Thursday, August 12, 2010

Perfect Game

I played the VeryJosie last night and played a pretty perfect game. I will go over a few hands that were key and my opponents thought were bad plays.

I had a fun hand with Wolfie. I had limped in late position with QT. I was getting shortish. I was also getting frustrated here. I had several good hands sucked out on recently. So when Wolf re-raised 3x-4x the blind I made a VERY loose call. Normally I would not make a call like this.

The pro's of this call are that Wolfie is likely to pay me off and double me up if I hit the flop in any meaningful way. The cons are that I am likely behind to a better hand and QT is a crap hand.

The flop comes T97. Wolfie leads out with a bet that commits him. I know I have his ass killed so I jam all in and he calls. It turns out I got really lucky on this flop since he had AQ pre-flop. Technically I played this perfectly because my initial investment of 4BB paid out a huge fucking payday and double me up.

Obviously this was a loose call born of a little frustration but beyond the pre-flop call the rest was pretty standard and played well. Please do not whine when you call off a big chunk of your stack with Ace high drawing to three outs.

Next up is my hand with KJ. I am in the SB and I raise my KJ up to 3x the BB. I am a short stack but not desperate yet. I have around 2700 in chips with 50/100 blinds. I am the smallest stack at the table. The BB re-raises me. I read this as a semi-weak re-raise. I think about it. Weight the factors. I decide I want to gamble a little and jam my entire stack in. I like shoving because it puts all the pressure on my opponent. I figured he would make the call and hoped we would be racing. He thinks about it for a decent amount of time then calls my all in jam for over half his stack or more with ATo. I will give him props in that he made the right call in this situation. I spiked a King and crippled him. He would be out of the game shortly after.

Shoving here is AS loose as you will EVER see me. It might be a weakness in my game but I refuse to be blinded out like RoachBoy. I tend to error on the other side and get all in too early. I really need the chips though because of the retarded suckouts I have against me. I had A7 runner-runner flush my AQ and A9 win out when I flopped 2-pair and he could not fold TPF(ucked)Kicker.

The final play of the night came when I had Kings in late position. Mojo raised to 720 with a 7K stack. I re-raise him to 2100 with a 5K stack. He decides to jam all in with AK and I can not fade three outs. I think his shove is pretty standard MTT play. I also think it is stupid. Not that he is stupid. Not that his jam is wrong according to conventional MTT play. I just find it amazing how willing people are to overplay AK. The only other problem I have with his jam is that there is absolutely no fold equity for him. I mean if I re-raise to 2100 with a 5K stack I am not going anywhere to your jam. The only thing it accomplishes is making sure you get to see all five board cards. I was not angry at his shove at all though because it made sense.

If I can conceptually understand why someone would make a stupid play then it NEVER bothers me. Even if I am a HUGE favorite and I lose. His play makes total sense given modern day online MTT play. If he turned over something like KJ and hit runner jacks or something like that I am sure I would have been furious.

Wolfshead went out in 4th. Josie was predicting he would win the whole thing when he was the top stack with 9 left. I figured he would find a way to blow it. ;). I was correct. Although I thought he would go out fifth and I would assume my normal bubble spot. Ah well. At least I outlasted Lightning. Ratboy and MojoSuckout took first and second and LuckiDuck took the last paying spot. He played a very tight game and deserved that third spot.


Blogger Josie said...

Yeah some good playing last night by Lucky Duck, Mojo, Ratdee AND ME. :P

6:57 AM

Blogger The Poker Meister said...

"I also think it is stupid. Not that he is stupid. Not that his jam is wrong according to conventional MTT play. I just find it amazing how willing people are to overplay AK."

Very astute observation. I agree whole-heartedly and understand *EXACTLY* what you are saying. When an opponent is sitting with the big stack, and you've made a pot-committing bet, why wouldn't the holder of AK flat there and see a flop?

Now the other camp: the camp of ABC MTT school, says if an Ace hits the flop, your opponent can get away from the hand and you've lost potential money where your opponent could fold his underpair to the over flop. That is why you push there. Also, to close out action from other players (don't know if there was anyone else in the pot). But with a 7K stack vs. a 5K stack, you're essentially putting your tourney life on the line with a "drawing hand," a hand that needs to improve in order to win at showdown generally.

The other pro for pushing AK is that the opponent's range is drastically reduced with only 2 combos of KK, AA, but many more of AQ, even AJ, and all under pairs. Speaking in general terms of course... I can't speak for what Mojo was thinking, obviously.

Finally, if I'm able to knock out an opponent, my equity in the tourney goes up. This is an opportunity to knock out an opponent with a potentially better than 50/50 prop. Obviously wrong in this case, but in the general sense. More points in favor of AK push.

When it comes down to it though, I can't see pushing AK, AQ like this. So close in stacks, I'm trying to avoid the variance of what looks to be a 50/50 flip. Though I'm big stack and not going out with it, I'm left with a crippled stack.

7:41 AM

Blogger Memphis MOJO said...

Maybe I should post about this, but here are some random comments. (1) At the time I was thinking that my raise looked like a button raise and therefore you don't have to have as good a hand as you did. Thinking about it some more (2) if I fold, I'm in great shape, why get overly aggressive? (3) If I shove, I get to see all five cards (the ace came on the turn) - so I don't like call and evaluate, fold is better to me (4) If I shove and win, I'm positioned to win the tournament (5) what about table image issues? If you fold ever time somebody raises, they will run over you.

12:02 PM

Blogger lightning36 said...

Thank you for the "props" on roaching. The more you confuse people with your incorrect analysis, the more I profit. You might recall that I shoved with my strong Ace into a K-K raise -- not exactly a roach move. I was actually fine with going out at that time since it spared me the pain of seeing your suckouts and hearing the innane bantering between you and Wolfshead while you debated who was the bigger donk.

2:51 PM

Blogger Loretta8 said...

the described game was about as perfect as that cocksucker Papelbon was in Toronto today

6:23 PM


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