Saturday, February 11, 2006

Poker x 3

I spent a good portion of this Saturday playing in tournaments online. I played a total of three 90 player sit gos and finished 16th, 30th and 29th. Not too bad I guess, but no money finishes.

I was happy about my play in the first two tournaments and most of the 3rd but the hand I went out on in the 3rd tournament I wish I could have back, here is how it went down.

Seat 1: breakin (2,115) (**ME**)
Seat 2: charles155 (14,770)
Seat 3: jimbo 13 (1,160)
Seat 6: tyrtle101 (8,370)
Seat 7: chefbuster (3,780)
Seat 8: shady0708 (3,840)
Seat 9: thepburghkid (2,575)
tyrtle101 posts the small blind of 40
chefbuster posts the big blind of 80
The button is in seat #3

My stack isn't very big here but I have an M of 17.6 which puts me high in the yellow zone according to Harrington, I'm not in trouble of getting blinded out anytime soon but I need to play more aggressively to stay ahead of the blinds and get back into the green zone. This would be a perfect time to pick up a great hand.

*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to breakin [Qc Qs]
shady0708 folds
thepburghkid folds
breakin raises to 320
charles155 folds
jimbo 13 folds
tyrtle101 calls 280
chefbuster folds

So far so good, I start with the Hilton sisters and put in a standard raise, the small blind calls and everyone else folds out.

*** FLOP *** [3c Kd 6h]
tyrtle101 checks
breakin bets 400
tyrtle101 raises to 8,050, and is all in

Good news and bad news. An overcard flopped but it was only one plus there is no flush or straight draw. I put in a $400 raise, just over half the pot which was $720. The other guy goes all in for $8,050 and I'm put to a big decision. There is a good chance the other guy is pushing with nothing here, even if I call and win he's only losing about 1/8th of his remaining chips, he had gotten other small stacks to lay hands down with big moves after they had invested a sizable chunk of their stacks previously and maybe thought I would do the same. I make the call.

breakin calls 1,395, and is all in
tyrtle101 shows [Ks 9h]
breakin shows [Qc Qs]
Uncalled bet of 6,255 returned to tyrtle101
*** TURN *** [3c Kd 6h] [8h]
*** RIVER *** [3c Kd 6h 8h] [3s]
tyrtle101 shows two pair, Kings and Threes
breakin shows two pair, Queens and Threes
tyrtle101 wins the pot (4,310) with two pair, Kings and Threes

Was this a bad call? Maybe. Had I taken a bit more time to think this over I might have made the same call or maybe not, what I'm not happy about is how I made the call. I hadn't gotten very great cards this tournament and I felt like I couldn't get away from a hand this good even when I had the feeling I was beaten. I felt that if I could have gotten away from that hand I would still have time to pick up another decent hand in a better spot.

In the 2nd tournament I got busted on a hand that I felt I played correctly.

Seat 1: turnerover (3,930)
Seat 2: breakin (1,260)
Seat 3: Dooter444 (1,240)
Seat 4: gcdjed (7,445)
Seat 5: HATER AID (1,425), is sitting out
Seat 6: nscar (4,720)
Seat 7: Jenks_On_U (910)
Seat 8: to-dum-to-fold (5,265)
Dooter444 posts the small blind of 30
gcdjed posts the big blind of 60
The button is in seat #2

This was still pretty early in the tournament but people were getting knocked out left and right. I just stayed out of their way for the most part, losing money in only one hand that I wasn't forced to put in a bet.

*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to breakin [Jd Ad]
nscar folds
Jenks_On_U calls 60
to-dum-to-fold folds
turnerover folds
breakin raises to 200

I picked up a decent hand, the best one I had gotten so far in this tournament. I get four folds and one limper before me so I put in a standard raise.

Dooter444 folds
gcdjed raises to 1,500
Jenks_On_U folds

Now I have to make a big decision for all of my chips. He raised $1,500 into pot of $290 which is over 5 times the pot. I figured there was no way he had a high pair or AK because I think he would want to get some action here. I figured he had either A-x suited with a smaller kicker, a small or medium pair or suited connectors. Out of those possibilities only one put me in a situation where I was an underdog and even those situations were coinflip sitiations so I called.

breakin calls 1,060, and is all in
gcdjed shows [Qh Th]
breakin shows [Jd Ad]
Uncalled bet of 240 returned to gcdjed

It turned out to be a great call. I don't mind him raising in that situation but I really think he bet way too much, the pot was so small compared to his raise that he was only going to get called by a better hand, my AJ suited was probably at the low end of hands that would call him.

*** FLOP *** [Td 7s Ts]

Yep, I saw that coming.

*** TURN *** [Td 7s Ts] [7d]

Now the deck is just teasing me, for a quick second I get excited about catching a diamond giving me the flush draw, but then realize that it gives my opponent a full-house and I'm drawing dead.

*** RIVER *** [Td 7s Ts 7d] [6h]
gcdjed shows a full house, Tens full of Sevens
breakin shows two pair, Tens and Sevens
gcdjed wins the pot (2,610) with a full house, Tens full of Sevens

Oh well, Phil Gordon always says that all you can do is get all your chips in with the best hand, I did in this situation and even though it didn't work out this time this play will be a profitable one in the long run.


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