Thursday, April 30, 2009

Does anybody like Pocket Jacks?

I was able to make up most of what I lost yesterday as I was up a little over one buyin which is fine be me. If I can make a buyin in my hour of play a day, I would obviously be happy.

Does anybody really like pocket Jacks? I had them twice last night with weird situations. What are you actions on these hands?

Villain is 36/13/2.2 over 713 hands.

Hand #1
Full Tilt Poker $0.25/$0.50 No Limit Hold'em - 8 players -
The Official Hand History Converter

UTG+1: $106.05
MP1: $107.45
MP2: $51.65
CO: $160.70
BTN: $50.95
Hero (SB): $69.80
BB: $50.75
UTG: $52.50

Pre Flop: ($0.75) Hero is SB with Jh Jc
4 folds, CO calls $0.50, BTN calls $0.50, Hero raises to $2.50, 1 fold, CO calls $2, 1 fold

Flop: ($6.00) 4s 3c 9h (2 players)
Hero bets $4.25, CO raises to $18.75, Hero requests TIME, Hero calls $14.50

Does anybody buy his check raise here? I decided to float this and see what happens on turn

Turn: ($43.50) 3h (2 players)
Hero checks, CO bets $139.45 all in, Hero requests TIME, Hero ???

This is either the nuts or air in my opinion. It this just an OBFV (Overbet for value) or is it a bluff?

Hand #2
Full Tilt Poker $0.25/$0.50 Pot Limit Hold'em - 9 players -
The Official Hand History Converter

CO: $19.40
Hero (BTN): $50.00
SB: $62.80
BB: $34.25
UTG: $64.15
UTG+1: $36.35
UTG+2: $18.80
MP1: $62.20
MP2: $29.85

Pre Flop: ($0.75) Hero is BTN with Jc Js
1 fold, UTG+1 calls $0.50, UTG+2 calls $0.50, MP1 calls $0.50, MP2 calls $0.50, CO calls $0.50, Hero raises to $4.25, 4 folds, MP1 calls $3.75, MP2 calls $3.75, CO calls $3.75

Are you raising or limping here in this family pot? My initial instincts were to limp; but decided against to try and narrow the field.

Flop: ($18.75) Qc 9c 5d (4 players)
MP1 bets $9.35, MP2 calls $9.35, CO folds, Hero folds

Anybody calling here? Pushing?

Turn: ($37.45) Jh (2 players)
MP1 bets $18.70, MP2 calls $16.25 all in

It figures.. I fold and I hit my hand. DANG!!!!

River: ($69.95) 5s (2 players - 1 is all in)

Final Pot: $69.95
MP1 shows Qd Th (two pair, Queens and Fives)
MP2 shows Ac 5c (three of a kind, Fives)
MP2 wins $66.95
(Rake: $3.00)


American Idol. Does anybody really believe that Adam Lambert was in the bottom two? I don't. That's all I have to say about that.

Have a nice day!!!

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Poker on TV and Good time to Bluff?

I am really, really enjoying High Stakes Poker. If there is any doubt that Tom 'durrrr' Dwan is the sickest player on the planet, then watch last weeks episode. I should also mention a very close second with Patrick Antonius calling Phil Laak's bluff with bottom pair (or close to it.. a pair of 4s). It is definitely one show I don't miss. Meanwhile, I have about 7 World Poker Tours on the DVR to be watched and about 10 Poker After Darks. I will say that I have been keeping up on the Heads Up Championship. It's not always the best poker; but it is fairly quick and for the most part fun to watch.


Things are beginning to feel eerily familiar as far as the way I am running. The last two days have seen me running into coolers... bad beats, etc... I found myself 1 1/2 buyins down last night. I guess the good news is that I was over 5 buyins down at one point and I did fight my way back. I felt I wasn't tilting off like I was the previous night and still felt strong enough to keep on fighting; however, I did get to a point where I found a good stopping point even though I had not made it all back. I think that is definitely a difference in me that maybe 1 year ago where I would just keep playing until I made it back or in a lot of cases lost a lot more. I now have that sense of when I am playing good poker (more or less).

Last night I ran into a hand against a known player to me. He is a good player and is the kind of guy that senses weakness and goes for it. So, I hand came up where I thought (at the time anyway) that it was a good bluffing opportunity. Here is the hand:

Villain is a 13/10/2.5 over 2K hands.

Full Tilt Poker $0.25/$0.50 Pot Limit Hold'em - 9 players -
The Official Hand History Converter

BB: $138.70
UTG: $79.25
UTG+1: $34.75
Hero (UTG+2): $51.65
MP1: $30.85
MP2: $129.35
CO: $46.75
BTN: $51.55
SB: $65.20

Pre Flop: ($0.75) Hero is UTG+2 with Qd As
UTG raises to $1, 1 fold, Hero calls $1, 2 folds, CO raises to $4.75, 4 folds, Hero calls $3.75

Why I limped, I can't remember. I seem to remember either misclicking or trying a limp out. Either way, I don't really like limping here (especially in this position)and I'm not sure why I did it.

Flop: ($11.25) 6s Kh 9s (2 players)
Hero bets $7, CO calls $7

Ok.. is villain just playing position or does he have a hand. My thoughts were that he was just playing position. He just calls. Not exactly what I was wanting.

Turn: ($25.25) 5s (2 players)
Hero checks, CO checks

hmmm.. check behind.. kind of smells like a pair below Kings.

River: ($25.25) 8c (2 players)
Hero bets $23, CO requests TIME, CO ??

Ok.. I thought he had a middle type pair here. What is it going to take to win this pot? Can I win the pot? So I chose to bet almost a pot sized bet. Again, this guy is a good player so I know he can lay down a good hand if he thinks he is beat; but does my line make any sense. I'm trying to think what he thinks I might have. He thought a long, long time before he acted. I won't say whether he called or folded at this point.


Have a nice day!!!

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Why do I do what I do

Meltdown day yesterday. Nothing too tragic; but I did lose 3 buyins. It was one of those things where I was rolling along nicely or should I say steadily.. and then my top pair (KQs) loses to Aces from a 50/8 guy (yep they get aces as well). A few hands later my aces get cracked when villain hits his gutter on the turn and then hands like K8s and 43s and AJ from EP start looking good and I finally had the sense to just quit; but why didn't I quit earlier? I guess that is just me being me.


Job hunt is still going; but nothing is coming up just yet. I've had a few interviews. My current job just extended my term date for the 3rd time so at least I have that going for me; although this time, it was only for a week until May 8th. I'll take what I can get.

That's it for now..

Have a nice day!!!

Monday, April 27, 2009

Good Turn Card or Bad Turn Card?

I didn't play very much this weekend and ended up making one buyin over about 1,700 hands. It was nice to have some more football on the tubes again. While I'm not a big fan of the NFL draft, I do like to watch it (mostly in fast forward mode on the DVR) to see what is going on.

Here is one hand that I wasn't sure what to do?

Button.. 14/10/4.7 655 hands
SB.. 15/9/2.8 5K hands
BB.. 33/0/1.6 74 hands

Full Tilt p0ker $0.25/$0.50 No Limit Hold'em - 8 players -
The Official Hand History Converter

BB: $43.70
UTG: $73.90
UTG+1: $50.00
MP1: $65.85
Hero (MP2): $50.00
CO: $56.00
BTN: $118.75
SB: $50.00

Pre Flop: ($0.75) Hero is MP2 with Ts Jc
3 folds, Hero raises to $1.75, 1 fold, BTN calls $1.75, SB calls $1.50, BB calls $1.25

Flop: ($7.00) Ks Ad Kh (4 players)
SB checks, BB checks, Hero checks, BTN checks

Turn: ($7.00) Qc (4 players)
SB bets $4, BB folds, Hero calls $4, BTN folds

River: ($15.00) 4s (2 players)
SB bets $8, Hero calls $8

Thoughts on Turn call and River Call??

Different line on turn? fold? Raise?

Have a nice day!!!

Thursday, April 23, 2009

OK.. I'm done with FPS (Fancy Play Syndrome) and iTunes Radio

Why do I think Fancy Play Syndrome will work at 50NL/50PL. So what if the guy is 80/30, he still can check behind. Nice way to fix my leak of not getting max value on my hands. Ok, more on that later.

I won an impressive $1.90 on my session tonight. The highlight of the session except for the aforementioned FPS was hitting a set twice only to lose to a 4 card straight of an under pair. In other words, I had something like 99 I hit my straight and the board ends up 689T and pocket 7s wins... The last one was a tough one because it was against one of those ultra TAGs. I didn't hit my set; but let's take a look.

Villain is 8/6/2.0

Full Tilt Poker $0.25/$0.50 No Limit Hold'em - 9 players -
The Official Hand History Converter

UTG: $59.50
UTG+1: $107.10
UTG+2: $63.05
Hero (MP1): $63.00
MP2: $143.20
CO: $76.40
BTN: $50.00
SB: $36.85
BB: $72.50

Pre Flop: ($0.75) Hero is MP1 with Ks Kh
UTG raises to $2, 2 folds, Hero calls $2, 4 folds, BB calls $1.50

OK.. This guy raising UTG is realistically only 3 hands maybe 4. QQ, KK(unlikely since I have it) or AA.. maybe AKs.
Even worse, I had just reached my 200 pts and winding down and I am up close to 1 buyin. I don't really want to go home with a KK vs AA hand. Couple these two reasons and I don't want to play a big pot. I'll take the risk of pricing somebody else in. My other option was to 3bet and fold KK preflop to a raise and that would stink.

Flop: ($6.25) Jh Td 3s (3 players)
BB checks, UTG bets $4, Hero raises to $10, BB folds, UTG calls $6

OK, let's find out. Bet sizing is probably little off here. Should be more like $12-$14. If I get re-raised, I can find a fold pretty easily.

Turn: ($26.25) Ac (2 players)
UTG checks, Hero checks

YIKES!!! He checked. Would he really check Aces here? What about AK?

River: ($26.25) Kd (2 players)
UTG bets $10, Hero requests TIME, Hero calls $10

The only thing I beat here is AK. It was one of those calls that I just wanted to know.

I think you could argue that I played every street wrong. Thoughts?

Final Pot: $46.25
UTG shows Qs Qc (a straight, Ace high)
Hero mucks Ks Kh
UTG wins $43.95
(Rake: $2.30)


I just discovered iTunes Radio. Nice! I really like it. I found a 90s Alternative Station that brings me back to my college days. Nice!!!! Some STP, Jars of Clay, King Missle, Toad the Wet Sprocket, even Metallica. Very cool.

Now, they are playing Tori Amos.. really get into this station.

I guess I am dating myself here. Oh well.


OK.. this is just for amusement. I'm done with FPS. I don't know what I was thinking.

Hand #1
Full Tilt Poker $0.25/$0.50 Pot Limit Hold'em - 9 players -
The Official Hand History Converter

SB: $24.75
BB: $21.35
UTG: $27.05
Hero (UTG+1): $50.00
UTG+2: $93.00
MP1: $55.40
MP2: $54.65
CO: $56.90
BTN: $24.25

Pre Flop: ($0.75) Hero is UTG+1 with Ks Qs
1 fold, Hero raises to $1.75, UTG+2 calls $1.75, 6 folds

Flop: ($4.25) Kc Kd 6h (2 players)
Hero checks, UTG+2 checks

Turn: ($4.25) 5h (2 players)
Hero checks, UTG+2 bets $2.50, Hero calls $2.50

River: ($9.25) Jc (2 players)
Hero checks, UTG+2 checks

Final Pot: $9.25
Hero shows Ks Qs (three of a kind, Kings)
UTG+2 shows Ac Ad (two pair, Aces and Kings)
Hero wins $8.80
(Rake: $0.45)

Hand #2
Full Tilt Poker $0.25/$0.50 No Limit Hold'em - 7 players -
The Official Hand History Converter

CO: $100.55
BTN: $66.65
Hero (SB): $50.25
BB: $136.00
UTG: $53.80
UTG+1: $53.60
MP: $53.80

Pre Flop: ($0.75) Hero is SB with Ts As
2 folds, MP raises to $1.50, 2 folds, Hero calls $1.25, 1 fold

Flop: ($3.50) 8d Th Tc (2 players)
Hero checks, MP bets $2.50, Hero calls $2.50

Turn: ($8.50) Kh (2 players)
Hero checks, MP bets $4.50, Hero calls $4.50

River: ($17.50) 4c (2 players)
Hero checks, MP checks

Final Pot: $17.50
Hero shows Ts As (three of a kind, Tens)
MP shows Jc Kc (two pair, Kings and Tens)
Hero wins $16.65
(Rake: $0.85)

Both of these hands, I could have gotten paid. Color me dumb. Oh well. At least I won 2 bucks tonight. Better than losing.

Have a nice day!!!!

Tuesday, April 21, 2009


I've been thinking bout the profitability of floating the flop. At this point, regardless of position. Let's take a look at the good that can happen.

Full Tilt Poker $0.25/$0.50 Pot Limit Hold'em - 9 players -
The Official Hand History Converter

UTG: $47.75
UTG+1: $71.05
Hero (UTG+2): $71.45
MP1: $26.55
MP2: $47.05
CO: $99.25
BTN: $102.25
SB: $100.00
BB: $67.90

Pre Flop: ($0.75) Hero is UTG+2 with Qh Kh
2 folds, Hero raises to $1.75, 4 folds, SB calls $1.50, BB calls $1.25

Flop: ($5.25) 3c 9h 7c (3 players)
SB checks, BB bets $5, Hero calls $5, SB folds

Turn: ($15.25) Qc (2 players)
BB bets $15.25, Hero raises to $61, BB raises to $61.15 all in, Hero calls $0.15

River: ($137.55) 5s (2 players - 1 is all in)

Final Pot: $137.55
Hero shows Qh Kh (a pair of Queens)
BB shows Tc 9d (a pair of Nines)
Hero wins $134.55
(Rake: $3.00)

The villain in the above hand was a 50/21/1.1 guy over just 34 hands. SB was a very good regular. When is a good time and a bad time to float? Heads up against a bad player, it has be OK as you will get paid off sometimes. When there is a third person who is aggressive, it may not be good. What do you hope to accomplish with floating?

A) You hit your hand and you bet
B) You don't hit your hand; but the villain doesn't bet the turn and you steal (if you are out of position, you can try to steal after the river card)
C) A scare card comes and you can bet to steal the pot away.

Now, the other side of floating. You call the flop and then fold the turn. That has happened to me 63 times over the last two months losing almost $400. Looking at the number, I may be floating too much.

I'm sure that I could look at this in more detail; but the general thought today is when is it good to float and when is it not good to float. Is it solely based on opponent? Position? Board Texture? Showdown value of your hand (like pocket pairs)?All of the above?

I don't know the answer; but will study this a bit more over the upcoming weeks? Anybody have thoughts on floating?

Have a nice day!!!

Friday, April 17, 2009

TGIF and Ipod Touch

Wow, it has been one of those weeks where I'm glad that it is almost over. Pokerwise, I wish it could keep on going; but that's ok.

The hand yesterday, There are just too many hands that really dominate me. At the same time, there are some hands that would call me. At the end of the day, I folded again for alot of the same reasons as yesterday. I was given the business by some poker buddies so let me throw this out here.

How much positive EV are you willing to give up to have some positive mental EV? First, let me say that I don't necessarily tilt. I may throw something or yell; but for the most part, I am back to normal the next hand. Or am I? I was reading Short Stack Shamus where he referenced passive tilt and I think I am positively guilty of that. So here is the thing. I think I am ok with giving up some EV on some hero type calls or "correct" plays to save me some EV from things like passive tilt ( which is a reference from Matthew Hilger's Poker Mindset Book which I would really like to read). We'll see how it goes.


So, I have a few Fult Tilt Points and I think I am finally going to use them. I may buy the above referenced book; but I do know of one thing that I am going to buy..... a 32 gig iPod Touch. Does anybody have one of these? Of course, I will sacrificing some rakeback money; but it would be nice to see something tangible for my poker playing. I've even asked Mrs Wonka to take a look at the various site's Points Stores.

So, anybody with any iPod Touch experience, tell me some of the good apps out there. I have a little 4 gig nano; but I think comparing the two is apples to oranges. I'm looking forward to playing around with it.

Have a good weekend!!!

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Somebody pinch me.

Somebody pinch me as I must be dreaming.. One of my first hands... I double up.. A few orbits, I double up on another table. The thing is they weren't nut type hands. There were just a bunch of good tables at the Pot Limit tables last night.

I wanted to mention the hands from yesterday. I ended up folding both of them. The first one is really questionable; but I'm ok with the second one. Even though I am usually the lord of the hero call, I'm starting to realize something. I feel alot better if I fold than if I call and lose. Obviously the money difference is the main reason; but in the big overall picture, the potential for money saved seems to sit better with me than the money potentially gained. Maybe it's become I am a conservative finance type. Who knows.

Speaking of folding vs hero calling. Here is a hand where I flopped 2 pair. What do you do?

Villain is a 25/12/0.8 guy over 442 hands.
he check raises flop 17%
3bets 4.5 and folds to cbet 47%

Full Tilt Poker $0.25/$0.50 Pot Limit Hold'em - 7 players -
The Official Hand History Converter

MP: $52.20
Hero (CO): $50.00
BTN: $50.95
SB: $50.25
BB: $42.90
UTG: $50.00
UTG+1: $80.10

Pre Flop: ($0.75) Hero is CO with Tc Jc
2 folds, MP calls $0.50, Hero raises to $2.25, 2 folds, BB calls $1.75, 1 fold

Flop: ($5.25) Qs Jh Th (2 players)
BB checks, Hero bets $4, BB raises to $10.60, Hero calls $6.60

Turn: ($26.45) 4s (2 players)
BB bets $26.45, Hero ???

So this guy likes to push a little bit. Although he is not very aggressive as far as aggression factor goes. The real question I kept asking myself, would he flat call with AK preflop? I guess it could be 98. Could be flush draw... The decision is just not on the turn here as a call here commits me to the river. What about the flop call?


The Blues let me down in the first game of the playoffs; but the good news is that they played pretty well barring their special teams which are normally excellent. We'll try it again on Friday.

Have a nice day!!!

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Folding Top Pair?

Starting off badly tonight with Kings getting in as a favorite and losing at the end; but it is what it is. I was able to come back and win 3 buyins.

One thing I struggle with is Top Pair Hands.

Here are a couple, let me know what you do?

Hand #1

Villain is 35/6/4.1 over 65 hands

Full Tilt Poker $0.25/$0.50 Pot Limit Hold'em - 9 players -
The Official Hand History Converter

UTG: $32.25
UTG+1: $73.60
UTG+2: $70.90
MP1: $35.75
MP2: $73.10
Hero (CO): $69.30
BTN: $19.20
SB: $50.25
BB: $10.00

Pre Flop: ($0.75) Hero is CO with Ts As
4 folds, MP2 calls $0.50, Hero raises to $2.25, 3 folds, MP2 calls $1.75

Flop: ($5.25) 2s 8c Ad (2 players)
MP2 bets $2.60, Hero calls $2.60

Turn: ($10.45) 5s (2 players)
MP2 bets $10.45, Hero calls $10.45

River: ($31.35) 7d (2 players)
MP2 bets $15.65, Hero requests TIME, Hero ??

The original plan once he donk bet on the flop (which he does a lot at 58%) was to call down. The half pot river bet confused me a bit. Do you call?

Hand #2

Villain is 24/8/14.0 over 63 hands

Full Tilt Poker $0.25/$0.50 Pot Limit Hold'em - 8 players -
The Official Hand History Converter

MP2: $47.35
CO: $39.15
Hero (BTN): $87.45
SB: $171.20
BB: $38.00
UTG: $44.85
UTG+1: $18.20
MP1: $50.00

Pre Flop: ($0.75) Hero is BTN with Kc As
4 folds, CO calls $0.50, Hero raises to $2.25, SB raises to $7.75, 2 folds, Hero calls $5.50

Flop: ($16.50) 9s Kh Qd (2 players)
SB bets $16.50, Hero calls $16.50

Turn: ($49.50) 9h (2 players)
SB bets $49.50, Hero ??

For what it is worth, I'm at the end of my session. Do I play for stacks against this aggressive guy?

Have a nice day!!!

Monday, April 13, 2009

PLO Experiment and Deja Vu

PLO Experiment is OVER!!!! I lost 3 buyins tonight. I don't know how often people hit quads; but they hit them three times on me tonight.. I had nut straight once until river... and nut full house twice... until river... Another flopped full house was outdown on the turn. Yikes... I think I will hold off for a while.


I started playing a little earlier to get my 200 pts tonight and boy were the games good starting around 6:30 Central Time. I couldn't believe the tasty seats available. Of course, as we know, these tables bring on variance big time... Such as 3 flopped sets going down, etc, etc.. I lost two buyins; but my EV adjusted earnings were nearly 2 buyins up for a 4 buy in difference. Ouch.

Here is the chart.

Oh well, there is always tomorrow.
Have a nice day.

Don't Cry for Me Argentina

Wow, what a Masters. A little anti-climatic in the end even though it went down to sudden death. To me, it is always special when Phil and Tiger are in the same group and boy did they not disappoint. Definitely a coulda woulda shoulda moment for them as they just didn't have enough in the tank and bombed the last two holes. It was sure exciting while it lasted though.

Congrats to Argentinian Angel Cabrera. I'm sure Kenny Perry is a little disappointed as well. Augusta has claimed many victims in its day.


Break even weekend of poker and not really anything too interesting.

I'm down a little bit on my PLO experiment; but only a couple of bucks.

Have a nice day!!!

Thursday, April 09, 2009

Just for the fun of it

Just for the fun of it, I have been throwing in 1 table of 25 PLO over at Stars just to change things around. I'm still playing my 200 pts worth over at FTP. I'm playing like a total fish while I feel it out. There are definitely some bad players.

I ran into a blogger buddy poker peaker over at the PLO tables tonight. He wasn't one of the bad players by the way. Good playing a little PLO with you tonight.

I'm pretty much break even so far after after about 5 tries. Up and down. You know... that's PLO.


I'm definitely looking forward to the Masters. Always a good time watching who gets the green jacket.

Have a nice day!!!

Wednesday, April 08, 2009

Don't tell anyone

Don't tell anyone; but my near 50 buyin downswing may be over. Here is a graph of the last 17 days. Enough said; but let's keep this to ourselves. We don't want to jinx myself.

Also found a widget that shows your top 10 commenters. I have added that to the sidebar. Thanks to all those who take a few minutes to make comments.

Have a nice day.

Monday, April 06, 2009

900K pot and 3 part question with mid pkt pair

I watched the latest episode of High Stakes Poker tonight and I have to say my stomach is a little sick. That Barry Greenstein and Durrrr hand was wild even though the money was in early. I won't ruin any more; but it is definitely worth the watch. Adding to the sickness is watching the continuing bad luck of Kid Poker. I guess he will back for the next session whereas most of the guys are leaving. As usual, it continues to be the best poker show on TV.

I played a hand with pocket sixes lately that brought up 3 points that I am working on or at least thinking about. Give me your thoughts. I already ran it by some poker buddies and got some varying answers.

Full Tilt p0ker $0.25/$0.50 Pot Limit Hold'em - 7 players -
The Official Hand History Converter

SB: $36.85
BB: $27.25
UTG: $62.05
UTG+1: $25.00
MP: $30.35
CO: $175.35
Hero (BTN): $76.10

Pre Flop: ($0.75) Hero is BTN with 6d 6c
1 fold, UTG+1 calls $0.50, MP calls $0.50, 1 fold, Hero calls $0.50, SB calls $0.25, BB checks

Question #1

I used to never, never limp preflop (outside of blinds). For whatever reason, it was always raise or fold. After talking to somebody, I'm mixing in limps.

After two limpers, what is your normal play with 66 on the button? Both limpers in this case are loose players (67/17/.5 and 40/5/2.5).

I limped. thoughts?

Flop: ($2.50) 3s 5h 4h (5 players)
SB checks, BB bets $2.50, UTG+1 calls $2.50, MP calls $2.50, Hero calls $2.50, SB folds

Question #2

I'm not going to hide my action. OK. Pot sized bet with two callers on a great flop for me. I had my raised typed in; but just called with the plan of raising any turn card (would think about it if a Heart came). The pretty lame reason as I look on it now, is I wanted to keep people in the hand and let them lead the turn.


Turn: ($12.50) Qd (4 players)
BB checks, UTG+1 bets $12.50, MP folds, Hero raises to $25 (min raise puts both guys all in), The other villain is the BB and he was a 18/6/2.5 guy

Question #3

OK, not the greatest card. UTG+1 is the 67/17 guy so I held to my plan.



Congrats to Tar Heels. I really thought it would be a closer game. Truthfully, after a few minutes, I didn't even watch any more. I just fast forwarded on my DVR. If I had been betting, I would have taken the 7 or 8 points. I am glad to see NC win for Tyler Hansbrough's sake. With him being from Missouri, I was rooting for him.

Have a nice day!!!

Wednesday, April 01, 2009

Weird Session

I had a really weird session last night.

A session that saw me win only 40% at showdown..

It was a session that out of 690 hands, I had aces 7 times , kings 4 times and queens twice..

I ran my aces into aces.. my kings into aces and queens into aces. On the kings hand I flopped my set and he rivered his ace

I hit a royal flush for the 2nd time this week

I was river guttered 2 or 3 times

I turned a nut flush only to be boated up on the river.

I didn't hit my first set for over 300 hands; but then ended up with a set % at 15% (better than the 12.5% expected rate).

Overall, I was up almost 1 buyin; but it was sure a roller coaster ride.

One hand that I couldn't really figure out what to do.

Villain is a 40/23/3.8 over just 127 hands 3bets 7.5% and 4bets 25%
Folds to 3bets 75% and cbets 69%

Full Tilt p0ker $0.25/$0.50 Pot Limit Hold'em - 7 players -
The Official Hand History Converter

MP: $47.75
CO: $24.25
BTN: $100.00
Hero (SB): $68.35
BB: $54.35
UTG: $58.65
UTG+1: $25.95

Pre Flop: ($0.75) Hero is SB with Qd Qh
UTG calls $0.50, 1 fold, MP raises to $1, 2 folds, Hero raises to $4, 2 folds, MP raises to $11, Hero calls $7

First dilemma was preflop. Who 5bets here against this guy?

Flop: ($23.00) Jc 6c 3d (2 players)
Hero checks, MP bets $23, ??

If I called preflop and get this flop is there anything stopping me from putting all my chips in? Should I be leading out which would let me fold potentially? Can I assume that I may be ahead and push it in? Do I just wimp out and fold and maybe save the chips for a better spot?

A couple of poker buddies that are much better than me said more or less the chips are going in. One said preflop and the other said after the flop. Agree/Disagree? Of course, not knowing the results skews things; but makes the decision making better. I'll post what I did later in the comments.

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