December 19, 2010

Poker Poker Poker

What's up Degens? 

Before I go any further, everyone should definitely check out this song. It's sick! 


A ton of shit has been going on since the last time I threw down a blog entry. I'm not going to pretend like there's enough time to catch up on all of it, and since this is mostly a poker blog anyway, I think I'll try to focus mostly on PLO stuff.

So after the tourney score, I decided to start focusing on playing HU again. Unfortunately my game selection and on-the-felt skills were a bit rusty from taking some time off, and I promptly lost ~$6k playing against dudes that I probably shouldn't be playing against for that kind of price. Even though I got rocked, I learned a lot, and it made me very hungry to get my HU game back up to par. After licking my wounds, I started working on my game very hard for the next couple of weeks. I've been going through Tom's book Advanced PLO Theory practically everyday with my roommate, which works out great because he's been playing mostly HU at 25/50+ so it's been been a huge asset to have the chance to sweat him play, and talk to him about hands each day. Even in just the last month I can already feel that my game has improved immensely, so I'm looking forward to putting in a ton of volume during the next six months. 

Speaking of which, here's my living situation for the next year. Me and my three roommates are moving to Breckenridge (if you haven't been there or heard of it, I highly suggest checking it out!) in February for two months to grind, snowboard, and live the good life in the Rockies. Our place is right on the slope and has six bedrooms, so if any of y'all are heading out this way let me know! After Breck it's back to Vegas for six months until ~October of next year, and then I've decided to head to Sweden or somewhere else in Europe for six months following that. One of my goals before I turn 30 is to live in Europe for 6 months, so what better time to do it than now right? 

Anyways, back to poker stuff. A few days ago I binked my first PLO MTT win (24+2bi, $1400 for 1st) ever which was pretty fun. I recorded everything from the last two tables down to the win on Camtasia, so maybe I'll make a Ghost video out of it. Ironically I was playing 2 tabling another guy HU while I was playing it and ended up stuck to him $1200, which basically meant that I needed to get 1st place in the tourney to break even for the day. Run gooood!  I normally only play NL tourneys but have been incorporating some PLO tourneys into my sunday grind for the last few months and have really enjoyed it. Man, if you think PLO cash games are soft, you definitely need to give PLO tourneys a try! Although the good ones don't run very often, they're absolute gold mines if you can find 'em. I've found a few strategies that work really well in PLO tourneys that I want to write about, but I think I'll save it for a later entry. So be on the lookout!

I'm not big on New Years Resolutions or anything like that, but something I'd like to do more of is post on the DC and Nutblocker forums, while updating my blog more. I think once a week is definitely achievable, so I'm going to shoot for that next year. Maybe I can set up a prop bet with someone to keep me motivated??

I'm going to close it out with some hands I've played during the last week that you might find interesting. Enjoy! Hopefully everyone is running well and enjoying the Holidays!

GL,

John

Remember that 2 pair hands play great in 3b and 4b pots. Here's a pretty example of why. You flop a set ~23% of the time, and in pots where a lot of money is likely to end up in the middle, it's obviously great to flop sets because they have guaranteed equity (I think dxb calls it durable equity?) against the draws that players are likely to get it in with. 

Full Tilt Poker $2/$4 Pot Limit Omaha Hi - 6 players - View hand 1083325
DeucesCracked Poker Videos Hand History Converter

UTG: $355.00
Hero (MP): $796.10
CO: $470.00
BTN: $1057.30
SB: $851.40
BB: $400.00

Pre Flop: ($6.00) Hero is MP with 5 of spades 7 of diamonds 7 of spades 5 of diamonds
1 fold, Hero raises to $12, CO raises to $36, 1 fold, SB calls $34, 1 fold, Hero calls $24

Flop: ($112.00) J of diamonds 7 of clubs 2 of hearts(3 players)
SB checks, Hero checks, CO bets $76, SB calls $76, Hero raises to $214, CO requests TIME, CO folds, SB calls $138

Turn: ($616.00) 4 of clubs(2 players)
SB bets $601.40 all in, Hero calls $546.10 all in

River: ($1708.20) K of diamonds(2 players - 2 are all in)

Final Pot: $1708.20
Hero shows 5 of spades 7 of diamonds 7 of spades 5 of diamonds (three of a kind, Sevens)
SB shows 2 of diamonds 9 of clubs J of spades Q of clubs (two pair, Jacks and Twos)
Hero wins $1705.20
(Rake: $3.00)

I flatted pre because SB was squeezy, and my aces aren't that great anyway. In general I think that's something in my game that's changed a lot over the last six months. I remember when I first started learning PLO that everything I read and watched said to just go nuts with the 3b'ing, and while I think that style works ok under some circumstances, I think peeling in position with a lot of hands works fine too, especially since players are getting a lot better at playing in 3b pots nowadays. Not to say that I've taken Aces out of my 3b'ing range completely obviously, but there's a lot of benefit to be had when you flat aces. Someone behind you can squeeze, and if the hand goes to showdown and they see that you only called aces, it protects your calling range in position preflop in the future. Plus, when you 3b aces, it's very hard to action action on A high boards. But when you flat them (especially IP), people never put you on aces, so they'll either go broke with Aces up or bluff away a stack trying to rep the hand you have. Oh Hi Turn!

Full Tilt Poker $2/$4 Pot Limit Omaha Hi - 6 players - View hand 1083329

DeucesCracked Poker Videos Hand History Converter

MP: $1585.50
CO: $623.70
Hero (BTN): $405.20
SB: $771.40
BB: $1538.10
UTG: $518.00

Pre Flop: ($6.00) Hero is BTN with A of spades 5 of spades 9 of spades A of clubs
2 folds, CO raises to $12, Hero calls $12, 1 fold, BB calls $8

Flop: ($38.00) J of diamonds 4 of diamonds 5 of hearts(3 players)
BB checks, CO bets $26, Hero calls $26, BB calls $26

Turn: ($116.00) A of hearts(3 players)
BB checks, CO bets $75, Hero requests TIME, Hero raises to $341, BB folds, CO raises to $585.70 all in, Hero calls $26.20 all in

River: ($850.40) 8 of diamonds(2 players - 2 are all in)

Final Pot: $850.40
CO shows Q of hearts J of clubs 2 of hearts 5 of clubs (two pair, Jacks and Fives)
Hero shows A of spades 5 of spades 9 of spades A of clubs (three of a kind, Aces)
Hero wins $847.40
(Rake: $3.00)

I think my line is fine, but I hate my bet sizing on the turn. From a game theory perspective, you want the SPR=1 on the river, but here I went bigger because I thought only 3x'ing it would look bluffy, and also because I thought he was calling turn and folding river a lot (which means I get more dead money the times I ship the riv as a bluff). I'm pretty sure he has to dump the set if he doesn't bink the river. 

Full Tilt Poker $2/$4 Pot Limit Omaha Hi - 5 players - View hand 1083336
DeucesCracked Poker Videos Hand History Converter

UTG: $1375.75
CO: $379.90
BTN: $400.00
SB: $1135.50
Hero (BB): $643.20

Pre Flop: ($6.00) Hero is BB with 7 of clubs A of diamonds K of clubs T of spades
3 folds, SB calls $2, Hero raises to $12, SB calls $8

Flop: ($24.00) Q of clubs 2 of diamonds 5 of clubs(2 players)
SB checks, Hero bets $12, SB raises to $32, Hero calls $20

Turn: ($88.00) 3 of spades(2 players)
SB bets $60, Hero raises to $212, SB calls $152

River: ($512.00) 4 of diamonds(2 players)
SB checks, Hero bets $387.20 all in, SB requests TIME, SB calls $387.20

Final Pot: $1286.40
SB shows Q of spades Q of hearts 2 of clubs 6 of hearts (a straight, Six high)
Hero shows 7 of clubs A of diamonds K of clubs T of spades (Ace King high)
SB wins $1283.40
(Rake: $3.00)

My EV line was very sad after this hand :( , I had 55% equity in a $1238 with $457 invested. That's NOT profitable..

Full Tilt Poker $2/$4 Pot Limit Omaha Hi - 6 players - View hand 1083337

DeucesCracked Poker Videos Hand History Converter

BB: $484.00
UTG: $1503.25
MP: $202.00
CO: $400.00
BTN: $543.50
Hero (SB): $457.00

Pre Flop: ($6.00) Hero is SB with J of diamonds A of diamonds A of hearts Q of diamonds
UTG raises to $14, 2 folds, BTN raises to $48, Hero raises to $162, BB calls $158, UTG calls $148, BTN calls $114

Flop: ($648.00) 9 of spades K of diamonds 4 of diamonds(4 players)
Hero bets $295 all in, BB folds, UTG folds, BTN calls $295

Turn: ($1238.00) 2 of clubs(2 players - 1 is all in)

River: ($1238.00) 5 of spades(2 players - 1 is all in)

Turn: ($1238.00) 4 of spades(2 players - 1 is all in)

River: ($1238.00) 4 of clubs(2 players - 1 is all in)

Final Pot: $1238.00
BTN shows 4 of hearts 6 of clubs 9 of hearts 7 of diamonds (four of a kind, Fours)
Hero shows J of diamonds A of diamonds A of hearts Q of diamonds (a full house, Fours full of Aces)
BTN wins $617.00
BTN wins $617.00
(Rake: $4.00)

Run gooooot

Full Tilt Poker $5/$10 Pot Limit Omaha Hi - 6 players - View hand 1083338
DeucesCracked Poker Videos Hand History Converter

SB: $1301.00
BB: $1423.00
Hero (UTG): $527.00
MP: $700.00
CO: $1000.00
BTN: $521.25

MP posts a big blind ($10)

Pre Flop: ($25.00) Hero is UTG with 4 of spades K of diamonds A of spades Q of spades
Hero raises to $40, MP calls $30, 2 folds, SB calls $35, BB calls $30

Flop: ($160.00) 4 of diamonds K of spades 3 of clubs(4 players)
SB checks, BB checks, Hero bets $126, MP raises to $538, SB raises to $1261 all in, BB folds, Hero calls $361 all in, MP calls $122 all in

Turn: ($1967.00) 7 of spades(3 players - 3 are all in)

River: ($1967.00) T of spades(3 players - 3 are all in)

Final Pot: $1967.00
SB shows 8 of spades J of diamonds 5 of diamonds 6 of spades (a flush, King high)
Hero shows 4 of spades K of diamonds A of spades Q of spades (a flush, Ace high)
MP shows 4 of clubs T of hearts T of diamonds 3 of diamonds (three of a kind, Tens)
SB wins $346.00
Hero wins $1618.00
(Rake: $3.00)

Hi Flop

Full Tilt Poker $2/$4 Pot Limit Omaha Hi $0.75 Ante - 2 players - View hand 1083339
DeucesCracked Poker Videos Hand History Converter

BB: $715.00
Hero (BTN/SB): $2108.95

Pre Flop: ($7.50) Hero is BTN/SB with 4 of hearts 6 of clubs 5 of diamonds 4 of diamonds
Hero raises to $13.50, BB raises to $42, Hero calls $28.50

Flop: ($85.50) Q of diamonds 7 of diamonds 4 of clubs(2 players)
BB bets $85.50, Hero raises to $342, BB raises to $672.25 all in, Hero calls $330.25

Turn: ($1430.00) 9 of hearts(2 players - 1 is all in)

River: ($1430.00) Q of clubs(2 players - 1 is all in)

Final Pot: $1430.00
BB shows 5 of spades K of spades J of diamonds K of diamonds (two pair, Kings and Queens)
Hero shows 4 of hearts 6 of clubs 5 of diamonds 4 of diamonds (a full house, Fours full of Queens)
Hero wins $1429.50
(Rake: $0.50)


Posted By KasinoKrime at 05:12 PM

17 Comments

17 Comments:

Entity posted on December 20, 2010 at 02:12 AM

Llama

So you'll be in Breckenridge through the end of April? I'd love to make it out if I can. Hoping to board a ton this winter.


DJ Sensei posted on December 20, 2010 at 03:00 AM

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I too will try and make a little trip out there :)


KasinoKrime posted on December 20, 2010 at 15:46 PM

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YO! Our lease here in D-town runs out at the end of January, so we'll actually be there all of Feb and March. So you guys should definitely try to make it out there before April. The snow has been ridic this year so far, so don't miss out!


AshThePro posted on December 20, 2010 at 17:44 PM

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You're like fuckin'......The flying Tomato


live_straddle88 posted on December 20, 2010 at 18:55 PM

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Good to see you're back to blogging. lol that guy with 10-10-4-3 in the second to last hand you posted. Methinks I should move up to 5/10...


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