Friday, May 9, 2014

The latest SCOOP

Just wanted to drop a brief update on how the month has been going as I'm currently in the midst of my heaviest grind of the year (not saying much). The cliff notes would be "not particularly well" but just saying that wouldn't make for much of a blog post now would it?

The SCOOP has been less than spectacular for me so far, cashing in 2/9 Low events and 1/7 M and both cashes were for the min or close to it. I think that my play has been alright and most of my bustouts have been pretty standard or just bad beats (lost AA < QQ<JJ in the $82 AU yesterday). I'm still planning on playing about 10+ M events and at least that many L's so we'll see if I can make a deep run in something before the series is over.

The zoom tables have been pretty rough this month. I think that I'm playing fairly times I feel like I'm playing outstanding and at others I find myself playing a bit sloppy in spots and doing a bad job with the little things (ie bet sizing to set up future streets, stealing the BTN w/out looking at who's behind me etc.). Frankly though, I think that I've been running flat out bad overall and hopefully have some rungood coming around the corner. Just looking through my sessions yesterday, here are a couple of non-standardish hands that I lost:

This was fairly interesting. BB is a reg with a 20% 3bet from those positions (15 hand sample) so I think flatting pre is optimal most of the time. Flop seems standard as I wouldn't have much of a raising range in this spot. Turn gets interesting when it brings another club and the villain makes an unusually small donkish looking bet. I actually talked about this hand with fellow Team Online Pro xflixx and PSO coach GarethC23 and we all kind of agreed that my line is probably best and that the river was just unlucky. I knew it seemed fine but initially tried to make a case for raising the turn with my AK non-club combos, along with some stronger semi-bluffs (ie AcX) but quickly agreed that splitting our range there doesn't seem great. I think that AKo is still a strong enough hand to call with on a blank river and the strongest part of my range (ie nut flushes) wants to call turn to let the villain barrel off with bluffs. We talked about maybe having a raising range on the turn comprising of bluffs with our worst flop-calling hands (ie 89ss, JTss, QJss, 76s etc) and I was thinking that could be balanced with our sets/2-pair and maybe AA no-club.

PokerStars Zoom No-Limit Hold'em, $2.00 BB (6 handed)

Button ($250.72)
SB ($312.62)
BB ($240.03)
UTG ($354.66)
Hero (MP) ($206)
CO ($116.40)

Preflop: Hero is MP with A, K
1 fold, Hero raises to $5, 3 folds, BB raises to $18, Hero calls $13

Flop: ($37) K, 7, 5 (2 players)
BB bets $21.20, Hero calls $21.20

Turn: ($79.40) 3 (2 players)
BB bets $23, Hero calls $23

River: ($125.40) Q (2 players)
BB checks, Hero checks

Total pot: $125.40 | Rake: $2.80

Results below:
BB had Q, K (two pair, Kings and Queens).
Hero didn't show A, K (one pair, Kings).
Outcome: BB won $122.60

Here, I wasn't sure what to make of the BB because they were full-stacked but after seeing the CC of the 3bet and then another call of my 4Bet I assumed they were just a rec-player. I think that I played this hand well. I toyed with betting bigger on the flop to get in as much money as possible since villain is probably never folding but it's so dry that it's likely that betting smaller could even be better to induce some spazz. The only turn card I don't want to see is an A and even then the villains range is probably wide enough that I can never fold. I figured that checking-back to induce river spew is probably best but unfortunately it didn't work out here.

PokerStars Zoom No-Limit Hold'em, $2.00 BB (6 handed)

Hero (Button) ($208.55)
SB ($233.24)
BB ($217.44)
UTG ($200)
MP ($294.07)
CO ($200)

Preflop: Hero is Button with K, K
3 folds, Hero raises to $4, SB raises to $15, BB calls $13, Hero raises to $45, 1 fold, BB calls $30

Flop: ($105) 5, 3, 9 (2 players)
BB checks, Hero bets $54, BB calls $54

Turn: ($213) A (2 players)
BB checks, Hero checks

River: ($213) 9 (2 players)
BB bets $118.44 (All-In), Hero calls $109.55 (All-In)

Total pot: $432.10 | Rake: $2.80

Results below:
Hero had K, K (two pair, Kings and nines).
BB had 9, 7 (three of a kind, nines).
Outcome: BB won $429.30

Anyways, I'll spare y'all the straight up bad beat hands and the full house < quads but you get the idea. I'm still only down about 2 buy-ins so like I said, hopefully some rungood is around the corner and I can continue to improve. I think that if I lose 10 buy-ins then I'll try to mix things up and play some normal tables for a bit. More on that though if it comes to that. Like 10 buy-ins is nothing but it will likely depend on my frustration level when/if it happens lol.

Alright, back to the grind. I'm basically just working through this weekend and won't be doing anything too exciting. I also have the roof guys coming back on Monday and Tuesday to fix my ceiling where it had that small leak so I'm not particularly looking forward to working through that...not sure exactly whta I'm going to do. I'll be calling things a bit early on Sunday though to head home for Mother's Day :)

gl at the tables!


  1. Hope u had a nice Mother's Day.
    Hand1: we could shove as we have A blocker and he almost never has the nuts here. Usually we just check back hoping for the best ..

    1. Yeah, shoving is an option and I did consider it but I'm not sure that I need to turn AKo specifically into a bluff here. I'd much rather turn a weaker king like KJ or KTs into a bluff because then we're not blocking AA no club/AK no club as much. I do think that shoving is interesting though since I agree that villain rarely has the nuts unless they have exactly AJcc and don't see enough clubs that can call so they check to induce, they probably have QQc/JJc at best. I do think that TTc-QQc plays like this a lot though and combine that with the fact that we're never getting called by worse and beating a good chunk of hands at showdown anyways, I think I like my initial statement of checking back AKo most of the time and strongly consider turning some weaker K's into bluffs...

  2. Hand2: seems there shouldn't be a ton of A hands in their range, so betting another $50 ish or shoving (quick) to seem bluffy on turn might be best.

    1. I agee that there shouldn't be a ton of A's in villain's range here but there should be some...wouldn't be at all surprising to see this cat just call the flop with all of their A-highs. That said, if they don't have an A I think I like checking back to induce a bluff on the players like this can have so many low equity hands that I think it's probably more profitable to check back this fairly dry board to let them spazz than it is to jam and hope to get called by worse.