Friday, December 28, 2007

Suck and re-suck

Full Tilt Poker Game #_: Table Camino Del Santo - $0.10/$0.25 - No Limit Hold'em - 0:29:51 ET - 2007/12/29
Seat 2: ($32.40)
Seat 3: ($24)
Seat 4: ($3.10)
Seat 5: ($23.30)
Seat 6: villain($11.05)
Seat 7: ($9.75)
Seat 8: hero ($25)
Seat 9: ($53.35)
Seat 3 posts the small blind of $0.10
Seat 4 posts the big blind of $0.25
hero posts $0.25

The button has just gone by, so I decided to post rather than wait. So this is the first hand at this table for us.

The button is in seat #2
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to hero [5h 8h]
Seat 5 folds
villain raises to $0.75
Seat 7 folds

Well, the odds we're being offered here are 2:1. That's actually about right for this hand. You see pros make these kind of calls on TV. They don't make them because "any two cards can win," they make them because a combination of the immediate pot odds and the implied odds are favorable. But you have to play it right - either it flops a monster catch or you check-fold.

hero calls $0.50
Seat 9 folds
Seat 2 folds
Seat 3 calls $0.65
Seat 4 folds
*** FLOP *** [4c 8d 5d]


Seat 3 checks
villain bets $1

Not only is this likely to be nothing more than a continuation bet, but even if it wasn't, look at the flop: the best hand he could likely have is a big pair, which we have crushed. We can't give the flush draw a free card, but there's no need to go crazy.

hero raises to $3
Seat 3 folds
villain calls $2
*** TURN *** [4c 8d 5d] [Qh]
villain checks

With that last call, he is now pot committed. Time to make him pay.

hero bets $8
villain calls $7.30, and is all in
hero shows [5h 8h]
villain shows [Qd Ac]
Uncalled bet of $0.70 returned to hero
*** RIVER *** [4c 8d 5d Qh] [Ah]

ARGH!!! I hate it when 5-outers catch on the river.

hero shows two pair, Eights and Fives
villain shows two pair, Aces and Queens
villain wins the pot ($21.95) with two pair, Aces and Queens
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot $23.10 | Rake $1.15
Board: [4c 8d 5d Qh Ah]
Seat 2: (button) didn't bet (folded)
Seat 3: (small blind) folded on the Flop
Seat 4: (big blind) folded before the Flop
Seat 5: didn't bet (folded)
Seat 6: villain showed [Qd Ac] and won ($21.95) with two pair, Aces and Queens
Seat 7: didn't bet (folded)
Seat 8: hero showed [5h 8h] and lost with two pair, Eights and Fives
Seat 9: didn't bet (folded)

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