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.


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

SCOOP Day 7: 4-Max and Variable Levels

Today was the most frustrating day I’ve had so far, though I suppose that’s in part because it comes on the backs of several other frustrating days. I don’t want to sound like a broken record, because I know I’ve said this here before, but I can swallow my share of bad beats and lost coin flips. I mean, I know I’m going to lose most tournaments I enter, so I’d just as well if it happened in a way where I can be pretty damn sure I didn’t make a mistake. But when I lose chips on failed bluffs or bluff-catches, or even when I make big folds and don’t get to find out whether I was correct, that’s the kind of thing that gets under my skin, because an extended stretch of it can eat away at my confidence.

Of course you have to accept more of that when you play in tougher tournaments, and yesterday’s 6-max shootout and today’s 4-max both featured tough fields. Furthermore, because they were short-handed, there were a lot more spots where it both my opponent and I began with wide ranges, which introduces more variance and more opportunities for coolers and bluff coolers.

SCOOP Day 6: $2K 6-Max Shootout

I intended to play the $1K Big Antes event as well, but I didn’t realize (or more precisely, had forgotten) that it was a rebuy. Initially I thought that I hadn’t presented it as such to my investors, and consequently didn’t register for it, but then one of them pointed out to me that I had actually accounted for it as a rebuy. After looking at the field, though, I decided it might be a good idea not to play anyway, particularly not as a late register.

The field in the $2K 6-Max was no joke, either. My Round One opponents consisted of three top-notch tournament players (Amak16, P0cket00, and SmokRokFlok) and a sixth player I didn’t recognize. Honestly, I was a bit intimidated. Not that I didn’t think I could hold my own, but I certainly wasn’t expecting much of an edge.

That last player turned out to be pretty weak, which was a relief, and it wasn’t as tough as I thought to spot fundamental leaks in the other players’ games. Two of them quickly ran PFRs into the 30s, and people were just generally playing too many hands pre-flop. Of course they were tough post-flop, but if everyone is tough post-flop, then the player with the best pre-flop ranges has the edge. I aimed for that player to be me.

SCOOP Day 5: Super Progressive Knock-Out

I’ve made a few attempts to study this game and talked it over with some intelligent people (most notably on Episode 58 of the podcast), but I’ll admit that I’m still not as certain as I’d like to be about the correct adaptations for this game. I mean, some of them are obvious, but as best I can tell there is no clear way to translate back and forth between bounties and chips with precision. For example, if blinds are 100/200 and you have 3000 chips while everyone else has 5000, doubling up is probably worth more than double your current equity, because it puts you in a place where you can win large bounties. However, how light should you then call a shove, considering that if you win you win a bounty, but if you lose you will no longer be able to win bounties?

I took two “gambles” in the $1000, putting the money in with hands I usually would not because of the bounties. The first seemed pretty straight-forward:

PokerStars – $500+$500+$50|50/100 Ante 10 NL – Holdem – 9 players
Hand converted by PokerTracker 4: http://www.pokertracker.com

SCOOP Days 3 and 4: Super Tuesday and Ante Up

I didn’t post yesterday because nothing much of interest happened in the Super Tuesday, and I didn’t want to bump the new podcast off of the top slot on the blog. Speaking of which, if you skipped it because you didn’t recognize the guest, do yourself a favor and go listen now. Angela was a fascinating interviewee, and the episode has been getting rave reviews here and on Twitter.

The $700 Ante Up was disappointing because I love the format and look forward to the tournament, but despite some good luck in all-in pots, there was just too much going wrong. I got some bad runouts, and despite making some big laydowns (AQo pre-flop, flopped trips, flopped top pair, that kinda stuff), I think the biggest mistake I made in the tournament – probably the biggest mistake I’ve made in the SCOOP so far – was not folding this on the turn:

PokerStars – $665+$35|5/5 Ante 100 NL – Holdem – 9 players
Hand converted by PokerTracker 4: http://www.pokertracker.com

SB: 3451.2 BB (VPIP: 61.82, PFR: 9.09, 3Bet Preflop: 0.00, Hands: 55)
BB: 1430.8 BB (VPIP: 42.86, PFR: 9.52, 3Bet Preflop: 6.52, Hands: 84)
UTG: 1060.2 BB (VPIP: 63.64, PFR: 10.91, 3Bet Preflop: 7.69, Hands: 55)
UTG+1: 1659.2 BB
MP: 2451.6 BB (VPIP: 58.18, PFR: 9.09, 3Bet Preflop: 12.90, Hands: 55)
MP+1: 2633 BB (VPIP: 50.91, PFR: 5.45, 3Bet Preflop: 7.69, Hands: 55)
Hero (MP+2): 1275.8 BB
CO: 2889.2 BB (VPIP: 60.00, PFR: 20.00, 3Bet Preflop: 0.00, Hands: 5)
BTN: 1385.4 BB (VPIP: 40.00, PFR: 16.00, 3Bet Preflop: 0.00, Hands: 50)

Episode 125: Angela Jordison

Angela Jordison made headlines when she won the first three events of the Spring Poker Round-Up at Oregon’s Wildhorse Casino. Her poker accomplishments run a lot deeper than that, though. Angela is also one of the founders of the modern Oregon poker scene and a regular in what has to be one of the world’s only consistently running high-stakes PLO8 cash games.


:30 Hello & Welcome
4:06 Strategy
15:29 Interview


$1/$2 Spread Limit Hold ‘Em

Hero opens for $8 UTG with A9o. MP and SB call.

Flop (~$26 in pot) A98 with two spades. SB bets $17, Hero calls, MP raises to $57, SB calls, Hero?

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