Thursday, December 20, 2007

Short lived TOC

Wow, I didn't even last till the first break. Not sure if this was a bad move on my part or not. More often than not, it probably is. Here's my bust out hand. Any thoughts are welcome...

Full Tilt Poker Game #4570970908: Battle of the Bloggers Final (30643270), Table 3 - 30/60 - No Limit Hold'em - 22:41:39 ET - 2007/12/20
Seat 1: SnailTrax (5,352)
Seat 2: jjok (2,897)
Seat 3: RecessRampage (3,540)
Seat 4: Loretta8 (2,609)
Seat 5: Kajagugu (2,076)
Seat 6: twoblackaces (3,175)
Seat 7: Julius_Goat (3,041)
Seat 9: jeciimd (1,975)
jjok posts the small blind of 30
RecessRampage posts the big blind of 60
The button is in seat #1
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to RecessRampage [Jh Ad]
Loretta8 folds
Kajagugu folds
twoblackaces folds
Julius_Goat folds
jeciimd folds
SnailTrax raises to 159 <--- from button
jjok folds
RecessRampage has 15 seconds left to act
RecessRampage raises to 460
SnailTrax calls 301

Now most of you already know that I know better than to think AJ is a great hand. So, for what it's worth, this was my thought process. I didn't have much going for me early on in terms of cards. Without cards, I know I'm not gonna take this down. So, if I'm not getting cards early, my only thought/prayer was that I would get cards later (if I could make it till later). And if I do, I want action at that point so I didn't want to look like I was playing too tight in this TOC early on so that I would get action later on when I actually have cards. Silly? Maybe. Does anyone think like that?

Another thing was that it was a raise from the button. I felt that the range was a little more wide open so I was basically going for a resteal. I didn't want to be folding my blinds too easy. Again, my theme for this tournament was to make sure I stay aggressive. If I miss the flop, I figured I'll fire one cbet and if that doesn't take it down, I was going to shut down... but then this happens...

*** FLOP *** [Ts Ac Js]
RecessRampage has 15 seconds left to act
RecessRampage bets 680
SnailTrax raises to 4,892, and is all in
RecessRampage has 15 seconds left to act
RecessRampage has requested TIME
RecessRampage calls 2,400, and is all in
SnailTrax shows [Kd Qs]
RecessRampage shows [Jh Ad]
Uncalled bet of 1,812 returned to SnailTrax

*** TURN *** [Ts Ac Js] [8c]
RecessRampage: nh
*** RIVER *** [Ts Ac Js 8c] [8h]
SnailTrax shows a straight, Ace high
RecessRampage shows two pair, Aces and Jacks
SnailTrax wins the pot (7,110) with a straight, Ace high
RecessRampage: gg all
RecessRampage stands up

I really had to think about that bet on the flop. It did feel a lot like an overbet for value. But then again, there were two spades so I wasn't sure if he was pushing an ace with a spade or something. It was a very close call for me but in the end, I just couldn't fold the top two. Should I have been able to? Or should I have not been in the hand at all? I just feel like I couldn't get away from the top 2 pair. Again, any thoughts here? Maybe I made the move a little too early in the tournament. Who knows. I really wanted to build the image as an aggressor but maybe I tried it a little too early. Who knows. Even if this was a mistake, I'd have to think that it was a marginal mistake. Again, all thoughts are welcome.

To make things worse, I got stacked at 3-6NL... just like I was saying to Fuel and Chislodc... 3-6NL is like my worst game... but then again, on the more positive note, I've more than doubled up at 5-10NL... win some, lose some, I guess.

I am flying out to my home land in less than 8 hrs and I haven't packed yet. So, I guess I better go pack...

Happy holidays to all. I hope you all have a safe and happy holidays. Good night now! And good luck to everyone who is left in the TOC.


Mike Maloney said...

That was a nice overbet on his part. I honestly don't know if I fold in that situation. Top 2 pair, and I'm only worried about exactly KQ, TT, JJ, or AA. I guess the overbet raises some flags, but a draw and some part of the flop seems more likely. So yeah, definitely tough to fold there

jjok said...

I don't think anyone lays it down.....and daddy did well with the overbet.

No shame going down like that.....cooler hell.

AnguilA said...

I don't like to reraise with a marginal holding early in a tournament because you may end up playing a big pot out of position. But besides that, I think once the flop comes there's no way you can escape getting your chips in the middle.

SubZero said...

It was a cooler. Only way you get to lay it down is if there were slightly deeper stacks or maybe no flush draw out there. I think folding at that point given your investment and the board is -EV.

Good luck on your trip mate, hope you'll keep us posted on your adventures....

BamBam said...

It was a difficult hand to play based on your situation. I can't see me laying it down.

Happy Holidays ! All the best.

Schaubs said...


Have a great time with the Family.

Take care.

Loretta8 said...

No way you could possibly fold top 2 in a reraised pot, especially against SnailTrax who is very wild post flop. I was amazed you thought as long as you did about it.

Sick cooler for sure.

VinNay said...

So do cmitch and I get a % of your 5-10NL winnings for shipping you the $5 you were begging for?

SubZero said...

Btw, awesome new banner! I'm gonna have to get me one of those....

Sia said...

I agree everyone else. Especially Loretta. No way you can get away from that hand post flop and I don't mind the pre-flop action at all, given he very well could have been simply trying to steal your blind.

Just a tough flop.