Sunday, August 16, 2009

if I didn't know it before, I know it now

Yup, definitely time for a break...

Full Tilt Poker, $20 + $2 NL Hold'em Sit n' Go, 30/60 Blinds, 6 Players - Hand History Converter
BTN: 1,130
Hero (SB): 1,550
BB: 1,590
UTG: 4,535
MP: 1,710
CO: 2,985

Pre-Flop: (90) A 9 dealt to Hero (SB)
4 folds, Hero calls 30, BB raises to 120, Hero calls 60

Flop: (240) 8 9 A (2 Players)
Hero checks, BB bets 240, Hero raises to 540, BB raises to 1,470 and is All-In, Hero calls 890 and is All-In
Turn: (3,100) 8 (2 Players - 1 is All-In)
River: (3,100) T (2 Players - 1 is All-In)

Results: 3,100 Pot
Hero showed A 9 (two pair, Aces and Nines) and LOST (-1,550 NET)
BB showed 7 6 (a straight flush, Ten high) and WON 3,100 (+1,550 NET)

I know it's not a bad beat, not even close. We were a coin flip on the flop. More of a cold-deck, really. He's got an unfoldable hand - no way he's folding a straight flush draw. No way he played it wrong, no way I played it wrong (at least postflop), just the poker gods doing their thing.

(BTW: I didn't raise preflop for a specific reason - he was going to call anyway. I'm 100% sure of it. So I figured why put money in the pot with a weak ace and then have to play it out of position when you miss? Of course, when he raises me preflop, maybe I should fold for those same reasons. But he was pretty aggressive, as well as a bad player, so I knew my implied odds were pretty high. So were his, apparently).

Before this tourney, I played in another 45 man. Pretty much the same script as last night - no cards, donkeys calling my blind steals, then hitting AA right on cue and doubling up. My undoing this time was on a limped flop - me in the big blind with ace-rag against a single, loose player. The flop is AKK. In my opinion, there's only one play here, and that's to get all your chips in right there (10 BB left in my stack). He cannot call without an ace or king - and even if he has an ace, the chance of you chopping is extremely high with the two pair on the board. All you have to worry about is him having one of the two remaining kings.

He had a king, of course. King-Eight-Suited to be exact. I ended up in 14th place, pretty much folding my way there except for my lone AA.

So I think I've documented 4 cases in the past week where I've gotten all my money in the middle against unfoldable hands (a set, two pair, trips, and a straight flush draw). Am I officially a donkey now, getting it in so far behind, time after time?

Nope, I don't think so. My reasons for my play are solid - and they will work unless my opponent has a very narrow, specific range of cards. He just happens to keep having that range, over and over.

When players start hitting straight flushes against you, it's officially time for a break. I'll talk with you guys in a few days.


bastinptc said...

Breaks are good for the head, not for the cards. Remember that when you return.

diverjoules said...

Matt - Come play some live poker tourneys. I know you are busy with family and such. Keep your eyes on the CPMG Calendar and sign up sometime. I think you would enjoy yourself. At least I hope you would. - Julie