Monday, June 02, 2008

Butchering Hands for Dummies

Sunday was pretty terrible both in luck and me making some pretty stupid plays. Started the session with a nice KK vs AA for 150BB, where I held the KK, and from there on it went downwards for a bit.

There was one hand where I butchered it quite a bit, which was a hand where I floated the flop with nothing but backdoor draws in a 3bet pot 170BB deep, and bet the turn large when checked to while holding 15 outs instead of taking a free card, getting myself committed to call the shove.

After that it was time to get some revenge though. These were the most interesting hands:

$0.5/$1 No Limit Holdem
4 players
Converted at

Hero ($137.00)
BTN ($110.60)
SB ($163.90)
BB ($79.15)

Pre-flop: ($1.50, 4 players) Hero is CO

Hero raises to $3.50, BTN calls $3.50, 2 folds

Flop: ($8.50, 2 players)
Hero bets $6, BTN calls $6

Villain in question played quite odd. He did seem to float me quite a bit and loved representing hands, but there was little consistency in his game. He was hard to figure out. He also called raises with almost any suited K or Q, and played way too many hands preflop. On the flop, I made a standard cbet and villain instacalled my cbet. This is generally a weak hand which is not folding, but rarely a king. I do not know this opponent well enough to know if this timing tell is the same for him, but I decide to keep in mind that I probably hold the best hand, and need to extract value from his bluffing range.

($20.50, 2 players)
Hero checks, BTN bets $20.50, Hero calls $20.50

River: ($61.50, 2 players)
Hero checks, BTN bets $45, Hero calls $45

This probably looked quite odd for villain since I checkcalled two streets with just a pair of 9's, but he gave his hand away on the flop.

Final Pot:
BTN shows:
Hero shows:

Hero wins $149.50 ( won +$74.50 )
BTN lost -$75.00

This hand was vs another CR member:

$0.5/$1 No Limit Holdem
6 players
Converted at

UTG ($98.50)
UTG+1 ($119.55)
CO ($169.90)
Hero ($100.00)
SB ($81.40)
BB ($116.75)

Pre-flop: ($1.50, 6 players) Hero is BTN

UTG raises to $3.50, UTG+1 calls $3.50, 1 fold, Hero raises to $16, 2 folds, UTG calls $12.50, UTG+1 calls $12.50

UTG+1 is a Cardrunners member, and is very solid. He knows who I am, and he will recognize this as a good spot to squeeze. Obviously very thrilled to hold a strong hand here, since he'll give me less credit. The other person, well, he's just dead money anyways.

($49.50, 3 players)
UTG checks, UTG+1 checks, Hero bets $31, UTG folds, UTG+1 calls $31

If I did not hold an ace here I'd probably cbet here a decent amount of the time, especially with hands that have no chance on winning if called. So I may check KK here, but will be betting 67s etc. Villain knows this probably, so I bet.

($111.50, 2 players)
UTG+1 checks, Hero checks

If I were bluffing the flop I would rarely continue on the turn in a 3bet pot. So decided to check behind, hoping to get some value from JJ or so on the river.

($111.50, 2 players)
UTG+1 goes all-in $72.55, Hero calls $53

I do not like villain's play here. TT could be best but he's never getting called by worse, so it seems he's turning TT into a bluff hoping I fold QQ or so. But vs my squeezing range, TT does pretty good so if he knows me well a check-call would have been a better play by him.

Final Pot:
UTG+1 shows:
Hero shows:

UTG+1 wins $19.55 ( lost -$100 )
Hero wins $214.50 ( won +$114.50 )
UTG lost -$16.00

Hand 3:

$0.5/$1 No Limit Holdem
6 players
Converted at

UTG ($137.80)
UTG+1 ($100.00)
CO ($73.30)
Hero ($100.00)
SB ($126.10)
BB ($153.80)

Pre-flop: ($1.50, 6 players) Hero is BTN

3 folds, Hero raises to $3.50, 1 fold, BB calls $2.50

Flop: ($7.50, 2 players)
BB checks, Hero bets $6, BB calls $6

New table, I do not know villain well but he insta-checked the flop to me and instacalled my cbet. After this he leads the turn for around half-pot. The hands that seem the most likely for him to hold here are hands like 89, which hit the flop and improve on the turn. I do not expect a pair + open ended straight draw to fold to a raise here that often if he's bad enough, so decide to make a small raise allowing me to have enough money left to make a reasonable river bluff.

($19.50, 2 players)
BB bets $10, Hero raises to $33, BB calls $23

River: ($85.50, 2 players)
BB checks, Hero goes all-in $57.50, BB folds

Final Pot: $85.50

Hero wins $140 ( won +$40 )
BB lost -$42.50

For the rest I did pretty well and when one table broke up I was playing heads-up vs the last one who refused to leave. He played pretty weak, and I had quite an edge on him. Took me 5 minutes to get his stack, though he started with only 70BB. All in all I ended the day 1.8 buyins down, which is not bad considering I lost a few pots of over 150BB's at the start of the session.


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