Thin River Value Shove

I played this hand early in a $650 WSOP satellite. My opponent seemed to quite loose, having already limped K9s pre-flop, overcalled a raise, and paid off two streets on an AKx board. I tried to take him to value town with a pretty sizeable river shove: PokerStars No-Limit Hold’em Tourney, Big Blind is t20 (9 handed) Hand History converter Courtesy of PokerZion.com SB (t2410)BB (t5353)UTG (t2645)UTG+1 (t5982)MP1 (t2773)MP2 (t1640)Hero (t1650)CO (t1759)Button (t2318) Preflop: Hero is MP3 with Qh, Qc. 1 fold, UTG+1 calls t20, 2 folds, Hero raises to t100, 4 folds, UTG+1 calls t80. Flop: (t230) 6d, 7d, … Read more…

Finally Some Interesting Hands

Yesterday I made a spur of the moment decision (read: gamble) to buy in direct to a $1000 WSOP satellite on Poker Stars. The play was plenty weak, and in fact I doubled up on the first orbit with QQ versus AQ on a Q-high board. Unfortunately, within half an hour I was back down to average when I got it all in with a flush versus 99 no heart on an 8-high, three heart flop. Turn 9, river 8, and his runner runner full house is good for a 120 BB pot. I lasted just past the first break … Read more…

Trapping With AJs

After reading Adam Junglen’s Monte Carlo trip report, I decided to set a little trap of my own with Ace-Jack. It was fairly early in a $50 freezeout on Poker Stars. The table chipleader had open limped from MP1, and then the action folded to me on the CO with AJs and 2300 chips. I figured I was ahead of MP1, and I contemplated a raise, but quickly realized that would put me in kind of an awkward spot. There were only 375 chips in the pot, so I didn’t want to shove my entire 2300 stack to pick them … Read more…

Former Urban Debater Spreads Debate in Liberia

I came across this pretty cool article about a student I worked with when I was an administrator for the Chicago Debate League. Chime Asonye was definitely one of the most ambitious and talented of the hundreds of debaters in that League, and even after I left Chicago and he had graduated from high school, he continued to seek me out to ask me questions about debate. I’m very excited to see that he’s been able to use his experiences to spread debate in post-war Liberia. You should click here to read the full article, but here’s an excerpt: “Asonye … Read more…

An Excellent Trip Report Well Worth the Read

A lot of you may have read this already, but for anyone who hasn’t, I encourage you to visit Adam Junglen’s blog and read his report from European Poker Tour Monte Carlo. I don’t want to ruin any of the suspense by saying more than this, but he is a great writer and poker player. The report is in three parts: Part 1Part 2Part 3

A Differently Played Big Draw

In my last post, I talked about playing a big draw and the importance of being the one who puts in the last bet. Today I’m going to look at a hand where I played a big draw in just the opposite way, betting the flop in a situation where stack sizes were such that if my opponent chose to proceed with his hand, he was likely to check-raise all in. After presenting the hand, I’ll talk about why I played it the way I did. First, though, I want to tell you about the table conditions. We were at … Read more…

The Last Bet

Even though it’s not from a tournament, this hand that I played last night illustrates a key concept from my recent article, “The Last Bet“, which appears in the April issue of 2+2 Magazine. In this hand, I flop two overcards and a flush draw against a somewhat short-stacked opponent on a very dry board. Here’s the hand, and then I’ll discuss why I played it the way I did: Full Tilt Poker No-Limit Hold’em, $4 BB (6 handed) Hand History converter Courtesy of PokerZion.com UTG ($167.40)MP ($706)Hero ($739.90)Button ($257.50)SB ($430.20)BB ($642.60) Preflop: Hero is CO with Jh, Kh. 2 … Read more…

Another Article in 2+2 Magazine

I’ve got another article in this month’s 2+2 internet magazine, entitled The Last Bet. Please take a look at it and let me know what you think either by leaving a comment here or by posting in my thread in the 2+2 Magazine Forum. In case you missed it, here’s my March article: Attacking and Defending Dead Money in Tournament Poker. The editor has indicated that he would like me to keep contributing regularly, so I’m starting to think about my next article. Ideas I’m currently considering: -Tournament Selection. This would be a discussion of the factors that go into … Read more…