Monday, January 01, 2007



Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, step right up to LJ's Poker Freak Show. On display we have many wonderful and horrifying things to show you.

First off: "Guy Who Can Juggle Poker Chips And A Small Boy Simultaineously... Man!"

Next We Have: "Woman Who Can Swallow Chair With Ass Cheaks... GIRL!"

And Finally: "The Poker Playing Chimp!"

The Poker Playing Chimp was given computer and internet access and funds to play Full Tilt's $0.50/$1.00 Full Ring NL game.

Full Tilt Poker
$0.50/$1 No Limit Hold'em Ring Game
8 Players

MP2: $61.40
Hero (CO): $184.75
BTN: $81.10
SB: $112.3
BB: $98.85
UTG: $74.50
UTG+1: $54.25
MP1: $120.35

Preflop: Qd Qc ($1.5, 8 players)
UTG folds, UTG+1 calls $1, MP1 folds, MP2 raises to $4.50, Hero raises to $16, BTN folds, SB SNAPCALLS $15.50, BB folds, UTG+1 folds, MP2 folds

Flop: 2s 3d 8d ($38.5, 2 players)
SB checks, Hero bets $32, SB calls $32

Turn: 2s 3d 8d [5s] ($102.5, 2 players)
SB bets all in for $64.80, Hero calls $64.80

River: 2s 3d 8d 5s [9d] ($232.1, 2 players)
No action

Hero had Qd Qc (a pair of Queens)
SB had Ad 4s (a straight, Five high) and won $229.10

Final Pot: $229.10 ($3.00 rake)

He'd been donking off all night, but not this bad. I was 99% sure I had the best hand pre-flop. This one stung.

On a related note, I started playing 6-max. The play is so so bad. The call downs are so so bad. I've been running about 25/17 right now, which seems to be working very well. I've only logged 3k hands, so there's really not a whole lot to report. My Win At Showdown is stupid low again (45.76%), but I'm a 6.6 PTBB/100 winner (again, pretty meaningless). I can generally read bad streaks by Won at ShowDown. It really should never be below 46-47% for good players. Certainly not for TAGs who don't bluff often. In the past it has been a pretty good indicator for when I've been running bad. It's always nice to run bad and still win money.

My favorite 6-max hand so far:

Full Tilt Poker
$0.50/$1 No Limit Hold'em Ring Game
6 Players

SB: $23.5
BB: $102.55
UTG: $78.65
MP: $149.40
Hero (CO): $122.70
BTN: $90

Preflop: 5c Ac ($1.5, 6 players)
UTG folds, MP raises to $2, Hero calls $2, BTN folds, SB folds, BB raises to $10, MP calls $8, Hero raises to $32, BB folds, MP folds

Uncalled bet of $22 returned to Hero

Flop: ($30.5, 1 players)
No action

Turn: [] ($30.5, 1 players)
No action

River: [] ($30.5, 1 players)
No action

It's kind of transparent, but so is the BB's squeeze and it's even more transparent that MP has some sort of mid or low pocket pair. I only could pull this off because of two factors. First, I know the BB is a competent player and multi-tabler, who no doubt is aware of and employees a squeeze play. Second, MP couldn't have been more passive. Strike that up to 1/3rd of a buy-in at absolutely no risk to me.

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