Saturday, March 17, 2007

Happy St. Paddy's Day

Paddy's weekend in Cork is always a good one. I've been living in Cork since i was 15 (8 years), and somehow i've managed to miss the parade every year. Almost every year we have the skate competition which is what my weekend revolves around. Intertwined with that is some heavy drinking sessions, fights and arrests (shout out to the Sligo boys haha!!) This years session had the typically amazing skaters doing typically amazing tricks but was lacking some new blood i think. Unfortunately the government has been slow on the uptake of building skate parks and the like, so as a result, the scene is suffering. It showed a bit this year. There is a lack of young people taking an interest in the sport, which is due to there being nowhere for them to develop an interest in it. There has been a recent push for parks to be built around the country and hopefully the fruits of these will show in years to come. I was looking to post the competition from last year on the blog but it is not online yet. So until i can get it uploaded here is the intro section from our video Play.

Meanwhile at the 5c/10c tables i have discovered the perils of Omaha. I have been coolered at the tables quite a few times. For example, i raise with a full house,holding 75xx on a 755 flop and get reraised. I'm thinking the only hand that can beat me is 77, which is what he shows. In one session i ran two full houses into straight flushes!! The first full boat i managed to check call his river bet because i thought i held the 3rd nuts(in fact the fourth nuts!!). The other however i got felted. Even so, i am still managing a profit from Omaha, which i have been using for some tourneys.

Every so often i have been playing some 180 person sit n gos and playing some hold em cash tables. The stats for the hold em tables are generally very bad. I usually can't find players to flop of 50%+ for the 9 seater tables. Using bankroll management i find tilt is an easy foe to avoid, and decisions at the tables are only revolved around the hand in question. I have been experimenting with a couple of plays on the hold em tables whilst not really concerned with the money. Take for example:

I had been playing rather tight at a 5c/10c table (from multi-tabling/no cards) and i get dealt XX (won't tell you right now what i have) under the gun. I limp for 10c (have a $10 stack), a rather active player (also with a $10 stack) raises to 40c and it is folded back to me. I reraise to $1.20 and he calls. Flop comes KT4 rainbow. I check, he bets $1.50, i check-raise to $4 into the $4 pot. He flat calls. The turn comes a 5 and i ship for $5. ....
I think any reasonable player would have to credit me with either AA AK KK. Probably at all points during the hand. The limp reraise preflop and the check-raise on the flop are all the clues for a big hand that any descent hold em player would need. Shipping on the turn is an obvious play with a AA AK or KK on that board, for that pot.
This player types in 'bluff oder nein?' to his friend at the table, when i shipped on the turn. He held QTs and somehow managed to call my limp reraise pre-flop and my check raise on the flop. I am sitting with 72s for a 7 high thinking 'please fold'. He then called my turn bet and laughed saying 'thankyou', i replied 'no problem' and left. Usually when i see a player misplaying a hand so badly (in my opinion) i view then as a gold mine and stay till i clean them out. However, that day i just finished the session and headed out.
Personally if i get reraised from an utg limper when i hold QTs its an auto fold. I would much rather a 78s or even 64s ... basically a hand i'm reasonably sure isn't dominated. On that flop if i get check raised after that action its an auto fold, unless the player i'm against is a maniac or i have a good understanding of his game and he is worth a lot of action. I would probably dump KQ. I can't understand why he flat called on the my check raise on the flop. If he thought his pair of tens was good why not go all in. If an ace falls on the turn and i ship, is he going to fold then? However, when the chips were down he had the goods and i didn't, so you could say he made a great call. A way i would look at it would be, he made a loose call and this is a player that i should make heavy value bets into. Perhaps i could have saved a bet by not going all in on the turn as it was clearly unlikely he would fold. But i viewed his flat call as weakness, and decided it would be worth a try.

Another part of my game i'd like to comment on is my tournament play. I can get deep with a good chip position, something can disrupt my flow, and then in 2 hands i'm out. These hands that knock me out, i have a hard time trying to justify my play in them. More often than not i should have just folded pre-flop, call it impatience call it tilt, i dont know. I don't feel its either of them, it seems to me to be just a self destruct trigger before the bubble. Matusow calls it a blow up. The last example of this play, i was in the top 5 spots with 30/180 players remaining and then in 2 hands i'm out!! Something to work on anyway.

Current Balance: $404.38


sag said...

I know where you are coming from. bankroll management is so important, nevertheless you will lose money even if you play correct. it's poker and you ought to have a quite high frustration level. I had a hand like this, having the ace high flush draw just to lose to the straight flush draw on a not so dangerous board. things like this just hurt. expecially cause you do not expect them to happen. and you may lose a stack during that.

anyways the skate vid is really dope.

20kmission said...

tell me about it!!
i appricate the props for the vid.