Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Back in TO, Sunday, FTOPS

On Thursday I played some live cash at Foxwoods, the big games were super tough so I mostly played 25/50 and lost around $5K. I didn't really make any hands and I made one bad river call for $2K. Steve busted on Day 1 also though so we left Friday morning. I crashed at his place in Kingston again after the long drive, and then I drove back to Toronto Saturday morning in time to play the FTOPS events on Saturday, and a full Sunday schedule. Saturday went pretty poorly for me, but Sunday was fairly successful. I made a bit playing cash, and then had several tournament cashes, unfortunately nothing really big though. Going deep in several of the major tournaments earned me the win in a sidebet I was in with 10 other people on 2+2 about who would do the best in the big tourneys on Stars/Full Tilt so I won like $3K from that on top of my cashes. Unfortunately I made a bad play deep in the 2nd Chance on Stars which cost me a chance at a big score and busted me in 15th.

Tonight I played some more tournaments including the big FTOPS event and a little cash. I didn't make the money in any tourneys though and I think I lost a little at NL cash. However I saw Gus playing a bunch of 200/400 PLO tables and decided to randomly take another shot shortstacking that game. Probably not a very smart thing to do but I think I'm prboably slightly +EV. The swings are so huge though but a little controlled shot taking isn't the worst thing. Anyways here are the big hands:




http://www.pokerhand.org/?1693050 - ty Gus?

http://www.pokerhand.org/?1693051 - I was going to quit after this hand regardless, an unfortunate end to the session.

Anyways I still definitely don't want to get in the habit of playing these games too often it's just too big and I'm not confident enough in my PLO game even playing only 20xBB deep, but it's pretty sweet when you're on the right side of these hands.

I'd really like to put in some serious effort to improve my PLO and HORSE games at some point but I just never get around to it, especially when there are still lots of good holdem games I can be playing and making money in instead. When I think about how long it took me to get to the level I'm at in NL Holdem and how there's still a lot I don't know it seems like a pretty daunting task to try to master more complicated games like PLO, O8, Stud 8, etc... but it'd definitely be a really good option to have when I get a little tired of playing Holdem all the time. Anwyays for now I'll be focusing mostly on FTOPS and the other usual tournaments and cash games.



Anonymous said...

I'd noticed you were 15th in the second chance. You don't mention what the hand was. Do you spend a lot of time mulling over your bustout hands or is it better to just move on and focus on all the things you did right in the trny to get deep?

Also, Have you ever considered doing a blog entry/article on online tells? I read a lot and I've never read anything good on this subject from someone in the know. If not maybe, I'll anon sugest to Bond, Who is writing a good series right now for lower level-intermediate players.

Or do you think there some things you guys should keep to yourselves rather then educating the average players?

TY, and continued success.


Anonymous said...

how much were you up on the PLO session? each hand that you showed where you doubled you only had the min stack.

Mike said...

I busted out of the 2nd chance by shoving AJs over a raise for like 14xBB in a spot I know I shouldn't. You should usually try to look back and find any mistakes you made so you can improve and not make them anymore. As for online tells there are a few timing things that can be pretty reliable, they're basically the same live but I don't really want to say anything too specific.

Finished up 24K in PLO, I leave the table when I double up.

Anonymous said...

Ty,I can't really tell if you like questions from random internet guys on your blog, so I'll leave it at that.

I read
AJunglean got an invite to be a pro
on a pokerXfactor type site starting soon by Negrenau. With your internet persona (never flaming)and having met the guy, I'd be surprissed if you don't have the option of being on there too.



Foucault said...

I've been playing a fair amount of non-HE cash games the last few months, and while I agree it's sometimes daunting to think about how much there is to learn about them, it also seems to be the case that you don't need to know as much to beat them. I mean, there is so much literature about and so many opportunities to practice NLHE that even the weaker players at mid- and high-stakes games often understand some pretty sophisticated concepts. Most everyone is in the same boat you are in terms of having a lot to learn about PLO8, for instance, so as long as you are better at poker and quicker at learning, which you probably are, then you can expect an edge. Not that I'm inviting the competition....