June 05, 2011
At the moment I don't really enjoy playing poker ;) I'm down close to 20 buyins now and it feels a little bit weird. Of course I know what a downswing is, but after running pretty bad for a few weeks now (in big blinds not in $) I hoped this would end. On the one green day I managed to win ~8 buyins, but the next few sessions I lost them all and even some more. If I have KK they have AK and hit obv etc, but I don't want to cry to much about it. Some positive things are happening: I believe I play the best poker I have ever played! It doesn't really tilt me to run bad, well of course it sucks, but it doesn't tilt me, and that's a huge advantage! If you just think about good folds, I really do a lot of them at the moment. So, I hope the runbad will end in the next few days and I can start grinding again.
Like I promised in my last blog post I'd like to go over some of my biggest hands I had last month. Here they are:
I think preflop is standard. On the flop I could think about raising with my BDFD+GS, but I decided to just call. If he has a big hand he is going to pay me of, because I think that he thinks that I am a little bit crazy and would try to get him to fold a really big hand. On the turn I now can hit a 4 on the river to win the pot, too. He has a little bit of a bet sizing tell. If he has a hand that is just valuebetting/bluffing he bets a normal amount like 1/2 or pot if we are playing a 3b pot. So his betsize tells me that he has a big hand and that I can get his whole stack if I hit. Because of the read I have my plan on the river is obv to fold if it is not a 4 or an 8. Luckyly for me the river is the 8 and I think he won't give me a hand like 97 (or better: he would think I would do something stupid). I let you guess what he had on the river.
The opener was the target. Easy 3b preflop and I hit 2nd pair, nuts vs him ;) Calling his flopdonk is standard, I might raise to get him to do something stupid, but I think hands like Ax he would fold, so by just calling I keep his complete airball range in. On the turn he overbet shoves and I instafistpumpsnapcall him.
Preflop is not standard, but both blinds were pretty fishy and I think I have an small edge on the pfr, so I think it becomes a call. On the flop I raise his cbet to get him to do something stupid later on. Just calling I think is terrible. He has so many hands that can continue one or another way, so raise is so only way to go. When he 3bets I think both options are ok. I decided to just call, and I turn my hand a little bit into a bluffcatcher, even so I am obv not folding. I could have raised the flop with like AT/KT/JJ or overcards like QJ etc which I am obv not 4betting. So calling and giving him the chance to bluff or if I have a hand like QJ to win the pot later (he might just c/f turn now) makes the call the better play. On the turn he bets really big and I don't see him folding anymore. Even if he folds some of the time it's now ok for me, because the pot is like 520$ right there and winning that is obv great. He calls me with QJdd and hits on the river. I think he played his hand very well, because it is like the perfect board for him to 3b with that hand. He can turn GS/OESD/TP etc, so if I have a hand like AT his hand really plays great against it. I am unsure what I should think about his big turn bet, because he can't really b/f anymore, but I think I am obv more likely to fold some hands if he bets bigger, so maximizing his fe should make the play ok. Might be an interesting spot, because he might have a betsizing tell here, because if he has a hand like A4, he might go for a 1/2psb on the turn, so I can call/shove with AT if he bets big and fold if he bets smaller ;)
Ok, just 3 hands, but I think they all were somewhat funny/well play. Hoped you enjoyed reading it!