I'm Back


I'm back from a brief hiatus from the interweb.  Turns out, social media can be a brutal place.  Lesson learned.  I'd like to think of this as PPPv.2.0; a kinder, gentler Pete P. Peters.  Hopefully, people will respond in kind.

Those of you who remember the original P3 may recall that this blog started out as a poker blog.  Over time, it strayed; largely because I got away from playing.  Last year, for instance, I played a mere 70 hours.  And, truth be told, those seventy hours did not work out well.  But, I'm trying to get back to the grind.  As a result, I'm hopeful that this space will be more poker-oriented -- a place for stories and hand histories and, hopefully, critical discussion of strategy.

I've played two sessions so far this year.  The first was at Charles Town, and resulted in a $200 loss.  It was an uneventful session, until I over played AQ about 4 hours in.  I opened to $12 and got a handful of callers.  The flop was J high, and I continued for $25-ish.  One call.  The turn did not improve my hand.  But, my desire to take the pot remained.  I bet $40.  And got raised.  I left a short while later.  Frustrated.

I played again a few weeks later, this time at MGM National Harbor.  I bought in for $300 and, several hands later, looked down at AQ.  I opened to $15 and got two callers.  Flop was Q(s) 8(x) 5(s).  It was checked to me and I bet $30.  An older woman (60's) called.  Turn blanked and I bet $45.  She check-raised to $150.  I fold and move on.

Over the next hour or so, I found a few decent pocket pairs, none of which worked out.  With 88, I raised, got three bet to $35, and called multi-way, only to fold the flop.  A short while later, I raised to $15 with 99, got three-bet to $35, and called to see a T62 flop.  I check called.  Turn as another 6.  I checked, and villain bet $80.  Unwilling to play for stacks, I painfully folded.  A few hands later, I looked down at TT and again raise to $15.  This time, I get 4 folds and rake in a solid $4 or so.

After rebuying, I get set up, and knocked down.  with about $250 behind, I look down at KJ in early position and limp $3.  Probably a mistake.  But, at this point, mind you, I haven't had a winning session in six months (seriously), and am gun-shy.  We take a flop four-ways: J(x) 7(h) 3(h).  Villain from the 99 hand bets out 30.  Only I call.  Turn is J(x).  I again check it over, and villain bets out $60.  I flat.  River is the 4(h).  I check again, and villain bets $80.  I call.  He flips J(h) 5(h) for the flush.  Yes, I probably murdered that hand.  But, if the heart does not come on the river, I double up.  That's the way it goes . . .

Until next time,




  1. One of my favorites is back....

  2. Hey Pete, welcome back. Missed your banter. I was at MGM last Thursday. Played a tournament. unsuccessfully. Had a lot of fun. I like how they have more tournaments now. Got a comped room. It was a decent room, but no coffee maker in the room was a downer. Between the tournaments and the cash games, there is a lot of action in that room. The sessions you described is similar to what seems to happen to me in cash games. I find that by not playing cash games regularly it is difficult to profit. Better luck next time. Look forward to reading about it.

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    1. Welcome back! I don't think you are getting the guy with J-5 with a hearts draw to fold.

  4. Good to have you back on the grind, P3!


  5. This place was very comfortable. Restrooms were decent. Coming here with my friends was an amazing experience. This is my favorite event space Chicago now, because of its excellent food, perfect lighting, vibrant atmosphere and great ventilation.


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