Thursday, July 10, 2008

The Junk Kicking Continues

Just a heads up. This is a really long post. 4 hand histories is probably too much. Oh well.

So this really is a bad beat post, but I'm going to disguise it in the form of a hand history post. Although my bankroll is still very much alive and $300 more than it was after I requested a check from FTP about 10 days ago, It's almost $1k below it's high water mark last week.

My session started off well when someone paid me off when I had nuts.

Full Tilt Poker Game #7160280903: Table Gentle Falls - $0.50/$1 - No Limit Hold'em - 3:04:21 ET - 2008/07/10
Seat 1: McAuliffe ($173.40)
Seat 2: mclarich ($98.50)
Seat 3: jarred blits ($220.55)
Seat 4: PokerN00B1E ($100.75)
Seat 5: ugly24 ($259.30), is sitting out
Seat 6: britesorb ($62)
Seat 7: Pabst Dry ($109.65)
Seat 8: mazzler ($116.70)
Seat 9: needtoowin ($188.25)
jarred blits posts the small blind of $0.50
PokerN00B1E posts the big blind of $1
The button is in seat #2
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to mclarich [Ah 8h]
britesorb folds
Pabst Dry folds
mazzler folds
needtoowin raises to $3
McAuliffe folds
mclarich calls $3
jarred blits folds
PokerN00B1E folds

I didn't have any information on this guy, but on the button with a suited A, I decided to see a flop.

*** FLOP *** [Kd 2h 4h]
needtoowin bets $3
mclarich raises to $9
needtoowin calls $6

I figured smooth calling here might seem more like a draw, so I raised instead. If I face a lot of resistance, I probably fold, chalking it up to AK.

*** TURN *** [Kd 2h 4h] [9h]
needtoowin checks
mclarich bets $18
needtoowin calls $18

I make my flush on the turn and stick with the theme that I've got a strong K. Can't see why he's still calling but I don't mind.

*** RIVER *** [Kd 2h 4h 9h] [3h]
needtoowin bets $25
mclarich has 15 seconds left to act
mclarich raises to $68.50, and is all in
needtoowin calls $43.50

Obviously he's not folding now, must be on the K-high flush.

*** SHOW DOWN ***
mclarich shows [Ah 8h] a flush, Ace high
needtoowin mucked [Kh Jc] - a flush, King high
mclarich wins the pot ($195.50) with a flush, Ace high


That was my 3rd hand at that table - a nice way to begin the evening. But it didn't last that long. Here's the fallout from another table.

Full Tilt Poker Game #7160482364: Table Hauck - $0.50/$1 - No Limit Hold'em - 3:34:13 ET - 2008/07/10
Seat 1: iluvharisu ($104.10)
Seat 2: LivesUndrBridge ($102.75)
Seat 3: dikemp ($103)
Seat 4: kouun ($124.50)
Seat 5: mclarich ($100)
Seat 6: mazzler ($216.55)
Seat 7: TheWakko ($106.65)
Seat 8: LauraMac9900 ($100)
Seat 9: meatyballz85 ($110.10)
TheWakko posts the small blind of $0.50
LauraMac9900 posts the big blind of $1
The button is in seat #6
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to mclarich [Ad 8d]
meatyballz85 folds
iluvharisu folds
LivesUndrBridge folds
dikemp folds
kouun raises to $4
mclarich calls $4
mazzler has 15 seconds left to act
mazzler folds
TheWakko folds
LauraMac9900 has 15 seconds left to act
LauraMac9900 calls $3

Again, I decide to see a flop with another suited Ace and end up in position. If I flop the Ace, I'm willing to fold to aggression if I think I'm up against a bigger Ace.

*** FLOP *** [4d 8h Ac]
LauraMac9900 bets $7
kouun folds
mclarich raises to $24
LauraMac9900 has 15 seconds left to act
LauraMac9900 calls $17

Again, I know nothing about this player as well, but it's a hell of a flop for me. There's very few hands that beat me, and I'm probably getting paid off against a bigger Ace.

*** TURN *** [4d 8h Ac] [7c]
LauraMac9900 checks
mclarich bets $72, and is all in
LauraMac9900 calls $72, and is all in
mclarich shows [Ad 8d]
LauraMac9900 shows [4s 4h]

I go for the OBFV and instead find myself pretty far behind. I don't know if I could have found a way to fold this given the way the hand played out.

*** RIVER *** [4d 8h Ac 7c] [4c]
mclarich shows two pair, Aces and Eights
LauraMac9900 shows four of a kind, Fours
LauraMac9900 wins the pot ($201.50) with four of a kind, Fours

That last 4 was pretty unnecessary.


I was able to recover about half that loss 2 hands later when AA held up against KK. Unfortunately, I didn't get completely paid since I was up against a tight player who didn't get overly aggressive.

Full Tilt Poker Game #7160503541: Table Hauck - $0.50/$1 - No Limit Hold'em - 3:37:32 ET - 2008/07/10
Seat 1: iluvharisu ($102.60)
Seat 2: LivesUndrBridge ($101.75)
Seat 3: dikemp ($103)
Seat 4: kouun ($120.50)
Seat 5: mclarich ($100)
Seat 6: mazzler ($219.55)
Seat 7: TheWakko ($107.65)
Seat 8: LauraMac9900 ($201)
Seat 9: meatyballz85 ($108.60)
LivesUndrBridge posts the small blind of $0.50
dikemp posts the big blind of $1
The button is in seat #1
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to mclarich [Ac Ah]
kouun raises to $4
mclarich calls $4
mazzler has 15 seconds left to act
mazzler folds
TheWakko folds
LauraMac9900 folds
meatyballz85 folds
iluvharisu calls $4
LivesUndrBridge folds
dikemp has 15 seconds left to act
dikemp folds

The table was playing pretty tight, and I felt that reraising UTG+1 was too obvious. I liked having iluvharisu call; he was a fairly tight player and I would be able to figure out where I stand fairly easily.

*** FLOP *** [7s 5s 8c]
kouun checks
mclarich bets $9
iluvharisu calls $9
kouun folds

I knew iluvharisu was pretty tight with a PFR% of 3 and only one 3-bet in over 900 hands. But he also like to smooth call a fair amount, although mostly in limped or min-raised pots. I probably should have bet more here.

*** TURN *** [7s 5s 8c] [3s]
mclarich has 15 seconds left to act
mclarich bets $20
iluvharisu calls $20

Not the best turn card for me. The smooth call on the turn doesn't really tell me much that I didn't already learn from the flop. I'm perfectly capable of folding to aggression here but harisu won't raise me even with a scare card hitting.


*** RIVER *** [7s 5s 8c 3s] [Qh]
mclarich has 15 seconds left to act
mclarich bets $21
iluvharisu calls $21

OK, here's my reasoning on the river bet. I'm still ahead of a lot of hands that harisu would call down with, but also beat by a couple as well. I figure that if harisu makes a big bet on the river, I have to fold. If she bets small, I'll call. So I bet an amount that I would be willing to call down with. If I'm raised, despite the pot odds, I was ready to fold.

*** SHOW DOWN ***
mclarich shows [Ac Ah] a pair of Aces
iluvharisu mucked [Kd Ks] - a pair of Kings
mclarich wins the pot ($110.50) with a pair of Aces

Shame, because if it was a player who 3-bet preflop, that money's going in on the flop. Probably some issues with bet-sizing again on my part but I was trying to figure out the best way to play cautiously yet get paid off by a lesser hand.


Here's the other hand that did me in. Obviously I could have played this differently and perhaps found someplace to fold but it'd still be tough.

Full Tilt Poker Game #7160630804: Table Hauck - $0.50/$1 - No Limit Hold'em - 3:58:36 ET - 2008/07/10
Seat 1: iluvharisu ($100)
Seat 2: LivesUndrBridge ($128.85)
Seat 3: dikemp ($111.65)
Seat 4: Wazzamaniak ($17.80)
Seat 5: mclarich ($153.60)
Seat 6: nellie1972 ($101.40)
Seat 7: TheWakko ($109.70)
Seat 8: LauraMac9900 ($218.80)
Seat 9: meatyballz85 ($87.60)
Wazzamaniak posts the small blind of $0.50
mclarich posts the big blind of $1
The button is in seat #3
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to mclarich [Qc Qs]
nellie1972 folds
TheWakko has 15 seconds left to act
TheWakko folds
LauraMac9900 folds
meatyballz85 folds
iluvharisu calls $1
LivesUndrBridge raises to $4
dikemp has 15 seconds left to act
dikemp folds
Wazzamaniak folds
mclarich calls $3
iluvharisu calls $3

Obviously, there's an argument that I should 3bet this from the BB to find out where I'm at. Instead, I play it a bit for deception value, but able to fold if an A or a K hits and there's action.

*** FLOP *** [2s 9c Jh]
mclarich checks
iluvharisu checks
LivesUndrBridge bets $8
mclarich raises to $25
iluvharisu adds $4
iluvharisu folds
LivesUndrBridge has 15 seconds left to act
LivesUndrBridge calls $17

Not a bad flop for me. LivesUndrBridge puts in the expected cbet so I check-raise. The smooth call is a bit of a concern but I figured it would be more likely that if he had me beat, the money would go in here.

*** TURN *** [2s 9c Jh] [7h]
mclarich bets $62
LivesUndrBridge raises to $99.85, and is all in
Wazzamaniak adds $4
mclarich calls $37.85
LivesUndrBridge shows [Ad As]
mclarich shows [Qc Qs]

The turn isn't a very scary card, and I can't see check-folding at this point, so the money goes in.

*** RIVER *** [2s 9c Jh 7h] [7d]
LivesUndrBridge shows two pair, Aces and Sevens
mclarich shows two pair, Queens and Sevens
LivesUndrBridge wins the pot ($259.20) with two pair, Aces and Sevens

For the most part, I don't see how I'm getting away from that hand at any point. That's what makes this losing streak so difficult; sure, there's a handful of instances where I've spewed money playing hands badly, but more often, I'm either getting coolered like above, or sucked out on badly (AJ > AK, JJ > QQ). I know bad beat stories are a dime a dozen, so I won't trouble you with anymore, but suffice it to say that it's been a rough couple of days.

After the mouse-throwing incident, my girlfriend suggested that maybe a break is in order. Perhaps it would be helpful, but I don't really know. I feel like I've been more diligent at the tables and really cut down on some of the mistakes I was making previously. I'm not in the object-throwing mindset anymore, although the beats are still wearing on me somewhat. I feel like I just need to work through this, and sooner or later, the cards will catch up to me.

I'm also wondering if I need to drop down in stakes. Right now I'm just under 40 buyins at the $.50\$1 level. I believe I can still handle the monetary part of the swings a bit longer. I've worked hard to get my bankroll up over $4k, and it does affect me mentally each time I've seen it drop below that, so perhaps I do need to step down a bit, I dunno.

I guess I'm just looking for advice here, whether it be about how I'm playing or the emotional side of it. I know I could be much worse off & be back to grinding it out at $5 SNGs, but it's hard not to get caught up in this. From the middle of May to last week, I've been on a upstreak of more than $2k. I started feeling like I was turning the corner, imagining bigger & brighter things. Right now, it's hard to envision all that as being nothing more than a mirage.

1 Comments:

At July 10, 2008 at 10:25 AM, Blogger RaisingCayne said...

Matt,
First, check your e-mail. Hope you can consider comin' down to the horse races next weekend maybe. Should be good times.

Re: your post... I do really like your play in the first hand history, as a smooth call of the $3 bet on the flop with your big draw likely would not have resulted in getting paid off as much as you did once you hit the flush.

And I don't know what you could do on the second hand. It's top two vs. bottom set. I read a bumper sticker that said that type of stuff 'happens.' Would take a much better player than myself to lose less than you did there.

The AA > KK hand seemed to play out pretty weird. Seems like you had quite the strong read on the nit villain here. (I don't see how villain justifies not raising you preflop, or on the flop for that matter.) I really like the line you took to get paid off nicely with Aces, while not risking too much with just one pair.

The last hand is a little peculiar as I definitely 3bet pre with QQ there probably 99% of the time. But I can't imagine the outcome being any different, as you were both holding nice overpairs post flop and turn. My money would've also gotten in with just the 2 outs.

Good luck going forward. (And it's my opinion that the occassional mouse tossing incident is unavoidable.)

 

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