Wednesday, September 3, 2008

September gaining steam.

Entertaining online screen name of the week: IfukedAnurse


September has been a rough ride so far. I started the month Monday with a bad taste of August in my mouth, having lost 19k in the last week. So I sat down Monday, happy to be starting on a fresh month, and BAM BAM BAM BAM lost four times in a row with AK vs QQ or QQ vs AK. Another couple of buy-ins went, and one hour into the month I am down $6k. Nice.

Luck is a funny thing. After such a session I often think about how many hours it will take to earn that back. At an expected $400/hr, thats 15 hours of work I just lost in one hour, and of course I was pissed. But somehow, yesterday evening I had a great day and made it all back plus $800 in just four hours. How am I supposed to make sense of that?

Today was just another trip down into the gutter of bad results. I was down 5 buy-ins not having a single spot of luck, but just this last hour everything turned around, and I come out of the day about $500 ahead. Not a flashy result, but sometimes a small win feels like a world championship. A small world championship, granted.

I was amazed today when one of the regulars played this hand against me. You know you have a rotten table image when someone does that with a pair of sevens. Or he was just on monkey tilt, I dunno:

Party Poker
No Limit Holdem Ring game
Blinds: $5/$10
6 players
Converter

Stack sizes:
UTG: $1107
UTG+1: $2808
CO: $1334
Hero: $1409
SB: $1248
BB: $1559

Pre-flop: (6 players) Hero is Button with :qc :ac
UTG raises to $30, UTG+1 folds, CO calls, Hero raises to $130, 2 folds, UTG raises to $285, CO folds, Hero calls.

Flop: :jd :qs :6c ($615, 2 players)
UTG bets $275, Hero raises all-in $1124, UTG calls all-in $547.
Uncalled bets: $302 returned to Hero.

Turn: :as ($2259, 0 player + 2 all-in - Main pot: $2259)

River: :th ($2259, 0 player + 2 all-in - Main pot: $2259)

Results:
Final pot: $2259
UTG shows 7s 7c (one pair)
Hero shows Qc Ac (two pair)


Would you have folded that AQ preflop? You probably should most of the time. I kind of had a feeling he was going a little insane. That's what happens sometimes in the 3-betting war, don't let it happen to you.

7 comments:

joxum (Denmark) said...

could you comment a bit on your flop play? TPTK is nice of course, but you could easily be against a set or top two here?

thanks,

/j.

Kristian said...

The fact that you even mention top two is enough to justify felting top pair. If QJ is part of his range here, so is many other hands that I have beat. The only real worry is that he actually picked up AA or KK just when he appeared to be tilting. I am willing to pay him off if that is the case, because I think he has a much wider range.

joxum (Denmark) said...

So this play is mostly based on history with UTG, I guess?

If this was a new player at the table would you have made the reraise preflop? you do mention folding AQ, but I agree it's a difficult hand to throw away against a standard raise even when it's from early position.

What kind of player would UTG here be, for you to fold? Would you still make the reraise and then fold when he 3-bets or is the pot simply too big by the time it gets back to you, to lay down?

Thanks,
/j.

MartinHK said...

Hero calls a four-bet.

This is a clear BBV hand ;)

What range do you put villian on and what flops would you have pushed?

I mean that push is hard with JJ, QQ, KK and AA having you crushed.

And if you feel you are ahead - why dont you just call the flopbet so he can push the turn? In the hand he pays you with an underpair - but he should (or most players would) have folded to your push.

Cheers

Kristian said...

@joxum: When I mention folding preflop, I mean fold to the 4-bet. When an unknown player 4-bets you here from UTG, it is probably best to throw the hand away. In this case I call because of history. When I make this call I have already made the decision to felt any top pair hand. I would almost never fold AQ to a standard raise and a caller when I am in position. (btw a reraise preflop is called a 3-bet, UTG last preflop bet is a 4-bet).

@martin: I put him on a fairly wide range including suited connectors and all pairs and even complete trash, because I know he is prone to tilt. I am not saying he will 4-bet these hands every time, but I thought he would bluff 4-bet them sometimes, since my squeeze play could also have been done with many weaker hands. About calling instead of pushing flop, I don't like to let people hang around in huge pots when I have decided I am committed. There are 1160 in the pot and 550 behind, so I don't think he is much more likely to put his last money in if I just call. We both know that if I have anyting at all I am not folding the last 550.

Amrendra said...

No at least i will not comment on your flop play.

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