Thursday, November 20, 2008

Did anybody order a Cooler?

Well, did my blog about winning show it's ugly face tonight? Did the poker gods decide to punish me for posting positive results? We shall find out soon.

But first, let's talk about the hand from yesterday. Here it is again.

The villain here is a weak passive player seeing 38% of flops and only raising 2%.

Full Tilt Poker $0.50/$1 Pot Limit Hold'em - 5 players
The Official Hand History Converter

UTG: $100.00
Hero (CO): $196.55
BTN: $51.90
SB: $100.50
BB: $41.30

Pre Flop: ($1.50) Hero is CO with 9d Ah
1 fold, Hero raises to $3.50, BTN calls $3.50, 2 folds

Standard raise from cutoff.

Flop: ($8.50) 6h 8c 3d (2 players)
Hero checks, BTN bets $3, Hero raises to $10.25, BTN calls $7.25

I don't always C-bet. I typically C-bet around 70% of the time and I had check folded once or twice at this table most likely. So I check raise and he calls?? The call seemed weak to me given his stack size.

Turn: ($29.00) Kd (2 players)
Hero bets $15, BTN ??

First thing to note here are original stack sizes. BTN is only playing about 52BB. He is also very weak passive calling almost 40% of the hands while only raising 2% of them. These things add up to not a very good player and you are able to pick up pots from these guys. Well, at least typically you can.

Let's talk about this hand. Standard raise from cutoff. I am pretty much open raising any Ace from there. The only time I may not raise A9o is if I have been overly active in the past couple of hands.

So the flop missing me altogether and I am pretty much ready to give up on the hand. That is until the button decides to put a weakish bet out on the flop of less than half the pot. What could I do? I could easily fold as I am most likely behind. After a bit of thought, I wanted to test him to see how much he actually liked his hand and check raised him only to see him call.

Does this call seem strange to anybody else besides me? If he had something, he would have pushed given his stack size, don't would think? So usually when a call scares you, this one made me a little puzzled. Is he slow playing a monster type hand? I don't think so. Short stackers love to get it in early if they hit.

That can only mean that I am not done with this hand. I felt the pot was big enough to take a stab. But how much to bet. Do I push him all in? Do I bet pot? We have to know that he is pretty weak; but is he drawing or does have a small pair such 3rd pair or just ace high? My thoughts are that we didn't like his hand; but was going to try to hit on the turn so I put a very small bet of a little less than his remaining stack trying to make it look like I wanted to string him along. The problem is that if is drawing, he absolutely is getting the right price to come along; but then again he would be committing himself to the hand.

One thing else to mention as I noted before, I was playing pretty tight.

What did he do? He folded.

I was right; but it doesn't make it typically the right play. Klopzi was right to question it; especially at these small stakes. I heard an interesting thing on the way home tonight while listening to an old 2+2 Pokerkast with David Sklansky giving a little tidbit during a commercial break. He says these new style of 6 max players can make a good living by winning a lot of small pots. He was referring to stealing blinds, continuation betting and even firing second bullets (thanks Dubspoke for the tip and link to his blog). After the last couple of months, I whole heartedly agree with him. Maybe not on the good living part; but helping you make a good hourly rate. Anyway, that's my story and I am sticking to it.

OK, onto tonight and this is where the coolers come in. Things pretty much picked up where they lift off and I was up over 1 1/2 buyins after 272 hands. I was then handed this hand:

Full Tilt Poker $0.50/$1 No Limit Hold'em - 6 players
The Official Hand History Converter

BB: $348.95
UTG: $249.70
MP: $192.45
CO: $198.90
BTN: $287.70
Hero (SB): $104.50

Pre Flop: ($1.50) Hero is SB with 9s 8s
1 fold, MP raises to $3.50, CO calls $3.50, 1 fold, Hero calls $3, 1 fold

Farily loose call out of position. Could have raised/squeezed.

Flop: ($11.50) Ah 4s As (3 players)
Hero checks, MP bets $7.50, CO folds, Hero calls $7.50

Turn: ($26.50) Qs (2 players)
Hero checks, MP bets $17.50, Hero calls $17.50

Normally a raise here; but the Queen truly did scare me.

River: ($61.50) 9d (2 players)
Hero checks, MP bets $44, Hero raises to $76 all in, MP calls $32

apparently, the Queen didn't scare me enough. It was one of those things that you know what he has, you just have to see it to believe it.

Final Pot: $213.50
MP shows Qd Ac (a full house, Aces full of Queens)
Hero shows 9s 8s (a flush, Ace high)
MP wins $210.50
(Rake: $3.00)

I could have only called on the river; but while I was very afraid of AQ and knew there was a good chance he had (even on the turn, I was fearful of it); but I didn't want to lose any value if I was wrong.

Then about 100 hands later, this one came up against a very well known player (at least to me who looks at at these limits.

Full Tilt Poker $0.50/$1 Pot Limit Hold'em - 6 players
The Official Hand History Converter

BB: $119.80
Hero (UTG): $205.20
MP: $101.50
CO: $100.00
BTN: $100.00
SB: $104.65

Pre Flop: ($1.50) Hero is UTG with 9d 9c
Hero raises to $3.50, 1 fold, CO calls $3.50, BTN calls $3.50, 2 folds

Flop: ($12.00) 7c 3c 5c (3 players)
Hero bets $8, CO raises to $22, BTN folds, Hero calls $14

Turn: ($56.00) 7s (2 players)
Hero checks, CO bets $34, Hero raises to $158, CO calls $40.50 all in

River: ($205.00) 3s (2 players - 1 is all in)

Final Pot: $205.00
Hero shows 9d 9c (two pair, Nines and Sevens)
CO shows 7h 8h (a full house, Sevens full of Threes)
CO wins $202.00
(Rake: $3.00)

That put me in negative territory until this hand came a bit later...

Full Tilt Poker $0.50/$1 No Limit Hold'em - 5 players
The Official Hand History Converter

BTN: $74.00
SB: $102.00
BB: $103.10
Hero (UTG): $134.50
CO: $102.20

Pre Flop: ($1.50) Hero is UTG with Qs Qc
Hero raises to $3.50, CO calls $3.50, 3 folds

Flop: ($8.50) Ad Qh 6h (2 players)
Hero bets $5.10, CO raises to $16, Hero calls $10.90

Turn: ($40.50) Td (2 players)
Hero checks, CO bets $22, Hero raises to $83, CO calls $60.70 all in

River: ($205.90) 6s (2 players - 1 is all in)

Final Pot: $205.90
Hero shows Qs Qc (a full house, Queens full of Sixes)
CO shows As Ts (two pair, Aces and Tens)
Hero wins $202.90
(Rake: $3.00)

I called it quits not too much later after I got my 200 pts up a little over $80; but the coolers were definitely out tonight. Here's a look at the graph:

Again, I played very tight as I just couldn't get very many cards.

Stats looked like this:

18.2 / 13.2 / 2.61
3bet only 4.9%
Went to Showdown 27.1%
Won $ at Showdown 47.4%

Works out to about 14.37 bb/100

OK, onto the hand of the day.

A hand with pocket Kings...

The villain here is pretty much a maniac playing 57% of his hands while raising 41% and very aggressive with a 4.0 aggression factor.

Full Tilt Poker $0.50/$1 No Limit Hold'em - 6 players
The Official Hand History Converter

BB: $145.85
UTG: $106.00
Hero (MP): $129.30
CO: $254.15
BTN: $426.05
SB: $108.50

Pre Flop: ($1.50) Hero is MP with Kh Kd
1 fold, Hero raises to $3.50, CO calls $3.50, 3 folds

Flop: ($8.50) Js Ts Qh (2 players)
Hero bets $5, CO calls $5

Again, pretty standard preflop and flop bets. I flop an over pair with and OESD so not bad.

Turn: ($18.50) Jd (2 players)
Hero bets $12, CO requests TIME, CO calls $12

Given his stats, I thought it was safe to fire another bullets as I most likely ahead. He takes a long, long time and finally just calls. I was fully expecting a push after him taking that much time; but he didn't

River: ($42.50) 8s (2 players)

Hero checks, CO bets $42.50, Hero requests TIME, Hero ??

Wow, could this river card be any worse? If he was drawing to the spades, he hit it. If he had a straight draw with a 9, he hit it. If he has a J, he wins. He bets the pot. From a maniacal type player, it seems like a bluff. What do you do?

Have a nice day!!!!


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