Thursday, May 27, 2010

Worst Session Yet Yesterday

PokerStars Pot-Limit Hold'em, $0.25 BB (8 handed) - Poker-Stars Hand Converter from

Hero (MP1) ($30.55)

MP2 ($25.65)

CO ($25)

Button ($30.40)

SB ($10.50)

BB ($26.95)

UTG ($22.40)

UTG+1 ($22.05)

Preflop: Hero is MP1 with J, Q

UTG calls $0.25, UTG+1 calls $0.25, Hero bets $1.25, 5 folds, UTG calls $1, UTG+1 calls $1

Flop: ($4.10) 9, 7, 10 (3 players)

UTG checks, UTG+1 checks, Hero bets $3.90, 1 fold, UTG+1 raises to $7.80, Hero calls $3.90

Turn: ($19.70) A (2 players)

UTG+1 bets $13 (All-In), Hero calls $13

River: ($45.70) 9 (2 players, 1 all-in)

Total pot: $45.70 | Rake: $2.20

I think this was my most dissatisfied hand yesterday. My rationale is that, based on the lack of sufficient data but loose stats on villain, he appears to be a little more loose. I don't put him on Ace 10 as a result, in which I would never call, but rather a pocket pair or some ridiculous combination of low cards (as it shows, he had 10 9).

I think my bet was iffy at best on the flop. I typically bet the flop with the amount equaling the size of the pot if I have a good shot of winning, as I can push people out of hands or at least figure out where they stand. When he raised, I had originally put him on a set, and felt confident of my call.

But when he goes all-in on the turn, I should have given it up. Realistically I have 17-18 outs out of 45 (once he reveals), and am only getting a little more than 2.5 to 1 on my money. It's a gamble to bother, and I'm not playing to gamble: I'm playing to make smart calls/bets and to win with the better pot odds. Instead I call, and lead to this being one of my bigger losses for the day.

I currently stand at 222, starting the day at around 310. I'll try again later today and see where I go from there.

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