Saturday, May 26, 2007

Back to the Drawing Board

After a little success with some MTT with the Mook and a home game $350 win. I'm back to where I was before. Now with my puny amount of dollars on FTP, I am doing a little ladder challenge to build bankroll via SNGs... So right now with the roll hanging around $250 (mostly from Mook), I am back to $6.50 SNGs. First, let me say that it was a little hard a first to go back to $6.50 SNGs when I was used to do $50 or $33 dollar ones; but it is what it is. The thing that really helped me was that went back to the roots and remembered why I play online poker. For the fun of it. It's a hobby.

I've mentioned in other posts where I was going to see what my win percentage was when I got my money in the middle or how I fared when I got in as a favorite. Well, I still hope to do that and I have written a little Access query to help me with that; but it is still has some manual work to it so I will do that at some time. There is also an 2+2 article on this. A little too technical for me probably; plus I think you need SQL version of Poker Tracker which I have not done yet.

Instead, I am going to post the last hand 7 of the 8 tournies that I played in today. I was in the money for 2 of the 8 which luckily I won both of those.

Tourney #1

It is what it is. This one is on me. I should have been all in on the flop. Results in White underneath hand.

Full Tilt Poker
No Limit Holdem Tournament
Blinds: t200/t400
4 players
Converter


Stack sizes:
UTG: t1450
Button: t8230
SB: t2040
Hero: t1780


Pre-flop: (4 players) Hero is BB with :kd :td
UTG folds, Button raises to t800, SB folds, Hero calls t400 (pot was t1400).


Flop: :9d :2d :ah (t1800, 2 players)
Hero checks, Button bets t400, Hero calls t400 (pot was t2200).


Turn: :qh (t2600, 2 players)
Hero checks, Button bets t400, Hero raises all-in t580, Button calls t180 (pot was t3580).


River: :ac (t3760, 1 player + 1 all-in - Main pot: t3760)



Results:
Final pot: t3760
Hero showed Kd Td
Button showed Kh Qs showed Kh Qs


Tourney #2

Obviously a huge favorite when chips went in.

Full Tilt Poker
No Limit Holdem Tournament
Blinds: t40/t80
8 players
Converter


Stack sizes:
UTG: t2290
UTG+1: t2070
Hero: t1495
MP2: t2345
CO: t1460
Button: t1645
SB: t525
BB: t1670


Pre-flop: (8 players) Hero is MP1 with :ac :js
2 folds, Hero raises to t240, MP2 folds, CO calls t240 (pot was t360), Button calls t240 (pot was t600), SB folds, BB calls t160 (pot was t840).


Flop: :6h :5h :4d (t1000, 4 players)
BB checks, Hero checks, CO checks, Button checks.


Turn: :ad (t1000, 4 players)
BB checks, Hero is all-in t1255, CO calls all-in t1220, 2 folds.
Uncalled bets: t35 returned to Hero.


River: :th (t3440, 0 player + 2 all-in - Main pot: t3440)



Results:
Final pot: t3440
Hero showed Ac Js
CO showed Ts Ah

Tourney #3

Another dominating hand down the tubes.

Full Tilt Poker
No Limit Holdem Tournament
Blinds: t120/t240
5 players
Converter


Stack sizes:
UTG: t3425
CO: t3260
Button: t5280
SB: t210
Hero: t1325


Pre-flop: (5 players) Hero is BB with :tc :as
2 folds, Button raises all-in t5280, SB folds, Hero calls all-in t1085.
Uncalled bets: t3955 returned to Button.


Flop: :5h :5d :2s (t1565, 0 player + 2 all-in - Main pot: t2770)



Turn: :5s (t1565, 0 player + 2 all-in - Main pot: t2770)



River: :3h (t1565, 0 player + 2 all-in - Main pot: t2770)



Results:
Final pot: t1565
Button showed 4s Ad
Hero showed Tc As

Tourney #4

I actually came back and won this one; but another beauty anyway...

Full Tilt Poker
No Limit Holdem Tournament
Blinds: t250/t500
3 players
Converter


Stack sizes:
Button: t3090
SB: t4200
Hero: t6210


Pre-flop: (3 players) Hero is BB with :8s :4d
Button calls t500 (pot was t750), SB calls t250 (pot was t1250), Hero checks.


Flop: :4h :8c :6d (t1500, 3 players)
SB checks, Hero checks, Button bets t1000, SB folds, Hero raises all-in t5710, Button calls all-in t1590.
Uncalled bets: t3120 returned to Hero.


Turn: :kc (t6680, 0 player + 2 all-in - Main pot: t6680)



River: :kd (t6680, 0 player + 2 all-in - Main pot: t6680)



Results:
Final pot: t6680
Hero showed 8s 4d
Button showed Kh Td

Tourney #5

Are sure this isn't River Stars?

Full Tilt Poker
No Limit Holdem Tournament
Blinds: t60/t120
6 players
Converter


Stack sizes:
UTG: t465
UTG+1: t1495
CO: t5780
Hero: t2190
SB: t190
BB: t3380


Pre-flop: (6 players) Hero is Button with :kd :jh
3 folds, Hero raises to t360, SB calls all-in t130, BB calls t240 (pot was t610).


Flop: :kc :jd :as (t910, 2 players + 1 all-in - Main pot: t570, Sidepot 1: t340)
BB checks, Hero bets t500, BB raises to t2410, Hero calls all-in t1330.
Uncalled bets: t580 returned to BB.


Turn: :qc (t4570, 1 player + 2 all-in - Main pot: t570, Sidepot 1: t4000)



River: :ad (t4570, 1 player + 2 all-in - Main pot: t570, Sidepot 1: t4000)



Results:
Final pot: t4570
Hero showed Kd Jh
SB showed 4s 3h
BB showed 8h Ac

Tourney #6

More fun on the river..

Full Tilt Poker
No Limit Holdem Tournament
Blinds: t40/t80
7 players
Converter


Stack sizes:
UTG: t1215
Hero: t1420
MP1: t2655
CO: t2955
Button: t1080
SB: t2750
BB: t1425


Pre-flop: (7 players) Hero is UTG+1 with :as :kc
UTG raises to t320, Hero raises all-in t1420, 5 folds, UTG calls all-in t895.
Uncalled bets: t205 returned to Hero.


Flop: :3d :9s :2d (t240, 0 player + 2 all-in - Main pot: t2550)



Turn: :jd (t240, 0 player + 2 all-in - Main pot: t2550)



River: :qd (t240, 0 player + 2 all-in - Main pot: t2550)



Results:
Final pot: t240
UTG showed Kd Ah
Hero showed As Kc


Tourney #7

This one only took 3 hands for me to exit. Sets are definitely not golden.

Full Tilt Poker
No Limit Holdem Tournament
Blinds: t15/t30
9 players
Converter


Stack sizes:
UTG: t1500
UTG+1: t1410
MP1: t2070
MP2: t1410
MP3: t1365
CO: t1485
Button: t1395
SB: t1365
Hero: t1500


Pre-flop: (9 players) Hero is BB with :kc :kh
UTG calls t30 (pot was t45), 3 folds, MP3 calls t30 (pot was t75), 2 folds, SB calls t15 (pot was t105), Hero raises to t230, UTG calls t200 (pot was t290), 2 folds.


Flop: :qd :td :ks (t520, 2 players)
Hero bets t420, UTG raises to t840, Hero raises all-in t1270, UTG calls all-in t430.


Turn: :jd (t3060, 0 player + 2 all-in - Main pot: t3060)



River: :2c (t3060, 0 player + 2 all-in - Main pot: t3060)



Results:
Final pot: t3060
Hero showed Kc Kh
UTG showed Ad 7d




There you have it and there you are. 8 tournies... $2 profit. Good Times.



Any thoughts or comments (especially on first hand and last hand) would be appreciated.

2 comments:

Lifesagrind said...

I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but I really dislike the way you played most of those hands. Since you asked about first and last... The last one was fine. You have to expect to be called by a flush draw but as long as you know that going in, and you know your ahead, nothing you can do there.

The first one... I have to ask why you would do that? Yes your four handed but the stack sizes for 2-4 are all within range of each other. If your going to pick an opponent to go up against, don't pick the chip leader.

Even in the big blind for a min raise you don't have the chips to just see a flop. At this stage with the blinds so high you really have to pick a spot and go with it.

Calling is IMO the worst option. That leaves pushing and folding. If you push I don't see any way the chip leader is folding. He simply has to many chips for it to matter. His cards are irrelevant at this stage. Even if he doubles you up he maintains the chip lead.

That leaves folding. After this hand your left with 1370 which seems bad but remember the BB starts the hand with only 1450. After posting he's down to 1050. There are three of you in basically the same boat here. When you have no ammunition sometimes it's just best to let others take the bullet.

WillWonka said...

Thanks for comments LAG.. No doubt I played the first one terribly as I admitted. I think I like pushing preflop the best here. and for sure on the flop giving a call preflop. I'm not sure I have any issues (in my mind) on the others. It's just poker.

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