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Old Dec 06, 2007, 5:16pm   #1
Blappo78
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Default PS 4.40 hands for review

Hopefully I can get some constructive critism on some hands from a 180 man SnG. At the time I thought I played a fairly solid game, but I was surprised on the number of times I was playing weak after reviewing the hands.

Hand #1
UTG had limped the previous hand and folded to action on the flop containing an ace but had been taking stabs at orphan pots in position. BB has been playing fairly tight. There are about 5 tables left and unfortunately 4 of the top 6 stacks are on my table (fortunately I'm at the top of that list)

PokerStars No-Limit Hold'em Tourney, Big Blind is t200 (8 handed) Poker-Stars Converter Tool from FlopTurnRiver.com (Format: FlopTurnRiver)

MP2 (t3200)
CO (t7805)
Button (t16479)
Hero (t17632)
BB (t10790)
UTG (t14995)
UTG+1 (t5030)
MP1 (t6795)

Preflop: Hero is SB with A, 7.
UTG calls t200, 5 folds, Hero completes, BB checks.

Flop: (t600) J, A, 8 (3 players)
Hero checks, BB bets t600, UTG calls t600, Hero folds.

I figured UTG had an ace with a better kicker so I checked (so why did I bother completing the SB)? The BB's PSB looked a bit large since UTG would probably try to steal the pot if checked to. UTG's call makes me think he is on a draw. Since I don't think anyone has an ace would have this been a good spot to raise it up to something like 3000+ (and obviously fold to any more resistance)?


Hand #2 (30+ players left)

MP3 has open limped into a few pots recently and this is the first pot I've seen him raise. UTG had recently limped AA after another limper from MP.

PokerStars No-Limit Hold'em Tourney, Big Blind is t300 (9 handed) Poker-Stars Converter Tool from FlopTurnRiver.com (Format: FlopTurnRiver)

MP1 (t6400)
MP2 (t16805)
MP3 (t6505)
CO (t11614)
Hero (t16832)
SB (t11790)
BB (t14995)
UTG (t9630)
UTG+1 (t5920)

Preflop: Hero is Button with 9, 9.
UTG calls t300, 3 folds, MP3 raises to t900, CO calls t900, Hero calls t900, 2 folds, UTG calls t600.

Flop: (t3800) J, 7, Q (4 players)
UTG checks, MP3 checks, CO checks, Hero checks.

Turn: (t3800) 7 (4 players)
UTG checks, MP3 bets t1800, CO folds, Hero folds, UTG folds.

Final Pot: t3800

I decided not to reraise PF since I thought MP3 would probably call anything, UTG might be trapping again and CO would be getting good odds. I probably should have bet 3000 on the flop since the PF raiser
possibly has given up with an AK or TT type of hand (or he is trapping on a drawy board) . The turn shouldn't have helped MP3 but it is begging to be called and I can't beat anything but a bluff so I folded. Comments?

Hand #3 (24 left)

MP is the same player as UTG in hand #1 (takes stabs at pots). I'm the big stack and have been trying to get aggressive with the bubble coming.

PokerStars No-Limit Hold'em Tourney, Big Blind is t400 (6 handed) Poker-Stars Converter Tool from FlopTurnRiver.com (Format: FlopTurnRiver)

Button (t2570)
SB (t15214)
Hero (t33232)
UTG (t20955)
MP (t8970)
CO (t23385)

Preflop: Hero is BB with A, T.
1 fold, MP raises to t800, 3 folds, Hero calls t400.

Flop: (t1325) J, 5, 6 (2 players)
Hero checks, MP bets t1600, Hero raises to t10800, MP calls t6545 (All-In).

I'm certain villain's hand is currently ahead, but I should be able to push off AK or AQ since I have Ah. Pushing AI looks like I'm on a draw. I expected the villain to cbet so I checked with the intent of CRAI figuring that was the only way of getting anymore of his money if he had worse than TP.

Hand #4 (19 left, SB on other table will get blinded off next hand)

PokerStars No-Limit Hold'em Tourney, Big Blind is t600 (6 handed) Poker-Stars Converter Tool from FlopTurnRiver.com (Format: FlopTurnRiver)

Button (t1120)
SB (t20764)
Hero (t53327)
UTG (t13705)
MP (t11530)
CO (t13935)

Preflop: Hero is BB with A, A.
1 fold, MP raises to t1450, 3 folds, Hero raises to t4850, MP folds.

Final Pot: t3100

Results in white below:
No showdown. Hero wins t3100.

My large raise scared him away (he would have had about 6.5k with a pot of 10k i.e. no fold equity preflop and next to none on the flop). What amount would have been a good bet? Either to get him to push AI preflop (he might have thought I was stealing) or to put the rest of it in on the flop.

Hand #5 (final table 5 remain)

MP has been open pushing with a stack over 20BBs to steal the blinds, but hasn't called too much.

PokerStars No-Limit Hold'em Tourney, Big Blind is t1600 (5 handed) Poker-Stars Converter Tool from FlopTurnRiver.com (Format: FlopTurnRiver)

MP (t58765)
Button (t95859)
Hero (t63410)
BB (t35047)
UTG (t16919)

Preflop: Hero is SB with A, Q.
UTG raises to t16769, MP calls t16769, 3 folds.

I don't see how I can call here, but would have a push been better?
I'm ahead of UTG's range who only has 10BB left with the blinds coming up. As long as MP doesn't have AK or AA-QQ I am getting great odds and could possibly fold out MP. However, I'm not sure what to make of MP's flat call. Is he giving himself a chance to escape with a medium ace or mid PP or does he have AA-QQ and is inviting a call?

Hand #6

BB is very aggressive and was the MP in previous hand. He has been open pushing and reraising preflop AI (the remaining stacks are all 40+ BBs). He has been reraising me out of pots PF.

PokerStars No-Limit Hold'em Tourney, Big Blind is t1600 (3 handed) Poker-Stars Converter Tool from FlopTurnRiver.com (Format: FlopTurnRiver)

BB (t110931)
Button (t96459)
Hero (t62610)

Preflop: Hero is SB with 3, 3.
1 fold, Hero completes, BB checks.

Flop: (t2700) A, 8, 4 (2 players)
Hero bets t3200, BB calls t3200.

Turn: (t9100) J (2 players)
Hero bets t4800, BB calls t4800.

River: (t18700) 3 (2 players)
Hero bets t19200

I limped in with pocket 3's since I didn't want to get reraised out of the pot and if I hit a set there is a good chance he might try to steal the pot so my implied odds are huge. My river value bet was larger than normal so I thought it might look like a bluff. Would have it been better to push AI or should have I checked hoping to induce a bluff?
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