Archive for January, 2009

Pkr.com – Case Study 4

Posted by Trix @ 12:00 AM, Thursday Jan 22nd, 2009

www.pkr.com -With a hand of (A,K), we find ourselves in a heads up pot after making a reasonable raise preflop. The flop then comes down ((3,10,J) with no immediate flush danger present. If we are second to act and our opponent raises another average sized bet, there are some points here that need to be considered. First of all, there is every chance our opponent is making a continuation bet in order to try and pick up the pot uncontested, and there is a real chance they may have nothing.

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If they have connected in some way, I feel that a reraise should give you a lot of information about how well. If the response to your reraise is for your opponent to put in another large reraise, we can safely say that we are probably not going to win the pot if an Ace or King falls on the turn. This in itself is an important point, because if your opponent has only a middle pair or something similar, you can count your Ace and King as possible outs, but you must also be aware that if your opponent has a hand such as (A,J) you will get yourself into trouble if an Ace falls.

In an ideal world, you will hit a Queen for a straight, but we cannot pin much hope on this card arriving. Whilst it does give four definitive outs, when we work on the assumption of our reraise being called, the pivotal point is whether we can pair an overcard and be in front in the hand. Despite these possibilities being the key to the hand, we would also be very happy if our opponent simply folded, and with a high incidence of players putting out tester bets on a flop such as this, that is a distinct possibility.
Bear in mind also, that if the flop shows two cards of the same suit, your opponent could be drawing to a flush so be careful if another of that suit appears on the turn, especially if it is an Ace or King of that particular suit.

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Partypokercom – Points of Note on Omaha hi/lo

Posted by Trix @ 12:00 AM, Thursday Jan 15th, 2009

www.partypoker.com – Although I do not profess to be the greatest hi/lo player around, I do have a reasonable grasp of the game, and there are some points which become more apparent the more often you play. One of which is that inexperienced players will always love getting involved with any big pair, and although this can sometimes work, I do not have too much interest in a hand such as (Q,Q,6,3).

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The first point to make is that the cards which are Q, and Q, are taking up spaces which could be filled by a 4,5 in our example perhaps giving us a double suited (3,4,5,6). With the pocket pair, the only realistic way you can improve this part of the hand is to hit one of two cards to make a set, which doesn’t happen often. The hand has so much strength in Holdem partly due to the fact that the pair alone often wins, but how often in omaha does a single pair win? Rarely. This is especially so when you have more players wanting to see flops than in Holdem.

Also in hi/lo, many players raise and reraise heavily preflop with premium hands such as (A,2,3,4) and often end up getting all their chips in heads up. But such is the frequency that you will end up chopping the pot in half, that I do not see how you can gain much from this. After all, you can get a huge stack all in heads up, chop the pot in half, and you’ve basically won nothing. I much prefer letting several players go to a flop, and if you make your low hand, it’s going to be a strong low hand, and you will end up splitting 4 or 5 players money, instead of 2.

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Vcpoker.com – The All in

Posted by Trix @ 12:00 AM, Thursday Jan 8th, 2009

www.vcpoker.com – This is the most powerful weapon in any poker players armoury, and can be the most lethal, for you, or for the person calling. Generally speaking I would ideally be happy if I went a whole tournament without having to make this move, because it often means that all your chips are on the line, but the powerful effect it has cannot be underestimated.

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We should firstly consider the fact that such a move takes all options of playing back at you and reraising, away from your opponent. Having said this, the moment you make that bet, you also take all the options away from yourself too. If an opponent quickly calls your all in and turns over pocket Aces, it’s too late for you to do anything about it, other than to get lucky. Smaller raises and reraises always have the added bonus of leaving you the option to get away from the hand, and often give you a lot of information about what your opponet has. For this reason, I would normally say to use the all in bet rarely, but sometimes your situation means that you don’t have a lot of choice.

When you become short stacked in a tournament, you need to make raises that will have an impact upon your opponents, and this means commiting most, or all of your chip stack. For this reason, I try to never let myself get in a position where I would need to double up twice to get anywhere near the tournament average, you are better off gambling with a hand before your chips get that low.

Pokerstars.com – Unorthodox Plays

Posted by Trix @ 12:00 AM, Thursday Jan 1st, 2009

www.pokerstars.com – I chose to write about this subject, partly because I saw a player at my tournament last week play his hand in what most players would call, a foolish way. This particular player was very inexperienced at the game, but had come along anyway to give it a try. Later on in the tournament, one of the very experienced players at the table raised 1,500 preflop, which was a sizeable bet with the blinds as they were. Our inexperienced player took a look at his cards, and called.

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The flop came down (10,7,10) and our inexperienced player picked up his chips and made a very big raise of 5,000 chips. After thinking for quite a while the opposing player pushed his last few chips in, and once called, showed pocket kings. But the raiser, and inexperienced player, of course showed (K,10). By pretty much going entirely against the grain in terms of how you should play the position he was in, this player had won a very big pot. The very fact that he shoved a huge amount of chips into the middle, made his opponent think his pocket kings must be good. Because how many players flop trips and lead out with a bet almost the size of their opponents stack? It was so unorthodox that it made his opponent misread the situation.

Granted, it was very lucky to catch a flop of two tens, and he shouldn’t really have even called preflop in the first place, but once he made the huge bet, he actually convinced his opponent he did not have a ten. I would not recommend playing poker like this personally, but it just goes to show, that being unpredictable in the way you play can reap great benefits sometimes.