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Instant Tragedy

March 2, 2010 at 7:43 am


I’m sick in bed, but thanks to WP and a laptop in bed I can have a little fun.

The fever has been broken and was annoying.  The Bronchitis is finally trying to make its departure.

Earlier in the year I played the Blogger Tournament on Poker Stars and came back to playing on the site as I have started my $0 to $1000 bankroll challenge.  I’ve kept to my rules normally as I don’t play more than 5% of my bankroll at a time and I can play any $1 or 2$ tourney that I wish.

I’ve tried to keep on the Double or Nothing tourneys since I think that they are more fish down at these levels than any other.

Now I’m not going to tap the glass but, look folks… you can play the odds of a lottery or you can slowly try and eat the fish to become a shark.

Take this hand.  I could have reverse Hoy’ed him leaving him with one chip but a simple raise was in order, if I’m going to get anyone behind me coming along I want it to be worth my while to fold. HA!

Poker Stars $10.00+$0.40 No Limit Hold’em Tournament – t125/t250 Blinds + t25 – 7 players – View hand 565322

The Official Hand History Converter

SB: t3075 M = 5.59

BB: t530 M = 0.96

Hero (UTG): t1970 M = 3.58

UTG+1: t4375 M = 7.95

MP: t1200 M = 2.18

CO: t2080 M = 3.78

BTN: t1770 M = 3.22

Pre Flop: (t550) Hero is UTG with A of hearts K of diamonds

Hero raises to t500, 5 folds, BB raises to t505 all in, Hero calls t5

Flop: (t1310) T of clubs 2 of clubs Q of clubs (2 players – 1 is all in)

Turn: (t1310) 2 of spades (2 players – 1 is all in)

River: (t1310) K of spades (2 players – 1 is all in)

Final Pot: t1310

BB shows 6 of spades T of spades (two pair, Tens and Deuces)

Hero shows A of hearts K of diamonds (two pair, Kings and Deuces)

Hero wins t1310

Now some would say that I got lucky, but I disagree because the odds show that I was a 61 – 38 favorite.  I was third chip stack where 5 chips wasn’t going to kill me.  Noone came along to force the issues.  If the chip leader came along after my raise, then I think twice…

No I don’t. I have AK after not having anything since this hand…

Poker Stars $10.00+$0.40 No Limit Hold’em Tournament – t75/t150 Blinds + t15 – 9 players – View hand 565353

The Official Hand History Converter

UTG+2: t685 M = 1.90

MP1: t1310 M = 3.64

MP2: t2050 M = 5.69

Hero (CO): t1020 M = 2.83

BTN: t390 M = 1.08

SB: t4180 M = 11.61

BB: t1945 M = 5.40

UTG: t1555 M = 4.32

UTG+1: t1865 M = 5.18

Pre Flop: (t360) Hero is CO with T of clubs A of clubs

2 folds, UTG+2 raises to t670 all in, 2 folds, Hero calls t670, 3 folds

Flop: (t1700) T of diamonds K of spades Q of clubs (2 players – 1 is all in)

Turn: (t1700) 2 of spades (2 players – 1 is all in)

River: (t1700) 7 of hearts (2 players – 1 is all in)

Final Pot: t1700

UTG+2 shows A of diamonds 8 of diamonds (high card Ace)

Hero shows T of clubs A of clubs (a pair of Tens)

Hero wins t1700

Which I went in a 64-26 favorite.

Look, both times it looks like I was lucky against shorties. I disagree.  Why call with the AT anyway?  Because if the shorty doesn’t raise all in I’m going to.  Why not raise all-in afterwards? Because then it gives the big stack in the SB pot odds to call anything.

Look, I understand that there are times that you are going to be putting money in when you know that you are behind…

Poker Stars $10.00+$0.40 No Limit Hold’em Tournament – t25/t50 Blinds + t5 – 10 players – View hand 565371

The Official Hand History Converter

MP3: t1850 M = 14.80

CO: t1290 M = 10.32

BTN: t2105 M = 16.84

Hero (SB): t760 M = 6.08

BB: t2155 M = 17.24

UTG: t1215 M = 9.72

UTG+1: t1685 M = 13.48

UTG+2: t1470 M = 11.76

MP1: t1445 M = 11.56

MP2: t1025 M = 8.20

Pre Flop: (t125) Hero is SB with A of clubs 5 of hearts

8 folds, Hero raises to t230, BB raises to t550, Hero calls t320

Flop: (t1150) 8 of hearts 9 of spades K of hearts (2 players)

Hero bets t205 all in, BB folds

Final Pot: t1150

Hero mucks A of clubs 5 of hearts

Hero wins t1150

But, in the end you have to make gut calls and pushes even though you don’t know 100% if you are ahead or behind.  In the last example 205 is NOTHING to the Big Blind.  But with the scare King and two hearts out there he has no idea if I have the K, Aces or a set.

Which is why playing poker is clearly a game of skill!

I’m not saying that my play is 100% perfect, just that it takes SKILL to play.

And by the way, the challenge bankroll after my OOPSIE (drug induced playing outside the boundries) is up to $37.75

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