Thursday, August 23, 2007

Rollercoasting.

Yesterday I had 3 hours to spare late at night, so I wanted to build on my succesfull session Sunday. Things went well early, I made about $1200 after the first hour, largely thanks to a genuine one outer, where I hit quads on the river to save me from a set over set situation.

That was the end of luck for me though, as the doomswitch turned on for yours truly. I proceeded to lose $5000 in about one and a half hour, quite a feat on 600NL, even playing 7 tables, and certainly an unpleasant record for me. Every large pot went the wrong way, and nothing held up. It was a pretty depressing experience, and I went home down $4k. I guess it sort of felt like the mental equivalent of getting hit by a sledge hammer in the belly, and then dragging it out for a couple of hours. There are a lot of perks to this being an online poker pro thing, but sometimes there is a price to be paid.

I was not quite sure I wanted to play today, but I had it scheduled, and I am not normally likely to tilt, so I went ahead and started another session. Now I sit here $6500 up again, so I can record a nice net win of $1500 for the last couple of days. I am wondering how unusual/unlikely large fast swings such as these are, somehow it doesn't feel normal. The net result is completely normal, I guess the wins and losses just got bunched together oddly. I hope with every experience like this I get a little bit tougher, mentally.

I had a few hands where I felt really clever, and I've picked a few interesting thin river value bets for you. Here is a post I wrote some time ago about merging your range, and I think I managed to do just that successfully here. The key to these plays is that the other guy thinks you are full of shit.

Party Poker No-Limit Hold'em, $6 BB (5 handed) Hand History Converter Tool from FlopTurnRiver.com (Format: HTML)

SB ($511.85)
BB ($628)
UTG ($518.24)
MP ($597)
Hero ($783.35)

Preflop: Hero is Button with Ad, Th.
2 folds, Button raises to $21, SB calls $18, 1 fold.

Flop: ($48) 4s, 4h, Tc (2 players)
SB checks, Button bets $30, SB calls $30.

Turn: ($108) 8h (2 players)
SB checks, Hero checks.

River: ($108) Js (2 players)
SB checks, Button bets $80, SB calls $80.

Final Pot: $268
SB has 5s 5c (two pair, fives and fours).
Hero has Ad Th (two pair, tens and fours).
Outcome: Hero wins $268.


Party Poker No-Limit Hold'em, $6 BB (6 handed) Hand History Converter Tool from FlopTurnRiver.com (Format: HTML)

SB ($612)
BB ($619.80)
Hero ($957.65)
MP ($808)
CO ($1)
Button ($878)

Preflop: Hero is UTG with Th, Tc.
Hero raises to $24, MP calls $24, 4 folds.

Flop: ($57) Js, 4s, 3c (2 players)
Hero bets $45, MP calls $45.

Turn: ($147) 2c (2 players)
Hero checks, MP checks.

River: ($147) 7h (2 players)
Hero bets $90, MP calls $90.

Final Pot: $327
Hero has Th Tc (one pair, tens).
MP has 9s 7s (one pair, sevens).
Outcome: Hero wins $327.


This is another feel good hand, but with no strategic content. This hand is posted to celebrate the existence of happy donks who love to donate $836 with a straight on a paired board, almost all of it on the river.

Party Poker No-Limit Hold'em, $6 BB (5 handed) Hand History Converter Tool from FlopTurnRiver.com (Format: HTML)

UTG ($883)
Hero ($1,583.06)
Button ($621.90)
SB ($836.50)
BB ($807.50)

Preflop: Hero is MP with 4s, 4h.
UTG raises to $24, Hero calls $24, 1 fold, SB calls $21, 1 fold.

Flop: ($78) 4d, 4c, Jh (3 players)
SB checks, UTG checks, Hero checks.

Turn: ($78) 9s (3 players)
SB checks, UTG checks, Hero bets $50, SB folds, UTG calls $50.

River: ($178) Td (2 players)
UTG checks, Hero bets $120, UTG raises to $282, Hero shoves, UTG calls $490 (All-In).

UTG has Qc Kd (straight, king high).
Hero has 4s 4h (four of a kind, fours).
Outcome: Hero cleans house.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

looks good sir. I think I prefer bet/folding the turn in the second hand unless villain is very agro and will go over the top with a draw.

good luck etc,
benny