Wednesday, August 4, 2010

It's the fish, dummy.

You can study and agonize over equity vs. your regular opponent's continuance ranges, and balance your lines vs. often-seen opponents, but much of poker simply involves hitting good hands against awful players and taking their money.

Feral Cow Poker Hand Converter
Full Tilt No-Limit Hold'em $0.05/$0.10 - 6 players

BB: $26.49
UTG: $17.52 (Hero)
UTG+1: $21.81
CO: $5.71
Button: $6.40
SB: $5.38

Preflop: ($0.15) Hero is UTG with (6 players)
Hero raises to $0.30, UTG+1 folds, CO calls $0.30, 3 folds

Flop: ($0.75) (2 players)
Hero bets $0.40, CO calls $0.40
No read on my opponent except that he has a half stack. Worried about a seven obviously. Note that his small stack gives this starting hand an SPR of about 7. That's a bit in between - you can usually just bet/bet/shove overpairs and not worry about draws with overpairs and SPRs of 4/5 (the logic here is that a player starting with a drawing hand and an SPR that low has already made their mistake - they don't have the implied odds to play a draw vs. your overpair). An SPR of 7 is more dicey, though.

Turn: ($1.55) (2 players)
Hero bets $1.10, CO calls $1.10
He's not going away. I need to bet for value and for protection. If he reraises or shoves now I probably fold my overpair (not sure if this is correct or not).

River: ($3.75) (2 players)
Hero bets $4, CO calls $3.91, and is all in
Thank you to the poker gods for what looks like worst card in the deck. There is now a 4 card straight on the board, and a spade flush (backdoor). Oh, and the board has been paired the whole time. The problem is that there's only one pot sized bet left due to the small starting stack. I feel like this commits me to the pot, so I stick it in.

Hero showed , and won ($10.80) with two pair, Kings and Sevens
CO mucked
Hero won $10.80
(Rake: $0.77)

All I can say about the opponent is wow. I might have played the hand just as badly, or I might not have, but from a "fundamental theorem" standpoint, I was golden and won half a buyin. +248 big blinds on the night.


bastinptc said...

Ah, reminds me of a hand I played last night. Looking to get this one player for 50+ hands. Re-raised with my Kings against a 3/4 stack. He jams, I call thinking while he could indeed have Aces, in that he has been playing 85% of his hands, the likelihood is minimal. He shows A5c and flops the flush. He types "Flush" as if he had the biggest, smartest dick in the barnyard. A new player sets down during this hand and in 3 consecutive hands takes every penny from the monkey.

Forrest Gump said...

Call. Call. Call. Call. Stations are my favorite. :)

The Poker Meister said...

LOL all in with lowest pair possible. NH & GG sir!