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)


  1. Preflop call is fine. AJs is fine to play in position, but with a number of people left to act, no need to get crazy and re-raise.

    Really good flop for you, although I think I would raise it up more than $2.50. He has to call $1.50 into a $6 pot, so your raise doesn't really do much to define his hand, it just puts more money into the pot, because he's going to call with pretty much any hand.

    Your turn bet was not the best option available to you, I don't think. Just like you said, you have to take his stack into consideration. There is $7 in the pot, and he has $12 behind him. Any significant bet you make here is most likely committing him to the hand if he has anything going for him. So while your initial bet was only $5, in reality it might as well have been $12, because he's either folding or going all-in, and if he pushes all-in, you're obligated to call considering the outs you have.

    It's important to manage the size of the pot when you don't have a made hand. It's also important to manage the size of the pot relative to your opponent's stack. If your up against a shortie, it's important to remember how much needs to go into the pot to commit him, and act accordingly.

  2. Good point on the initial $2.50 raise. If I'm going to be looking at making calls based on pot odds, I definitely need to pay more attention to what kind of odds I am giving.

    Opponent's stack size consideration is one item I've picked up a lot of good tips on from various vids. Obviously I still need to work on implementation.

    Thanks for stopping by!

  3. Nice play. I found the hand is easier to follow like this:

    You can embed the visual right in your posts so that it's easier to understand.