Sunday, April 25, 2010

play higher, less tables?

So to try and get out of the funk i've been in, and since i only have my laptop here at the new house, i decided to 6 table 200 no limit. The fish were out tonight, and I had some of the biggest pots i've won to date. Here's two of the highlights.

Villian in this hand is a tight aggressive regular,very positionally aware. The turn was either a great or sucky card, and i breathed a big sigh of relief at seeing AK.

PokerStars No-Limit Hold'em, $2.00 BB (8 handed) - Poker-Stars Converter Tool from

UTG ($395.65)

UTG+1 ($193.20)

MP1 ($200)

MP2 ($231.45)

Hero (CO) ($206)

Button ($200)

SB ($200)

BB ($177.90)

Preflop: Hero is CO with Q, Q

4 folds, Hero bets $6, 1 fold, SB raises to $20, 1 fold, Hero calls $14

Flop: ($42) Q, 5, 6 (2 players)

SB bets $22, Hero calls $22

Turn: ($86) K (2 players)

SB checks, Hero bets $50, SB calls $50

River: ($186) 6 (2 players)

SB bets $108 (All-In), Hero calls $108

Total pot: $402 | Rake: $3


SB had K, A (two pair, Kings and sixes).

Hero had Q, Q (full house, Queens over sixes).

Outcome: Hero won $399

Hand 2:

The big blind is this hand is a megadonk. He had been playing 100% of his hands, and saw a showdown a whopping 47% of the time! The player in middle position was a somewhat loose passive player who was positionally aware.

PokerStars No-Limit Hold'em, $2.00 BB (9 handed) - Poker-Stars Converter Tool from

Hero (MP3) ($245.35)

CO ($216.25)

Button ($200)

SB ($200)

BB ($206.90)

UTG ($220.55)

UTG+1 ($169.10)

MP1 ($200)

MP2 ($256.70)

Preflop: Hero is MP3 with 3, 3

2 folds, MP1 bets $11, 1 fold, Hero calls $11, 3 folds, BB raises to $20, MP1 calls $9, Hero calls $9

Flop: ($61) 9, 3, 4 (3 players)

BB checks, MP1 checks, Hero bets $30, BB raises to $60, 1 fold, Hero raises to $90, BB calls $30

Turn: ($241) 3 (2 players)

BB checks, Hero bets $30, BB calls $30

River: ($301) 4 (2 players)

BB bets $10, Hero raises to $105.35 (All-In), BB calls $56.90 (All-In)

Total pot: $434.80 | Rake: $3


BB had A, A (two pair, Aces and fours).

Hero had 3, 3 (four of a kind, threes).

Outcome: Hero won $434.80

So after thinking about my game for awhile, I realized one thing: i simply haven't put in enough effort lately, and my progress has stagnated. so i've resolved to do a few things. There's a few key skills that i know i need to improve on, and that are so fundamental to good poker. So at least twice per month, as a "homework assignment," i will do what those in harvard law do, which is to learn by analyzing cases. There's a few questions that i want to focus on when i'm doing these "case studies."

1. What is villians range during all stages of the hand?
2. What equity do I need to make a bet or fold break even?
3. If I bet or raise for value, what hands am I trying to get villian to call?
4. If I bet or raise as a bluff, what better hands do i want to fold?
5. At any point in a hand, what is the optimal play against villian's range?

I think these are fundamental questions that I need to delve into. To be honest, I hate doing this type of analysis, it's hard work! Well i've been slacking off and it's time to get better...


  1. it's whoever your opponent is in the hand. i'm hero of course...

  2. in the two hands that were posted- villian was the opponent with AK (hand 1) and AA (hand 2)