Monday, May 25, 2009


Tonight was a real beatdown poker-wise. Got sucked out on in tourney #1 for a bubble (QQ vs. AT, flop TT5), then in tourney #2 I took a stand vs. a player who played seventy percent of the hands. That's seven-zero. Of course, he had AQ when I took my stand with JK, so I bubbled again.

1 cash in my last 10 tourneys. Lots of bad luck, and lots of bad play, too. Hard to unentangle the two sometimes. I mean, I got my money in bad on the last one, but is that playing poorly when you've watched the guy play T5o and call 5x raises with J6o and checkraise with bottom pair? (I'm not making any of those plays up - I witnessed all of the above). That's just someone having a horseshoe up their ass, right?

Now this is probably a bad play, or maybe not. My hand is pretty weak, but the big overbet looks weak too. What do you do?

Full Tilt Poker, $50 + $5 NL Hold'em Sit n' Go, 200/400 Blinds, 3 Players - Hand History Converter
Hero (BB): 4,380
BTN: 4,315
SB: 4,805

Pre-Flop: (600) 6 5 dealt to Hero (BB)
BTN folds, SB calls 200, Hero checks

Flop: (800) 6 3 2 (2 Players)
SB checks, Hero bets 600, SB raises to 4,405 and is All-In,

This is a huge overbet, would you do that with a made flush? I thought maybe he had one club and was trying to push me off the hand. If so, then he's got 8 outs to beat me, and my weak top pair is a 2-1 favorite right now.

Of course, I guess he could have an overpair like 99 with the nine of clubs - if that's true then I'm drawing to one out, the 4c for an inside straight flush.

Hero calls 3,380 and is All-In

Turn: (8,760) Q (2 Players - 1 is All-In)
River: (8,760) 7 (2 Players - 1 is All-In)
Results: 8,760 Pot

Hero showed 6 5 (a flush, Queen high) and LOST (-4,380 NET)
SB showed 8 J (a flush, Queen high) and WON 8,760 (+4,380 NET)

As it turned out, he did have the flush. Live and learn.

1 comment:

Forrest Gump said...

Matt, there's a sporting term that you learn much more from a loss than a win which I think also applies very much to poker. I've been on a wicked downturn in the cash games and I drill into the big hands (losses) to find where i could have made better decisions.