Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Rush Difference #1 - Variance

OK, with Rush Poker, you are playing more hands and playing them faster. It makes logical sense that you are going to see more variance. It is obviously hard to handle that variance sometimes.

For example, I'm already having a bad day and then the following two hands come up nearly simultaneously.

Hand #1
Full Tilt Poker $0.50/$1 No Limit Hold'em - 9 players -
The Official Hand History Converter

MP2: $100.00
CO: $102.35
BTN: $124.65
Hero (SB): $117.00
BB: $38.75
UTG: $91.50
UTG+1: $370.30
UTG+2: $111.85
MP1: $45.95

Pre Flop: ($1.50) Hero is SB with Ad Ah
1 fold, UTG+1 raises to $3, 5 folds, Hero raises to $10, 1 fold, UTG+1 calls $7

Flop: ($21.00) 2d 9c 4d (2 players)
Hero bets $10, UTG+1 calls $10

Turn: ($41.00) 8s (2 players)
Hero bets $23, UTG+1 calls $23

River: ($87.00) 8h (2 players)
Hero bets $74 all in, UTG+1 calls $74

Final Pot: $235.00
Hero shows Ad Ah (two pair, Aces and Eights)
UTG+1 shows 4c 4h (a full house, Fours full of Eights)
UTG+1 wins $232.00
(Rake: $3.00)

Hand #2
Full Tilt Poker $0.50/$1 No Limit Hold'em - 9 players -
The Official Hand History Converter

CO: $30.50
BTN: $83.05
SB: $134.90
BB: $121.45
Hero (UTG): $107.75
UTG+1: $95.20
UTG+2: $220.80
MP1: $120.75
MP2: $348.95

Pre Flop: ($1.50) Hero is UTG with Kd Ad
Hero raises to $3.50, 3 folds, MP2 calls $3.50, 4 folds

Flop: ($8.50) 5c 2d 4d (2 players)
Hero bets $5, MP2 raises to $14, Hero raises to $41, MP2 raises to $345.45 all in, Hero calls $63.25 all in

Turn: ($217.00) Tc (2 players - 2 are all in)

River: ($217.00) 2c (2 players - 2 are all in)

Final Pot: $217.00
Hero shows Kd Ad (a pair of Twos)
MP2 shows 2h 4h (a full house, Twos full of Fours)
MP2 wins $214.00
(Rake: $3.00)

Both hands, you can probably argue the way I played them. I've been doing some Leak Finding (more on that in future posts) and one of them was not betting or getting value on river. Sure, my thoughts were that he had a set; but he could have also had a smaller pair.

Second hand just stinks and it did put me on tilt. The good thing is that my tilt doesn't last long. I yell or hit something and move on. I was able to almost make back both stackings before I called it quits; although, the session as a whole was terrible to the tune of 5 buyins. Of course, things were made worse as I played 12 Super Turbos and found the wrong end of variance of those for another hundy gone.

Surprising to me, I was a bigger dog in the second hand than I thought (43/57). The guy was a 32/20 guy so more or less decided to go with it.

Anyway, playing Rush will have swings. It is hard to get around them. I play 6 tables of Rush so being to handle those swings is very important.

Have a nice day!!!!
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