Poker Through the Eyes of an Amateur

March 28, 2007

The One In Which The Title Is In A Very Cliché Form

I'm always a bit hesitant to post when I'm doing well, since I almost always start to do worse afterwards. However, it's been a while since I posted anything remotely meaningful, so I figured I'd give it a shot. I've been winning a decent bit ever since I moved my tiny little bankroll over to Pokerstars from Absolute (slightly more than doubled!). There are definitely a lot more fish on Stars than on Absolute, so that's always helpful.

I've been playing above my bankroll at $100NL mostly, but I've been taking my time in terms of table selection (weak/tight, full ring) and playing smart. I just got tired of the mega-donkey play at $25NL and $50NL; don't get me wrong, there's still mega-donkey play at $100NL, but there is a lot more scared money at this level to make it worth my while. The majority of the pots I win, I don't have to show down, and when I do have to show down, it's with strong hands. (I guess that would be how you're supposed to play, right?) So, even though playing at this level is technically incorrect, it seems to be working out for me so far.

The cash game has been my bread and butter, and I have been taking shots at small tournaments along the way. I've been playing the $4 180s, and some smaller rebuy games. So far no cashes there, but it is only a matter of time. I've also been playing in the weekly WWdN tourneys again, which I had sorely missed. Basically, I'm looking to build my bankroll on the cheap wherever possible. (Yes, I'm aware that the WWdN is -EV, but it's fun!)

Along this line, one of my favorite games is the $2 rebuy to the $33 rebuy WSOP qualifier. Why you would have a rebuy satellite into a rebuy tournament is beyond me, but I just unregister from the $33R and play a couple of $16 double shootouts to the $650 WSOP qualifier. If I ever win one of the double shootouts, BAM! Instant bankroll upgrade. I went out on the first table in one, and I final tabled the other one. Unfortunately I bubbled (actual bubble, not seat bubble) when some jackass hit runner runner runner runner straight to stay alive, and I was forced to push the next hand with AJ right into KK. I do like this structure, though, so I will probably be playing more of these in the future.

I have to share one cash game hand before I go, and I'm interested in how you guys think I played it. My rationale for the way I played will be interspersed throughout the hand.

PokerStars Game #9124583870: Hold'em No Limit ($0.50/$1.00) - 2007/03/27 - 23:09:40 (ET)
Table 'Pictor V' 9-max Seat #6 is the button
Seat 1: kaellinn18 ($141.10 in chips)
Seat 2: mexor ($103.05 in chips)
Seat 3: BAADSHAH74 ($35.90 in chips)
Seat 4: tripCCC ($95.90 in chips)
Seat 5: XyrisMax ($133 in chips)
Seat 6: ricestud ($122.50 in chips) opponent; known to be tricky
Seat 9: lofka ($63.55 in chips)
jshields777 will be allowed to play after the button
lofka: posts small blind $0.50
kaellinn18: posts big blind $1
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to kaellinn18 [Jh Kh] Not great, but not horrific. It's s0000ted!
mexor: folds
BAADSHAH74: folds
tripCCC: folds
XyrisMax: folds
ricestud: raises $2 to $3

He makes a button raise

lofka: folds
kaellinn18: calls $2

I call here because he could really be raising with any two, and I have a pretty decent hand. I thought about raising, but I'm out of position against a tricky player with a fairly weak hand that I don't want to get too much committed to the pot early on.

*** FLOP *** [3c 7d 6h]
kaellinn18: checks
ricestud: bets $4
kaellinn18: calls $4

I do not believe that this flop hit him at all, so I decide to float and attempt to take away on another street.

*** TURN *** [3c 7d 6h] [Ah]
kaellinn18: bets $6

Nice scare card to make a stab at the pot with. If he raises, it's an easy fold. If he calls, I know I'm beat, but I have (most likely) nine outs on the river for the flush.

ricestud: calls $6
*** RIVER *** [3c 7d 6h Ah] [Th]
New York Ink joins the table at seat #7
kaellinn18: bets $15

My nut flush is well hidden, so I bet out something I think he will call.

ricestud: raises $35 to $50
ricestud said, "hahahahahaha]"
kaellinn18 said, "you did not hit that flush"
ricestud said, "oopsy"

I really enjoyed this table talk. He thought he had me.

kaellinn18: raises $78.10 to $128.10 and is all-in
ricestud: calls $59.50 and is all-in
*** SHOW DOWN ***
kaellinn18: shows [Jh Kh] (a flush, Ace high)
ricestud: mucks hand
kaellinn18 collected $242.50 from pot
ricestud said, "q flush"
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot $245.50 | Rake $3
Board [3c 7d 6h Ah Th]
Seat 1: kaellinn18 (big blind) showed [Jh Kh] and won ($242.50) with a flush, Ace high
Seat 2: mexor folded before Flop (didn't bet)
Seat 3: BAADSHAH74 folded before Flop (didn't bet)
Seat 4: tripCCC folded before Flop (didn't bet)
Seat 5: XyrisMax folded before Flop (didn't bet)
Seat 6: ricestud (button) mucked [3h Qh]

Oopsy is right.

Seat 9: lofka (small blind) folded before Flop

So, let me have it cash game players (Wes? Aaron?). Did I play this hand ok (regardless of outcome)? Does my rationale here make sense?

I hope the rest of you are doing well. See you on the felt!

March 20, 2007

This Stuff Really Happens?

Garth was dealt the Golden Hammer last year, a hand only bestowed on the most worthy poker blogger by the poker gods. I am not nearly as worthy as Garth, so I only get the silver hammer.

PokerStars Game #9004763530: Hold'em No Limit ($0.50/$1.00) - 2007/03/20 - 19:50:24 (ET)
Table 'Patricia IV' 9-max Seat #8 is the button
Seat 1: kaellinn18 ($98.50 in chips)
Seat 2: Golf_Nutcase ($93.85 in chips)
Seat 3: raikins ($145.50 in chips)
Seat 4: Kresge408 ($33.50 in chips)
Seat 5: sax308 ($129.20 in chips)
Seat 6: guillote ($104.65 in chips)
Seat 7: ksaksa ($112.50 in chips)
Seat 8: 45mudcat ($92.25 in chips)
Seat 9: Algarmon ($37.40 in chips)
Algarmon: posts small blind $0.50
kaellinn18: posts big blind $1
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to kaellinn18 [7c 2d]
Golf_Nutcase: folds
raikins: folds
Kresge408: calls $1
sax308: folds
guillote: folds
ksaksa: folds
45mudcat: folds
Algarmon: calls $0.50
kaellinn18: checks
*** FLOP *** [2c 7d Js] HO-
Algarmon: checks
kaellinn18: checks
Kresge408: checks
*** TURN *** [2c 7d Js] [7h] -LY
Algarmon: checks
kaellinn18: checks
Kresge408: checks
*** RIVER *** [2c 7d Js 7h] [7s] CRAP
Algarmon: bets $5 No way!
kaellinn18: raises $5 to $10
Kresge408: folds
Algarmon: raises $5 to $15 No WAY
kaellinn18: raises $10 to $25
Algarmon: raises $11.40 to $36.40 and is all-in NO WAY!!!!1111oneeleventy
kaellinn18: calls $11.40
*** SHOW DOWN ***
Algarmon: shows [Ac Jc] (a full house, Sevens full of Jacks)
kaellinn18: shows [7c 2d] (four of a kind, Sevens)
kaellinn18 collected $72.80 from pot
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot $75.80 | Rake $3
Board [2c 7d Js 7h 7s]
Seat 1: kaellinn18 (big blind) showed [7c 2d] and won ($72.80) with four of a kind, Sevens
Seat 2: Golf_Nutcase folded before Flop (didn't bet)
Seat 3: raikins folded before Flop (didn't bet)
Seat 4: Kresge408 folded on the River
Seat 5: sax308 folded before Flop (didn't bet)
Seat 6: guillote folded before Flop (didn't bet)
Seat 7: ksaksa folded before Flop (didn't bet)
Seat 8: 45mudcat (button) folded before Flop (didn't bet)
Seat 9: Algarmon (small blind) showed [Ac Jc] and lost with a full house, Sevens full of Jacks

March 11, 2007

I Do Better When I Don't Play

From the jjok school of how to play tournaments (don't show up):

March 10, 2007

I'm Sorry

I know, I know, I hate the whole cat picture thing too. But I like this one.

March 05, 2007

Please Try Again

For those of you who were signed up for the Bloggerpods tournament on Sunday and didn't get to play because Full Tilt died, it has been rescheduled for Sunday, March 11th at 7PM EST. If you didn't manage to register the first time, maybe there's still time to get in. I'm not sure if he's closed registration or not.

I’m registered in the free BloggerPods poker tournament.
Poker Mac

March 03, 2007

Grind, Grind, Grind

Not a whole lot to report here. After getting bad beat repetitively down to $30, I've been forced to grind my way back up playing $6 SNGs. I'm currently up to $150, and playing SNGs at the $10 level. I've beening hitting the money about half the time, and getting royally sucked out on the other half. You would not believe the number of four, three, and two outers that have been hit against me in the past two weeks. It's at least 20.

I do not exaggerate.

I've started keeping track of my SNG results using the spreadsheet from 2+2 that Smokkee linked to on his blog. We'll see if keeping track helps me see how well I play, or how much AP sucks.

Stay tuned.