Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Following in Poker Grumps footsteps will teach u to pick up new bad habits.

I've often worried i might be getting diabetes. my aunt patty had it. i've worried about this because of feeling the need to eat 1 tiny thing often when awaking, no regularly scheduled meals (just eat when hungry) and waking up feeling like i need water. or needing to use the restroom often for small amounts. plus the fact i used to weigh like 140-170 with much smaller waist and now pants under size 36 feel way too tight and i might even need 38 now. now i think i weigh 170-185 somewhere.

Plus, when i left the game tonight to buy food to take to my hotel, i felt i could hardly walk and felt something weird in my legs for the next 5 minutes while walking. while in the first 30 minutes at the table i kept sneezing feeling the onslaught of what felt like a cold coming on too. But i cant have it because vince tested me at his house with a clean needle with his diabetes reader. he says if it over 110 its bad and below 80 is good and i was only 79. over 110 is supposed to mean u have it. its some kind of blood sugar reader.

This has been a fairly decent week. since leaving Fallon with $10,300 before buying my ticket south, i've recovered quite a bit of the loss in Fallon. im now back over $10,900 but i got some lucky breaks after the loss on the hand im about to tell u about. some of those winnings were from sales of bitcoin id won this week too. but i'm not really having many losing poker sessions. ive had so many losing sessions whenever i play other games than poker ive kind of lost the desire to play those games much.

i'm sitting in a full $1-2 game and 2 guys sit who i think might know of me or my blog/twitter. but this 1 guy said ive never played with him before not sure if hes honest. when he first sat, he seemed to either be raising me every time im the big or small blind (or his friend) and they seemed to play all the time. his friend and him were playing tourneys all day. plus he commented on me folding the SB for $1.

so i've been folding lots, kind of bored, but up about $50. im in a hurry to go to bed once im up over $100. i get dealt the monster 2-4 offsuit, and decide to raise the guy who made it $6 on my BB. 3 guys i know cant have enough to reraise, so i go to $36. only the guy stealing my BB calls. Flop comes 953 with 2 clubs. what should i do?

i dont wish to shove because i might need to bet the river. i bet $30 which leaves money behind to bet again. he calls. K of clubs comes on the turn, and i look but i have no club. so im afraid to shove with so few outs for my last $85. i want the turn to go check check so i can shove the river if i miss hitting a pair or straight, and if NO club comes. i dont wish to bet something, because then i feel i wont have enough left to bluff the river. so i check, and he bets $75 of my $85.

i call (my biggest error?) 5 pairs the river, i check he bets my last $10 i fold, shocking the table. he shows nothing but 10-3 offsuit for 2 pair. i feel somehow i butchered the hand and i wouldnt never played it were for it not the strong desire to show a bluff with it, making Grump proud (and me newfound respect in my table). i knew the guy didnt have anything when hes raising me but if i cant make him fold, what good is knowing this info and how do u take advantage of it if u cant get at least 1 playable hand?


17 comments:

  1. On that 953 flop you should have went all-in. You were either going to double-up or lose your stack on that hand so you are so much better off being the aggressor.

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    1. I agree with Lester's strategy. However, you got yourself into huge trouble by making the bluff when you shouldn't have -- "kind of bored, but up about $50. im in a hurry to go to bed once im up over $100" and because you wanted to show it "and i wouldnt never played it were for it not the strong desire to show a bluff with it, making Grump proud (and me newfound respect in my table)."

      No matter how many times you hear that you should not be showing bluffs, you do it anyway, either so that you can show it and appear "smart" to the table or because you think you can use it as trickery with the table in future hands. And once again, the desire to show backfires on you.

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  2. Your stack size was $150 and you played 2-4? Don't play trash hands with short stacks. Especially when you are going to be out of position.

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    1. And especially bluffing up to $36. Geez.

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  3. Your biggest error was raising to $36 preflop at a 1/2 game with 2/4. I love the Poker Grump as much as the next guy, perhaps moreso, but that was stupid. Even Grump wouldn't do that. You want to see a flop for as little as possible with 4/2.

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    1. I think once Grump called a bet of around $35 with it ... and hit it. lol Grump will need to verify.

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    2. I never fold 10-2 hoping to impress Doyle Brunson to make him proud of me when I hit a big hand with it.

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  4. Honestly, I regard players who show bluffs purely to needle others as complete assholes. It is a pet peeve of mine and once I notice that type at my table I work extra hard to beat their ass and embarrass them however possible

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  5. Trying to bluff the unbluffable, and not know what went wrong afterwards. Makes me wonder how you can make money at poker at all.

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  6. It sucks when people keep raising you, but remember sometimes hands come in runs. I've had AK, Aces, Queens and AQ in a string of about 15-20 hands. Unusual yes, but it happens. Assuming to guy who keeps raising preflop is full of it has cost me a lot. That said, if he keeps raising me I will play back at some point, but its gotta be with a hand with some potential like maybe 109 suited or at least 56 suited. I'll fold 25 all day to a raise unless the guys a fish and we both have a grand or more at a 1/2 game or something.

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  7. Tony:

    There is an important point that your post highlights, and it's one that has come up before in your blogs:

    "i wouldnt never played it were for it not the strong desire to show a bluff with it, making Grump proud (and me newfound respect in my table)."

    No, it's not that the double negative of "wouldn't never" means you would sometimes. And, no, it's not that you thought it would make Grump proud (I'm guessing you're joking there). It is, instead, the point about "earning newfound respect". You stated earlier that you were tired and ready to go to bed, so you weren't going to be playing at the table long, regadless of how the hand played out. But this idea of "earning respect" of the other players sitting at your table has come up in other posts of yours. In the past, I assumed that you were using the term "earning respect" to mean that, figuratively, you were trying to get the other players at the table to think you bluffed a lot, so that you could then get more value from your nitty play on future hands. But, now I think you mean it literally. It's actually important to you that others at the table view you as a competent and non-ABC poker player. You value their opinion of you, not for the $ value that might mean, but because you're sense of identity is wrapped up in how other poker players view you.

    This is a big leak, Tony. You're at the table to make money. That's it. If you're playing to impress others, you're making a lot of mistakes. There was ZERO value in how you played the hand (yes, I agree with you that your biggest mistake was calling the large turn bet - you had $10 left for the river, so there was ZERO chance he was folding any pair there. The pot was about $155 and you called a $75 bet getting 2 to 1, with zero bluff equity, when your odds of hitting were about 1.5 to 5. Clearly that's an incredibly poor play).

    Bluff for a reason that makes sense. Wanting to improve other poker players opinions of you, in ways that aren't +EV, is really poor decision making, Tony. You can do better.

    s.i.

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    1. The analysis by SI is spot on here but you could have won the hand by going all in on the flop. If you are not willing to pull the trigger then why bother playing? Nobody at the 1/2 table cares about your image.

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  8. I would avoid raising to $36 preflop with 2-4 off suit out of position.

    Calling $75 on the turn to catch a draw when you only have $85 is not good. There is only like a 16% chance that you will hit your draw. Also there are three clubs on the board. Easy fold on the turn.

    A big part of poker is to avoid bad situations if you could. Preflop you could have folded and avoided this situation. You put yourself in this situation. He did not beat you, you beat yourself.

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    1. agree. the only reason i didnt fold was i was paranoid he reads my blog/twitter and just didnt wish to admit it. wanted to take the stand, then show the bluff. i wouldnt try this against someone i didnt feel like read the blog.

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    2. You make poker decisions based on who reads your blog? Do you think you are famous?
      I played against Jimmy Kimmel at the Borgata and he kept a low profile and took a nice pot off me when he made a straight on the river. It's just a game

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  9. Would you consider moving in with the Trooper now that your back in Vegas?

    Trooper is looking for a new place. You both seem to have a lot in common.

    Rent will be much cheaper this way.

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