Mar 28 2007

Stuck in the sky

Published by at 10:42 pm 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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