Take That, Min-Raiser!

Warning: shameless brag ahead. It’s irrational, I know, but like a few others, I have a real hatred for the min-re-raise. I guess I should be more tolerant since it’s really an awful play, telling your opponents you have a monster hand while simultaneously giving them good direct + implied odds to try to outflop you. If I had to guess, I’d say they annoy me because they force me to make longshot pot odds calls when I know I’m going to be check-folding the flop a huge amount of the time. In other words, I remember all the times … Read more…

Post-Mortem of a Blind Battle

This hand comes from yesterday’s $300 6-max tournament on Full Tilt. This would be a great tournament if it got more runners, as 6-max tables make for deeper stacks and more opportunities to play pots. Anyway, I don’t remember exact stack sizes, but blinds were around 250/500, and we each had 12K or so. The action folded around to me in the SB, and I open completed Qh 7h. The BB and I had played together in a few other tournaments, and I knew him to be an over-aggressive maniac who would make some crazy bluffs and overvalue medium-strength holdings. … Read more…

Some River Checkraise Bluffs

I’ve been wanting to improve my trickiness/creativity on the river, and in particular I think I need to add more checkraise bluffing into the mix. I like being able to check-raise the river for value, just because there are situations where that’s the best option. However, if my river check-raises are never bluffs, well that’s clearly a problem. At the stakes I play, most people are pretty straight-forward, and if you get checkraised on the river, you can count on getting shown a big hand. I don’t like the idea of being that predictable and easy to play against. The … Read more…

Tournament Review

I’m very fortunate that Bond18 from 2+2, who had been dominating online tournaments lately as milwkid on Poker Stars and muckthenuts on most other sites, has chosen a hand history that I submitted to him as one of the ones he will review. Basically he put out an open call for anyone interested to send him a HH, and he would look it and start a thread on 2+2 with his thoughts on how you played various hands. The encourages other players to chime in with questions and comments as well, which is a great way to review and improve … Read more…

Links

You may have noticed that I’ve updated the links section in the left sidebar. In particular, I’ve added some good blogs that I’ve started reading and deleted a few that hadn’t been updated in ages. This isn’t in any way a sleight to the authors of those blogs, who in some cases are great players, I just didn’t want to keep around links to stuff that isn’t updated regularly. On that note, if you have a poker blog and would like to exchange links, I’m happy to do so. Please leave me a comment with your URL. Ed Miller, author … Read more…

A Few Pots With FTP Pro Lynette Chan

When checking out the 2/4 NL games on FTP today, I saw that Full Tilt pro Lynette Chan was playing on several of them. I didn’t really know anything about her, but with a few very important exceptions (Phil Ivey, Patrik Antonius), FTP pros tend not to be particularly good cash game players. More importantly, a lot of bad players join games they wouldn’t otherwise play just so they can sit with a pro. So, I joined some waiting lists and quickly got on a few of her tables. I’m still in my uber-aggressive phase, and I got the impression … Read more…

LAGging It Up

I played a few tables of 2/4 NL last night while finishing off the last tournament of a block I started in the early afternoon. I ran into another player who was intent on playing mediocre hands out of position against me, so I took the opportunity to experiment with some creative/aggressive lines and thin value bets. The first confrontation we had, I opened for pot ($14) from the CO with Qh Jc, and he called in the SB. On a 9s 3c 2c flop, he checked and called a $24 bet. The turn was the Ad, a good card … Read more…

Resizable Tables

Full Tilt has had a Beta version of its software available with resizable tables for some time, but it’s now been officially released. This might seem like good news for someone who plays up to eight tables of poker at once, as this will make it easier to fit them on my screens, but the truth is that there’s a pretty substantial downside for me. Other strong players, some of whom play even more tables than I do, can now play more tables more easily on Full Tilt. Party Poker was the first offer resizable tables, followed relatively quickly by … Read more…