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Here’s a couple of hands that I think that I misplayed, partly because I had only been sitting down for half an hour and I was still getting to grips with the table.

Both are 10-20 euro full ring games on Virgin.

Hand 1:

I am in MP1 with Kd Td.

UTG, a loose player who isn’t very good and who tends to overrate his hand (particulalry overpairs) limps. UTG+1 passes.

Of the other dramatis personae:

MP2 is tricky. I’ve seen him at lower levels call raises cold with 96s, raise with 75s, flat call a big pair, reraise with big pairs, cold-call raises with big pairs.

MP3 is also a quality player, but is less tricky. He raises limpers liberally, but his position here probably means that any raise wil be genuine, partly because...

CO is a loose player who will cold call a raise as soon as call a single bet. Weak, chaser, loser, but a pain in the arse when in late position to your raise, because he could be cold-calling you with anything.

Button, small blind and big blind are tight players.

Do I limp, raise, or fold?

Hand 2:

I pick up Ks Kh in UTG+1. UTG folds and I raise. I am flat-called by MP1 (see description of tricky MP2 above) and three-bet by MP2 (see description of good but less unpredictable MP3 above)

Flop comes Td 9d 4s.

I check, MP1 bets and MP2 raises. I call. MP1 calls.

Turn is 4h.
I check.

Comments appreciated, even the normal “raise at every opportunity” type.
peterbirks: (Default)
Something of a long post here, solely of interest to the limit players out there. The first hand is really a discussion of how to handle a guy calling you a moron. The second is how being a moron can sometimes have beneficial results.

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Quizlet of the morning. Can anyone guess for what TV series the music mentioned above is the theme tune?


I decided to go on a bonus blitz this weekend. I'm practising three-tabling at $2-$4 (the highest I've tried so far is $1-$2).

Here’s an interesting hand from last night’s multi-tabling extravaganza. By way of background. One player is an “Utter Fish” who can bet top pair bad kicker (TPBK) as if it's the nuts. Note that he is also getting near the felt. The other is a typical tight 2-4 player. Not particularly aggressive and will tend to have and try to protect his hand.

$2/$4 Texas Hold'em
Seat 6 is the button
Total number of players : 10
Seat 1: C_Tank ( $139.25 )
Seat 3: snake_p21 ( $74 )
Seat 4: JackG22 ( $76 )
Seat 5: Birks ( $192 )
Seat 6: villa5959 ( $110.50 )
Seat 8: Utter Fish ( $30 )
Seat 10: LikeAnHurricane ( $27 )
Seat 2: hhhhhhzzzzzz ( $114 )
Seat 9: Nilleboy ( $115.50 )
Seat 7: kenokid2 ( $37.25 )
kenokid2 posts small blind [$1].
Utter Fish posts big blind [$2].

** Dealing down cards **
Dealt to Birks [ Jh As ]
Nilleboy folds.
LikeAnHurricane folds.
hhhhhhzzzzzz calls [$2].
snake_p21 folds.
JackG22 folds.
Birks raises [$4].
villa5959 folds.
kenokid2 folds.
Utter Fish calls [$2].
hhhhhhzzzzzz calls [$2].

I’m pretty much always raising against a tightish opponent who limps here

** Dealing Flop ** [ Jd, Ah, 6h ]

Utter Fish checks.
hhhhhhzzzzzz checks.
Birks bets [$2].
Utter Fish calls [$2].
hhhhhhzzzzzz calls [$2].

Utter Fish’s call means little, but I have to place hhetc with some kind ofhand. Maybe a flush draw.

** Dealing Turn ** [ Th ]

That’s a fairly crappy card

Utter Fish bets [$4].
hhhhhhzzzzzz raises [$8].
Birks raises [$12].
Utter Fish folds.
hhhhhhzzzzzz calls [$4].

** Dealing River ** [ 6d ]

hhhhhhzzzzzz checks.
Birks checks.
hhhhhhzzzzzz shows [ Qd, Ks ] a straight, ten to ace.
Birks doesn't show [ Jh, As ] two pairs, aces and jacks.
hhhhhhzzzzzz wins $45 from the main pot with a straight, ten to ace.

peterbirks: (Default)
$5/$10 Texas Hold'em
Table PokerBulls #485245 (Real Money)
Seat 3 is the button
Total number of players : 10
Seat 1: katiephil111 ( $259.50 )
Seat 5: LitleGee ( $245 )
Seat 6: Jollyjokerxx ( $156 )
Seat 7: golgolgol ( $182.50 )
Seat 9: orvlly ( $352.50 )
Seat 8: einsamerWolf ( $265 )
Seat 4: twoh2s ( $170.42 )
Seat 3: moonMasterq ( $236 )
Seat 2: Birks ( $445 )
Seat 10: DemonKoi ( $114.50 )

twoh2s posts small blind [$2].
LitleGee posts big blind [$5].

Dealt to Birks [ Jd Ad ]

Jollyjokerxx calls [$5].
golgolgol folds.
einsamerWolf folds.
orvlly calls [$5].
DemonKoi calls [$5].
katiephil111 folds.
Birks raises [$10].
moonMasterq folds.
twoh2s calls [$8].
LitleGee folds.
Jollyjokerxx calls [$5].
orvlly calls [$5].
DemonKoi calls [$5].

Very little of interest, so far

** Dealing Flop ** [ 6s, 3d, 5d ]

I can handle this flop. I have a four-flush and two overcards. I don't really see anyone being out there with 7-4.

twoh2s checks.
Jollyjokerxx checks.
orvlly checks.
DemonKoi checks.
Birks bets [$5].
twoh2s folds.
Jollyjokerxx has been reconnected and has 20 seconds to act.
Jollyjokerxx folds.
orvlly calls [$5].
DemonKoi raises [$10].
Birks raises [$10].

orvlly folds.
DemonKoi calls [$5].

A little more interesting. I three-bet here because if the guy four-bets, I reckon he has a set or just possibly 6-5. But he doesn't cap it. He just calls. Now, that is the kind of thing I might do, but there aren't many players at $5-$10 with that degree of subtlety.

** Dealing Turn ** [ 2d ]
DemonKoi checks.
Birks bets [$10].
DemonKoi calls [$10].

Fortunately, I don't need to think that hard any more, since I have the nut flush

** Dealing River ** [ 4d ]

Well, there's unusual for you! The board hasn't paired, I've improved, but I no longer have the nuts. Indeed, I now get a horrible flash of "what if he's got 6d 7d?" That, after all, cannot be ruled out from the way that he has bet the hand.

DemonKoi checks.
Birks bets [$10].
DemonKoi calls [$10].

As soon as he checks I really can't see him having the straight flush. Once again, $5-$10 players on Party usually canot resist putting the bet in on the river if they have made their hand. And rightly so, because most players will check down anything but a real monster. Marginal bets for value are rare at this level.

Birks shows [ Jd, Ad ] a straight flush, five high.
DemonKoi doesn't show [ Kc, Kh ] a straight, two to six.
Birks wins $127 from the main pot with a straight flush, five high.

Well, would you have put him on a pair of kings? In fact, his play is just bizzaresville USA. He could probably have saved himself a lot of cash just by raising pre-flop, although the way things were going at the table, I would probably have called. Then he bets the flop. I call. He bets the turn, I raise, and he can either fold or call me down to the end. As it was, he seemed to find a line of play that cost him the most money. Genius.

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