Lucky Straights

The ramblings and mumblings of a wannabe poker pro

Session Update

Just finished my best game so far, taking 1st place. Its nice to finally break my run of 3rd, 4th, 5th and worse finishes of late. I’m really happy I can start to feel my usual game return, its like vodka to an alcoholic lol

The raiser here had pushed all-in recent hands when I had pocket pairs as low as 9’s, so I was confident he didn’t have a pocket pair, certainly nothing as high as my tens, so I made him pay the max to try and chase against my made pair with his AJ – AK style hand. When he turned over, I was pleased my read was correct, though less pleased to see he paired his king on the turn, thankfully the river was kind giving me a set.

Whilst heads-up, whenever I had a premium hand or if I was representing a premium hand I would raise to 1200, three times the big blind, otherwise I would check from the BB or call from the SB and occasionally fold. This time though I find pocket aces and want to trap him for all his chips, though I didn’t expect him to fall for it in such a spectacular fashion 🙂

I knew if I raised to 1200 he would put me on a premium hand (or should) and unless he had one also he would fold pre-flop only giving me the blinds and antes. I also considered that if I simply called from the SB and then raise him big on the flop, or even the turn it will look like I’m trying to trap him and of course that allows the possibility for him to out flop me. I raise to 800, two times the big blind and he takes the bate, pushing all-in, I have an easy call and the flop puts a big grin on my face, I flop a full house!

here’s the hand :

November 21, 2007 Posted by | Sit-N-Go's 2 | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Astounding NL Victory!

Just finished a quick home NL (3 handed) home game, and I achieved a somewhat miraculous victory, just a shame we decided to not play for cash until more people turned up…. hopefully we’ll get to that later.

Was probably the luckiest game I’ve had (4 full house’s maybe?), certainly for a very long time, despite that I have no doubt I played very well, and took advantage of several mistakes from my opponents.

The first knock-out was very lucky for me, my opponent let me limp in with suited connectors and allowed me to stay in when he flopped a set, I (makes a change) managed to hit my queen high straight on the river, and was in a great position. Then to my surprise my opponent (we are now heads up) goes all in, folding comes to mind, but thankfully I then take a step back and think… think some more, then I realize I’ve got the nuts, there were nothing higher then a straight possible on the board, and after thinking a little more I realized that the best he could do would tie with me, as he couldn’t beat my queen high straight, so I call, realizing he went all in, from a dominated position with a set! Sorry mate but going all-in, with only a set so late on was a big mistake, especially when your so dominated – should have made your push on the flop, I would have folded for sure LOL

So our shorthanded game became heads-up, first hand I limped in with pocket 3’s, and with a 2d and a pair of 9’s on the board, mistakenly assume I have a full house and push my opponent all-in, he calls, I realize my mistake, but he doesn’t improve, I hit the full house on the river LOL, and take the win 🙂

October 4, 2007 Posted by | Home Poker | , , | Leave a comment