Monday, December 20, 2004


Poker can be such a bitch sometimes. I was playing in a qualifier on Pokerstars for the EPT main event in Monte Carlo when the following hand happened. This was a $615 buy in event and we were down to two tables. With the blinds still extremely low and a 30 min clock I was really fancying my chances as I had been gradually increasing my chips from the beginning. Why do people on the internet think that it’s worth risking all their chips pre flop in a big buy in event with AK? I just think this is terrible play. Surely freezeouts are all about waiting till you believe you have a significant advantage in a hand before you commit all your chips. I check raised my opponent with KK and he moved all in and got lucky on the river. I actually broke my abuse rule and gave him some in the chat box. My favorite thing about his response was that he said, “I thought you probably had QQ.” That just made me laugh as if that was his read why would he not just call my original raise of 900 instead of going all in. If he thought I had a high pair he would be at best a coin flip and at worst a severe dog which he was. I would have actually passed QQ before the flop to his raise all in. But hey what do I know?

*********** # 5 **************
PokerStars Game #977104727: Tournament #3908413, Hold'em No Limit - Level
III (25/50) - 2004/12/19 - 19:34:18 (ET)
Table '3908413 1' Seat #6 is the button
Seat 1: vuddu (5630 in chips) is sitting out
Seat 2: milkybarkid (5235 in chips)
Seat 3: dangler (1675 in chips)
Seat 5: noc1111 (1905 in chips)
Seat 6: thebestwon (4785 in chips)
Seat 8: agcpa (5310 in chips)
Seat 9: Lanken (4555 in chips)
agcpa: posts small blind 25
Lanken: posts big blind 50
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to milkybarkid [Kd Ks]
vuddu: folds
milkybarkid: calls 50
dangler: folds
noc1111: folds
thebestwon: raises 150 to 200
agcpa: calls 175
Lanken: folds
milkybarkid: raises 1000 to 1200
thebestwon: raises 3585 to 4785 and is all-in
agcpa: folds
milkybarkid: calls 3585
*** FLOP *** [Th Jc 9c]
*** TURN *** [Th Jc 9c] [3d]
*** RIVER *** [Th Jc 9c 3d] [Ac]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
milkybarkid: shows [Kd Ks] (a pair of Kings)
thebestwon: shows [Kh Ad] (a pair of Aces)
thebestwon collected 9820 from pot
minnycards [observer] said, "bad beat"
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot 9820 Rake 0
Board [Th Jc 9c 3d Ac]
Seat 1: vuddu folded before Flop (didn't bet)
Seat 2: milkybarkid showed [Kd Ks] and lost with a pair of Kings
Seat 3: dangler folded before Flop (didn't bet)
Seat 5: noc1111 folded before Flop (didn't bet)
Seat 6: thebestwon (button) showed [Kh Ad] and won (9820) with a pair of
Seat 8: agcpa (small blind) folded before Flop
Seat 9: Lanken (big blind) folded before Flop


Luckyblind said...

Not a nice way to go out, hope you quailified using a cheap satellite !
Only thing I would say about this hand is that if you had raised initially then he may have only called instead of raising preflop.
When he raised in this situation I would have flat called and you may have got him off the hand after the flop or turn when no Ace had appeared.
I presume you limped to reraise any raise. This only works against good players, I don't have any notes on your opponent so I don't know which category he falls into.
Once he has reraised you can't really fold unless you are sure he has Aces. I have only folded KK once before preflop and nobody at the table believed me! I had rightly put the guy on the rockets.
Still it hurts when you go out as such a preflop fav. Happend to me recently with KK vs K 10 also on stars!

Milkybarkid said...

I paid the full amount to enter. Had a good hour on the $5/$10 Pot Limit Omaha so i kind of saw it as a free entrance. I was under the gun and perhaps i should have made an initial raise. However, i still feel the result may have been the same as if he was willing to reraise a check raise then i am sure he would have raised and i would have put him all in anyway. I think the only way i could have avoided going out would have been to flat call his initial 200 chip bet and bet heavily on the flop and turn and he surely would have passed then.

I actually considered he may have had Aces and i would have mucked QQ given the size of his raise. He had raised a fair few hands before the flop so i actually put him on either JJ, QQ or AA when he went all in. I didn't even consider he may have had AK.

If the A had come on the flop it wouldn't have been so harsh but it had to arrive on the damn river. The worst part was that i played really good poker and had been building my stack up gradually without taking any risks.