Tuesday, April 22, 2008

MATH Recap, Running Good and a Hand With PirateLawyer

64 runners came out for the 6-max nlh MATH this week on full tilt, creating a $1536 prize pool and prizes as usual during the BBT for the top 8 finishers. About half an hour before the tournament, I don't know if I ate something bad or what but I started to feel really woozy and just generally sick. I unregistered from my other tournaments and took a short nap before waking up to start the Hoy at 10pm ET. For the first time in a long time, I actually played some good 6-max in the MATH, doubling my stack early, and then doubling again by around the end of the first hour for a 2nd-place stack. By the time we were down to around 20 players left after a couple of hours, I had grabbed the chip lead which I held roughly until the final table of 6 left, where I found myself the only player remaining who had already won a BBT3 Tournament of Champions seat. Unfortunately though it was not meant to be, as Bone Daddy sucked out on me for the tenth time in a row with his AT > AK allin preflop for about half of my large stack. Then, a couple of steal attempts gone bad later, and I was done in 6th place. I think the fact that I was feeling ill combined with the uber dumb AK final table loss and the fact that I already won my ToC seat last week to make me just not give a shit once my stack was crippled, and I exited stage left in a hurry after that.

Here are the eight cashers in this week's Mondays at the Hoy:

8. $53.76 lightning36
7. $53.76 jmill2525
6. $84.48 hoyazo
5. $122.88 jimdniacc
4. $168.96 Bone_Daddy84
3. $222.72 cmitch
2. $322.56 Donkette
1. $506.88 wormmsu

Edit: And here is your updated 2008 MATH moneyboard, including this week's results:

1. Pirate Wes $959
2. columbo $928
3. astin $900
4. Breeze81 $825
5. pureprophet $728
6. iam23skidoo $698
7. lucko21 $650
8. dwal78 $597
9. corron10 $594
10. ChipyMcStacks $563
11. PokahDave $562
12. Tripjax $553
13. Roberto551 $545
14. fuel55 $512
15. wormmsu15 $507
16. surflexus $488
17. Loretta8 $481
18. zeroluck001 $476
18. Jordan $476
20. tilt_away $461
21. TuscaloosaJohn $423
22. twoblackaces $409
23. zackklemm $358
24. hellory $353
25. Donkette $323
26. LJ $304
27. bayne_s $291
28. jmathewson_III $274
29. numbbono $261
30. Miami Don $224
31. cmitch $223
32. Donkey Shortz $215
33. katiemother $203
33. VinNay $203
35. DaBag $202
35. Byron $202
37. recessrampage $198
38. PokerBrian322 $187
39. willwonka $185
39. mattazuma $185
41. Bone_Daddy84 $169
42. Hoyazo $152
43. buckhoya $150
43. Mike Maloney $150
45. ANIguy $149
46. BuddyDank $142
47. Martyr99 $134
48. chitwood $127
49. jimdniacc $123
50. cubanlinks $120
51. waffles $114
52. kevin_with_AK $106
53. BamBamCan $95
53. thepokergrind $95
55. Schaubs $92
56. bartonf $89
57. HotPants29 $74
58. scottmc $63
58. jamyhawk $63
60. CheckinMyAA $62
61. PirateLawyer $60
62. gydyon $59
63. DonkeyPuncher74 $56
63. RaisingCayne $56
65. pokerdad13 $55
66. lightning36 $54
66. jmill2525 $54
68. jeciimd $52
68. zeroluck001 $52
70. AltronIV $47

So while it was not meant to be once I hit the final table with the chip lead on this night thanks to the poker gods, this is only my second cash of the year in the Hoy, a tournament I have previously dominated, so I am happy to get back on the board in a week where I believe all eight players who cashed made their first appearance of the year on the moneyboard. That's not something that happens every week, that is for sure.

More than cashing in the Hoy though, this now makes I think four poker tournaments in which I have cashed in the last two days, which is a nice little streak for me. There was an Omaha tournament on pokerstars along with a limit holdem satellite tournament and the 28k on full tilt on Sunday night, and now the Hoy on Monday. Moreover I have gone from performing irrelevantly poorly to winning a BBT3 tournament last week and now to four final tables in the last seven BBT3 events, which I would have never even conceived of just a short time ago. So it feels good to be playing good poker again, and I will look to defend my title in the Skills Series tonight at 9:30pm ET on full tilt (password is "skillz"). Also don't forget the blowdonkey tonight if you like to blow donkeys.

Oh, one more thing. PirateLawyer and I played a large pot in the middle of the Hoy this week that he ended up folding a boat with on the river. He asked me to blog the hand today so I will reproduce here the summary from PL's blog today:

"Then after a long period of inactivity I play Q5s from the small blind vs. Hoy, who has me covered in the BB. This was a significant mistake in situation selection; I end up spewing a large amount of chips needlessly.

Full Tilt Poker Game #6129182836: Mondays at the Hoy (45101299), Table 9 - 200/400 Ante 50 - No Limit Hold'em - 0:02:52 ET - 2008/04/22
Seat 1: jimdniacc (8,783)
Seat 2: PirateLawyer (20,798)
Seat 4: hoyazo (22,685)
Seat 5: wormmsu (23,121)
Seat 6: BuddyDank (6,596)
jimdniacc antes 50
PirateLawyer antes 50
hoyazo antes 50
wormmsu antes 50
BuddyDank antes 50
PirateLawyer posts the small blind of 200
hoyazo posts the big blind of 400
The button is in seat #1
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to PirateLawyer [Qs 5s]
wormmsu folds
BuddyDank folds
jimdniacc folds
PirateLawyer raises to 1,200
hoyazo calls 800
*** FLOP *** [5d 4h Kh]
PirateLawyer bets 1,400 - middle pair, second kicker = easy c-bet
hoyazo calls 1,400 - Hoy could well be floating here, or he slowplayed preflop
*** TURN *** [5d 4h Kh] [Kd]
PirateLawyer has 15 seconds left to act
PirateLawyer bets 1,900 - time to fire a second shell now that's it's less likely he has a king
hoyazo has 15 seconds left to act
hoyazo raises to 5,700 - this smells like a positional raise but I can only beat a bluff or bottom pair
PirateLawyer has 15 seconds left to act
PirateLawyer calls 3,800 - I decide to call and re-evaluate on the river; I might check-fold or open-shove depending on what comes
*** RIVER *** [5d 4h Kh Kd] [Ks]
PirateLawyer checks - frankly, this card completely surprised me and I froze like a deer in the headlights
hoyazo bets 14,335, and is all in
PirateLawyer has 15 seconds left to act
PirateLawyer has requested TIME
PirateLawyer folds - I reluctantly fold but escape to fight another day
Uncalled bet of 14,335 returned to hoyazo
hoyazo mucks
PirateLawyer has returned
hoyazo wins the pot (16,850)
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot 16,850 | Rake 0
Board: [5d 4h Kh Kd Ks]
Seat 1: jimdniacc (button) folded before the Flop
Seat 2: PirateLawyer (small blind) folded on the River
Seat 4: hoyazo (big blind) collected (16,850), mucked
Seat 5: wormmsu folded before the Flop
Seat 6: BuddyDank folded before the Flop

I folded to Hoy's pressure even though I didn't really think he had the goods; all I can beat is a bluff."

Taking a look at the hand history above, anybody want to guess my holding given how I played this hand here? You can leave your guesses in the comments and I will reveal the answer in Wednesday's post. Especially interested in specifically what PL put me on as well to fold that boat at the end. Higher pocket pair I guess? Which pair?

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Blogger Eric a.k.a. Bone Daddy said...

sorry bro, albeit it short stack survival, i'll admit I got my coin in behind A LOT last night and never lost to you.

Good to play with you as always and hope you are feeling better.

9:52 PM  
Blogger Astin said...

Busted flush draw.

10:01 PM  
Blogger lightning36 said...

I like Astin's guess, but I'm thinking maybe 8-8?

10:30 PM  
Blogger BamBam said...

My guess : Ah-5h and the pot would've been split.

11:56 PM  
Blogger Schaubs said...

Pocket 4's - 8's, 9-10h - QJh...

12:17 AM  
Blogger Schaubs said...

Or pure bluff.

12:18 AM  
Blogger Bayne_S said...

Air and postition

12:19 AM  
Blogger KajaPoker said...

squadoosh. he showed weakness on the river and you let him have it.

12:40 AM  
Blogger AnguilA said...

Only 2 types of hands there: the king or air, and I would weight it heavily towards air.

Any pocket pair 66+ you would have raised preflop, so most probably you have a busted draw or ATC floating.

2:48 AM  
Blogger Loretta8 said...

piratelawyer's play really doesnt make much sense to me here, short of another 5 that K is the best card in the deck for him, he shouldnt be calling a turn raise if he's not calling this river.

your line only makes sense to me with a king. I would only raise this turn with either trips kings or better or a bluff. and on the river this is about the worst board on the planet to run a bluff at. people very rarely fold full houses, and he has to have a pair to call you on the turn.

3:37 AM  
Blogger Mike Maloney said...

I like the busted flush draw. Either that or you have complete crap.

3:47 AM  
Blogger Fabio Ruini said...

Difficult to guess... in the pre-flop you could had called with a wide range of hands. I don't think you had a king, looking at your raise on the turn. I'd made you on two hearts, maybe a bad ace (A6s or A7s) or middle/high-suited connectors (not necessarily 67s).

Anyway, in my humble opinion, good bet on the river, but bad fold from your opponent... :-)

5:04 PM  
Blogger Chad C said...

"I decide to call and re-evaluate on the river"

That is the funniest statement of all time! I am no poker genius (or lucko even) but how can you CALL and re-evaluate on the river? There are only what 932 cards that kill make your mediocre hand WORSE on the river. How does piratelawyer not fold or shove the turn? Not busting anyone's balls, different strokes for different folks but "calling to re-evaluate the river" seems to go against every ounce of poker theorem.....

10:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I thought 8-8 while reading the hand history. You bet the turn hard because, like he said, "it's less likely he has a king". This makes your 8's good. If he does have a King he would likely come over the top and you can still get away from the hand.

12:31 AM  

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