Sunday, November 30, 2008

End of the Month Update

Since the last update I have managed some really strong results. I have crept back onto the cash tables and managed $100 profit on small stakes Omaha, without really being in much danger of losing. Have also run into some extremely good form in some multis: 4th on Blue Square in a $10 hilo rebuy for $210 profit (hand that did me in was the first hi only hand I had raised with throughout the whole tournament QQJ10 not good enough for 78910). Last weekend managed to satellite into the $3k GTD PLO on Betfair, $27.50 for the satellite for a $105 buyin, with an overlay on both the satellite and the game itself. Played some really good poker, with my out hand in 3rd (for $600) the only time I made a mistake.

Then Friday I played the 22:15 $5 PLO on Betfair and was utterly dominant. Started with 49 runners, by the time we were down to 21 I had 25% of the chips and stayed like that until we were 3 way, when I doubled someone and we were all about even (40k stacks). Not to worry, I got it all back 2 hands later courtesy of my somewhat loose image and then a 2:1 chip lead meant that all I had to do was wait for a flopped straight and just slow play it. I wonder if playing a slightly higher level of game is making the smaller stake buy-ins that much more easy?

As I type I am in the $3k GTD again, having won a seat in a 5 seat GTD with only 12 entrants. Did have to luckbox a 4-way all in to take out positions 9-7 when I was shortish, but once I had some chips I was never in danger. Going to have to make the most of this as the number of runners in the event itself is 22, which is 2 down from last weeks 24 and there is no way any site will continue this much support for a tournament that is not pulling in the players.

Anyway, total profit for the month so far is $866, which is an improvement on this time last year (~$600) and will only look better if I manage to cash in the PLO tonight as well. TY for reading :)

Thursday, November 20, 2008

An Almost Perfect Game

Soz about the long time between updates, been busy :)

Hardly played in October after BFWCOP, had a week away in Devon with my family. Overall, ended $100 up for the month. Must have got tilted on holiday as came back and could not win a pot for the first 2 weeks of November. I dare not look at the number of hilo STTs I played as I am sure I must have blanked in about 10 consecutive games. Same went on Betfair where the new buy-in prices seemed to destabilize the rhythm I was used to on the PLO STTs as well. What didn't help was having a cold for a week which really dulled my thinking.

So, eventually decided I was going to play the $10 plo rebuy on BF again. I used to do well in this, but last few times I had played it I was nowhere near the money. Indeed this time I was on my way out, with the 2nd rebuy being a complete accident when I meant to click Cancel and hit OK instead. With only 14 runners, the add-on break arrived and I was one of only 5 left, so the addon was a no-brainer and I had bought in for $41. Top 3 paid and 3rd place was $44 - which to be honest was what I was playing for at that stage. Ended up getting 2nd after some confidence boosting railing from gummybaggie for $66.

Also started to get in the money in a few STTs as well, then Tuesday I decided that it would be a good idea to play the 20:45 $5 plo rebuy on Full Tilt. In many respects it was, because I had a clear head, no alcohol and I did not feel too tired (to start with anyway). I played pretty much perfect throughout the whole game, even though I had 2 double buy-ins and an add-on at the break. Critical hand for me came with about 15 left:

Full Tilt Poker Game #9044577128: $5 + $0.50 Rebuy (69072648), Table 4 - 120/240 - Pot Limit Omaha Hi - 17:30:31 ET - 2008/11/18
Seat 1: meliina (7,152)
Seat 2: geodsdb (13,463)
Seat 3: jnt99 (11,022)
Seat 5: bambii (18,310)
Seat 6: iwilllie (11,768)
Seat 7: Wolfbagger (5,360)
Seat 8: electric chair (15,450)
Seat 9: Greengoz (15,899)
Greengoz posts the small blind of 120
meliina posts the big blind of 240
The button is in seat #8
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to electric chair [Th Ks Ts 9s] ===> decent starting hand
geodsdb raises to 840
jnt99 folds
bambii folds
iwilllie calls 840
Wolfbagger folds
electric chair calls 840
Greengoz folds
meliina folds
*** FLOP *** [4h Td 9h] ===> jackpot flop
geodsdb has 15 seconds left to act
geodsdb bets 2,880
iwilllie calls 2,880 ===> even better, probably 2 playing for a flush here so blockers in play
electric chair raises to 14,400
geodsdb has 15 seconds left to act
geodsdb folds ===> good, going to be up against only 1 with nearly 2:1 chance
iwilllie calls 8,048, and is all in
electric chair shows [Th Ks Ts 9s]
iwilllie shows [6h 7c Kd Ah]
Uncalled bet of 3,472 returned to electric chair
*** TURN *** [4h Td 9h] [Jd]
*** RIVER *** [4h Td 9h Jd] [5d] ===> phew, held
electric chair shows three of a kind, Tens
iwilllie shows Ace King high
electric chair wins the pot (27,616) with three of a kind, Tens

Was in fact only 61:38 on the flop to win, but that's not allowing for the potential for the other player to have any hearts, which would have made my hand bigger.

After this I was just about untouchable, once the bubble burst and we reached the final table I was doubled when I had nut straight and bet 10% of the pot on the river, only to be reraised all in by 2 pair and straight to chip lead. The one mistake I made was HU, wtf was I doing staying in with this hand on a paired flop?

FullTiltPoker Game #9046798785: $5 + $0.50 Rebuy (69072648), Table 7 - 2500/5000 - Pot Limit Omaha Hi - 19:50:46 ET - 2008/11/18
Seat 6: sky78 (90,950)
Seat 9: electric chair (299,550)
electric chair posts the small blind of 2,500
sky78 posts the big blind of 5,000
The button is in seat #9
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to electric chair [6d 5h 3c 4c]
electric chair raises to 10,000
sky78 raises to 30,000
electric chair calls 20,000
*** FLOP *** [As 2c 2s]
sky78 bets 60,000
electric chair calls 60,000
*** TURN *** [As 2c 2s] [Jc]
sky78 bets 950, and is all in
electric chair calls 950
sky78 shows [Ac Ah 6s Tc]
electric chair shows [6d 5h 3c 4c]
*** RIVER *** [As 2c 2s Jc] [6c]
sky78 shows a full house, Aces full of Twos
electric chair shows a flush, Jack high
sky78 wins the pot (181,900) with a full house, Aces full of Twos
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot 181,900 | Rake 0
Board: [As 2c 2s Jc 6c]
Seat 6: sky78 (big blind) showed [Ac Ah 6s Tc] and won (181,900) with a full house, Aces full of Twos
Seat 9: electric chair (small blind) showed [6d 5h 3c 4c] and lost with a flush, Jack high

Still, after 55 hands heads up I get dealt QQ with a 5:3 chip lead, get all in on the flop and hit my set on the turn to post a $400 win. OPR still has me running around 8,000th out of 500k runners on FT too, which is nice.

Ty for reading - and the comment from gatsby to prove that someone else is looking at this page apart from me :)