December 08, 2009

I yam what I yam

I’ve been looking at my game lately, and how I’ve played in the last 2 months. I’ve compared it to how I’ve played previously to how I’ve played lately, and something hit me. I’ve been playing outside of my natural game. What I mean by natural game is that I’ve been doing something at the tables that I can’t identify 100 % with. I’ve been trying to play like someone else, and not like myself. I’ve heard a lot of good players and thinkers talking about playing like yourself, and not like someone else. I’ve finally understood what this means, after playing like someone else for a long time and looking back at how I played when I’ve played like myself. Your style of play should reflect your personality, and you should be feeling comfortable playing the way you’re playing. Lately, I haven’t, and I’m going to fix that.

I am also going to be all cool and post some hands, but I can’t figure out the hand converter so there won’t be any sexy graphics or whatever. I know, it sucks.

Villain is playing a couple of tables with me, and seems to be playing a fairly standard game, but on the passive side. Somewhere around 25/20, with a very high folding frequency, cbet frequency etc. He’s definitely some sort of a tagfish. I saw him check JT on J95r as the preflop raiser in CO vs. BTN, and I have a suspicion that he might bet bigger with value hands and smaller with bluffs on the turn. Calling preflop here is decent, because I can certainly show a profit playing this hand and blinds aren’t very squeeze happy. I’m not sure whether or not to bet the river, but I think the absolute top of his range is like JT here and maybe some Jx combos that he c/c the turn with because “f u”, but I think he has a lot of weaker pairs in his range. I have been playing fairly aggressively vs. him, so I guess this is a pretty clear value bet?

$0.50/$1 No Limit Holdem
6 Players
Hand Conversion Powered by

UTG $143.15
UTG+1 $100.50
CO $117.95
Hero $198.85
SB $176.05
BB $100

Pre-Flop: ($1.50, 6 players) Hero is BTN Th Qs
2 folds, CO raises to $3, Hero calls $3, 2 folds

Flop: Td 2h 8h ($7.50, 2 players)
CO bets $6, Hero calls $6

Turn: 5c ($19.50, 2 players)
CO checks, Hero bets $14, CO calls $14

River: Jd ($47.50, 2 players)
CO checks, Hero bets $35

Another cool hand I played. Villain is 61/22, and sucks massive balls. He’s blasted through a half a buy-in and is working on the rest of it now. He rarely folds to flop cbets etc, so he’s calling pretty wide. I’m betting the flop for value, and I’m expecting him to call with a lot worse hands. The 7 is a good card for me, although 97, J7 and T8 now improved to beat me so when he leads the turn, I’m thinking “wtf”. I don’t think he’ll play a K like this all too often, but it’s probably part of his range. It’s only a small part of his range, and I’m thinking he might spazz with a lot of pair + draw combos, and if he does have 2 pair I can improve to a better 2 pair or a straight on the river. Even though I only have 2nd pair with a decent kicker, I think I’m ahead of his range. JT is probably the weakest hand I’ll ship here, so QJ is probably somewhat thin, but I think it’s okay. It worked out well in this hand anways.

$0.50/$1 No Limit Holdem
6 Players
Hand Conversion Powered by

UTG $108.95
UTG+1 $123.65
CO $149.65
BTN $115.85
SB $52.50
Hero $100

Pre-Flop: ($1.50, 6 players) Hero is BB Js Qh
4 folds, SB calls $0.50, Hero raises to $4, SB calls $3

Flop: 9d Jc Ks ($8, 2 players)
SB checks, Hero bets $6, SB calls $6

Turn: 7d ($20, 2 players)
SB bets $20, Hero goes all-in $90, SB calls $22.50

River: 5c ($152.50, 2 players, 1 all-in)

Final Pot: $152.50
SB shows
Jh 8h

Hero wins $149.50 (net +$49.50)

SB lost $52.50

I don’t have anything clever to write as a closer, so kbai for now.

Posted By ohjoy at 12:59 PM


Tags: NL100 philosophy thin value



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