Wednesday, June 28, 2006

0 for 1

Today was quite frusterating. I executed my plan to perfection in the first couple of levels, and gambled in a couple of close spots in big pots...and won them to get up to 8k after the first two levels. Thats a HUGE stack considering you start with 1500. Then I was out by level 5 without playing a single big pot. Seriously frusterating. I got up to 7k playing this hand which was fairly interesting.

With the blinds at 25/50 the CO who has a lot of chips, but is quite bad makes it 125. I call on the button with KT of hearts, and then BB, who is very good, and very controlled calls as well. 400 in the pot. Flop is Q8x with two hearts. BB checks, and the CO bets 250. I make it 600, and the BB now jams for 1900 more (2500 total). So the pot is laying me 3750:1900 or jusssssst short of 2:1. I figure that my K is an out at least sometimes...and I still have 800 or so if I lose...and I firmly believe gambling in the first few levels is important. So I call. The BB has AQ, but the turn and river come J9 giving me a back door straight and a HUGE pot.

It didnt matter though as I had a couple of minor bad beats (although if I was playing my A+ game I would have lost slightly less on them I think) and one bad bluff...then one pretty bad beat, and I was on fumes. Eventually my 88 couldnt outflop JJ and I went home.

1500 PL tomorrow...I'll be there table 142, seat 4.


Blogger CMR0025 said...

Hey Mike,

I'm not sure if You remeber me from high scool, but I graduated in 03' from Edgemont. Anyways I have been playing alot of poker ever since I graduated and am entering my first big tournament this summer at the Wsop. I'm playing in the $2000 Nl holdem scheduled to start on July 21st (3 days after my 21st). Anyways I was wondering if you have any advice for me as to what strategy I should use. I am generally a preety conservative player, especially in tournaments, however I tend to play much more agrresevilly in cash games especially if I am on the big stack. Any advice that you could give me would be greatly appreciated.

I look forward to hearing from you,
Chad Rosow

12:04 PM  
Blogger MLG said...

Chad. Play aggressive early on. You need to build a stack in these tournaments that start with relatively short chips.

12:25 PM  
Blogger CMR0025 said...

That was defenitley a factor that I was concerned about cosnsidering they only start you with 40 bets. Thanks for the advice, I will defenitley try to follow that plan, Any other tips or pointers that you have for me would be appreciated. Good luck on the felt.


1:11 PM  

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