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Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Now That I Have 777 Posts

does that mean my luck will improve?


Some people win. Some people bust out early. I eventually lose coin flips and finish 42nd. Often - just read through the archives. Again last night in the Skillz Series. Pot limit HA was a pleasant diversion, even though I didn't get much of anything resembling a playable hand in the Omadraw portion.

This was my bustout hand ...

Full Tilt Poker Table 1 - 80/160 - Pot Limit Hold'em - 23:04:51 ET - 2008/04/22

Seat 7: NumbBono (4,170) UTG
Seat 9: on_thg (3,960) UTG+2

*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to on_thg [Qh Ah]
NumbBono raises to 560
1 fold
on_thg raises to 1,920
5 folds
NumbBono raises to 4,170, and is all in
on_thg calls 2,040, and is all in
NumbBono shows [Jh Jc]
on_thg shows [Qh Ah]
Uncalled bet of 210 returned to NumbBono
*** FLOP *** [2c 4c Ks]
*** TURN *** [2c 4c Ks] [Td]
*** RIVER *** [2c 4c Ks Td] [7c]
NumbBono shows a pair of Jacks
on_thg shows Ace King high
NumbBono wins the pot (8,160) with a pair of Jacks

I was a little surprised that NumbBono would 3-bet shove with just Jacks - it's not like I'd played a hand in a while and I almost never re-raise (a failing I know) preflop, so I had *something*. It wasn't as if he was short and desperate.

I didn't have to go broke there. But I did. It's one of those things that happen when you've played 3.5 table hours between two tournaments (that and the Bodonkey, where I also went out mid-pack) and have been completely card dead - no premium pocket pairs since orbit number one. AQs looked like gold.

It wasn't.

Stupid iron pyrite.

Once again I fail. Nice job taking those chips all the way to 2nd place, NB.

I will continue to treat these events as nothing more than entertainment. I have no chance, so to create unrealistic expectations would only lead to frustration, tilt and stuff being broken. When I play it will be for fun and only for fun.

M00kie tonight. 10PM ET, pw vegas1, Full Tilt. I prolly won't play, but who knows.


SirFWALGMan said...

Numbono 3-betting Jacks is standard. Perhaps the reason you go out early is because you try to race before you have to. When he jams let him have the hand maybe? The blinds were not that high.. it is PL.. no Ante.. find a better spot? I dunno. Just a though.

on_thg said...

That may be true, although I'd look at my results - lots of mid pack finishes - as being more typical of someone who puts off racing as long as possible. If anything, my reluctance to stare down a 3-bet or to take a flip leaves me below average in chips -- usually about the time the antes kick in and then I'm really hosed.

I'm too lazy to do the math, but I think both the three-bet and my call are more or less defensible. I don't hate either decision. I was just surprised by the insta-three bet with (meh) jacks - he'd committed less than 1/7th of his stack with the raise, while I was in for 1/2 with my re-raise.

Maybe it's just me but when I 3-bet with jacks my opponent invariably has AA, KK or QQ. Just sayin'.