Wednesday, December 14, 2005

What's the deal with this shorthanded thing

There certainly seems to be an influx of interest in shorthanded play... willwonka included. As I've mentioned before, shorthanded play has been very -EV for me... even more so than my 10max ring play. This is really intriguing me. What I'm not going to do that I normally do is to jump right in and start playing and learn through experience. I'm actually going to study it. To that point, there are many resources out there. A few bloggers have written about it lately and Poker Sweet Home has also put a bunch of other resources. I wanted to reaffirm his links to Jason Pohl of Poker Pages as he has a dozen or so articles on short handed play. I have read 4 or 5 of these so far and they are outstanding. I probably won't dive to the tables until next month; but will continue to study up on it.

Another way that I have been studying up on it (as I have mentioned before) is through the site . I have now watched 2 or 3 videos. The really nice thing about the site is that after you watch them, you can comment on them via their forum. I have started messages in two forums, Wynton 5/10 SH and Digs 10/20 SH. I encourage you to go and watch these as they are only around 30 minutes and make comments on your thoughts. I hope to watch more.

I only got to play for about 20 minutes last night as Mrs Wonka needed the PC last night. It was really strange as I played in 2 ultra conservative 3/6 tables. That's almost like an oxymoron. Conservative and 3/6 usually don't go together. Here is the key stat from last night. I won 72% of the time that I saw the flop and only went to showdown 18% of the time. Wow!!!! Of course, it only equated to $55 ($65 with bonus) as you can guess, there were not any big pots; but that is not a bad bb/100 hands. My aggression factor was 16.00 (4.6 w/ preflop); so as I say, I was sad to leave the table.

I've kind of been looking around for online satellites to the WPT event in Tunica coming up in January. Does anybody know of any sites offering them? I believe BoDog did it last year; but Tunica is not one of their tournaments this year.

That should do it for today.


TripJax said...

I think a lot of people play shorthanded games for two reasons...

1) They love the aggressive fast paced game.

2) They are bonus clearing and you can clear more hands quicker that way. Due to the aggression and the calling stations the pots usually get to the level needed to get a raked hand. Where I've been playing I can get in around 100+ hands per hour, per table, which is pretty good for clearing a bonus. Some places even have turbo tables that clear nearly 130+ hands an hour...

However, I can't wait to get done with my bonus clearing so I can get back to my comfort zone of SNG's and MTT's

Ron Dickerson said...

I was playing 1/2 on PP last night and I was thinking to myself that 60% of the time won after seeing flop was good, but you got me beat. Was it because everyone was folding to your bets or you were hitting your cards? For me it was definitely the cards, as I flopped sets/rivered numerous times for about a hour and a half.

WillWonka said...

No they were pretty much folding as I only went to showdown 18%... and only won at showdown 50%.. You don't see that kind of conservative play too often... especially at 3/6.

PokerSweetHome said...

Adding to tripjax's list:

3. Every good internet pro that I have talked to or read have said that if you play well, you have a bigger edge at shorthanded. Therefore shorthanded == ++EV.

For me, that's the bottom line.

cmitch said...

Nice recommedation on the pokeravi site. I will definitely check it out.

Full Tilt is running sats that can be used for almost any WSOPC or WPT event. Might be a good option for you.

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