Archive for March, 2007

Mar 30 2007

How True

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EV * Mon-Wed-Fri * A Poker Comic with Positive Expected Value

Ok, so Amy isn’t quite this bad. She at least knows the rank of hands. But the lack of appreciation for the magnitude of certain situations, especially considering the fact that REAL MUNEY is on the line, rings a bell of truth. In that sense, I wish she did have a bigger appreciation for the game, but she is normally pretty supportive – so I guess I shouldn’t complain. And yes, she reads this blog so I need to end on a high note – I love you Amy :)

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Mar 28 2007

Stuck in the sky

Published by under Poker

When your castle breaks,
And your feet are dry,
Do you ever believe you were stuck out in the, Sky
–System of a Down

After a few unproductive sessions trying to 4 table, I decided to take a glance at my stats to see what is actually going on. I don’t have enough hands to just say I suck at it so I wanted to look to see what could be my problem. The basic issue is I feel the step back I feel I’ve had in my game was a little more harsh than I had expected so I wanted to take a step back and try and decide if it’s due to my play.

At first I speculated it may had something to do with my attempt at becoming more aggressive in situations. Specifically my continuation bets. So I checked out the stats and it seems that I might just be concentrating on the ones that don’t work but as a whole, it seems to be a profitable move. I do however think it takes some value away from my game in certain situations so I plan on mixing it up a little more in heads up pots where it concerns continuation bets. It seems like this hasn’t been a big draw back in my game, I just want to make the change to go back to some of the things I was doing before hoping to get more value out of certain situations.

What I did notice was that my big hands were getting their asses kicked lately. Specifically I’m -1.40 in the last 7 hands of AA, -56.95 in the last 3 hands of KK and -7 in the last 3 hands of QQ too. I will go over the hands so don’t think I’m complaining. If I played the hands bad you will have your opportunity to pick it a part. Since big pairs are typically big money making hands for me (I generally think I play them well) I think it’s that which has a good deal to do with my inability to get going with 4 tabling. The hands were as follows in no particular order:

Seat 1: OtherSense ($81.15)
Seat 2: ZB316 ($45.35)
Seat 3: Riddik21 ($47.85)
Seat 4: MacAnthony ($56.75)
Seat 5: SweetnessMaker ($55.20)
Seat 6: Trump34 ($73.15)
Riddik21 posts the small blind of $0.25
MacAnthony posts the big blind of $0.50
The button is in seat #2
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to MacAnthony [A♣ A♠]
SweetnessMaker folds
Trump34 folds
OtherSense folds
ZB316 folds
Riddik21 folds
Uncalled bet of $0.25 returned to MacAnthony
MacAnthony mucks
MacAnthony wins the pot ($0.50)

Nothing like getting a walk when you have aces in the big blind. Am I right? … sigh

Seat 1: Melco ($96.50)
Seat 3: MacAnthony ($46)
Seat 4: bluez777 ($95.70)
Seat 5: toddsv26 ($39.30)
Seat 6: meekamouse ($28.35)
bluez777 posts the small blind of $0.25
toddsv26 posts the big blind of $0.50
The button is in seat #3
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to MacAnthony [A♣ A♦]
meekamouse calls $0.50
Melco folds
MacAnthony raises to $3
bluez777 folds
toddsv26 folds
meekamouse raises to $28.35, and is all in
MacAnthony calls $25.35
meekamouse shows [8♣ 8♦]
toddsv26: lol
MacAnthony shows [A♣ A♦]
*** FLOP *** [9♥ J♥ J♦]
*** TURN *** [9♥ J♥ J♦] [T♠]
*** RIVER *** [9♥ J♥ J♦ T♠] [9♣]
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot $57.45 | Rake $2.85
Board: [9♥ J♥ J♦ T♠ 9♣]
Seat 3: MacAnthony (button) showed [A♣ A♦] and won ($54.60) with two pair, Aces and Jacks
Seat 6: meekamouse showed [8♣ 8♦] and lost with two pair, Jacks and Nines

Ok, so that one wasn’t bad either – trust me, the bad stuff is coming, but I wanted to be fair.

Seat 1: Dakota Charlie ($0), is sitting out
Seat 2: Hasu_Ninja ($57.15)
Seat 3: TWINUNO ($108.35)
Seat 4: Leviathan101 ($63.50)
Seat 5: illegalbusiness ($80.75)
Seat 6: MacAnthony ($48.20)
Hasu_Ninja posts the big blind of $0.50
The button is in seat #6
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to MacAnthony [A♠ A♥]
TWINUNO folds
Leviathan101 folds
illegalbusiness folds
Dakota Charlie stands up
MacAnthony raises to $1.50
Hasu_Ninja calls $1
*** FLOP *** [6♠ Q♣ 9♦]
Hasu_Ninja checks
MacAnthony bets $2
Hasu_Ninja folds
Uncalled bet of $2 returned to MacAnthony
MacAnthony mucks
MacAnthony wins the pot ($2.85)

Again, not much to see here.

Seat 1: sweetpeadajesus ($14)
Seat 2: Pohaku ($50)
Seat 3: PLFC ($50)
Seat 4: NickStam ($50.25)
Seat 5: MacAnthony ($74.40)
Seat 6: overwit ($63.10)
NickStam posts the small blind of $0.25
MacAnthony posts the big blind of $0.50
The button is in seat #3
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to MacAnthony [A♦ A♥]
overwit folds
sweetpeadajesus folds
Pohaku raises to $1.75
sweetpeadajesus stands up
PLFC folds
NickStam folds
MacAnthony raises to $5
Pohaku calls $3.25
*** FLOP *** [6♠ J♠ T♣]
MacAnthony bets $7.50
Pohaku raises to $31.50
MacAnthony has 15 seconds left to act
Stormmer sits down
Stormmer adds $11.75
NickStam stands up
MacAnthony folds
Uncalled bet of $24 returned to Pohaku

Ok, what do I beat here? He pretty much sets himself in. I have like zero fold equity and he seems to like his hand. Maybe I should make a stand here, but I’ve been burned by that a few times and figured I could wait for a better spot.

Dealt to MacAnthony [A♣ A♠]
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot $4.25 | Rake $0.20
Board: [A♥ 7♦ J♠ K♥]
Seat 2: dinerodog (small blind) folded before the Flop
Seat 3: MacAnthony (big blind) collected ($4.05), mucked
Seat 4: bluez777 didn’t bet (folded)
Seat 5: seedload didn’t bet (folded)
Seat 6: onlycyb (button) folded on the Turn

It was another pretty standard hand so I just put the summary, only I checked the flop since I had a set on a pretty harmless board.

Seat 1: raibrusox ($18.75)
Seat 2: MacAnthony ($83.90)
Seat 4: dloneputt ($12)
Seat 5: jollygreenjc ($28.50)
Seat 6: Golden-83 ($17.20)
MacAnthony posts the small blind of $0.25
dloneputt posts the big blind of $0.50
The button is in seat #1
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to MacAnthony [A♦ A♣]
jollygreenjc folds
Golden-83 raises to $1
raibrusox folds
MacAnthony raises to $3.50
dloneputt calls $3
Golden-83 calls $2.50
*** FLOP *** [J♦ Q♣ 8♦]
MacAnthony bets $7
dloneputt raises to $8.50, and is all in
Golden-83 folds
MacAnthony calls $1.50
dloneputt shows [T♠ 9♠]
MacAnthony shows [A♦ A♣]
*** TURN *** [J♦ Q♣ 8♦] [K♦]
*** RIVER *** [J♦ Q♣ 8♦ K♦] [8♠]
dloneputt shows a straight, King high
MacAnthony shows two pair, Aces and Eights
dloneputt wins the pot ($26.15) with a straight, King high

Yeah, like I could play it any differently post flop. My preflop raise was pretty much a pot reraise, so not sure what else I could have done here. Feel free to flame away though.

Seat 1: Leviathan101 ($47.50)
Seat 2: Latman120404 ($37.10)
Seat 3: Sammy Rivers ($21.50)
Seat 4: MacAnthony ($48.45)
Seat 5: pattyirish3 ($75.75)
Seat 6: BigBub69 ($6.80)
MacAnthony posts the small blind of $0.25
pattyirish3 posts the big blind of $0.50
The button is in seat #3
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to MacAnthony [A♣ A♥]
BigBub69 calls $0.50
Leviathan101 folds
Latman120404 folds
Sammy Rivers raises to $1.50
MacAnthony raises to $4.50
pattyirish3 folds
BigBub69 calls $4
Sammy Rivers calls $3
*** FLOP *** [4♦ 8♦ 5♦]
MacAnthony bets $8.50
BigBub69 calls $2.30, and is all in
Sammy Rivers folds
MacAnthony shows [A♣ A♥]
BigBub69 shows [Q♥ K♦]
Uncalled bet of $6.20 returned to MacAnthony
*** TURN *** [4♦ 8♦ 5♦] [9♦]
*** RIVER *** [4♦ 8♦ 5♦ 9♦] [2♦]
MacAnthony shows a flush, Nine high
BigBub69 shows a flush, King high
BigBub69 wins the pot ($17.70) with a flush, King high

Same situation there. WTF do I do there? I got it in good, guess that’s all I can do.

Dealt to MacAnthony [K♥ K♣]
Chemlab187 folds
MacAnthony raises to $2
stewcrew folds
Trump34 folds
icecorp folds
Thorn99139 folds
Uncalled bet of $1.50 returned to MacAnthony
MacAnthony mucks
MacAnthony wins the pot ($1.25)

The only high point in the kings section.

Seat 1: bonecruise ($98.90)
Seat 2: Pohaku ($60.40)
Seat 3: MJ_GOAT ($47)
Seat 4: Leviathan101 ($127.70)
Seat 5: MacAnthony ($63.90)
Seat 6: Guldgruvan ($49.35)
MacAnthony posts the small blind of $0.25
Guldgruvan posts the big blind of $0.50
The button is in seat #4
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to MacAnthony [K♥ K♦]
bonecruise calls $0.50
Pohaku folds
MJ_GOAT folds
Leviathan101 folds
MacAnthony raises to $3
Guldgruvan folds
bonecruise calls $2.50
*** FLOP *** [9♥ J♦ 2♠]
MacAnthony bets $5
bonecruise calls $5
*** TURN *** [9♥ J♦ 2♠] [J♥]
MacAnthony checks
bonecruise bets $12
MacAnthony: bad turn card - that’s me realizing just how fucked I could be
MacAnthony has 15 seconds left to act
MacAnthony folds
Uncalled bet of $12 returned to bonecruise
bonecruise mucks
bonecruise wins the pot ($15.70)

This one I’m not sure of. I don’t see much I beat again and pretty much just give up on the turn. These are some of the situations I have trouble with.

Seat 1: Stormmer ($83.65)
Seat 2: Pohaku ($54.70), is sitting out
Seat 3: PLFC ($49.70)
Seat 4: Leviathan101 ($49.25)
Seat 5: MacAnthony ($59.80)
Seat 6: overwit ($50.95)
overwit posts the small blind of $0.25
Stormmer posts the big blind of $0.50
The button is in seat #5
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to MacAnthony [K♥ K♠]
PLFC calls $0.50
Leviathan101 folds
MacAnthony raises to $2.50
overwit calls $2.25
Stormmer calls $2
PLFC calls $2
*** FLOP *** [5♥ T♥ J♣]
overwit checks
Stormmer has 15 seconds left to act
Stormmer checks
PLFC bets $8.50
MacAnthony has 15 seconds left to act
MacAnthony raises to $22
overwit folds
Stormmer folds
PLFC has 15 seconds left to act - at least I got him to think
PLFC raises to $47.20, and is all in
Pohaku has returned
MacAnthony calls $25.20
PLFC shows [5♦ 5♣]
MacAnthony shows [K♥ K♠]
*** TURN *** [5♥ T♥ J♣] [Q♦]
*** RIVER *** [5♥ T♥ J♣ Q♦] [Q♠]
PLFC shows a full house, Fives full of Queens
MacAnthony shows two pair, Kings and Queens
PLFC wins the pot ($101.40) with a full house, Fives full of Queens

That one was screwed from the start, I think. I probably could have gotten away from it but there are so many donkeys at these stakes, it’s hard to tell which ones are gonna show AJ there. This one probably could go either way, but I think I definitely coulda waited for a better spot.

Seat 1: KOOL02 ($51.15)
Seat 2: WOOD1219 ($49.95)
Seat 3: Sneaky Squid ($53.05)
Seat 4: MacAnthony ($113.35)
Seat 5: dmckallagat ($17.75)
Seat 6: MNDIESEL8 ($54.20)
dmckallagat posts the small blind of $0.25
MNDIESEL8 posts the big blind of $0.50
The button is in seat #4
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to MacAnthony [Q♦ Q♣]
KOOL02 has 15 seconds left to act
KOOL02 calls $0.50
WOOD1219 folds
Sneaky Squid folds
KOOL02: warts??? DONT TALK TO US ABOUT UR PROBS
MacAnthony raises to $3.50
dmckallagat folds
MNDIESEL8 raises to $9.50
KOOL02 folds
WOOD1219: lol
MacAnthony calls $6
*** FLOP *** [3♦ 3♥ 2♠]
MNDIESEL8 bets $25.50
MacAnthony has 15 seconds left to act
MacAnthony folds
Uncalled bet of $25.50 returned to MNDIESEL8
MNDIESEL8 mucks
MNDIESEL8 wins the pot ($18.80)

I’m only gonna post the last QQ hand since the other two were small pots taken down, one preflop and the other with a continuation bet. This one is pretty interesting. Not sure if I could get away from this preflop and I did think about 3 betting it preflop, but then I’m just gambling and hoping he calls with AK. Not sure if that is the best line either. So basically, I looked for a favorable flop and got one, then decided to see what he does with it, and since he bet pot, I wussed out and got away from the hand. The guy wasn’t uberaggressive though so I decided it was more likely I was behind. He was a losing player (probably from overplaying big hands) but was only a 47/12 player with a 1.7 aggression factor post flop. He didn’t seem to raise enough of the time for me to be ahead here. I’m hoping this is a good line against that type of player but I still worry about it. The preflop call was probably justified in implied odds alone (I guarantee I take his stack if I hit).

I’m sure I could have played better in a few of these situations but I got unlucky in a few as well. So I’m gonna keep plugging away at it and hope my numbers come back around. I’m almost to my next review with 2500 hands, so I will report more then.

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Mar 22 2007

Spring is in the air

Published by under Personal,Poker

I woke the other day
And saw my world has changed
–The Offspring

I’ve been having some personal issues lately. Issues may be a strong word. Annoyances is probably more correct. On Tuesday, I could feel the distinct tingling in my upper lip. Next morning I wake up feeling like I had gone a few rounds and glance in the mirror to see a full blown outbreak of Herpes Simplex Virus. Yeah that’s right, I got a cold sore. My first in like… well…. a long fucking time. To make my Tuesday worse, I was also having some delusions that I was developing a new tooth at the back of my top, left jaw. I had 2 wisdom teeth cut out when I was like 16 but those were the only they saw at the time. As of right now, until some hard, white mass starts jutting out of my jaw, I’m gonna ignore the tender pain and carry on as normal.The herpes, a cold sore really, is something that I’m unable to ignore. I spent most of the last two days feeling like my upper lip was a beak. The sores that keep rupturing are tender to the touch and Zoe keeps finding just the right spot to whack me with a wayward hand that will inflict an appropriate amount of pain. Even though it sucks, I realize I need to just wait out another week of this shit and it will all go away for hopefully another decade at least. As for you poor bastards that actually have an incurable case of this on your genitals, I really feel for you poor souls. I can’t say I feel your pain and misery, but if that crap is half as bad on your lips as I imagine it would be on your crotch… I think I’ll stop there.

The weather has been nice lately and we’ve been able to go out and enjoy the nice weather. For as much as North Dakota sucks, I’ve always enjoyed the springs here. It doesn’t get unbearably hot, you get a nice cool and fresh breeze (if not a full blown wind) and just enough sun to keep you comfortable outside. On Tuesday we went to the park and the kids had fun but the kids weren’t eager to cut their fun short.

ZodyBall

Clayton even managed to learn how to ride TJ’s bike without training wheels. His bike that he got last August still has them on but looks like they won’t be for long. Our next outing will likely start with the removal of those.

No Training Wheels!!!

The other thing I’m struggling with a deep rooted want to get my car running again. It has been garaged for about a year now when there was a fuel issue. It’s much more fun to drive in pleasant weather than my normal driver. I also think the kids would get a kick out of it too. Other than the mechanical issues, it’s in desperate need of a wash. I might start with that this weekend if I can find any time amidst our tremendously full weekend.

Speaking of a full weekend, we have 2 birthday parties and an in school taekwondo tournament to attend. But they are all crowded into a Saturday afternoon. Hopefully the kids will need some recovery time from that on Sunday and I will be able to find some time for myself. This means either stuff around the house, work on the care, or what is more likely, play poker.

Speaking of poker, I started 4 tabling last night with less than spectacular results. It’s obvious it’s gonna take some practice, but hopefully I can hold steady while I get that experience. In the mean time, I’m gonna search for some advice on it to try and lower the curve a bit.

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Mar 21 2007

Poker Lesson: Value

Published by under Humor,Poker

How to extract value out of your hand:

FullTiltPoker Game #2041133544: Table Bamber (6 max) – $0.25/$0.50 – No Limit Hold’em – 23:09:15 ET – 2007/03/21
Seat 1: JCREW_ ($24.35)
Seat 2: Stoneflip ($81.45)
Seat 3: Good Ol Newf ($19.25)
Seat 4: tennisguy73121 ($26)
Seat 5: MacAnthony ($49.25)
tennisguy73121 posts the small blind of $0.25
MacAnthony posts the big blind of $0.50
The button is in seat #3
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to MacAnthony [5♥ 2♠]
JCREW_ folds
Stoneflip folds
Good Ol Newf folds
tennisguy73121 calls $0.25
MacAnthony checks
*** FLOP *** [J♦ 3♥ 9♥]
tennisguy73121 checks
MacAnthony checks
*** TURN *** [J♦ 3♥ 9♥] [T♠]
tennisguy73121 checks
MacAnthony checks
*** RIVER *** [J♦ 3♥ 9♥ T♠] [T♣]
tennisguy73121 checks
MacAnthony checks
*** SHOW DOWN ***
tennisguy73121 shows [A♦ A♥] (two pair, Aces and Tens)
MacAnthony mucks
tennisguy73121 wins the pot ($0.95) with two pair, Aces and Tens

And here I thought it was better to be aggressive. I obviously have much to learn about this game…

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Mar 20 2007

What’s better then 60° weather?

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Who wants to go outside when they can earn concurrent bonuses?

After much debate, I determined from some friends that the new full tilt bonus does actually work concurrently with the PPA bonus. Double bonuses woohoo!!!

But seriously, I’m super happy that we are getting into non-jacket weather now. I can’t wait to be able to get outside and, hopefully, lose a few pounds.

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Mar 17 2007

1K review – 1st of many for ’07

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I’ve got no reason for the things I do
The dealer deals and then the deal is screwed
You throw your cards up on the playing table
My name is Cain and I am now un-able
– Cowboy Mouth

Well, it only took me two and a half months to finally hit 1000 hands for hold ‘em. Pretty pathetic for anyone taking poker seriously, but for the first two months, I really hadn’t been. This is especially the case when I you assume that I get in about 200-250 hands per hour playing. But I haven’t been multitabling a lot, I’ve been playing a lot more tourneys lately and also I spent a good portion of that time still trying to figure out how to be profitable playing omaha at Stars. That last one is actually the thing that brought me back to hold ‘em.Any way, I thought it would be a good time for a gut check. Since making the deposit for the PPA bonus, I had made a concerted effort to get back to my “A game” or as close of a facsimile I have to an “A game” back when I was doing well and poker room still recognized me a valued player on their site. When I moved to Full Tilt, I noticed the games were actually tougher. I assume this has a great deal to do with the existence of the “Bet Pot” button on Full Tilt. Even the biggest donk can get a some what reasonable bet out by clicking the button. Stars, it seems, was more to the level I was used to at poker room. So instead of banging my head against the wall at losing a crapload of 60% favorite situations, I decided to head back to the old standby I had cut my teeth on.

Up until the PPA bonus, I had a mere 200+ hands playing HE on the year. The remainder has come in 3 sessions that I’ve done since coming back. Still no staggering numbers, but my pathetic amounts of poker I have been getting in, isn’t the point of this post. If you ignore the inconsequentially few hands I had at limit hold em (a few hands while playing limit horse), I ran an almost eerily 6.66 ptbb/100 over 1043 hands. I don’t include the limit hands for several reasons.

  1. I suck at limit.
  2. I only had 1 session where I had hands and only had a total of 30 hands.
  3. I ran bad over those 30 hands, thanks to Andy Bloch and his luck sack ways (and I mean that in the most respectful way possible, Mr. Bloch).
  4. A wise man once said “Limit is for donks”. And I use the word wise in the loosest sense of the term to describe Mr. Matusow.

If we ignore the bad omen that was my win rate, I think I did fairly well for not playing the game more than in home games, tourneys and the occasional donk session since probably early August. I actually expected it to take me about another half a week before I started to feel comfortable playing the game again, but I think I got back pretty close to my peak (which still isn’t much to brag about) relatively quickly. In the last week, I only have two hands where I can think back and think “God, WTF was I thinking there?” And fortunately for me, only one of those hands was for a stack. Actually, the biggest thing I think I’m lacking in my game is a lack of aggression. I’ve been doing some reading to try and catch up to some people who in the very least, represent themselves as good, winning players ;)

I know as I realized it early that it could be an issue, I really tried to put myself into situations more where I was being aggressive. That also contributing to one of the “WTF was that” hands. I’ll post it here so you can see just how fucking stupid it was. As I’ve said before, I am all about admitting and publicly putting my bonehead plays out there for any and all to see.

FullTiltPoker Game #2005862883: Table Meissner (6 max) – $0.25/$0.50 – No Limit Hold’em – 2:33:18 ET – 2007/03/17
Seat 1: mf500 ($73.85)
Seat 2: Rat Baztard ($56.15)
Seat 3: MF28 ($126.75)
Seat 4: TecnoDreamer ($49.55)
Seat 5: kjg92260 ($37.50)
Seat 6: MacAnthony ($46.25)
TecnoDreamer posts the small blind of $0.25
kjg92260 posts the big blind of $0.50
The button is in seat #3
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to MacAnthony [A♣ K♠]
TecnoDreamer: holas amigos
MacAnthony calls $0.50
mf500 calls $0.50
Rat Baztard folds
MF28 raises to $3
TecnoDreamer: how are yal weekends so far
TecnoDreamer folds
kjg92260 folds
MacAnthony calls $2.50
mf500 folds
*** FLOP *** [7♦ 8♦ K♦]
MacAnthony checks
MF28 bets $6
MacAnthony raises to $15
MF28 raises to $123.75, and is all in
MacAnthony has 15 seconds left to act
MacAnthony calls $28.25, and is all in
MF28 shows [A♦ 5♦]
MacAnthony shows [A♣ K♠]
TecnoDreamer: ive been up now down so boring…
Uncalled bet of $80.50 returned to MF28
*** TURN *** [7♦ 8♦ K♦] [Q♠]
MF28: nh
*** RIVER *** [7♦ 8♦ K♦ Q♠] [5♥]
MF28 shows a flush, Ace high
MacAnthony shows a pair of Kings
MF28 wins the pot ($90.75) with a flush, Ace high
MacAnthony is sitting out

It was a pretty clear case of overplaying AK out of position. Completely ridiculous and I’m almost to ashamed to even pretend there is something defendable about that situation. I’m not defending it, but I’m gonna explain the thought process behind this anyway. Under the gun, I decided I was gonna try and limp/reraise preflop and take it down. When the deep stack was the raiser, I thought about waiting for the raise for another street to try and extract a bit more our of him and ended up calling him. Then I hit. The diamonds worried me a bit, but decided to go through with it. I don’t necessarily think my play there was bad, but leading out might have been a better choice to better see the raisers actions. But me posting this hand isn’t about what would have been rational, it was about how I looked like a monkey fucking a football in this hand. I got caught up trying to think of what kind of odds I was getting when he shoved, but was messed up by his whole stack being in there. I knew it would be about 3:1 since I had half my stack in there and figured he may have KQd or well… ok… I wasn’t really thinking. But if you look at the hand history, I took my time to do something. I really wish I could blame this one on porn, but sadly, no. I left the table after that just cause I was upset with how I played it and I didn’t want to try and chase down my money at the table. So many times I’ve gotten into trouble doing that in the past, I figured it was better for me to get up and find another table. I did that and still ended up for the evening, so I’ll count that as likely the only good decision with that hand.

I’m not exactly weak tight at the tables, but I’m not typically the one that bowls over the tables though. My total aggression factor after the flop is a 1.77. Pretty skimpy compared to a lot of the numbers I posted earlier, but while I know I need to be more aggressive in certain situations, I don’t know if I need to overhaul my numbers. I would like to prepare myself for the games at stars and as I said before, they seem to be closer to the games I remembered at poker room. At poker room, I only had a total aggression factor of 1.84 and ran at 8.16 ptbb/100. And was running at 9.39 ptbb/100 at the $100 games, which I would like to get back to again here shortly which could be possible by the time I clear the PPA bonus (I’m not holding my breath though).

So what situations would I like to try and exploit?

  • Betting/raising draws in position – especially in heads up situations. This could get me into some situations that would get expensive, but I think I this can work a lot of the time. By the way, I have a hand to represent the “get expensive” situation that I will have to post in the near future.
  • Continuation bet more. I missed a few situations that I got scared at that missed an opportunity. A good example of this was I raised QJs on the button after 1 person limped. One blind and the limper called. The flop came an unfriendly AKx and was checked down on the flop and turn (turn was a blank). I finally make a bet to try and take down the flop on the river and the blind called after much deliberation with 33 and the other limper folded. Clearly this is a situation that I need to work on, but if I can try and identify those situations better, I could have pots on the flop like this one. I doubt I get a caller if I continuation bet there.
  • Even though I see a lot more realistic bets, for some reason, I still see a lot of weak bets like min bets on flops and turns by some players. When I played PLO, I got very good at identifying who would do this to take stabs at any pot with min or half pot bets. I need to work on that in hold ‘em and take a few more chances with bluffs in situations that I think people are weak. It could cost me a bet a few times, but if I mix it up enough, I think it will help me in later levels. As it is now, I don’t bluff a lot on any streets other than preflop and the river.

I think those are probably enough situations to work on over the next 1500 hands until I evaluate again. Not sure what a good interval will be to keep doing this, but for now, I think every couple of weeks is a good start.

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