Monday, September 14, 2009

Bloody Sundays...

I awoke from my sleep this morning surrounded by fog and loud gunfire. I could hear screams of horror, moans of death. I couldn't see anything. I stayed low to the ground to avoid the stray bullets. I was unharmed at the present time but still feared for my life. I couldn't see three feet in front of me. "Where am I?" I asked myself. I crawled through the grass while bullets whizzed by my ears. I could hear people around me. They were everywhere. I was on the battlefield.

I made my way over to a wounded soldier. I don't know what they were fighting for or who they were fighting against, but it was a massacre. I grabbed his gun and started firing at the enemy. BAM. BAM. BAM. I let shots unload out the rifle without knowing who I was aiming at or what we were fighting for. All I knew was I was fighting for my life. I had to get out of there immediately. The next thing I knew... I was hit. A bullet cut through my flesh right into my abdomen. I couldn't move, I could hardly breathe. It was the most excruciating pain I have ever experienced. At this point I just wanted the pain to go away. I wanted to be back in my bed, asleep. Welcome to the game of poker and welcome to my Sunday.

Haha.. guess I was a little bored and felt like that little story would appropriately fit my Sunday today. I felt like I got beat up. Well I did get beat up. I probably didn't play so well and the deck was not favoring me either for the most part. I still am probably playing too many tables on Sundays. It's hard not to play all these good tournaments but it definitely has to be hurting me in the long run, hell even short run. Who knows. What I do know is that I did horrible today. I probably played bad too. I am going to look over some hands but I know I wasn't playing my best for the most part. I had the life sucked out of me in a couple tournaments.

Early on in the 1k this hand came up..

PokerStars Game #32807554662: Tournament #200909028, $1000+$50 USD Hold'em No Limit - Level II (30/60) - 2009/09/13 18:05:03 ET
Table '200909028 102' 9-max Seat #7 is the button
Seat 1: TheProphesy1 (14425 in chips)
Seat 2: KKgeoroAA (31527 in chips)
Seat 3: SOXFAN83 (13574 in chips)
Seat 4: GotURead (17615 in chips)
Seat 5: marmoottin (15115 in chips)
Seat 6: qjuice14 (15925 in chips)
Seat 7: Cre8ive (12370 in chips)
Seat 8: TimDawg888 (15909 in chips)
Seat 9: CPT CRUX (13540 in chips)
TimDawg888: posts small blind 30
CPT CRUX: posts big blind 60
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to Cre8ive [Kd 9d]
TheProphesy1: folds
KKgeoroAA: folds
SOXFAN83: folds
GotURead: folds
marmoottin: folds
qjuice14: raises 120 to 180
Cre8ive: raises 300 to 480
TimDawg888: folds
CPT CRUX: folds
qjuice14: calls 300
*** FLOP *** [Qh Tc Jd]
qjuice14: checks
Cre8ive: bets 650
qjuice14: raises 1125 to 1775
Cre8ive: calls 1125
*** TURN *** [Qh Tc Jd] [Qs]
qjuice14: bets 2895
Cre8ive: calls 2895
*** RIVER *** [Qh Tc Jd Qs] [4c]
qjuice14: checks
Cre8ive: bets 2220
qjuice14: calls 2220
*** SHOW DOWN ***
Cre8ive: shows [Kd 9d] (a straight, Nine to King)
qjuice14: shows [As Kc] (a straight, Ten to Ace)
qjuice14 collected 14830 from pot

I probably played the river bad. I had 7220 and there was about 10k or so in the pot. I definitely didn't think he would check river with full houses or better than K9. But it was hard to put together a hand he would c/r the flop with and fire the turn and then check the river. I think QK still bets any Qx combo bets still so I was thinking he might of had like JK or JT and the turn counterfeited his two pair so I decided to throw a small bet out there for value. I definitely didn't think he would flat a button 3bet with AK. After this pot I lost the last of my chips with AA all in pre. I wasn't running real good today but no complaints, that's just how it goes.

Tomorrow is another day and another WCOOP event. The WCOOP has been draining me out but I'm going to try to refocus and play better. For those who saw the hand in the last blog I will copy/paste some stuff that I posted on pocketfives about the hand. Here are the results (taken from pocketfives blog post):

"Alright.. Some good comments here. Now let me give you my two cents. We are very deep stacked. He raised under the gun. I have played with moorman a bunch and know he's really good. His range for raising under the gun is pretty loose, so me 3betting him out of position is tough because he can flat call me and I'm out of position vs one of the best in the world, or he can 4bet me and my hand might be in trouble. Although against a moorman 4 bet in this spot I probably wouldn't fold but that’s another discussion and irrelevant here.

Anyways, given the stacks, I am not trying to play a 200bb pot all in preflop with AK vs an UTG raise, because typically AK won't be in good shape. He would never get it all in with AQ against me. So I decided to just flat call and disguise my hand.

On the flop it is a good flop for him to bet. I assume he is betting with his whole raising range so I decided to call here, to see what develops.

The turn is another 5. Flush draws are now no good if he has a pair and I would not continue the turn with a flush draw for the most part. I'm pretty sure he knows this and this is why he decided to fire the turn again. I am basically folding out more of my range which would be all flush draws and maybe smaller pairs, so he decided to second barrel. It's still a good card for him to bluff but it's still a good card for me because It doesn’t really change the board for my hand.

Now to the river. The river is a relatively safe card as well. The flush draws missed and the board is pretty dry still. I decided to check again and he bet 9k into about a 6k pot. I thought about it for a while before I decided what to do. First, I know his preflop raising range from UTG is really wide. I know he's betting the flop and turn a bunch as well. Now the river bet is what makes the hand so interesting to me.

Someone above said my hand looks like 99-JJ and I completely agree. I thought he thought that was what I had. He was putting me on a TT type hand and felt that I would have to fold the river to an overbet 3rd barrel. I don't think moorman overbets the river for value with JJ/QQ and I have AK which has blockers against him having AA or KK. I am not saying he can't have AA/KK but the chances are lessened. So I thought for a while and decided this was just a bluff, with a hand that he felt didn't have showdown vs my range that I get to the river with. He could make this bet with 88/77 or 5x but like I said, I feel like he would of went for a smaller value bet... so after thinking for a little while I decided to call.

*** RIVER *** [5h 5d 8h 5s] [7c]

Cre8ive: checks

Moorman1: bets 9000

Cre8ive: calls 9000

*** SHOW DOWN ***

Moorman1: shows [Tc Ad] (three of a kind, Fives)

Cre8ive: shows [Kd Ac] (three of a kind, Fives - Ace+King kicker)

Cre8ive collected 24430 from pot

*** SUMMARY ***

I'm not trying to brag about making a good call vs. moorman or anything. He's a great player and very tough to play against. I'm just showing an interesting hand I played and my thought process behind it. I really like this hand because I thought it out well and he also was thinking pretty deeply too.

Any other comments are welcomed."

That's all I got for now. Goodnight guys.

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