Monday, March 31, 2008

Weekend of Futility... Again

This was a brutal weekend for me. The typical pattern would be that I would win pots here and there be up a buy in or two and then BOOM - QQ < AK for a big pot that would wipe out my entire profit. Rinse. Repeat... uh oh... this is starting to sound like a bad beat post. And personally, I rarely go there and I don't want to start now but there might be some bad beat references coming up... now, you've been duly warned.

Well, let's start with some of the funny stuff to cheer me up since I've been kinda down with the beats I've taken... the thing is, it's not even that the beats were brutal. It just seemed to come at bad times or in bunches and for bigger amounts. I'm stacking guys who have $200 or so behind... and getting stacked by guys with $400 behind when my QQ doesn't hold up (that happened at least 3 times this weekend - oops, quick bad beat reference #1). Anyways, first things first. Thanks to Fuel, Schaubs, Bayne, LJ, and Lucko for listening to (putting up with) my bad beat stories and dropping a word or two of advice/encouragement. I think I had to exercise great amount of control to not fall into a spiral of tilt. You all definitely helped in that regards whether you know it or not so thanks.

One table I was glad not to go on tilt was a 5-10NL table (6max) I played at... first or second hand in, I get dealt QQ on the button. There's one limper from the CO so I raise, everyone folds except for the CO who calls. Flop is T-9-9. CO checks, I bet, he minraises, I call. Turn is a 5. He checks again. After the mincheckraise and this check on the turn, I just decide that slowing down would be the best option. As such, I check behind him. River is a blank and he fires out like a $220ish bet. At this point, the pot is like $500+ (including his bet). I tank but eventually call. He flips over 95s. Nice limp call preflop there buddy. (Bad beat reference (BBR) #2). This, after already losing with QQ few times against AK preflop all in (BBR #3), AQ losing to JT preflop all in (BBR #4) was enough to really piss me off. But, I told myself that this could be good. That an idiot like this was to my right at 5-10NL, this could be juicy if I could control myself. And I did. I regrouped and at the end, I won a full buyin at 5-10NL that was nice.

I played a fair amount over the weekend (in between my social life which would come as a shocker to Bayne) and after all that, all I got to show for over the weekend is a net profit of $400... it's so hard when a lot of things go your way but the big pots are lost when you are on the good side of the flip (BBR #5). But such is poker I suppose. Oh and speaking of social life, during my so-called social life, we have this exchange which I found to be hilarious. (the points below are referencing the amount needed for 3k per week to get into the Main Event freeroll and the fact that I told Bayne on Fri that I might not be able to clear 3k after him telling me that he might not either):

6:23 PM Bayne: bad beat for you, I'm home watching BBall and have 5.5 hours to clear 400 points

Me: No worries. I cleared it last night.

Bayne: you really need to get a life

I saw this on my phone and I busted out laughing.

Ok, this post is going no where... so I'm gonna stop. With this gem of a hand history. AK rocks. TPTK IS gold. Consideration of preflop actions and texture of the flop is overrated. Once you flop top pair, go all the way!

Full Tilt Poker Game #5820063227: Table Marietta (6 max) - $2/$4 - No Limit Hold'em - 20:02:03 ET - 2008/03/28
Seat 1: bad beat fc ($159)
Seat 2: I R Teh Donk ($484.60)
Seat 3: Jomibakkus7 ($408.80)
Seat 4: RecessRampage ($746.30) <---SB
Seat 5: Luffy-san ($567) <---BB
Seat 6: Spork415 ($226.50)

*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to RecessRampage [Kd As]
Spork415 folds
bad beat fc raises to $12
I R Teh Donk raises to $42 <--- warning sign #1 (3 bet)
Jomibakkus7 folds
RecessRampage has 15 seconds left to act
RecessRampage raises to $142
Luffy-san folds
bad beat fc folds
I R Teh Donk calls $100 <--- warning sign #2 (calls a 4 bet)

*** FLOP *** [Kh Qd 4c] <--- TPTK WOOOOOOOOT!!!!!!
RecessRampage has 15 seconds left to act
RecessRampage bets $200 <--- heeeeeee haaaaaaaw
I R Teh Donk raises to $342.60, and is all in <--- warning sign #3
RecessRampage calls $142.60
I R Teh Donk shows [Qs Qc] <--- what else?
RecessRampage shows [Kd As]
*** TURN *** [Kh Qd 4c] [7s]
*** RIVER *** [Kh Qd 4c 7s] [5d]
I R Teh Donk shows three of a kind, Queens
RecessRampage shows a pair of Kings
I R Teh Donk wins the pot ($982.20) with three of a kind, Queens
RecessRampage adds $138.30

And no, this was not the QQ < AK hands that I referenced above, obviously... this is not a bad beat. This is just donkey play. See, sometimes, even I play like an idiot.


Mike Maloney said...

Haha, I think you took that from my HHs and just changed the names to protect the innocent.

Klopzi said...

That's the difference between us: you have a bad weekend and only end up winning $400. I have a bad weekend and I go on super mega-donkey tilt.

I like QQ vs. 95 hand and the last hand too. I'm sure if the flop had come K x x with no queen or ace, you're still stacking the Villain there. He hit his two outer, what're you gonna do? ;)

AK is the nuts!

Anonymous said...

As a reader, it seems like one of two things has happened:
1) you are playing more aggresivley, and not winning the hands
2) you are showing us (the reader) more losing hands.

Just an observation...

bayne_s said...

Where was reference in post to donkey call with T8s on turn?

I think there is more to bankroll spewage than you have let on?

Alan aka RecessRampage said...

I had 12 outs AND it was against you.

pokerpeaker said...

$400 is a bad weekend? Can I borrow your ability for a bit?

One thing. Why did you play the hand poorly? You four-bet it, not a bad play because you were the aggressor, although I think I'm folding to a re-raise, but anyway, you checked to see if TPK was good there. He called.

Then on the flop, what, you're supposed to check TPTK there? Then why did you four bet? Do you see what I mean? And when he raised you all in, then you're basically committed to the hand given the amount of money in the pot.

Maybe you shouldn't four bet the flop, but then again I know you're trying to incorporate that into your game. That's probably what committed you to the hand. Otherwise the only way I could see you saving money is by checking and folding the flop, and even I think that's pretty weak.

$mokkee said...

this is the kinda of thing you will run into on the weekends (5-9s). sooted donkeys luv to try and outflop you.

there's just about nothing you could be ahead of on the flop after the pf action in the AK hand.

Alan aka RecessRampage said...

Peaker, what Smokkee said. If I were to play smart, I would bet a smaller amount that wouldn't quite commit me and fold to a shove. The board is about the worst possible board I can have based on preflop action. It's not worth getting stacked here.

bayne_s said...

Did waffles teach you to count outs?

In typical donkey fashion you ignore the 2 flush outs where I river boat

Alan aka RecessRampage said...

I didn't know you had two pair so when I count outs, I thought I had 13. I can't believe I'm even defending this call.

SubZero said...

Tough break Al. Not gonna start posting my donkey plays though - I'm not too proud, it's just that there isn't room on the web!

Keep up the experimentation though, you can't push the boundaries if you don't know where they are....