Monday, June 22, 2009

All night long, all night long.

We gonna whip the wang dang doodle, all night long.

If only. More like Blood Sweat and Tears' "Spinning Wheel." I split at least 3 all-in nut straights, twice with the same player, once with the big stack. I had multiple shorties calling my raises and making it worth my while to lose half a stack. And surely that guy couldn’t have pocket Kings to my Aces. I’m holding a King. Oops. So, when the below hands hit on two different tables at the same time with the same player, I figured my night was complete. I had suffered and succeeded fully.

The villain (Button in hand #1) had recently arrived, and was raising (and losing) every pot from any position from the get-go, so I assumed a wide range.

PokerStars Pot-Limit Omaha, $0.10 BB (7 handed) - Poker-Stars Converter Tool from

CO ($9.80)
Button ($5.55)
SB ($11.70)
BB ($26.20)
UTG ($7.95)
Hero (MP1) ($10.85)
MP2 ($9.90)

Preflop: Hero is MP1 with 4, Q, J, Q

I had been getting hands like this all night long, Double-suited Jack, tens, Kings, Broadway draws all night long. Mostly to no avail. I'm not crazy about the dangler...

UTG bets $0.30, Hero calls $0.30, 2 folds, Button raises to $0.60, 2 folds, UTG calls $0.30, Hero calls $0.30

... but I'll see a flop with the Queens and connector. I've been seeing a lot of min-raises with Aces in PLO the last few days. Maybe he has them, maybe not. On the button one can't be too sure, and with this guy, anything is possible. In my mind, nothing has really changed except the price to play. Of course I'm calling.

Flop: ($1.95) 8, Q, 5 (3 players)

UTG checks, Hero bets $1.90, Button calls $1.90, UTG calls $1.90

Turn: ($7.65) 7 (3 players)

UTG checks, Hero bets $2.80, Button raises to $3.05 (All-In), 1 fold, Hero calls $0.25

River: ($13.75) 8 (2 players, 1 all-in)

Total pot: $13.75 | Rake: $0.65


Button mucked A, 3, A, 3 (two pair, Aces and eights).

Hero had 4, Q, J, Q (full house, Queens over eights).

Outcome: Hero won $13.10

So this time he had a hand. Can't say as I blame him throwing it all in on the FD. And it wouldn't be the first time my set of Queens could go down in flames this night.

PokerStars Pot-Limit Omaha, $0.10 BB (8 handed) - Poker-Stars Converter Tool from

UTG ($10)
UTG+1 ($8.55)
Hero (MP1) ($10.85)
MP2 ($9.80)
CO ($3.10)
Button ($10)
SB ($49.45)
BB ($1.95)

Preflop: Hero is MP1 with 8, 9, 6, 3

Truth be told, I was exhausted, tilted from not being able to get traction, and generally over it. It was time for bed, so I decided to go along for a donkey ride.

UTG calls $0.10, 1 fold, Hero calls $0.10, 1 fold, CO (poster) checks, Button calls $0.10, SB calls $0.05, BB bets $0.30, UTG calls $0.20, Hero calls $0.20, CO (poster) calls $0.20, Button calls $0.20, SB calls $0.20

Generally, the first caller of the raise sets the stage for everyone else to come along. Again, nothing has changed except the price to play.

Flop: ($1.80) A, 7, 5 (6 players)

SB checks, BB checks, UTG bets $0.50, Hero calls $0.50, 1 fold, Button calls $0.50, SB calls $0.50, BB calls $0.50

I suppose I could have raised with my draws, yet I believe there is something to be said for letting others come along for the ride to build a pot.

Turn: ($4.30) 8 (5 players)

Perfect. In fact, I'd rather not see another heart. Time to destroy the odds for any flush draws or two pairs and take it down.

SB checks, BB bets $1, UTG calls $1, Hero raises to $8.10, 2 folds, BB calls $0.15 (All-In), 1 fold

River: ($7.60) 2 (2 players, 1 all-in)

Total pot: $7.60 | Rake: $0.35


BB had 4, 3, 4, A (straight, five high).

Hero had 8, 9, 6, 3 (straight, nine high).

Outcome: Hero won $7.25

So there you have it. My read on the guy was correct. Of course, I still ended down half a buy-in for the night.


Crash said...

"To a pitch a wang dang doodle is to have a good old fashioned Saturday night filled with drunken revelry, which may include but is not limited to fighting, dancing, singing and the like."

See also the song by Willie Dixon of the same name.

You a blues guy, bastinptc? I am.

Crash said...

Of course, I am well-past pitching any wang dang doodles!!

bastinptc said...

Yes, it is "pitch" instead of "whip." I was winging it from memory, perhaps leaking a little Devo into the title. Koko Taylor also claimed authorship of the song.

I like most music. So does the DW, and we have a healthy collection of albums, cassettes and CDs. I came to the blues through it's baby, rock n roll, in high school. I bought a harmonica and after school many days walked home the three miles to wail.

TenMile said...

Bastin, you're as large a cynic as I am.

I'm not at all sure how the rest of the world does it - think clean, turttle.


bastinptc said...

@Ten - True, I am sure. It's the idealist's curse.

Which reminds me of a joke I made up a while back:

Q. What's the difference between and idealist and an elitist?

A. You agree with the idealist.

Anonymous said...

It's like the difference between a squirrel and a rat.

TenMile said...

Threw up a comment to the comment over on Ten's site.

Never will argue with most one on one, and you are correct about the budget cuts - which is precisely Congressional/Governmental 'management' I was referring.

I have been to the V.A. Web site. I spend some time there; from time to time.

By the way, one of my flight students was once a Doctor at the V.A. We were socially compatable also.