Sunday, June 01, 2008

I Love Full Tilt

Haven't played a single hand last week since monday, generally because of lack of time or being a bit too tired to play after work. Spewing off chips while not playing my A game is something I try to prevent. Yesterday on the other hand I decided to put in a short session. It was 1am, I would probably be playing my C game, but it was saturday, which means my C game is +EV at the tables.

Some interesting hands:

$0.5/$1 No Limit Holdem
6 players
Converted at weaktight.com


Stacks:
Hero ($145.45)
UTG+1 ($85.40)
CO ($120.60)
BTN ($127.05)
SB ($105.50)
BB ($41.60)

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

Hero raises to $3.50, 4 folds, BB calls $2.50



UTG with T9s, pretty standard open. Well, not really, but table seemed weak.

Flop:
($7.50, 2 players)
BB checks, Hero bets $5, BB calls $5



BB insta-checked to me, making it pretty obvious he does not have a K or has a weak K, but he's probably not going to fold to a cbet here. This asks for a multistreet bluff or checking and giving up. I do have some backdoor outs, so I chose the first option. After betting, villain called nearly instantly. Seems very unlikely he holds a K here.

Turn:
($17.50, 2 players)
BB checks, Hero bets $11, BB calls $11



Villain thought for a bit, probably like 2 seconds or so, and checked again. I picked up a backdoor draw, and think this is a mandatory 2 barrel. I could check behind here, but since I'm quite sure he does not hold a king, I prefer the second barrel.

River:
($39.50, 2 players)
BB goes all-in $22.10, Hero calls $22.10

Final Pot: $83.70
Hero shows:
BB shows:

Hero wins $80.70 ( won +$39.10 )
BB lost -$41.60


Hand 2:

$0.5/$1 No Limit Holdem
6 players
Converted at weaktight.com


Stacks:
UTG ($138.15)
UTG+1 ($43.60)
Hero ($120.75)
BTN ($90.40)
SB ($103.10)
BB ($130.05)

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

UTG raises to $3.50, 1 fold, Hero calls $3.50, 3 folds



Villain plays like 33/30, and his UTG range will be pretty huge. Other notes about villain is that he loves to two-barrel regardless of board texture. Easy preflop call with this hand vs him, since I could get two streets of value out of him with top pair should I hit.

Flop:
($8.50, 2 players)
UTG bets $8, Hero calls $8



VS his total range I flop a monster, but it's not one I want to build a huge pot with yet. I assume any spade, T or J will be good for my hand so I elect to just call here.

Turn:
($24.50, 2 players)
UTG bets $16, Hero raises to $45, UTG folds



He loves to two-barrel, and here I expect any spade, T, J or 8 will be good for my hand, but since he still does not need to hold a hand here that often I think a semi-bluff here is fine.

Final Pot:
$56.50

Hero wins $82.70 ( won +$26.20 )
UTG lost -$27.50


Hand 3:

$0.5/$1 No Limit Holdem
5 players
Converted at weaktight.com


Stacks:
UTG ($130.60)
CO ($116.45)
Hero ($101.35)
SB ($119.85)
BB ($146.95)

Pre-flop: ($1.50, 5 players) Hero is BTN

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

Flop: ($7.50, 2 players)
BB bets $2, Hero raises to $10.50, BB calls $8.50



Villain in question is a total nutcase, running somewhere around 71/31. Him leading into me here makes it very unlikely he actually holds something, since he's the type to slowplay when he holds something. Further, it's not polite to donklead into me, and I probably hold the best hand and I'll do the backdoor-flush-draw-own if not. So pretty standard raise and two-barrel most non-spade turns.

Turn:
($28.50, 2 players)
BB checks, Hero bets $21, BB calls $21



My hand improved, and I think villain is on a draw here, so I still want to charge flush draws and make a second bet.

River:
($70.50, 2 players)
BB checks, Hero checks



He called $21 with a gutshot OOP, wtf? Added him to buddy list.

Final Pot:
$70.50
BB shows:
Hero shows:

Hero wins $67.50 ( won +$32.50 )
BB lost -$35.00


Hand 4:

$0.5/$1 No Limit Holdem
6 players
Converted at weaktight.com


Stacks:
UTG ($112.65)
UTG+1 ($146.25)
CO ($117.45)
Hero ($100.00)
SB ($97.50)
BB ($121.15)

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

3 folds, Hero raises to $3.50, SB calls $3, BB calls $2.50

Flop: ($10.50, 3 players)
SB checks, BB bets $10.50, Hero calls $10.50, SB folds



BB is again a total nutcase, running somewhere around 81/40. I flop the nuts here in my mind, even though he could have a 5 here. If he does I'll find out on later streets. There's no value in raising here obviously.

Turn:
($31.50, 2 players)
BB checks, Hero checks



The K is a nice card to two-barrel and get him to fold worse hands than mine and stay in with better. Obviously not a good thing to do, and he could be trying to CR-own me. I decide to check behind and evaluate river.

River:
($31.50, 2 players)
BB bets $25, Hero calls $25



He bets quite large, so he's representing a strong hand here. I induced the bluff though so think I have to call here.

Final Pot:
$81.50
Hero shows:
BB shows:

Hero wins $78.50 ( won +$39.50 )
SB lost -$3.50
BB lost -$39.00

2 Comments:

Anonymous Pud's Poker said...

How do you keep your cool after starting the session so horribly? Imust admit now I've started playing properly rolled I can take being stacked much easier but any tips on not tilting are always welcomed!

11:39 AM  
Blogger Soultwister said...

Hey,

Tilting is a huge issue for me as well, and my general approach is to just quit after a few buyins in the min, and play a few hours later again if possible. But it does not work well and the last days I'm not happy about my play at all.

But setting yourself a stop loss is perhaps the best way. Tilt was hardly a factor during my vacation, since if I played in the afternoon, and dropped two buyins in a AQ > AK situation etc, I would just quit for 2 hours, do something else, and start again. But this is much harder for me when just having a few hours left after work.

I try to stick to a stop-loss rule of about 3-4 buyins though. So if I lose 4 buyins in a day, I quit for a few hours, and if I am playing so bad that I'm pretty much spewing chips around, I generally quit for the day completely.

1:22 PM  

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