Tuesday, April 7, 2015

How to squeeze the maximum chips from the opponents

Here we have a multi table tournament. It is still the early stages and I tried to play cheaply all the possible drawing hands I received. In this particular situation I played ace and five suited (hand which I would most certainly fold in early position in later stages of the tournament).
The flop is very good giving me nut flush draw. As the same time the flop seems more than prospective for Papi_Flor who is holding flush draw plus gut shot straight draw. He raised reasonably less than half pot and I gladly paid. The surprise here is that the third player - kelly1025 called with only a middle pair.
The turn was very lucky for me not only completing my flush but making the flush of Papi_Flor second nuts. The opponent decided to try and hide his flush just checking on the turn. I liked the idea and repeat the exercise giving kelly1025 chance to see freely the river.
And bingo: the river was exactly what I wanted the second pair in the hands of kelly1025.
Papi_Flor betted only half of the pot and I raised slightly only one big blind. The idea was first not to scare kelly1025 and second to give the ball back to Papi_Flor for re-raise. It happened exactly like planed kelly1025 called and after him Papi_Flor re-raised all in.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Hard Choices

Poker is not a game of card but a game of situations
Here we have a multi table tournament and a very nice starting hand QQ (a pair of queens) and perfect position to play it. I raised only 5 big blinds in order to keep more players in the game and got called by the small blind PASHIA and surprisingly re-raised by the big blind MDW2002. Because of my late position on the table and my not so strong raise it could looked as steal in the eyes of PASHIA who had this advantage of the drawing hand (if you don’t catch the flop it is very easy to fold) so his call here looked really on place. On the other hand the double re-raise of MDW2002 show a great power and I easily put him on strong over-pair (QQ, KK or AA) or ace-king (AK). I preferred to just call and let him be the aggressor. PASHIA who already have made a call had no choice but to call again – he was just stacked between two raises.
The flop could hardly be better for me – setting my queens and there were no scary card as king or ace. The only really threat for me would be 8T or TK but I was almost sure that nobody would pay 10 big blind with such marginal hands (I was wrong about it because PASHIA actually did it). So, PASHIA checked and MDW2002 whose hand look really good as well (he had just an ace to be really afraid of) betted the pot and there was immediate all in raise (it was equal to double re-raise) from me. Here PASHIA called with his pair of nines and open ended straight draw (this is situation where he normally could have more outs than if he had only the OESD – because except of all the eights and all the kings – all the nines and all the tens could do it for him). Of course, having raise and re-raise here he should be aware that he is behind in the hand and fold. MDW2002 paid as well.
The turn and the river were neutral cards and I managed to treble up.

I like deuces

I guest every regular poker player has one or more hands that they just love to play. For me this is the pair of deuces (22). This is definitely my lucky hand and I play it very seriously and had a lot of winnings thanks to it.
This hand is a perfect example: The tourney is my favorite  one table Sit and Go and I am chip leader. On the dealer button I am making a standard raise to steal the blinds and JohnyCas who is the short stack anyway is going all in. I simply paid.
The flop is turning two kings (KK) which is good for me and when on the turn I caught the third 2 I was the winner. Just to make his lost even more dramatic the river card appeared to be the fourth diamond on the table and the opponent was going home with nice flush.