Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Et Tu IamHoff?

I played a cash table while hanging out at the WWDN. It was a fun one. I was up fifty bucks at one time and cashed out with a modest 25$ double up. I told the stupid players on the table "We should all fold every hand so we get more hands in and possibly hit the 5K bonus Stars is offering at milestone hands". I got blank stares from the fishies. There is a reason they do not make any money.

I got NAILED in the WWDN by the Donkey Playing Iamhoff Hammer! Hmm.. The spell checker says IAMHOFF=AMOEBA. Pretty close. heh. Just kidding man! I think, unlike some others, that you should be HONORED to be taken out by the Hammer in anything with the name Blogger associated to it. He did me good too. I hit TPTK on the turn and he rivered his third 2! BOOYAH! Nice Job Hoff! Hope you know I was just screwing with ya when you knocked me out!

So I played a 55/SNG. I took 4th. That sucked. I was in position to win it all and two hands later I am out. First hand was A4 vs JT. Straight. I then have A4 HU and AK calls my all in push. BB vs SB. Oooops. Oh well. I should have taken it easier. However once I lost to JT I was dooomed and had to make some chips. Just bad timing.

I then played some cash games. The first one I hit a set that turns a boat. 93o goes all in, I cold call, 99 cold calls. Turn makes my boat so what do you do with smart 100/NL players? PUSH of course. They never believe you have a hand when you do that. So 99 calls me and I bust two guys in one hand. Cash out of that table up $64. Hit a couple of 50/NL tables. I make another twenty and call it a night. A lot of fun. I think I need to play NL/HE ring games more often.

Just to stir up some more controversy. One of my biggest winning hands tonight was things like 52h to a pre-flop raise. He had Aces and could not lay down even though three hearts were on the board on the flop. I raised all in on the flop. Did I play incorrectly because I called off 1.50 with over fifty dollars in implied money? You decide.

Ok.. I got nothing more. I really feel like I am thinking in new directions in my poker life. Fluxer is probably the most polar opposite of my style there could be. I am not sure I could play exactly like him. I do however think that my play is benefiting from experiencing different methods of playing the game. I will find my own path and grow as a poker player this way. Some smart blogger once said Stasis = Death. It has been a while since I have grown. It feels good.


Blogger iamhoff said...

Good times at the Mookie. I haven't had a chance to play with you for a while, and the hammer was working for me. You have no idea how scary it was to be in between you and Jordan, and to bust him out and then cripple you. I was stunned. Glad to see the cash tables were working for ya. I'm actually finally working on my cash game as I clear a bonus at Party. Small chunks, but effective. As Pauly said, hit it and quit it. See ya out there.

1:15 AM

Blogger C.L. Russo said...

I'll give you one better. I was playing limit last night, and the guy on my left kept berating me for folding.

"Don't you want to try for the $2000?" He asked me several times.

This guy was playing every hand, literally every hand, to a showdown and losing most of the time.

Out of misplaced compassion, I finally told him that he'd win as long as he's dealt into the hand. He didn't respond, but he folded the next hand.

5:47 AM

Blogger Drizztdj said...

Were you heads-up in the Aces vs. 5h2h?

Save those hands for a crowd, your potential for a second-best hand is too high.

And did he have the ace of hearts? That's not a total donkey play if he did.

6:46 AM

Blogger SirFWALGMan said...

No Ace of hearts. He WAYY overplayed his Aces.

I will have to look up the actual hand.. but I know he raised pre-flop.. not sure how many people called. He bet the flop and I raised it all in.

7:51 AM

Blogger CJ said...

"Did I play incorrectly because I called off 1.50 with over fifty dollars in implied money?"

Are you saying to call raises with this hand because you expect your opponent to go all-in when you hit your flop? I'm not sure you can always consider your opponents stack "implied money."

That's a great way to die by a thousand pricks, I guess.

8:33 AM

Blogger SirFWALGMan said...

Your always so willing to assume that A. The 50/NL players are not Donkeys, and B. Smart players will not call off their stacks when way behind. I have seen ALOT of smart players assume they are being bluffed when someone pushes all in and they get stacked.

As long as I do not call every raise with small s00ted cards, and as long as I keep changing my game, keep going from tight-ass to loose and free and back again, I think it will make me a dangerous player. Changing from bluffing hands to having monsters. Nobody will be able to put me on a hand.. and that my friend is playing Poker. IMHO.

10:20 AM

Blogger CJ said...

I am in no way suggesting those hands should never be played. I am, however, suggesting that "implied money" is a dangerous concept that will get you calling off a lot of money preflop.

12:08 PM


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