Wednesday, March 05, 2008

Vacation and new Home Game and Reign on Me

Just a quick update as I am still in catch up mode from going on vacation for a week. The wife, kiddos and in laws spent a week in sunny Florida. It was the first time that I have been to Disney World for a long time. To be precise, the last time I was there, they were getting ready to open Space Mountain. I don't know how long that has been; but I do know that it has been a while.

For the most part, it was a good time. It did get a little chilly towards the end so we never did get in any swimming which is more or less OK for me; but the little Wonkas would have enjoyed it.

We get home to St Louis only to enjoy a nice 75 degree day. Gotta love it. You find out that you actually have neighbors as everybody comes outside when the weather is nice and you have been cooped up in the house during the winter. Well, it didn't last as it went from 75 degrees over the weekend to 5 - 10 inches of snow on Tuesday (depending on what part of St Louis you live in). Talk about your back to reality checks. What a bummer. Good news is that it is March and the warmer weather is just around the corner.


I need to put a February update together. In summary, not good. My goal to be a winning limit player took a big hit in February. More on that later in the week.


Got back from vacation just in time to try a new home game. This is a home game that I came across from fellow blogger Jamyhawk. It was really nice because it was only just 5 minutes from my house. I have to say that whenever you go to a tourney where you don't really know anyone, it can be kind of intimidating; but I must say that everyone was as cool as could be. It was especially nice meeting Jamyhawk and talking about the poker blogging community. I am proud to be a part of the community even if it is just a small part.

On to the tourney, 21 runners with a $50 buyin + $5 for bounties. One thing that I really look at when I go to new tournies is how they are run. I, obviously, run my own home tournies and work hard to make them run smoothly. So, from the get go, I could tell that this was a well run tourney and that was a big relief.

I was able to chip up pretty quickly at the beginning which was good enough to bring me to the final table which was either 9 or 10 players. I lost a pot with A7s on a Ace high board that I easily should have gotten away from; but luckily got out of there pretty cheaply as AK checked both the turn and river when the board paired. Ironically, my tourney more or less came to an end with the same hand that Jamyhawk had... and unfortunately, it was NOT a bad beat; but I wouldn't mind some thoughts.

I am the dealer with blinds around 150/300 (maybe 100/200) and we are still 9 handed. I am sitting with a relatively big stack compared to others with about 3500. We get one early limper and then the cutoff raises to 800. I have pocket tens. What do you do?

I actually took a little time on this. I was not worried about the early limper and I was pretty sure I could push the Cutoff raiser off of his hand with a raise. So at this point (top 4 pay) do I want to raise to isolate or take it down or play it passively and hopefully see a flop. Truthfully, I wanted to flat call with my button position and see a flop; but I ended up pushing all in to isolate and hopefully take the blinds, limper and raiser which would have increased my stack by almost 30%.

Well, it went bad from there as the SB went all in as well. This was the tourney organizer so I know he had a hand as he was a pretty good player. To make thing worse, a little earlier again when I was the button and this time a tried to steal he called and ended up with quads. He was a lot shorter stacked then and I had to call with air. Dang!!! Anyway, everybody else folded and he of course turned over pocket Aces and more or less took me out. I pushed a few hands later with Ace high and lost to T3 when they paired their 3. The T3 was in the BB I believe and it was an easy call. I may not of even had enough to cover BB.

So the question of the day was what to do with that TT. I'm obviously trying not to be results oriented. Anybody just call with position there? I know I could have easily layed down my Tens to a push preflop... OK, maybe not easily.


I watched Reign on Me last night with Adam Sandler and Don Cheadle. I loved the premise of the movie and I thought Adam Sandler did a fantastic job (I wonder what the critics said). It's a no brainer to say Don Cheadle did great as I believe he is one of the best actors out there (not to mention a pretty good poker player). I just found that the movie dragged in too many parts. I still think it is worth watching; but it is not going to get my movie of the year or anything.


finally, I did play a little poker last night as I have played none (other than the Mook) in the last few weeks. I decided to just play 4 SNGs. 2 3rds, 1 1st and a 6th. Not terrible.

Have a good day!


jamyhawk said...

I don't like a shove with 1010 unless I am shortstacked. Of course, your read on the table may have been 100% correct that the limper and raiser would fold, and you only had to avoid two players "waking up with a hand". So for that reason, it could be justified.

But, if you only call there, and any Jack or higher hits, you missed a chance at building your chipstack had you gone all in and bought the chips on the table. That is assuming you would get away from the hand with overcards showing.

Tough to call either way. The most important thing is the feel of the table at that time. And that is so hard to judge without being there. Like when my table was playing tight and I shoved UTG with 1010, the BB called 90% of his stack off with A8off. He was the only player I felt would potentially call me with anything less than a premium hand. And unfortunately he did and hit his Ace.

Glad to have you playing in our home games. Hope to see you there next time.

Pokerwolf said...

There's two options in the hand you describe: shove or fold. When I read about the call, I didn't like it at all when it was combined with the raise. My original thought was, "Do I want to call off 1/4th of my stack with TT here?". No, I don't. If I don't want to call, I don't want to shove either. So, I'm folding.

If there wasn't a EP caller or there wasn't a raise ahead of me, I'd raise with TT. But, otherwise I'd fold here and wait for a better spot.

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