Lucky Straights

The ramblings and mumblings of a wannabe poker pro

Victory to End The Day

After a short rest from the previous game, I sat down again and managed to take 1st place. At the start my aim was to complete three more tournaments before 4am (when my poker day officially ends) which would put my frequent player points total up to 300. After the first game however I realized I’m a little too tired to sit in any more, and I’m trying to avoid playing when I’m not “in the zone” for a game, so I’m calling it a day.

Here’s a selection of hands from the tournament :

I wouldn’t usually call the blinds with a such a low suited ace, especially when its folded to me in this case, but being in the SB I decided to call for a change.

On the flop I missed my flush draw, but picked up an inside straight draw and checked, as It was too early to represent this flop, and I was sure he wouldn’t buy that I hit it anyway. Happily he checked behind me and I got to see the turn. The turn wasn’t a bad card for me, but I didn’t want to bet here so I checked, and would have folded to a bet, but again it was checked behind and I got to see the river.

The river completed my draw, but could have also made a flush, so I check, happy to pickup the blinds. Villain makes a bet for the minimum and I call for 1/2 the pot.

I seldom play JT off suite but was fortunate (or unfortunate lol) enough to see a free flop from the BB with it here. More good / bad luck came when I made two pair. Theres always a danger with hands like JT that anyone who can pay you off is highly likely to be drawing at least, here was no different.

On the flop, its limped in and I quickly raise to charge any draws, I get one fold and two callers. The flop brings a queen and I know my great hand is no longer good and check, fold without dwelling on it.

With AJs in the CO I raised it up to 4xBB and the button called. The flop totally missed me and I check instead of make a c-bet, villain leads out with the minimum. With such a weak bet it threw me for a moment and I put him to the test and push all-in, he’s got me beat with TP, holding K9, but I hit an ace on the turn to double up.

Confession time, I had started to wonder around the web at this point, so my concentration wasn’t at its best which probably had an influence on my play and even more so, I was focussed heavily on trying to get 3 more games in today and picking up those frequent player points for my bonus which lead me to make an unusual play.

I got a grip of myself after this lucky break and avoided my open web pages to focus on the game at hand.

I raised a little more then usual here with queens as I was UTG and wanted to deter the player on my left from making a loose call with a mediocre ace or king. I’m obviously hoping the short stack is going to call, and I get my wish, but I also get a call from my immediate left who I tried to price out.

On the flop I felt my queens where likely good, and if they weren’t I hoped I had some outs with my suited queen so I push all-in. I guess I could have tried to play this cheap here, as if villains got the ace or king of clubs he’s certainly calling, but may not lead out if I check, whats your thoughts on this?

After the game, I can’t say why I chose to only check with my kings here, perhaps trying to keep the pot cheap to tempt the short stack. The flop presented a threat from a flush, but with no ace I felt good about my kings and lead out with a bet around the size of the pot, I get one caller. With a blank on the turn I make an aggressive bet and pick up a nice pot.

Here I find KQ with one limper in front and raise to 5xBB, the player on my left, who seems quite fond of calling my pre-flop raises calls. The flop is a blank, so I make an aggressive bet of half my opponents stack and pick up the pot.

The following are two key hands during heads-up, most of the heads-up hands before these where one of us picking up small pots pre-flop or on the flop :

Here I make my standard 4xBB pre-flop raise and my opponent calls. I keep up my aggression When I make bottom pair on the flop with a big bet, hoping to get a fold from any A high or under pair to the king, villain calls, likely aware that I have been making lots of continuation bets on the flop if I’ve hit or not. The turn doesn’t complete any flush draw and better yet, gives me aces up, now I’m hoping he called my c-bet with AQ or AJ and will pay me off.

For the final hand I hold AT and think about playing it soft for a moment, then I kick myself as this is way too weak a hand to slow play here, so I raise to 4xBB as usual, my opponent calls. On the flop I make 2nd pair and am very aware that if he holds a King I’m dead, as where now very even, but after some thought decide to push all-in, he calls immediately and shows AQ, my AT holds up and I take 1st place.

January 22, 2008 - Posted by | Sit-N-Go's 2 | , , ,

No comments yet.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: