Wednesday, November 18, 2009

What would you do?

Full Tilt Poker Game #16122056455: $38,000 Guarantee (118387707), Table 16 - 120/240 Ante 25 - No Limit Hold'em
Seat 1: Kryptx00 (1,620)
Seat 2: iLittLe TuNa (5,140)
Seat 3: columbo (10,930)
Seat 4: jnr1j (11,900)
Seat 5: The Hyena (2,495)
Seat 6: Magico77 (2,140)
Seat 7: Odd Hole (3,685)
Seat 8: Ferris Spewler (12,285)
Seat 9: bernardminet13 (3,825)
antes 25
jnr1j posts the small blind of 120
The Hyena posts the big blind of 240
The button is in seat #3

Magico77 folds
Odd Hole folds
Ferris Spewler folds
bernardminet13 folds
Kryptx00 raises to 1,595, and is all in
iLittLe TuNa folds

*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to columbo [Qs Ac]
columbo has 15 seconds left to act
columbo calls 1,595

jnr1j has 15 seconds left to act
jnr1j raises to 5,040
The Hyena folds
columbo has 15 seconds left to act

What do you think here?
(I have $8500 or so left behind, which is almost exactly avg if that matters)

Small Ball revisited

Its amazing what memory does over time. How we remember things differently depending on what has happened since the original memory occurred.

When I went back and revisited my notes on small-ball, I noticed somethings that I was not doing as part of that process anymore.

Its only 4-6 rules, so how did I go astray???

To recap:

Small raises
Leverage (or respect) position
passive pre-flop, aggressive post flop play
pot control OOP or after then turn without a monster.

But what happens is that the concept of Pot Control seems to consume the memory and "aggressive post flop play" gets buried.

If I turn it sideways, small ball looks like "slightly loose, aggressive solid" (in poker tracker terms).

Friday, November 13, 2009

Best Application Ever

Watch to the end, then imagine the application at the tables...

Enhanced information reality

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Aren’t you a little old for an epiphany?

I saw a great BBC special last night about how the brain makes bad decisions. Of particular note was "prospecting theory" where a human can be manipulated into making a bad choice if there is already loss involved. (i.e. doesn't want to fold with chips in the pot). Furthermore, the first-to-act part of the brain is the emotional center, with the Frontal Lobe (logical) waiting to kick in. When you are already vested with the prospect of loss (or assumed loss) your emotional center wishes to make a BAD DECISION. Not an emotional decision, mind you. But rather a BAD decision.

This was RIVETING to me on the heals of making a TERRIBLE decision, where I know better. (for those columbo fans, I ate a BIG CHUNK of PEPPERED BEEF!)

They also made a startling find that you can BREAK the prospecting (or other cycles) through stimulus (intentional or unintentional). For example, temperature. Holding a cold beverage may make me more weary of you, while a warm beverage more comfortable with you. If you fold too much and play too tight, perhaps a warm beverage? If you are making lousy calls, perhaps cooling off literally helps?

Further information points to the same effect for pre-event rituals (even superstitious ones like ball players wearing the same socks every game). Or Johnny Chan and his Orange. It seems that these also help break prospecting (and other) decision cycles.

There is also the idea that when one is "in the zone" where decision making is going so well that one seems to be able to "see the results before they happen", that the brain has managed to shut down the emotional center for a time (SPOCK! I need you Spock! now do Kirk). sorry, obscure reference. Anyways, this is brainiac (sic) stuff, I know. But think about this...

When you see a player on TV with a blank stare and mouth agape, have they then shut off the emotional center for pure logic? and if so, can I do that by training myself and changing my stimulus. The answer is YES.

It could be a drink, gum, choice of ipod music, etc. to break existing patterns, then some ability to "create a moment" where the emotion shuts down. Now do that for long hours on end on demand. Not as easy as it first sounded, is it? But being cognizant of this may make a world of difference in your post decision analysis.

There is an old adage of "counting 10" or "going to a happy place" under the weight of a big decision. But it may be as simple as training yourself to pick up your cold drink before you act.

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Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Played like ass

nuff said. Details are typical. Results expected. Gez, after all this time, ass.

You know what? I need a vacation...

Monday, November 09, 2009

Final Table tomorrow

Ok, I'll admit that I followed the final table a bit on Saturday until they lost a player and then decided to wait until Tuesday. Sad but true.

In other news, saw my brother and his family for the first time in a long time. Fun to reconnect.

Was looking at some hands recently, and I noticed that there are some big hands where I think I am ahead despite V$IP coming from my opponent. I am having some problems adjusting at times. In my league game, I bubbled on Saturday picking up points but missing the real victory. And as if I was ramming my head against a wall, had to go up against a guy who just started running good and as you know, I am not a lucky person.

Wednesday, November 04, 2009

Great final 17 poker in WSOP

Did you appreciate the hand where 99 raises, KK reraises and then some very smart players get away from some VERY big hands: AKs, TT, and JJ!

I can only imagine Begleiter's image with KK there.

Monday, November 02, 2009

Concepts on Small Ball

You are early in an MTT and after a raise you make a button call with AJ and the flop if Jack high. You call a c-bet and on the turn, its an Ace (no flush) and you have top two. First to act raiser bets half the pot, and you call figuring to be ahead. River is a blank and he bets again...

Full Tilt Poker Game #15749020578: $38,000 Guarantee (115313599), Table 164 - 25/50 - No Limit Hold'em - 14:39:54 ET - 2009/11/02
Seat 1: burax (5,320)
Seat 2: columbo (4,720)
Seat 3: jarv_1 (9,190)
Seat 4: marcusmb (2,730)
Seat 5: bluntouze (1,660)
Seat 6: Spree At Last (6,560)
Seat 7: Jonah (9,360)
Seat 8: Dirk Scheringa (5,130)
Seat 9: strizigraz (2,530)
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Spree At Last folds
Jonah folds
Dirk Scheringa raises to 150
strizigraz folds
burax folds
columbo calls 150 [Js Ac]
jarv_1 folds
marcusmb folds
bluntouze calls 100

*** FLOP *** [6c Jh 9h] (TPTK)
bluntouze checks
Dirk Scheringa bets 350
columbo calls 350
bluntouze folds

*** TURN *** [6c Jh 9h] [As] (TOP TWO!)
Dirk Scheringa bets 900
columbo raises to 1,800

I know, why the min-raise?

Dirk Scheringa raises to 4,630, and is all in

so, Does he have a set? A flush draw? or sqat?

HERE IS what is really interesting about this One Minute Mystery. When you CALL with the AJ you ARE playing small-ball. (Otherwise you would have raised and taken control of the hand pre-flop with position.) So, if you ARE playing small-ball, can you even make the RAISE? NO. and let's say I dont raise and call and he shoves the river. can I call? NO.

Here is another question... CAN you play small ball successfully holding AJ?