June 27, 2011

GL to Benba in the $10k PLO!!

What's up Guys?

I'm pretty excited right now because my friend Ben Lamb just made it through day 3 of the 10k PLO! He came into the FT with the chip lead and has basically soul-crushed the entire FT, and still holds the chip lead with only four players left.  Beyond the fact that it'd be his first bracelet, scooping first place comes with a not-so-modest $814k as well. Even though Ben is already ballin' pretty hard, I'm sure he wouldn't mind filling his pockets even more, lol. 

What's even sicker, is that he got 2nd in the $3k PLO just last week. The dude has been straight up crushing both online and live for several years, so I really hope he takes it down after getting so close last week. He definitely deserves it. If you want to check out updates on the event click here. What's even better is that he was one of the first players to endorse PLO QuickPro several months ago, which you can see by clicking here and scrolling to the bottom of the page. 

Unfortunately I couldn't play the $10k PLO because I had a wedding to go to in Colorado this weekend for one of my best friends. I would've considered skipping it for the tournament.. But earlier in the year he asked me to be the officiant (AKA Priest) in his wedding, which is both an honor and somewhat comical scenario at the same time. At first I was worried that becoming a priest would be really time consuming, but it's actually much easier than you probably think. In fact, buying car insurance online is definitely more time consuming, and truthfully I'd be willing to bet that buying something off Ebay or Amazon takes just as long if not longer. **Funny side-note, it costs ~$30, and along with an ID verification card, they send you a parking pass so that you can park in the clergy spot at prisons and hospitals. You are also allowed by law to conduct funerals and baptisms as well. Who would've thought??***

Anyhow, here's a pic from the wedding of me and a few friends of the groom (I'm the one with the tie). It was the perfect environment for a wedding, especially since the weather in Colorado right now is absolutely perfect!


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I'm hoping that I don't miss out on bracelet time, but unfortunately that's unlikely because I don't get back into Vegas until 11pm PST tomorrow night, and I'm assuming they'll crown a winner far before that since the stacks are pretty short (tourney resumes at 3pm PST).  gogogogogo Benba! 

GL Everyone,

John 

Posted By KasinoKrime at 11:19 AM

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June 20, 2011

5k PLO 6-max Today

What's up Degens? 

I wanted to make this a short update because I plan on writing up a longer trip report once the series is over and done with. So far I haven't cashed in any events (I've only played three), including the 1k NL, 1.5k PLO, and the 3k PLO, but tomorrow's tourney is the one I'm looking forward to the most. It's the 5k 6-max PLO, and I really can't explain how excited I am to NOT be playing a FR PLO tournament or cash game! I haven't had many opportunities to play shorthanded PLO since Black Friday, and the few times I've been fortunate to find myself in a 5-7 handed game, the table has quickly broke.. So more than anything, I'm looking forward to spending some time figuring out the players at my first table, and doing my best to gradually build my stack and move on to day 2. My goal is to take it one hand at a time and not try to push the action too much in the beginning. I've hurt myself in the past by losing half my stack in a pretty thin spot against players whom I don't have a strong read on yet.. And since the structure is good, I'm going to make sure I take my time and let the chips come into my corner naturally :)

In other news, a couple of good friends of mine are battling at the Final Table of the 3k PLO as we speak. Ben Lamb and Sam Stein have been swapping the role of chip leader for the last few hours, so it'll be interesting to see who takes it down. I was sweating it at the Rio earlier, but came home so I could get some sleep for the long day ahead tomorrow. They're both outstanding players, and have had a ton of success in live tourneys, so I honestly don't know whos' the favorite to win the bracelet. I know Ben booked a bunch of action for a no-drinking bet for the entire WSOP, but I have a feeling he'll be forced to buy out if he snags a bracelet, lol. 

Anyhow, I'll probably post something here if I get ITM so y'all have a sweat. Wish me luck!

GL,

KK

Posted By KasinoKrime at 09:57 AM

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May 13, 2011

Live Grindin'

What's up guys? 

As always, here's a song I think you should check out! Puts me in the mood to do some live grinding haha. 


I've been spending a lot of time lately reading blogs from players about their thoughts post Black-Friday, so I figured now was the perfect time to play catch up on some posting. I think the part about BF that annoys me the most is the poor timing it had on the release of my new coaching program PLO QuickPro. I essentially gave up grinding for more than eight months so I could devote my time and energy to creating the product, and then 48 hours following the release, I was smacked upside the head with the bad news. As a nice added bonus, the same day we went live, my laptop got destroyed because I spilled a cup of coffee on the keyboard. 

Perfect timing! It's all good though. I was planning on getting another one soon, but transferring my files onto the new machine has been kind of a pain in the ass. If anyone out there can recommend a site that's good for backing up files (I currently use Mozy but have found their file recovery process to be pretty inefficient), then let me know! 

Even though the airwaves have been dominated by the bad news of Black Friday, the students who have decided to enroll in PLO QuickPro have already improved dramatically, which I'm super stoked to hear. 

PLO QuickPro is the only multi-media training product of its kind. I personally walk you through my complete curriculum of premium theory. You also get to take advantage of the aha moments of my more than 90 students with hand history reviews. To make sure you get results, I give you personal attention throughout and answer all of your questions. Anyways, you can get all the details at www.ploquickpro.com, but quite simply, this program is everything you need to take your game to the next level, so check it out! 

My gut tells me that I won't be forgetting about what happened during the last month any time soon. Black Friday has had a significant impact on me and many of my close friends. One of my biggest concerns is how it'll impact the WSOP this year, and perhaps even next year if everything isn't sorted out yet. I'm not sure on the percentage of the ME field that comes from online qualifiers, but I'm assuming it's significant. Not only will the tournament fields be smaller, but it will also lessen the amount that players are willing to put up for cash games. 

I think I can provide an interesting perspective on everything that's happened because I live in Las Vegas. At first, you'd think that I'd be somewhat insulated from what's going on with poker because I have the ability to play live at the casinos whenever I want. But truthfully, I think it's made me notice just how much I've taken online poker for granted in the past, and how much I miss degenning on my computer whenever I want. Here's a few observations I've made since Black Friday:

  • Grinding live poker SUCKS. Before I began playing online, there's nothing in the world I wanted more than to spend a few hours at a B+M game facing off against real live people sitting in front of me. Putting in a considerable amount of volume online has definitely changed my perspective about the prospect of grinding out a living playing live poker. Frankly, if I had no other choice than to grind live poker, I would find another profession. There's no question that the players in a casino are significantly weaker than online, but in my opinion, that doesn't make up for the fact that you have to spend so many hours in a dirty casino. The action is excruciatingly slow, the environment is unquestionably unhealthy in a number of ways (food, people in casinos, germs etc.), which all combine to make me feel extremely "degenny" the more time I spend there. 
  • I wasn't too upset about being forced to put in more volume at the casinos because that's what I was planning on doing to prepare for the WSOP anyway. The combination of BF and the upcoming WSOP has made the poker rooms fairly packed, and I'm starting to really get a feel for playing FRPLO. In the past, I think I focused too much on playing tighter than I need to. I figured that playing tighter was the way to go, because since everyone plays so loose and stacks off with terrible hands, why not just nut peddle and get paid on my big hands? I think this strategy will be profitable in the long run, but I don't think it's optimal. Because they're weaker players, they have a lot of leaks not just preflop.. Which means that playing more hands and messing around with them postflop can yield not only more profit, but also be good for your image so that you can win more money when you finally have a hand. Besides, since you only see like 15 hands an hour in live PLO, playing excessively tight is really boring. 

Although Black Friday has had negative effects on basically everyone, I think it's equally important to think about the positives. Unfortunately I haven't played a single hand of online in the past month, but I know a few people that have deposited money on Lock, and apparently the games are insanely juicy.. Which means that instead of pouting around and feeling sorry for yourself for not being able to play online, the better approach is to use the extra time to focus on improving and keeping your skills sharp. I know from personal experience that it's easy to lose motivation to do things like watch videos, post on forums, and work on your theory away from the table, but I think that given how soft the games will continue to be until the online environment gains some stability, the guys that are really going to kill it during this time are the players who somehow turn this negative experience into a positive one. In fact, yesterday I was chatting with a guy at the Venetian who's good friends with a very well known midstakes reg that I've played against a bunch, and he said that since his friend lives in South America, he's been able to continue to grind on FTP despite everything that's happened.. And apparently he's destroying the games more than he ever has before! 


I've been glancing at the Lock lobby over the last few days, and it looks like there's plenty of midstakes action, but almost no action above 10/20 6max. Put more simply, the good news is that if you're willing to load some dough onto a smaller site, you'll be able to take advantage of the softer player pool until the other players have time to set their feet again. I'll probably end up loading a roll on there in the near future, but I want to wait until I either get my FTP money returned, or until after the series is over and I don't need readily available cash. During the series, it's important to have access to as much cash as possible; not only for the tourney buy ins, but also for bigger cash games, and for buying other players action. 


Anyhow, I wanted to include a bunch of live hands I've played lately, but this one has already ran on longer than I expected! The next one I do will definitely review some live hands. Hopefully everyone is doing well! Hit me up if you're coming out to the WSOP this summer so we can meet up!


GL,


John


 

Posted By KasinoKrime at 10:24 PM

18 Comments

April 12, 2011

PLO on Poker After Dark!

What's up Degens?

Not going to write too lengthy of an entry here, but I just wanted to send out a reminder to all of the PLO zealots out there that tonight (or I guess technically tomorrow morning), there will a $100k buy in PLO edition of Poker After Dark. The lineup is unsurprisingly pretty tough:

Tom Dwan

Brian Hastings

Patrik Antonius

Brandon Adams

Phil Galfond

Phil Ivey

I gotta admit.. It's been awhile since I've been THIS excited to watch TV poker.. Check out the link for the show here if you want more information. Hopefully everyone is playing and running well!

GL,

John

Posted By KasinoKrime at 12:02 AM

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February 16, 2011

More PLO PLEASE

What's up Degens? 

In an earlier blog, I mentioned that I was going to make an effort to write an entry every week... Ya, not so much apparently! It's ok thought.. I just finished an early morning session and can't seem to fall asleep, so what better time to do a quick recap on everything poker related in the last couple of months? But first, here's my favorite song right now that I think y'all should check out. Weezy baby!


Anyhow, onto the poker stuff. Been playing mostly 2/4-5/10 with some late night rush degenning mixed in between. Here's all of my rush hands so far. If you look at the graph, you'll see how I broke even for the first ~13k hands trying to get a feel for how everyone was playing. But then in the following ~18k hands, I went on a nice 40 buy in heater once I figured out what everyone was up to. I actually think that rush is insanely profitable, and in fact, if I was an up-and-coming SSPLO player I'd probably use rush as my primary method for building the roll from the ground up.. The fish are... Well... Fishy, and the regs play extremely straightforward. Plus everyone gets very deep, and I haven't really encountered anyone that knows what's going on past 150bb's. 

 

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Here's my overall graph since Dec. 1 in Currency

 

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And here's the same time period in BB's

 

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So on the poker front, things have been going pretty well. I've also been grinding several of the FTOPS. I got 12th in the PLO Rush FTOPS, but other than that I've either min cashed or bricked everything else. Thursday is the HUPLO 300+22 which is my favorite event, so I'm really looking forward to it. ONE TIME!!

Last weekend I went to LV for the super bowl and had a chance to play a bunch of live. The 5/10NL action was great basically everywhere, but I mostly played at the Wynn because that's where we were staying. I also go to play some live PLO at the Venetian as well. I played six sessions, and somehow escaped the desert without booking a single loser. I decided to follow the advice of my roommate and put $1200 on the Packers, which obviously worked out really well... It was only my second sports bet ever, so I was sweating it big time! 

I just moved to Breckenridge last week with the same dudes I was living with in Denver. It's been pretty awesome so far, although I haven't had a chance to go snowboarding because I jacked up my ankle playing basketball a couple of weeks ago and it still hasn't healed. To give y'all some motivation to come visit, I'm going to take some pictures tomorrow to post on the blog so you can see for yourself how beautiful it is here! Although the first night we were here, the temperature was -35 degrees.. FML!

Anyhow, I'll try to write more later in the week. For now I want to show you guys some hands you may find interesting that I've played in the last couple of weeks. Enjoy! I hope everyone is doing well!

GL,

John

Ouch :(, makes it even worse with all of the dead money out there.

Full Tilt Poker $5/$10 Pot Limit Omaha Hi $1.50 Ante - 4 players - View hand 1181712
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BTN: $2320.00
SB: $2871.00
BB: $1000.00
Hero (CO): $1000.00

Pre Flop: ($21.00) Hero is CO with K of hearts K of diamonds 9 of spades J of hearts
Hero raises to $30, BTN raises to $111, SB calls $106, BB calls $101, Hero calls $81

Flop: ($450.00) K of spades 2 of hearts 3 of hearts(4 players)
SB checks, BB checks, Hero checks, BTN bets $450, SB calls $450, BB folds, Hero raises to $887.50 all in, BTN folds, SB calls $437.50

Turn: ($2675.00) 2 of spades(2 players - 1 is all in)

River: ($2675.00) 7 of diamonds(2 players - 1 is all in)

Final Pot: $2675.00
SB shows 2 of clubs T of hearts 2 of diamonds T of spades (four of a kind, Twos)
Hero shows K of hearts K of diamonds 9 of spades J of hearts (a full house, Kings full of Twos)
SB wins $2673.00
(Rake: $2.00)

lol Rush

Full Tilt Poker $0.50/$1 Pot Limit Omaha Hi - 6 players - View hand 1181713
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UTG: $221.20
MP: $160.00
CO: $50.00
BTN: $87.30
Hero (SB): $167.95
BB: $96.35

Pre Flop: ($1.50) Hero is SB with T of hearts 9 of diamonds A of diamonds 6 of hearts
UTG calls $1, 2 folds, BTN raises to $4.50, Hero calls $4, 1 fold, UTG raises to $8, BTN calls $3.50, Hero calls $3.50

Flop: ($25.00) J of hearts K of clubs Q of hearts(3 players)
Hero checks, UTG bets $25, BTN folds, Hero raises to $70, UTG calls $45

Turn: ($165.00) 2 of clubs(2 players)
Hero bets $89.95 all in, UTG calls $89.95

River: ($344.90) K of diamonds(2 players - 1 is all in)

Final Pot: $344.90
UTG shows 7 of hearts K of spades 3 of diamonds 4 of hearts (three of a kind, Kings)
Hero shows T of hearts 9 of diamonds A of diamonds 6 of hearts (a straight, Ace high)
Hero wins $341.90
(Rake: $3.00)


Gettin' it in pretty good here

Full Tilt Poker $10/$20 Pot Limit Omaha Hi - 6 players - View hand 1181714
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UTG: $3751.00
Hero (MP): $800.00
CO: $1422.00
BTN: $2947.00
SB: $1068.00
BB: $1327.00

Pre Flop: ($30.00) Hero is MP with 9 of diamonds 8 of diamonds 7 of hearts T of diamonds
1 fold, Hero raises to $60, 2 folds, SB calls $50, 1 fold

Flop: ($140.00) 4 of hearts 7 of spades 8 of clubs(2 players)
SB bets $140, Hero raises to $560, SB raises to $1008 all in, Hero calls $180 all in

Turn: ($1620.00) 6 of clubs(2 players - 2 are all in)

River: ($1620.00) K of spades(2 players - 2 are all in)

Final Pot: $1620.00
Hero shows 9 of diamonds 8 of diamonds 7 of hearts T of diamonds (a straight, Ten high)
SB shows 9 of hearts Q of clubs 5 of hearts 8 of spades (a straight, Nine high)
Hero wins $1617.00
(Rake: $3.00)

Pretty sizable pot for Rush

Full Tilt Poker $0.50/$1 Pot Limit Omaha Hi - 6 players - View hand 1181715
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Hero (BB): $294.00
UTG: $107.50
MP: $269.40
CO: $66.70
BTN: $46.35
SB: $59.05

Pre Flop: ($1.50) Hero is BB with K of clubs K of spades 6 of diamonds 8 of spades
1 fold, MP raises to $3.50, CO calls $3.50, BTN calls $3.50, 1 fold, Hero calls $2.50

Flop: ($14.50) 7 of spades 5 of hearts 2 of spades(4 players)
Hero checks, MP bets $14.50, CO calls $14.50, BTN folds, Hero calls $14.50

Turn: ($58.00) K of hearts(3 players)
Hero checks, MP bets $58, CO folds, Hero requests TIME, Hero raises to $232, MP raises to $251.40 all in, Hero calls $19.40

River: ($560.80) Q of clubs(2 players - 1 is all in)

Final Pot: $560.80
Hero shows K of clubs K of spades 6 of diamonds 8 of spades (three of a kind, Kings)
MP shows Q of spades J of hearts 4 of spades 6 of hearts (a pair of Queens)
Hero wins $557.80
(Rake: $3.00)

Run goooooot

Full Tilt Poker $2/$4 Pot Limit Omaha Hi - 6 players - View hand 1181717
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BB: $255.10
UTG: $1040.90
Hero (MP): $965.30
CO: $461.80
BTN: $394.00
SB: $412.00

Pre Flop: ($6.00) Hero is MP with K of clubs K of hearts 7 of hearts T of hearts
UTG calls $4, Hero raises to $18, CO calls $18, 1 fold, SB calls $16, BB raises to $94, UTG calls $90, Hero raises to $412, 1 fold, SB calls $394 all in, BB calls $161.10 all in, 1 fold

Flop: ($1191.10) 9 of spades 7 of spades Q of diamonds(3 players - 2 are all in)

Turn: ($1191.10) K of diamonds(3 players - 2 are all in)

River: ($1191.10) 2 of clubs(3 players - 2 are all in)

Final Pot: $1191.10
BB shows A of clubs 9 of hearts 4 of spades A of hearts (a pair of Aces)
Hero shows K of clubs K of hearts 7 of hearts T of hearts (three of a kind, Kings)
SB shows 5 of clubs 7 of diamonds 8 of hearts 4 of clubs (a pair of Sevens)
Hero wins $313.80
Hero wins $874.30
(Rake: $3.00)

Games are gooooooot 

Full Tilt Poker $2/$4 Pot Limit Omaha Hi - 6 players - View hand 1181718
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BTN: $726.70
SB: $89.00
Hero (BB): $400.00
UTG: $126.45
MP: $431.20
CO: $587.60

Pre Flop: ($6.00) Hero is BB with K of hearts 9 of hearts 8 of diamonds K of diamonds
1 fold, MP calls $4, CO calls $4, 1 fold, SB calls $2, Hero raises to $20, MP calls $16, CO calls $16, 1 fold

Flop: ($64.00) 6 of spades 5 of spades K of clubs(3 players)
Hero bets $44, MP raises to $196, CO folds, Hero raises to $380 all in, MP calls $184

Turn: ($824.00) J of spades(2 players - 1 is all in)

River: ($824.00) J of diamonds(2 players - 1 is all in)

Final Pot: $824.00
Hero shows K of hearts 9 of hearts 8 of diamonds K of diamonds (a full house, Kings full of Jacks)
MP shows A of hearts A of spades 6 of diamonds 8 of clubs (two pair, Aces and Jacks)
Hero wins $821.00
(Rake: $3.00)

Got lucky here again, but this is def top of his range. 

Full Tilt Poker $2/$4 Pot Limit Omaha Hi - 5 players - View hand 1181719
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UTG: $418.00
CO: $285.50
BTN: $542.10
Hero (SB): $402.00
BB: $1109.40

Pre Flop: ($6.00) Hero is SB with J of clubs 7 of clubs 7 of hearts T of clubs
3 folds, Hero raises to $12, BB calls $8

Flop: ($24.00) 7 of spades K of clubs Q of spades(2 players)
Hero bets $20, BB calls $20

Turn: ($64.00) 2 of clubs(2 players)
Hero checks, BB bets $54, Hero raises to $226, BB raises to $398, Hero calls $144 all in

River: ($804.00) 9 of diamonds(2 players - 1 is all in)

Final Pot: $804.00
Hero shows J of clubs 7 of clubs 7 of hearts T of clubs (a straight, King high)
BB shows Q of diamonds 7 of diamonds Q of clubs 2 of spades (three of a kind, Queens)
Hero wins $801.00
(Rake: $3.00)


Did this really happen?! His NSDW can't be too happy with him.. It was literally $30 for him to call lol.

Full Tilt Poker $3/$6 Pot Limit Omaha Hi - 6 players - View hand 1181720
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BTN: $784.35
Hero (SB): $351.25
BB: $369.50
UTG: $240.00
MP: $138.00
CO: $303.00

Pre Flop: ($9.00) Hero is SB with J of spades 7 of spades A of spades A of hearts
2 folds, CO raises to $21, 1 fold, Hero raises to $69, 1 fold, CO calls $48

Flop: ($144.00) K of spades 2 of hearts Q of spades(2 players)
Hero bets $100, CO raises to $204, Hero raises to $282.25 all in, CO folds

Final Pot: $552.00
Hero wins $549.00
(Rake: $3.00)

I think most players don't take lines like these often enough. When he donks pot, his range is more heavily weighted towards made hands than draws (mostly because of combinatorics. The # of combos of made hands far exceeds the # of combos of draws that are strong enough to donk pot on this board). So, I can peel and rep spades.. But on the turn when he bets half pot, he's screaming weakness... But many players will just peel again with the intention of repping spades or diamonds, but the problem with peeling instead of raising is that you lose your ability to rep the straight.... Besides, many times they'll just call and fold the river like my opponent did here. 

Full Tilt Poker $2/$4 Pot Limit Omaha Hi - 2 players - View hand 1181721
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Hero (BTN/SB): $491.70
BB: $810.70

Pre Flop: ($6.00) Hero is BTN/SB with 8 of hearts J of clubs 5 of diamonds 4 of spades
Hero raises to $8, BB calls $4

Flop: ($16.00) 6 of diamonds 3 of spades A of spades(2 players)
BB bets $16, Hero calls $16

Turn: ($48.00) 4 of diamonds(2 players)
BB bets $24, Hero raises to $112, BB calls $88

River: ($272.00) Q of hearts(2 players)
BB checks, Hero bets $272, BB requests TIME, BB folds

Final Pot: $272.00
Hero wins $271.50
(Rake: $0.50)

This is against Peter Jetten. He 3b's way too much... Seems pretty standard overall because I found it hard to believe that he would ever not c-bet this flop with a straight since his image is so bad. Plus I have equity son!

Full Tilt Poker $5/$10 Pot Limit Omaha Hi - 5 players - View hand 1181723
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BB: $544.00
UTG: $427.50
CO: $334.50
Hero (BTN): $506.00
SB: $504.00

Pre Flop: ($15.00) Hero is BTN with 8 of hearts J of spades 4 of hearts 6 of spades
2 folds, Hero raises to $20, 1 fold, BB raises to $65, Hero calls $45

Flop: ($135.00) K of spades T of diamonds J of clubs(2 players)
BB checks, Hero checks

Turn: ($135.00) 3 of spades(2 players)
BB bets $100, Hero raises to $435, BB requests TIME, BB folds

Final Pot: $335.00
Hero wins $332.00
(Rake: $3.00)

What a nice guy!!

Full Tilt Poker $3/$6 Pot Limit Omaha Hi - 6 players - View hand 1181735
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BB: $1095.75
UTG: $748.90
MP: $897.90
Hero (CO): $797.40
BTN: $624.00
SB: $497.05

Pre Flop: ($9.00) Hero is CO with T of diamonds 8 of hearts 7 of diamonds J of spades
UTG raises to $21, 1 fold, Hero calls $21, 3 folds

Flop: ($51.00) 4 of clubs J of clubs 8 of spades(2 players)
UTG checks, Hero bets $48, UTG calls $48

Turn: ($147.00) J of hearts(2 players)
UTG checks, Hero bets $63, UTG raises to $336, Hero calls $273

River: ($819.00) 7 of spades(2 players)
UTG bets $343.90 all in, Hero calls $343.90

Final Pot: $1506.80
UTG shows 8 of diamonds 6 of spades 7 of hearts T of clubs (two pair, Jacks and Eights)
Hero shows T of diamonds 8 of hearts 7 of diamonds J of spades (a full house, Jacks full of Eights)
Hero wins $1503.80
(Rake: $3.00)

Posted By KasinoKrime at 10:08 AM

17 Comments

January 05, 2011

MTT Hands

What's up Degens?

Lately I've been working a bit on my NL tourney game, and I think it's coming along nicely. Even though this is mostly a PLO blog, that doesn't necessarily mean I can't post NL hands amirite? On Sunday, I placed 12th in the Sunday Brawl, which is my deepest run in a Sunday major so far. It's addicting getting so close a big score, so I'm definitely going to be playing more Sunday tourneys in the future. Here's a couple of hands that I thought were interesting from it. To all of the MTT pros out there: How're my lines?

Limper and BB are both pretty big fish. I think isolating and gay-betting flops is hugely profitable in tournaments. You have so much leverage with c-bets, and picking up the dead money is crucial to going deep. 3b'ing and gay betting works pretty well too, especially against fish. Fortunately I'd seen this player use similar sizing in a previous hand when he was blocker betting the river, and since I did't have any SDV I think the turn is an easy raise. I considered floating turn and raising river, but it's harder for me to rep anything and he might just say fuck it and ship his stack in, which would suck for obvious reasons..

Full Tilt Poker The Sunday Brawl No Limit Hold'em Tournament - t6000/t12000 Blinds + t1500 - 8 players - View hand 1107486
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SB: t1172994 M = 39.10
BB: t525651 M = 17.52
UTG: t65400 M = 2.18
UTG+1: t411322 M = 13.71
MP1: t541055 M = 18.04
MP2: t204556 M = 6.82
CO: t984128 M = 32.80
Hero (BTN): t292514 M = 9.75

Pre Flop: (t30000) Hero is BTN with Q of spades T of spades
2 folds, MP1 calls t12000, 2 folds, Hero raises to t28000, 1 fold, BB calls t16000, MP1 calls t16000

Flop: (t102000) 2 of clubs 3 of clubs 8 of hearts(3 players)
BB checks, MP1 checks, Hero bets t18900, BB calls t18900, MP1 folds

Turn: (t139800) 5 of diamonds(2 players)
BB bets t24000, Hero raises to t59990, BB calls t35990

River: (t259780) J of spades(2 players)
BB checks, Hero bets t184124 all in, BB folds

Final Pot: t259780
Hero wins t259780

I thought this was a really interesting hand. SB is the fish from the previous hand, and BB is a wearing an FTOPS jersey and seems solid. Normally I'd c-bet this flop but I have poor relative position, and it seems like a way ahead/behind type of board for me, which means that I get some value from air on the turn and can get away from my hand or confidently value bet depending on what the turn is. My thinking on the turn was that the SB basically can't have shit, and since BB is solid he should know this, which means that I can't give his raise much credit. Given all of this, how's my turn line? Am I crazy or should I just muck this?

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BTN: t1168394 M = 32.46
SB: t474811 M = 13.19
BB: t321381 M = 8.93
UTG: t742849 M = 20.63
MP: t1488612 M = 41.35
Hero (CO): t379954 M = 10.55

Pre Flop: (t36000) Hero is CO with T of clubs Q of hearts
2 folds, Hero raises to t34500, 1 fold, SB calls t26500, BB calls t18500

Flop: (t115500) Q of spades 5 of diamonds 7 of hearts(3 players)
SB checks, BB checks, Hero checks

Turn: (t115500) 8 of diamonds(3 players)
SB bets t16000, BB raises to t48000, Hero requests TIME, Hero raises to t84550, SB calls t68550, BB calls t36550

River: (t369150) 3 of diamonds(3 players)
SB bets t128000, BB folds, Hero folds

Final Pot: t369150
SB wins t369150

Same fish from the previous two hands here. I think I'm supposed to bet the turn, but I thought I may have some SDV since I bet so small on the flop. Given the sizing tell I have on him, I felt like he was betting for value on the river, and I don't think I can beat many hands in his vb'ing range. The other times he had trash or weak hands, he bet like 1/4 or less but here he bet close to half pot, which looks very "valuey". I'm not sure though, I think I'm supposed to call.. I'm also not too sure about my turn check. What do y'all think?

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SB: t1213894 M = 42.59
BB: t394761 M = 13.85
UTG: t376881 M = 13.22
UTG+1: t361394 M = 12.68
MP: t512455 M = 17.98
CO: t1330112 M = 46.67
Hero (BTN): t386504 M = 13.56

Pre Flop: (t28500) Hero is BTN with Q of clubs 9 of spades
4 folds, Hero raises to t26600, 1 fold, BB calls t14600

Flop: (t69700) 4 of clubs J of diamonds J of spades(2 players)
BB checks, Hero bets t12450, BB calls t12450

Turn: (t94600) A of hearts(2 players)
BB checks, Hero checks

River: (t94600) Q of hearts(2 players)
BB bets t42000, Hero requests TIME, Hero folds

Final Pot: t94600
BB wins t94600

I'd just moved to this table, and since we're 8 handed I figured I'd get some respect for opening UTG. Stacks seems ok for stealing as well. This is a spot where my experience playing some shallow/cap PLO comes in handy. In shallow/cap, you need to find creative ways to turn 40bb's into a 3-street game, and in NL tourneys, most hands are 1 or 2 street games, so if you're bluffing (especially barreling in position), it's all about picking correct bet sizes that give you the opportunity to fire 3 barrels and put your opponents to a tough decision as many times as you can. I was fortunate to have equity on all streets here, but it's a concept I've found to work really well in tourneys, particularly coming down the stretch where many players aren't willing to make big river call downs for their tournament life. Build up big pots for them to give up on imo.

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UTG+1: t54686 M = 4.45
MP1: t66772 M = 5.43
MP2: t99568 M = 8.09
CO: t70811 M = 5.76
BTN: t73252 M = 5.96
SB: t98503 M = 8.01
BB: t102976 M = 8.37
Hero (UTG): t210277 M = 17.10

Pre Flop: (t12300) Hero is UTG with 4 of spades Q of spades
Hero raises to t10650, 6 folds, BB calls t5650

Flop: (t28600) 9 of hearts J of spades T of diamonds(2 players)
BB checks, Hero bets t9890, BB calls t9890

Turn: (t48380) 5 of spades(2 players)
BB checks, Hero bets t16080, BB requests TIME, BB calls t16080

River: (t80540) 6 of clubs(2 players)
BB checks, Hero bets t173057 all in, BB folds

Final Pot: t80540
Hero wins t80540


Posted By KasinoKrime at 02:08 PM

24 Comments

January 03, 2011

Calling All Railbirds!

I'm 7 of 15 in the Sunday Brawl on FTP and could use some help. ONE TIME PLZZZZ!


Posted By KasinoKrime at 02:54 AM

73 Comments

December 30, 2010

I Got Isildur'd

What's up Degens?

This one is a little older but definitely a classic. Gangstarr is timeless imo. 


I haven't been able to put in very much volume the last few months because I've been tying up some loose ends with PLO QuickPro, so December was my first chance to finally put in some hours at the table. Here's a graph of the carnage.



 

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Throw in ~$2k in tourney cash and that's my December. Would've been a better month had I not lost some buy-ins at 2/4 to a couple of very aggro fish, but whatcha gonna do. No complaints about finishing in the green, but looking back on the month, I made tons of mistakes and am very excited about plugging more leaks and continuing to improve. 

Also, on Christmas Eve, instead of spending time with my family, being the degen at heart that I am, I was waiting for action at a 1/2 HU table. Eventually some Brazilian sat down to join me, and was playing extremely aggressive and spewing really badly. I asked him if he wanted to play 2 tables, and he says "I'll only play 1, or 6. You pick". Even though it probably wasn't the best idea because I'd been playing all day and felt like I was losing focus, I've always wanted to play an Isildur-style match against someone, so I figured why not. We ended up playing 6 tables of .5/1 for about an hour. I felt like I did a really poor job of adjusting to him, and truthfully I was having a lot of trouble keeping up with the fast-paced action. He was playing hyper-aggressive and I was timing out and mindlessly betting in a ton of spots. I felt that I was adjusting pretty well once I settled in, but once I binked a couple of pots on him, he quit me, and I ended up losing 3-buyins from it all.  I definitely gained a shitload of respect for Isildur and the dudes who play 4+ tables of HU. Those guys must have a ton of mental RAM to handle it! 

A few things I noticed going through my PokerTracker:

  • Somehow I'm getting absolutely destroyed at the deep/ante games. Perhaps it's just variance but overall I'm a solid loser on those tables. I think the allure of playing deep stacked with fish causes me to gamboool too much, and as a result I end up getting my money in too light for bigger pots, especially towards the end of my sessions. Ironically I also seem to get it in terrible in the shallow games far too often because it's "only 40bb's, so bet/calling can't be that bad, can it?". Yep, it can, and I've definitely given up a ton of equity by exercising poor bet sizing and not paying close enough attention to the action.
  • Many of my sessions start off very well, but inevitably I either plateau or lose money towards the end. In other words, I suffer from "winners tilt", or I simply lose focus and don't play my A game after sitting at the tables for 90 minutes or so. Either that, or if I'm doing well on the session, I tend to play more conservatively towards the end because I don't want to lose a big pot and ruin the session (which is obviously a mistake). I begin to give up in spots where I should stay aggressive, and you can tell by looking at my NSDW from start to finish in the session; they typically start to taper off as the # of hands in the session go up. Particularly if I'm playing HU, I rarely quit someone even when I probably should (partly because I'm a cocky/competitive mother fucker and think I have an edge, but also because I'm a degen and enjoy the challenge). Staying focused and making sure I take breaks and practice quitting at the right times is something I'm going to work hard on in 2011. 

For new years I'm going to a champagne party at the Marriott near the Tech Center in Denver. I considered going to Steamboat Springs to snowboard on New Years Day, but it seems like a hassle and there'll likely be a huge crowd, so I decided to keep my drunkness in D-town. I just booked four nights at the Wynn during Super Bowl weekend in Vegas, so if anyone else is going out there and wants to meet up let me know. My roommates and a friend of mine from Sweden are all heading out as well, so it should be a fun weekend of degeneracy! 


Hopefully everyone has a good time on NYE! I'll post a few interesting hands at the bottom for those who're interested. GL!


John


Surprised to get the money in this far ahead in this spot. Expected him to have spades a lot more than Axxx. 

Full Tilt Poker $5/$10 Pot Limit Omaha Hi $1.50 Ante - 5 players - View hand 1099280
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Hero (CO): $1442.50
BTN: $3478.50
SB: $5687.50
BB: $2933.50
UTG: $1299.50

Pre Flop: ($22.50) Hero is CO with 2 of hearts K of clubs T of clubs A of clubs
UTG calls $10, Hero raises to $40, BTN calls $40, 1 fold, BB requests TIME, BB calls $30, UTG calls $30

Flop: ($172.50) A of spades 2 of spades T of diamonds(4 players)
BB checks, UTG bets $110, Hero calls $110, BTN folds, BB requests TIME, BB calls $110

Turn: ($502.50) 7 of hearts(3 players)
BB checks, UTG bets $400, Hero raises to $1291 all in, BB folds, UTG calls $748 all in

River: ($2798.50) 9 of spades(2 players - 2 are all in)

Final Pot: $2798.50
Hero shows 2 of hearts K of clubs T of clubs A of clubs (two pair, Aces and Tens)
UTG shows 6 of spades K of diamonds 7 of diamonds A of hearts (two pair, Aces and Sevens)
Hero wins $2796.50
(Rake: $2.00)

Isolating the limper is fine, but I think limping behind is fine too, given that I have very polar aces. I also thought there was a strong chance the BB would raise it up because he's pretty aggro bad and his stack size is perfect for raising it up in this spot. 

Full Tilt Poker $10/$20 Pot Limit Omaha Hi - 6 players - View hand 1099283
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Hero (BTN): $817.00
SB: $1801.00
BB: $400.00
UTG: $3238.00
MP: $800.00
CO: $374.00

Pre Flop: ($30.00) Hero is BTN with K of spades A of diamonds 9 of hearts A of clubs
UTG calls $20, 2 folds, Hero calls $20, SB calls $10, BB raises to $100, UTG calls $80, Hero raises to $420, 1 fold, BB calls $300 all in, UTG calls $320

Flop: ($1260.00) 2 of clubs 8 of hearts T of spades(3 players - 1 is all in)
UTG checks, Hero bets $397 all in, UTG folds

Turn: ($1260.00) 5 of hearts(2 players - 2 are all in)

River: ($1260.00) 3 of diamonds(2 players - 2 are all in)

Final Pot: $1260.00
Hero shows K of spades A of diamonds 9 of hearts A of clubs (a pair of Aces)
BB shows J of clubs T of clubs 9 of diamonds A of hearts (a pair of Tens)
Hero wins $40.00
Hero wins $1217.00
(Rake: $3.00)

I think I'm ahead on the flop..

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Hero (UTG): $252.20
CO: $490.45
BTN: $212.95
SB: $1133.80
BB: $926.90

Pre Flop: ($3.00) Hero is UTG with A of hearts 7 of clubs Q of hearts A of spades
Hero raises to $6, CO raises to $21, 1 fold, SB calls $20, 1 fold, Hero raises to $86, CO calls $65, SB calls $65

Flop: ($260.00) T of clubs 6 of hearts A of diamonds(3 players)
SB checks, Hero bets $166.20 all in, CO folds, SB calls $166.20

Turn: ($592.40) T of hearts(2 players - 1 is all in)

River: ($592.40) Q of spades(2 players - 1 is all in)

Final Pot: $592.40
Hero shows A of hearts 7 of clubs Q of hearts A of spades (a full house, Aces full of Tens)
SB shows 7 of diamonds Q of clubs 3 of hearts A of clubs (two pair, Aces and Queens)
Hero wins $589.40
(Rake: $3.00)

Run gooooooot

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Hero (BTN/SB): $237.50
BB: $416.50

Pre Flop: ($3.00) Hero is BTN/SB with Q of spades K of hearts A of clubs T of hearts
Hero raises to $6, BB raises to $18, Hero raises to $54, BB calls $36

Flop: ($108.00) T of diamonds 7 of clubs 9 of clubs(2 players)
BB checks, Hero checks

Turn: ($108.00) J of diamonds(2 players)
BB bets $49, Hero requests TIME, Hero raises to $183.50 all in, BB calls $134.50

River: ($475.00) Q of hearts(2 players - 1 is all in)

Final Pot: $475.00
Hero shows Q of spades K of hearts A of clubs T of hearts (a straight, Ace high)
BB shows K of clubs 7 of diamonds Q of clubs J of clubs (a straight, King high)
Hero wins $474.50
(Rake: $0.50)

Ran good here obviously. 3b'ing this preflop is fine but BB was very squeezy, so with good relative position and a pulling hand I think calling pre is the best option. 

Full Tilt Poker $5/$10 Pot Limit Omaha Hi - 4 players - View hand 1099288
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BB: $964.25
CO: $739.00
BTN: $419.75
Hero (SB): $400.00

Pre Flop: ($15.00) Hero is SB with A of clubs Q of hearts J of spades 4 of clubs
1 fold, BTN raises to $20, Hero calls $15, BB raises to $80, BTN calls $60, Hero calls $60

Flop: ($240.00) 6 of clubs 9 of clubs T of diamonds(3 players)
Hero checks, BB bets $150, BTN raises to $339.75 all in, Hero calls $320 all in, BB folds

Turn: ($1030.00) 4 of diamonds(2 players - 2 are all in)

River: ($1030.00) K of spades(2 players - 2 are all in)

Final Pot: $1030.00
BTN shows 7 of clubs K of clubs T of clubs T of spades (three of a kind, Tens)
Hero shows A of clubs Q of hearts J of spades 4 of clubs (a straight, King high)
Hero wins $1028.00
(Rake: $2.00)

:(

Full Tilt Poker $3/$6 Pot Limit Omaha Hi - 6 players - View hand 1099292
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UTG: $759.00
MP: $1917.85
Hero (CO): $600.00
BTN: $1112.50
SB: $600.00
BB: $581.30

Pre Flop: ($9.00) Hero is CO with 2 of hearts A of diamonds 9 of diamonds A of clubs
1 fold, MP raises to $18, Hero calls $18, BTN raises to $81, 1 fold, BB calls $75, 1 fold, Hero raises to $345, BTN calls $264, BB raises to $581.30 all in, Hero calls $236.30, BTN calls $236.30

Flop: ($1764.90) 4 of spades J of diamonds J of spades(3 players - 1 is all in)
Hero bets $18.70 all in, BTN calls $18.70

Turn: ($1802.30) K of hearts(3 players - 2 are all in)

River: ($1802.30) Q of clubs(3 players - 2 are all in)

Final Pot: $1802.30
Hero shows 2 of hearts A of diamonds 9 of diamonds A of clubs (two pair, Aces and Jacks)
BTN shows K of diamonds 3 of diamonds 6 of spades K of spades (a full house, Kings full of Jacks)
BB shows 5 of hearts T of clubs T of hearts 5 of clubs (two pair, Jacks and Tens)
BTN wins $37.40
BTN wins $1761.90
(Rake: $3.00)

Easiest flat call pre ever. SB 3b's tonsssss. Got it in very good as a result.

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BB: $738.85
UTG: $628.05
Hero (CO): $446.80
BTN: $404.30
SB: $3997.60

Pre Flop: ($4.50) Hero is CO with 6 of clubs A of clubs 9 of hearts A of diamonds
UTG raises to $8.50, Hero calls $8.50, 1 fold, SB raises to $37.50, 2 folds, Hero raises to $124.50, SB calls $87

Flop: ($261.00) 2 of spades 2 of diamonds 7 of hearts(2 players)
SB bets $261, Hero raises to $322 all in, SB calls $61

Turn: ($905.00) 5 of spades(2 players - 1 is all in)

River: ($905.00) Q of diamonds(2 players - 1 is all in)

Final Pot: $905.00
Hero shows 6 of clubs A of clubs 9 of hearts A of diamonds (two pair, Aces and Twos)
SB shows K of spades T of hearts A of hearts 4 of spades (a pair of Twos)
Hero wins $902.00
(Rake: $3.00)

Full Tilt Poker $2/$4 Pot Limit Omaha Hi $0.75 Ante - 6 players - View hand 1099296
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UTG: $263.90
MP: $715.70
CO: $400.00
BTN: $1327.25
SB: $466.95
Hero (BB): $415.00

Pre Flop: ($10.50) Hero is BB with 4 of clubs A of diamonds A of spades 4 of spades
1 fold, MP calls $4, CO requests TIME, CO raises to $22.50, 1 fold, SB calls $20.50, Hero raises to $98.50, 1 fold, CO requests TIME, 1 fold, SB calls $76

Flop: ($228.00) 4 of hearts 6 of diamonds 6 of spades(2 players)
SB checks, Hero bets $45, SB raises to $363, Hero calls $270.75 all in

Turn: ($859.50) 9 of spades(2 players - 1 is all in)

River: ($859.50) 5 of spades(2 players - 1 is all in)

Final Pot: $859.50
SB shows Q of spades Q of hearts 7 of spades 6 of clubs (a flush, Queen high)
Hero shows 4 of clubs A of diamonds A of spades 4 of spades (a full house, Fours full of Sixes)
Hero wins $856.50
(Rake: $3.00)

This hand is pretty funny. On the river, I meant to bet 65 but somehow accidentally fired min, and he still folded getting 10/1 haha. Could probably c-bet flop but given stacks I thought checking back and playing later streets against him was better. Turn I thought peeling was better because I steal it on the river a lot, and there's just no reason to turn it into a bluff when the river will be easy to play regardless. He should be stabbing pretty wide on the turn anyway.

Full Tilt Poker $5/$10 Pot Limit Omaha Hi - 5 players - View hand 1099300
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SB: $400.00
BB: $624.00
Hero (UTG): $472.00
CO: $258.25
BTN: $200.00

Pre Flop: ($15.00) Hero is UTG with Q of clubs K of hearts 8 of clubs 8 of hearts
Hero raises to $20, 3 folds, BB calls $10

Flop: ($45.00) 9 of diamonds T of spades 5 of clubs(2 players)
BB checks, Hero checks

Turn: ($45.00) 4 of spades(2 players)
BB bets $22.50, Hero calls $22.50

River: ($90.00) 7 of spades(2 players)
BB checks, Hero bets $10, BB folds

Final Pot: $90.00
Hero wins $87.00
(Rake: $3.00)

Posted By KasinoKrime at 08:47 PM

29 Comments

December 26, 2010

Improvin'



What's up degens? 




As always, here's a sick song that you should definitely check out. Weezy's part is the best imo. 

Before I say anything else, I want to show you a quote that I found in a Golf instructional book written by Tiger Woods the other day that has a lot of relevancy for what I'm going to write about today. 

"I refuse to let anyone outwork me. That's the reason I log so much time on the practice range. Besides, hard work is the only way to maintain a competitive edge, and I enjoy the process. The key, though, is to practice with a purpose. 

My philosophy has always been to identify the weakest part of my game and to focus on turning it into a strength. That approach will work for you, too. Make an honest assessment of your game, and determine where you're losing most of your strokes. Whether it's the driver, irons, wedges or putter, simplify your instruction to get better. Find a professional to help you identify your flaw and provide the correct instruction to fix it. Then tailor your practice sessions so that most of your time is spent on improving that part of your game. That's the fastest way to get results."

I like this quote because I think it provides a solid blueprint for improving your game. As a poker coach, one of the most common questions I get from students is, "How the hell do I improve my game the fastest?". Well, since each players learning style is completely different from one another (some learn the best by watching videos and reading books, others learn more by putting in volume and discussing HH's with other players etc.), there really isn't a concrete one-size-fits-all answer. Instead of focusing on how to improve your overall poker game, I think it's infinitely more +EV to focus on the individual areas of your game that you struggle with the most, or more specifically, the areas that you feel the most discomfort in. 

I'm going to tell you a story to reinforce my point. Since he was a child, my best friend Tyson's dream was to become a fluent Spanish speaker. A few years ago when he was a Junior at CU, he decided to study abroad in a city in Southern Spain called Seville for a year. Before he embarked on his life-changing voyage, my brother Jim (who also studied in Seville, and recommended Tyson study there as well), strongly urged him to create as much distance as possible from all of the Americans and English speakers the minute he walked off the plane. Jim explained, "They'll try to party with you, and will most likely resent you for not wanting to associate with them. But if your goal is to become a fluent Spanish speaker, you have to immerse yourself in the culture and detach yourself from the familiar."

Tyson and I used to talk on the phone or see each other every day since we were 10 years old, but when he went to Europe, I didn't talk to him for over six months. Then one night at 2am when I was working at the hospital, I finally got a call from Tyson, and we had some time to catch up. Euro-sex parties, Amsterdam trips, and the many cities he had traveled to outlined the conversation. Eventually the conversation drifted into the topic of how living in Europe impacted his personal development. Somewhere in the middle of it I asked him, "So have you changed a lot? How have you changed? What's different now that you've been in Europe for over six months? Got any life advice for me?". 

"Your brother was totally right man. I'm glad I've only befriended Spaniards. Hanging out with Americans and English speakers would've encouraged me to remain in my comfort zone and never branch out. I never would have had the opportunity to expand my horizons and immerse myself in another culture. When I first got to Seville, I was really cocky and felt like I was practically fluent already because I was always the best Spanish speaker in my classes at home. But it was humbling when I first got here, because I was completely out of my element, and since the accent is so thick and they talk so fast, I could barely understand what the barista at the coffee shop was saying to me. To be honest, I felt extremely uncomfortable all of the time, everywhere I went. And then one night, I realized that the only reason I was feeling uncomfortable in all of these different social situations, was because they were using language patterns and vocabulary that I hadn't learned in school. I came to the conclusion that if my dream was to master Spanish, I needed to seek out every uncomfortable spot I could find, until I got to the point where I was never uncomfortable speaking to any person under any circumstances. I figured that once I reached that point, then I have achieved my goal. " 

What Tyson said that night about seeking out situations where he experienced discomfort still resonates with me today. He was willing to do whatever it took to achieve his goal of becoming a fluent Spanish speaker, even if that meant sacrificing his pride, ego, and short-term comfort level. What I've figured out after several years of meeting and getting to know thousands of players, in addition to personally coaching almost 100 others, is that many players aren't willing to make the aforementioned sacrifices. 

In fact, I’ve found that many players do the exact opposite; they’ll go to great lengths to ensure their comfort level isn’t breached. And truthfully, I think it’s one of the main reasons why many players (myself included) plateau at a stake, and never move up. I mean... Let’s be honest for a second. Moving up in stakes is really fucking hard. Once you elevate past the micros, the amount of time, effort, and emotional output needed to carry your bankroll and skill level to the next stake increases exponentially every time you advance higher. 

What I’m saying, is that most players fail to move up because doing so takes them out of their comfort level. If you’re one of the better regs at say, 200 or 400 PLO, and you can make a solid, stress-free living from stacking donks and ripping a bong at your computer all day, then where’s the motivation to put in the countless hours of work away from the table that’s required to move up to the levels where there’s fewer fish, better regs, and bigger swings? 

Herein lies the conundrum for today's poker player. One of my favorite sayings is "you have to make sure the juice is worth the squeeze", and I think a lot of players experience anxiety because they're unsure of whether the juice that's yielded from squeezing the poker fruit for a year or two will taste good enough to make it all worth it. I certainly don't pretend to know everything, but one thing I do know is that regardless of whether your goal is to be a 100PLO grinder, scoop a bracelet, or to play HU against Gus in Bobby's Room..  If you're not wiling to do whatever it takes to get there, then the juice almost certainly won't be worth the squeeze in both poker, and anything else you aspire to be in life. 

Anyhow, I’m obviously not saying that you have to be in a perpetual state of discomfort in order to be successful in poker or in life. Far from it actually. But just realize that even though your brain likes what’s the same, it learns from what’s different. And if your goal is to achieve any level of success playing cards (which I’m assuming is the case given that you’ve landed here at DC), it’s important to channel the ability to recognize the weaknesses in your game. 

Most people outside of poker harbor the belief that poker players are lazy individuals with no realistic aspirations for achieving greatness in their lives. Although I strongly disagree with this perception for obvious reasons, you can find evidence that refutes this belief in almost every player's blog on this site and many others. Blog titles such as "2011 Goals" and "Moving Up In Stakes!", reflect the ambitious attitudes of today's online poker player.

Of course, there are certainly players that embody the "lazy-poker player" persona, but typically I've found that most players (particularly the ones that frequent training sites) are quite ambitious. Most people outside of poker fail to grasp the amount of work it takes to be successful in this game. For example, my PokerTracker says that I have only played 94 hours of poker this month, but for each hour I play you can guarantee that I've done at least an hour of work away from the table to turn that profit. 

Reading pdf's, going over hands with friends, watching videos, and posting on forums are just a couple of things I do away from the table to try to improve my game. I don't have any empirical data to back this up, but I'm pretty sure that only a very small percentage of people that play online poker actually end up in the positive. So even if you're only a break even poker player right now, then give yourself a pat on the back and try not to be so hard on yourself. 

Identifying weaknesses, mapping out a clear path to improving those weaknesses, and then following through with the plan is what separates those who achieve their goals and dreams, and those who do not. One of the most common causes of depression and anxiety in humans originates from having uncertainty about something. The average layperson likely assumes that the bulk of stress and anxiety for a poker player comes from lengthy periods of bad luck, along with the prospect of financial ruin. But from my experience, most players that take a serious approach to the game have come to terms with the “luck” factor present in poker. 

Another proven cause of anxiety in humans is the lack of a purpose, goal, or direction. But in my opinion, this isn’t the cause for most poker players anxiety either, because judging from experience, it seems that the goal of almost every poker player (particularly the ones reading this), is to improve their game, move up in stakes and make more money. So where does the anxiety come from then? 

I personally believe it comes from not knowing the path to realize your potential as a player. Almost every player I’ve encountered believes they’re capable of greatness, which is an aspect of poker I’ve always loved. There’s a lot of tangible hope for prosperity readily available for those that are willing to embrace it. Knowing you want to become a sicko and crush donks for a living is easy enough, but how the hell are you going to get there? Amassing a bankroll from scratch and taking on the poker-world is a daunting task.. But as the saying goes, you can’t build a house without laying the first brick either..

I've already rambled on long enough, so I'm going to stop there even though I've written a bunch more here. To save myself from tl;dr, I'll just make it into two entries. Next time, I want to talk about methods that I've found to be effective for spotting leaks. Hopefully everyone had a great Christmas! JC's bday is one of the best nights to hit the tables, so off I go!

GL,

John

PS - If you're looking for something motivational, then I suggest reading this blog entry by copywriter John Carlton. 

 

Posted By KasinoKrime at 02:33 AM

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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)


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