Sunday, June 18, 2006

Just finished up another week of NL, and a very good week it was--the best week I've had since an outrageous heater in mid-February.

I really feel like I'm getting a pretty good handle on NL. I'm faced with much fewer tough decisions, and I'm developing a pretty good "sense" like what I had for a long time playing limit.

Of course, I'm still only playing the 400NL on Party. It's surprisingly profitable, but I have a long way to go before I can feel like I've developed my game as much as I did in limit.

Nothing underscored that point more than playing on Stars over the weekend, trying to take advantage of their reload bonus. I was playing Stars tables and Party tables simultaneously, and the difference between the two games was night and day. Stars games were much tighter and much tougher. I got myself into trouble responding to the Stars players like I would the Party players--flop TPTK or an overpair, bet out and if you get raised on Stars it means a completely difference thing than if you do on Party. On Stars, the guy's got two pair or a set (as I learned the hard way), on Party the guy's got any two cards.

So the bottom line is that I can handle either the fairly straight forward and somewhat timid players or the absolute maniacs like those that populate Party's 400NL games, but tougher, thinking opponents like those I'd face at higher limits I'm sure would still be very rough for me.

But I should be able to do okay as long as Party 400NL stays how it is and there are players like this (Hey, buddy...I tried to tell ya...I HAVE ACES):

Party Poker No-Limit Hold'em, $2/4 (6 handed) Hand History Converter Tool from (Format: HTML)

saw flop|saw showdown

MP ($400)
CO ($425.50)
Button ($1784.82)
SB ($629.38)
Hero (BB) ($391.40)
UTG ($386)

Preflop: Hero is BB with Ad, Ah. SB posts a blind of $2.
1 fold, MP raises to $15, 1 fold, Button raises to $41, 1 fold, Hero raises to $111, MP folds, Button calls $70.

Flop: ($239) 5s, Qs, 2h (2 players)
Hero bets $280.40 (All-In)
, Button calls $280.40.

Turn: ($799.80) Js (2 players, 1 all-in)

($799.80) 8c (2 players, 1 all-in)

Final Pot: $799.80

Results below:
Hero has Ad Ah (one pair, aces).
Button has 6s 6d (one pair, sixes).
Outcome: Hero wins $799.80.


Blogger andrew said...

Maybe I should start playing on party. That is just insane. A reraise with 6's? And then calling a third raise?

And then with that flop he calls your all-in? There are only a few hands I'd put you on in that situation (AQ, AK, or a pair of jacks or better). And he can beat exactly one of those. Plus it would be doubtful to me that you would have made a 3rd raise with only AQ or AK. That's just crazy.

11:13 AM  
Blogger estonb said...

Get up to $3-6 SH pronto. The action this weekend was super sick. 5 total donkeys each with over 5k. Bizarro world poker...

5:09 PM  
Blogger estonb said...

Hey, nothing wrong with reraising with 66 baby...

5:10 PM  
Blogger estonb said...

I wonder if I've played with you on PP many hands do you have at $2-4 now?

5:11 PM  
Blogger eric said...


I could post a dozen hands fairly similar to that one, just from the past week.


I have about 30K hands from the last month or so, plus sporadic hands from the past year that are randomly distributed across my databases. Doubtful more than 5-10K or so of those.

I'll definitely try 3/6 pretty soon I think. I'm just so happy and comfortable at 2/4, though. Of course, that's what I said when I was at 4/8 limit thinking of taking a shot playing 6/12, and look what moving up finally got me.

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