Thursday, March 20, 2008

On the board in BBT3

One event played (mookie last night), one in the points.

Since I've seperated my bankrolls, I have decided that I will use my DubsPoke acct for the BBT3 tourney and am hoping to ramp up my appearances there so beware fellow bloggers. A donk has joined your fray.

I played fairly well last night to make it into the points. I had to push early over the top of a MP raise with J-10suited. Fortunate to see MP had 88 and the race was on. Hit a J on the flop and was restored to my original stack.

Had a big suckout when K-J straighted against a A-10 AIPF which put me at a decent 2400ish stack. Then after antes were hitting raised with KQ on the button. SB pushed all in over the top with a 2kish stack as well. I tanked for a bit, put him on Ace-decent or a lower pair and was willing to race. Surprised to see SB show up with K10 suited.

No king hit. No 10 hit. Sadly, the river double-paired the board though. So instead of jumping up to a top 15 stack I was stuck in the bottom quartile. As the bubble approached, I found A10 in mid-late position. Blinds 120/240 and I had less than 2400. I decided to push on a table that had been fairly tight. Unfortunatley, SB (Fuel55) showed up with AcKc. Flop eliminated most doubt coming AK Rag(club). Runner runner club for good measure and I was gone around 25th or 26th, just slightly out of the money.

Decided the Dookie would be fun. PLO. I pretty much had no idea what I was doing. After spewing chips early, I decided to lay back and just play big faces or connectors that were double-suited. heard somewhere that those were good starting hands. I won one pot after that. I only PLAYED TWO pots. The one pot I found AAxx double suited I raised 1/2 pot from UTG. Folds all the way around. Woohoo me.

Second pot I played I had 3456 double suited. Flop comes A23 with. I raise 1/2 pot leaving 400 behind hoping to get multiple callers. Hoyazo pushes all in (1kish more) and everyone elses fold. I call, mad that more didn't join the fun. Hoy flips up two pair A3 with two diamonds (board had one on it. Turn Jack of diamonds. Crap...there's another few outs for Hoy to join the remaing 3s and Aces. Final card. 3. of diamonds. So the flush hit as well as the Full House for good measure. I like PLO.

Anyways, that was my night with BBt3. Had a blast and am looking forward to playing more.

Take care,


Tuesday, March 18, 2008

The Restart -> 10k Hands at $10NL

So I don't have Rakeback on my "DubsPoke" tag at FullTilt. As I've noticed in PokerTracker, I'm giving FT a lot of money over time.

So I've decided to teach my fiance how to play and signed her up for an account with rakeback. ;p

"She" will be starting out at $10NL with the $200 I transferred from DubsPoke to her. The plan will be to put in 10k hands by 3 and 4 tabling $10NL a couple hours a day after work. I...errr..."she" will be sticking stricly to playing a TAG style of game. A blog on Cardrunners had this fantastic quote that struck home for me:

"Cannot build a solid house without a solid foundation" or something along those lines.

The jist of it being that you cannot expect for a house stand without having a solid base underneath it. In poker terms, you cannot expect to profit at the more difficult games/higher limits, if you don't have a very strong grasp on the basics. In poker, the basics is a TAG-style. Playing good cards aggressively from position. Once you can handle that style, then you can start to branch out or become more creative.

I had some good runs at $25 and 50NL. However, those good runs also were mixed with bad runs of greater degree because I don't have the basics mastered.

With that said, I...errr my fiance...will be re-dedicated to mastering the basics and the TAG style on 6max $10NL games. Goal is 10k hands (min 5k hands) or $500 to begin shots at $25NL. I'll keep you updated here.

I'll also be getting more into hand discussion and play style. More specifically, I want to be looking at how others have played a hand and why (good or bad) and open it for discussion. I hope you all come along for the ride.

Good luck at the virtual felt,

EK-FT: $206
DP-FT: $427 (after transfer to EK-FT)
PS: $27
Total: $660

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Low Stakes NLHE: A -EV Play

If getting 3 bet, you're not likely getting 3 bet lightly. Better to call the 3 bet and review after the flop, then to push preflop with QQ.

That is all.

See you at the virtual felt,

FT: ~$740
PS: ~$30

Friday, March 7, 2008

HH#2 - Correct call?

Recap HH#1: Thanks for the comment Mike! The playing of A7 was me trying to loosen up my image a little on a relatively tight table. My plan if my Cbet got called was to fold on the turn if he came out firing. I knew my opponent to be a tight player playing top-tier hands or good pockets. Once the turn hit, I was playing for stacks. My biggest concern was when to push to get maximum value. I don't believe there was any way he put me on a 7 based on my previous table image and the action on the hand.

The nice part is that the play indeed loosend up my image. While still playing an opportunistic slightly less TAG style, I was able to take the table for about 2.5 buyins over the next hour as I was getting called down weakly on a routine basis.

Let's do another one:

HH#2 Review Time:

My image - very tight so far. playing about 12/8 over 65 hands.
AWPTMoneyMan: loose - 45% of hands over small sample size, around 30 hands or so.

FullTiltPoker Game #5541449992: Table Warwick Falls - $0.10/$0.25 - No Limit Hold'em - 18:18:03 ET - 2008/03/07
Seat 1: boscob ($8.65)
Seat 2: CouragousBlufR ($9.30)
Seat 3: AWPTMoneyMan ($15.95)
Seat 4: DubsPoke ($51.85)
Seat 5: NDEEEEF ($9.25)
Seat 6: PhilKei ($12.35)
Seat 7: Meyerondos ($22.95)
Seat 8: wizard80209 ($4.70)
Seat 9: Mikey007 ($19.80), is sitting out
wizard80209 posts the small blind of $0.10
boscob posts the big blind of $0.25
The button is in seat #7
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to DubsPoke [Jh Ah]
CouragousBlufR folds
AWPTMoneyMan has 15 seconds left to act
AWPTMoneyMan raises to $0.85
DubsPoke calls $0.85 (flat call - I know, not the strongest play, but AWPT been raising 60% of hands so far)
PhilKei folds
Meyerondos folds
wizard80209 folds
boscob folds
*** FLOP *** [7h 4h 7s]
AWPTMoneyMan has 15 seconds left to act
AWPTMoneyMan bets $1 (typical cbet)
DubsPoke raises to $2.50 (lets do a little pushing and find out where we are at, after all I have 2 overs and the nut flush draw)
AWPTMoneyMan calls $1.50 (hmmm...overpair or A high is most likely)
*** TURN *** [7h 4h 7s] [5c]
AWPTMoneyMan has 15 seconds left to act
AWPTMoneyMan checks
DubsPoke bets $5.25 (let's continue this semi-bluff)
AWPTMoneyMan has 15 seconds left to act
AWPTMoneyMan raises to $12.60, and is all in (CRAP. I failed to look at his remaining stack before making this play. Let's see what we got. This SCREAMS overpair. My guess is a mid overpair between 8-10. Pot is now $24.9, costs me 7.35 to call. That is 3.38:1. I have 9 hearts, 3 Aces and 3 Jacks will give me the win I believe so anything better than 3:1 and I have the pot odds to call this, right?)
DubsPoke calls $7.35
AWPTMoneyMan shows [Th Tc] (Exactly as I thought)
DubsPoke shows [Jh Ah]
*** RIVER *** [7h 4h 7s 5c] [6h] (BINGO!)
AWPTMoneyMan shows two pair, Tens and Sevens
DubsPoke shows a flush, Ace high
DubsPoke wins the pot ($30.65) with a flush, Ace high
AWPTMoneyMan is sitting out
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot $32.25 Rake $1.60
Board: [7h 4h 7s 5c 6h]
Seat 1: boscob (big blind) folded before the Flop
Seat 2: CouragousBlufR didn't bet (folded)
Seat 3: AWPTMoneyMan showed [Th Tc] and lost with two pair, Tens and Sevens
Seat 4: DubsPoke showed [Jh Ah] and won ($30.65) with a flush, Ace high
Seat 5: NDEEEEF didn't bet (folded)

My opponent was less than happy with my play and river. You all know how to figure the math better than I do. Did I make the correct call?

See you at the virtual felt,
FT: $765 (MTT drain =)
PS: $~28 (taking the .01/.02 for an outstanding 135 ptBB/100 over 300 hands to rebuild this roll and solidify my TAG game)

HH #1 - What do you think?

FullTiltPoker Game #5537869368: Table Madre Mesa - $0.10/$0.25 - No Limit Hold'em - 12:50:11 ET - 2008/03/07
Seat 1: Smartesque ($34.10)
Seat 3: DubsPoke ($35.05)
Seat 4: Neverwinter ($9.40)
Seat 5: PLANT3RS ($13.55)
Seat 6: rohair6 ($33.60)
Seat 7: fdsthebest333 ($9.20)
Seat 8: Mickey_Black9 ($5.50)
Seat 9: MaximusMcGee ($25.20)
PLANT3RS posts the small blind of $0.10
rohair6 posts the big blind of $0.25
The button is in seat #4
ChipNHnasty adds $10
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to DubsPoke [7h Ad]
fdsthebest333 folds
fdsthebest333 stands up
Mickey_Black9 folds
MaximusMcGee folds
Smartesque folds
DubsPoke has 15 seconds left to act
schnapsi sits down
schnapsi adds $5
DubsPoke raises to $0.85 (in cutoff)
Neverwinter folds
PLANT3RS folds
rohair6 calls $0.60
*** FLOP *** [Qc 7c 6h]
rohair6 checks
DubsPoke bets $1.25 (standard cbet right?)
rohair6 calls $1.25
*** TURN *** [Qc 7c 6h] [7d] (GIN!)
rohair6 checks
DubsPoke has 15 seconds left to act
DubsPoke bets $3 (standard right?)
rohair6 raises to $6 (could he have top set? way imo)
DubsPoke raises to $32.95, and is all in (overshove for value?)
rohair6 has 15 seconds left to act
rohair6 calls $25.50, and is all in (TPTK no good buddy)
DubsPoke shows [7h Ad]
rohair6 shows [Ac Qs]
Uncalled bet of $1.45 returned to DubsPoke
*** RIVER *** [Qc 7c 6h 7d] [5c]
DubsPoke shows three of a kind, Sevens
rohair6 shows two pair, Queens and Sevens
DubsPoke wins the pot ($64.30) with three of a kind, Sevens
rohair6 adds $5
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot $67.30 | Rake $3
Board: [Qc 7c 6h 7d 5c]
Seat 3: DubsPoke showed [7h Ad] and won ($64.30) with three of a kind, Sevens
Seat 4: Neverwinter (button) didn't bet (folded)
Seat 5: PLANT3RS (small blind) folded before the Flop
Seat 6: rohair6 (big blind) showed [Ac Qs] and lost with two pair, Queens and Sevens

I'm trying to not be results-oriented and am curious to find out your opinions on how I played the hand.

So what do you all think about how I played this hand? Would you have played it the same way? What do you think rohair was thinking when he made his decision?

See you at the virtual felt,

FT: ~$730

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

..sigh..The Joys of Family

In-laws in town for two weeks = no time for poker. Haven't played much of anything since my last post besides a few .01/.02 6max sessions on PokerStars to rebuild that bankroll a little bit. Too much family and too many distractions. Hopefully I'll be able to play the Mookie this week.

See you at the virtual felt,

FT: $685
PS: $~14