Friday, August 15, 2008


I think as I focus more and somehow improve my meta game I realize some of the things I do wrong. I think the thing that killed me in the Mookie besides only having 3 top 10 hands all game was a bit of frustration and indecision.

I realize I sometimes get frustrated in hyper aggressive games. I think this describes NY Rambler perfectly. I do respect his game actually because he can mix it up well. He had been re-raising me a lot along with Corron stealing my blind. The hand before he jammed in on the turn and I had AK-Ace high. I leaked about 2k of chips in that pot. I was very tempted to call with Ace high because I thought he was making a move on me. I also considered he might have a smallish pair. I think my indecision in the hand is what got me though. I should have just bet big on the flop and pushed him out. Otherwise I should have folded the flop with my missed AK. His cold call pre-flop did not mean much. I put his hand range as a small pair to Ax. So I should have acted accordingly instead of check-calling his flop bet and folding the turn. I basically said my hand is weak take the pot.

Same thing with the Zeem hand. I look down to see pocket threes. With Zeem I think I should have jammed his pre-flop raise. I doubt he calls with A5o there. I could be wrong. I have enough respect for his game to know he can make a laydown. Instead I call his bet pre-flop and jam the Axx flop. He obviously calls not putting me on any kind of Ace and I go home two hands later. The indecision pre-flop cost me here. I also should have folded the flop when he lead out. Possibly some frustration leaked in here too.

Anyway there are some things to look at in my thought process here. I look forward to that. One move I actually liked was calling off my entire stack with 57 spades. I was a little short stacked at 1200 chips or so. I get a raise before me and a cold call. So I decide to go along for the ride. The button then makes a classic squeeze trying to take down the pot. Both people before me fold. So I am getting really good odds to call with ATC assuming I do not give him credit for a big hand. So I make the call and he turns over 92o. I expected something a little higher but that would do. I turn a straight to get me some chips and start my run for the final two tables. The groans from the peanut gallery were enough reward to make that a +EV play.

I am going to try and get a few hands in this weekend. Mostly playing tokens and make some LO8 to try and offset any token costs. Should be fun. Have a good weekend.


Blogger NYRambler said...

I think This is the hand you're talking about....

Full Tilt Poker Game #7639281429: The Mookie (57369426), Table 4 - 250/500 Ante 50 - No Limit Hold'em - 0:20:57 ET - 2008/08/14
Seat 1: KngofKngs (10,605)
Seat 2: Zeem (8,378)
Seat 3: OMGitsPokerFool (7,770)
Seat 5: SirFWALGMan (10,325)
Seat 6: NYRambler (17,065)
Seat 7: DrewFours (13,100)
Seat 8: corron10 (14,750)
KngofKngs antes 50
Zeem antes 50
OMGitsPokerFool antes 50
SirFWALGMan antes 50
NYRambler antes 50
DrewFours antes 50
corron10 antes 50
Zeem posts the small blind of 250
OMGitsPokerFool posts the big blind of 500
The button is in seat #1
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to NYRambler [7d 7h]
SirFWALGMan raises to 1,500
NYRambler calls 1,500
DrewFours folds
corron10 folds
KngofKngs folds
Zeem folds
OMGitsPokerFool folds
*** FLOP *** [2h 7s 8h]
SirFWALGMan checks
NYRambler bets 1,500
SirFWALGMan calls 1,500
*** TURN *** [2h 7s 8h] [3d]
SirFWALGMan checks
NYRambler bets 7,300
SirFWALGMan has 15 seconds left to act
SirFWALGMan has requested TIME
SirFWALGMan folds
Uncalled bet of 7,300 returned to NYRambler
NYRambler mucks
NYRambler wins the pot (7,100)

9:00 AM

Blogger SirFWALGMan said...

Wow nice hand. Lol. Guess my range was right. :).

10:02 AM

Blogger Mike Maloney said...

I thought he was being hyper-aggressive too so I pushed into his KK. Whee.

I think you were ducking me at the Mooke. You bust in the final two tables and I don't sit with you once? wtf?

12:58 PM


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