Monday, May 18, 2009

Extended Vacation

OK.. Today is my first actual day of my "extended vacation". I have a couple of months before I really have to start feeling the impact; but yeah, it feels strange today not getting up and going to work for the first time in my life. I do hope to keep somewhat productive and do some of the following things (in no particular order):

  • Housework. It hurts me to say; but this really has to be a no brainer. With my wife working full time, I will need to pick up on the housework
  • Poker. I will be playing a bit more than an hour a day that I normally do. How much? Time will tell. There will also be more live play, I think.
  • Reading. Two parts to this. I will combine this with video watching as well as I study a little bit more on poker. The other part is getting back to my Bible reading.
  • Working out. What? Did I actually say that? Let's call it more like exercising more. I hear that the YMCA may be giving out memberships for the unemployed. I will check into that. If not, there are plenty of ways to exercise, right?

That should do for a start.

So I finally played ring game poker for the first time in a week last night. Some things just never changed as it was an up and down session finishing up one buyin after getting my 200 points.

One hand I flopped the nuts and then there was a scary turn card. What do you do?

Villain in this hand was a 15/10/2.3 regular over 3.1K hands

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

UTG+1: $50.00
Hero (MP1): $57.60
MP2: $145.40
CO: $50.00
BTN: $86.55
SB: $105.25
BB: $101.20
UTG: $50.40

Pre Flop: ($0.75) Hero is MP1 with Jh Th
2 folds, Hero raises to $1.75, 3 folds, SB calls $1.50, 1 fold

Flop: ($4.00) As Qc Kh (2 players)
SB bets $2.20, Hero raises to $6.50, SB calls $4.30

Turn: ($17.00) Ks (2 players)
SB bets $10, Hero ??

Pretty easy raise from MP with JTs. This guy donk bets around 8%. I consider that relatively low; but I'm not slowing down here and put in a small raise. Comments on bet sizing?

He calls and bets out again? What do you do?

Another hand, I kind of got berated by a couple people at the table which of course I don't mind. The fishier that I look, the better. Truthfully, the way I played wasn't that bad. If anything, I erred on taking this to value town.

Villain in this hand was a 66/40/3.9 guy over just 89 hands

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

SB: $50.00
Hero (BB): $50.00
UTG: $153.35
UTG+1: $50.00
MP1: $89.55
MP2: $100.00
CO: $102.30
BTN: $50.00

Pre Flop: ($0.75) Hero is BB with Ah Ks
UTG calls $0.50, 6 folds, Hero raises to $1.75, UTG calls $1.25

Flop: ($3.75) 2s 4s 4c (2 players)
Hero bets $2.80, UTG calls $2.80

Turn: ($9.35) 7s (2 players)
Hero checks, UTG bets $5, Hero calls $5

River: ($19.35) Ac (2 players)
Hero checks, UTG checks

Final Pot: $19.35
Hero shows Ah Ks (two pair, Aces and Fours)
UTG shows 5s 5c (two pair, Fives and Fours)
Hero wins $18.40
(Rake: $0.95)

I'll go ahead a post the whole hand on this one. Any thoughts? Do I get a call if I bet out on river? I didn't think so. Whether I check raise or check call, I hadn't exactly decided.

Have a nice day!!!


noldmax said...

H1) I think it's fine to raise again and plan to get it in. KQ is the only hand you're really worried about, given that he's a regular and is probably 3-betting AK/AA/KK/QQ (and also check-raising rather than donking out). I might prefer to call, since it sets you up nicely for a river shove, barring a disastrous river (A/K/Q).

H2) Whether I lead for value on this river depends completely on the quality of my opponent. If he's tricky and could bluff raise you, just check-call. Otherwise, I think it's fine to bet intending to fold to a raise.

Enjoy your free time, and try not to forget how much you'll miss it later.

WillWonka said...

I ended up folding on the 1st hand. He said that he turned the nuts so who knows.

2nd hand will remain a mystery.. he probably does call a small bet.

Alan aka RecessRampage said...

I hate the situation in hand 1 but I'm not sure I'm good enough to fold.

Hand 2, I don't think there's anything wrong with it but I think I may have barrelled again on the turn to rep an overpair.

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