Friday, September 15, 2006

Presto is Gold (Part 12)

55 can work in mysterious ways - how about this one:

PokerStars Satellite to WCOOP Event #6

*** HOLE CARDS ***
Victim raises 400 to 600
Fuel55 calls 600 on button with [5c 5d]

*** FLOP *** [Ac 2c 7c]
Victim checks
Fuel55 checks

*** TURN *** [Ac 2c 7c] [Jc]
Victim bets 800
Fuel55 calls 800
(reasonable chance my flush is good)

*** RIVER *** [Ac 2c 7c Jc] [Kh]
Victim checks
Fuel55 checks
(but no point in getting greedy)

*** SHOW DOWN ***
Victim shows [8s 6s] (high card Ace)
Fuel55: shows [5c 5d] (a flush, Ace high)
Fuel55 collected 3100 from pot

9th of 36 remaining. 10 get seats.

Friday, September 01, 2006

Presto is Gold (Part 11)

Here is a really good example of taking advantage of your read when you have nothing.

PokerStars $3/$6PL, 9-handed

*** HOLE CARDS ***
MP raises $12 to $18
Fuel55 calls $18 from CO with [5h 5d]

*** FLOP *** [6c 6d 7c]
MP bets $24
Fuel55 raises $30 to $54
(I raise a little here to see if he has a pair or two overs)
MP calls $30
(Looks like a pair)

*** TURN *** [6c 6d 7c] [8s]
MP bets $46
Fuel55 calls $46
(The 8 opens up a lot of possibilities so I make the call getting more than 4:1)

*** RIVER *** [6c 6d 7c 8s] [7h]
MP checks (total scare card)
Fuel55 bets $116
MP folds
Fuel55 collected $242 from pot
Fuel55 doesn't show hand

My hand is totally counterfeited on the river and I am reduced to playing the board. My opponent checks the scare card on the river since the board now shows two pair and it is entirely possible that I raised him on the flop with a 6 or a 7. I MUST BET or I will lose the pot. If my read that he has an overpair is correct, he really has to fold, which he does.

Make sure you always have the stones to make this river bet, especially in position.