I was teaching at a WPT Boot Camp and have been keeping fairly busy so I haven't had a lot of a chance to move forward on the SnG challenge, I did want to give a general update though. I started with $100 and was playing $5 super turbo 6 max tournaments. ...
Got 40% on the poker quiz...next time I'm cheatin'! lol
Ok so ended up losing a bit. lol. Not everyone can win, you know!
Flops a set of 8's, outflopped by a set of Js. Flops a set of tens n outflopped by a set of As.
well me and my family spent the week in vegas, no i didn't get to play any events, i could only wish.
but i was able to meet a ptp member Abigfish for dinner and some ring game play after. his a real cool guy, and damn good player. we bought into a 1/3 nl game for 300 ea. i didnt do to bad after a 3 way all when i flopped a set and lost to a river flush. I won the side pot to break even and left the table up 85$.
Well i played every night this week at the orleans hotel, the rake wasnt bad, 3$ max plus $1 for the badbeat jackpot. end my play there up 1500 for the week.
last night i went to the rio and was hoping to play some at the wsop cash tables, but the waiting list was 200 deep. Instead i played they're normal cash tables.
started off at a 1/3 table bought in for the max 300$ and after 4 hands was up 225$. a 2/5 table opened up and i moved over to it. I played for a few more hours and left around midnight up 1k$ for the night.
I'm leaving out tonight taking a load to Washinton state. I've had a major blast here and after all was said and done with what the trip cost i'm up 1900 for the trip.
Been a truck driver doen't allow much time these days to play or even get on line to say hi.
on day the us players will be back online playing in force, until then gl at the tables.
I was teaching at a WPT Boot Camp and have been keeping fairly busy so I haven't had a lot of a chance to move forward on the SnG challenge, I did want to give a general update though. I started with $100 and was playing $5 super turbo 6 max tournaments. I ran that up to $150 pretty quickly and did ...
I didn't really blog about it, but the Tulsa trip was pretty much a disaster in the sense that I drove down for the $2k, but even after late registration we only ended up with 21 players. For those of you that followed on Twitter I have already said most of this, but it was a glorified sit n go...
Sorry I've been off schedule with the updates. Without going into great detail, I'm dealing with some ongoing issues related to the hacking of my accounts a few weeks ago. It's really been a pain, and having a background in technology it's really something I never thought would h...
Ask Rizen will be back next week. I haven't been able to update lately because I've been super busy in life away from the poker table. I'm going to make it a somewhat quick summary, but basically we had a scare where we thought our son had H1N1 after being exposed to it at the day car...
I waited until it was officially 'Saturday' to post this as I figured if I updated the blog twice in one day people's heads might explode from shock. This is a typical 'Friday' Ask Rizen post with all of the questions having been submitted from users over at PokerNations. Th...
I don't want to get into the drama, but I think absent a read this river call is spewy. It will work some of the time, but not the 33% of the time it needs to. Now AFTER we see this hand, we can pick him off in the future knowing he can turn 66 into a bluff here in addition to draws, and knowing that his huge river bets are usually bluffs. Before then though, it's all guesswork.
He could easily have A4/A3 here I think given our read of him pre-flop, or 43s, 53s. No, it's very unlikely he has AJ/A5/55/JJ/AA here, but 54s/53s/A3/A4/A2 are ALL in his range. We're also making quite a leap here without any post flop reads to think that a player who is SUPER weak/passive pre-flop is suddenly a pot bet river bluffer. Sure, it's possible, but without any reads you're playing a VERY volatile guessing game IMO. I'm not a big fan of making high variance plays in MTTs, and this IMO is the definition of a hero call without additional info. Let someone else at the table be the hero and after you see this guy show down a river bluff here pick him off because then you'll have a read.
I think everything up until the river was fine, but you really have to be able to rationalize out that he's capable of bluffing here at least 1/3 of the time, and without more info on him it's thin at best, bad at worst.
check here and re-evaluate. I think he checks behind most of the time as played. I think checking to induce a bluff and calling for value is flawed. Yes it will work sometimes, but rarely often enough to be a worthwhile play. I check and fold to most bets here.
check/fold 100% of the time here. IF you c-bet this flop you are bluffing vs these types of players. While you will occasionally fold the best hand here you still have plenty of chips. If you continue putting chips in the pot here you are opening yourself to losing a huge pot with third pair, which is pretty catastrophic in a tournament. If this were a cash game the conversation might be different, but in a MTT it's much better to make a relatively small mistake in folding the best hand here to making a huge one by losing more chips with what is likely the worst hand.
I think this is precisely why raising it to 600 is a mistake. He's never folding pre, and we dislike too many flops deep stacked. I'd rather juice it a little then build it after the flop unless we can get him to commit a much larger % of his stack pre-flop here.
I like the raise, in the last post I thought it was 75/150 for some reason, but I might have even raised less pre. Really I would raise the LEAST amount that would get the BB to fold, unless we know the UTG player is incredibly insane and would stack off with 100% of his range pre-flop, then we just shove (not advocating shoving, but if he's never folding A3 pre, just ship it in!).
On the flop I think a half pot c-bet is okay, just realize you are 100% bluffing and you shut down if you don't spike a T on the turn. I prefer checking most of the time here, as these sorts of limp/call players don't tend to bluff a lot post. If it goes check/check you might actually be able to value bet a later street. It would be nice to have post flop reads here but without them it's tough to weigh how often we will get bluffed when we check vs how often he will fold better/call with worse when we bet.