SOME WELL PLAYED HANDS, (IF I DO SAY SO MYSELF)

by | Tuesday, December 10, 2013 | 0 comment(s)
SOME WELL PLAYED HANDS, (IF I DO SAY SO MYSELF)

Hand number 1 (folding because you know your players) – I do not remember if we were playing Omaha8 or Omaha Hi only, but I do know the blinds were $1-2 and the game was NL. I also know I had JJ in my four card hand. I know this because I remember the flop came down Ac Kc Jc. After the flop, one of the tighter players in early position led out into the field. A smart player in middle position made the call. After giving it some thought I folded, and I folded for a very specific reason. I knew that even if I improved my hand, I would not be improving my hand. I knew the bettor had flopped a flush. I did not know if it was the nut flush, but I knew it was a big one...

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YOUR HAND IS NOT REALLY THE SAME, SIR.

by | Thursday, October 31, 2013 | 0 comment(s)
YOUR HAND IS NOT REALLY THE SAME, SIR.

At a recent Friday night home game, I was playing 1-2 flop games where the maximum buy in was $100. The dealer could choose between Hold ‘em, Omaha, Omaha 8 or Pineapple. I was already steaming from a prior hand when the following hand came up. My villain’s comment after the hand really set me off, but as I thought about it, I realized what a great topic his comment gave me. The game called was Omaha 8 (Omaha hi/lo). I was on the button for the hand. A few players limped in, and I looked at A 2 3 K, Ace suited…one of the strongest Omaha 8 hands to be dealt. It’s so strong because I have connecting high cards, three connecting low cards and a suited Ace so I can make a number of nut high hands as well as nut low hands...

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YOUR “BAD LUCK” IS MORE LIKELY YOUR BAD PLAY

by | Friday, October 4, 2013 | 0 comment(s)
YOUR “BAD LUCK” IS MORE LIKELY YOUR BAD PLAY

I recently joined a local Thursday night 1-3 game. I’ve played the game a handful of times and find that, for the most part, the game is super soft. One player in particular stands out as the weakest link and he is the inspiration for this post. Last night he took a couple of river beats. They were unfortunate, but as I sat and listed to him mutter and curse under his breath I couldn’t help but think to myself “Instead of bemoaning your luck, you should be fixing your game.” This player plays any two cards from any position regardless of the action in front of him. He will literally see a flop 80% of the time. The list of things broken in this man’s game is extensive, but here are a few of the standouts. I will use one specific hand as an example...

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DID YOU THINK THAT CALL THROUGH?

by | Wednesday, September 11, 2013 | 0 comment(s)
DID YOU THINK THAT CALL THROUGH?

It has been some time since my last post. I had some serious block, and my real life has kept me very busy. I have been running well at cash, but felt like I was floundering in tournaments. However, just back from the Borgata Poker Open, and I am feeling real good about my tournament game again. This trip also seems to have cured me of the writer’s block. I have written before about reasons why a person might make a questionable call, and also about the fact that some people may call for no reason at all. However, when you do decide to call, more than just looking at what you have, and what you perceive your opponent has, you have to think about what the ramifications (not just the results) of your call might be. Let me explain. In the $350+50 big stack tournament, I was moved to a table and had about $28,000 in chips...

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POKER RULES AND ETIQUETTE 102

by | Monday, April 8, 2013 | 0 comment(s)
POKER RULES AND ETIQUETTE 102

Poker Rules and Etiquette 102 September 2011 was when I published my first rules of etiquette, and having just returned from the Borgata for the spring open I realize its time to update the rules so here goes. 1. One player per hand – Even the most innocuous comments should be kept to yourself until the hand is complete. Obviously you cannot ask a player for advice on how to play your hand. In fact, you shouldn’t be showing your hand to anyone else while you are in the hand, but this discussion is going to focus on speaking while a hand is in progress. I was playing the 7 pm bounty tournament when the following hand arose. I raised from UTG with As9s. I had one middle position caller. The flop came out A x x two hearts and a diamond. I bet and the player called me...

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AN INTERESTING HAND AND A VERY COOL PERSON

by | Friday, March 8, 2013 | 0 comment(s)
AN INTERESTING HAND AND A VERY COOL PERSON

I recently made a deep run in the Borgata 2013 Winter Open $1,000 + $90 six max event, finishing 28th and in the money out of 344. This was especially sweet for me because it was my first 1K event, against a stacked field, in a super aggressive format. Day 1 found me at the table with Amanda Musumeci. For those of you who don’t know her, Amanda is a scrappy young pro from Philadelphia making big waves on the poker scene. She’s had numerous cashes, including a deep run in the WSOP main event. This year she is featured as one of the World Poker Tour’s “Ones to Watch.” So back to Day 1. With blinds at 75/150, I find QQ under the gun. Amanda is in the small blind. My stack was over average and Amanda was a little under average...

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WHAT’S THE LOGIC IN THIS?

by | Wednesday, February 6, 2013 | 0 comment(s)
WHAT’S THE LOGIC IN THIS?

I am sometimes baffled at the reasons I hear for why players make certain plays. While the play may be correct, the reason for making the play is so flawed it just leaves me scratching my head in wonder. In the early stages of a tournament I call a raise out of position with 10h9h. On a 10 high 2 diamond flop, not yet knowing where I was, I check called the raiser’s $250 bet into a pot about that size. The turn was a blank and I checked. The raiser bet $750 into the pot. I was still not done with this hand, however now I put the aggressor on an overpair. Knowing I can win with a 10 or a 9, and recognizing there were 2 diamonds on the flop, I again called. The river was the Qd. Although I missed, it was time to put my nefarious plan into action...

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MY BAD PLAY, ANOTHER’S BAD PLAY, AND A LESSON I LEARNED

by | Monday, January 23, 2012 | 0 comment(s)
MY BAD PLAY, ANOTHER’S BAD PLAY, AND A LESSON I LEARNED

Just back from the Borgata winter open and thrilled to report I have added two more cashes to my resume with a 29th place finish in event 4 ($560 freezeout) and a 10th place finish in event 35 ($230+100 bounty). Here I share my huge mistake, a general mistake made by my opponents, and my poker epiphany. All of this learned in the course of the 7 hour bounty tournament. My huge mistake – I am a proponent of always being aware of everything going on at your table. If you lose sight of even one critical factor, you will be doomed to failure. Well, I did lose sight of one such factor and it almost cost me a bounty and the ability to receive value from AA. With the blinds at $400-$800 I find AA UTG +1. I have about a 15k stack, and I limp in...

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MY FINAL TABLE BREAKDOWN

by | Wednesday, November 30, 2011 | 0 comment(s)
MY FINAL TABLE BREAKDOWN

Two weeks after my victory in Event 6 of the Borgata Fall Poker Open, I’ve had time to sit back and reflect on the final table. Here I breakdown the key hands that led to my victory. I hope you enjoy reading about it as much as I enjoyed playing it. The final table began 10 handed with blinds at $40,000-$80,000 and an ante. I was in the 9 seat sitting third in chips with about 1.2 million. There were just over 9 million chips in play. To my left I had a solid aggressive player and friend Nam “David” Sou. To his left was a solid player, Jonathan Diolosa, who began the table short. To his left sat the chip leader, and strongest player at the table, John Del Rossi. Unknown to me, two seats over was poker pro Sirous Jamshidi, also short on chips...

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WHY YOU NEED TO MIX THINGS UP OR WHY YOU NEED TO PAY ATTENTION

by | Thursday, November 17, 2011 | 0 comment(s)
WHY YOU NEED TO MIX THINGS UP OR WHY YOU NEED TO PAY ATTENTION

As a student of the game I like to watch all the well done poker shows such as WPT, WSOP, High Stakes Poker and Pokerstars.net Big Game. Recently I was watching a rerun of Pokerstars.net Big Game show. A hand came up between Joe Hachem and Daniel Negreanu which is one of the most interesting hands I’ve ever seen. This is a big game with $300-600 blinds with antes. The game is pot limit pre-flop and no limit post-flop. Hachem raises to $2,500 from under the gun with J 10 offsuit. Neither card is a spade. Negreanu calls from the big blind with pocket 4s including the spade. The flop comes Ace high, all spades. Hachem bets $3,500 and Negreanu calls. The turn is the Ks. Now Negreanu leads for $5,000. Hachem raises without a spade to $13,000. The river gives Hachem two pair, but he is behind Negreanu’s flush. Negreanu checks and Hachem bets $28,000...

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IT’S THANK YOU TIME

by | Monday, November 14, 2011 | 0 comment(s)
IT’S THANK YOU TIME

I am sitting in front of my computer, bleary-eyed and crashing from my adrenaline high after having won Event 6 of the Borgata Fall Poker Open, besting a final table that really didn’t have a weak link on it and that included poker pro Sirous Jamshidi. This was a solid, tough table, and I was able to navigate through it where the best hand I picked up the whole table was 55. The outpouring of congratulations, well wishes and sheer excitement for my win has been so overwhelming. Here is my thank you to all. First up – To the guys at Short Stacked radio – Mark H. JJ, Frodo, Ty, Bratz, and Mark. C. and the supporting cast of characters – Rick, Kev and Bryan, especially, thanks for welcoming me into the family...

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OF SETS AND ODDS

by | Saturday, July 9, 2011 | 0 comment(s)
OF SETS AND ODDS

You are sitting on a stack of $185 in a $1-2NL game and you are under the gun. You’ve straddled to $4. The game is 8 handed. Three players limp in and the SB, sitting on a stack of $375, raises to $35. You have pocket 4s. If you put the raiser on a big pocket pair do you call? If your answer is yes, you have a leak that is costing you much over the long term. Consider that odds are you will flop a set less than once every 7 times you hold a pocket pair. This means that one time in 7 to 8 times you are dealt a pair, the odds dictate you will flop a set. Conversely, 6 to 7 times you will not flop a set...

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POKER AND THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

by | Monday, June 27, 2011 | 0 comment(s)
POKER AND THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

My last blog was written on April 14, 2011. Little did I know the next day would change the lives of poker players world wide. April 15, 2011 started off as an ordinary day, but by 10:00 a.m. I had discovered what everyone the world over would discover during the next 24 hours. Claiming violations of the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act, among other claims, the U.S Attorney for the Southern District of New York seized the domains of Full Tilt Poker, Pokerstars and Absolute Poker. Travelling to any of those sites got you a screen filled with the Department of Justice warning that the site had been seized. Over the next 72 hours, the sites all began negotiating with the Department of Justice in an effort to provide gaming to others around the world, and as part of getting...

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