Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Weekend Poker...

"Ask for a better hand? I tried colliding with my problems, yeah I never ran. That'll make me less a man. I ain't go from not havin' it to being arrogant. I dreamt, went grabbin' it, just being passionate." - Joe Budden - Better Me

I didn't play poker for a little while because of my birthday festivities last week. My girlfriend came into town and some other friends and I spent time with them. I didn't play at all last weekend which was a little frustrating since I had been pretty hot on Sundays having a couple shots every week. Oh well. With all that said I was back in action on Saturday. I played the typical Saturday schedule which involves almost every big tournament and got lucky enough to win the 100r on Full Tilt.

There is a hand from the final table that I think I played wrong that I will post here and discuss.

Okay basically the history is this: The table is very weak and intervention is really the only person who is showing aggression. Rich is playing super tight and fox is playing passive tight. Intervention is to my left and it is obviously me vs him for the table aggression. I would imagine hes calling preflop with a huge range and floating the flop a big percentage of the time here. I figured he would float the flop and try to put pressure on me since there is one real short stack and both opponents are really weak. I wanted to check shove the turn because of the table dynamics but the board paired and he made a good bet. I decided against it because I knew I could get my chips in better, in case he did have it...

What do you guys think or what do you guys do here? Thanks in advance.

Full Tilt Poker Game #9601505278: $60,000 Guarantee (Rebuy) (70052022), Table 14 - 5000/10000 Ante 1000 - No Limit Hold'em - 22:11:45 ET - 2008/12/20
Seat 2: Intervention (547,126)
Seat 5: foxjizzle (287,811)
Seat 7: Rich taste1 (99,404)
Seat 8: Cre8ive (376,659)
Intervention antes 1,000
foxjizzle antes 1,000
Rich taste1 antes 1,000
Cre8ive antes 1,000
Cre8ive posts the small blind of 5,000
Intervention posts the big blind of 10,000
The button is in seat #7
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to Cre8ive [Ac 5c]
foxjizzle folds
Rich taste1 folds
Cre8ive raises to 28,500
Intervention calls 18,500
*** FLOP *** [Jd 7c 3c]
Cre8ive has 15 seconds left to act
Cre8ive bets 32,000
Intervention calls 32,000
*** TURN *** [Jd 7c 3c] [3h]
Cre8ive has 15 seconds left to act
Cre8ive checks
Intervention has 15 seconds left to act
Intervention bets 80,000
Cre8ive has 15 seconds left to act
Cre8ive has requested TIME
Cre8ive folds
Uncalled bet of 80,000 returned to Intervention
Intervention mucks
Intervention wins the pot (125,000)
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot 125,000 | Rake 0
Board: [Jd 7c 3c 3h]
Seat 2: Intervention (big blind) collected (125,000), mucked
Seat 5: foxjizzle folded before the Flop
Seat 7: Rich taste1 (button) folded before the Flop
Seat 8: Cre8ive (small blind) folded on the Turn

(Taken from PocketFives Thread - Hand From 100r Final Table)

I ended up not shoving the turn when I should of shoved it. Basically I know the shove is "+EV" (I'm not really an ev guy but I guess I need to learn some of the principles and math behind it all) but given the table and how everything was going I felt I could fold here and pick a better spot. Everything I said above about how I know its a high probability I'm getting floated and everything gives me more of a reason to shove. People in the thread where I posted the hand said he most likely raises a Jack on the flop and probably wouldn't bet a 7. So it's possible he has a 3 or air, but who knows. Anyway I thought I played the hand bad since I didn't shove the turn but luckily I still took down the tournament.

Yesterday (Sunday) went horribly for me. I got deep in a couple tournaments and lost a couple huge pots to some sick beats. Sundays are just those days where sometimes you give sick beats and sometimes you take them, yesterday was my day to take them. Hopefully I can have a shot at a big Sunday tournament win before the year is over. One more week to do that lol.

Other than poker things have been pretty quiet. Stu, Brian, Tim (cane3418), Hans (miamihans), Steve, and I went to the Heat vs. Lakers game on Friday. It was a good game and the Heat pulled it out. Kobe's buzzer beater to tie the game rattled in and then out. We hung out in Miami a little bit and saw Tim's new condo that is in the same condo place as Hans' condo, directly across the street from American Airlines arena. Pretty sick places they have.

Also Congratulations to my sister and her Husband for having their child. His name is Jeffrey and I am an uncle! It's pretty neat and everyone is excited that we have a new member in the family. Someone told me he came out of the womb holding K8o but I don't know who can verify that. Maybe one of the nurses, I'll have to ask around. =)

I will stop slacking and update some more. I don't know if I am going to go to the PCA tournament in the Bahamas like I went last year. Probably not. I think I might end up going to Biloxi for the WPT in early January instead. I have never played a WPT tournament so it would be exciting to play one. I've just played the side events for the most part never a 10k+. Expect some more blogs more frequently and I still have that big news approaching. Also I am writing an article for pocketfives. I have a pretty good topic I am going to write about that hopefully people enjoy. Goodnight guys.

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