Thursday, 24 December 2009

Merry Christmas Everybody ....


.... and have a happy and prosperous new year.
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Lets hope 2010 brings many more new players to the online felt and that the poker sites continue to do an astounding job of giving us new and varied poker offerings.
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2009 was all about learning and relearning at the lower stakes and my game has transformed dramatically in my mind from what it was.
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Last night I played at the GALA in Leicester in their cash game and came out £180 in profit.
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There were two hands of note.
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The first I was holding 8c8s and hit my set on the flop that had 2 diamonds with the pot at £10. I bet out £8 and got two calls. Just like online and on demand the diamond hits the turn. I check as first to act and the guy to my left bets £20 into a pot of £34. The player to his left calls and I call hoping for the board to pair. The river brings an Ah. I again check and the guy to my left bets £26. The third guy calls and I have a decision. Now I am confident the third guy didn't have the flush otherwise surely he will raise, but I was worried about the guy to my left as his bet looked like a value bet (if a little weak) or a blocker bet with a medium hand like 2 pair. Anyway I thought and thought and then called feeling that he wasn't that strong and sure enough he was betting with a pair and I took down the pot (the third guy thought the last Ah was actually a diamond so he thought he had a flush).
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In the second hand I held JJ on the button. Now this was a heavily calling table and the pot already had 3 players (pot £3) and no matter how big a raise I knew they were all going to call. I just put in a small raise of £6 just to let them know I have something ... and as predicted the blinds folded and the first 3 callers all called. The flop came down two hearts with a J on it. I get checked to and bet £20 into the £24 pot. All 3 call again and the turn comes a heart. It then goes check, check and the guy to my right goes all in for £50. Now he hasn't hardly bet a hand (called lots but not bet many). I start to think and then realise its an easy fold. He gets one caller and he shows the flush. The board doesn't pair and I get away with a £26 loss.
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So a nice way to finish 2010. A live cash game profit and not making any wrong decisions. Roll on 2010.
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So until next time.
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Keep it Tight!

1 comment:

L4Y SP said...

hi geoff thx for your response . i completely understand your reluctance to dive in higher up. i only feel comfortable @ $1 . i came from limit to SNG about 2 months ago i thk. i really wud love to compete regularly on the leaderboards and that is why i'm obsessed with multi tbling. but u r spot on about a lower roi because of not having a good enough read on your final opponents. regards , L4