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Sunday, July 25, 2004

Great Weekend Online

Ever since I started getting better at NL ring games, my ability to perform well in NL tournaments has dropped off slightly. There's a different kind of mentality involved in both. My gameplan is different. I fold much more in tourneys and wait until the opportune time to double up. I'm not as aggressive early on as I would be in a NL ring game. I fold some really good hands early in tournaments. If you can make it to a certain level without making many mistakes in a tournament, then you'll be ok. By then, most of the All-in clowns will have been knocked out and you can start playing some hands. The tournaments are challenging because the person who makes the least mistakes usually wins. But, you can't be too timid to play hands either. You still have to be selectively aggressive and read your competition. The game changes as the levels increase. You need to make the right adjustments and adapt. Tourney life is also tough because you can't be too foolish in your play and risk making a huge mistake that will cost you your entire stack. Lately, even though my success in tourneys has been a little off the last few weeks, my NL ring game play has gotten much much better. Last night I cashed out of a $25 NL game with over $185. It was definitely my best session ever. I only played for 2 hours and I won most of it in the 1st hour. I flopped Quads on one hand and slowplayed it the whole way to the river. I was worried that it wouldn't pay off but somehow it did. I got the guy during the final betting round. I was lucky he caught a good hand and paid me off. Too bad he didn't have more money.

Check out the hand when I flopped Quads . . . the 2nd Queen was a little scary though.

TexasHoldem (NL) Ring Game -- Seat 3 is the button Total number of players : 10
Seat 1: Jesus ( $33)
Seat 2: P-diddy ( $6.40)
Seat 3: Hack ( $26.50)
Seat 4: ME ( $95.02)
Seat 5: AK123 ( $24.40)
Seat 6: RW ( $32.60)
Seat 7: StickyBud69 ( $24.50)
Seat 8: george ( $24.50)
Seat 9: Don ( $69.95)
Seat 10: Rey ( $26.35)
I post small blind (0.25)
AK123 posts big blind (0.50)

** Dealing down cards **
Dealt to ME [ 4c, 4h ]
RW folds.
StickyBud69 folds.
george folds.
Don folds.
Rey folds.
Jesus folds.
P-diddy folds.
Hack calls (0.50)
I call (0.25)
AK123 checks.

** Dealing Flop ** : [ 4s, 4d, 5s ]
I check.
AK123 checks.
Hack checks.
** Dealing Turn ** : [ Qc ]
I check.

AK123 checks.
Hack bets (0.50)
I call (0.50)
AK123 folds.
** Dealing River ** : [ Qs ]

I bet (2)
Hack raises (4) to 4
I raise (8) to 10
Hack raises (12) to 16
I raise (84.02) to 94.02 I'm all-In.
Hack calls (9.50) HackNice is all-In.
** Summary ** Main Pot: $50.85 Side Pot 1: $68.52 Rake: $2.65
Board: [ 4s 4d 5s Qc Qs ]
Hack balance $0, lost $26.50 [ Jd Qh ] [ a full house, Queens full of fours -- Qh,Qc,Qs,4s,4d ]
My balance $119.37, bet $95.02, collected $119.37, net +$24.35 [ 4c 4h ] [ four of a kind, fours -- Qc,4c,4h,4s,4d ]

I know some people hate to see hand histories on blogs but too bad . . . here's another hand from last night.  

I folded and rightfully so . . . but unfortunately I would've won a big pot. Oh well . . .

Seat 6 is the button Total number of players : 10
Seat 1: frank ( $33.95)
Seat 2: P-diddy ( $0)
Seat 3: mix ( $25)
Seat 4: ME ( $167.97)
Seat 5: AK123 ( $22.15)
Seat 6: Thrill ( $51.75)
Seat 7: StickyBud69 ( $25.50)
Seat 8: Tera ( $25)
Seat 9: Don ( $67.70)
Seat 10: Rey ( $26.15)
StickyBud69 posts small blind (0.25)
Tera posts big blind (0.50)
mix posts big blind (0.50)
** Dealing down cards **
Dealt to ME [ 6c, 9c ]

Don folds.
Rey folds.
frank calls (0.50)
mix raises (0.50) to 1
I fold.
AK123 folds.
Thrill folds.
StickyBud69 folds.
Tera folds.
frank calls (0.50)
** Dealing Flop ** : [ Ks, 9d, 9h ]
frank checks.
mix checks.
** Dealing Turn ** : [ 4h ]
frank bets (0.50)
mix calls (0.50)
** Dealing River ** : [ 9s ]
frank bets (32.45)
frank is all-In.

mix folds.
** Summary ** Main Pot: $36.05 Rake: $0.15 Board: [ Ks 9d 9h 4h 9s ]
frank balance $36.05, bet $33.95, collected $36.05, net +$2.10

I missed out on getting quads again but that was a really crappy starting hand to have.    Anyway, so since I did really well Saturday night in the NL ring games, I decided to call it quits after only 2 hours and went to bed. I wanted to play in the early Sunday morning Party Poker Multi-Table NL Tournament. I wanted to work on a few things and try to correct my recent poor play in tourneys. I was excited and hoped that my great play Saturday night would carry over into Sunday. Unfortunately, it did not. I had my worse placing in this tournament in a really long time. It stung. I played 3 hands all tourney. My full house lost to quads. Fitting revenge I guess. I was outkicked in the other two hands and got KO'd much too soon. Normally I would be a little pissed but I'm not. It was easy to let go of since I won over $160 last night . That made the pain of losing today slightly easier to take. All I can say is . . . next time!


At 3/11/2008 10:32 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good hand. But it’s easier to understand visually:


The hand can be embedded right in your posts.


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