$50. The button called $50. The big blind called $50. And I’m definitely calling
with a pocket pair hoping to flop a set. Nope. No set. I’m just gonna check. It actually checks around which is
pretty surprising. I turn a straight draw and I have a pair. I might just have the
best hand. I go ahead and bet $100. You would think if anyone had a Jack they
would have bet it already. And now the cutoff who raised preflop raises to $300.
Did he really flop a set of jacks? Well the big blind calls and I still have
that straight draw so I’m gonna call. Let’s try to river a straight. If he
does have jacks we can win a huge pot. Well if he has Jacks he has quads now. I know
that a Jack is supposed to make it less likely that he has Jacks. I’m just gonna
check and decide. Well he ends up checking right behind and I show my hand
and they just start grumbling and mumbling.
Clearly I have the best hand. Next hand. Middle position player raise it to $15
and gets called by the player on his left. I look down at Six Eight suited in the
big blind and I call, I flop an eight and I have a backdoor flush draw. If you’ve
watched any of these episodes you know there’s no way I’m ever folding this
hand. I check. Preflop raiser bets $30. Gets called again by the player on his left
and I call. That’s me! I turn an Eight and now I’m ready to check raise big. So I check.
When these guys bet I’m just gonna check raise 4x. No one’s gonna believe I have
an Eight. I’m just gonna bomb…what just happened??
Oh! A 6! A full house! I have a full house! Now I’m just gonna bet a reasonable
amount so that maybe a Jack could call. So I bet $100 here on the river
hoping that someone with tens a jack… I just got raised to $300! What? Okay. Okay.
Maybe my dreams are coming true. What do I do?
How big do I want to make this? What do you guys think? I bet $100…he bet
$300…I make it $1,100? Let’s go!! This is one of those spots in poker
where you just kind of don’t really think about what the guy has. You’re just
like, “Oh, you raised?” Well I’m gonna raise because I have
basically the nuts. And I hope you call. And he does call. And he’s not happy. A $2K pot shipped my way. Here’s an update on the chip stack, as promised.
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hoodies at RaiserClothing.com. There’s a button straddle of $25 and are raise
to $75 and a flat before I even look at my cards. And I have pocket Queens. I’m
gonna bump it up to $225. I normally make it bigger in this spot but I guess
something live told me to go ahead and make it a little bit smaller. So I made
it $225. Normally I would have made it probably $275 or more. The exact
number of your raise doesn’t really matter that much as long as you’re
charging them. But overall my strategy is to make it bigger and I often get called
anyway. So I just end up getting more money in the pot when I have a premium
hand. Surprisingly, in this hand it was the button who called my 3 bet
and the other players folded. So I c-bet this flop to $350. I think my
opponent’s range is often Tens are higher. Maybe an Ace King. And he just rips it in
for $1,200 after I bet the flop. I’m clearly gonna call. Hope no diamonds
or Ace King come out. It’s a clean run out. I show my hand and he snap mucked.
Scooping up a $3k pot. And here’s a money shot. “Forty five!” In this hand a “fun player” had just joined the table and this is the very first hand he plays. I’m gonna leave the
audio on for this one. So the fun player raises and gets re-raised immediately by
the small blind. The player who’s four betting is known for being an action
player who just has a lot of fun at the table. He could have anything at this
point the other player seems to be agonizing. I’m not sure what he has, but
it seems like he doesn’t think he can fold. On a flop of Ace Jack Nine I would assume
that this improves somebody. But it goes check-check.
I guess the four better could have Kings or Queens and not want to bet this flop.
But I was surprised that it checks so quickly. Now the small blind’s thinking
about doing something and he bets $500 He could have checked Aces on that flop. The small blind asked for a count and it’s $2,880. The small blind shows Ace King for
top pair and the other player shows Nine Seven for two pair. I get dealt an Ace
with everybody’s least favorite kicker; a Jack. There’s a button straddle of $20. I’m
gonna raise in this spot and I make it $60 to go. The player on my left quickly
calls as does a middle position player. And we go three ways to the flop. I flop
an Ace. That’s a good start. I’m gonna c-bet this flop, and I bet $100. Player on my
left thinks for a little while and he decides to call. And the other player
folds. The turn is a deuce. I decided in this exact hand I was gonna check this
turn card, give the guy a chance to bet at it, and we also protect against when
he has Ace Queen. So I check. He thinks for a while and bets $175. And definitely
I’m calling. The rivers a four. Doesn’t change anything.
If I check the turn I’m checking the river. So I do check and this time the
guy thinks a little bit longer he bets $500. And I’m not folding. I call. What do
you got buddy? Kings??? And that’s why sometimes we just want to check. Moving
on to a fun hand. A middle position player raises to $30 and I call with
Two Three suited in the big blind. I flop trip deuces.
Good call Wes! I check. The raiser checks behind. We go to a turn. It’s a Five. I
pick up a straight draw to go with trips. I’m gonna bet this. I’m gonna bet small
because I don’t think he has much. I bet $50 and he raises to $125. I’ve seen
this guy min-raise probably three or four times in this session and I’m not
having it. I re-raised to $350. Let’s get some money
in this pot. If you have something, let’s go. He thinks for a while and he decides to call. The river gives me a straight. There is
no scenario where I don’t have the best hand. I bet $500 and I’m just praying
that he calls. Come on buddy, call. And now he goes all-in for $1,300.
Why didn’t I just listen to all the pros in the comments telling me not to play
Two Three suited. Well it’s too late now. I call and he immediately says you got it bud. I show my hand and he mucks. Take that chat pros! And here’s a stack update. It looks like
I have about $8,000 in my stack at this point. We had two tables of $5/$5 going and our table broke so we merged with the other table. And as you can see, everybody
has chips at this table. This is gonna be a lot of fun. Our fun player who earlier
had Nine Seven suited for an all in a pot left the game for a couple hours and he’s now
back. He bought in for about $2,500 and he’s in this hand. The very first hand he
sits down and plays. He limped in and he back raised to $620. And now he’s been put all
in and he calls. The dealer makes the pot right and it looks like he actually had
about $2,100 to start the hand. Let’s see the flop. Again! Ace Jack Nine. Just like last time. Turn a Ten. River a Ten. The first all-new player shows King Four?? And the
other player shows…quads. There’s actually no hand analysis I could
possibly do on this hand. So I’m just gonna let you guys watch this player
drag in a free $2,000. Soon after watching that display a
mindless aggression I picked up pocket Nines in the small blind. And there’s a
$25 button straddle. I raise 3x which is my default raise over a straddle. A
player in middle position calls. It gets around to the button who only has to
call $50 more, and he’s gonna call as well. We go three ways to the flop with pocket
Nines. It’s not a horrible flop. There’s only
one over. We should have pretty good equity in a spot like this. I’m gonna bet
this flop. Act like I have a Queen and see what happens.
I bet $140. The player in middle position thinks about it and he does call. The
button folds so at least now we’re heads up. Increases our chance of winning. On this turn card I decided to turn my Nines into a bluff. Maybe it’s possible this
player will fold a Queen Jack or Queen ten hand. If he has King Queen, and clearly
Ace Queen, he’s gonna continue. And if he has some sort of straight draw we need
to charge him anyway. So I don’t mind this bluff. I bet $310 dollars and the
player in middle position goes into the tank. This is when I think this is
actually gonna work. He’s gonna fold a Queen. But then he puts out $310 dollars. The river’s an Eight. So even if he had an Eight, which we were beating, he’s now ahead. I think I’m done with his hand. I’m gonna
check and just hope he checks down some Five Seven hand or something. The last two hands I played against this same player I raised. I had a pair just under the top
card. I bet the flop. I check called turn and
river. And both times he had that top card. So when he bets $700 here on the
river that’s all I can think about. Is how I’ve been wrong twice and I don’t
see how he has a bluff in this spot. So I decided to fold because I don’t beat
anything. I don’t beat a Queen. I don’t beat an Eight. I don’t beat an Ace. And he
shows Jack Ten. We’re gonna try something new in this hand. I’m gonna have a
mystery hand that will not be revealed until the end of the hand. I straddle for
$50. The small blind calls. It’s gonna fold around and I’m going to check my
option. I’m sure you can eliminate many hands from my range at this point.
It’s a Nine Three Five flop. The small blind checks. I take a stab for $75 and
he calls. Turn is at Ten. Small blind checks again. I decide to check. The river
is a Queen. Small blind leads out for $250. And I go in the tank for about one
and a half seconds. And I call. He show Ace-high. And I show a Five. If you’re
enjoying this video please hit the subscribe button also hit that like
button. I really appreciate it. I have King Nine suited. There’s a $25
button straddle. I actually straddled $10 under the gun and we’re allowing the
button to restraddle as long as he puts a straddle out that’s bigger than the Ten.
And he put $25. So I made it $75 and he called. I have King Nine of clubs and I
flop a Nine. I bet $85. Maybe this guy just has Jack
Ten again. The button calls $85 and we’re gonna see a turn. The turn is the Seven
of clubs. When he called the flop this is exactly the kind of card I wanted to see on the turn…any club. I can now barrel with my pair and if the river comes
another club we can play a huge pot. I bet $200 and the button goes in the tank
before raising. And at this point I’m actually extremely excited. I want to
call and I want to hit a club on the river. If I brick out I don’t care. But I
love being in these spots. Let’s see a river, dealer. Oh!! I made a flush!! I have the nuts!!! This never happens to me!! So on this river I think I want to check
and see if he will bet. Since I check called the turn and he raised, it’s very
likely that he should be betting this river card. So I check, and he goes in the
tank before deciding what to do. He bets $1,050. At this point each of us had between $5,000 and $6,000. I remember in the hand
trying to count his stack and count my stack and I couldn’t really figure out
who had the most chips. So I thought for a while and I’m not gonna
raise to $3,000 and leave $2,000 behind. So I ripped it in and he pretty quickly
folded Jack Ten for the nut straight. The poker gods liked how it played that King Nine hand so much they gave it to me again. in this hand I’m in the big blind
and the cutoff raises to $30. I call in the big blind with King Nine of hearts. I flop a pair in a gutshot.
Any Queen gives me a straight. I decided to check. Let’s see if the guys gonna
c-bet. I do think this is a good board to check raise when you have my exact hand.
Because a lot of times when the Queen comes and there’s four card straight
you’re not gonna get paid off. But this time I decided just a call. Boom! I hit my
straight on the turn and I pick up a flush draw. I decided to lead out in this
hand. I bet a $12. You can definitely check raise.
You can check call. I decided to lead out to make sure this doesn’t go check check
and to decide the pot size myself. The river’s a Three. A complete brick. Now
it’s time to bet chunky and see if he calls. When the board allows for your
opponent to have many different hands of different strengths it’s usually good to
go big. I decided to bet $350 here. It’s important to
keep track of the pot size so that you know when you want to bomb it what
exactly the bet needs to be. He does call and we show the bad news. Oh? What
was that?? Stack update. It still looks like about
$8,000 after going up and down in the last few hands. We get the pocket
Tens. Maybe WE can make quads. There’s a button straddle of $25
so I make it $7 from the big blind. Under the gun calls. The cut off raises to $350. This is the player from both Jack Ten hands. So we’re both super deep in this game.
He’s got about $5,000 to $6,000 and you saw my stack. In a game like this
you can’t be afraid to go with the math. If I can flop a set against this guy I
can win a huge pot. Or my pocket Tens might just be good. I’m definitely
calling $350 when we’re this deep. So I call
$350 and the under the gun player folds. Flop is Eight Five Seven which is a
coordinated board but not really for a three bet and a call. I check and he
checks behind. Thank you, Jesus!!! So I definitely have the best hand now.
Unless this guy’s raising with one of his favorite hands, Six Nine or Jack Nine.
I decide to bet the turn for $400. He goes in the tank for
quite a long time. He has a tough decision. And eventually he calls with
all his small green chips and red chips which is normally a sign of a weaker
hand. It takes him a while to call because he decided not to use four of
his roughly sixty black chips and instead to use greens and reds. In a
normal hand this river would not be a brick but in a three bet pot I really
don’t think this guy has a straight. The problem with this river is what can I
get called by? If I make a bet, from a game theory standpoint, he should
actually be checking behind some of his Aces and Kings and over pairs on this flop.
And he would just call the turn. So if he did have those hands I think he would
call this river some percentage of the time. I think I just gotta bet and pray
that he calls. I bet $700 and he
decides to fold, but we pick up a pretty good pot. At this point in this session
my stack is up to $9,000. And just to give you guys a reference,
this session was about twelve hours long and ten to twelve hours is pretty normal
for us. In this hand I’ve got a $50 straddle on the button. The under
the gun player raises to $125. I don’t have a great hand but I’m definitely not
folding for $75 dollars more. I don’t care what you guys say in the comments. Don’t
tell me I should fold Nine Eight off suit to a raise on the button. He’s gonna
c-bet and I’m gonna raise. He bets a $150 and I go into the tank.
Act like I’m thinking about some sort of draw and I raise to $400.
He’s got a decision to make now because my range should actually be stronger than
his in this scenario. But if he’s got a good hand he’s not folding it.
He agrees to call $400 and we go to the turn.
That’s about as safe as we can get. I’m glad a heart didn’t come out or some
sort of straight card. So we know we have the best hand. At this point we just have
to decide what he will call. We do need a protect against all those draws so we
had to choose a good size. I end up deciding the bet $650. I really just expect him to check call.
If he were to raise on this turn card then I would assume he had slow-played
some sort of flop straight. But he just calls. So I’m hoping no straight card and
no heart on the river. That’s all I need. That card doesn’t really do anything. If
he has a straight somehow then he had a straight on the flop. He checks and now
it’s time to go for value one more time. What do you guys think is a good sizing?
I decided on $1,000 and he snapped calls. I show and he shows a set of Tens!! I
can’t wait to hear what you guys think about this hand in the comments. One last
look at the stack at the end of the game. How much do you think I’m up? Another
rollercoaster session up and down but I was never really stuck in the game. I
ended up winning $3,200. Pretty happy with that.
Had a few hands that could have gone a different way, but that’s poker.
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