Friday, August 16, 2019

Back to Winning: Part 1

In my last post, I showed that my poker stack punting ability could go toe-to-toe with Ray Guy's football punting ability.  I've said it before and I'll say it now, all that is needed for me to not play like an idiot is patience and a bit of luck (or to not get unlucky).

Sunday, July 28, 2019

Ace Plus King Equals Nothing

Pocket aces equal the best pocket pair and pocket deuces still equal a pair.  But Ace+King is not a pair and if the flop misses you, good luck!  Poker needs a new saying, something like this: what do you have when you are dealt an ace and a king...nothing.

Well, here are two hands where I absolutely overplayed ace-king.  I think I rather change the word overplayed in the previous sentence to stupidly played (especially on the flop).

Sunday, July 21, 2019

The Heat is On!

DC temperature highs have reached 90s the past few weeks.  It was especially brutal this week since we hit 100 F.  In the summer, it is not unusual for the highs to be 90 F.  Ten more degrees is definitely too much!

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Poker Hand: What Would You Do?

We just sat down at a $1/$3 No Limit Texas Hold'em cash game.  We've only seen a few orbits and nobody is getting crazy or out of line.  Our stack is $200 when the following hand is dealt:

We look down at A-Q in late position.  There is a small bet to $6 or $8 and when it gets to seat 10, he makes it $22.  We are in seat 1 and decide to call.  I guess a 3-bet could be an option but if we are giving credit to all (since we don't know their ranges), a call seems acceptable.

Two more players call and the pot grows to $88 as Q-9-6 rainbow flop gets dealt.  It checks to us and we bet $65.  First two players get out of the way and it's back to seat 10.  He started the hand with a $400 stack.  He thinks for a bit and decides to call.

Tanking a bit makes us think that he could have a big hand or something no so good.  The turn is a jack and he checks.  The check doesn't really project weakness because he had seen us bet the flop so he could be setting a trap.

We decide not to build a bigger pot and check behind.  If we were to bet here, I imaging we would have to go all-in with the $113 left in our stack.

Now, before the river, I had told myself that if he bets big on a blank river, we fold.  His line of: bets $22 pre, calls $65 flop, checks turn, and leads big on the river shows a lot of strength.

Well, another jack on the river is not a blank in my eyes.  The board reads Q-9-6-J-J rainbow.  If I'm putting him on K-Q, I like the jack on the river.  He could have K-K (you'd think K-K probably leads flop or turn).

He took two to three minutes and then pushed out a bet of $80.  I was leaning towards a fold before the jack on the river.  But is A-Q-Q-J-J too strong to fold here?

What would you do?

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Tuesday, May 14, 2019

One Night in Nashville

I ended the last post with a dilemma.  I was at the airport and unsure what to do from 9 pm until my 6 am flight.  I went online and found a one day car rental at the Nashville airport for $25.  I booked it and walked over to Hertz.  A short while later, I was rolling out of the airport parking lot in the following: