Thursday, March 09, 2006

Playing a little tonight

Played a little tonight because my wife went to bed a little early. She wasn't feeling that well. I decided to give one of the 45 player SNGs on Stars to get ready for the challenge starting on Monday.

At the beginning, the action was crazy. I played in the $1 tourney so maybe that was why, not really sure, but what do you see funny about this picture?

Anyway, I played it tight and when the blinds started to matter, I took some blinds and kept my stack barely big enough to go on without having to push too often. I was cruising along and with 14 left, I sat in 8th, just outside the money. Than, this fricken hand happened.

PokerStars Game #4234676812: Tournament #21046821, Hold'em No Limit - Level VII (100/200) - 2006/03/09 - 23:08:08 (ET)
Table '21046821 4' Seat #2 is the button
Seat 2: Ricebrner (2850 in chips)
Seat 3: PJ4544 (4110 in chips)
Seat 4: drewspop (2735 in chips)
Seat 5: laurent 1951 (6795 in chips)
Seat 6: nikki314 (1945 in chips)
Seat 8: MCGUY2 (2617 in chips)
Seat 9: Muji4 (9173 in chips)
Ricebrner: posts the ante 25
PJ4544: posts the ante 25
drewspop: posts the ante 25
laurent 1951: posts the ante 25
nikki314: posts the ante 25
MCGUY2: posts the ante 25
Muji4: posts the ante 25
PJ4544: posts small blind 100
drewspop: posts big blind 200
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to drewspop [Jh 7s]
laurent 1951: folds
nikki314: folds
MCGUY2: calls 200
Muji4: calls 200
Ricebrner: calls 200
PJ4544: folds
drewspop: checks
*** FLOP *** [Tc 8h 4c]
drewspop: checks
MCGUY2: checks
Muji4: checks
Ricebrner: checks
*** TURN *** [Tc 8h 4c] [9s]
drewspop: bets 2510 and is all-in
MCGUY2: folds
Muji4: calls 2510
Ricebrner: folds
*** RIVER *** [Tc 8h 4c 9s] [4d]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
drewspop: shows [Jh 7s] (a straight, Seven to Jack)
Muji4: shows [8s 8d] (a full house, Eights full of Fours)
Muji4 collected 6095 from pot
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot 6095 | Rake 0
Board [Tc 8h 4c 9s 4d]
Seat 2: Ricebrner (button) folded on the Turn
Seat 3: PJ4544 (small blind) folded before Flop
Seat 4: drewspop (big blind) showed [Jh 7s] and lost with a straight, Seven to Jack
Seat 5: laurent 1951 folded before Flop (didn't bet)
Seat 6: nikki314 folded before Flop (didn't bet)
Seat 8: MCGUY2 folded on the Turn
Seat 9: Muji4 showed [8s 8d] and won (6095) with a full house, Eights full of Fours

Should I have played it differently? I didn't really want a caller but had a powerful hand regardless. If I bet less, he still stays in of course, so I love either way.

After reading Jordan's post today on High on Poker, I was in agreement. I try to keep myself from letting luck affect me too much too. Then this kind of shit happens and I know there is no way to avoid getting kicked in the junk every once in a while.

Hopefully, my unluck will be avoidable when the challenge starts for real. Yeah, right.


At 11:35 PM, Blogger Alan said...

Ugh... I saw that second 4 and immediately knew what your opponent had. The set was trapping, hit a bad card, then got lucky.

You could have just made a pot bet, but I suspect the set would have jammed anyway. If he let you get to the river without going all-in you might have been able to lay down when the pair hit the board, but that would have been one tough laydown.

Not much you could do there.

At 12:58 AM, Blogger drewspop said...

Yeah, I jammed since the pot was nice and juicy and it would have put me back to a respectable stack. I think it would have increased me by more than 25% and I would have been happy if he had folded.

I am sure you are right, I could have bet slower but I would never have layed it down anyway.

Thanks for stopping by.

At 8:58 AM, Blogger Klopzi said...

You've got the second nuts - what're gonna do. I don't know if I would push on the turn, but it would be to get more value out of the straight. Sure, he might hold QJ, but if he does you weren't destined to win this one.

You bet the turn, he made the mistake of calling. So, you won this hand in my books - don't let the results fool you.


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