Sunday, July 15, 2007

Work in progress...

is my tournament game. Or the lack thereof... having said that, recently, I'm starting to get a good feel for them. I tried my luck tonight in the 24K guarantee and the two Daily Doubles. Couldn't really get anything going in the 24K and I busted out of the Daily Double B when my 89 ran into KK... that was a resteal gone wrong... Having said that, Daily Double A is where I felt like I played well. Don't get me wrong. I didn't cash or anything. But I thought it was interesting that I didn't really catch cards but I was able to put a few resteals... at least enough to keep me afloat. For example...

FullTiltPoker Game #2959648284: Daily Double - A (22058448), Table 10 - 80/160 - No Limit Hold'em - 22:38:31 ET - 2007/07/15
Seat 1: iNFiNiTE88 (11,690)
Seat 2: RecessRampage (6,255)
Seat 3: seh239 (5,060)
Seat 4: koffeeg (2,485)
Seat 5: MikeRizz33 (5,230)
Seat 6: BeeeBack (5,305)
Seat 7: jbravo18 (4,415)
Seat 8: Buster1242 (1,385)
Seat 9: BoopyFeree (2,380)
iNFiNiTE88 posts the small blind of 80
RecessRampage posts the big blind of 160
The button is in seat #9
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to RecessRampage [Qh 4c]
seh239 folds
koffeeg folds
MikeRizz33 folds
BeeeBack folds
jbravo18 folds
Buster1242 has 15 seconds left to act
Buster1242 folds
BoopyFeree raises to 480
iNFiNiTE88 folds
RecessRampage raises to 1,100
BoopyFeree calls 620
*** FLOP *** [7c Kd 4h]
RecessRampage bets 1,300
BoopyFeree folds
Uncalled bet of 1,300 returned to RecessRampage
RecessRampage mucks
RecessRampage wins the pot (2,280)
The blinds are now 100/200

Button put in what I thought was a weakish bet so I decided to repop him. I didn't like it when he called but I decided that if there was no ace, I was going to follow up with a bet. Sure enough, the flop came K high so I bet out and I take the pot down. This was one of quite a few resteals I put in order to keep my stack healthy. Early on, I wasn't getting much to work with except for the one hand where I tried a squeeze/shove with 99, to get called by AQ (and my 99 held).

Then, I got moved to the table where there was a guy with top 5 chip stack. He was raising almost every hand so I pushed back some and chipped up even more. Then, I was dealt AA from EP so I raise it up. Sure enough, the big stack calls me and I see the miracle flop of A-A-K. (Wait, did I say, I wasn't really catching cards???) I didn't get much out of him considering the board looked like this and he claims he didn't have anything. But, I did get him to bet out twice so that definitely added to my chip stack. God, this is beautiful.

So, with about 280 players, I'm cruising and I'm approx top 60 or 70 in chips when a major showdown happens. The villain involved here moved to this table not too long ago so I haven't seen him really do anything.

FullTiltPoker Game #2960074572: Daily Double - A (22058448), Table 14 - 200/400 Ante 50 - No Limit Hold'em - 23:17:40 ET - 2007/07/15
Seat 1: supportthetroop (15,768)
Seat 2: MatueyHeartMe (13,766)
Seat 3: DarthDouglas (4,815)
Seat 4: RecessRampage (12,452)
Seat 5: dolphin75 (2,612)
Seat 6: TPDan38 (4,737)
Seat 7: twosteppin (11,568)
Seat 8: Deadcanary (11,395)
Seat 9: smokedulater (27,571)
supportthetroop antes 50
MatueyHeartMe antes 50
DarthDouglas antes 50
RecessRampage antes 50
dolphin75 antes 50
TPDan38 antes 50
twosteppin antes 50
Deadcanary antes 50
smokedulater antes 50
smokedulater posts the small blind of 200
supportthetroop posts the big blind of 400
The button is in seat #8
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to RecessRampage [Qh Qd]
MatueyHeartMe calls 400 <--- UTG limp
DarthDouglas folds
RecessRampage raises to 1,600
dolphin75 folds
TPDan38 folds
twosteppin folds
Deadcanary folds
smokedulater folds
supportthetroop folds
MatueyHeartMe has 15 seconds left to act
MatueyHeartMe raises to 13,716, and is all in
RecessRampage has 15 seconds left to act
RecessRampage has requested TIME
RecessRampage calls 10,802, and is all in
MatueyHeartMe shows [Kc Ac]
RecessRampage shows [Qh Qd]
Uncalled bet of 1,314 returned to MatueyHeartMe
*** FLOP *** [5d 4d Kh]
*** TURN *** [5d 4d Kh] [9c]
*** RIVER *** [5d 4d Kh 9c] [5c]
MatueyHeartMe shows two pair, Kings and Fives
RecessRampage shows two pair, Queens and Fives
MatueyHeartMe wins the pot (25,854) with two pair, Kings and Fives
RecessRampage stands up

I win this race and I'm top 10 in chips so that was unfortunate. I felt that if I won this hand, I could really give myself a good chance to go deep. When he shoved and pulled the ol' "limp UTG then shove" move, obviously, AA or KK crossed my mind. But I felt that he could do the same with a hand as weak as 88. Maybe that's too much but I felt that JJ, TT, 99, or 88 was a definite possibility. And I actually discounted AA because I thought he might not shove here if he actually held aces. So, based on that, and the fact that if I doubled up here, I'd be top 10 in chips was the reason I called. Turns out he had AK, classic race situation and I lost.

So, even though I didn't go deep in this tourney, I gave myself a legitimate chance to do so and for that, I'm actually pretty happy with how I did...


Mike Maloney said...

Flopped quad aces??? What a cardrack.

I really despise the UTG limp with AK. I don't understand it, I think it's a stupid move, and I feel like I see it way more than I should. That kind of move he made seemed more like a mid-pocket pair. AA or KK maybe, but I agree with your thought process that he probably wouldn't push with aces.

lj said...

that's a tough one.

nice work in the sng, though!

Matt said...


You weren't kidding when you told me to be back in 10 minutes!

All kidding aside, that's a brutal beat right there, but have to make that call. I'm going to disagree with Mike - I don't mind the AK limp UTG.

The problem with playing AK UTG is trying to thin the field. These days, a standard 3-4 raise UTG doesn't get respect, and you can still end up with 3-4 callers, and still be out of position. Raises more than that, and you end up with just the blinds.

I use this play fairly often, especially when I know there's players in LP who have a tendency to squeeze or force out limpers - it sets you up well for the repop. Of course, there's sometimes when everyone limps, and you're forced to play a strong hand OOP against multiple limpers. But AK is only a drawing hand, and on a 79T flop that doesn't match your suit, it's an easy way to get out of the hand.

With that said, I like his play. He probably isn't expecting to see QQ there, probably the one hand he hopes you don't have. His thought could be this: AA or KK is unlikely, and any pair JJ or under is easier to fold. Any other hand he's a big favorite against.

His push definitely seemed like AK, maybe KK. AA is going to reraise less so he doesn't induce a fold. His push gives you a chance to fold, but if you do call, he's gonna see all 5 cards. Of course, he risks his entire tournament like on a race at a decently early part of the MTT, but if he wins, he's got a good stack to play with. He loses and he goes out with relatively little time invested.

I like his play, I like you're call, just chalk it up to another lost race. Keep it up though - one day, those bitches are gonna hold up!