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Mad dog … Dog fight …live to fight another day

Posted by Hardit on 2012-12-03 at 12:00 AM

Ok before you jump to conclusions I would like to clarify the title is just 3 headings for 3 important highlights of the bigger 16 that I played on Sunday. I finished 77thin this one and her is my recap of the same

Mad dog “I am like a mad dog chasing cars ..won’t know what to do if I caught one” ~ Joker

Well throughout the tourney I really played like a mad dog betting 3 betting pretty wide and stacking people with crap. Now I think it is very important to do this at least at the early stages because this will do one of the two things you will either bust early (so no time wasted) or you will have a monster stack and super lag image. Thus for the later stages not only will you have good stack muscle to take on hits but also you can switch gears to play tight and still capitalize on lag image (not saying you should do that just in case if you do want to do this setting up early is better).

Dog fight: It’s not the size of the dog in the fight, it’s the size of the fight in the dog. ~ Mark Twain (never heard of it before just copied from the net he he just wanted to make it interesting)

Now what do mad dogs do they get into dog fights and that is exactly what I did. There was this fish who sucked out on me when I was trying to be creative and he felt good about his play (I think). This is the hand that leads to that fight

Poker Stars $15.00+$1.50 No Limit Hold’em Tournament – t50/t100 Blinds + t10 – 9 players – [url]http://www.handconverter.com/hands/2024923[/url]
The DeucesCracked.com Hand History Converter

MP1: t8201 M = 34.17
MP2: t10603 M = 44.18
CO: t7612 M = 31.72
BTN: t7560 M = 31.50
Hero (SB): t12477 M = 51.99
BB: t2990 M = 12.46
UTG: t4990 M = 20.79
UTG+1: t5163 M = 21.51
UTG+2: t6545 M = 27.27

Pre Flop: (t240) Hero is SB with Qd 6c
6 folds, BTN raises to t200, Hero raises to t400, 1 fold, BTN calls t200

Flop: (t990) 8d Jh Qs (2 players)
Hero bets t500, BTN calls t500

Turn: (t1990) Js (2 players)
Hero checks, BTN bets t1300, Hero calls t1300

River: (t4590) As (2 players)
Hero checks, BTN checks

Following the hand we had a small chat and just to spice this baby up I am gonna put it here word by word:
Hardit: WTF
BoardPlay: Raising with Q6 this is what u will get. I will take rest of your money soon too. You piece of ****.
Hardit : hmm I would like to see u take my chips and I would abuse you too but as a rule I don’t abuse fishes
BoardPlay: I checked your ranking you are nowhere. Do you like losing in poker. How many times do you have to reload your account.
Hardit : well really? checking ranking and all .. you must really feel secure about ur self.

Now at the moment u can imagine we had a thing going and based on the last hand and the chat i figured he is a fish putting me for a fish (i may be wrong just saying what i thought then). Now I started flatting him more than I normally would because I was sure if I hit a good hand against him I will stack him. And then this hand happened

Poker Stars $15.00+$1.50 No Limit Hold’em Tournament – t75/t150 Blinds + t20 – 9 players – [url]http://www.handconverter.com/hands/2024929[/url]
The DeucesCracked.com Hand History Converter

UTG+1: t4030 M = 9.95
UTG+2: t6466 M = 15.97
MP1: t5335 M = 13.17
MP2: t14450 M = 35.68
Hero (CO): t12935 M = 31.94
BTN: t3021 M = 7.46
SB: t7010 M = 17.31
BB: t2775 M = 6.85
UTG: t5376 M = 13.27

Pre Flop: (t405) Hero is CO with 5h Th
4 folds, MP2 raises to t355, Hero calls t355, 3 folds

Flop: (t1115) 4s 9d Ts (2 players)
MP2 bets t750, Hero calls t750

Turn: (t2615) Tc (2 players)
MP2 bets t1500, Hero raises to t3000, MP2 calls t1500

River: (t8615) 3d (2 players)
MP2 checks, Hero bets t8810 all in, MP2 calls t8810

In the end all I said was “ha ha nice play man”.

live to fight another day: Genius always gives its best at first; prudence, at last. ~Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Now towards the end i started getting in to flip situations and I lost all of them ..frustrating..but the muscle created earlier allowed me to survive longer than i should have survived. Now at the third flip and with 77 people remaining i lost another flip but this time i didn’t survive. But I parted with a learning. First let’s look at this hand.

Poker Stars $15.00+$1.50 No Limit Hold’em Tournament – t1000/t2000 Blinds + t250 – 8 players – [url]http://www.handconverter.com/hands/2024930[/url]
The DeucesCracked.com Hand History Converter

CO: t25126 M = 5.03
BTN: t107882 M = 21.58
SB: t147692 M = 29.54
BB: t185786 M = 37.16
Hero (UTG): t79384 M = 15.88
UTG+1: t95381 M = 19.08
MP1: t55714 M = 11.14
MP2: t31462 M = 6.29

Pre Flop: (t5000) Hero is UTG with Ac Kd
Hero raises to t4000, 5 folds, SB calls t3000, 1 fold

Flop: (t12000) 6c 2c Td (2 players)
SB checks, Hero bets t6000, SB raises to t24885, Hero raises to t75134 all in, SB calls t50249

Turn: (t162268) 9d (2 players – 1 is all in)

River: (t162268) 8d (2 players – 1 is all in)

Now here I could have check folded the flop or may be even folded to the flop raise but I went for the more aggressive line and got it in on the flop. We were flipping with the situation marginally in my favor. This would have been ok in the earlier/mid stages where I am trying to build a stack but now that I think back on the hand I absolutely disregarded my survival in the tourney by shoving here. You may say that the spot in itself isn’t great for me but I would like to takeaway more than that from this hand. The situation is pretty simple I think I needed to choose either keep going the same way I would have done in the earlier stages or I can change some gears and give some respect to survival and live to fight another day. I think next time i am gonna think of this before making any move and try and balance value and survival.

So this was my recap on the latest deep run I had. Share your opinion on the last thought or anything else you may have found interesting in this blog.

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