Friday, August 22, 2008

The Opposite Of Bad

I don't want to say that I am running good and/or hot right now and jinx myself, so I will say that I am doing the opposite of bad right now. The past four days have seen me win at least a buy-in, and it feels pretty good to finally have some hands hold up. I'm actually running a little bit above expectations right now!! Say what?!?! Here is the monthly graph so far:

Though, it isn't too hard to make money when you have players making these type of plays on you:

Full Tilt Poker, $1/$2 NL Hold'em Cash Game, 6 Players

SB: $200
BB: $191.60
UTG: $141.45
Hero (MP): $547.75
CO: $205
BTN: $279.15

Pre-Flop: Qd Qs dealt to Hero (MP) UTG raises to $4, Hero raises to $15, 4 folds, UTG calls $11

Flop: ($33) 6c 4s 6h (2 Players)
UTG checks, Hero bets $22, UTG raises to $126.45 and is All-In, Hero calls $104.45

Turn: ($285.90) Ac (2 Players - 1 is All-In)

River: ($285.90) Qc (2 Players - 1 is All-In)

Results: $285.90 Pot ($3 Rake)
UTG showed 2s 2h (two pair, Sixes and Twos) and LOST (-$141.45 NET)
Hero showed Qd Qs (a full house, Queens full of Sixes) and WON $282.90 (+$141.45 NET)


Here is an interesting hand where I flop a set on a monotone and coordinated flop. Villain is a agro donk/spew monkey. What should I do on the turn here? Just keep on firing and be happy to get it all-in? Or would checking behind here ever be good?

Full Tilt Poker, $1/$2 NL Hold'em Cash Game, 6 Players

BB: $200
UTG: $160.95
MP: $237.50
Hero (CO): $461.60
BTN: $200
SB: $305.35

Pre-Flop: Jc Jh dealt to Hero (CO)
UTG folds, MP calls $2, Hero raises to $9, BTN folds, SB calls $8, BB folds, MP calls $7

Flop: ($29) Qd Jd Ad (3 Players)
SB checks, MP checks, Hero bets $18, SB folds, MP calls $18

Turn: ($65) 7h (2 Players)
MP checks, Hero ??????


Here are two hands where I wondering if I should value bet the river here? Or am I only ever getting called by better hands?

Hand1: UTG was a donk running at 56/6/1.7 (VPIP/PFR/Agg). A raise on the flop or turn doesn't really make sense, because it is one of the situations where I am way ahead or way behind. I beat KJ, K8-K2 (doubtful he has one of these, but he is 56/6) and air. He doesn't call with Air. He fore sure calls with the other hands, but KJ is the only likely hand he can call with that I beat.

Full Tilt Poker, $1/$2 NL Hold'em Cash Game, 5 Players

SB: $200
BB: $124
UTG: $201.20
Hero (CO): $221.40
BTN: $44.70

Pre-Flop: Kh Qd dealt to Hero (CO)
UTG calls $2, Hero raises to $9, 3 folds, UTG calls $7

Flop: ($21) Kc 9h Kd (2 Players)
UTG checks, Hero bets $14, UTG raises to $28, Hero calls $14

Turn: ($77) Ad (2 Players) UTG bets $34, Hero calls $34

River: ($145) Tc (2 Players)
UTG checks, Hero ???

Hand2: Villain is not a regular and he is running at 21/11/1.9 after 255 hands. I just call with AJo with position. If this was a regular LAG, I would 3-bet here, but not with someone like this.

Full Tilt Poker, $1/$2 NL Hold'em Cash Game, 6 Players

Hero (BTN): $223.95
SB: $207
BB: $215.10
UTG: $86
MP: $727.65
CO: $160.80

Pre-Flop: Ad Js dealt to Hero (BTN)
2 folds, CO raises to $7, Hero calls $7, 2 folds

Flop: ($17) 8h Jh 4d (2 Players) CO bets $14, Hero calls $14

Turn: ($45) 2s (2 Players) CO bets $33, Hero calls $33

River: ($111) 7h (2 Players)
CO checks, Hero ?????

So the flush draw and straight draw hits, and it could definitely look like I have one of those draws. Would you bet here and maybe get value from KJ or QJ? Or just check behind?


And the Funny hand of the Day! I don't really have to say much about this hand. 4 handed, and this dude flops the nizzles, but never once bets. gj, nh, gg, wp.

Full Tilt Poker, $1/$2 NL Hold'em Cash Game, 4 Players
BTN: $206.15
SB: $214.60
BB: $203
Hero (UTG): $203

Pre-Flop: 5h Ah dealt to Hero (UTG)
Hero raises to $7, BTN calls $7, SB calls $6, BB calls $5

Flop: ($28) 8d Qc Qs (4 Players)
SB checks, BB checks, Hero checks, BTN checks

Turn: ($28) Jc (4 Players)
SB checks, BB checks, Hero checks, BTN checks

River: ($28) 3d (4 Players)
SB checks, BB checks, Hero checks, BTN checks

Results: $28 Pot ($1.40 Rake)
BTN showed 7s 7c (two pair, Queens and Sevens) and LOST (-$7 NET)
SB showed Qh 8h (a full house, Queens full of Eights) and WON $26.60 (+$19.60 NET)
BB mucked 6c 8c (two pair, Queens and Eights) and LOST (-$7 NET)
Hero showed 5h Ah (a pair of Queens) and LOST (-$7 NET)




At 5:26 PM , Blogger SimpleStyle said...

I definitely fire 3/4+ with the set of jacks. His calling range on the flop has lots of Ax and Kdx type hands that you'll still get value from. I also think your flop cbet should be a bit bigger, something like $22-$24.

In the KQ hand, I bet about 1/2 to 2/3 the pot for value against a 56/6 donkey. Would this guy check a boat to you on the river? Probably not, especially after donking the turn.

With the AJo, I raise the flop to slow down action on later streets. If he 3bets your raise it's easy to get away from. Assuming he just calls and most likely checks the turn, you can now check the turn back to control the pot. Raising the flop also folds out AK/AQ so that's helpful. Basically, take control of the hand if you suspect later streets might bring trouble, which they very well could with this kind of board. Just calling allows him to keep firing with pretty much his entire range as he can easily put you on a draw.


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