Lucky Straights

The ramblings and mumblings of a wannabe poker pro

2nd Place

I’ve been feeling much better today, the stronger pain killers are doing there job, and have reduced my pain considerably, though they have brought with it some side effects, which also limit my play, but I felt well enough earlier today a Sit-N-Go and managed to make 2nd place.

Several hands where key in this game, so I’ve posted them bellow :

My first pot set me up for the rest of the match. I held pocket 4’s in LP and called a pre-flop raise, as it was only raised to twice the big blind. I hit my set on the flop, and the raiser leads out, with so many people to act behind I wanted to price out any flush draws, so I made an aggressive re-raise. Its folded around to the re-raiser who then moves all-in, now I know I’m in good shape and call.

Here, I was sure TP was good, and was all-in on the turn, to end up splitting the pot.

I probably should have opened with a raise here to try and pick up the blinds, the SB and raised a few pots and I was sure he was simply steeling the blind, he probably held a medium ace at best.

I could have easily raised here with KJ but decided I’ll flat call for a change of pace. The flop gave me nothing, so I check, hoping to pick up something on the turn, I get my wish and make TP, but see it as a chance to let my opponent make a bluff, he leads out and I make an aggressive re-raise. I was a little surprised when he called here, the board pairs on the river and I check it down.

Here I think I should have lead out on the river to try and pick up the pot, if I got re-raised it would have been an easy lay down, but I let him pick up the pot, and I’m sure he doesn’t have much. This hand likely influenced the one bellow.

This could easily be my worst play of the game. I make an aggressive re-raise pre-flop, but miss and pay off a large bet on the river. I would usually make a c-bet after a pre-flop raise, but knew it wouldn’t be bought on such a raged flop so elected to see a cheap turn. Failing to lead out on the turn was my next mistake, in this case I would have likely have been re-raised and I could have let it go. When the board pairs on the river I feel my opponent is making a move with an AJ, AQ style hand and I call.

It took me awhile to accept, but this guy probably wasn’t making moves on the river, not with big bets anyway, if he was leading out for a big bet on the river, he probably held something.

Here I found kings and raised enough so that the short stack would be all-in if he calls. With an A on the flop, and one player all-in I decide to check it down, as I didn’t want to pay off anymore money if the other guy called with a weak ace.

When we got to heads-up I started to loose it and felt I donked off loads of chips, though I did eventually get myself back together and was on my way backup, when the cards didn’t fall my way, sending me out in 2nd.

Here’s the key hands since we where heads-up :

Not long in to heads-up, I raise it up with K9, and make an impatient bluff on the flop. You could say I was unfortunate to run into a hand, but I think I was being too impatient to make a move here.

I’m cheating, after going through the history, theres too many hands for me to be bothered posting. All are the similar kind of thing, I got aggressive with marginal hands when I thought I was ahead and took a pot or folded to hand it to the chip leader. I was doubled up once with KT, against A4.

Anyways I’m skipping to the final hand :p

I find pocket 8’s, and make an aggressive raise, I could have gone all-in pre-flop I suppose, but for whatever reason I elected not to here. The flop was even great or a disaster, so I took my shot and pushed all-in, my opponent hit on the river to send me out in 2nd, but I’m happy with how I played overall.

January 19, 2008 Posted by | Sit-N-Go's 2 | , , , | Leave a comment

Finally Play, and Go Broke

Still not well enough to play my regular games, but I’ve been itching to sit in a game on Sun Poker, so sat eventually sat down in a 3/6c 6 max cash game. I only have the $5 that support gave me to play with, well $5.12 actually, as I’m holding off depositing until I’m well enough to play for the deposit bonus, so sat down with the full amount, not too bothered if I end up broke, as I just wanted a bit of quick fun, and took the opportunity as the $5 was a freebie.

Anyways within a few circuits I note one guy is likely to raise with a very wide range, and c-bet most boards, and the other players didn’t seem like much of a threat either, so when I picked up AJ, I played it much more aggressively then I normally would, which is probably more correct anyway due to being 6 handed.

I make a large enough re-raise to give the raiser an easy option to fold if he’s holding trash, trying to get heads-up with the re-raiser, expecting to be ahead of both of them. Both end up calling.

I make TP on the flop, but the board is already paired, I decide to play it strong, if I run into AK or a Q, I’ll just have to pay them off, in the end the re-raiser shows KQ to bust me, and the raiser showed A9, ah well, it was fun, and I got to sit in a few raked hands to test out my rake back promotion.

I’m really keen to get back to these tables as soon as I can, but may need to deposit more money into them, then I was planning. I was only going to deposit around $20, but at least $50 would be more appropriate. I’m going to hold off a little longer, as I’m still unable to play regularly and I have my Poker Stars bonus over my head yet, but I am very excited about these cash games.

Here’s the hand, only thing I thought about doing differently at the time was pushing all-in on the flop, it wouldn’t have made a difference here though.

I’ll be very happy to hear anyone’s advise on 6 handed cash play, as I’ve never played this format before, Thanks.

January 19, 2008 Posted by | NL Cash Games | , , , | Leave a comment