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Fadyen's July Review

By: Fadyen @ 12:51 (EDT) / 425 / Comment ( 0 )

Hello PSOers and welcome to another end of month review from yours truely.

The month started off with wrapping up the awesome PSOSOP. Unfortunately in the last few days I couldn't seem to get too many points and my position fell a little, ending in 13th. Not exactly what I had hoped for when the series started but it did earn me a $22 MTT ticket and that's not too bad.

After my disappointment at my MTT run I decided that I would spend some time in July focusing on my cash game. Found myself not running too well and even after good sessions I'd have one or two massive losses in the next. Especially at the weekends I seemed to experience a lot higher varience than usual and the beats seemed more sickening. The following example is a good representation of the usual hands I found myself in.


The constant downswing was really getting me down and with Micro Millions on the horizon I was looking for a confidence boost and just in time I got one. The Big Bang! I've always thought this free tourney was a great oppertunity to make some nice cash to boost your bankroll and have played it several times before but never mananged to cash. This time was different though. Started like usual but when I got down to 800 chips I 3-bet jammed AK and got called in two spots by KQ and AQ and a king high board tripled me up. After that I ran reasonably well for a while getting into top 10 chips stacks before I got knocked back down to below average with my QQ cracked by JJ. But I carried on and grinded back up a little then with about 150 players I again got it in QQ vs JJ. This time it held and gave me an above average stack that I managed to keep most of until the bubble. The everlasting bubble I might add. Anyway the bubble burst and quickly about 20 players went out and I got short with about 6k at 500/1k blinds and ended up losing a flip to leave me crippled with just 650 chips. That was not the end though, oh no. I quadrupled up with TT and then held on for ages laddering up until it was down to 3 tables. Then a double up with AK vs a weaker ace kept me in it a while longer. After that I went a bit card dead until my exit hand. 9k chips at 1.5/3k blinds, Ovalman opens and I jam over the top with KK, called by the OR with A8, ace on the turn seals the deal and I'm out in 15th gaining myself a nice $45.


Then came Micro Millins V, 100 events of insane value! I made my plan for playing events that suited me and worked out how I could make the most of the series by using tickets, promotions and satellites to get bought in for a price I could afford. In the end I played 12 events with buy-ins adding up to over $60 but in reality it only cost me a few bucks plus my tickets from PSO series wins. Just as well since my results were far from great, only making a few min plus cashes. I also came very close to a cash in the main event when I could have just folded until the bubble burst, which being so short I now think I should have done. I open shoved in the small blind for just over 17k with K8s and the big blind (playing 14/4) called for about 98% of his stack with QJo and binked a queen. Lesson learned I think, a min cash there would have been a big increase to my roll, although I did make a +EV play.

With the end of the month approaching I wanted to look forward to what's next and what I want to work on. I decided to ty some 6-max Zoom as I think it's a good way to get in some extra volume for cash games. Even over the little sample I've noticed lots of differences in how villains bet and ranges don't seem to be so defined for certain positions which makes it hard. Well harder for me but that's just because I'm used to something a lot different. I'm currently down but I really think it will improve my game to try and beat 2NL Zoom. I want to give all my focus though so I will be putting it on hold until after the 'Dog Days' PSO series, which I also plan on crushing and hopefully will increase my roll to a new high.

Speaking of my roll, time for this month's figures:

Starting Bankroll (July 1st): $236.75 + Tickets: $22 MTT, $11 MTT

Current Bankroll (July 31st): $282.00 + Tickets: $22 MTT

VPPs Earned: 136.3

Fadyen's Monthly Mindfunk

This hand comes from Micro Millions event 5 and gave me a real headache at the time.

I spent a lot of time discussing this hand with fellow PSOers and the stange river bet by the villain really confused me for a while. My very first instinct when playing was to put the villain on trip 3s but then I discounted that. A lot of people seemed to think that the villain was perhaps on a pair and backed into a flush but after a lot of consideration, while it's still a possibility, the most likely option is my first instinct of trip 3's and the villain is trying to get value from exactly my kind of hand, AK. When he check calls two streets he definately has showdown value and is rarely floating to make a river bluff. Also I feel he bets less with a flush so I'm fairly happy with my laydown here. Just goes to show sometimes you're first instinct is the right one.


Quote of the day: Most of the money you'll win at poker comes not from the brilliance of your own play, but from the ineptitude of your opponents.


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