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/Dec/2010

Cash game mayhem and tournament report

By: rivermenow @ 20:04 (EST) / 229 / Comment ( 0 )
Lately i've been keeping my head above water VPP wise by playing some PL Omaha and i've been practicing multi tabling more often.  In addition I am playing PSO Skill League tournaments to try and improve my standing.

The problem I am having with multi tabling is that I feel like I have to make decisions quicker.  I pride myself on my post flop play, and I like the action tables since when I do hit a monster I am more likely to be paid off.  My hand selection tends to be looser when i'm playing four tables oddly enough.  I think if I play one table I make sound preflop decisions but perhaps my game is a bit too open preflop.  I've been calling single raises with hands like KQT7 double suited on the button.  In a 6-handed game perhaps that's ok, but i'm not all that positive.

This morning I played a four table session and lost a fair amount relative to the blinds.  For the most part I was happy with my play with the exception of one particular hand.

I was on the button with AQJT with hearts and made an opening pot raise.  The SB called and the BB folds.

The SB is a solid but loose player.

The flop is QJ5 with two spades.  The SB checks and I bet 1/2 the pot.  The SB check raises the pot. 

I should've folded in retrospect, but I ended up calling.

The turn is a 7 and he bets the pot.  If I should've folded on the flop, I should've definitely folded on the turn, but alas I stupidly called.  The only thing I could think as to why I called was that I didn't believe he had me beat.

The river is an 8 of spades.  He checks to me.

I paused and considered making a big bet, but I just did not feel I could get him to lay down what I felt was a set.  I certainly would've made him make a huge decision though, as we still had more than the pot in our stacks.  Because I didn't think I could get him off the hand, I ended up checking.

My read was correct as he tabled QQ45 for top set.

Looking back on the hand I was very mad that I continued after my bet on the flop.  At worst I had 3 outs to broadway, and at best 7 outs to a better hand.  Unless the player is a total donk (and i've played with plenty), most players who check raise me usually have me beat, unless i'm sitting with the nuts (and then a reraise is in order).  If I folded, i'd have saved about 50 bb.

However one hand that I just cannot explain the reasoning behind occured yesterday.  I was sitting with AKAK with spades on the button.  UTG opens for a pot raise (and he's my favorite kind - the loose aggressive player) as he has been every other hand.  The guy in the middle calls, and I reraise the pot.  UTG decides to four bet the pot.  The middle player folds, and I five bet.  The pot is massive at this point and he calls it.

The flop is KT6 - with the T6 of spades!  A monster!

He checks to me and I bet him all in (we both started with around 200 bb).  He pauses for about 10 seconds and finally calls.

His cards?  T976

I was amazed that he not only had four bet me with that, but that he managed to call the massive flop bet with that.  I was also quite happy.

The turn was a J and the river was a J, giving me top full house, and the massive pot.

I have been playing the PSO skill league and have notched three cashes in the past four days.  I tend to last somewhat deep into the tournaments, but when I bust it tends to be halfway through the field.  The last one I was a bit coolered a few times and ended up busting early.

Matter of fact, I look back at my last three bustouts and here were the hands.

JJ vs. QQ
QQ vs. KK
TT vs. JJ

Pipped by one in all three cases.  Thankfully, the QQ vs. KK was late and well after the money.

Anyway, time for dinner before tonight's NAPL tournament.  See you on the felt at PSO!
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