Thursday, November 02, 2006


Played for 2. 5hrs - finished 38th of 200 and odd - outside the cash by 8 and beating myself up.

Really really frustrated with myself as was in a decent position then called a raise with A Q flop came K 7 2 initial raiser bet - for some reason I told myself he had 10 10 or J J and raised ( with nothing - all in to try and pick up a big pot and put me right in it ) - he had AK and i feel like a bozo !!!! - Trying to analyse my mistake and as well as the raise with nothing I should either have reraised preflop or folded. Bad error from me :(.

Anyway this was a hand from earlier in the game.

-HAND 5------
Game #3854705214: Hold'em NL (100/200) - 2006/11/02 - 16:28:54 (ET)
Table "AWF $4000 Added 3778133 - 1" Seat 7 is the button.
Seat 1: Ethanhunt (7237.50 in chips)
Seat 2: Tazboy (2517.50 in chips)
Seat 3: filbertst (3370 in chips)
Seat 4: Chloe (4960 in chips)
Seat 5: Pau050240 (2660 in chips)
Seat 6: Edbiggins (2080 in chips)
Seat 7: suddes12 (5300 in chips)
Seat 8: Acegolf (2472.50 in chips)
Seat 9: MM29 (840 in chips)
Seat 10: Theworm81 (3980 in chips)
Acegolf: posts small blind 100
MM29: posts big blind 200
----- HOLE CARDS -----
dealt to suddes12 [Ks Ah]
Theworm81: folds
Ethanhunt: folds
Tazboy: raises to 600

so we have a standard 3 * BB raise before me. My decision is raise or flat call. What is important here when deciding is to look at the chip stacks of others - I decide I have everyone covered behind me ( left to act ) and that I can put big pressure onto the initial raiser to hopefully fold. Worst case Im hoping to be against Queens or worse although small chance of aces or kings.

I reraise all in and this is how the hand turns out - note even though i raise all in I am never putting my full stack at risk as i have the others covered.

suddes12: raises to 5300 and is all-in
Acegolf: folds
MM29: is all-in 640
Tazboy: is all-in 1917.50
Returned uncalled bets 2,782.50 to suddes12

----- FLOP ----- [Ts Qh As] - Im feeling v good at this point - but dont wantthe king to make me 2 pair

----- TURN ----- [Ts Qh As][Kc] - 2 pair for me put staright for JJ - I know need an a or k

----- RIVER ----- [Ts Qh As Kc][9h] making trip jacks v trip 9s with me last with 2 pair !!!!!

The interesting part here is that in making a decision as to what to do on a hand always consider stack sizes of people who have already acted in the pot and people who are behind you waiting to act.

PS and also dont make stupid moves like the one I made to go out - hopefully i learn from that error.

Ps preflop AK v JJ v 99 in the hand above - whos favourite to win hand do you know ? - if not then the next blog post will be of interest to you when we will look atthe importance of knowing the mathematical statistics.

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