Poker Cats

Saturday, July 31, 2010

Punish limpers

...they have no reason to live.


Full Tilt Poker $0.50/$1 No Limit Hold'em - 5 players - View hand 830002

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BTN: $89.40

SB: $137.15

Hero (BB): $108.80

UTG: $143.35

CO: $128.50



Pre Flop: ($1.50) Hero is BB with 2 of diamonds 7 of clubs

2 folds, BTN calls $1, 1 fold, Hero raises to $4, BTN calls $3



Flop: ($8.50) 2 of clubs 3 of spades A of hearts (2 players)

Hero bets $5.25, BTN folds



Final Pot: $8.50

Hero wins $8.10

(Rake: $0.40)


Friday, July 30, 2010

Keeping a clear poker mind

Yesterday, near the end of my session, I raised with a suited connector and flopped a straight.

I could not believe my good luck when I was check-raised. I put in a min-raise and then something funny happened ... my Full Tilt program crashed.

So I waited patiently for it to reload, thinking that I'd have enough time with disconnect time to get back into the hand.

The program only started up on the second try and when the tables loaded up, I could tell that my hand was nowhere to be seen.

An irritation, to be sure, but something I thought was minor. It just doesn't happen very often on Full Tilt.

But there must have been residual angst as I proceeded to donk off a buy-in with second pair versus top pair at another table that had dropped to three people as the result of the poor Full Tilt software.

Next time I'll know that when something out of the blue happens, to give it -- and myself -- time to get back to full working order.

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Your poker country betrays you, sir

The wisdom of 4-betting a small blind 3-bettor with JJ when you don't have any history on your opponent aside, sometimes any information, even if stereotypical, can lead to your downfall.

I liked my hand enough to call a 4-bet with QQ from the sb, especially when I saw my opponent was from Denmark, think Gus Hansen, the Great Dane himself. I liked it even more when he did exactly what I thought he would do on the flop, a stout bet of half my stack.

Full Tilt Poker $0.50/$1 No Limit Hold'em - 7 players - View hand 817700

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BB: $100.00

UTG: $125.45

UTG+1: $93.25

MP: $36.65

CO: $102.70

BTN: $100.00

Hero (SB): $100.00



Pre Flop: ($1.50) Hero is SB with Q of clubs Q of diamonds

4 folds, BTN raises to $3, Hero raises to $11, 1 fold, BTN raises to $29, Hero calls $18



Flop: ($59.00) 5 of spades T of clubs 6 of diamonds (2 players)

Hero checks, BTN bets $39, Hero raises to $71 all in, BTN calls $32 all in



Turn: ($201.00) 7 of clubs (2 players - 2 are all in)



River: ($201.00) T of diamonds (2 players - 2 are all in)



Final Pot: $201.00

BTN shows J of clubs J of spades (two pair, Jacks and Tens)

Hero shows Q of clubs Q of diamonds (two pair, Queens and Tens)

Hero wins $198.00

(Rake: $3.00)


Saturday, July 24, 2010

A poker lesson

...not all quads are equal.


Full Tilt Poker $0.25/$0.50 No Limit Hold'em - 6 players - View hand 818974

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UTG: $73.80

Hero (MP): $52.55

CO: $52.00

BTN: $83.00

SB: $36.30

BB: $51.00



Pre Flop: ($0.75) Hero is MP with J of hearts A of clubs

1 fold, Hero raises to $1.75, 2 folds, SB calls $1.50, BB calls $1.25



Flop: ($5.25) K of spades K of clubs K of hearts (3 players)

SB checks, BB checks, Hero bets $2.85, SB calls $2.85, BB folds



Turn: ($10.95) K of diamonds (2 players)

SB bets $10.95, Hero raises to $47.95 all in, SB calls $20.75 all in



River: ($74.35) Q of hearts (2 players - 2 are all in)



Final Pot: $74.35

Hero shows J of hearts A of clubs (four of a kind, Kings)

SB shows Q of spades T of spades (four of a kind, Kings)

Hero wins $71.35

(Rake: $3.00)


Friday, July 23, 2010

A poker observation

Why is it every time I check on an overly aggressive raiser they are almost always losing players?

Maybe no off switch?

You gotta protect your hands

Not calling raises with junk is a start but defending your hands when you get something is a must.


Full Tilt Poker $0.50/$1 No Limit Hold'em - 6 players - View hand 816296

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CO: $34.55

BTN: $103.35

SB: $39.05

BB: $100.00

Hero (UTG): $123.45

MP: $170.45



Pre Flop: ($1.50) Hero is UTG with K of diamonds K of spades

Hero raises to $3, 2 folds, BTN requests TIME, 1 fold, SB calls $2.50, 1 fold



Flop: ($7.00) 3 of hearts 9 of spades Q of diamonds (2 players)

SB checks, Hero bets $4.25, SB calls $4.25



Turn: ($15.50) 3 of diamonds (2 players)

SB checks, Hero bets $12, SB calls $12



River: ($39.50) 4 of hearts (2 players)

SB checks, Hero bets $104.20 all in, SB calls $19.80 all in



Final Pot: $79.10

SB mucks 9 of clubs Q of spades

Hero shows K of diamonds K of spades (two pair, Kings and Threes)

Hero wins $76.10

(Rake: $3.00)


Thursday, July 22, 2010

Poker players that irritate you

This guy kept on 3 betting me incessantly. I'm not sure why he thought that would work -- overall he's a career losing player.

Poker is a game of shifting gears -- if you only have one gear, you only have one direction -- off a cliff.


Full Tilt Poker $0.25/$0.50 No Limit Hold'em - 6 players - View hand 816275

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BB: $50.75

Hero (UTG): $51.50

MP: $50.00

CO: $49.25

BTN: $74.20

SB: $50.25



Pre Flop: ($0.75) Hero is UTG with T of diamonds T of hearts

Hero raises to $1.75, 2 folds, BTN raises to $6, 2 folds, Hero calls $4.25



Flop: ($12.75) 2 of diamonds T of spades Q of clubs (2 players)

Hero checks, BTN bets $9, Hero raises to $45.50 all in, BTN calls $36.50



Turn: ($103.75) 7 of clubs (2 players - 1 is all in)



River: ($103.75) 3 of spades (2 players - 1 is all in)



Final Pot: $103.75

Hero shows T of diamonds T of hearts (three of a kind, Tens)

BTN shows A of diamonds Q of diamonds (a pair of Queens)

Hero wins $100.75

(Rake: $3.00)


Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Iron Man and wedding bells

It's funny how pervasive playing on Full Tilt can be. Last night I found myself mentally thinking which of three different periods next spring/summer would be the best for a wedding in Maui plus the most likely that I could qualify for Iron Man. lol.

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One thing that annoys me about Full Tilt's new player badges is that they're so easy to accidentally click on, especially when you are multitabling. Then the browser window opens up to the Full Tilt website that explains those badges. Enough already.

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After my Poker Stars account has been dormant for the last few months (I've been playing almost exclusively on Full Tilt), I've decided to cash out of there. The check took exactly a week to get.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Let 'em lead

Normally I am wont to bet out my monsters. This time I decided to just check it down...


Full Tilt Poker $0.25/$0.50 No Limit Hold'em - 6 players - View hand 811819

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SB: $50.00

Hero (BB): $54.25

UTG: $51.25

MP: $103.20

CO: $50.00

BTN: $50.50



Pre Flop: ($0.75) Hero is BB with A of clubs K of diamonds

2 folds, CO raises to $1.50, 2 folds, Hero raises to $4.75, CO calls $3.25



Flop: ($9.75) 6 of diamonds 2 of clubs A of spades (2 players)

Hero checks, CO bets $5.50, Hero calls $5.50



Turn: ($20.75) 2 of diamonds (2 players)

Hero checks, CO requests TIME, CO bets $12.50, Hero calls $12.50



River: ($45.75) 5 of spades (2 players)

Hero checks, CO bets $27.25 all in, Hero calls $27.25



Final Pot: $100.25

Hero shows A of clubs K of diamonds (two pair, Aces and Twos)

CO shows T of hearts Q of hearts (a pair of Twos)

Hero wins $97.25

(Rake: $3.00)