Thursday, 7 May 2009

Running well? Better tilt then!

I'm playing pretty well atm but that doesn't mean I won't tilt!

NL Holdem $30(BB) Poker Stars Game#27916760117

Chri$tus ($1,420)
de hoevens ($1,075)
FR Vessant ($1,380)
Pokeroli1984 ($2,300)
widgel ($2,395)
CloveNistiC ($1,175)
greatwhite88 ($1,315)
da ItchY 84 ($1,425)
ammiehind ($1,015)

Chri$tus posts (SB) $15
de hoevens posts (BB) $30

Dealt to FR Vessant Ks As
FR Vessant raises to $90
fold, fold, fold, fold, fold,
ammiehind calls $90

Fish has been in a lot of hands, calling several raises.

fold, fold,

FLOP ($225) Kd 8d Ad

That's sort of good and bad for me. I never assume they have a flush, so I'm not scared.

Here's the thing though. I would normally pot this, to at least make the single diamond pay to try to get lucky, but I was just reading something that said something about betting less and getting more value, so I don't do the right thing, which is to bet big, and if he folds he folds, but I bet small enough to entice calls from the kind of shit I expect him to have.

FR Vessant bets $120
ammiehind calls $120

So that doesn't mean anything. He can have absolutely anything.

TURN ($465) Kd 8d Ad 5d


check, check,

Now I tilt a bit. I read his check as "I called the flop with an ace or king" and not "I called the flop with a diamond".

RIVER ($465) Kd 8d Ad 5d 3h

So of course the right thing to do is to check the river, and call a small bet. If he bets huge, I will fold. But I don't. And the reason is that I've been ducking a lot of rivers, not taking clear value spots, because I've been a bit gunshy all in all.

Well, okay, but this is not a good value spot.

FR Vessant bets $210
ammiehind raises to $805 (AI)

I have completely convinced myself that he has to have A5 or A3, something like that.

FR Vessant calls $595

So I call. Terrible. I cost myself a fair few chips because obv. he has a diamond (the J; he called my raise with JJ).

Oh well. I probably couldn't have played the hand much worse. I got preflop right, and the turn, but the other two streets I took the cleaver to!

There's no real lesson to be learnt. This post is just for me, if I happen to look back (which is not all that likely), to remind me that when your great hand gets cracked, you just have to suck it up, not try to convince yourself that you are still somehow good.

Actually, the end hurt more:

PokerStars Game #27917050479: Tournament #161695866, $10+$1 Hold'em No Limit - Level IV (50/100) - 2009/05/07 7:26:09 ET
Table '161695866 1' 9-max Seat #5 is the button
Seat 1: FR Vessant (365 in chips)
Seat 2: Pokeroli1984 (1540 in chips)
Seat 3: widgel (890 in chips)
Seat 4: CloveNistiC (1360 in chips)
Seat 5: greatwhite88 (1915 in chips)
Seat 6: da ItchY 84 (1825 in chips)
Seat 7: ammiehind (1910 in chips)
Seat 8: Chri$tus (1955 in chips)
Seat 9: de hoevens (1740 in chips)
da ItchY 84: posts small blind 50
ammiehind: posts big blind 100
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to FR Vessant [Ac 9s]
Chri$tus: folds
de hoevens: calls 100

Playing 42/3.

FR Vessant: raises 265 to 365 and is all-in

Good spot to get it in imo.

Pokeroli1984: folds
widgel: folds
CloveNistiC: folds
greatwhite88: folds
da ItchY 84: folds
ammiehind: folds
de hoevens: calls 265

Has AJs.

I hate that! Not just that I ran into the top end of his range, which sucks, but that these fish will call off 400 chips but it never occurs to them to raise the fucking thing in the first place. I know. I shouldn't be angry that my opponents suck. They're doing me a huge favour by not bothering to learn even the rudiments.

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