Lucky Straights

The ramblings and mumblings of a wannabe poker pro

Costly Free Cards

I’ve just suffered the mistake of taking the free cards when I missed the flop. I was holding two over cards (KQ) and was low on chips, but ahead of my two opponents in the hand who where very low on chips.

I missed the flop, but it was checked around so I took the free card, the turn was also checked around which also missed me so I checked and hit my queen on the river, the player in front of me goes all-in, for most of my stack, but I need to take down a pot to stay in at this point and judge that my queen’s with the king kicker is likely to beat any queen he may be holding, he shows down with Q4 off suite, the queen gave him two pair after hitting is 4 on the turn and my stack is decimated.

I’m pretty sure I was right to call is all-in, in this spot, but I’m also pretty sure my mistake was to accept the free cards when I was drawing with only two over cards, I should have bet either on the flop or the turn, to see if my opponents had hit anything, as chances are unless they had Ax which would beat my king high anyway, they would fold if they didn’t hit anything. By opting for the free cards I couldn’t get out of the hand when I made top pair great kicker and lost a huge part of my stack.

Any thoughts on this…?

November 1, 2007 Posted by | Sit-N-Go's 2 | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

BR Management with Black Jack

I’ve just got back from one of my local casinos, where I managed to tripple my money with Black Jack!

We intended to enter a £2 NL tournament but missed the dead line for entry and me and my friend decided to go along anyway and have a bit of fun. After wandering around dazed for a few moments trying to get our bearings as neither of us had ever been in this particular casino before, we eventually found ourselves at a Black Jack table and changed our money for some chips.

I only intended to play with £5 out of the £10 I sat down with, so put one £5 chip aside and played with the 5 singles, never touching the single £5 chip. It wasn’t long before I started earning a few wins and I realized that I should start to add to that £5 chip with the aim of leaving the table with the same amount of money I sat down with, this goal was soon reached and I had made my £10 and had some fun.

I was still happy to play though, and whilst I had some chips left I kept playing, and I only dipped into my reserve once before rebuilding it again. I then set myself a new aim, an aim to double my money and turn my £10 I sat down with into £20, so after I won a few rounds, I would place a bet or two into my “bankroll” pile which wouldn’t be played with and I would keep on playing with a smaller pile of chips.

By this point my friend was on a roll, He must have hit at least eight Black Jacks! it was pure magic and I could tell he loved stacking up those chips lol. Once I reached what I believed was £20 in my bankroll I slowed down a little, wanting to be firm with myself and leave when I doubled my money, so I played a few more rounds, not really caring at this point whether I won or lost the few remaining “play” chips I had left, knowing that I had doubled my money already.

I finally busted out of my “play” chips and my friend agreed that it was time to leave, so we counted out our chips as instructed to have them changed for higher denominations to take to the cash desk and I was pleased to find that I had put away more then I thought, and took £30 over to the cash desk, my friend was even more sucessfull and had made £27 from his initial stake of only £5.

So we had a great night and took home £42 in pure profit between us.

November 1, 2007 Posted by | Casino | , , , , | 2 Comments