Push or fold you will... (My SnG Blog)

    • FWKanobi
      FWKanobi
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      Joined: 13.02.2009 Posts: 740
      Hi guys,
      Thank you for stopping by and visiting my blog :heart:

      Little about me :
      I'm 30 years old from Israel , Started playing poker with friends (FL) 3 years ago , I remember back then that I was such a pro that I was raising with T2 because its "Doyle Bronson" from the SB...

      around a two years ago I moved to online poker , started with Absolute Poker , busted my BR there couple of times (I think I've deposit around 600$ total to that site) ,Then I moved to Poker stars , busted my BR there couple of times (around 800$ overall) , then I went to Poker Heaven , busted my BR there (not much - only 120 euro) and after taking some time off poker , I've found PokerStrategy and started to learn the game seriously.
      I've opened an account at Full Tlit (with the genius starwars themed nick "FoldiWanKenobi" :f_love: ) I had to deposit (50$) because PS claimed there was a problem with me and they couldn't give me the starting capital.



      During my online poker life time I've managed to play NL , FL , PL , FR , SH , HU , PLO , PLO8 , Badugi , 5 Draw ... couldnt keep myself focused with goals , just played game , tried to earn money fast with no patience...
      I got out of BRM too quick and busted my BR again (do you see a pattern here? :f_mad: ) and 2 months ago I've decided I will not deposit any more to poker sites and will take my game seriously (Long after I became PS member) and used the ~30$ left in my FTP account to play with.

      I've started with PLO and PLO8 (after reading Jeff Hweng books) and raised my BR to around 80. Then during Take 2 promotion Month I played SSS (without much luck) and managed to earn a bit because of the rakeback.
      At the end of Sep. after examining my game and bitching a lot in the forums about -EV , suck outs , bad beats and more... I made a decision (inspired by some online players I know) to play SnG seriously and try to become a winning player (instead of a whining player :D )

      I've started playing 1+0.25$ SnG untill I've finished the Take 2 promotion and with the rakeback that month I hit the 200$ where I moved to the 2$ snG and increased the number of tables to 9 per session.

      Here everything started to go wrong....





      I moved down to 4 tables per session (to focus on A-game , players stats and increasing my ROI) and I'm still going down (I played some HU and my BR went up , but lost the many games today in the sessions)
      If my BR will go down to 150$ , I'll move down the limits to the 1+0.25$ SnG I think.

      Current BR : 165$

      I didn't decide on goals yet , I know I want to increase my ROI and BR ofcourse , work on the psychological aspect of the game (will write on it in the future) and try to maintain this blog as much as I can.

      Hope you'll enjoy it.
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    • FWKanobi
      FWKanobi
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      Joined: 13.02.2009 Posts: 740
      Some hands I wanted to share from my losing sessions I've played today.
      Hopefully I made the correct decisions , You tell me :tongue:

      1. Hit top pair and C/F

      Full Tilt Poker $2 + $0.25 No Limit Hold'em Tournament - t20/t40 Blinds - 9 players - View hand 314808
      The Official DeucesCracked.com Hand History Converter

      MP2: t1350 M = 22.50
      CO: t1695 M = 28.25
      BTN: t1485 M = 24.75
      SB: t1470 M = 24.50
      Hero (BB): t1500 M = 25
      UTG: t1500 M = 25
      UTG+1: t945 M = 15.75
      UTG+2: t2055 M = 34.25
      MP1: t1500 M = 25

      Pre Flop: (t60) Hero is BB with Q :diamond: 6 :club:
      1 fold, UTG+1 calls t40, UTG+2 calls t40, 1 fold, MP2 calls t40, 3 folds, Hero checks

      Flop: (t180) 8 :heart: 7 :spade: Q :heart: (4 players)
      Hero checks, UTG+1 bets t40, UTG+2 calls t40, MP2 calls t40, Hero folds

      Turn: (t300) T :club: (3 players)
      UTG+1 bets t40, UTG+2 raises to t80, MP2 calls t80, UTG+1 calls t40

      River: (t540) A :spade: (3 players)
      UTG+1 checks, UTG+2 bets t40, MP2 calls t40, UTG+1 folds

      Final Pot: t620
      MP2 shows T :diamond: 9 :heart: (a pair of Tens)
      UTG+2 shows 2 :spade: T :spade: (a pair of Tens)
      MP2 wins t620

      2. Folded JJ pre flop to over tight CO

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      UTG+1: t2670 M = 11.12
      MP: t2725 M = 11.35
      CO: t1440 M = 6 VP:7 PR:1
      Hero (BTN): t2880 M = 12
      SB: t1540 M = 6.42
      BB: t1730 M = 7.21
      UTG: t515 M = 2.15

      Pre Flop: (t240) Hero is BTN with J :spade: J :diamond:
      1 fold, UTG+1 calls t160, 1 fold, CO raises to t480, 4 folds

      Final Pot: t560
      CO wins t560

      3. I think I played this hand over aggresive

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      MP1: t1870 M = 15.58
      MP2: t1945 M = 16.21
      CO: t1395 M = 11.62
      BTN: t1620 M = 13.50
      Hero (SB): t1360 M = 11.33
      BB: t1780 M = 14.83
      UTG: t935 M = 7.79
      UTG+1: t1220 M = 10.17
      UTG+2: t1375 M = 11.46

      Pre Flop: (t120) Hero is SB with 8 :spade: 8 :club:
      1 fold, UTG+1 calls t80, 1 fold, MP1 calls t80, 3 folds, Hero calls t40, BB checks

      Flop: (t320) 6 :diamond: 5 :heart: 7 :heart: (4 players)
      Hero checks, BB checks, UTG+1 checks, MP1 bets t80, Hero raises to t320, BB folds, UTG+1 folds, MP1 calls t240

      Turn: (t960) K :spade: (2 players)
      Hero bets t960 all in, MP1 calls t960

      River: (t2880) J :spade: (2 players - 1 is all in)

      Final Pot: t2880
      MP1 shows T :heart: 6 :heart: (a pair of Sixes)
      Hero shows 8 :spade: 8 :club: (a pair of Eights)
      Hero wins t2880

      4. Trying to be LAG and exploit the bubble

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      CO: t7335 M = 8.15
      BTN: t1360 M = 1.51
      Hero (SB): t2255 M = 2.51
      BB: t2550 M = 2.83

      Pre Flop: (t900) Hero is SB with 6 :heart: K :diamond:
      2 folds, Hero raises to t2255 all in, BB calls t1655

      Flop: (t4510) K :spade: K :club: 2 :club:

      Turn: (t4510) A :spade:

      River: (t4510) 2 :diamond:

      Final Pot: t4510
      Hero shows 6 :heart: K :diamond: (a full house, Kings full of Twos)
      BB shows A :club: 3 :club: (two pair, Aces and Kings)
      Hero wins t4510

      5. Re-steal gone wrong

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      BB: t1375 M = 4.58
      UTG: t2075 M = 6.92
      UTG+1: t2040 M = 6.80
      MP: t4165 M = 13.88
      CO: t1450 M = 4.83
      BTN: t1280 M = 4.27
      Hero (SB): t1115 M = 3.72

      Pre Flop: (t300) Hero is SB with Q :club: Q :spade:
      UTG calls t200, 3 folds, BTN raises to t600, Hero raises to t1115 all in, 1 fold, UTG calls t915, BTN raises to t1280 all in, UTG calls t165

      Flop: (t3875) A :spade: A :heart: 6 :diamond:

      Turn: (t3875) 2 :club:

      River: (t3875) 8 :club:

      Final Pot: t3875
      UTG shows Q :diamond: T :spade: (a pair of Aces)
      BTN shows K :diamond: K :club: (two pair, Aces and Kings)
      Hero shows Q :club: Q :spade: (two pair, Aces and Queens)
      BTN wins t330
      BTN wins t3545

      6. Sucking out with ATC

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      MP1: t1420 M = 7.89
      MP2: t1130 M = 6.28
      CO: t2550 M = 14.17
      BTN: t3530 M = 19.61
      SB: t555 M = 3.08
      Hero (BB): t1610 M = 8.94
      UTG: t2060 M = 11.44
      UTG+1: t645 M = 3.58

      Pre Flop: (t180) Hero is BB with J :spade: Q :diamond:
      6 folds, SB raises to t555 all in, Hero calls t435

      Flop: (t1110) T :diamond: 5 :spade: 6 :spade:

      Turn: (t1110) A :spade:

      River: (t1110) 3 :spade:

      Final Pot: t1110
      SB shows 3 :heart: A :diamond: (two pair, Aces and Threes)
      Hero shows J :spade: Q :diamond: (a flush, Ace high)
      Hero wins t1110


      I feel I'm making better decisions today then I did yesterday in SnG but still.... the results are bad.

      Tomorrow is another day , We'll see how it goes.

      Good night.
    • Ejeckt
      Ejeckt
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      Joined: 06.12.2008 Posts: 517
      Ahh! A Star Wars fan! :P Nice opening to the blog. You seem like a pretty persistent guy (not having given up on poker yet). So I'm sure you'll find a way to channel your energy into learning and developing your game.

      I'll be visiting from time to time. Though I can't really comment on the hands, as I'm not a very well developed SNG player myself :/ Anyway, good luck at the tables!
    • zhenzhenZHEN
      zhenzhenZHEN
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      Joined: 26.04.2009 Posts: 190
      hi, nice blog! good luck on your sng journey :D ^^
      i used to play the same sngs a lot before moving to the $2 mtts, so i can say they are definitely very beatable with a little practice on ICM trainer =)

      oh about the hands:

      hand 1: i like to bet/fold like 120 on flop, and check/call small bets on a blank turn/river

      hand 2: i like a shove over CO, he has like 9 bb left.. i dunno, i never use stats...and i think they're kinda useless anyway when blinds are high, they dont wait for qq+ at this time..

      hand 3: i raise flop to like 240..and on the K turn i go back to passiveeeeeee..what exactly is going to call the all in, except a tilting player with 7x lol

      hand 4,5,6 : wp

      hope this helps ;) gl!
    • FWKanobi
      FWKanobi
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      Originally posted by zhenzhenZHEN
      hi, nice blog! good luck on your sng journey :D ^^
      i used to play the same sngs a lot before moving to the $2 mtts, so i can say they are definitely very beatable with a little practice on ICM trainer =)

      oh about the hands:

      hand 1: i like to bet/fold like 120 on flop, and check/call small bets on a blank turn/river

      hand 2: i like a shove over CO, he has like 9 bb left.. i dunno, i never use stats...and i think they're kinda useless anyway when blinds are high, they dont wait for qq+ at this time..

      hand 3: i raise flop to like 240..and on the K turn i go back to passiveeeeeee..what exactly is going to call the all in, except a tilting player with 7x lol

      hand 4,5,6 : wp

      hope this helps ;) gl!
      Thank you.
      In hand No.1 I didn't want to waste chips in multiway pot (4 players and my Q has no kicker....)
      In hand No.2 I didn't want to risk half my chips against someone who raised first time after 50 hands... BEST case , I'm a coin flip...
    • Hahaownedlolz
      Hahaownedlolz
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      Joined: 24.04.2009 Posts: 1,755
      Hey nice blog :P im also playing SnG but im still not sure if im going to play Stt or mtt. i've played way more MTT and think im better at those, but im not bad at single table ones either.


      I recently started playing for money so my bankroll is ~$50 i seem to breakeven the whole time :( .

      hand 1: idk, maybe a bit to tight. But tbh, i really dont like risking chips with a very low kicker either. When you keep calling bets to the river and then see he has a QJ or QK you really feel like a donkey. So i don't think that fold is wrong, better to save chips for better situations. You could have made a small bet on the flop trying to take it down there. if they call it would be best to check it down.

      hand 2: Good fold if you ask me if he was a very tight player that doesn't steal blinds because thats what it looks like to me. its not really worth risking most of your chips on a coinflip. he could have AA, KK, QQ and you would really be in trouble. even against a AK or KQ you could easily lose the hand.

      hand 3: dangerous move on the turn. imo you should have raised on the flop trying to win the pot there. so you don't have to hope you opponent didn't hit an overcard on the turn. The reraise was good, and you definetly don't want to give someone with an overcard a free card. He should have folded the flush draw if you ask me, but he didn't.

      can't say your play was bad, but i agree.. maybe a bit to aggressive.

      hand 4: i wouldn't make such a play for exactly the reason you see here. someone could easily call with a better hand. you got very lucky though. If you do like to push i'd do it with better hands so you aren't beat 95% of the tiem when they do call.

      hand 5: i think you did the right thing there.. you just ran into kings bad luck. its the same as having KK and moving all in and then see your opponent has AA.

      hand 6: I'm not sure about it. you already had some chips in the pot wasn't to much more. and even if you lost you would still have most of your chips left. and you could bust someone, which is always good ofcourse. I think it was a good call, but if you call with average hands to much you will lose ofcourse. Q-J was probably the lowest hand i would call with in such a situation.


      well GL with poker and your blog ;) to bad no one reads mine xD I just played 6 $1 45 player SNG. 2nd once and final table once but didn't cash cause i busted 9th. so i made $4 profit there. But that was a Turbo SNG so it wasn't really my thing. to much push/fold and try to get lucky. from final table to heads up was like 15mins..

      I think its important if you play MTT (27/45 or even 18 players) that you understand that youwill cash alot less often, but when you do cash you always win more. So it means you could ofcourse like me lose 5 MTT in a row and then still earn it back with profit in the 6th.




      edit: p.s. that deucescracked site seems like the biggest scam ever. $280 a year wtf? if i had that much to spend on poker i would already be quite a good player.
    • FWKanobi
      FWKanobi
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      to bad no one reads mine xD
      Put a signature with your blog URL .
      You can edit it under "Your Profile" on the top of the Forum section.

      And about DeuceCracked , the Hand Convertor is FREE.
      I don't have account in there... Just using their hand converter from time to time (Pokerstrategy convertor don't show results)
    • Hahaownedlolz
      Hahaownedlolz
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      hmm i might. It isn't to interesting and im not such a good writer. and i dont have any fancy graphs or stuff like that either and im still quite new to poker. only been playing cash S&G for just over 2 weeks.


      I thought so :P just saying the price they ask is insane, and the people that would really need that help wouldn't/couldn't/shouldn't pay that much for help. The hand converter seems useful.




      The url tags didn't seem to work in my signature. i've used them before and they worked fine but somehow they didn't in my sig
    • FWKanobi
      FWKanobi
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      Hi all , How are you doing ?
      I hope that your game is better then mine .... X(

      I've started reading The Poker Mindset and so far its very nice.
      Although i had a loosing day today , I kept my coolness and didnt get angry or tilt.

      I've played 19 games today in 3 sessions (4 , 6 , 9)
      Well... things are not going very well at the 2$ Turbos.
      Played another 19 games :
      1x1st
      2x2nd
      4x3rd

      Total Bankroll 157$


      First of all , I would like to start with example that might show what I need to face with... and since sometimes I find myself in difficult situations where I barely manage to steal some pots to survive (when i'm dealt bad cards and most of the time early position raise)

      Full Tilt Poker $2 + $0.25 No Limit Hold'em Tournament - t50/t100 Blinds - 7 players - View hand 315779
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      Hero (MP): t1410 M = 9.40
      CO: t2855 M = 19.03
      BTN: t410 M = 2.73
      SB: t2180 M = 14.53
      BB: t1440 M = 9.60
      UTG: t4235 M = 28.23
      UTG+1: t970 M = 6.47

      Pre Flop: (t150) Hero is MP with 4 :club: 3 :heart:
      1 fold, UTG+1 raises to t200, 2 folds, BTN raises to t410 all in, SB raises to t2180 all in, BB calls t1340 all in, UTG+1 calls t770 all in

      Flop: (t4260) K :club: T :club: 6 :club:

      Turn: (t4260) 2 :club:

      River: (t4260) Q :heart:

      Final Pot: t4260
      BTN shows J :spade: K :spade: (a pair of Kings)
      SB shows 8 :heart: 8 :club: (a flush, King high)
      BB shows Q :diamond: A :spade: (a pair of Queens)
      UTG+1 shows A :diamond: J :diamond: (a straight, Ace high)
      SB wins t940
      SB wins t1680
      SB wins t1640

      And now for some moves I did today for the first time of my SnG lifetime - feedbacks are welcome

      1. Folded AK preflop
      I couldn't see myself playing AK out of position against a tight and a loose player.

      Full Tilt Poker $2 + $0.25 No Limit Hold'em Tournament - t25/t50 Blinds - 8 players - View hand 315788
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      Hero (SB): t1435 M = 19.13
      BB: t1450 M = 19.33
      UTG: t1440 M = 19.20
      UTG+1: t1450 M = 19.33
      MP1: t1440 M = 19.20
      MP2: t1530 M = 20.40
      CO: t3320 M = 44.27
      BTN: t1435 M = 19.13

      Pre Flop: (t75) Hero is SB with K :club: A :diamond:
      1 fold, UTG+1 raises to t150, 2 folds, CO calls t150, 3 folds

      Flop: (t375) 6 :spade: Q :club: 7 :heart: (2 players)
      UTG+1 bets t250, CO raises to t600, UTG+1 calls t350

      Turn: (t1575) 7 :club: (2 players)
      UTG+1 checks, CO bets t1575, UTG+1 folds

      Final Pot: t1575
      CO wins t1575

      2. Pushing vs re-raise AK preflop
      From some strange reason I though the BB try to re steal...
      It was 1st hand in the SnG and I didnt have reads on him
      ANYWAY - going all in with AK in the early stages of SnG (not MTT) is -EV in my opinion (unless its a move like isolation bet against a player I have reads on)

      Full Tilt Poker $2 + $0.25 No Limit Hold'em Tournament - t20/t40 Blinds - 8 players - View hand 315794
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      MP2: t1455 M = 24.25
      CO: t1455 M = 24.25
      Hero (BTN): t1455 M = 24.25
      SB: t1635 M = 27.25
      BB: t3015 M = 50.25
      UTG: t1575 M = 26.25
      UTG+1: t1410 M = 23.50
      MP1: t1500 M = 25

      Pre Flop: (t60) Hero is BTN with A :club: K :club:
      5 folds, Hero raises to t120, SB raises to t720, 1 fold, Hero raises to t1455 all in, SB calls t735

      Flop: (t2950) 6 :club: A :spade: 8 :club:

      Turn: (t2950) J :club:

      River: (t2950) 7 :spade:

      Final Pot: t2950
      Hero shows A :club: K :club: (a flush, Ace high)
      SB shows K :diamond: K :heart: (a pair of Kings)
      Hero wins t2950

      3. Folded AJ preflop in SB
      Again , didn't know how I'll play it out of position against 2 players even if I hit the flop. (bet/fold ? bet/call ? no idea....)
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      UTG: t1440 M = 12
      UTG+1: t1400 M = 11.67
      UTG+2: t1640 M = 13.67
      MP1: t1530 M = 12.75
      MP2: t1500 M = 12.50
      CO: t1590 M = 13.25
      BTN: t1375 M = 11.46
      Hero (SB): t1605 M = 13.38
      BB: t1420 M = 11.83

      Pre Flop: (t120) Hero is SB with A :diamond: J :heart:
      UTG calls t80, 7 folds, BB checks

      Flop: (t200) 2 :heart: 4 :diamond: A :club: (2 players)
      BB checks, UTG bets t160, BB folds

      Final Pot: t200
      UTG wins t200

      4. Folded AK to a push
      CO is VP:11 PR7 after 335 hands.
      I preferred not gambling here

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      UTG: t1430 M = 3.97
      UTG+1: t890 M = 2.47
      MP1: t3900 M = 10.83
      MP2: t1970 M = 5.47
      CO: t1570 M = 4.36
      BTN: t625 M = 1.74
      Hero (SB): t1775 M = 4.93
      BB: t1340 M = 3.72

      Pre Flop: (t360) Hero is SB with A :diamond: K :spade:
      4 folds, CO raises to t1570 all in, 3 folds

      Final Pot: t600
      CO wins t600

      5. Aggressive re-steals
      looked like a good move :f_cool:

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      UTG: t4225 M = 14.08
      Hero (CO): t2730 M = 9.10
      BTN: t1640 M = 5.47
      SB: t1360 M = 4.53
      BB: t3545 M = 11.82

      Pre Flop: (t300) Hero is CO with A :heart: Q :club:
      UTG raises to t700, Hero raises to t2730 all in, 4 folds

      Final Pot: t1700
      Hero wins t1700

      6. Another pre-flop fold of JJ to super tight player
      His stats were VP:4 PR:1 after 86 hands

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      UTG+1: t2670 M = 11.12
      MP: t2725 M = 11.35
      CO: t1440 M = 6
      Hero (BTN): t2880 M = 12
      SB: t1540 M = 6.42
      BB: t1730 M = 7.21
      UTG: t515 M = 2.15

      Pre Flop: (t240) Hero is BTN with J :spade: J :diamond:
      1 fold, UTG+1 calls t160, 1 fold, CO raises to t480, 4 folds

      Final Pot: t560
      CO wins t560


      Thats all for today,
      I'm starting to have doubts on my SnG Skills....
      Will sleep on it tonight....

      Thank you for visiting :D
    • FWKanobi
      FWKanobi
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      As I mentioned before , I'm reading "The Poker mindset".
      Very good book , Huge +EV :D
      Poker is not all about skill and luck... its also about the correct attitude.

      I've been frustrated a week ago about being sucked out too many times on the SnG , now it make sense...

      When I make the good decisions and play the good hands , there is a good chance someone will donk me with bad hand and little chance I'll donk someone else.

      "In short term , luck is KING . In long term , skill is KING"

      Yesterday I took some break from the SnG and played BSS SH

      Some interesting hands :

      My first mistake
      Villain had VP:56 and PR:22 .
      I was sure he was on Ax high

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      Button ($10)
      SB ($1.08)
      Hero (BB) ($9.90)
      UTG ($10.05)
      MP ($10.09)
      CO ($6.52)

      Preflop: Hero is BB with 8, 8
      UTG bets $0.35, 4 folds, Hero calls $0.25

      Flop: ($0.75) 6, 7, 10 (2 players)
      Hero checks, UTG bets $0.50, Hero raises to $1.50, UTG raises to $9.70 (All-In), Hero calls $8.05 (All-In)

      Turn: ($19.85) J (2 players, 2 all-in)

      River: ($19.85) 4 (2 players, 2 all-in)

      Total pot: $19.85 | Rake: $1.32

      Results below:
      Hero had 8, 8 (one pair, eights).
      UTG had Q, Q (one pair, Queens).
      Outcome: UTG won $18.53


      I think I was facing AA/KK here
      Villain had VP:6 PR:4
      Good laydown :D

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      SB ($10.22)
      Hero (BB) ($17.25)
      UTG ($10.20)
      MP ($7.14)
      Button ($11.26)

      Preflop: Hero is BB with 10, 10
      3 folds, SB bets $0.30, Hero raises to $0.60, SB calls $0.30

      Flop: ($1.20) 4, 6, J (2 players)
      SB bets $0.70, Hero raises to $1.40, SB raises to $9.62 (All-In), Hero folds

      Total pot: $4 | Rake: $0.26

      Results below:
      SB didn't show
      Outcome: SB won $3.74


      My PRO laydown

      Full Tilt No-Limit Hold'em, $0.10 BB (6 handed) - Full-Tilt Converter Tool from FlopTurnRiver.com

      Button ($13.28)
      SB ($10)
      BB ($4.05)
      UTG ($10)
      Hero (MP) ($10.04)
      CO ($12.83)

      Preflop: Hero is MP with K, K
      1 fold, Hero bets $0.30, 1 fold, Button calls $0.30, 1 fold, BB calls $0.20

      Flop: ($0.95) Q, 8, 9 (3 players)
      BB checks, Hero bets $0.50, Button raises to $1.20, BB raises to $3.75 (All-In), Hero folds, Button calls $2.55

      Turn: ($8.95) 4 (2 players, 1 all-in)

      River: ($8.95) A (2 players, 1 all-in)

      Total pot: $8.95 | Rake: $0.59

      Results below:
      Button had 8, 9 (two pair, nines and eights).
      BB had 10, Q (one pair, Queens).
      Outcome: Button won $8.36


      Current BR 163.46$
    • FWKanobi
      FWKanobi
      Bronze
      Joined: 13.02.2009 Posts: 740
      This is why I need to keep my stack at 100BB.

      Its a hand from yesterday , BR the same.

      Full Tilt No-Limit Hold'em, $0.10 BB (6 handed) - Full-Tilt Converter Tool from FlopTurnRiver.com

      BB ($18.96)
      UTG ($10.15)
      MP ($10.15)
      CO ($10)
      Hero (Button) ($7.79)
      SB ($12.88)

      Preflop: Hero is Button with A, A
      2 folds, CO bets $0.35, Hero raises to $0.60, 2 folds, CO raises to $2.20, Hero raises to $3.80, CO raises to $10 (All-In), Hero calls $3.99 (All-In)

      Flop: ($15.73) J, J, 10 (2 players, 2 all-in)

      Turn: ($15.73) 2 (2 players, 2 all-in)

      River: ($15.73) 2 (2 players, 2 all-in)

      Total pot: $15.73 | Rake: $1.04

      Results below:
      Hero had A, A (two pair, Aces and Jacks).
      CO had Q, Q (two pair, Queens and Jacks).
      Outcome: Hero won $14.69
    • FWKanobi
      FWKanobi
      Bronze
      Joined: 13.02.2009 Posts: 740
      What a cooler...

      Full Tilt No-Limit Hold'em, $0.10 BB (6 handed) - Full-Tilt Converter Tool from FlopTurnRiver.com

      Hero (UTG) ($11.63)
      MP ($7.52)
      CO ($5.02)
      Button ($9.95)
      SB ($6.50)
      BB ($11.60)

      Preflop: Hero is UTG with 3, 3
      Hero calls $0.10, MP checks, CO bets $0.60, Button calls $0.60, 1 fold, BB calls $0.50, Hero calls $0.50, 1 fold

      Flop: ($2.55) 7, 6, 3 (4 players)
      BB checks, Hero checks, CO bets $4.42 (All-In), Button calls $4.42, 1 fold, Hero raises to $11.03 (All-In), Button calls $4.93 (All-In)

      Turn: ($25.67) Q (3 players, 3 all-in)

      River: ($25.67) 2 (3 players, 3 all-in)

      Total pot: $25.67 | Rake: $1.71

      Results:
      Button had 6, 6 (three of a kind, sixes).
      Hero had 3, 3 (three of a kind, threes).
      CO had 10, 10 (one pair, tens).
      Outcome: Button won $24.01

      Current BR : 130$
    • FWKanobi
      FWKanobi
      Bronze
      Joined: 13.02.2009 Posts: 740
      Odds and Outs....

      Ok , I moved down to NL5 ...
      2nd hand into the game I get this hand...
      I have no reads on the player , no position and no pot odds...
      Did I make the right decision , Probably not. :f_mad:

      I ask myself , why did I pay ? of course If I had behind 100$ I wouldn't pay for just a flush draw... did I pay because this move looked so weak ?! because I was eager to earn some money at last ?!?!

      Long term... playing like this is a huge -EV for sure...

      Full Tilt No-Limit Hold'em, $0.05 BB (6 handed) - Full-Tilt Converter Tool from FlopTurnRiver.com

      SB ($3.41)
      Hero (BB) ($5)
      UTG ($4.50)
      MP ($5.75)
      CO ($2)
      Button ($5.64)

      Preflop: Hero is BB with J, A
      UTG calls $0.05, 1 fold, CO calls $0.05, 2 folds, Hero bets $0.30, UTG calls $0.25, CO calls $0.25

      Flop: ($0.92) 5, 10, 8 (3 players)
      Hero bets $0.55, UTG raises to $4.20 (All-In), 1 fold, Hero calls $3.65

      Turn: ($9.32) 7 (2 players, 1 all-in)

      River: ($9.32) 8 (2 players, 1 all-in)

      Total pot: $9.32 | Rake: $0.62

      Results below:
      Hero had J, A (flush, Ace high).
      UTG had A, 10 (two pair, tens and eights).
      Outcome: Hero won $8.70
    • babybooh
      babybooh
      Bronze
      Joined: 13.07.2009 Posts: 39
      I'm going broke every single time on that last hand and it's not even close...
    • FWKanobi
      FWKanobi
      Bronze
      Joined: 13.02.2009 Posts: 740
      Originally posted by babybooh
      I'm going broke every single time on that last hand and it's not even close...
      Even though I won money... i "lost" money on that hand in the long term.
    • FWKanobi
      FWKanobi
      Bronze
      Joined: 13.02.2009 Posts: 740
      Good morning boys and girls... :heart:
      Finally some happy post :D

      I'm conquering the bad beats effect...
      quoting from "The Poker Mind Set" there are 4 steps a player is going when facing bad beat :
      1. Anger (Tilt)
      2. Frustration (Tilt)
      3. Acceptance
      4. Indifference

      Last week I was at the frustration phase , I've even wrote in some of my post that I'm frustrated . Today I'm somewhere between Acceptance and Indifference.
      The difference between the 2 phases is that while accepting that bad beats happens in phase 3 and this is the reality of poker , Players on phase 4 totally ignore the short term results of losing to bad beat and utilize this info on their opponent for future reference (which I'm far from it yet).

      Today I've played a session of 4 (5) tables .
      Managed to win 2x1st , 1x2nd :f_biggrin:

      The reason I wrote 4(5) is that in the early stages I've lost with AK to AJ so I've opened a new one because the blind levels were pretty much the same on all tables.

      The nice thing is that today I've managed to suck out some hands in the push or fold which contribute to process of conquering the bad beats effect.

      This is how I lost the 4th Tourney

      Full Tilt No-Limit Hold'em, 2.25 Tournament, 100/200 Blinds (5 handed) - Full-Tilt Converter Tool from FlopTurnRiver.com

      UTG (t2140)
      Hero (MP) (t1370)
      Button (t2700)
      SB (t1840)
      BB (t5450)

      Hero's M: 4.57

      Preflop: Hero is MP with 4, 4
      1 fold, Hero bets t1370 (All-In), 2 folds, BB calls t1170

      Flop: (t2840) 6, 5, Q (2 players, 1 all-in)

      Turn: (t2840) J (2 players, 1 all-in)

      River: (t2840) 4 (2 players, 1 all-in)

      Total pot: t2840

      Results below:
      BB had J, J (three of a kind, Jacks).
      Hero had 4, 4 (three of a kind, fours).
      Outcome: BB won t2840


      *** This hand made me lol @ the table ***

      Full Tilt No-Limit Hold'em, 2.25 Tournament, 25/50 Blinds (9 handed) - Full-Tilt Converter Tool from FlopTurnRiver.com

      CO (t1960)
      Button (t1515)
      SB (t1260)
      BB (t1650)
      UTG (t1500)
      Hero (UTG+1) (t1455)
      MP1 (t1525)
      MP2 (t1195)
      MP3 (t1440)

      Hero's M: 19.40

      Preflop: Hero is UTG+1 with 3, 5
      UTG calls t50, 2 folds, MP2 calls t50, 3 folds, SB calls t25, BB checks

      Flop: (t200) 8, J, 8 (4 players)
      SB bets t100, 1 fold, UTG calls t100, MP2 raises to t1145 (All-In), SB calls t1045, UTG raises to t1450 (All-In), SB calls t65 (All-In)

      Turn: (t3765) Q (3 players, 3 all-in)

      River: (t3765) 10 (3 players, 3 all-in)

      Total pot: t3765

      Results below:
      SB had J, A (two pair, Jacks and eights).
      UTG had 8, 8 (four of a kind, eights).
      MP2 had 9, J (straight, Queen high).
      Outcome: UTG won t3765



      Later I will post some interesting hands which I'm still not sure If I made the correct call... together we'll learn from it :f_cool:

      Current BR : 154$
    • FWKanobi
      FWKanobi
      Bronze
      Joined: 13.02.2009 Posts: 740
      Hi all ,
      I've got too many replies in my blog (not...) so it took me some time (not...) to update it :tongue:

      Played another session of 6 games.
      took 2x2n

      many bad beats and losing ALL coing flips - atleast I made the correct decision :
      1. AK vs AQ (he raised , I pushed , he called , Q on flop)
      2. 99 vs J5 , 5 on the flop , 5 on the turn.
      3. KK vs AK , hit A on river (begining of SnG , should I push a raise or 3 bet not sure yet...)
      4. 44 vs JT (not bad beat exactly) but he hit turn and river for trips
      5. 86 vs 87 , I hit the 6 and he got 4 cards flush (2nd place in HU)
      6. 22 vs AA (not a bad beat , but gave me the 2nd place in HU)

      I know I wrote I would post some hands , but I already posted many hands in my blog and I think its kinda boring... no ?!

      would be happy to hear some comments from other SnG'ers....

      current BR 165$
    • lessthanthreee
      lessthanthreee
      Bronze
      Joined: 30.06.2009 Posts: 16,300
      Hi FWKanobi,

      I just found your blog and read through it. the mental aspect of dealing with bad beats is something that will get better with experience. I lose 30% of the tables in my sessions by making the right decisions and running into big hands or bad beats its just part of the game and as long as you keep playing your best the money will follow.

      keep reading and watching the SnG videos here on ps.com they will help you a lot!
    • FWKanobi
      FWKanobi
      Bronze
      Joined: 13.02.2009 Posts: 740
      Originally posted by lessthanthreee
      Hi FWKanobi,

      I just found your blog and read through it. the mental aspect of dealing with bad beats is something that will get better with experience. I lose 30% of the tables in my sessions by making the right decisions and running into big hands or bad beats its just part of the game and as long as you keep playing your best the money will follow.

      keep reading and watching the SnG videos here on ps.com they will help you a lot!
      Thank you LT3 :-)
      You lose 30% of the tables in a session , I win 33% of the tables in a session lol...

      running cold most of the time... :f_biggrin:
      but I have patience and do want to climb the levels ASAP.
    • lessthanthreee
      lessthanthreee
      Bronze
      Joined: 30.06.2009 Posts: 16,300
      haha i lose about 30% due to bad beats and running up against big hands. then i lose another 30% either by making mistakes/ running bad i usually cash 30-50%
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