Felt like firing up the poker machine last night for some fun. I got home too late for The Mookie (note to self: Maybe register early, since it’s double-stack), but I wanted to find a similar spot to play, so I jumped into a $2 180-person SnG and a 300 FPP satellite for $75 tokens on Full Tilt, a level which I figured was commensurate with the usual blogger tourney.
As previously stated, my online poker experience is now going to be geared toward fun and, perhaps, in the process, I’ll re-learn some of the things that allowed me to win occassionally back in a previous lifetime. “Back to the front,” as Metallica would say.
It doesn’t get any more basic than $2 SnGs and 300-point freerolls. What became immediately obvious was that there was no trickery, or, if there was, it was even more obvious. I was correctly calling out people’s hands regularly. I successfully check-raised with air a number of times when flop bets showed weakness. I made value bets on turns and rivers and got called by third pair/no kicker.
I was having a blast.
Question: If a limper holding A3 checks behind when unimproved on flop and turn and then calls a river bet from the BB (in this case, me) who hits a K (holding K4o), is it permissible for A3 to say, “Nice catch?” I don’t think so, but what do I know?
Question: If I re-raise a button open-raiser from the SB holding AA and get him all-in on a flop of J65 when he has 85o (I swear), does he have a right to call me a “lucky fucker” after he hits two pair on the turn, but the river is another J giving me a higher two pair? I don’t think so, but what do I know?
It was a night of such circumstances. I enjoyed the holy hell out of it, despite not winning either money nor token. I made it down to the final 35 in both, before my JJ crashed into AQ in the $2 and my flopped boat got counterfeited in the 300-pointer. Oh, that one woulda been painful for a large amount of money. I had QQ and got one caller. Flop came QKK and KT and I went to war. Turn A. River A.
I’m gonna play these more regularly and I’m instituting a cap on MTTs of $10, less for bankroll considerations than for finding my appropriate level to plug some leaks. I’m a little sore this ayem, but I figure that will subside with more training.
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