Sunday, January 06, 2008

5 and done plus Apocalypto

Well, my goal to to be a winning Limit poker player did not start off well. But to be honest, I did not give a chance as I only played 6 hands. Perhaps, that is a small sample size. One of the things I am trying to improve on is my attitude going into and during the sessions and this one didn't start off well.

First, I was on hold on the phone and thought I would get in a few hands while waiting. So here is how it went.

Nothing exciting in my first hands. I folded Q7o and 82o from the blinds. The next hand from the cutoff, I got 98. Ah heck, let's but in a hand history since I know so many people like them.

One thing to note is that there are 2 main things that I am going to try to work on this year (maybe 3).

1. More aggressive from position
2. Improved Blind Play (alot more to come on this in the coming days/weeks)
3. Something that I am terrible at is table selection. I will also work on that.

OK, From the cutoff..

STAGE #866317375: HOLDEM NORMAL $3/$6 - 2008-01-05 11:17:02 (ET)
Table: CHARLESTON (Real Money) Seat #2 is the dealer
Seat 2 - GOLFBAD ($408.25 in chips)
Seat 3 - TYTYC ($230.59 in chips)
Seat 4 - JSJEJEMD ($62.50 in chips)
Seat 5 - DUKERS10 ($110.50 in chips)
Seat 6 - CLINTONGENE ($205.75 in chips)
Seat 1 - WILLEEWONKA ($90 in chips)
TYTYC - Posts small blind $2
JSJEJEMD - Posts big blind $3
*** POCKET CARDS ***
Dealt to WILLEEWONKA [9d 8s]

OK.. not a good hand, but working on positional aggressiveness, this is an OK hand to raise. It eliminates the button most of the time and then I have position on the blinds. Since it was early, I decided to let it go to see if I could get some better reads on players.

DUKERS10 - Folds
CLINTONGENE - Folds
WILLEEWONKA - Folds
GOLFBAD - Raises $6 to $6
TYTYC - Calls $4
JSJEJEMD - Calls $3
*** FLOP *** [8d 9s 5s]

Figures.. These are the kind of different/reverse tilt things that get to you. You fold and then hit the flop... or you raise and totally miss the flop.

TYTYC - Checks
JSJEJEMD - Checks
GOLFBAD - Checks
*** TURN *** [8d 9s 5s] [Ah]
TYTYC - Checks
JSJEJEMD - Checks
GOLFBAD - Bets $6
TYTYC - Calls $6
JSJEJEMD - Folds
*** RIVER *** [8d 9s 5s Ah] [2d]
TYTYC - Checks
GOLFBAD - Bets $6
TYTYC - Raises $12 to $12
GOLFBAD - Calls $6
*** SHOW DOWN ***
TYTYC - Shows [2s 2c] (Three of a kind, twos)
GOLFBAD - Mucks
TYTYC Collects $51.50 from main pot
*** SUMMARY ***
Total Pot($54) Rake ($2.50)

Anyway, I would have lost on the river; but I doubt the pair of ducks would have showed down. But you never know. At 3/6 it is a certainly mixed bag of players. So really, this hand doesn't really affect you; but it is at least in the back of your mind.

The very next hand goes like this:

STAGE #866317719: HOLDEM NORMAL $3/$6 - 2008-01-05 11:17:37 (ET)
Table: CHARLESTON (Real Money) Seat #3 is the dealer
Seat 3 - TYTYC ($258.09 in chips)
Seat 4 - JSJEJEMD ($56.50 in chips)
Seat 5 - DUKERS10 ($110.50 in chips)
Seat 6 - CLINTONGENE ($205.75 in chips)
Seat 1 - WILLEEWONKA ($90 in chips)
Seat 2 - GOLFBAD ($384.25 in chips)
JSJEJEMD - Posts small blind $2
DUKERS10 - Posts big blind $3
*** POCKET CARDS ***
Dealt to WILLEEWONKA [10c 10h]
CLINTONGENE - Calls $3
WILLEEWONKA - Raises $6 to $6

Of course I'm raising my Tens. Get a cold call from Golfbad below who goes to showdown 100% of the time in a small sample set.

GOLFBAD - Calls $6
TYTYC - Folds
JSJEJEMD - Folds
DUKERS10 - Calls $3
CLINTONGENE - Calls $3
*** FLOP *** [Jh 10s 4c]
DUKERS10 - Checks
CLINTONGENE - Checks
WILLEEWONKA - Bets $3

Wow, I hit my set of my first pocket pair. Yes, of course, I bet out. No slow play here.

GOLFBAD - Calls $3
DUKERS10 - Calls $3
CLINTONGENE - Calls $3
*** TURN *** [Jh 10s 4c] [8h]
DUKERS10 - Checks
CLINTONGENE - Checks
WILLEEWONKA - Bets $6

Not slowing down here


GOLFBAD - Calls $6
DUKERS10 - Folds
CLINTONGENE - Calls $6
*** RIVER *** [Jh 10s 4c 8h] [9h]
CLINTONGENE - Checks
WILLEEWONKA - Checks

Dang.. figures... this is the story of my Limit life. I have to slow down here.
GOLFBAD - Bets $6
CLINTONGENE - Folds
WILLEEWONKA - Calls $6

Crying!!!!!

*** SHOW DOWN ***
GOLFBAD - Shows [Qs 7s] (Straight, eight to queen)
WILLEEWONKA - Mucks
GOLFBAD Collects $65 from main pot

Yep, he called me all the way down on a back door, gut shot draw. TILT!!!!

I quit!!!!

This is just typically how it has gone the past few years. But like I said, I plan to docoment it a bit more this year both good and bad. At any time, you see anything that I could have/ should have done different, please let me know.

Hopefully things will get better.

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Also watched the movie Apocalypto. It took two viewings to get through as I started way late the first time and fell asleep. I will keep this one short. What was the point of this movie? Sure, Mel Gibson did a fine job putting it all together; but in the end, for me anyways, not worth the 2+ hours. It was pretty violent; but probably accurate so that is OK. I really hate violence for violence sake; but that was not the case here.

2.5 stars out of 5.

Have a good day!!!

6 comments:

CC said...

You just aren't a very good limit player, I think (by the way, I threw up on my keyboard while reading this post)

The Professor said...

The words of Jesus were never more apropos - no, not the Gospel but the Full Tilt Poker commercial. (Click or copy and paste the link below. May it give you solace.) Like you, he had the fish drawing to only a 9 on the river.

http://www.fulltiltpoker.com/commercials-viewer?swf=http://www.fulltiltpoker.com/videos/vodcasts/ftpvplayer.swf&flv=http://www.fulltiltpoker.com/videos/commercials/com/FERGUSON_COM.flv

As I constantly remind myself, you can only control better and smarter; there’s nothing you can do about luckier. By better and smarter I am referring only to one’s own pay, not necessarily being superior to an opponent. I busted out of yesterday’s Poker Stars Weekly Round 2 fairly deep in the tournament when I went all-in pre-flop with QQ and got called by 6-8s. He flopped 7,9,10 and I didn’t catch the runners to take the hand back. That’s poker. In my case, a good player with a much bigger stack decided to gamble, and since I was pretty short at that point and blinds and antes were high, he may well have thought he had two live cards against a big Ace or something. In your case, a donkey calling station who had no business being in the hand spiked a very, very lucky card. That too is poker. You will win that hand 10 times out of 11 (you were an even bigger favorite on the flop) but you won’t remember any of the 10 for more than a minute or two. You will, however, remember the 1 loss for a long time – that’s poker players. With the possible exception of the crying call on the river, there is nothing that you should have done differently in that hand.

WillWonka said...

So true.. both CC and and professor.

The video was exactly up my alley and yes, I'm not a very good limit player. Who knew?

One thing for sure is that I'm a stubborn person and won't give up just yet.

Alan aka RecessRampage said...

LOL @ "I did not give a chance as I only played 6 hands"

WillWonka said...

Thanks Alan for catching my attempted humor.

Jestocost said...

I wouldn't get totally down on limit until you play at least 12-15 hands. That will give you some good data on your own play and a great database of other players tendencies that you can exploit.

Or not. What do I know?

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