Riding the rollercoaster.

Wednesday, February 27, 2008 3:19 | Filled in poker

I’ve been a bit up and down since I last posted an update. Mostly, I’ve been focused on a variety of personal issues getting ready for the house update. I’ve played a bit more on Stars and some on Cake, just to check it out. ITHers find Cake uber-soft and it seems to be true thus far. I’ll post the complete (and ugly) details at month-end.  I think I’m down like $500 on the month.

I got berated by another player at Stars today. It was a 15/30 table and I didn’t know the guy:

PokerStars 15/30 Hold’em (9 handed) Poker Stars

Preflop: Hero is BB with , . CO posts a blind of $15.
2 folds, MP1 calls, 2 folds, CO (poster) raises, 2 folds, Hero calls, MP1 calls.

Assuming the poster is solid, he is probably raising a massive range here.  The open limp with a poster is very weak, so isolating MP1 with position is pretty obviously good for CO.  Also, he’s a bit of a LAG.  I don’t know MP1 (this is my first hand, too), but he has been tight for the last five hands or so while I waited for the blind.

Flop: (6.66 SB) , , (3 players)
Hero checks, MP1 checks, CO bets, Hero raises, MP1 calls, CO calls.

Super-jackpot!  Two pair is super vulnerable here, so I’m raising 100% of the time.  If CO has AK or KQ, I might get a big pot out of him and maybe trap MP1.  Unbeknownst to me,  MP1 has a set of tens and is trapping me.

Turn: (6.33 BB) (3 players)
Hero bets
, MP1 calls, CO folds.

Here the set of tens gives up a ton of value.  He might get to cap here against my actual hand.  You could make a case for playing the flop slow, but the turn is a clear mistake.  

River: (8.33 BB) (2 players)
Hero bets
, MP1 raises, Hero 3-bets, MP1 caps, Hero calls.

I figured him for a King all along, so his raise didn’t really concern me.  When he capped, I worried for a second about KT, but if the poker gods had that in store for me, so be it.

Final Pot: 16.33 BB

Results below:
Hero has (full house, kings full of sevens).
MP1 has (full house, tens full of kings).
Outcome: Hero wins 16.33 BB.

This hand apparently tilted MP1, because the next hand reported:
MP1: folds
MP1 leaves the table

Fair enough.  That had to hurt.  The weird part comes about 12 hands later, when he pops up on observer chat.  He says something about what a bad play I made and the idiocy of playing K7.  Then he tells me I’m a marked man and he’s going to be looking for me.  I just say “Have a nice day!”  I don’t know if tilting is worse or slowplaying is worse, but it will be interesting to see if he stalks me.

The new PokerTracker3 beta is out and they have added a ton of cool new features, so I’m going to play with that some more.  I’ll report on the details after I get some time to mess with it.

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