Monday, 29 October 2007

My Biggest Online NL Holdem Pot to Date

I thought I would post the hand history to the biggest pot I have played on line to date. It came early on in a poker session this October after having won enough over the last few months to move up to the $1/$2 blind levels from the $0.50/$1 blind levels.

I must admit it did get the heart pumping ... especially as I had just moved up to this level and didn't want to be forced to move back down again. My thoughts from the hand as I remember them at the time and now in hind sight are written in red.

Hand P4-52047410-108, Started at 18/10/2007 12:05 (EDT)
Table 'Seabrook': $2-$2 No Limit HE (Real)
Seat 0: reinholzer ($205.60 in chips)
Seat 1: tohRudi ($150.80 in chips)
Seat 2: Vivi120894 ($20 in chips)
Seat 3: sobo1953 ($50.20 in chips)
Seat 4: GTheJester ($195 in chips)
Seat 5: GMAYC ($214.75 in chips)
Seat 6: Banderaszx ($204.85 in chips)
Seat 7: kemona120178 ($133.15 in chips) (on the button)
Seat 8: rdnman ($198 in chips)
Seat 9: pkh123 ($147.40 in chips)

***Blind Round***

rdnman : Post Blind ($1)
pkh123 : Post Blind ($2)
Dealt to GTheJester:

"Looking down at 99 I didn't want to see too much pre flop action so was happy for it to fold around to me. Then I had the decision to call or raise. I opted to call because I had very little information on the players yet to act, so was playing it as a fit or fold hand."
*** Pre-Flop ***

reinholzer : Fold
tohRudi : Fold
Vivi120894 : Fold
sobo1953 : Fold
GTheJester : Call ($2)
GMAYC : Fold
Banderaszx : Bet ($8)
kemona120178 : Fold
rdnman : Fold
pkh123 : Call ($6)
GTheJester : Call ($6)

"The raise from Banderaszx concerned me at the time because I had no read on his raising requirements; i would now be out of position for the rest of the hand and it would be very difficult to continue after the flop if I missed my set and there were overcards. I was pondering a re raise before pkh123 called but would more likely have let this hand go. However pkh123's call meant that if I did hit my set I was more likely to get paid off to the correct implied odds, so I continued to call with my fit or fold strategy".
*** Flop ***

pkh123 : Check
GTheJester : Bet ($23)
Banderaszx : Call ($23)
pkh123 : Raise ($139.40) All In
GTheJester : Call ($116.40)
Banderaszx : Raise ($173.85) All In
GTheJester : Call ($47.60) All In

"Woo Hoo I hit my set .... then the reality of the flop set in. Was I facing a better set? Was there a flush draw out there? I thought that pkh123's check showed he was weak in the BB and put out a pot bet to deny any flush draw odds. I didn't want this pot to get too big right now and would like to get it to heads up. When Banderaszx called I suspected AK (with spades of sorts), or a flush draw. pkh123's all in was screaming JJ or straight and flush draws. I elected to call in the hope that Banderaszx would come along to create a side pot (which he did) so I may at least have a chance to cut my losses if I were already behind. Then the heart started pumping and I started praying"
*** Turn ***
*** River ***

"The last two cards were a blur, had someone just set up their Aces and I was convinced the flush had hit. Goodbye $200?"
*** SUMMARY ***

Pot: $545.25 Rake: $3

GTheJester bet $195, collected $535.40, net $340.40 Shows

(three nines)

Banderaszx bet $204.85, collected $9.85, net -$195 Shows

(a pair of Kings)

pkh123 lost $147.40 Shows

(a pair of Queens)
So I won the hand but can't help feeling that I got very lucky. Had I re raised pre flop the ensuing action would have meant that I would have had to dump the hand. My game plan went well until the flop came down, after that all of my reads were wrong and the pot escalated so quickly all I could do was get my money in.
But hey, I won the hand and Octobers funds were gladly boosted.
I would love to hear your comments.
So until next post.
Keep it Tight!

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