Tuesday, January 9, 2018

i was the donkey and quite a lucky one too

I've made it up to detroit much less often here lately due to Ray not feeling his best due to strepthroat going around. so about 5 times this week i played in toledo instead of detroit where i dont do nearly as well and the casino and the poker room basically suck. i convinced him to see the doctor, reminding him his coverage is free, and they gave him a prescription and told him he had 103 fever. of course its not nearly this bad now.

i played the PLO8 tourney in toledo and managed to survive somehow to 5th, which paid $225. there ended up being 25 entries. at 24 entries only 3 spots get paid, so i got quite a break. $120 + $10 was the buyin. i hate how all tournies make u pay extra for the dealer fee, just so the winners wont need to tip they make all the losers pay it instead in fees. makes it cost more to enter. i was quite short when i busted in 5th, then they chopped it up 4 ways, pissing me off because i offered to take much less if they chopped 5 ways but they didnt. $550 to each of them, $300 to me. was surprised they even had this tourney but this week they had a few different kind of tourneys. they never even offer $1-2 PLO here, the lowest they will deal is $5-5 on rare occasions.

but heres a few hand histories from Greektown casino in detroit on the day Ray and I were able to make it up there.

i was stuck and on tilt when i limped $2 with 4-4 in early position. the guy last to act goes $12 and i suspect BS, so i went allin for $100 as if id limped in with AA. only he calls, with 99. on the flop i got quad fours. he couldnt stop talking about it for 10 minutes nor could ray to every friend on the phone.

another regular was heavily stuck on tilt. i called his $40 raise preflop once with 85 of diamonds. flop comes 885 with 2 spades. he bet $100 i shoved $270. 3rd guy in folds, and he does too after a bit of thought. i thought he would be more likely to call then, with the spade draw out because i feared an ace king or spade coming, killing my action if he had JJ or QQ. but maybe i make more if i only call?

and then once i limped KT offsuit in late position. flop comes A23 with 2 clubs. i bet $10 to steal when 3 guys check to me, and only the button calls. turn comes J and i had no idea hes got aces and jacks and is slowplaying. hes been winning, too. i bet $30, he calls only. river comes Q of clubs, giving me the runner runner straight. i check, worried of the club. he bets $50 and i call, and he is a bit surprised when i show the straight to his AAJJ. if he raises the flop or the turn, id be gone of course.

overall im way less still than when i had the $20,000 or the $25,000 but im about $2000 better off than when i flew here from Deadwood. im still waiting to hear from the state department on documents, its been close to 6 weeks now id think.






4 comments:

  1. My fingers are crossed that your state department paperwork comes soon and you can sort out your identification issues. Best case scenario is you can eventually get a US passport. Then you can visit Canada and check out the pokers up there.

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  2. Tony:

    Hello. I saw you post that you wanted comments on your hand descriptions, so...:

    "i was stuck and on tilt when i limped $2 with 4-4 in early position. the guy last to act goes $12 and i suspect BS, so i went allin for $100 as if id limped in with AA. only he calls, with 99. on the flop i got quad fours." Completely non-sensical and ridiculous reason to justify ANY action. But, limping with small pairs is fine. Limp/calling to set mine might be good, but probably not getting the right price. Limp/all-in, based on a bad read and getting lucky? That's very fortunate, Tony. Grade on this hand: D-

    "another regular was heavily stuck on tilt. i called his $40 raise preflop once with 85 of diamonds. flop comes 885 with 2 spades. he bet $100 i shoved $270. 3rd guy in folds, and he does too after a bit of thought." Called $40 preflop with 85? WTF, Tony? How does that possibly make sense? What was your thinking here? Then, YOU FLOP THE WORLD!!!! And, then you raise everyone off the hand? I don't get that in the slightest, Tony. You have a tilted player in front of you, betting strong, knowing that a turn or river bet would be all-in. So, instead of letting him lead again, you push all-in and shove him and another player out of the pot. Absolutely awful, horrible play from the horrible call to the awful shove: hand grade = F

    "and then once i limped KT offsuit in late position. flop comes A23 with 2 clubs. i bet $10 to steal when 3 guys check to me, and only the button calls. turn comes J and i had no idea hes got aces and jacks and is slowplaying. hes been winning, too. i bet $30, he calls only. river comes Q of clubs, giving me the runner runner straight." Limpling KT off in late position isn't awful, but would prefer you come in with a raise. Your steal attempt on the flop was fine. I don't understand your bet on the turn; what did you think someone called your flop bet with that would now fold to the J on the turn? It seems pretty clear you're up against an A, so it seems poor play to bet that flop when you could have checked for a free river. What was your thought there? You then get a dream run out for a straight, and check/call. I get the fear of the flush, but I do think a raise to 100 would be perfect and you could fold to a raise - - but not awful to call there. Hand grade = C-

    Overall hand grade = D-

    Still, love your posts and love that you are, somehow, winning. Happy New Year's, Tony.

    s.i.

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    1. Agreed with the analysis except for the KT hand. Tony didn't have position, button had AJ. I think on a somewhat coordinated ace high 2 toned board, check call is the best play. Having bet the flop, check fold the turn, hoping for a check check from a weak ace or flush draw. Betting this big, most of the time will only chase away a weak ace with no draws, such as A8o. I give this hand a D-

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    2. I am inclined to be a little more forgiving with the KT hand. I give it a D+

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