Lucky Straights

The ramblings and mumblings of a wannabe poker pro

NL Sit-N-Go Victory

Excellent news to report, I have just won my very first NL Hold’em tournament on Poker Stars, and I am very very pleased. When it got shorthanded the game was actually really fun, me and one of my opponents kept chatting to each other a little whilst we battled it out and I enjoyed it, far less stressing then some of my previous games.

After awhile my opponent took out the short stack, and we where heads-up, I was at a bit of a disadvantage having a few thousand less then my opponent but I kept up the pressure and managed not to blow it. Eventually I was put to a decision and moved all-in with QQ, and it didn’t hold up my stack was decimated by A6. Thankfully though just before I had taken the chip lead slightly so I still had a few chips, and after some key flops fell my way I still had a chance.

Just in time some good cards came my way too, good for heads-up anyway, like KQs, etc and I took down a few large pots and stole some blinds now and then. Eventually I managed to take the lead and keep it, I kept piling on the pressure until eventually it was me who was doing the pushing. The first time he survived his all-in, only just though, his kicker was slightly higher then mine, I think I had K2 and he survived with K3, but the next pot was mine, giving me my first ever 1st place since I started these Sit-N-Go’s and I am very pleased I couldn’t resist one more game before bed :p

Yesterday I got down to $8+ behind though, so I’m still not ahead with the $4.50 prize money, but thanks to several 2nd and 3rd place tournament cashes today I’m only 49c behind which I can live with.

Time for some rest and recuperation now, and I’ll hit the tournaments again tomorrow, hopefully that will be the start of my bankroll growth 🙂

Love and hugs xxx

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October 17, 2007 Posted by | Sit-N-Go's 2 | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

A Bigger Lay-Down!

I’m getting really sick of online players at the moment. A complete arse hole forced me to lay down KK, because he made a huge raise which put the short stack all in. He only held AT and considering the situation and the size of his raise it wasn’t enough, and the other guy came off the better taking virtually all his chips. Now normally I would be ecstatic that some lunatic idiot donkey got most of his chips stolen, because this was one huge raise that didn’t land his way, but in this case no… if he wouldn’t have made such a stupid raise I would have busted out the short stack and we would have all been in the money far sooner.

As it went down though the short stack became the chip leader and I was now the short stack and in a real bad position with a couple of thousand in chips and facing three opponents now with roughly equal chips stacks.

Thankfully though some cards fall my way, I hit trips on the flop, I knew exactly what to do as I managed the same trap against an equally large arse hole earlier in the day. I bet the minimum on the flop, it was a risk as there where two clubs on the board, but no club showed on the turn, so I bet the minimum again, and as if by clockwork Mr A Hole makes is move with a huge raise for 2/3 my stack, perfect, I raise just a little and he raises himself all-in (cah-ching), I see his cards and he’s holding a king which paired on the flop!

So thankfully for once I have a nice chip stack while 3 handed, in fact this is the first time I’ve ever had the chip lead as we moved from 4 to 3 handed I think. It didn’t take long and the short stack was on the rail, it was heads-up, and who do I face, the same guy I would have knocked out earlier with my pocket Kings!

I was feeling good though, I made 2nd place money again and was in a great position to take the tournament. All didn’t go to plan though, after a few flops that didn’t fall my way we where more or less level, soon though against yet another tournament deciding pot I come the worse off, and in the next couple of hands I’m all in, each of us only hit a single king on the flop, be he holds a queen kicker, beating my jack… its been one of those days.

October 17, 2007 Posted by | Sit-N-Go's 2 | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Range of Hands

I need to work on putting my opponents on a range of hands, otherwise how do I know what I should focus on with my bet. Do I want them out of the pot or in the pot, should I be worried or can I slow play etc.

I find it hard to tell with online players because half the time the check and call or minimum raise and the other half of the time they raise big with rags.

Its been something I’ve needed to work on for ages, but recently I’ve been playing so much I haven’t actually had time to think about trying to improve my game. Getting to grips with this concept, should improve my win rate significantly.

October 17, 2007 Posted by | Uncategorized | , | Leave a comment

2nd Place in NL Sit-N-Go

Just finished over an hours grind on a NL Sit-N-Go table, I’ve lost two or three of these tonight, and in all suffered most of my losses down to sheer bad luck, I’m getting really sick of being done out of an important pot or being sent to the rail because some idiot called me when they shouldn’t have and then got lucky on the river, so a cash finish here was really important.

Anyways back to the tournament, it was pretty standard play throughout most of it, there wasn’t any craziness, only noticeable thing was the then chip lead throwing is weight around a lot. As people got busted out though the game intensified, and as soon as the 5th person got knocked out there was a huge fight on, the chip lead was in a comfortable position by this point with around $3k ahead of her closest competition the rest of us where pretty even, which caused for a great amount of action.

I managed to last out to 3rd place so I was in the money, but I really wanted to get beyond 3rd place, as I’ve finished in 3rd twice now, so despite being at least $2k bellow my nearest in chips I stepped up the pace and became more aggressive as you should do shorthanded, it paid off as soon I was almost level with one of my opponents. The new chip leader at this point seemed content to let us battle it out alone, and would only enter the pot if one of us folded.

Lots of aggressive battles took place between us whilst the chip leader sat back, and I’m pleased to say that I eventually got the better of my opponent and had secured 2nd place money, this is easily credited to my recent short stack and heads-up experience.

Now although happy with 2nd place I had my best chance yet at finishing first with the chip leader in site, so I went for it. All was going well, until my opponent semi-slow played his nut flush, when I made my straight, wrongly sensing weakness I made my move, the pot was vast by now and it was clear the winner would take the tournament, so I was a little devastated when the cards where turned.

Still I kept up my end pretty well, but now only having a little over $200, and with blinds in the range of 400/600 plus a $25 dollar ante I was all-in in the very next hand, I managed to get lucky and win that hand and one or two more that followed, and I began to hope for a miracle, it wasn’t to be, my opponent played his part well and kept up the pressure, eventually I moved all-in with JTs and missed the flop, my opponent took the pot and the tournament with ace high, leaving me to finish second.

Although I’m disappointed at not finishing 1st I’m happy with 2nd for now, and after several bad runs with the Sit-N-Go’s earlier I really needed the extra money awarded for finishing above 3rd for a change.

October 17, 2007 Posted by | Sit-N-Go's 2 | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Respect…

Just got off an heads-up table on Poker Stars, I managed to win it but it was very tough and respect needs to go out to my opponent. This is the first person who nearly, but thankfully not quite busted me, he had me down to a little over $200 and I almost gave up. I did keep fighting though and with a few flops that fell my way I managed to scrape back up.

He was pushing me all the way though, and is the most aggressive pre-flop opponent I’ve faced on the heads-up tables so far.

I’ve won 8 out of 12 of these heads-up sessions now, which ain’t bad, my stats would be better but on occasions I’ve played because I’m bored or can’t sleep, which is stupid I know and its then where the losses mount up.

In other news I’m now back bellow my deposit amount 😦 only by a little though, had a bad run on the NL Sit-N-Go tables, but I’m not as worried about it now that I’ve realized I can soon make gains either on the heads-up tables or in a single table tournament.

I think I am going to look to build my bankroll a little with the Sit-N-Go games, both the heads-up and single table variety. I feel I have a greater chance at winning the heads-up games, but they have a far greater demand on me emotionally / mentally, so I actually prefer the full table games now and then. Once I’m ahead by a few dollars I’ll try out a higher limit heads-up limit game and maybe $3+ limit tournament, but I won’t move up the limits in the Sit-N-Go’s until I’m ahead at least one buy-in. If I manage to increase my bankroll to an amount I’m happy with I’ll hit the cash tables again, but this time no lower then the 5c/10c limits, the 2c/4c tables have been driving me nuts lately.

October 17, 2007 Posted by | Sit-N-Go's 2 | , , , , , , , | 3 Comments