Today I proudly put in 10 hours of pro poker, so I am quite satisfied with myself. I had symptoms of being a bit burnt out yesterday and ended up watching Monday Night Football instead. More like Tuesday Morning Football in Denmark actually. I think the tournament experience along with the bad running left me not really paying attention to the marginal situations that are so vital. Instead I made too many loose calls looking for the jackpot hands.
Not so today. I started out on a new 'hobby', Pot Limit Omaha. I lost a bit, but learned a lot, so all is well with that. I guess I should start lower, but I can't really bring myself to care about the 100PLO games. The crazy thing is that while I make a ton of beginners mistakes, there are enough donks that a rudimentary understanding of poker prevents me from being a big loser at the 200PLO games if I am a loser there at all. It is my hope that I will become at least reasonably competitive in the Omaha disciplines within a few months.
After fooling around with Omahahaha, it was time for bringing in some real money. I played almost 4000 hands at 600NL and won $5k. Niiiice. Extra nice since the winnings almost bring me back to the level I was at before disaster Thursday. I had a few very interesting hands that I would like to share with you:
In the first one I am super deep stacked against a tight preflop player with donkish tendencies. I end up making a huge fold whish I am still not sure was good. However, I take some pride in the fact that I chose the safe route in a high pressure situation, given my recent tendencies to lag a little too much. I simply would have hated myself too much for losing 4 stacks here.
Party Poker No-Limit Hold'em, $6 BB (5 handed) Hand History Converter Tool from FlopTurnRiver.com (Format: HTML)
Preflop: Hero is Button with 4c, 4h.
2 folds, Hero raises to $21, SB raises to $44, 1 fold, Hero calls $23.
Flop: ($94) Kd, 4d, 9c (2 players)
SB bets $96, Hero raises to $300, SB raises to $600, Hero calls $300.
Turn: ($1294) Kc (2 players)
SB raises to $1668 (All-in), Hero folds.
Final Pot: $1294
His stats were about 25/8 for only 50 hands, so along with the preflop miniraise I suspect some donkiness on his part, making the fold extra interesting. I honestly can't say that he is not on AK or AA, in which case I just cost myself $3k in one click of a button. His min-raise suggests KK or AA, but of course quads are extremely unlikely, and wouldn't he have played quads slower? It is a close decision, but I stand by it. Had villain been a solid regular, I would have had no doubt the fold was good. Now I must admit some doubt remains. Feel free to share your opinion.
The second hand is an example of how some players get tilted out of control by constant 3-betting preflop. This is not a bad player, very aggressive, and not easy to play against, but he definitely doesn't handle the arms race around the blinds too well, as this hands shows nicely. Earlier in the evening he called my preflop 4-bet shove with AJo (I had 55 which held up).
No Limit Holdem Ring game
Pre-flop: (6 players) Hero is BB with 2s 2d
4 folds, SB raises to $24, Hero raises to $85, SB calls.
Flop: 2h jc kc ($170, 2 players)
SB checks, Hero bets $130, SB raises to $395, Hero raises to $660, SB raises all-in $2725.85, Hero calls all-in $933.6.
Uncalled bets: $1527.25 returned to SB.
Turn: jd ($3357.2, 2 all-in - Main pot: $3357.2)
River: jh ($3357.2, 2 all-in - Main pot: $3357.2)
Final pot: $3357.2
Hero shows 2s 2d
SB shows As 9h
This was my biggest pot ever, and I will leave you with that for now.