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Instant Tragedy

December 2, 2009 at 2:00 am

OK Poker… Double or nothing…

I’ve been playing here and there and enjoying some moderate late night success while Joanna is working on her different projects.

I’ve tightened up more than I would have like to , so I got on Stars and decided to throw some chips around in a double or nothing tourney.

Now my strategy is simple:

Loosen up my play in the early stages, then slowly tighten up.

By utilizing this play I could be playing JJ or I could be playing the hammer.

I played the Bammer all the way to the river betting all the way and people were confused when I showed it down and won with my pair of 3’s.

It’s not about the play or the betting schemes. Just being a donkey and letting everyone tag me as one.

So I let him think I will overvalue Ace high… :

Poker Stars $5.00+$0.40 No Limit Hold’em Tournament – t10/t20 Blinds – 10 players – View hand 400965

The Official DeucesCracked.com Hand History Converter

UTG: t1500 M = 50

UTG+1: t1490 M = 49.67

Hero (UTG+2): t1530 M = 51

MP1: t1720 M = 57.33

MP2: t1450 M = 48.33

MP3: t1480 M = 49.33

CO: t1450 M = 48.33

BTN: t1710 M = 57

SB: t1190 M = 39.67

BB: t1480 M = 49.33

Pre Flop: (t30) Hero is UTG+2 with A of spades J of spades

2 folds, Hero raises to t40, 5 folds, SB calls t30, BB calls t20

Flop: (t120) 4 of spades 4 of hearts Q of spades (3 players)

SB checks, BB checks, Hero bets t80, SB calls t80, BB calls t80

Turn: (t360) 6 of hearts (3 players)

SB checks, BB checks, Hero bets t110, SB calls t110, BB calls t110

River: (t690) 9 of diamonds (3 players)

SB checks, BB checks, Hero bets t160, SB calls t160, BB folds

Final Pot: t1010

Hero shows A of spades J of spades (a pair of Fours)

SB shows A of diamonds A of clubs (two pair, Aces and Fours)

SB wins t1010

So I’m down to 1100… but at this level of blinds we are not talking about being below 25 BB.

SOoooo I turn on my inner Rock and snap up hands where I want them.

For Example :

Poker Stars $5.00+$0.40 No Limit Hold’em Tournament – t15/t30 Blinds – 10 players – View hand 400963

The Official DeucesCracked.com Hand History Converter

BB: t1530 M = 34

UTG: t1445 M = 32.11

Hero (UTG+1): t1210 M = 26.89

UTG+2: t1610 M = 35.78

MP1: t1405 M = 31.22

MP2: t1435 M = 31.89

MP3: t1450 M = 32.22

CO: t1540 M = 34.22

BTN: t2165 M = 48.11

SB: t1210 M = 26.89

Pre Flop: (t45) Hero is UTG+1 with A of spades K of clubs

1 fold, Hero raises to t90, 5 folds, BTN calls t90, 2 folds

Flop: (t225) 7 of diamonds A of diamonds A of hearts (2 players)

Hero checks, BTN checks

Turn: (t225) J of clubs (2 players)

Hero bets t120, BTN calls t120

River: (t465) 2 of spades (2 players)

Hero bets t455, BTN calls t455

Am I betting with AIR again?? NO!!!!

Final Pot: t1375

Hero shows A of spades K of clubs (three of a kind, Aces)

BTN mucks 8 of clubs A of clubs

Hero wins t1375

In the standard DoN on Stars, I see two aggros, 3 sliders (people who just fold trying to slide into the money), a rock and a couple of donkeys.

My priorities are to hide from the aggros, punish the sliders, never pay off the rock and don’t give all my chips to the donkeys who overrate TPTK.

For example :

Poker Stars $5.00+$0.40 No Limit Hold’em Tournament – t25/t50 Blinds + t5 – 10 players – View hand 400968

The Official DeucesCracked.com Hand History Converter

MP1: t1365 M = 10.92

MP2: t1370 M = 10.96

Hero (MP3): t1845 M = 14.76

CO: t1280 M = 10.24

BTN: t1885 M = 15.08

SB: t1690 M = 13.52

BB: t1390 M = 11.12

UTG: t1300 M = 10.40

UTG+1: t1545 M = 12.36

UTG+2: t1330 M = 10.64

Pre Flop: (t125) Hero is MP3 with 5 of clubs T of spades

2 folds, UTG+2 calls t50, MP1 calls t50, 2 folds, CO calls t50, 2 folds, BB checks

Flop: (t275) 4 of clubs 3 of diamonds 8 of hearts (4 players)

BB checks, UTG+2 bets t100, MP1 folds, CO calls t100, BB folds

Turn: (t475) 6 of diamonds (2 players)

UTG+2 bets t150, CO raises to t1125 all in, UTG+2 calls t975

River: (t2725) 7 of spades (2 players – 1 is all in)

Final Pot: t2725

CO shows 4 of spades 4 of hearts (three of a kind, Fours)

UTG+2 shows A of hearts 8 of diamonds (a pair of Eights)

CO wins t2725

Yes, I know I would had have the six card straight, but calling with T5o is a break even play. (*I’m calling you out Wawfuls)

Example # 2

Poker Stars $5.00+$0.40 No Limit Hold’em Tournament – t25/t50 Blinds + t5 – 9 players – View hand 400972

The Official DeucesCracked.com Hand History Converter

UTG+2: t2675 M = 22.29

MP1: t1200 M = 10

Hero (MP2): t2035 M = 16.96

CO: t2990 M = 24.92

BTN: t435 M = 3.62

SB: t1865 M = 15.54

BB: t1270 M = 10.58

UTG: t1405 M = 11.71

UTG+1: t1125 M = 9.38

Pre Flop: (t120) Hero is MP2 with Q of clubs K of clubs

1 fold, UTG+1 calls t50, 2 folds, Hero calls t50, 3 folds, BB checks

Flop: (t220) 9 of clubs 4 of diamonds T of spades (3 players)

BB bets t250, UTG+1 calls t250, SB says “smells like your mama”, Hero folds

Turn: (t720) 9 of diamonds (2 players)

BB checks, UTG+1 bets t100, BB raises to t300, UTG+1 raises to t820 all in, BB calls t520

River: (t2360) 9 of spades (2 players – 1 is all in)

Final Pot: t2360

BB shows A of hearts T of diamonds (a full house, Nines full of Tens)

UTG+1 shows A of diamonds A of spades (a full house, Nines full of Aces)

UTG+1 wins t2360

Sometimes I win, sometimes I bubble. But I have fun. Double up once or twice and check/fold to the money.

Sometimes I even get lucky…

Poker Stars $5.00+$0.40 No Limit Hold’em Tournament – t50/t100 Blinds + t10 – 9 players – View hand 400978

The Official DeucesCracked.com Hand History Converter

MP1: t2450 M = 10.21

MP2: t1215 M = 5.06

Hero (CO): t2240 M = 9.33

BTN: t2665 M = 11.10

SB: t840 M = 3.50

BB: t1765 M = 7.35

UTG: t870 M = 3.62

UTG+1: t815 M = 3.40

UTG+2: t2140 M = 8.92

Pre Flop: (t240) Hero is CO with 2 of hearts 2 of diamonds

1 fold, UTG+1 calls t100, 3 folds, Hero calls t100, BTN calls t100, SB calls t50, BB checks

Flop: (t590) 3 of clubs 2 of spades 6 of clubs (5 players)

SB checks, BB checks, UTG+1 checks, Hero bets t704, BTN folds, BB says “look at this–I’m having a battle of wits with an unarmed person”, SB folds, BB folds, UTG+1 folds

Final Pot: t590

Hero mucks 2 of hearts 2 of diamonds

Hero wins t590

Ever since the UIEGA I don’t anticipate getting my money out of the sites, I play when I want, for as long as I want, enjoying the entertainment that I get out of them.

May your play be successful and profitable.

And for the record…

I won.

Double or Nothing Victory

Double or Nothing Victory

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