January 19, 2010
Iâ€™ve been playing at the .25/.50 deep/ante tables on full tilt. This plays more like 25NL, in terms of opponent skill, but the actual money being played with is the same as 100NL. I see people making really really awful pre-flop mistakes, all the time. These preflop mistakes leave my opponents ill-equipped to fight back against my tight range; I think Iâ€™m geting to play more pots in position than ever before, and because of the antes and stacks, Iâ€™m getting to do it in bigger pots with a relatively stronger range as well. Awesome.
Seat selection is really important at deep tables. A good LAG, or even a bad one, with position on you is a nightmare at 200bb stack depths. You basically canâ€™t play your CO anywhere near as much as youâ€™d like to. This is why I have been actively seeking the nitty regs at these tables and trying to get seats with them on my immediate left. It also gives me a steady income when they just give up their BB >80% of the time versus a minraise when it comes around unopened to me in the SB. I cannot begin to describe the difference this will make to your winrate at ante tables (Clue: BB is folding the chance to play a pot IP getting immediate pot odds of 18%).
Iâ€™d like to make a post with a bit more content regarding deep play. Iâ€™m currently editing about 3 hours of footage into a much shorter video, and Iâ€™ll be highlighting some of the typical mistakes as well as some of the more unique and interesting pots Iâ€™ve played. Hopefully Iâ€™ll get it done by the end of the week.
Here is a hand that wonâ€™t make the cut because sadly (?) villain didnâ€™t buy in for 200bb; I feel like the hand pretty much played itself at 120bb deep, but at 200bb it should probably play out a lot differently (in fact, it probably wouldnâ€™t, which is why the games are so good) :
Hero (BTN): $100.00
Pre Flop: ($1.05) Hero is BTN with J 9
Hero raises to $1, SB calls $0.75, 1 fold
Flop: ($2.80) 9 6 9 (2 players)
SB checks, Hero bets $2.50, SB raises to $9, Hero raises to $19.95, SB raises to $58.80 all in, Hero calls $38.85
Turn: ($120.40) J (2 players â€“ 1 is all in)
River: ($120.40) 5 (2 players â€“ 1 is all in)
Final Pot: $120.40
Hero shows J 9 (a full house, Nines full of Jacks)
SB shows J J (a full house, Jacks full of Nines)
SB wins $119.40