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!

2 Comments:

  • You forgot to tell them about the crazy creaming you gave me, Kim and Jeremy simultaneously and went on to win the home game last Saturday. I expect a post about it pronto.

    Matt took me out of the game on the bubble...he earned himself first place. And a nice warm spot on the couch.

    By Blogger Courtney, at 3/28/2007 8:49 PM  

  • normally, i don't like trying to make moves OOP. but, i think you played it perfectly Matt.

    very nice play.

    By Blogger smokkee, at 3/29/2007 9:11 PM  

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