Saturday, December 1, 2007

Boy, I'm running good...

There's no denying how good I'm running when things like this happen...

For what it's worth (probably not much), all the money didn't go in until the flop...

Full ring game - starting stacks of the two parties involved
Seat 3: raylapsley ($560.10)
Seat 9: RecessRampage ($739.10)
raylapsley posts the small blind of $2
jerleibfried posts the big blind of $4

*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to RecessRampage [Kh Kd]
3 folds
RecessRampage raises to $14
CO and Button folds
raylapsley raises to $46 <--- from SB
BB folds
RecessRampage calls $32

No need to get crazy here. Since I'll have position and in case he has aces, I figured I don't have to be in a hurry to get my money in.

*** FLOP *** [Td 3c Kc] (gin!)
raylapsley checks
RecessRampage bets $72 <--- bet 3/4 pot amount hoping he has AK or AA.

Also by betting this much, it's hard for him to think I flopped a set. The pot is $92 and most people will probably bet closer to half the pot if they flop top set, trying to value bet.

raylapsley raises to $160 <--- he clearly has a strong hand
RecessRampage raises to $576

This is the only move that I don't necessarily like. I am overbetting for value here, sort of, but raylapsey is a decent player so it might not be a bad idea to just smooth call, indicating to him that I have AK. That way, on a blank turn, he'll fire out a bet and at that point, he would be completely pot committed.

raylapsley has 15 seconds left to act
raylapsley has requested TIME <--- please call, please call, please call
raylapsley calls $354.10, and is all in
RecessRampage shows [Kh Kd]
raylapsley shows [Ad Ah]
Uncalled bet of $61.90 returned to RecessRampage
raylapsley: nbh <--- he's trying to jinx me! And he misspelled nh...

*** TURN *** [Td 3c Kc] [4d]
*** RIVER *** [Td 3c Kc 4d] [6d]
RecessRampage shows three of a kind, Kings
raylapsley shows a pair of Aces
RecessRampage wins the pot ($1,121.20) with three of a kind, Kings
raylapsley is sitting out

In reviewing this hand, the flop reraise was bad. I need to be playing this hand just like I would play AK and it would be extremely rare for me to put in a 3rd raise/shove like that with just TPTK. I would if the opponent is loose and I know that he's capable of making that play with a draw but absent that, there's no reason to commit my entire stack. So, by putting in that third raise, all of a sudden, I'm indicating I have a monster hand. Later in the chat, Raylapsey made a comment that he was capable of folding (when someone else said, "no one can fold that there") which I know he is as well. He just didn't know me enough so he wasn't sure if I had a monster or if I was just overplaying TPTK. He also commented that at the other table, he just made $600 in a identical situation because the other schmuck overplayed his TPTK. I need to think through the hand better in order to a) make sure I get all the money in the middle when I'm ahead and b) so that it doesn't become so easy to read my hand strength. This was a dead giveaway and I hate that. I got lucky this time (to get a call) but he surely has notes on me now...


Fuel55 said...

Ray is pretty solid. No need to rush the money into this pot given the stacks.

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Shrike said...

Good hand history and you've already self-identified in the analysis section of your post how to play it to get a decent player to stack off much more often.

Anonymous said...

Don't you just love his donk play to check raise you out of position? If he is any decent he would not be a 200 NL for such a long time.