Wednesday, June 18, 2008

My leak and goals in review

The other day, I posted something and I received an anonymous comment about how he/she thought WSOP was one of my goals for 2008 and that I need to revisit my goals. Since it's almost the half way point, I figured that it's probably not a good idea. This is my post that described my goals for 2008. So, apparently, WSOP was not my goal, even though admittedly, I thought I said somewhere that I would try harder to make it. On the flip side, not sure what Mr Anonymous wanted me to do. I did play in the two major qualifiers, I was in the TOC, I did play in few of the weekly freerolls, and I fell short in all of them. In the end, I wasn't good enough to get there so I can make it my goal all I want. Nonetheless, the 2 goals in a nutshell were to convert to 6max and win a MTT. Since I didn't play much MTTs to begin with, I thought that would be a tough one but I did kinda win one... It was a 450ish person, 7k or so guarantee. It happened in May and I'm too lazy to link back to it. It was for like $2,200ish. Nothing crazy but not too shabby. Win is a win I guess. So, I guess you can say I achieved that goal.

I guess my lack of enthusiasm is coming from the fact that I actually thought I would be much better at this point. I had high hopes/expectations for myself for this year and to say that I am falling short is an understatement. It would be like saying that the Celtics were barely able to beat the Lakers last night. (You know I would never link up to site cuz I hate that stupid site)

I will say this. I think I am noticing that the games are getting tougher at 6 max. I don't know if this is just me or not but there are more players I recognize and squeeze plays, 3 bets, OBFV, etc are moves that I am starting to see more and more. In the past, a gross overbet was AK or a draw. These days, it could even be top set. I was not adjusting quick enough and I was overcommitting so much more with weak holdings like one pair. Here are couple of hands where I get taken for (my friend JT always asked me to post hands where I lost so here they are):

PokerStars Game #18052224536: Hold'em No Limit ($2/$4) - 2008/06/10 - 18:56:42 (ET)
Table 'Emita IV' 6-max Seat #2 is the button
Seat 1: mansea ($101.70 in chips)
Seat 2: Alotofaction ($586.90 in chips)
Seat 3: ZeKGB ($494 in chips)
Seat 4: PartyRefugee ($1846.85 in chips)
Seat 5: Dirty Vizzer ($416.20 in chips)
Seat 6: jaywks ($444 in chips)
ZeKGB: posts small blind $2
PartyRefugee: posts big blind $4

Just started the session so I don't know anything about them. Plus I know nothing about players over at Stars since I haven't played there nearly as much as Fulltilt.

*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to Dirty Vizzer [Th Td]
Dirty Vizzer: raises $10 to $14
jaywks: folds
mansea: folds
Alotofaction: folds
ZeKGB: folds
PartyRefugee: calls $10

Pretty much ideal situation. I raise from UTG and the only caller is from the blinds so I'll have position on them.

*** FLOP *** [5h 7d 2c]
PartyRefugee: bets $28
Dirty Vizzer: raises $44 to $72
PartyRefugee: raises $1760.85 to $1832.85 and is all-in
Dirty Vizzer: calls $330.20 and is all-in
Uncalled bet ($1430.65) returned to PartyRefugee
*** TURN *** [5h 7d 2c] [Jc]
*** RIVER *** [5h 7d 2c Jc] [8h]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
PartyRefugee: shows [5c 7c] (two pair, Sevens and Fives)
Dirty Vizzer: mucks hand
PartyRefugee collected $831.40 from pot

Needless to say, that was a TERRIBLE, TERRIBLE call by me. This is like the pinnacle of my poor play. Overaggroing with hands that beat nothing and then CALLING off rest of my stack. It was just bad. But if you want, feel free to pile on. Really, there's nothing to pile on though. I mean... this is about a bad a call as I can make. At least in the second hand, I learned my lesson... sorta...

PokerStars Game #18052832545: Hold'em No Limit ($2/$4) - 2008/06/10 - 19:27:10 (ET)
Table 'Dorothea IV' 6-max Seat #2 is the button
Seat 1: russ0618 ($409.10 in chips)
Seat 2: pharus ($159.50 in chips)
Seat 3: PartyRefugee ($586 in chips) <--- SB
Seat 4: Dirty Vizzer ($1203.40 in chips) <--- BB
Seat 5: tapatapa ($915.15 in chips)
Seat 6: kapie123 ($452.10 in chips)

*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to Dirty Vizzer [Kd Ks]
tapatapa: raises $8 to $12
kapie123: folds
russ0618: folds
pharus: folds
PartyRefugee: calls $10
Dirty Vizzer: raises $40 to $52
tapatapa: calls $40
PartyRefugee: calls $40

*** FLOP *** [7c 5h Tc]
PartyRefugee: bets $76
Dirty Vizzer: calls $76
tapatapa: folds

So this time, I remembered that the last time he bet out, he actually had a hand. On this board, I still thought it was fairly realistic for him to do it with a draw so I called to at least peel off one more card. If it's not a K, I'm done. Realistically, I can fold here but I'm not THAT good.

*** TURN *** [7c 5h Tc] [9c]
PartyRefugee: checks
Dirty Vizzer: checks

*** RIVER *** [7c 5h Tc 9c] [2c]
PartyRefugee: checks
Dirty Vizzer: checks

When this is checked to me, I did contemplate betting. The only problem was, I wasn't sure how well I can rep a club here and if the guy could fold what might be a pretty strong hand. I also felt that JJ-QQ could be in his range (though doubtful) so I felt that instead of risking a few hundred dollars to see if I can get a fold, I will just showdown my hand.

*** SHOW DOWN ***
PartyRefugee: shows [7d 7h] (three of a kind, Sevens)
Dirty Vizzer: mucks hand
PartyRefugee collected $305 from pot

Sure enough, he had a set and my kings were no good. However, on the turn, if it's a nonclub and he bets out pretty strong, I'm fairly certain I woulda mucked my KK, knowing that he stacked me at the other table in the similar fashion.


SirFWALGMan said...

My goal for 2008 is to play as bad as you so I too can lose a grand at 2/4 NLHE. We all must have dreams. :).

Mike Maloney said...

Yeah, that's a much better play in the second hand, and that 4th club basically means I've given up on the hand, so I'm okay with checking there and seeing what happens.