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

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