My Sunday post was really short but here's a long strategy-type post to make up for it. I finished 2nd in the Full Tilt $150 40K Guaranteed for the 3rd time without a win. The heads-up was ridiculous as I grinded out the chiplead playing pots postflop, then lost it in a 40/60 all-in preflop. Grind back a 2:1 edge, lose flip. Grind back to even, lose flip. gg. I think I did a pretty good job of getting inside his head in the heads up and making some big calldowns. Or maybe I was just lucky he never made a hand at the right time. Anyways here are some of the big pots.
http://www.pokerhand.org/?1053136 - This one would have more or less ended things without a marathon heads up. I wasn't thrilled about calling his all-in but it's so likely he has a draw on that board that I think I have to.
http://www.pokerhand.org/?1053149 - Given the flow of the game I really felt he could be raising almost any 2 since he hadn't punished my limps in a while. I floated the flop thinking I could still easily have the best hand. Maybe I should have bet the turn but I thought there was a chance he could be hoping to trap me with a checkraise, and I didn't think he'd ever bluff the river unless maybe another club fell. He said after that he came really close to firing the river and I probably would have had to fold. When he checked to me on the end I considered betting since it'd be really embarassing if he rolled over KT and won the pot, but I figured he might call with almost any piece of the board since I'd been bullying him a lot, and my hand had enough showdown value that checking was best.
http://www.pokerhand.org/?1053786 - I checked behind the flop so he can't just checkraise me off my hand or anything. Betting is fine too, it's situational and I mix it up. Turn there were enough draws out I had to bet, and I just didn't believe his checkraise, though it was certainly possible he could play a king that way. I decided not to fold and the decision was between calling and pushing. I really thought he would lead most of his good draws on the turn instead of checkraise, he hadn't done anything that tricky. So it seemed possible he could have complete air, and given his earlier comment I decided to give him the chance to follow through on the river this time (instead of pushing to protect against draws), but I was committed to calling some ugly looking river cards. The river wasn't a great card but my decision was already made on the turn, I had to call.
http://www.pokerhand.org/?1053781 - seemed like a good time to mix in a preflop reraise. Oops.
http://www.pokerhand.org/?1053823 - I decide to mix in a checkraise bluff. He seemed to mostly be raising with big cards so it was pretty unlikely he hit the flop, and his cont. bet was a bit bigger than most which in this circumstance I thought showed a little weakness too.
http://www.pokerhand.org/?1053835 - Another poorly timed reraise. Given the way things had been going playing flops there's a good argument to be made for not playing big pots preflop without a really big hand, but on the other hand he was raising often enough that I can't see how this reraise is really a misake.
http://www.pokerhand.org/?1053839 - Standard, but another lucky flop for me.
http://www.pokerhand.org/?1053844 - This is one is unavoidable. Oh well.
I also found some fish playing 10/20 on Party and had a very profitable session.
http://www.pokerhand.org/?1053867 - ooooook.
http://www.pokerhand.org/?1053870 - A bit of a cooler, I probably played it unnecessarily fancy but I figured there could be a lot of random garbage in his range that I wanted to let bluff again.
http://www.pokerhand.org/?1053875 - Obviously not exactly standard. Against this guy I was willing to play a really big pot with TPTK though. I never miniraise like I did on the flop really, but against this guy I thought it would work well to induce some bluffage. His check/call turn followed by a huge river jam doesn't really make sense and I'm just not folding against this guy here.
http://www.pokerhand.org/?1053887 - lol? He did stuff like this a lot.
http://www.pokerhand.org/?1053894 - Well that sure was nice of him.
Wow, actual content on my blog, unreal.