December 21, 2009
I havenâ€™t been playing too much much for the last week or so, maybe like 1h to 3h per day. Some days even less than that. But when I have opened the tables, I have played my A-game except one day when I felt I was on my B-game. Nothing bad though.
The way I have run have been swingy. I have had lots of up sessions and little bit less down sessions. Still, iâ€™m probably breaking even or little bit winning for last week, but I am happy. Most important for me is to feel good about decisions I make and not to spew (imo biggest problem I have had).
I think iâ€™ll just paste some hands now. Nothing too special or exciting, but maybe someone can get some entertainment or even learn (LOL) from them.
Iâ€™m starting with hands I lost and gonna link them this time as I am gonna post so many:
1. Trips preflop Nothing too special I guess. Iâ€™m sometimes calling, but this villain had shown that he played fit&fold n 3bet pots (even with HIS initiative) so I opted to 3bet as we had one suit also! Flop is pretty nutty for us, but I wanted to maximize our value. My donk bet is mandatory when board is like that. It would probably look stronger if I didnâ€™t have bet it.
When he comes over the top of me, his range is pretty much KKxx, AKxx or 33xx as there is now draws. Though his betsizing looks maybe little bit scared as it is A high flop after my 3bet and my range is gonna have AAxx in it. Thatâ€™s pretty much why I did just call. I was gonna get it in on all turn cards so it didnâ€™t really matter what the turn was. He could sometimes fold to flop 3bet but if I just call the flop he might think i have like QJTx and get it in all non-straightening cards. Seeing his hand, it might be better play just to 3bet the flop as FE is near to zero.
2. Aces again This hand also is somewhat simple and boring. Nothing special to even commentate. I made my c-bet on the flop small cos itâ€™s A high again and I had 4bet. Also stack sizes were good for that. This wasnâ€™t my 1st 4bets even. Villain had seen me going showdown in 4bet pot with something like KQT9 or like that so he might think I was weaker than I really was. But yeah, nice hand sir! :)
3. Misplayed little bit This is hand iâ€™m not happy with. On the flop I have straight blockers + nfd and make normal c-bet. Villain check-raises me small. There is obvious straight on the board + board is drawwy so I donâ€™t put him on straight here. My plan for the hand was raise his donk bet (or bet if he checked) on all turns except flush cards. On flush cards I would bet if he checked, but only call if he donks out. I think I should have raised the turn here.
The thing is, my hand is on the turn face up when flush hits and I call. Also, iâ€™m not getting anymore value from without river pairing the board from any hands really. Villain is probably gonna fold big part of his range to my raise on the turn, but he is often check-folding them on the river anyway so I donâ€™t get any more bets after just calling the turn and donâ€™t risk giving him cheap cards as he has equity with a set here and straights are unlikely.
Then for the won hands:
1. Deep-stacked action This hand is nice, I like it though itâ€™s easy to play. On the flop I have blocker for overset and middle set. Board is also rainbow. When villain check-raises me he has either wrap or 44xx. Other hands are too unlikely.
Because we are about 200bb deep I want to see turn card before shoving. I know which ones are good for me and which not. Also, iâ€™m not that much ahead of a wrap draw on flop anyway so I want to lower my variance little bit when itâ€™s possible. There is also point made that I doubt villains at these level are good enough to turn their sets into bluffs when straight card hits AND I am representing wrap/draw based on my flop action. This eliminates change being outplayed almost fully. On the turn I just get it in and he had what I expected him to have. I am also pretty skilled in holding my made hands against wraps to it was handy to have that skill also.
2. Example of mixing it up On this hand I wanted to show how to get max value from worse. :)
Nothing special on flop. I made my turn bet little bit smaller than usual to mix it up sometimes. Usually iâ€™m betting like $5.5 here which might be better his actual hand, but I thought there would be some draws in his range and I wanted to look as weak as possible. When river fills the flush I want to look that I had like AhKxx or something like that. Thatâ€™s why I make ridiculously small bet really. It is basically hoping to get value from flush, induce bluff raises and induce raises from worse boats. I have been betting before this big on the river for value so I hoped him to think iâ€™m weaker here.
This time it went pretty well as villain happened to hit his boat on the river and he even called my 3bet. I hate his play so much, but I canâ€™t complain.