Tuesday, November 11, 2008

I’ll take it

First there was this session of 10NL:

During current Hold'em session you were dealt 258 hands and saw flop: 20 out of 34 times while in big blind (58%)
14 out of 34 times while in small blind (41%)
30 out of 190 times in other positions (15%)
a total of 64 out of 258 (24%)
Pots won at showdown - 2 of 7 (28%)
Pots won without showdown – 12

A win rate like this is more like a bleed rate. Pairs went nowhere, suited connectors, suited Ace, nothing, and when I caught a draw, it either did not hit or I was priced out. I wrapped it up not too long afterwards.

Or rather, I took a break, went to see what was happening at Poker Academy, settled into a loose cheapy as “ubu roi” and came back to Stars for a single table grind.

PokerStars Game #21941242620: Hold'em No Limit ($0.10/$0.25)
Table 'Riviera V' 9-max Seat #6 is the button
Seat 2: bastinptc ($26.70 in chips)
Seat 3: Sampayka ($4.65 in chips)
Seat 4: ARAZ76 ($26.40 in chips)
Seat 5: ands1 ($29 in chips)
Seat 6: PilsBier ($25 in chips)
Seat 7: horob ($15.80 in chips)
Seat 8: FEARisPOWER ($26.15 in chips)
horob: posts small blind $0.10
FEARisPOWER: posts big blind $0.25
floggi1: sits out
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to bastinptc [8d 8c]
bastinptc: calls $0.25
craig719 has returned
Sampayka: raises $0.75 to $1
ARAZ76: folds
ands1: folds
PilsBier: calls $1
horob: folds
FEARisPOWER: folds
bastinptc: calls $0.75

I started my chant. I had seen soooo many pocket pairs tonight.

*** FLOP *** [4h 8s 7s] … looking to check-raise
bastinptc: checks
Sampayka: checks
PilsBier: checks

Well, that didn’t work

*** TURN *** [4h 8s 7s] [6h]

and now I’ve got myself into a fine pickle with a straight and two flush draws out there.

bastinptc: bets $3.75
Sampayka: calls $3.65 and is all-in
PilsBier: raises $7.75 to $11.50

Well, shit. I couldn’t rule out pocket 5s, 56 or 9 10 suited. And with the short time to act, I was stymied by such a coordinated board. In hindsight, of course, PilsBier wouldn’t be reraising with merely a flush draw unless he was a maniac, which is not the read I had. Pair the board, please.

bastinptc: calls $7.75

*** RIVER *** [4h 8s 7s 6h] [3h]
bastinptc: checks
PilsBier: checks

Clearly, he was just as worried as I. Still, I wasn’t sure if this was the right move, erring on the side of caution instead of a small value bet that could possibly backfire. I wonder what I would have done if he had bet the river.

*** SHOW DOWN ***
bastinptc: shows [8d 8c] (three of a kind, Eights)
PilsBier: mucks hand
bastinptc collected $14.95 from side pot
Sampayka: mucks hand
bastinptc collected $13.60 from main pot

*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot $30 Main pot $13.60. Side pot $14.95. | Rake $1.45
Board [4h 8s 7s 6h 3h]
Seat 2: bastinptc showed [8d 8c] and won ($28.55) with three of a kind, Eights
Seat 3: Sampayka mucked [Ah Ac]
Seat 4: ARAZ76 folded before Flop (didn't bet)
Seat 5: ands1 folded before Flop (didn't bet)
Seat 6: PilsBier (button) mucked [7c 7d]
Seat 7: horob (small blind) folded before Flop
Seat 8: FEARisPOWER (big blind) folded before Flop


Memphis MOJO said...

"*** FLOP *** [4h 8s 7s] … looking to check-raise
bastinptc: checks
Sampayka: checks
PilsBier: checks

Well, that didn’t work"

When you hit a set, it can be effective to lead out. Why? Most players slowplay a set, so others don't put you on a set when you bet. They think you have an A8 or 99 or some hand like that or a draw. In other words, it disguises your hand to do the obvious.

bastinptc said...

Had there been overcards on the board, I would have led out, hoping that someone hit for a big pair. (Had another Ace fell, I would have been dead meat.) The coordinated flop had me a bit spooked, so I was opting to take it down with the check/raise. Of course, with his set (how was I to know?) we would have most likely both been all in pre-flop had I bet. And until I saw his cards, I would have been steeling myself for more micro lunacy instead of being pleased. Oh well.

bastinptc said...

I really should proofread before commenting.

Memphis MOJO said...

I didn't mean you played it wrong, was just sayin'.

bastinptc said...

Didn't take it that way. Strategies are fluid.