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Poker :: MATH Recap
  submitted on December 4, 2007, 7:32 PM


Okay, to follow up my previous post, I have a number of hands I want to recap from the MATH last night.

The first hour of the tournament or so, I definitely got some nice cards, also hit some flops, and most importantly, got my opponents chips into the middle.

FullTiltPoker Game #4384738547: Mondays at the Hoy (32953693), Table 4 - 15/30 - No Limit Hold'em - 22:03:26 ET - 2007/12/03
Seat 1: bayne_s (2,925)
Seat 2: cracknaces (3,000)
Seat 3: katiemother (3,000)
Seat 4: VinNay (2,955)
Seat 5: Mike_Maloney (3,150)
Seat 6: ChapelncHill (2,970)
ChapelncHill posts the small blind of 15
bayne_s posts the big blind of 30
The button is in seat #5
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to Mike_Maloney [Qc As]
cracknaces folds
katiemother folds
VinNay raises to 90
Mike_Maloney calls 90
(Easy call here on the button)
ChapelncHill folds
bayne_s calls 60
*** FLOP *** [8c Jd Qs]
bayne_s checks
VinNay bets 240
Mike_Maloney calls 240
(TPTK is most likely good here, and I want him to lead out again on the turn, so I just opt to call)
bayne_s has 15 seconds left to act
bayne_s folds
*** TURN *** [8c Jd Qs] [5s]
VinNay bets 390
Mike_Maloney has 15 seconds left to act
Mike_Maloney calls 390
(Maybe I should have raised here, since there are some draws out there, I just opted to call instead)
*** RIVER *** [8c Jd Qs 5s] [9s]
VinNay checks
Mike_Maloney checks
(Not a great river card, and there's not much more to gain from this hand by betting out, and if I get check-raised, I don't know that I can call)
*** SHOW DOWN ***
VinNay shows [Qd Ks] a pair of Queens
Mike_Maloney shows [Qc As] a pair of Queens
Mike_Maloney wins the pot (1,545) with a pair of Queens
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot 1,545 | Rake 0
Board: [8c Jd Qs 5s 9s]
Seat 1: bayne_s (big blind) folded on the Flop
Seat 2: cracknaces didn't bet (folded)
Seat 3: katiemother didn't bet (folded)
Seat 4: VinNay showed [Qd Ks] and lost with a pair of Queens
Seat 5: Mike_Maloney (button) showed [Qc As] and won (1,545) with a pair of Queens
Seat 6: ChapelncHill (small blind) folded before the Flop


Nothing special there, I played the hand a little conservative, but it was pretty early on, I didn't want to get too aggressive with TPTK.

So, here's an interesting hand between Fuel and I, that ends up coming into play later.

Seat 2: Mike_Maloney (8,045)
Seat 4: Fuel55 (5,135)
Astin posts the small blind of 20
Fuel55 posts the big blind of 40
The button is in seat #2
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to Mike_Maloney [Kd Kh]
Mike_Maloney: Marry Christmas Astin
TheCloserX5 folds
actyper folds
Proehl folds
Mike_Maloney: *Merry, even
Fuel55: checkraising is so weak!
Astin: I love walking
Mike_Maloney raises to 140
Astin folds
Fuel55 calls 100
*** FLOP *** [6s 9d Ad]
(Ugh)
Fuel55 checks
Astin: low impact poker
Mike_Maloney bets 225
Fuel55 calls 225
*** TURN *** [6s 9d Ad] [Th]
Fuel55 checks
Mike_Maloney bets 575
Fuel55 raises to 1,640
(What did he just say? Check-raising is weak? So what do I do?)
Mike_Maloney has 15 seconds left to act
Mike_Maloney: KK can suck my balls
Mike_Maloney folds
Uncalled bet of 1,065 returned to Fuel55
Fuel55 shows [9h 2h] a pair of Nines
(Whatta donk!)
Fuel55 wins the pot (1,900)


Fortunately for me, Fuel is not goot at poker:

Seat 2: Mike_Maloney (6,260)
Seat 4: Fuel55 (7,715)
Proehl posts the small blind of 30
Mike_Maloney posts the big blind of 60
The button is in seat #6
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to Mike_Maloney [3c 3s]
Astin folds
Fuel55 raises to 140
TheCloserX5 folds
actyper folds
Proehl calls 110
Mike_Maloney calls 80
(Set mining call)
*** FLOP *** [4h 8h Kd]
Proehl checks
Mike_Maloney checks
(Where's my set?)
Fuel55 has 15 seconds left to act
Fuel55 checks
*** TURN *** [4h 8h Kd] [5c]
Proehl checks
Fuel55: 5 on the turn as always
Mike_Maloney bets 360
(This doesn't seem like Fuel's kind of board, save for Presto, obviously, so I figure I should throw out a bet to see what happens)
Fuel55 calls 360
(WEAKNESS ALERT!!!)
Proehl has 15 seconds left to act
Proehl folds
*** RIVER *** [4h 8h Kd 5c] [Qc]
Mike_Maloney has 15 seconds left to act
Mike_Maloney bets 825
(There's about 1100 in the pot, I think this is a good amount to show that I'm serious about my hand. That, and I think Fuel has air, or maybe 8th pair)
Fuel55 has 15 seconds left to act
Fuel55 folds
Uncalled bet of 825 returned to Mike_Maloney
Mike_Maloney shows [3c 3s] a pair of Threes
(Whee!)
Mike_Maloney wins the pot (1,140)
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot 1,140 | Rake 0
Board: [4h 8h Kd 5c Qc]
Seat 1: Proehl (small blind) folded on the Turn
Seat 2: Mike_Maloney (big blind) collected (1,140)
Seat 3: Astin didn't bet (folded)
Seat 4: Fuel55 folded on the River
Seat 5: TheCloserX5 didn't bet (folded)
Seat 6: actyper (button) didn't bet (folded)


Fuel is a much, much stronger NLHE player than I am, so I certainly get a kick out of pulling off a hand like that. Bluffing like that against someone with actual skill is not something I'm good at by any stretch of the imagination, so I'm going to enjoy my rare success.

So at this point I'm either the chipleader, or very close to it (I had a big hand where I flopped trip sixes, but Poker Tracker didn't pick it up, apparently). Once I jumped up to the top of the leaderboard, I don't think I ever dropped below 8th for the rest of the tournament. I'm pretty happy that I was able to keep up that kind of chip stack throughout. Anyways, this was a tough hand to swallow:

Seat 2: Mike_Maloney (7,490)
Seat 6: actyper (1,375)
Proehl posts the small blind of 40
Mike_Maloney posts the big blind of 80
The button is in seat #6
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to Mike_Maloney [Qd Qc]
Astin folds
TheCloserX5 folds
actyper has 15 seconds left to act
actyper raises to 240
Proehl folds
Mike_Maloney raises to 480
(So this is one of two shorties at the table. I opt for the min-raise, just to see where I'm at. If he folds, so be it, I don't like flat calling with QQ out of position)
actyper raises to 1,375, and is all in
Mike_Maloney has 15 seconds left to act
Mike_Maloney: hmm, probably can't fold this
Mike_Maloney calls 895
(I thought it was interesting that actyper commented to me after the hand his surprise that I even considered folding. Honestly, I wasn't seriously considering it, but I did give it some thought. This is another 15% of my stack to call here, and QQ is a good hand, but it's not the nutz. Still, I probably can't really justify a fold in this situation)
actyper shows [Th Ts]
Mike_Maloney shows [Qd Qc]
*** FLOP *** [Js Td 3s]
(Oh yeah, that's why I should have considered folding a little more)
*** TURN *** [Js Td 3s] [Ad]
*** RIVER *** [Js Td 3s Ad] [6c]
actyper shows three of a kind, Tens
Mike_Maloney shows a pair of Queens
actyper wins the pot (2,790) with three of a kind, Tens

Argh, a 3,000 chip pot. That hurt my stack a bit, but it wasn't crippling by any means.

So, here is another interesting set of hands I had with Hoy. Two hands after the above hand history, I was moved to Hoy's table. Blinds were 40/80, and Hoy was sitting at around 2,500 chips, so his M was around 20. Here's my 4th hand at the table:

Seat 3: hoyazo (2,340)
Seat 4: Mike_Maloney (7,500)
hoyazo posts the small blind of 40
Mike_Maloney posts the big blind of 80
The button is in seat #2
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to Mike_Maloney [As Jh]
Esquire80 folds
a104l9 folds
columbo folds
riggstad folds
columbo: Ravens lead AGAIN
hoyazo raises to 240
Mike_Maloney calls 160
(I could have probably re-popped him here, but it's just the JackAce, and I don't want to get too committed with a hand like that. Plus, just calling keeps my range that he can put me on a lot wider)
*** FLOP *** [3s 4s 9c]
hoyazo: *crosses fingers
hoyazo checks
Mike_Maloney checks
(I totally whiffed this flop, and if Hoy has any kind of a pair or a couple spades I'm getting check-raised, so I opt to check too)
*** TURN *** [3s 4s 9c] [Ts]
hoyazo has 15 seconds left to act
hoyazo checks
Mike_Maloney bets 480
(Now we're in a different situation. Hoy not only checked the flop, but he checked the turn as well. I can't imagine he has a monster like trips, he probably would have bet out with the flush draw on the flop, and certainly if a third flush card drops on the turn. I also don't see him checking his flush draw on the flop, and then checking his flush on the turn as well. I have complete crap, but taking Hoy's chip stack into account, I like my chances of pushing him out of the hand)
hoyazo has 15 seconds left to act
hoyazo folds
Uncalled bet of 480 returned to Mike_Maloney
Mike_Maloney mucks
Mike_Maloney wins the pot (480)


Hoy would then raise the next hand on the button and pick up the blinds. So then, two hands later (Effing Full Tilt missed another hand history, probably because it was the last hand before a table change), I have Aces. Hoy is in UTG+1, and raises up to 300 (Leaving behind about 1900 chips). Blinds are up to 50/100, by the way. I opt for the call again, since Hoy's pretty aggressive, I play it conservatively. Flop comes 9-high I think, no real draws out there. Hoy checks, and I check back, remembering how our last encounter went. Turn was another blank, so Hoy thinks, and just pushes. I'm relatively sure that I'm ahead here, but I give it some though, because I'd hate to get him mad with my insta-call :) He flips over AK, and that's all she wrote.

So, I'm at a new table, at Mookie's table. Real quick hand, not much to add, but this is why you don't slow play your big pairs.

Seat 3: Mike_Maloney (9,470)
Seat 5: actyper (3,160)
actyper posts the small blind of 50
katiemother posts the big blind of 100
The button is in seat #4
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to Mike_Maloney [9d 7d]
madbrooklyn folds
mookie99 folds
Mike_Maloney raises to 350
cardgrrl folds
actyper has 15 seconds left to act
actyper raises to 1,000
katiemother folds
Mike_Maloney calls 650
(Loose call, but I have position and getting 2:1)
*** FLOP *** [7s Jd Kc]
actyper has 15 seconds left to act
actyper checks
Mike_Maloney checks
(I like my pair, don't like the two overs)
*** TURN *** [7s Jd Kc] [5c]
actyper has 15 seconds left to act
actyper checks
Mike_Maloney checks
(Maybe I should have bet here to see if I was ahead, but I still don't really like my hand, so I check again)
*** RIVER *** [7s Jd Kc 5c] [7c]
actyper checks
Mike_Maloney has 15 seconds left to act
Mike_Maloney bets 250
(Haha, yahtzee! Let's squeeze a bit more out of him)
actyper calls 250
*** SHOW DOWN ***
Mike_Maloney shows [9d 7d] three of a kind, Sevens
actyper mucks
Mike_Maloney wins the pot (2,600) with three of a kind, Sevens
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot 2,600 | Rake 0
Board: [7s Jd Kc 5c 7c]
Seat 3: Mike_Maloney showed [9d 7d] and won (2,600) with three of a kind, Sevens
Seat 5: actyper (small blind) mucked [Qc Qd] - two pair, Queens and Sevens
(Slow play to no pay, baby!)

Hey, if nothing else, it's always fun to show down 9-7 sooted.

Did I play this alright? Was the raise completely stupid and unnecessary? I have to fold to her re-re-raise, right?

FSeat 3: Mike_Maloney (10,030)
Seat 4: cardgrrl (4,758)
mookie99 posts the small blind of 60
Mike_Maloney posts the big blind of 120
The button is in seat #1
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to Mike_Maloney [5c Ad]
cardgrrl raises to 240
katiemother folds
madbrooklyn folds
mookie99 folds
Mike_Maloney calls 120
(Loose call from UTG raiser, but I'm getting 3.5:1)
*** FLOP *** [Js 6d As]
Mike_Maloney checks
cardgrrl bets 540
Mike_Maloney raises to 1,080
cardgrrl raises to 1,620
Mike_Maloney has 15 seconds left to act
Mike_Maloney folds
Uncalled bet of 540 returned to cardgrrl
cardgrrl mucks
cardgrrl wins the pot (2,700)


Here was me getting a little aggressive, hoping to bring out the Mook's inner Meekie:

Seat 2: mookie99 (10,380)
Seat 3: Mike_Maloney (8,950)
katiemother posts the small blind of 80
madbrooklyn posts the big blind of 160
The button is in seat #5
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to Mike_Maloney [Ah Qc]
mookie99 raises to 465
Mike_Maloney has 15 seconds left to act
Mike_Maloney raises to 1,200
(Risky re-raise, but I had been playing pretty tight as of late, so I decided to represent a strong hand)
cardgrrl folds
IslandBum1 folds
katiemother folds
madbrooklyn folds
madbrooklyn: very
mookie99 has 15 seconds left to act
mookie99 has requested TIME
mookie99 calls 735
*** FLOP *** [2h 7s 8h]
madbrooklyn: always helps
mookie99 checks
Mike_Maloney has 15 seconds left to act
Mike_Maloney bets 2,000
(I figure, if I check here, I've lost the hand. I want to throw out a strong bet, showing I'm not afraid of betting out a good portion of my stack, to continue my image of having a monster)
mookie99: bahh
mookie99 has 15 seconds left to act
madbrooklyn: ? wsp?
mookie99: hammer ? :)
mookie99 folds
(Thank God)
Uncalled bet of 2,000 returned to Mike_Maloney
madbrooklyn: I was a maybe, not a yest
Mike_Maloney mucks
Mike_Maloney wins the pot (2,640)


Sorry Mook. Nothing personal. :)

From here on it was pretty slim pickings. I didn't pick up much in the way of cards for the next 75 hands or so, picking up AK once, but nothing else above A-10. No pocket pairs even. wtf? I eventually got to the point where I had to push with crap like J-5 and K-4.

Finally, with the blinds and antes up to 400/800/100, I pick up KK in the big blind, and really, the hand played itself out:

Seat 1: cubanlinks (22,104)
Seat 2: madbrooklyn (14,376)
Seat 3: Mike_Maloney (12,305)
cubanlinks antes 100
madbrooklyn antes 100
Mike_Maloney antes 100
jeciimd antes 100
riggstad antes 100
whiskigrl antes 100
madbrooklyn posts the small blind of 400
Mike_Maloney posts the big blind of 800
The button is in seat #1
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to Mike_Maloney [Ks Kh]
jeciimd folds
riggstad folds
whiskigrl folds
cubanlinks has 15 seconds left to act
cubanlinks calls 800
madbrooklyn raises to 14,276, and is all in
(Why thank you!)
Mike_Maloney calls 11,405, and is all in
cubanlinks folds
madbrooklyn shows [As 9c]
Mike_Maloney shows [Ks Kh]
Uncalled bet of 2,071 returned to madbrooklyn
madbrooklyn: doh
*** FLOP *** [4c 5c 6s]
madbrooklyn: nh
*** TURN *** [4c 5c 6s] [Qc]
*** RIVER *** [4c 5c 6s Qc] [8s]
madbrooklyn shows Ace Queen high
Mike_Maloney shows a pair of Kings
Mike_Maloney wins the pot (25,810) with a pair of Kings


I dodge all 23 of the aces in the deck, get a huge double up, and jump from the bottom of the leaderboard to second or third overall. After that, it was more treading water until we got to the bubble. I hit another big double up when my JackAce held up against riggstad's K-10, which got us to the final table. I was middle of the pack when the final table started, but whiskigrl ended up knocking out a couple people and picking up a sizable stack, and suddenly I was sitting at the bottom with columbo. I still had an M of 10, so I wasn't on life support, but considering NumbBono had me outchipped 2:1 and whiskigrl 3:1, I knew I needed to get something to happen.

Seat 1: NumbBono (48,555)
Seat 2: columbo (27,152)
Seat 3: Mike_Maloney (23,583)
Seat 6: whiskigrl (77,710)
NumbBono antes 125
columbo antes 125
Mike_Maloney antes 125
whiskigrl antes 125
Mike_Maloney posts the small blind of 500
whiskigrl posts the big blind of 1,000
The button is in seat #2
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to Mike_Maloney [6h 6c]
NumbBono folds
columbo folds
Mike_Maloney calls 500
(whiskigrl has been aggressive, so I take a chance that my call will be interpreted as weakness and I get raised)
whiskigrl raises to 77,585, and is all in
Mike_Maloney calls 22,458, and is all in
whiskigrl shows [4d As]
(Wow, even better than I thought, only one over!)
Mike_Maloney shows [6h 6c]
Uncalled bet of 54,127 returned to whiskigrl
*** FLOP *** [7h 4c 2h]
*** TURN *** [7h 4c 2h] [Qc]
*** RIVER *** [7h 4c 2h Qc] [4h]
(Fawk. Obv rigged)
whiskigrl shows three of a kind, Fours
Mike_Maloney shows two pair, Sixes and Fours
whiskigrl wins the pot (47,416) with three of a kind, Fours
Mike_Maloney stands up


Man, brutal way to go. I win that hand, I'm right back in the thick of things, and I feel pretty good about my late game play. 5-outers on the river suck. I just would have liked to take away one of the TOC seats, and finally win the damn Hoy for once. Just wasn't my night.

I got back into the Top 10 on the BBTwo Leaderboard, which is nice, and I've won enough that I should come out at least slightly profitable from all the blonkaments, which is always nice as well. I was pretty happy with my play once we got down to the last few tables, since I don't play a lot of six-max, and with the blinds and antes getting where they were, I had to get pretty aggressive and pick spots to push with some less than optimal cards. I also stayed patient enough to take advantage of some big hands when they came along. If I get knocked out from getting sucked out on, I have to look at that as a success, because I was playing to win and just got unlucky, which inevitably happens.

So what, six tournaments left? It'd be nice to take one down, but otherwise, I guess it's on to the TOC in a few weeks. Going to be tough for sure.

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