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Playing passive lost me money!

Hi, my name is Steven, and I played passive in a cash game.

Hi, Steven!

Monday night we played $0.25/$0.50 NL and I was playing my usual style, but I was playing too passive. Instead of playing 5 or 6 handed we were 8 handed, and my loose preflop style and passive post flop play was not much help. I saw a flop with 92 suited at one point and the flop came 9 10 9 and I thought it was my time to scoop and pot, until I ran into J9, ouch. Later I called a small raise with K9 and the flop came out K 9 8, two diamonds.

The original raiser bet out again, and I flat called. The turn brought an offsuit queen and I check-called again, happy to have my aggressive opponent betting at me. That was my first mistake – I should have at least check raised here before the river. The river brought the 4 of diamonds and I bet out $8, thinking he might have put me on diamonds the whole way. He instantly called and showed 78 of diamonds! DOh!

It took me far too long to realize that the three players we had invited we all very aggressive players, pre and post flop, and I was run over for almost $100 in the three hours I played, giving back my profit for the week before. One player in particular had a great run of cards and seemed to have everyone out kicked in the big hands, he ended up winning $144 from his $40.

I realized that if I’m going to continue playing with these players I will need to be much more aggressive, at least not terrified to call continuation bets. They were raising with most anything, and they were really good at reading opponents.

One of the pots, between the two super-aggressive guys, involved a $30 bet on the river being called by a pair of 2s and the 2s won. It was great poker to watch, and scary to play against for sure. I didn’t feel like I could bluff them and I felt like I couldn’t make many moves either.

The greatest thing about their strategy was when they did pick up hands they got paid off. Everytime they put in a lot of money they seemingly had the nuts, it was a great table image, I wish I could employ that. In my last hand I raised $2 only to be instantly reraised $5 more by one of the aggressive players. I pushed for $20 more with AK suited, assuming to be well ahead of his guy when he called and showed JJ! Remind me not to play against these guys for more than $0.25/$0.50 NL!

Good luck!

I've been playing poker for almost four years now (well before it was legal for me, woops!) Besides poker I enjoy playing the guitar and I'm very enthusiastic about pursuing Dentistry as a career. I'm currently at The Ohio State Univeristy studying Microbiology, living with three of my close friends. I'm dating a lovely girl from Australia and am looking forward to the oppurtunity to study abroad over there as well.

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