SCOOP Day 15: The Final Sunday

The first High event I played was the $2K 8-max. I once again found myself bet-folding a strong hand on the river to a strange raise that represented only an improbable value hand or even more improbable bluff:

PokerStars – $2000+$100|200/400 Ante 50 NL (8 max) – Holdem – 8 players
Hand converted by PokerTracker 4: http://www.pokertracker.com

BTN: 91.04 BB (VPIP: 42.86, PFR: 28.57, 3Bet Preflop: 12.50, Hands: 14)
SB: 79.65 BB (VPIP: 27.91, PFR: 9.52, 3Bet Preflop: 4.17, Hands: 43)
Hero (BB): 29.43 BB
UTG: 20.47 BB (VPIP: 23.89, PFR: 9.82, 3Bet Preflop: 7.41, Hands: 113)
UTG+1: 20.85 BB (VPIP: 22.22, PFR: 11.11, 3Bet Preflop: 0.00, Hands: 9)
MP: 29.11 BB (VPIP: 21.03, PFR: 15.98, 3Bet Preflop: 5.75, Hands: 196)
MP+1: 102.62 BB (VPIP: 16.67, PFR: 0.00, 3Bet Preflop: 0.00, Hands: 6)
CO: 40.3 BB (VPIP: 27.91, PFR: 18.60, 3Bet Preflop: 0.00, Hands: 43)

8 players post ante of 0.13 BB, SB posts SB 0.5 BB, Hero posts BB 1 BB

Pre Flop: (pot: 2.5 BB) Hero has 4c 7c
fold, fold, MP raises to 2 BB, fold, fold, fold, fold, Hero calls 1 BB

Flop : (5.5 BB, 2 players) 3d 5c 6c
Hero checks, MP checks

Turn : (5.5 BB, 2 players) 6d
Hero bets 3.09 BB, MP calls 3.09 BB

Episode 127: Scooping the SCOOP

The SCOOP is underway, and so Andrew and Nate grab time to record when they can, with Andrew playing a $200 PLO8 event during the show! The two discuss the various ways to run bad, some hands that arise as Andrew plays, some hands Andrew already played, and some listener questions.

Note from Andrew: I’m in a hurry at the moment and don’t have time post hand histories for the strategy segment. I’ll update this post with them when I get the opportunity. Off to Vegas in the morning!

SCOOP Days 13 and 14: Chun-Yat Set Gardnes and Six-Max Super Knockout

As much as I like Zoom tournaments, I needed a day off, and Friday was it. I spent a good chunk of the day at the Chun-Yet Sen Classical Garden. It proved not only interesting and beautiful but also the perfect place to unwind from the stresses of poker:

 

The only High buy-in event I played on Saturday was the $2000 Six-Max Progressive Super Knockout Variable Level Times. Say that three times fast. It was basically a turbo with bounties, pretty fun though my bounty was collected in rather gruesome fashion. First off, just because I’ve posted a lot of failed bluffs lately, here’s one that actually worked:

PokerStars – $1000+$1000+$100|40/80 NL (6 max) – Holdem – 6 players
Hand converted by PokerTracker 4: http://www.pokertracker.com

Hero (BTN): 71.63 BB
SB: 93.38 BB (VPIP: 39.29, PFR: 14.29, 3Bet Preflop: 0.00, Hands: 28)
BB: 38.31 BB (VPIP: 25.00, PFR: 14.29, 3Bet Preflop: 0.00, Hands: 28)
UTG: 52.94 BB (VPIP: 35.90, PFR: 33.33, 3Bet Preflop: 20.00, Hands: 39)
MP: 79.88 BB (VPIP: 30.77, PFR: 23.08, 3Bet Preflop: 25.00, Hands: 13)
CO: 42.81 BB (VPIP: 28.57, PFR: 21.43, 3Bet Preflop: 6.67, Hands: 28)

SB posts SB 0.5 BB, BB posts BB 1 BB

SCOOP Days 11 and 12: Super Knockout and Twitch Eight-or-Better

The High event I planned to play on Wednesday was the $2K re-entry. As with several of the other mid-week $2Ks, though, it was shaping up to be a small and tough field. The re-entries really compound that, because the best players are far more likely to re-enter than the worst. So, I ultimately decided to skip the event. I did play the Small and Medium, as well as the smaller NLO8 events, and made my Twitch debut in the latter. That footage is archived here, though I’ll warn you that there were some technical difficulties in the beginning, and Gareth quite accurately described the broadcast as “Lynchian”.

Thursday was a $1K Super Knock-Out, though my bounty was collected before I could nab any of my own. This first hand wasn’t a huge pot, but I’m disappointed in myself for calling the river:

PokerStars – $500+$500+$50|15/30 NL – Holdem – 9 players
Hand converted by PokerTracker 4: http://www.pokertracker.com

BTN: 210.43 BB (VPIP: 24.75, PFR: 16.75, 3Bet Preflop: 2.11, Hands: 204)
SB: 165.67 BB (VPIP: 6.67, PFR: 6.67, 3Bet Preflop: 0.00, Hands: 15)
BB: 156 BB (VPIP: 19.35, PFR: 12.90, 3Bet Preflop: 0.00, Hands: 31)
UTG: 55.37 BB (VPIP: 37.04, PFR: 18.52, 3Bet Preflop: 0.00, Hands: 55)
UTG+1: 237.3 BB (VPIP: 37.25, PFR: 13.73, 3Bet Preflop: 3.23, Hands: 52)
Hero (MP): 137.67 BB
MP+1: 234.8 BB (VPIP: 13.64, PFR: 11.36, 3Bet Preflop: 10.00, Hands: 44)
MP+2: 166.67 BB (VPIP: 0.00, PFR: 0.00, 3Bet Preflop: 0.00, Hands: 1)
CO: 159.93 BB (VPIP: 22.00, PFR: 14.00, 3Bet Preflop: 12.00, Hands: 50)

SCOOP Day 10: Super Tuesday

I got off to a bad start in this tournament and didn’t recover in time to survive a lost coin flip, but there was at least one interesting pot. My river bet here is about 1.5x pot. This is a somewhat “experimental” line, but I think there’s a fair chance Villain will (correctly) expect me to barrel a lot of my monsters on the turn, that his range will be somewhat if not absolutely capped, and that he’ll feel obliged to pay off with some Ax. Basically, this is pretty close to the top of my range after this action goes down. My main concerns with the play are (1) that it will miss value from too much of Villain’s range for calling, say, 75% pot; and (2) that Villain will wake up with A8/98/86/88 too often relative to the times that he calls with worse. That he might jam over the bet was not even on my radar. There are precious few hands I can see doing this for value (even small sets don’t seem good enough), many of them bet turn, and even if 75 or T7 are in his range pre-flop I’d expect those to bet turn as well. At the same time, this seems very unlikely to be a bluff. I don’t see any reason to call with AK, but it confused the shit out of me.
PokerStars Hand #135508416313: Tournament #1182218457, $1000+$50 USD Hold’em No Limit – Level I (10/20) – 2015/05/19 11:08:03 PT [2015/05/19 14:08:03 ET]
Table ’1182218457 11′ 9-max Seat #9 is the button
Seat 1: Ce$ar$pa (5560 in chips)
Seat 2: foucault82 (4990 in chips)
Seat 3: baeks22 (5050 in chips)
Seat 4: mahtipeluri (5000 in chips)
Seat 5: AsjBaaaf (5030 in chips)
Seat 6: dustin1980 (4670 in chips)
Seat 7: mandza17 (4970 in chips)
Seat 8: Gil3000 (5300 in chips)
Seat 9: Paris Dedes (4430 in chips)
Ce$ar$pa: posts small blind 10
foucault82: posts big blind 20
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to foucault82 [Kc As]
baeks22: folds
mahtipeluri: folds
AsjBaaaf: folds
dustin1980: folds
mandza17: folds
Gil3000: folds
Paris Dedes: raises 30 to 50
Ce$ar$pa: folds
foucault82: raises 130 to 180
Paris Dedes: calls 130
*** FLOP *** [Ad 9s 6c]
foucault82: bets 185
Paris Dedes: calls 185
*** TURN *** [Ad 9s 6c] [2d]
foucault82: checks
Paris Dedes: checks
*** RIVER *** [Ad 9s 6c 2d] [8c]
foucault82: bets 1040
Paris Dedes: raises 3025 to 4065 and is all-in
foucault82: folds
Uncalled bet (3025) returned to Paris Dedes
Paris Dedes collected 2820 from pot
Paris Dedes: doesn’t show hand
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot 2820 | Rake 0
Board [Ad 9s 6c 2d 8c]
Seat 1: Ce$ar$pa (small blind) folded before Flop
Seat 2: foucault82 (big blind) folded on the River
Seat 3: baeks22 folded before Flop (didn’t bet)
Seat 4: mahtipeluri folded before Flop (didn’t bet)
Seat 5: AsjBaaaf folded before Flop (didn’t bet)
Seat 6: dustin1980 folded before Flop (didn’t bet)
Seat 7: mandza17 folded before Flop (didn’t bet)
Seat 8: Gil3000 folded before Flop (didn’t bet)
Seat 9: Paris Dedes (button) collected (2820)
Here’s the other somewhat large pot I lost in Level 1:
PokerStars Hand #135508968006: Tournament #1182218457, $1000+$50 USD Hold’em No Limit – Level I (10/20) – 2015/05/19 11:17:38 PT [2015/05/19 14:17:38 ET]
Table ’1182218457 11′ 9-max Seat #8 is the button
Seat 1: Ce$ar$pa (5440 in chips)
Seat 2: foucault82 (3605 in chips)
Seat 3: baeks22 (5150 in chips)
Seat 4: mahtipeluri (5040 in chips)
Seat 5: AsjBaaaf (4960 in chips)
Seat 6: dustin1980 (4212 in chips)
Seat 7: mandza17 (5468 in chips)
Seat 8: Gil3000 (5270 in chips)
Seat 9: route666 (5000 in chips) out of hand (moved from another table into small blind)
Ce$ar$pa: posts small blind 10
foucault82: posts big blind 20
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to foucault82 [Ts Qs]
baeks22: raises 40 to 60
mahtipeluri: folds
AsjBaaaf: folds
dustin1980: folds
mandza17: folds
Gil3000: folds
Ce$ar$pa: folds
foucault82: calls 40
*** FLOP *** [Js 4s Ah]
foucault82: checks
baeks22: bets 80
foucault82: calls 80
*** TURN *** [Js 4s Ah] [9h]
foucault82: checks
baeks22: bets 179
foucault82: raises 486 to 665
baeks22: calls 486
*** RIVER *** [Js 4s Ah 9h] [Jh]
foucault82: checks
baeks22: bets 1250
foucault82: folds
Uncalled bet (1250) returned to baeks22
baeks22 collected 1620 from pot
baeks22: doesn’t show hand
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot 1620 | Rake 0
Board [Js 4s Ah 9h Jh]
Seat 1: Ce$ar$pa (small blind) folded before Flop
Seat 2: foucault82 (big blind) folded on the River
Seat 3: baeks22 collected (1620)
Seat 4: mahtipeluri folded before Flop (didn’t bet)
Seat 5: AsjBaaaf folded before Flop (didn’t bet)
Seat 6: dustin1980 folded before Flop (didn’t bet)
Seat 7: mandza17 folded before Flop (didn’t bet)
Seat 8: Gil3000 (button) folded before Flop (didn’t bet)
This is a tough spot for me to check-raise, because Villain’s range is nuttier than mine. Combo draws without a pair are really the only bluffs I can see doing this with, and I wouldn’t even do it with all of them, but I do think it’s the right play with exactly this hand. This is a pretty terrible river to barrel, as Villain has AJ, possibly sets, and probably some hearts in his range, and even bare Aces may feel somewhat emboldened as it reduces the number of two pairs/sets I could have had on the turn.
I’ll make another post with hands from Wednesday and Thursday, and I took today off. It’s been a rough ride so far, but the final weekend is still to come. It will start, for me, at 11AM Pacific on Saturday with the $200 and $2000 (but not the $25K) high rollers. I’ll also play all three of the Super Knockouts at 2PM.

Episode 126: The Great White North

Andrew and Nate talk about Andrew’s recent friction entering Canada to play online poker, then review two hands from early Spring Championship of Online Poker events.

Strategy

Hand 1

PokerStars – $1000+$50|30/60 Ante 5 NL – Holdem – 9 players
Hand converted by PokerTracker 4: http://www.pokertracker.com

Hero (BB): 104.08 BB
UTG: 15.88 BB (VPIP: 17.20, PFR: 12.09, 3Bet Preflop: 5.56, Hands: 93)
UTG+1: 75.53 BB (VPIP: 23.19, PFR: 14.49, 3Bet Preflop: 0.00, Hands: 70)
MP: 66.27 BB (VPIP: 21.43, PFR: 11.43, 3Bet Preflop: 6.67, Hands: 70)
MP+1: 24.83 BB (VPIP: 19.48, PFR: 10.67, 3Bet Preflop: 6.06, Hands: 78)
MP+2: 130.37 BB (VPIP: 23.19, PFR: 13.04, 3Bet Preflop: 6.25, Hands: 70)
CO: 83.53 BB (VPIP: 27.54, PFR: 17.39, 3Bet Preflop: 3.45, Hands: 69)
BTN: 129.33 BB (VPIP: 21.74, PFR: 15.94, 3Bet Preflop: 6.45, Hands: 69)
SB: 138.13 BB (VPIP: 38.24, PFR: 0.00, 3Bet Preflop: 0.00, Hands: 68)

9 players post ante of 0.08 BB, SB posts SB 0.5 BB, Hero posts BB 1 BB

Pre Flop: (pot: 2.25 BB) Hero has Kh Th
UTG raises to 2 BB, fold, MP calls 2 BB, fold, fold, CO calls 2 BB, fold, SB calls 1.5 BB, Hero raises to 8 BB, fold, fold, CO calls 6 BB, SB calls 6 BB

Scoop Day 9: In The Money

The Day 2 restart for the $2000 Sunday Million (you can find Day 1 hands here) started at 11:30, so my plan was to sleep in, make breakfast, take a walk, pick up something for lunch, and then late register the morning tournaments when I was ready to start playing Day 2. For some reason late registration for the $1000 Triple Stack closed earlier than it was supposed to, so I ended up one-tabling the $2K. That may have been for the better, though, as I only lasted about an hour, and the weather was beautiful outside. More on that in a moment. I was eager to redraw tables, and overall my new table was softer than the one at which I spent the majority of Day 1, but not only was Dong Kim still at my table, but he was now on my immediate left! As it happened, though, I doubled through him pretty quickly:

PokerStars – $2000+$100|1500/3000 Ante 375 NL – Holdem – 9 players
Hand converted by PokerTracker 4: http://www.pokertracker.com

SCOOP Day 8: No-Limit Texas Hold ‘Em

The day started off not much differently from the last. I busted the $2K Warm-Up with Queens on the big blind versus Aces on the button, though with 100 BBs there was once again some question as to whether I could have gotten away from it. The Villain was Randal “RandALLin” Flowers, so not some random who might just be spazzing out:

PokerStars – $2000+$100|40/80 NL – Holdem – 9 players
Hand converted by PokerTracker 4: http://www.pokertracker.com

BTN: 126.5 BB (VPIP: 14.86, PFR: 8.11, 3Bet Preflop: 5.13, Hands: 75)
SB: 133.29 BB (VPIP: 8.11, PFR: 4.05, 3Bet Preflop: 0.00, Hands: 75)
Hero (BB): 101.28 BB
UTG: 94.94 BB (VPIP: 13.70, PFR: 9.59, 3Bet Preflop: 3.57, Hands: 74)
UTG+1: 125 BB (VPIP: 0.00, PFR: 0.00, 3Bet Preflop: 0.00, Hands: 4)
MP: 158.91 BB (VPIP: 22.22, PFR: 14.81, 3Bet Preflop: 16.67, Hands: 27)
MP+1: 142.38 BB (VPIP: 22.22, PFR: 18.06, 3Bet Preflop: 8.70, Hands: 74)
MP+2: 151.38 BB (VPIP: 27.27, PFR: 18.18, 3Bet Preflop: 4.35, Hands: 68)
CO: 100.48 BB (VPIP: 16.67, PFR: 12.50, 3Bet Preflop: 4.35, Hands: 49)

SB posts SB 0.5 BB, Hero posts BB 1 BB

Pre Flop: (pot: 1.5 BB) Hero has Qd Qc
fold, fold, fold, fold, fold, CO raises to 2.5 BB, BTN raises to 7.5 BB, fold, Hero raises to 18.05 BB, fold, BTN raises to 126.5 BB and is all-in, Hero calls 83.23 BB and is all-in

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