Monday, June 09, 2008

Holy Crap! Actual Poker Content!

Yeah, it's been a while since my last post. I guess I've been too busy playing poker to actually post about poker. Wish I could say I've got some good results to show for it, but hey! Poker time is poker time.

One thing I started doing is a new button strategy. If there is at least one limper in front of me and I'm on the button, I go into ATC mode. Being on the button, nobody has any idea what I've got or whether I hit the flop or not. I'll even call some semi-decent raises, depending on the stack, the cards, and the pot odds. And in the first tournament I tried it in, it worked fairly well.

Table '90672877 3' 9-max Seat #7 is the button
Seat 1: Silverfist (1630 in chips)
Seat 2: MaXeEm0e (1450 in chips)
Seat 3: schaoier (1380 in chips)
Seat 4: 1LBS (3800 in chips)
Seat 6: DEEZNUTZ324 (2000 in chips)
Seat 7: iamhoff (1480 in chips)
Seat 8: allornuttn (580 in chips)
Seat 9: foldingtom69 (1180 in chips)
allornuttn: posts small blind 10
foldingtom69: posts big blind 20
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to iamhoff [7d Tc]
Silverfist: folds
MaXeEm0e: folds
schaoier: calls 20
1LBS: folds
DEEZNUTZ324: calls 20
iamhoff: calls 20 (20 into a pot of 70, why not)
allornuttn: calls 10
foldingtom69: checks
*** FLOP *** [4s Jd 9s]
allornuttn: checks
foldingtom69: bets 40
schaoier: calls 40
DEEZNUTZ324: raises 40 to 80
iamhoff: calls 80 (with my flopped gutshot, I figured I'd call the typical min-bet. Even if the limpers fold, I'm still getting 3 to 1 on my money)
allornuttn: folds
foldingtom69: calls 40
schaoier: folds
*** TURN *** [4s Jd 9s] [3c]
foldingtom69: checks
DEEZNUTZ324: bets 200
iamhoff: calls 200 (seeing that I was sticking around, his c-bet of not quite 2/3 the pot smelled weak)
foldingtom69: folds
*** RIVER *** [4s Jd 9s 3c] [8h] (boooooom!!)
DEEZNUTZ324: bets 220
iamhoff: raises 460 to 680 (with a str8 on the board, I wanted to bet enough that he'd still feel compelled to call, so a raise to 3x his bet seemed reasonable)
DEEZNUTZ324: calls 460
*** SHOW DOWN ***
iamhoff: shows [7d Tc] (a straight, Seven to Jack)
DEEZNUTZ324: mucks hand (he mucked KdJc for TP2k and no connection to the spade draw. I thought he smelled weak)
iamhoff collected 2140 from pot

A couple of orbits later, I got to see how button limping can not only hide a junk flop monster, but can also camouflage a strong hand that catches the flop across the face.

Table '90672877 3' 9-max Seat #7 is the button
Seat 1: Silverfist (1110 in chips)
Seat 2: MaXeEm0e (1950 in chips)
Seat 4: 1LBS (5875 in chips)
Seat 5: ace 2478 (1740 in chips)
Seat 6: DEEZNUTZ324 (385 in chips)
Seat 7: iamhoff (2835 in chips)
Seat 8: allornuttn (2320 in chips)
allornuttn: posts small blind 15
Silverfist: posts big blind 30
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to iamhoff [9d 9c]
MaXeEm0e: calls 30
1LBS: folds
ace 2478: folds
DEEZNUTZ324: calls 30
iamhoff: calls 30 (2 limpers, perfect. Bring on Helmuth! I got your cards, bitch!)
pompano954 is connected
allornuttn: calls 15
Silverfist: checks
*** FLOP *** [Ts 7h 9h] (Booooom!!)
allornuttn: bets 90
Silverfist: calls 90
MaXeEm0e: calls 90
DEEZNUTZ324: raises 265 to 355 and is all-in
iamhoff: raises 2450 to 2805 and is all-in (well, I didn't get him last time, I guess I get to now! There is a str8 draw out there, so let's see if we can isolate)
allornuttn: folds
Silverfist: calls 990 and is all-in
MaXeEm0e: folds
Uncalled bet (1725) returned to iamhoff
*** TURN *** [Ts 7h 9h] [2s]
*** RIVER *** [Ts 7h 9h 2s] [3d]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
Silverfist: shows [2c 8h] (a pair of Deuces) (went for the gutshot str8 and backdoor frush, too bad. Ship it, bitch!)
iamhoff: shows [9d 9c] (three of a kind, Nines)
iamhoff collected 1450 from side pot
DEEZNUTZ324: shows [Td Qh] (a pair of Tens) (TPDK, backdoor frush, yeah, I'll take your chips too!)
iamhoff collected 1395 from main pot

The nice thing about micro-limit is, because not many people really understand it at this level, there's a lot of limpers. With this hand, I knew I could lead out limping and face minimal possibility of a reraise.

Table '90672877 3' 9-max Seat #4 is the button
Seat 2: MaXeEm0e (2830 in chips)
Seat 4: 1LBS (6275 in chips)
Seat 5: ace 2478 (1690 in chips)
Seat 6: Takeemout56 (2455 in chips)
Seat 7: iamhoff (3220 in chips)
Seat 8: allornuttn (2200 in chips)
Seat 9: pompano954 (2910 in chips)
ace 2478: posts small blind 25
Takeemout56: posts big blind 50
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to iamhoff [6s 4s]
iamhoff: calls 50 (s00ted 1 gappers, why not? Limp here and fold to a decent reraise)
allornuttn: folds
pompano954: calls 50
MaXeEm0e: folds
1LBS: folds
ace 2478: calls 25
Takeemout56: checks
*** FLOP *** [Td 7c Qs] (ok, backdoor str8 draw. I'll fold to anything decent)
ace 2478: checks
Takeemout56: checks
iamhoff: checks
pompano954: checks
*** TURN *** [Td 7c Qs] [5c] (or I'll just take the free card and give myself an OESD)
ace 2478: checks
Takeemout56: checks
iamhoff: bets 50 (let's see who still has something, and are they willing to try and take it down now.)OO
pompano954: calls 50
ace 2478: folds
Takeemout56: calls 50
*** RIVER *** [Td 7c Qs 5c] [3h] (Booooom!!)
Takeemout56: checks
iamhoff: bets 200 (a little more than 2/3 the pot should be enough to keep anyone playing QJ, QT, or JT hanging around)
pompano954: calls 200
Takeemout56: folds
*** SHOW DOWN ***
iamhoff: shows [6s 4s] (a straight, Three to Seven) (ur chipz. I wantz dem)
pompano954: mucks hand (mucked As 5s for the flopped backdoor frush and a turned pair of 5s.)
iamhoff collected 750 from pot

But not all was good for your hero.

Table '90672877 3' 9-max Seat #7 is the button
Seat 1: couriermike (1865 in chips)
Seat 2: MaXeEm0e (2430 in chips)
Seat 3: f1ferrari02 (5805 in chips)
Seat 4: 1LBS (6325 in chips)
Seat 5: ace 2478 (1290 in chips)
Seat 6: Takeemout56 (2970 in chips)
Seat 7: iamhoff (2570 in chips)
Seat 8: allornuttn (2375 in chips)
Seat 9: pompano954 (3720 in chips)
allornuttn: posts small blind 50
pompano954: posts big blind 100
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to iamhoff [5s 5h] (is Presto gold?)
couriermike: folds
iamhoff said, "vn"
MaXeEm0e: folds
f1ferrari02: folds
Takeemout56 said, "tx GF"
1LBS: calls 100
ace 2478: folds
Takeemout56: folds
iamhoff: calls 100 (a limper and can I not call?)
allornuttn: calls 50
pompano954: checks
*** FLOP *** [8c 6h 3d]
iamhoff said, "K9"
allornuttn: bets 200
pompano954: calls 200
1LBS: folds
iamhoff: calls 200 (these pot odds and a backdoor str8 draw, sure I'll call. Besides, I read somewhere that Presto is gold)
*** TURN *** [8c 6h 3d] [Qd]
allornuttn: bets 200
pompano954: raises 200 to 400
iamhoff: calls 400 (not really feeling the love, but I gotta trust Fuel)
allornuttn: folds
*** RIVER *** [8c 6h 3d Qd] [6s]
pompano954: checks
iamhoff: checks (I could've tried to sell the set of 6s, but the last hand I folded TPDK to a shove which probably looked like I was bluffing the pot...let's hope he was on a diamond draw)
*** SHOW DOWN ***
pompano954: shows [Qc 8h] (two pair, Queens and Eights)
iamhoff: mucks hand
pompano954 collected 2000 from pot

Sometimes you get lucky and catch a Big Blind Special

iamhoff: posts big blind 150
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to iamhoff [5c 7d]
allornuttn: folds
pompano954: calls 150
couriermike: folds
f1ferrari02: folds
1LBS: folds
Takeemout56: folds
iamhoff: checks
*** FLOP *** [5d 2h 4d]
iamhoff: bets 520 and is all-in (after finding out that Presto isn't gold for me, I'm shortstacked and figure TP is worth a shove)
pompano954: calls 520
*** TURN *** [5d 2h 4d] [8d]
*** RIVER *** [5d 2h 4d 8d] [6d] (no better time for a str8 frush then when all the chips is in the middle)
*** SHOW DOWN ***
iamhoff: shows [5c 7d] (a straight flush, Four to Eight)
pompano954: shows [6c 6h] (three of a kind, Sixes)
iamhoff collected 1415 from pot

Unfortunately it didn't end well. After chasing 2 frushes that flopped 4 to da frush but never materialized, and going thru 2 orbits of blinds, I woke up to 99 in the SB and shoved. I was in the lead against BB's A8o, until the turn brought an ace, and IGH in 17th place out of 45. Not as good as I'd hoped for, but I was generally pleased with my play. And it was only $1.20, so it's not a major deal.

Hope all is well out there, and Happy Father's Day to all the dads out there. You know who you are. And my sincerest apologies to anyone I forgot to link...enjoy the day.


Renee said...

Your button strategy sounds good, and a great way to throw off the opponent... I'm new to the game though, can I ask, what is ATC mode?

TripJax said...

Happy Pops Day to you man!

Renee ATC = Any Two Cards.

So when you are in ATC mode, you are willing to get your chips in the middle with Any Two Cards.

iamhoff said...

Exactly. On the button, most people expect some sort of raise because of the position...either you've got a hand or you're bluffing. But because everyone expects some action, joining the masses and limping can disguise your hand to wonderful effect. That, and you can fold with minimal investment if you whiff the flop. Obviously your chip stack will dictate how much you are willing to play along, but so far it seems to be a decent strategy.

Renee said...

Hey guys - thanks for the tips on ATC. I'm just starting, didn't know about this... so much to learn in poker.. thanks!