Archive for the ‘2012 Poker’ Category
September 23, 2012
Is it really that long since I posted? How have you all been?
I guess I’m getting lazy. Or something.
Still, I’ve been cruising along , carrying on with the low buy-in tournaments. I’ve also had a bit of fun playing “Speed Poker”. This is the iPoker version of the old Rush Poker that Full Tilt invented. I’ve been playing it on Vernon’s, because they gave me $5 to give it a try.
It’s been a bit up and down though. More down than up, actually. I think I’m playing fine but there’s a lot of variance and the rake bites hard at $0.02-$0.05 blinds. How’s this for a roller-coaster?
I’m not sure where the trend line would go if PokerTracker was able to fit one.
But anyway, here’s the scorecards for the last two months:
Obviously I should avoid playing cash and just stake people: kudos to Habtrix for letting me buy a piece of the action in his live game – the Goliath at Coventry. He played great and could easily have gone on to final table, but as it was his winnings offset my cash table losses nicely.
September has started better, hopefully that will continue. Now that the weather is turning and the outdoor jobs aren’t on I hope to have some more play time…
July 02, 2012
Another light month been and gone. Here’s the scorecard:
So a few fun tournaments last month and not a lot else. One day I’ll get stuck in properly …
… and when I do, I’ll be the one at your table who has mastered the limp-fold.
Really, I do believe limping is underrated. Here’s some reasons why:
1) If it’s a nice passive table you can see lots of flops with great implied odds.
2) If you sit down and limp a couple of times early on, everybody writes “Fish” in the notes box. Then they fall over themselves to isolate, often with unsuitable hands.
3) If it’s a nice aggressive table you can limp knowing you are going to be isolated. This is great, because then you can limp-fold.
Okay, I admit that limp-folding isn’t a hugely impressive move. Not of itself, anyway. But look what it sets you up to do later on:
- you can make the hugely profitable limp-3bet bluff, you only need a real hand maybe one time in four;
- you can limp-call in position if you actually have a hand;
- you can limp-call in position as a float to take it away on a later street with air;
- you can occasionally not limp and make a pre-flop raise instead. You can rep all kinds of strong hands if you only raise 4% !
The 2 main things to watch out for are:
1) On a bad day you see a lot of limped flops. Just remember that the blinds have any 2 cards and they have a tendency to flop the big hands that you never do. So one pair is no good in these pots if you get plenty action;
2) If the table is neither passive nor aggressive you may be better off playing a more normal style. Limping is best on either a table full of isolating LAGs or on a table full of passive fish (like Facebook poker).
Good luck and enjoy confounding all the aggrofish!
June 24, 2012
I’ve been a bit (well, a lot) lazy about updating my reader lately. Sorry about that. I guess it’s because I’ve been playing less and less poker as the year has gone on. Since coming back from Vegas (of which more in future posts) I’ve really only played forum games: the excellent UK Sharks webcam games, also PPP, Fishypoker and a few others here and there.
Partly this is because I’ve been spending time on other things (Angry Birds? Gardening?); but also I know that my game needs work if I’m going to win at the wider game. I’ll enjoy putting the work in when I get started, but the need to stick with it makes me reluctant to get started.
It’s a poser, for sure.
Still, no excuse for not giving you the scores on the doors for April and May:
Now then, moving on…
In last night’s game there was some interesting discussion about “playing bingo instead of poker”, so this morning I thought it would be a good idea to check some of the maths.
There are a lot of situations late in tournaments where it is right to play bingo, i.e. to get all the chips in the middle with any 2 cards. There needs to be one or preferably both of two preconditions:
So with the aid of Pokerstove and Excel I made up a nice little example…
Blinds are 500-1000 with an ante of 100. There are 5 players left. You are on the small blind and it has been folded to you. You only had 8 big blinds left (8000 chips) and have put half a one in the pot already as small blind so you have 7500 back.
You estimate that if you go all-in, the big blind will call with any Ace or King, any pair, Q8 or better, J8 or better, T8 or better, 98 or 87 suited but will fold anything else.
What to do
Pretty much everyone knows you should go all-in here without looking at your cards, but let’s check the numbers.
So your total chip expectation from going all in with any 2 cards is 1100 + 1710 – 1485 = +1325. This is such a profitable scenario that there’s no excuse for not shoving blind.
Interestingly, the BB can’t do much about this. If they decide to counter your play by calling with any 2 cards, your expectation goes up to +2000. If instead they tighten up, to say any pair and any 2 broadway cards, your expectation goes up to +1622.
I am told that all “serious players” have memorised the optimum push-fold ranges. This feels like hard work to me but it is one of the things I will spend some time getting the feel of one day. There is a useful set of charts here, for example.
There’s a time and a place for bingo poker!
April 08, 2012
In March I didn’t play a huge amount of poker. Just tournaments, mainly the UK Sharks forum games and some other games that were on at the same time, $1 to $2 buy-ins mostly, so no stress. Overall I ran good:
This was my biggest pot of the month in terms of tournament chips. Nice turn card, too:
I wouldn’t mind a few like that in Vegas next month. Roll on the holidays!
March 10, 2012
In my last post I explained about the WBCOOP – the World Blogger Championship of Online Poker put on by Pokerstars.
I submitted that post as my entry and they gave me ten tickets to use on WBCOOP freerolls.
I used them all and had a pretty good return: 7 SCOOP (Spring Championship Of Online Poker) tickets plus a small cash in the “main event” at the end of the series.
Not at all a bad haul, thanks Pokerstars. Now I have to see if I can convert one of those SCOOP tickets into a decent cash. I think the series starts in May, after I’m back from Vegas (thinly veiled brag).
Away from WBCOOP, in February I recovered January’s losses; thanks mainly to a prize for placing in the UK Sharks 2011 Player of the Year final. Thanks Stu, you’re a gentleman! Who knows, maybe I’ll have a profitable first quarter of 2012 after all. Here’s the scorecard for February:
Onwards and upwards in March, hopefully!
February 13, 2012
Doesn’t February come around quick?
Here we are again, time for another World Blogger Poker Championship on Pokerstars. The last two were great fun even though I didn’t win, so third time lucky!
The Pokerstars guys are keen to know what we would do with our winnings – top prize $5K would be fantastic.
In my case it is easy. I have a three part plan.
Last time I was in Vegas I gave the Venetian a miss, spending time in the new Aria cardroom instead. I did go there during the ’09 WSOP, but was too cheapskate to play the proper deepstack and just had a bash at a $120 Second Chance instead. A little crapshooty but not a bad tournament, except that I was card and luck dead. With my skillz I need both cards and luck so that was that.
Anyway, I digress. The deepstacks proper sound excellent, being 2-day events with a decent stack and a decent clock. With enough money to not play scared I reckon I’ve got decent chances of luckboxing a decent score.
Obviously if I’m down to my last $300 I’m going to have to start lower. But I have plenty of experience losing at $50NL 6-max so I reckon it’s only a matter of time before my luck turns.
This will carry on until the early summer at which point I will have a decent wedge, just in time for…
The resulting victory will be my passport to a residency at Stars mid-stakes and to the HSNL thread on 2+2. My natural wit, telegenicity and all-round-good-egginess will ensure me invitations to Sky Poker guest commentator, Pokerstars Red Pro and perhaps even the Palace.
I can see it all now. What could possibly go wrong?
Anyway, you are probably wondering why I’m prevaricating instead of giving you my January 2012 results. Simple really … I didn’t play much and when I did I didn’t play very well. But then, I always lose in January. I blame SAD. That and fish making resolutions.
But here’s the score on the door:
Oh well. Still, February has already started better, so we’ll see what happens!