Thursday, 6 August 2009

Breakeven.... then... bing blang blaow.

Took me 1k hands to get out of the hole tonight. I lost a couple of coinflips early on in my session playing 6max again and waited forever to pick up a hand to stack these guys.

This hand got me off to a good start on the positive side of the graph at hand 1k:

Poker Stars $0.10/$0.25 No Limit Hold'em - 6 players - View hand 221025
The Official Hand History Converter

Hero (BB): $72.25
UTG: $24.30
MP: $14.60
CO: $4.65
BTN: $10.00
SB: $25.00

Pre Flop: ($0.35) Hero is BB with 77 of spades 77 of clubs
UTG calls $0.25, MP calls $0.25, CO calls $0.25, 1 fold, SB calls $0.15, Hero checks

Flop: ($1.25) 55 of diamonds 88 of hearts 77 of hearts (5 players)
SB checks, Hero bets $1, UTG calls $1, MP folds, CO calls $1, SB folds

Turn: ($4.25) 66 of spades (3 players)
Hero checks, UTG checks, CO checks

River: ($4.25) 66 of hearts (3 players)
Hero bets $71 all in, UTG calls $23.05 all in, CO calls $3.40 all in

Final Pot: $53.75
Hero shows 77 of spades 77 of clubs (a full house, Sevens full of Sixes)
UTG shows 99 of spades KK of diamonds (a straight, Five to Nine)
CO shows QQ of hearts TT of hearts (a flush, Queen high)
Hero wins $37.35
Hero wins $13.75
(Rake: $2.65)

I thought the turn was pretty much the 2nd grossest card in the deck and decided to c/c for implied odds to fill up. But people are dumb and slowplay their straights on extremely wet turns and don't know how to get any value at all. Then, the river is the best card ever (which would have been the grossest card ever if it came on the turn) so I do my thing and LOL quite a bit afterwards.

Got a few overpair vs overpair to hold and ended the session up 4 BI over 1600 hands which is becoming standard and managed to salvage the winrate which was starting to look dismal at first. Love this game. 2500 to go. Probably 2-3 days and start taking 50NL 6max shots on the weekend.

2 things I've noticed so far:

1) People play less tables ldo and have too much time on their hands. 50% of the tables running have the chat boxes lighting up pretty much every other hand. I get berated for stuff they don't understand. I ATS with 76s in the SB. BB (55/19) flats my cbets on flop and turn on 753x 2 tone with JTss and berates me when I c/c his PSB on a blank river. I get an offer for HU4ROLLZ from some donk that apparently normally plays 400NL but is drunk tonight nearly every session.

2) People always ask what's the difference between 6max and FR? And people always answer: 3 seats. I have to disagree, at least somewhat. The whole dynamic is different since you're basically playing positional pots 75%+ of the time. It's always CO vs BTN or CO/BTN vs SB/BB and ranges are completely different and a lot wider than the way hands play out even in positional pots at FR. I think it takes a little bit of a different mindset: you have to rely a ton more on hand reading than on card strength imo.


  1. This HH is funny in so many ways, nh.

    Also, what's your SN on Stars btw? =)


  2. WP. I think you will find 50 is as bad as 25 - perhaps worse. GL

  3. Love the Durrrr-esque overbet shove on the river! NH!

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