Saturday, May 9, 2009

Because it's been a while...

What would you do? I have no read on the villain. I'm playing 22%.

PokerStars No-Limit Hold'em, $0.25 BB (8 handed) - Poker-Stars Converter Tool from

UTG ($34.60)
UTG+1 ($9.85)
MP1 ($33.30)
Hero (MP2) ($29.45)
CO ($29.95)
Button ($30.35)
SB ($25)
BB ($13.60)

Preflop: Hero is MP2 with A, A

UTG calls $0.25, UTG+1 calls $0.25, 1 fold, Hero bets $1.25, 2 folds, SB calls $1.15, 1 fold, UTG calls $1, UTG+1 calls $1

Flop: ($5.25) J, 4, 8 (4 players)

SB checks, UTG bets $2, 1 fold, Hero calls $2, 1 fold

Turn: ($9.25) 2 (2 players)

UTG bets $9.25, Hero folds

Total pot: $9.25 | Rake: $0.45


UTG didn't show

Outcome: UTG won $8.80


Forrest Gump said...

Easy fold on the turn.

I'm curious why you played it so passive though? With two limpers in front the 5BB PF raise is a pot builder and likely to put you in an ugly spot. A rule of thumb I like if 4BB + 1BB for every limper, not just with aces (so you don't identify you hand) but any raising hand. On the flop, I would have fired a hefty raise to see how strong he was. If he just calls, its possible he's just got top pair and very possible he's happy to check it down.


bastinptc said...

Yeah, I know the rule. As soon as I put in the raise, I knew it was too small. My only excuse is I was playing at PA a the same time. With 4 callers, I was prepared to give up the hand. The way I've been running lately, I figure I lost the smallest amount possible. Most nights I'd have it all in the middle against J8s.

Forrest Gump said...

I hear where you're coming from. When you're running good, you play aggressive/winning poker. When you've got the yips, you play passive and invite the self fulfilling prophecy to come true. Been there many times...

matt tag said...

1. raise preflop more. Get more money into the pot with the best hand, and isolate to 1/2 players if possible.

2. raise flop. What hands are ahead of you? The three sets, and 3 unlikely 2 pairs. There is only one straight draw (9T) and no flush draws possible.

3. shove turn (assuming you just called flop). Still not behind anything logical except a set. A flush won't be possible with all 4 suits represented. The only 2 OESDs now are 9T and 35.

Villain has JQ/JK/JT more often than he has JJ/88/44.

Crash said...

I would have jammed preflop, everyone would have called, my bullets would have held up, and I would have a small fortune.

Mike G said...

I think you played it well. I don't have any problem with your preflop raise of 5 BB's because no one played back at you - you didn't get a chance to reraise and isolate to one opponent, which obviously would have been ideal.

I think the one thing that would have helped would be to raise on the opponent's flop bet to see where you are. Of course if he reraises you that does make for a difficult but probably necessary lay down. I think you have to put him on a set at that point, which he certainly could have had. Hard to put him on two pair.