Sunday, December 30, 2007

Presto is Gold (Part 111)

$2/4NL, 9-handed

*** HOLE CARDS ***
Fuel55 calls $4 from UTG with [5s 5c] (deception ...)
futura raises to $18 from the button
Fuel55 calls $14

*** FLOP *** [Ah Ad 5d] (GIN!)
Fuel55 checks
futura bets $42
Fuel55 raises to $84
futura calls $42

*** TURN *** [Ah Ad 5d] [Jh]
Fuel55 checks
futura has 15 seconds left to act
futura bets $76 (awfully brave bet here ...)
Fuel55 raises to $152
futura has 15 seconds left to act
futura has requested TIME
futura folds
Uncalled bet of $76 returned to Fuel55
Fuel55 wins the pot ($359)

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Presto is Gold (Part 110)

$2/4, 5-handed

*** HOLE CARDS ***
Fuel55 raises to $14 from the button with [5d 5s]
BB calls $10

*** FLOP *** [2s Qc 2c]
BB bets $16
Fuel55 calls $16

*** TURN *** [2s Qc 2c] [Jd]
BB checks
Fuel55 bets $36
BB folds
Fuel55 wins the pot ($59)


Pure gold against a weak tight opponent ...

Monday, December 24, 2007

Presto is Gold (Part 109) and Other Stuff

A 4-hand sequence in 2 orbits at $10/$20, 9-handed:

Hand 1: First I suffer this hand:

*** HOLE CARDS ***
Kilak calls $20
Fuel55 calls $20 from MP with [Ac 8c]
bigN20 raises to $120
zda21 calls $120
Kilak calls $100
Fuel55 calls $100 (damn pot odds)

*** FLOP *** [Qc Ad Jc]
Kilak checks
Fuel55 checks
bigN20 bets $300
zda21 calls $300
Kilak folds
Fuel55 calls $300 (damn pot odds)

*** TURN *** [Qc Ad Jc] [4s]
Fuel55 bets $1,060 (no point check calling – praying for a little fold equity here)
bigN20 calls $654, and is all in
zda21 calls $738.80, and is all in
Fuel55 shows [Ac 8c]
bigN20 shows [Qd Qs] (puke)
zda21 shows [Jd Js] (puke)
Uncalled bet of $321.20 returned to Fuel55

*** RIVER *** [Qc Ad Jc 4s] [7d]
Fuel55 shows a pair of Aces
zda21 shows three of a kind, Jacks
zda21 wins the side pot ($169.60) with three of a kind, Jacks
bigN20 shows three of a kind, Queens
bigN20 wins the main pot ($3,369) with three of a kind, Queens

Hand 2: Then I raise AA and get no action. Fawk!!

Hand 3: But then I get a little Presto redemption against a shortstacked fish:

*** HOLE CARDS ***
zda21 raises to $40 from UTG
Fuel55 reraises to $120 from MP with [5d 5s]
zda21 rereraises to $169.60, and is all in
Fuel55 calls $49.60
zda21 shows [7d 7h]
Fuel55 shows [5d 5s]

*** FLOP *** [Jd 5h 4d] (GIN!)

*** TURN *** [Jd 5h 4d] [3h]

*** RIVER *** [Jd 5h 4d 3h] [As]
zda21 shows a pair of Sevens
Fuel55 shows three of a kind, Fives
Fuel55 wins the pot ($366.20) with three of a kind, Fives
zda21 is sitting out

Hand 4: Then I bust a chump holding Presto and get back to where I was before the A8s hand:

*** HOLE CARDS ***
thorladen raises to $70
Fuel55 calls $70 from CO with [3d 3c]
ICE_NY calls $60 from SB

*** FLOP *** [6h 3h 2s]
ICE_NY bets $360, and is all in
thorladen calls $360
Fuel55 raises to $720 (isolation time ...)
thorladen folds (good boy)
Fuel55 shows [3d 3c]
ICE_NY shows [5c 5d]
Uncalled bet of $360 returned to Fuel55

*** TURN *** [6h 3h 2s] [Jc]

*** RIVER *** [6h 3h 2s Jc] [7d]
Fuel55 shows three of a kind, Threes
ICE_NY shows a pair of Fives
Fuel55 wins the pot ($1,307) with three of a kind, Threes
ICE_NY is sitting out

All is mathematically and karmically OK …

Sunday, December 23, 2007

Presto is Gold for ME not YOU (Part 4)

$2/$4NL, 6-handed

*** HOLE CARDS ***
Fuel55 raises to $14 from CO with [Ac 6c]
Button calls $14
BB calls $10

*** FLOP *** [Kc Jc 5d]
BB checks
Fuel55 checks
Button bets $44
BB folds
Fuel55 raises to $156
Button reraises to $449, and is all in
Fuel55 calls $188, and is all in
Button shows [5s 5c] (LOL - you fool!!!!!!!!!)
Fuel55 shows [Ac 6c]
Uncalled bet of $105 returned to Button

*** TURN *** [Kc Jc 5d] [Qc]

*** RIVER *** [Kc Jc 5d Qc] [Th]
Button shows three of a kind, Fives
Fuel55 shows a flush, Ace high
Fuel55 wins the pot ($729) with a flush, Ace high

Saturday, December 22, 2007

Presto is Gold (Part 108)

$10/$20NL, 9-handed, extremely tough lineup

*** HOLE CARDS ***
Fuel55 raises to $60 from UTG+1 with [5c 5d]
MP calls $60
CO calls $60
SB calls $50
BB calls $40

Gotta love a small pair and 4 callers ...

*** FLOP *** [5s 3d 2s]
SB checks
BB checks
Fuel55 bets $220
MP raises to $440
CO folds
SB raises to $1,204.75, and is all in
BB folds
Fuel55 raises to $1,969.50 (definitely a shove or fold situation)
MP folds
Fuel55 shows [5c 5d]
SB shows [4h 4c]
Uncalled bet of $764.75 returned to Fuel55

*** TURN *** [5s 3d 2s] [Ac] (FAWK!)

*** RIVER *** [5s 3d 2s Ac] [3s] (Presto never disappoints!!!!!!!)
Fuel55 shows a full house, Fives full of Threes
SB shows a straight, Five high
Fuel55 wins the pot ($3,146.50) with a full house, Fives full of Threes
SB is sitting out

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Presto is Gold (Part 107)

$5/10NL, 8-handed

*** HOLE CARDS ***
Fuel55 calls $10 from EP with [5h 5c]
MP calls $10
CO raises to $55
Fuel55 has 15 seconds left to act
Fuel55 calls $45 (easy call with stacks all over $1300)
MP folds

*** FLOP *** [Qs Jc 5s]
Fuel55 checks
CO checks (this guy bluff a lot so a check actually worried me a bit)

*** TURN *** [Qs Jc 5s] [Th]
Fuel55 bets $110
CO calls $110

*** RIVER *** [Qs Jc 5s Th] [3s]
Fuel55 bets $10 (blocker bet to control pot size if he made a flush)
CO calls $10

*** SHOW DOWN ***
Fuel55 shows [5h 5c] three of a kind, Fives
CO mucks [Js Ad] - a pair of Jacks (lol)
Fuel55 wins the pot ($372) with three of a kind, Fives

Monday, December 03, 2007

Presto is Gold (Part 106)

Presto isn't just for sets you know ...

$2/4NL, 5-handed

*** HOLE CARDS ***
Fuel55: raises $8 to $12 from SB with [5d 5c]
2Vogue: calls $8

*** FLOP *** [9c 9h 7h]
Fuel55: bets $12
2Vogue: calls $12

*** TURN *** [9c 9h 7h] [6c]
Fuel55: checks (represent a draw)
2Vogue: bets $28
Fuel55: calls $28 (check call my “draw”)

*** RIVER *** [9c 9h 7h 6c] [2h]
Fuel55: bets $75 (bet my flush)
2Vogue: folds (thank you sir)
Fuel55 collected $102 from pot

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Presto is Gold (Part 105)

Omaha Hi HU SNG

*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to Fuel55 [4c 5c Qd 5d]
Fuel55 calls 20
DivaKitty raises to 120
Fuel55 calls 80 (I am never folding presto preflop)

*** FLOP *** [5h 6s Ks] (gin!!!!!!)
DivaKitty bets 240
Fuel55 raises to 960
DivaKitty calls 50, and is all in
Fuel55 shows [4c 5c Qd 5d]
DivaKitty shows [7h Ac Qh 9c] (nice gutterball)
Uncalled bet of 670 returned to Fuel55

*** TURN *** [5h 6s Ks] [8s] (of course he hits his gutterball)

*** RIVER *** [5h 6s Ks 8s] [8c] (resuck – ONE TIME!!)
Fuel55 shows a full house, Fives full of Eights
DivaKitty shows a straight, Nine high
Fuel55 wins the pot (820) with a full house, Fives full of Eights
DivaKitty stands up

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Presto is Gold (Part 104)

$0.50/$1 - Pot Limit Omaha Hi – 6-handed

*** HOLE CARDS ***
Almtom raises to $3.50
marker07 calls $3.50
Fuel55 raises to $15 from the SB with [Kd 5s Kh 5d]
marker07 calls $11.50

*** FLOP *** [As 5h 6d]
Fuel55 bets $24.50, and is all in
marker07 calls $24.50
Fuel55 shows [Kd 5s Kh 5d]
marker07 shows [4h 2h 2c Kc]
(lol – nice call with a gutterball)

*** TURN *** [As 5h 6d] [Qd]

*** RIVER *** [As 5h 6d Qd] [9s]
Fuel55 shows three of a kind, Fives
marker07 shows a pair of Twos
Fuel55 wins the pot ($80.50) with three of a kind, Fives

Presto is Gold (Part 103)

Now even Smokkee (longtime Presto hater/disparager) is getting in on Presto's goodness.

Nothing prettier than quad fives ....

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Presto is Gold (Parts 101 and 102)

A few bloggers (i.e., the smart ones, not Smokkee) have taken up the Presto mantra are being rewarded for their bravery.

Presto Blogger
Protege #1

Stacks that matter:

$0.25/$0.50NL, 9-handed
Seat 3: drchad ($24.50)
Seat 4: drossxyu ($80.80)
Seat 7:
lifesagrind ($57.70)

*** HOLE CARDS ***
lifesagrind calls $0.50 from UTG with [5d 5c]
drchad calls $0.50 from MP
drossxyu raises to $2.25 from LP
lifesagrind calls $1.75
(no one should fold presto getting these kinds of odds!)
drchad calls $1.75

*** FLOP *** [2c 5s 2s]

lifesagrind checks (flop a boat – standard issue Presto)
drchad checks
drossxyu bets $4
lifesagrind calls $4
drchad calls $4
(life is good for lifesagrind)

*** TURN *** [2c 5s 2s] [9c]

lifesagrind checks
drchad checks
drossxyu has 15 seconds left to act
drossxyu bets $9.75 ("let this fish do the work," says lifesagrind)
lifesagrind raises to $20
(time to build a pot!)
drchad folds
drossxyu calls $10.25

*** RIVER *** [2c 5s 2s 9c] [5h]

lifesagrind bets $31.45, and is all in (DQB!)
drossxyu calls $31.45
(sorry dude but lifesagrind has the nuts)

*** SHOW DOWN ***
lifesagrind shows [5d 5c] four of a kind, Fives
drossxyu mucks[2d 2h] - four of a kind, Twos
(oh my !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)
lifesagrind wins the pot ($119.40) with four of a kind, Fives



Presto Blogger
Protege #2

Stacks that matter:

Riverchasers, blinds at 150/300 Ante 25
Seat 4:
Mike_Maloney (4,851)
Seat 9: Golden-83 (7,100)

*** HOLE CARDS ***
Golden-83 raises to 600 from MP
Mike_Maloney calls 300 from BB with [5h 5c] (conservative play, but ok my me)

*** FLOP *** [5d Td Ah]

Mike_Maloney checks (flop a set – more standard issue Presto)
Golden-83 bets 900
Mike_Maloney raises to 1,800 (going for the kill)
Golden-83 raises to 6,475, and is all in
Mike_Maloney calls 2,426, and is all in
Golden-83 shows [Qd Kh] (gutterballs are gold!!)
Mike_Maloney shows [5h 5c]
Uncalled bet of 2,249 returned to Golden-83

*** TURN *** [5d Td Ah] [5s] (DQB!!!)

*** RIVER *** [5d Td Ah 5s] [Jd] (gutter love no goot against quads, biatch)
Golden-83 shows a straight, Ace high
Mike_Maloney shows four of a kind, Fives
Mike_Maloney wins the pot (10,002) with four of a kind, Fives
Mike_Maloney: DQB (the obligatory salute)

Monday, November 05, 2007

Presto is Gold (Part 100)

Double Stack Omaha Hi Tourney - I could only observe the Presto magic ...

*** HOLE CARDS ***
namepod calls 30
BHAWK76 calls 30
gaelicgalactico folds
CaseyMVS folds
martinkaveri calls 30
Fuel55 calls 30 from the button with [7c 4h 2s 2h]
Slidin_By folds
Tiilt Fish checks

*** FLOP *** [Jc 5s 9c]
Tiilt Fish checks
namepod checks
BHAWK76 checks
martinkaveri checks
Fuel55 checks

*** TURN *** [Jc 5s 9c] [Kd]
Tiilt Fish checks
namepod checks
BHAWK76 bets 165
martinkaveri calls 165
Fuel55 folds
Tiilt Fish folds
namepod folds

*** RIVER *** [Jc 5s 9c Kd] [5c]
BHAWK76 bets 495
martinkaveri calls 495

*** SHOW DOWN ***
BHAWK76 shows [5h Jh 5d Ac] four of a kind, Fives
martinkaveri mucks [Th Qd As Js] - a straight, King high
BHAWK76 wins the pot (1,485) with four of a kind, Fives


Pure gold ...

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Presto is Gold for ME not YOU (Part 3)

Just sat down with Mitch at a $2/4NL, 6-handed game and came across the hammer on my third hand:

*** HOLE CARDS ***
MP raises to $14
Victim calls $14 from button
Fuel55 calls $10 from BB with [2s 7s]

*** FLOP *** [3h 7d 4d]
Fuel55 bets $44 (top pair is gold)
MP folds
Victim has 15 seconds left to act
Victim calls $44

*** TURN *** [3h 7d 4d] [4h]
Fuel55 bets $52
Victim calls $52

*** RIVER *** [3h 7d 4d 4h] [As]
Fuel55 bets $286, and is all in
Victim calls $58.20, and is all in

*** SHOW DOWN ***
Fuel55 shows [2s 7s] two pair, Sevens and Fours
Victim mucks [5d 5s] - two pair, Fives and Fours
Fuel55 wins the pot ($349.40) with two pair, Sevens and Fours

Thursday, October 04, 2007

Presto is Gold (Part 99)

For all you naysayers who doubt Presto's power in Omaha. Read 'em and weep!

$.50/$1 Omaha Hi, 9-handed

*** HOLE CARDS ***
UTG+1 calls $1
Victim calls $1
Fuel55 calls $1 from MP with [5c 4c 7d 5d] (limp my monster)
Button calls $1
SB calls $0.50
BB checks

*** FLOP *** [Ac 9h 5s]
SB checks
BB checks
UTG+1 checks
Victim checks
Fuel55 bets $5.70
Button folds
SB folds
BB folds
UTG+1 folds
Victim calls $5.70

*** TURN *** [Ac 9h 5s] [5h] (DQB!)
Victim checks
Fuel55 bets $5
Victim calls $5

*** RIVER *** [Ac 9h 5s 5h] [Jh]
Victim bets $13
Fuel55 raises $13 to $26
Victim folds (lol)
Fuel55 collected $50.80 from pot
Fuel55 shows [5c 4c 7d 5d] (four of a kind, Fives)

Wednesday, October 03, 2007

Presto is Gold (Parts 97 & 98)

It's not just for Hold'em you know ...

Omaha Pot Limit ($0.50/$1.00), 6-handed

Hand 1:


*** HOLE CARDS ***
UTG+1 calls $1
MP1 checks
MP2 calls $1
Fuel55 calls $0.50 from SB with [5c 5d 3c 9c]
BB checks

*** FLOP *** [5h 4d 2s]
Fuel55 bets $4.75
BB folds
UTG+1 folds
MP1 folds
MP2 calls $4.75

*** TURN *** [5h 4d 2s] [Kd]
Fuel55 bets $13.80
MP2 raises $18.20 to $32 and is all-in
Fuel55 calls $18.20

*** RIVER *** [5h 4d 2s Kd] [7c]

*** SHOW DOWN ***
Fuel55 shows [5c 5d 3c 9c] (three of a kind, Fives)
MP2 mucks hand [7d Qs 6d Kc]
Fuel55 collected $75.50 from pot


Hand 2:

*** HOLE CARDS ***
MP raises $4 to $5
Fuel55 calls $5 from button with [5s 7c 5c Js]

*** FLOP *** [5d Ac 7s]
MP bets $12.35
Fuel55 raises $37.05 to $49.40
MP folds
Fuel55 collected $35.85 from pot

Monday, October 01, 2007

Presto is Gold (Part 96)

After an entire weekend of horrendous beats it is nice that there is one hand that never lets me down ...

$1/2NL, 9-handed

*** HOLE CARDS ***
EP calls $2
Victim raises to $6
Fuel55 reraises to $18 with [5h 5c] from MP
EP folds
Victim has 15 seconds left to act
Victim calls $12

*** FLOP *** [2c 5d 7h]
Victim checks
Fuel55 checks

*** TURN *** [2c 5d 7h] [Th]
Victim checks
Fuel55 bets $30
Victim has 15 seconds left to act
Victim raises to $89, and is all in
Fuel55 calls $59
Victim shows [Qs Ks] (nice bluff!)
Fuel55 shows [5h 5c]

*** RIVER *** [2c 5d 7h Th] [Qd]
Victim shows a pair of Queens
Fuel55 shows three of a kind, Fives
Fuel55 wins the pot ($216) with three of a kind, Fives

Sunday, September 30, 2007

Presto is Gold (Part 95)

$3/6NL, 8-handed

*** HOLE CARDS ***
Fuel55 raises $12 to $18 with [5c 5s] from the button
Victim calls $12 from BB

*** FLOP *** [Jc 8d Qh]
Victim bets $24
Fuel55 calls $24 (please bring me that 5 on the turn)

*** TURN *** [Jc 8d Qh] [3s]
Victim checks
Fuel55 bets $50 (well if you don’t want it …)
Victim folds
Fuel55 collected $84 from pot

Saturday, September 29, 2007

Presto is Gold (Part 94)

Even when I am virtually certain I am beat, Presto is Gold:

$4/8NL, 3-handed

*** HOLE CARDS ***
Button raises to $28
Fuel55 reraises to $90 from BB with [5d 5s]
Button calls $62


*** FLOP *** [7h Qs 9c]
Fuel55 checks
Button checks


*** TURN *** [7h Qs 9c] [8c]
Fuel55 bets $55
(giving him a clue ...)
Button calls $55


*** RIVER *** [7h Qs 9c 8c] [4h]
Fuel55 bets $8
(blocker bet)
Button calls $8


*** SHOW DOWN ***
Fuel55 shows [5d 5s] a pair of Fives
Button mucks [6h Ah] - Ace Queen high
Fuel55 wins the pot ($309) with a pair of Fives


5th pair is gold when it is Presto.

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Presto is Gold (Part 93)

Edited ...

$5/10NL, 9-handed

*** HOLE CARDS ***
Victim raises to $40 from UTG
Fuel55 calls $40 from the CO with [5h 5d]

*** FLOP *** [4s 7c 8d]
Victim has 15 seconds left to act
Victim checks
Fuel55 checks
(don’t really feel like getting checkraised so I take a free card)

*** TURN *** [4s 7c 8d] [5s]
(ah!, the ubiquitous 5 on the turn …)
Victim checks
Fuel55 bets $60
Victim folds
Fuel55 wins the pot ($92)

Presto is Gold for ME not YOU (Part 2)

They never learn:

*** HOLE CARDS ***
Fuel55 raises to $14 from CO-1 with [Jc Tc]
Button calls $14

*** FLOP *** [Ac 8c 6s]
Fuel55 checks
Button bets $4
Fuel55 calls $4

*** TURN *** [Ac 8c 6s] [6c]
Fuel55 checks
Button bets $8
Fuel55 calls $8

*** RIVER *** [Ac 8c 6s 6c] [Ks]
Fuel55 bets $24
Button has 15 seconds left to act
Button calls $24

*** SHOW DOWN ***
Fuel55 shows [Jc Tc] a flush, Ace high
Button mucks [5c 5h] - two pair, Sixes and Fives
Fuel55 wins the pot ($103) with a flush, Ace high

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Presto is Gold (Parts 91-92 and should be 93)

I was just dealt Presto on three consecutive hands at one table:

*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to Fuel55 [5c 5d]
ArtieRufio31 folds
matter17 folds
motnilnos folds
Queen Boadicea folds
Fuel55 raises to $14
gustav cisneros folds
Storm God folds
Count Stacula calls $12
mman_status folds

*** FLOP *** [Js 5h 8d]
Count Stacula checks
Fuel55 checks

*** TURN *** [Js 5h 8d] [Qc]
Count Stacula bets $21
Fuel55 raises to $75
Count Stacula folds
Fuel55 wins the pot ($71)

Very next hand:

*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to Fuel55 [5d 5c]
matter17 folds
motnilnos folds
Queen Boadicea folds
Fuel55 raises to $14
gustav cisneros folds
Storm God folds
Count Stacula calls $14
mman_status folds
ArtieRufio31 folds

*** FLOP *** [4c 2s 7s]
Fuel55 checks
Count Stacula bets $21
Fuel55 calls $21

*** TURN *** [4c 2s 7s] [6d]
Fuel55 checks
Count Stacula has 15 seconds left to act
Count Stacula bets $33
Fuel55 calls $33

*** RIVER *** [4c 2s 7s 6d] [As]
Fuel55 bets $60 (perfect card – now I can bet my “flush”)
Count Stacula folds
Fuel55 wins the pot ($139)

Very next hand:

*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to Fuel55 [5c 5d]
motnilnos raises to $8
Queen Boadicea folds
Fuel55 has 15 seconds left to act
Fuel55 calls $8
gustav cisneros folds
Storm God folds
Count Stacula folds
mman_status folds
ArtieRufio31 folds
matter17 calls $4

*** FLOP *** [Td 7d 9d]
matter17 checks
motnilnos bets $4
Fuel55 calls $4
matter17 calls $4

*** TURN *** [Td 7d 9d] [Ts]
matter17 checks
motnilnos checks
Fuel55 bets $25
matter17 calls $25
motnilnos folds

*** RIVER *** [Td 7d 9d Ts] [7h]
matter17 checks
Fuel55 checks (So lame! How can I check here when he obviously has a bare Ad)

*** SHOW DOWN ***
Fuel55 shows [5c 5d] two pair, Tens and Sevens
matter17 shows [Ad Qc] two pair, Tens and Sevens (of course)
matter17 wins the pot ($85) with two pair, Tens and Sevens

Monday, September 24, 2007

Presto is Gold (Part 90)

$5/$10NL, 9-handed

*** HOLE CARDS ***
UTG raises to $40
Fuel55 calls $40 from MP with [5c 5h]
SB calls $35

*** FLOP *** [4d Ad 5d]
SB checks
UTG checks
Fuel55 bets $100
SB raises to $250
UTG folds
Fuel55 calls $150

*** TURN *** [4d Ad 5d] [Qc]
SB bets $500
Fuel55 raises to $799.75, and is all in
SB calls $190, and is all in
Fuel55 shows [5c 5h]
SB shows [4h 4c] (thank you poker gods!)
Uncalled bet of $109.75 returned to Fuel55

*** RIVER *** [4d Ad 5d Qc] [Jd]
Fuel55 shows three of a kind, Fives
SB shows three of a kind, Fours
Fuel55 wins the pot ($2,007) with three of a kind, Fives


It just didn't feel like he had a flush ...

Why You Should Bet Your Sets

Alternative Titles:
  • DQB, Ladies are Gold
  • How The Fawk Did This Guy Not Go Broke
  • How Could I Make Any Less By Flopping Top Set

*** HOLE CARDS ***
PoorNapoleon raises to $14 from MP
Fuel55 reraises to $44 from BB with [Qs Qc]
PoorNapoleon has 15 seconds left to act
PoorNapoleon has requested TIME
PoorNapoleon calls $30


*** FLOP *** [5d Qd 8h]
Fuel55 checks
(looking to checkraise him)
PoorNapoleon checks


*** TURN *** [5d Qd 8h] [Td]
Fuel55 checks
(of course the 3rd diamond comes - looking to checkraise again)
PoorNapoleon checks (WTF?)


*** RIVER *** [5d Qd 8h Td] [Qh]
Fuel55 bets $56
PoorNapoleon calls $56


*** SHOW DOWN ***
Fuel55 shows [Qs Qc] four of a kind, Queens
PoorNapoleon mucks[Ks Kc] - two pair, Kings and Queens (amazing!)
Fuel55 wins the pot ($199) with four of a kind, Queens


If I bet my set on the flop I think I get his stack ... Bad Fuel ...

Sunday, September 23, 2007

Presto is Gold (Part 89)

A good old-fashioned 9-handed $1/2NL fishfry ...

*** HOLE CARDS ***
djeepy raises to $8 from EP
Fuel55 calls $8 from button with [5h 5s]

*** FLOP *** [3s 6d 7h]
djeepy has 15 seconds left to act
djeepy bets $14
Fuel55 calls $14


*** TURN *** [3s 6d 7h] [6h]
djeepy checks (wuss!)
Fuel55 bets $24
djeepy folds
Fuel55 wins the pot ($44.65)

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Presto is Gold (Part 88)

$1/2NL, 9-handed fish game

*** HOLE CARDS ***
BuckyLastard raises to $7
Fuel55 calls $6 from SB with [5h 5c]

*** FLOP *** [3c 3s Kd]
Fuel55 checks
BuckyLastard bets $12
Fuel55 calls $12


*** TURN *** [3c 3s Kd] [9s]
Fuel55 bets $2
BuckyLastard calls $2


*** RIVER *** [3c 3s Kd 9s] [Qd]
Fuel55 bets $3.55
BuckyLastard: wtf
BuckyLastard: is that gay &#%$
BuckyLastard has 15 seconds left to act
BuckyLastard: nh you win
BuckyLastard calls $3.55


*** SHOW DOWN ***
Fuel55 shows [5h 5c] two pair, Fives and Threes
BuckyLastard mucks [Js As] - a pair of Threes
Fuel55 wins the pot ($48.55) with two pair, Fives and Threes

Presto is Gold (Part 87)

Full Tilt $69+$6, 6-Max Tourney

Hand 4:

*** HOLE CARDS ***
UTG calls 30
Fuel55 checks from BB with [5d 5h]

*** FLOP *** [5s Ah Ac]
Fuel55 bets 30
UTG folds
Fuel55 wins the pot (75)

Hand 62:

*** HOLE CARDS ***
Fuel55 raises to 160 from the button with [5c 5s]
SB has 15 seconds left to act
SB calls 120
BB calls 80


*** FLOP *** [Ah Ad As]
SB checks
BB checks
Fuel55 bets 80
SB folds
BB folds
Fuel55 wins the pot (480)


A couple of nice presto boats fail to pay off big time ...

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Presto is Gold (Part 86)

$3/6NL, 6-handed (Quiet Lion on my left)

*** HOLE CARDS ***
UTG raises to $12
Fuel55 has 15 seconds left to act (dramatic effect)
Fuel55 calls $12 from MP with [5s 5d]

*** FLOP *** [3d 6s Qc]
UTG bets $18
Fuel55 calls $18

*** TURN *** [3d 6s Qc] [6h]
UTG checks
Fuel55 bets $35
UTG folds
Fuel55 wins the pot ($66)


Not a big pot but a presto pot nonetheless.

Thursday, September 13, 2007

I Know Presto Is Gold And I Still Fold

Nice little $2037 "profit" down the shitter.

*** HOLE CARDS ***
EP raises to $35
Fuel55 calls $35 from MP with [5h 5c]
BB raises to $150 (first hand he’s played in 5 orbits so I know he has AA)
EP calls $115 (fairly loose but some kind of real hand)
Fuel55 folds (oh the pain …)

*** FLOP *** [5s Kh 9c] (oh the mothafawking pain!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)
BB bets $210
EP calls $210

*** TURN *** [5s Kh 9c] [Jc]
BB has 15 seconds left to act
BB bets $320
EP calls $320

*** RIVER *** [5s Kh 9c Jc] [2c]
BB bets $320, and is all in
EP calls $320

*** SHOW DOWN ***
BB shows [Ah As] a pair of Aces (obviously ...)
EP mucks [Qh Qs] - a pair of Queens (nicely played fish)
BB wins the pot ($2,037) with a pair of Aces

Can you say fawk!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Monday, September 10, 2007

Presto is Gold (Part 85)

Pure gold, as always ....

$2/4NL, 5-handed

*** HOLE CARDS ***
UMD Tennis raises to $14 from UTG
Fuel55 calls $14 from UTG+1 with [5h 5d]

*** FLOP *** [Js 5s Qh]
UMD Tennis bets $27
Fuel55 raises to $115 (such a draw heavy board I have to raise here)
UMD Tennis has 15 seconds left to act
UMD Tennis folds
Uncalled bet of $88 returned to Fuel55
Fuel55 wins the pot ($85)

Thursday, September 06, 2007

Presto is Gold (Part 84)

Full Tilt, $2/4NL, 6-handed

*** HOLE CARDS ***
Fuel55 raises to $12 from UTG with [5d 5s]
Victim calls $12 from the button

*** FLOP *** [Qc 9h 4s]
Fuel55 checks
Victim checks

*** TURN *** [Qc 9h 4s] [7c]
Fuel55 checks
Victim has 15 seconds left to act
Victim checks (pretty sure he a pair less than Q now)

*** RIVER *** [Qc 9h 4s 7c] [5c]
Fuel55 bets $12
Victim calls $12

*** SHOW DOWN ***
Fuel55 shows [5d 5s] three of a kind, Fives
Victim mucks [6h 6c]
Fuel55 wins the pot ($51.30) with three of a kind, Fives

Wednesday, September 05, 2007

Presto is Gold (Part 83)

Here's a little "guest presto love" for your reading pleasure:

PokerStars $1/2NL, 6-handed

*** HOLE CARDS ***

UTG calls $2
SB calls $1
csquard checks his BB with [5s 5d] (how you check with Presto here is beyond me!)

Craig lays down the ultimate preflop deception by just checking his monster preflop.

*** FLOP *** [5c 5h 2c]
SB bets $5
csquard calls $5
UTG folds

*** TURN *** [5c 5h 2c] [Jh]
SB bets $12
csquard raises $12 to $24 (pot sweetener)
SB reraises $26 to $50
csquard rereraises $26 to $76 (another pot sweetener)
SB rerereraises $149 to $225 and is all-in (he takes the bait)
csquard calls $111 and is all-in

*** RIVER *** [5c 5h 2c Jh] [4h]

*** SHOW DOWN ***
SB shows [2h 2d] (a full house, Deuces full of Fives) (ouch – nice cooler!)
csquard shows [5s 5d] (four of a kind, Fives)
csquard collected $387 from pot

Monday, September 03, 2007

Presto is Gold (Part 82)

Mondays at the Hoy

*** HOLE CARDS ***
swimmom95 folds
BJ316 folds
Fuel55 raises to 125 from MP with [5s 5h]
wormmsu folds
Astin calls 125
IslandBum1 folds
Mike_Maloney folds
stevenwe folds
Julius_Goat calls 85

*** FLOP *** [Tc 3c 4s]
Julius_Goat checks
Fuel55 bets 40
Astin calls 40
Julius_Goat folds

*** TURN *** [Tc 3c 4s] [5c]
Fuel55 bets 155
Astin raises to 600
Fuel55: beware the 5 on the turn (manipulation 101)
Fuel55 has 15 seconds left to act
Fuel55 calls 445

*** RIVER *** [Tc 3c 4s 5c] [8s]
Fuel55 bets 55
Astin calls 55

*** SHOW DOWN ***
Fuel55 shows [5s 5h] three of a kind, Fives
Astin mucks [Ah Jd] (nice hand fishcakes!)
Fuel55 wins the pot (1,785) with three of a kind, Fives

Friday, August 31, 2007

Presto is Gold (Part 81)

It's been so long!!!!!!

$105 HU SNG, Hand #15

I have a T120 chip lead when I am dealt presto, then the magic begins:

*** HOLE CARDS ***
Fuel55 calls 15 from button with [5s 5c]
Victim raises 90 to 120
(ah the trap is set)
Fuel55 calls 90
(slowwwwww call)

*** FLOP *** [7s 4h Ts]
Victim bets 90
Fuel55 calls 90
(easy call – I have presto!)

*** TURN *** [7s 4h Ts] [5d]
(was there ever any doubt?)
Victim checks
Fuel55 bets 225
Victim raises 285 to 510
Fuel55 raises 840 to 1350 and is all-in
Victim calls 720 and is all-in
(horrible call)

*** RIVER *** [7s 4h Ts 5d] [7h]

*** SHOW DOWN ***
Victim shows [Tc 9h] (two pair, Tens and Sevens)
(lol – like TP no kicker is ever good here)
Fuel55 shows [5s 5c] (a full house, Fives full of Sevens)
Fuel55 collected 2880 from pot
Victim stands up (and shakes his head)

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Presto is Gold (Part 80)

Hand from a $50 SNG, 5 remain:

*** HOLE CARDS ***
Fuel55 folds [2d 8c]
Other two players fold
SB raises 50 to 100
BB calls 50

*** FLOP *** [5s 5d 9s]
SB checks
BB checks

*** TURN *** [5s 5d 9s] [7h]
SB checks
BB bets 100
SB calls 100

*** RIVER *** [5s 5d 9s 7h] [8h]
SB bets 250
BB calls 250

*** SHOW DOWN ***
SB shows [5h 5c] (four of a kind, Fives)
BB mucks hand (sorry - I didn't notice what he had)
SB collected 900 from pot

Thursday, August 09, 2007

Presto is Gold (Part 79)

Well I ultimately blew myself up again on FullTilt.

I have been playing very little but in the last couple of days I have caught a few breaks and been on the plus-side of a few coolers/setups.

This hand is the first decent presto hand in some time:

$2/$4NL, 7-handed

*** HOLE CARDS ***
Poster 1 checks
Poster 2 checks
Button raises to $16
Fuel55 calls $14 from SB with [5d 5c]
BB calls $12
Poster 1 folds
Poster 2 folds

*** FLOP *** [9d 9c 5h]
Fuel55 checks (time to check my boat and see if someone has an overpair)
BB checks
Button checks

*** TURN *** [9d 9c 5h] [Ah]
Fuel55 checks (ok time to check again and see if someone has an ace)
BB bets $20
Button folds
Fuel55 raises to $84 (let's see if that really is an ace)
BB has 15 seconds left to act
BB calls $64

*** RIVER *** [9d 9c 5h Ah] [Kh]
Fuel55 bets $112 (best amount for value?? - please have AK!)
BB has 15 seconds left to act
BB calls $112

*** SHOW DOWN ***
Fuel55 shows [5d 5c] a full house, Fives full of Nines
BB mucks mucked [Qh Ac] - two pair, Aces and Nines
Fuel55 wins the pot ($445) with a full house, Fives full of Nines

Friday, August 03, 2007

Presto Not So Good (Part 4)

So after getting my $522 up to $731 in 30 minutes I moved up to $2/4NL, 6-max and quickly lost a buy-in with QQ vs AQ on an AAQ flop. Then had to fold JJ on an A-high flop. This put me down to $319 so back to the headsup SNGs I went where I proved once again that using Presto against me is pure folly.

PokerStars, $52.50+$2.50 HU SNG

First Hand:

Seat 1: Superaxel (1500 in chips)
Seat 2: Fuel55 (1500 in chips)
Superaxel posts small blind 15
Fuel55 posts big blind 30

*** HOLE CARDS ***
Superaxel calls 15
Fuel55 raises 60 to 90 with [7h 7d]
Superaxel calls 60

*** FLOP *** [2c 3s 7c]
Fuel55 checks
Superaxel bets 30
Fuel55 raises 90 to 120
Superaxel raises 90 to 210
Fuel55 raises 120 to 330
Superaxel raises 120 to 450
Fuel55 raises 240 to 690
Superaxel raises 240 to 930
Fuel55 raises 480 to 1410 and is all-in
Superaxel calls 480 and is all-in

*** TURN *** [2c 3s 7c] [9s]

*** RIVER *** [2c 3s 7c 9s] [5h]

*** SHOW DOWN ***
Fuel55 shows [7h 7d] (three of a kind, Sevens)
Superaxel shows [5d 5c] (three of a kind, Fives) (are you kidding me? I figured a flush or str8 draw ..)
Fuel55 collected 3000 from pot

Dear Fuel55,

You finished the tournament in 1st place.
A $105.00 award has been credited to your Real Money account.

Congratulations!
Thank you for participating.


Checking Superaxel out on Sharkscope made all the sense in the world:

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Presto is Gold (Part 78)

Sorry for the lack of posts but I have been running so bad I can't bear to write anything. I am down 17 buy-ins at $10/20 and down and have decided to play off a few thousand hands at $2/4 and $3/6 to burn off the bad karma. Here is Presto once again proving its manhood and giving me a ray of hope that all may be turning soon:

$2/$4NL, 6-handed

*** HOLE CARDS ***
UTG raises to $12
Fuel55 calls $12 from UTG+1 with [5d 5h]
MP1 calls $12
MP2 calls $12
BB raises to $66.30, and is all in
UTG calls $54.30
Fuel55 calls $54.30
(not folding now)
MP1 calls $54.30
MP2 folds

*** FLOP *** [Jh 8h 2d]
UTG checks
Fuel55 checks
MP1 checks

*** TURN *** [Jh 8h 2d] [3d]
UTG bets $27, and is all in
Fuel55 calls $27
MP1 calls $27

*** RIVER *** [Jh 8h 2d 3d] [6s]
Fuel55 checks
MP1 checks

*** SHOW DOWN ***
UTG shows [Ad Qh] Ace Queen high
Fuel55 shows [5d 5h] a pair of Fives
MP1 mucks [Qd Ks] - King Queen high
Fuel55 wins the side pot ($81) with a pair of Fives
BB mucks [Ts Qc] - Queen Jack high
Fuel55 wins the main pot ($276.20) with a pair of Fives

Friday, June 29, 2007

Presto is Gold (Part 77)

$2/4NL, 9-handed donkey game

*** HOLE CARDS ***
UTG calls $4
MP calls $4
Fuel55 raises $8 to $12 with [5c 5s]
ShoveMonkey raises $152 to $164 and is all-in
UTG folds
MP folds
Fuel55 calls $152 (I was sick of this idiot who’s only move is jam or fold – I figure 55 takes him down 90% of the time)

*** FLOP *** [Qd 3h As]

*** TURN *** [Qd 3h As] [6s]

*** RIVER *** [Qd 3h As 6s] [5d]

*** SHOW DOWN ***
Fuel55 shows [5c 5s] (three of a kind, Fives)
ShoveMonkey mucks hand [Js Jc]
Fuel55 collected $333 from pot


Take that ShoveMonkey!

Presto is Gold (Part 76)

$2/4NL, 9-handed donkey game

*** HOLE CARDS ***
Fuel55 raises $8 to $12 from MP with [5h 5c]
SB calls $10
BB raises $36 to $48
Fuel55 calls $36 (not folding Presto in what could be a 3-way pot)
SB calls $36

*** FLOP *** [2s Jh 7d]
SB checks
BB bets $47.20 and is all-in (he is short and is pushing anything)
Fuel55 calls $47.20
SB calls $47.20

*** TURN *** [2s Jh 7d] [5d] (As always, gin !!!)
SB checks
Fuel55 bets $144
SB folds

*** RIVER *** [2s Jh 7d 5d] [9s]

*** SHOW DOWN ***
BB shows [Kc Kh] (a pair of Kings)
Fuel55 shows [5h 5c] (three of a kind, Fives)
Fuel55 collected $282.60 from pot


Just play it with impunity ...

Presto is Gold (Part 75)

$10/20NL, 5-handed, ULTRAaggressive table

*** HOLE CARDS ***
UTG raises $60 to $80
MP calls $80
Fuel55 calls $80 from the button with [5h 5s]

*** FLOP *** [5d Qd Th]
UTG bets $180
MP raises $260 to $440
(and leaves $4125 behind)
Fuel55 reraises $3328 to $3768 and is all-in
(this is a disgusting board but I am willing to take a presto set to the felt here)
UTG folds
MP folds
Fuel55 collected $1328 from pot
Fuel55 shows [5h 5s] (three of a kind, Fives)

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

First Pot Over $10,000

[With added commentary]

$25/50NL, 9-handed: While this is always an aggressive game this group is particularly aggressive today.

*** HOLE CARDS ***
EP raises $100 to $150
Fuel55 calls $150 from MP with [Kh Ah] (I overcall here to induce a squeeze)
SB raises $550 to $700 (SB is the notorious squeezer Grimstarr so I give him little credit for a hand)
BB raises $1569 to $2269 and is all-in (BB knows Grimstarr is a squeezer)
EP folds
Fuel55 raises $1525 to $3794 and is all-in
(AKs in a 3-way all-in? Let's gambool!)

My first instincts are that I probably have the best hand and by reraising maybe SB will fold if he was squeezing with trash.

SB calls $3094

*** FLOP *** [Th 2h 7d]

*** TURN *** [Th 2h 7d] [3c]

*** RIVER *** [Th 2h 7d 3c] [Jh] (GIN !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)

*** SHOW DOWN ***
SB shows [Kc Ac] (high card Ace)
Fuel55 shows [Kh Ah] (a flush, Ace high)
Fuel55 collected $3050 from side pot
BB mucks hand [Qd Qs]
Fuel55 collected $6954 from main pot

That would be $10,004 in total ...

Much to my surprise both of my opponents had legitimate hands. This does indeed happen sometimes but in $25/50NL it is almost as likely that SB and BB had T9s and 77.

The Jh is clearly the sweetest card in the deck!!!!!!!!!!!!

Presto is Gold (Part 74)

$10/20, 6-handed:

*** HOLE CARDS ***
UTG raises $40 to $60
Fuel55 calls $60 from MP with [5s 5d]
CO calls $60

*** FLOP *** [6h 2s 9c]
UTG checks
Fuel55 checks
CO bets $40
UTG folds
Fuel55 calls $40

*** TURN *** [6h 2s 9c] [Kh]
Fuel55 checks
CO checks

*** RIVER *** [6h 2s 9c Kh] [5h]
Fuel55 bets $80
CO calls $80

*** SHOW DOWN ***
Fuel55 shows [5s 5d] (three of a kind, Fives)
CO mucks hand [3s 3d]
Fuel55 collected $447 from pot


Pretty standard stuff ...

Monday, June 25, 2007

Presto is Gold (Part 73)

$10/20NL, 6-handed

*** HOLE CARDS ***
UTG raises $40 to $60
Fuel55 calls $60 from UTG+1 with [5s 5h]

*** FLOP *** [Qs 7s 3h]
UTG bets $120
Fuel55 calls $120 (I float with 55 here given my history of turning a 5)

*** TURN *** [Qs 7s 3h] [6h]
UTG checks
Fuel55 checks (crap no 5 – what’s going on here?)

*** RIVER *** [Qs 7s 3h 6h] [4h]
UTG checks
Fuel55 bets $140 (value bet my str8 since there is no way he has a flush here)
UTG calls $140 (thank you sir)

*** SHOW DOWN ***
Fuel55 shows [5s 5h] (a straight, Three to Seven)
UTG mucks hand [Th Tc]
Fuel55 collected $667 from pot


Presto works in mysterious ways sometimes ...

Thursday, June 21, 2007

Presto is Gold (Part 72)

This hand, my friends, is just phenomenal poker.

Poker After Dark, 4-handed, blinds T150/300.

David Benyamine folds
Patrik Antonius raises to T900 on the button with A3s
Marco Traniello calls from the SB with JTo
Brad Booth calls from the BB with 55

Flop comes A6J rainbow.

Marco Traniello leads for T1500
Brad Booth raises to T4000
Patrik Antonius folds his marginal ace (i.e., the best hand)

Now this is where it gets interesting.

Brad has Marco covered and Marco has 2nd pair. He can't call here, so he must fold or raise. Desperate for chips and praying that Brad doesn't have 2 pair or a set Marco reraises to T11000. Brad instantly grabs four bundles of $5000 and puts Marco all in. Brad knows that he can't call either so he must raise or fold. Since he was the initial raiser (and he holds Presto and he has previously shown the ability to flat call with monster hands preflop) he makes the correct move and puts Marco all-in knowing that he needs a set to call.

Marco folds and Brad rakes a monster pot with the worst hand of the three players.

This is poker at the highest level.

Presto is Gold (Part 71)

Even unimproved presto is gold ...

$10/20NL, 6-handed

*** HOLE CARDS ***
Victim raises $60 to $80 from MP
Fuel55 smooth calls $60 from the BB with [5s 5d]

*** FLOP *** [4d Th 4h]
Fuel55 bets $100
Victim calls $100

*** TURN *** [4d Th 4h] [Jh]
Fuel55 checks
Victim checks (smells like AK)

*** RIVER *** [4d Th 4h Jh] [4s]
Fuel55 bets $20 (blocker bet)
Victim calls $20

*** SHOW DOWN ***
Fuel55 shows [5s 5d] (a full house, Fours full of Fives)
Victim mucks hand [Qc Ad] (Standard …)
Fuel55 collected $407 from pot

Thursday, June 14, 2007

Defining Your Hand TOO Much

Beginning players moving up are often desperate NOT to lose pots with big preflop hands. As such they tend to overraise AA, KK, QQ, AK.

Since you pretty much know what they have in these situations and they are generally willing to take it to the felt I will call their reraises with a fairly wide range - any pair, any decent suited connector but NOT any ace, king or queen since your domination risk is too high.

Here is a typical example from $5/10NL, 9-handed:

*** HOLE CARDS ***
MP raises $20 to $30
Fuel55 calls $30 from CO with [7s 7c]
SB raises $110 to $140 (overbet to isolate)
MP calls $110
Fuel55 calls $110
(set mining with deep stacks in a 3-way pot in which I have position)

*** FLOP *** [7d 6d Jd]
(not a pretty flop with 3 diamonds but I like that 7)
SB bets $199 (bet max chips to scare me off)
MP folds
Fuel55 calls $199
(take a card without raising to hopefully fade another diamond)

*** TURN *** [7d 6d Jd] [4c] (no diamond - at this point, I am going to the felt)
SB bets $500 (desperation bet –surely AA or KK with a diamond)
Fuel55 raises $500 to $1000
SB calls $388.30 and is all-in

*** RIVER *** [7d 6d Jd 4c] [Th]

*** SHOW DOWN ***
SB shows [Kc Ks] (a pair of Kings) (lose a 260BB pot with one pair and no diamond)
Fuel55 shows [7s 7c] (three of a kind, Sevens)
Fuel55 collected $2596.60 from pot


Pretty standard stuff.

Presto is Gold (Parts 69 & 70)

While you are waiting for my WPBT and WSOP reports here is a little presto magic ...

$5/10NL, 6-handed

*** HOLE CARDS ***
EP raises $30 to $40
MP calls $40
Fuel55 calls $40 from CO with [5c 5s]

*** FLOP *** [9s 5d 3h]
EP checks
MP checks
Fuel55 checks

*** TURN *** [9s 5d 3h] [Jd]
EP checks
MP checks
Fuel55 bets $70
EP folds
MP folds
Fuel55 collected $132 from pot


*** HOLE CARDS ***
MP raises $30 to $40
Fuel55 calls $40 from button with [5d 5s]

*** FLOP *** [Ad 4s 2h]
MP checks
Fuel55 checks

*** TURN *** [Ad 4s 2h] [2d]
MP bets $60
Fuel55 calls $60

*** RIVER *** [Ad 4s 2h 2d] [5h]
MP bets $140
Fuel55 raises $240 to $380
MP calls $240

*** SHOW DOWN ***
Fuel55 shows [5d 5s] (a full house, Fives full of Deuces)
MP mucks hand [Ah Jc] (nice jackace spewage ...)
Fuel55 collected $972 from pot

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Biggest Pot I Have Ever Won With Aces

$25/50NL, 7-handed

*** HOLE CARDS ***
Button raises $100 to $150
Fuel55 reraises $300 to $450 from SB with [Ac Ad]
Button rereraises $2741 to $3191 and is all-in
Fuel55 instacalls $2741

*** FLOP *** [9s 3s Ts]
(all fawking spades and I don't have As)

*** TURN *** [9s 3s Ts] [Jd]

*** RIVER *** [9s 3s Ts Jd] [9h]

*** SHOW DOWN ***
Fuel55 shows [Ac Ad] (two pair, Aces and Nines)
Button mucks hand [As Qh]
(He had As too ...)
Fuel55 collected $6429 from pot


For once I win a big pot with AA.

Thanx for spewing your stack with AQo dude ...

Monday, June 04, 2007

Fold of The Week

$25/50NL, 7-handed, I have EP covered and SB has me covered:

*** HOLE CARDS ***
EP raises $50 to $100
Fuel55 reraises $200 to $300 with [Ts Td] from CO
SB rereraises $665 to $965
EP rerereraises $1132.20 to $2097.20 and is all-in
Fuel55 folds
SB calls $1132.20

*** FLOP *** [Kc 5c Jh]

*** TURN *** [Kc 5c Jh] [7h]

*** RIVER *** [Kc 5c Jh 7h] [Th]

*** SHOW DOWN ***
SB shows [As Ks] (a pair of Kings)
EP shows [Kh Kd] (three of a kind, Kings)
EP collected $4541.40 from pot


Avoided a nice set over set disaster although I would have beat SB's AK and recouped about 55% of my loss to EP. Typical Riverstars setup hand.

Presto is Gold (Part 68)

I like betting my sets out of position and then checkraising the turn:

$5/10NL, 6-handed

*** HOLE CARDS ***
jucifer raises $30 to $40 from EP
Fuel55 calls $35 from MP with [5s 5d]

*** FLOP *** [4h Ks 5h]
Fuel55 bets $60 (lead out my flopped set)
jucifer calls $60

*** TURN *** [4h Ks 5h] [Td]
Fuel55 checks (make flop bet seem like a c-bet)
jucifer bets $100 (induce a bet)
Fuel55 raises $270 to $370 (apply pressure)
jucifer folds (avoid a showdown on a coordinated board)
Fuel55 collected $408 from pot


Lots of players would call here with top pair but jucifer is a smart player and safely folds.

Sunday, June 03, 2007

Presto is Gold for ME not YOU

When will they ever learn?

$3/6NL, 9-handed

*** HOLE CARDS ***
UTG+1 calls $6
Victim calls $6 from MP
CO-1 calls $6
CO (who posts) checks
Button calls $6
Fuel55 calls $3 from SB with [4s 6s]
BB checks

*** FLOP *** [5s Qd 3c]
Fuel55 bets $30
BB folds
UTG+1 calls $30
Victim raises $72 to $102
CO-1 folds
CO (who posts) folds
Button folds
Fuel55 calls $72
(about 3:1)
UTG+1 folds

*** TURN *** [5s Qd 3c] [7c]
Fuel55 bets $114
Victim calls $114

*** RIVER *** [5s Qd 3c 7c] [Td]
Fuel55 bets $390
Victim calls $390

*** SHOW DOWN ***
Fuel55 shows [4s 6s] (a straight, Three to Seven)
Victim mucks hand [5h 5d] (silly rabbit ...)
Fuel55 collected $1281 from pot

Presto is Gold (Part 67) and Inducing Needless Aggression

Here are two hands where I overplayed presto and then played aces identically a loop later and got paid in full because of it.

$3/6NL, 5-handed

Hand 1:

*** HOLE CARDS ***
NoYouWont raises $12 to $18 from CO
Fuel55 reraises $30 to $48 from button with [5s 5c]
NoYouWont calls $30

*** FLOP *** [Ac 6d Qc]
NoYouWont checks
Fuel55 checks

*** TURN *** [Ac 6d Qc] [3s]
NoYouWont checks
Fuel55 bets $18
NoYouWont calls $18

*** RIVER *** [Ac 6d Qc 3s] [3h]
NoYouWont checks
Fuel55 checks

*** SHOW DOWN ***
NoYouWont shows [Ks Tc] (a pair of Threes)
Fuel55 shows [5s 5c] (two pair, Fives and Threes)
Fuel55 collected $130 from pot

And then a loop later the previous reraise with 55 in position pays off handsomely:

Hand 2:

*** HOLE CARDS ***
NoYouWont raises $18 to $24 from CO
Fuel55 reraises $42 to $66 from the button with [Ad Ah] (identical play as with 55 in previous loop)
NoYouWont rereraises $472 to $538 and is all-in (tilt push?)
Fuel55 instacalls $472

*** FLOP *** [5c Jd 2s]

*** TURN *** [5c Jd 2s] [5d]

*** RIVER *** [5c Jd 2s 5d] [Jh]

*** SHOW DOWN ***
NoYouWont shows [As Kh] (two pair, Jacks and Fives)
Fuel55 shows [Ad Ah] (two pair, Aces and Jacks)
Fuel55 collected $1083 from pot

Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Presto is Gold (Part 66)

Here is an interesting set of hands that maximize value from the metagame. I am playing two tables simultaneously. Both tables are 9-handed $3/6NL and many of the players are the same on both.

This is the preamble hand on table 1:

*** HOLE CARDS ***
Fuel55 raises $12 to $18 from EP with [8c 8d]
MP1 calls $18
MP2 calls $18
Victim raises $72 to $90 from the button
Fuel55 calls $72 (not sure if he is squeezing or has a hand)
MP1 folds
MP2 folds

*** FLOP *** [4s 3h 5c]
Fuel55 checks
Victim bets $1147.85 and is all-in (this reeks of AK, AQ, AJ)
Fuel55 calls $866.40 and is all-in (not an easy call but I have to assume I am 3:1 favorite)

*** TURN *** [4s 3h 5c] [Jd]

*** RIVER *** [4s 3h 5c Jd] [Th]

*** SHOW DOWN ***
Fuel55 shows [8c 8d] (a pair of Eights)
Victim mucks hand [As Qd] (as expected)
Fuel55 collected $1954.80 from pot

Then about 30 seconds later on table 2, I get into a pot again with the same guy who was the victim above:

*** HOLE CARDS ***
MP raises $6 to $12
Victim raises $30 to $42 from button
Fuel55 calls $39 from SB with [5s 5h] (set mining 101)
MP folds

*** FLOP *** [5d Tc Kh]
Fuel55 checks
Victim bets $78
Fuel55 raises $126 to $204 (I know he is steaming from the hand on the other table so I give him a chance to stack off)
Victim raises $478.35 to $682.35 and is all-in (on queue)
Fuel55 calls $424.35 and is all-in

*** TURN *** [5d Tc Kh] [Kd]

*** RIVER *** [5d Tc Kh Kd] [Qc]

*** SHOW DOWN ***
Fuel55 shows [5s 5h] (a full house, Fives full of Kings)
Victim mucks hand [Kc Ad]
Fuel55 collected $1355.70 from pot

Wheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee !! And that kids is how you make serious profit in retardly donktastic $3/6NL on PokerStars.

Thursday, May 24, 2007

Presto is Gold (Part 65)

An interesting variation on the theme ...

$25/50NL, 7-handed

*** HOLE CARDS ***
Fuel55: calls $50 from UTG with [5h 5s]
SB calls $25
BB checks

*** FLOP *** [8d Qc 6s]
SB checks
BB checks
Fuel55 checks

*** TURN *** [8d Qc 6s] [7h]
SB bets $120
BB folds
Fuel55 calls $120

*** RIVER *** [8d Qc 6s 7h] [9c]
SB checks
Fuel55 checks (not really interested in getting checkraised for $3000 here …)

*** SHOW DOWN ***
SB shows [Jh Qd] (a pair of Queens)
Fuel55 shows [5h 5s] (a straight, Five to Nine)
Fuel55 collected $387 from pot

Note the sly check on the flop from the SB who held TP with a decent kicker. SB played this hand pretty well and lost the minimum. Although he could have c-bet the flop and taken it down.

Presto is Gold (Part 64)

In position, out of position, improved or unimproved, Presto is GOLD and you all know it:

$10/20NL, 6-handed

*** HOLE CARDS ***
UTG+1 raises $40 to $60
Fuel55 calls $50 from SB with [5c 5h]

*** FLOP *** [3h 7h Qd]
Fuel55 checks
UTG+1 checks

*** TURN *** [3h 7h Qd] [4s]
Fuel55 bets $100
UTG+1 folds
Fuel55 collected $137 from pot

Presto is Gold (Part 63)

$5/10NL, 8-handed

*** HOLE CARDS ***
UTG raises $30 to $40
Fuel55 calls $40 from button with [5s 5h]
BB calls $30

*** FLOP *** [Ac 5c Jh]
BB checks
UTG bets $88
Fuel55 raises $172 to $260
(with a 3-way pot with two broadway and two clubs showing, I raise to avoid a potential disaster – this is definitely a flop where winning a small pot is just fine)
BB folds
UTG folds
Fuel55 collected $298 from pot

Presto is Gold (Part 62)

The word on Presto is clearly getting out and the regulars I play with are starting to use it to their advantage:

*** HOLE CARDS ***
Fuel55 raises $20 to $30 from UTG with [6c 6s]
EP calls $30
MP1 calls $30
MP2 calls $30
CO calls $30

*** FLOP *** [9d 5h Qd]
Fuel55 checks
EP checks
MP1 bets $150
MP2 calls $150
CO raises $250 to $400
Fuel55 folds
EP folds
MP1 calls $250
MP2 folds

*** TURN *** [9d 5h Qd] [Kd]
MP1 checks
CO bets $489.55 and is all-in
MP1 calls $489.55

*** RIVER *** [9d 5h Qd Kd] [Js]

*** SHOW DOWN ***
MP1 shows [5s 5c] (three of a kind, Fives)
CO mucks hand [Qh As]
MP1 collected $2091.10 from pot

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Presto is Gold (Part 61)

A little Presto DQB for the connoisseurs ...

$3/6NL, 6-handed

*** HOLE CARDS ***
Fuel55 folds [3h As] from UTG
MP raises $12 to $18
CO calls $18
SB calls $15

*** FLOP *** [Js 2c 5c]
SB checks
MP bets $54
CO calls $54
SB folds

*** TURN *** [Js 2c 5c] [5s]
MP checks
CO checks

*** RIVER *** [Js 2c 5c 5s] [Jh]
MP checks
CO bets $594 and is all-in
MP calls $103.40 and is all-in

*** SHOW DOWN ***
CO shows [5h 5d] (four of a kind, Fives)
MP mucks hand [Ac Td]
CO collected $371.80 from pot

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Presto is Gold (Part 60)

I can't remember the last I lost a hand holding Presto ...

$10/20NL, 5-handed

*** HOLE CARDS ***
Fuel55 raises $40 to $60 from UTG with [5c 5s]
BB calls $40

*** FLOP *** [Jh Jc Js]
BB bets $80
Fuel55 raises $100 to $180
BB folds
Fuel55 collected $288 from pot


Just keep saying, "I have the nuts," and bet accordingly ...

Presto is Gold (Part 59)

I had to wait 172 hands into the session to finally see pocket fives in the hole. Of coure they didn’t disappoint. Luckily for me, my opponent was a complete idiot and misplayed his hand beyond belief:

*** HOLE CARDS ***
CO calls $4
Fuel55 raises $8 to $12 from the Button with [5h 5d]
CO calls $8

*** FLOP *** [2h 3d Ac]
CO checks
Fuel55 checks

*** TURN *** [2h 3d Ac] [Tc]
CO checks
Fuel55 checks

*** RIVER *** [2h 3d Ac Tc] [4h]
CO bets $16
Fuel55 raises $36 to $52
CO calls $36

*** SHOW DOWN ***
Fuel55 shows [5h 5d] (a straight, Ace to Five)
CO mucks hand [2s 2c] (well played dude!)
Fuel55 collected $131 from pot

I wonder if I shove, does he call? Lol - I love donkey stakes …

Presto is Gold (Part 58)

Another guest Presto appearance ...

Full Tilt $3 + $0.30 Tournament, 9-handed, Waffles in 2nd place at the table.

*** HOLE CARDS ***
Victim raises to 300
SirFWALGMan calls 300 with [5s 5d]

*** FLOP *** [Tc Jd Ts]
Victim bets 450
SirFWALGMan calls 450 (loose call in position)

*** TURN *** [Tc Jd Ts] [5h]
Victim checks
SirFWALGMan bets 450
Victim calls 450

*** RIVER *** [Tc Jd Ts 5h] [9s]
Victim checks
SirFWALGMan bets 500
Victim raises to 1,215, and is all in (checkraise that str8 on a paired board …)
SirFWALGMan calls 715

*** SHOW DOWN ***
Victim shows [Kh Qc] (a straight, King high)
SirFWALGMan shows [5s 5d] (a full house, Fives full of Tens)
SirFWALGMan wins the pot (4,980) with a full house, Fives full of Tens
Victim stands up

Monday, May 21, 2007

Pure Poker Brilliance (LOL!)

$3/6NL, 3-handed

*** HOLE CARDS ***
SB calls $3
Fuel55 checks from BB with [3h 4h]

*** FLOP *** [Qh 5d 4c]
Fuel55 bets $6
SB raises $6 to $12
Fuel55 calls $6

*** TURN *** [Qh 5d 4c] [Ac]
Fuel55 checks
SB bets $17.40
Fuel55 calls $17.40

*** RIVER *** [Qh 5d 4c Ac] [2s]
Fuel55 bets $162 (throw in a little overbet for value since he apparently likes his hand)
SB calls $162

*** SHOW DOWN ***
Fuel55 shows [3h 4h] (a straight, Ace to Five)
SB mucks hand [5s 5h]
Fuel55 collected $393.80 from pot

When will they ever learn? DON’T USE PRESTO AGAINST FUEL!

Sunday, May 20, 2007

Presto is Gold (Part 57)

Played this so bad and still won a decent pot.

$10/20NL, 6-handed.

*** HOLE CARDS ***
UTG calls $20
Fuel55 raises $40 to $60 from UTG+1 with [5h 5s]
Button calls $60
UTG calls $40

*** FLOP *** [Th 2h Js]
UTG checks
Fuel55 checks
Button checks

*** TURN *** [Th 2h Js] [3d]
UTG checks
Fuel55 checks
Button checks

*** RIVER *** [Th 2h Js 3d] [4d]
UTG checks
Fuel55 bets $85
Button folds
UTG calls $85

*** SHOW DOWN ***
Fuel55 shows [5h 5s] (a pair of Fives)
UTG mucks hand [Kc 3c] (stunning!)
Fuel55 collected $377 from pot

Presto is Gold (Part 56)

Presto is Gold as always but this time at the expense of our main man Hoy.

FTOPS Main Event

121 of 3798 remaining

Our man, Hoy, is the only remaining blogger.

*** HOLE CARDS ***
hoyazo raises to 22,000 from UTG
charder30 raises to 26,260, and is all in from BB
hoyazo calls 4,260

charder30 shows [5c 5d]
hoyazo shows [As Tc]

*** FLOP *** [9d 6c Th]

*** TURN *** [9d 6c Th] [5s]

*** RIVER *** [9d 6c Th 5s] [5h]
charder30 shows four of a kind, Fives
hoyazo shows two pair, Tens and Fives
charder30 wins the pot (62,270) with four of a kind, Fives (DBQ!)

Hoy drops to 98th but can still win it for $336,000! An amazing performance so far.

Hoy went on to finish 101st when he pushed 88 and got called by the mighty QJs. Good performance buddy and use the $1900 wisely ...

Presto is Gold (Part 55)

A milestone post!!

3rd Presto of the day finally strikes gold in an unusual way …

$2/4NL, 6-handed

*** HOLE CARDS ***
Fuel55 raises $8 to $12 from SB with [5s 5d]
BB calls $8

*** FLOP *** [Jd Kd 4d]
Fuel55 bets $20
BB calls $20

*** TURN *** [Jd Kd 4d] [Td]
Fuel55 bets $28
BB calls $28

*** RIVER *** [Jd Kd 4d Td] [As]
Fuel55 checks
BB checks

*** SHOW DOWN ***
Fuel55 shows [5s 5d] (a flush, King high)
BB mucks hand [9c Kc]
Fuel55 collected $117 from pot

And there it is – the eponymous Presto is Gold Part 55.

Presto is Gold (Part 54)

A little Presto magic from a guest poker player ...

$0.10/$0.25NL, 9-handed

*** HOLE CARDS ***
Little Mikey Albert calls $0.25 from UTG with [5s 5h]
UTG+1 calls $0.25
MP calls $0.25
CO calls $0.25
Button calls $0.25
BB checks

*** FLOP *** [5c 5d Ah] (Little Mikey Albert says, “woot!”)
BB checks
Little Mikey Albert checks
UTG+1 checks
MP checks
CO bets $0.50
Button folds
BB folds
Little Mikey Albert calls $0.50
UTG+1 calls $0.50
MP folds

*** TURN *** [5c 5d Ah] [6d]
Little Mikey Albert checks
UTG+1 checks
CO checks

*** RIVER *** [5c 5d Ah 6d] [Jc]
Little Mikey Albert bets $1
UTG+1 folds
CO calls $1

*** SHOW DOWN ***
Little Mikey Albert shows [5s 5h] (four of a kind, Fives)
CO mucks hand [7s As]
Little Mikey Albert collected $4.90 from pot

Well done sir!

Saturday, May 19, 2007

Presto is Gold (Part 53)

Presto continues to produce magic.

$5/10NL, 8-handed

*** HOLE CARDS ***
Fuel55 raises $30 to $40 from MP with [5s 5c]
BUTTON calls $40

*** FLOP *** [5h Jd 3s]
Fuel55 checks
BUTTON bets $70
Fuel55 calls $70

*** TURN *** [5h Jd 3s] [2h]
Fuel55 checks
BUTTON bets $100
Fuel55 raises $100 to $200
BUTTON raises $200 to $500 (this is serious spewage - one card to come and a gutterball?)
Fuel55 calls $222 and is all-in

*** RIVER *** [5h Jd 3s 2h] [7h]

*** SHOW DOWN ***
Fuel55 shows [5s 5c] (three of a kind, Fives)
BUTTON mucks hand [6d 6s]
Fuel55 collected $1076 from pot

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Presto is Gold (Part 52)

Presto is still gold but the pot sizes sure suck lately:

$3/6NL, 9-handed

*** HOLE CARDS ***
UTG raises $18 to $24
Fuel55 calls $24 from CO with [5s 5d]

*** FLOP *** [Kd 5c 8c]
UTG checks
Fuel55 bets $30
UTG folds
Fuel55 collected $54.15 from pot

Only a few prestos away from the magical Presto is Gold (Part 55) ...

Monday, May 14, 2007

Presto is Gold (Part 51)

Whenever you have it, just say: "Damn I am holding the nuts" and bet accordingly.

$5/10NL, 9-handed

*** HOLE CARDS ***
CO raises $30 to $40
Fuel55 calls $40 from button with [5d 5s]

*** FLOP *** [Ac Jd 2c]
CO bets $70
Fuel55 calls $70

*** TURN *** [Ac Jd 2c] [2h]
CO checks
Fuel55 bets $110
CO folds
Fuel55 collected $232 from pot

Wednesday, May 09, 2007

Presto is Gold (Part 50)

A small pot, but presto magic nonetheless ...

*** HOLE CARDS ***
Fuel55 raises $8 to $12 from EP with [5d 5h]
BB calls $8

*** FLOP *** [8s 3d 9c]
BB checks
Fuel55 checks

*** TURN *** [8s 3d 9c] [Kh]
BB bets $12
Fuel55 calls $12

*** RIVER *** [8s 3d 9c Kh] [5s]
BB checks
Fuel55 bets $32
BB folds
Fuel55 collected $47.60 from pot

Presto is Gold (Part 49)

55 is still working its magic:

*** HOLE CARDS ***
UTG+1 calls $4
Fuel55 raises $12 to $16 from MP with [5h 5s]
UTG+1 calls $12

*** FLOP *** [Th 4d 5c]
UTG+1 checks
Fuel55 bets $20
UTG+1 calls $20

*** TURN *** [Th 4d 5c] [Jh]
UTG+1 checks
Fuel55 bets $44
UTG+1 calls $44

*** RIVER *** [Th 4d 5c Jh] [Qh]
UTG+1 checks
Fuel55 bets $72
UTG+1 folds
Fuel55 collected $163 from pot

I have no idea what he could have called to the river and then folded?

Monday, May 07, 2007

Presto is Gold, But 44 is Turning Out To Be A Nice Hand Too!

After last week's nice little pot with 44 I am seeing that hand in a new light.

Here is today's version of 44 is A Semi-Precious Metal.

$25/50NL, 7-handed

*** HOLE CARDS ***
CO raises $100 to $150
Fuel55 calls $150 from button with [4c 4d]

*** FLOP *** [Ah 9s 4s]
CO bets $250
Fuel55 raises $400 to $650
CO folds
Fuel55 collected $872 from pot


I wasn't giving a free card with an ace and two spades showing ...

Presto is Gold (Part 48)

$3/6NL, 3-handed

*** HOLE CARDS ***
Fuel55 raises $12 to $18 from SB with [5d 5c]
BB calls $12

*** FLOP *** [3h 5s Qs]
Fuel55 checks
BB bets $24
Fuel55 raises $66 to $90
BB calls $66

*** TURN *** [3h 5s Qs] [7c]
Fuel55 bets $162
BB calls $162

*** RIVER *** [3h 5s Qs 7c] [4d]
Fuel55 bets $333 and is all-in
(I figured he must have a big queen and wouldn’t be able to fold)
BB folds
(crap)
Fuel55 collected $539 from pot

Wednesday, May 02, 2007

Presto is Gold (Part 47)

$5/10NL, 9-handed

*** HOLE CARDS ***
CO calls $10
Fuel55 calls $10 from the button with [5d 5h]
(yeah I can limp presto once in a while ...)
timewarper raises $20 to $30 from SB
CO folds
Fuel55 calls $20


*** FLOP *** [3c As 5c]
timewarper bets $40
Fuel55 raises $40 to $80
(could be a scary flop so I raise for information)
timewarper calls $40 (he's got an ace or maybe two pair or two clubs)


*** TURN *** [3c As 5c] [8s]
timewarper checks
Fuel55 bets $100
timewarper calls $100 (check calling smalls like a draw to me)


*** RIVER *** [3c As 5c 8s] [Th]
timewarper checks
(he's likely given up)
Fuel55 checks (like a wuss I check since I am not interested in being checkraised on this board)


*** SHOW DOWN ***
timewarper shows [9c Qc] (high card Ace)
Fuel55 shows [5d 5h] (three of a kind, Fives)
Fuel55 collected $437 from pot


No lost value since he wasn't calling any bet on the river. At least by checking I could confirm my read (aka lame excuse for checking!).

Tuesday, May 01, 2007

Presto is Gold (Part 46)

$2/4NL, 8-handed

*** HOLE CARDS ***
Fuel55 raises $8 to $12 from MP with [5s 5h]
LP raises $20 to $32
Fuel55 calls $20

*** FLOP *** [8h 9h 4c]
Fuel55 checks
LP bets $56 (standard c-bet, AK/AQ or TT+)
Fuel55 calls $56 (let’s see what the turn brings)

*** TURN *** [8h 9h 4c] [5c]
Fuel55 checks (give him a chance to fire)
LP checks (guess he has AK …)

*** RIVER *** [8h 9h 4c 5c] [Ah]
Fuel55 bets $18 (bet small to look scared and hope he pushes his ace)
LP calls $18 (probably scared of flush possibility)

*** SHOW DOWN ***
Fuel55 shows [5s 5h] (three of a kind, Fives)
LP mucks hand [Qc As] (as expected)
Fuel55 collected $215 from pot

Monday, April 30, 2007

Presto is Gold (Part 45)

$25/50NL, 6-handed

*** HOLE CARDS ***
twin-caracas raises $150 to $200
(my nemesis raises into me and I am holding PRESTO)
Fuel55 calls $200 from the CO with [5s 5h]
(instacall!)
sanjay907 calls $175
(loose player calls from SB)

*** FLOP *** [5d 3c 3h]
(Sweet Jebus!!!!!!!!!!)
sanjay907 checks
twin-caracas checks
Fuel55 bets $200
sanjay907 folds
(fawk!)
twin-caracas folds
(fawk!)
Fuel55 collected $647 from pot

Guess I should have checked but both of these guys love to float in and out of position. 20/20 hindsight!

Sunday, April 22, 2007

Presto is Gold (Part 44)

$2/4NL, 9-handed. I just lost a big pot and failed to reload quick enough before next hand was dealt. Of course I am dealt Presto and I go ballistic knowing I have only $140 in front of me ….

*** HOLE CARDS ***
Victim raises $12 to $18
Fuel55 calls $18 from the button with [5d 5h]
SB calls $15

*** FLOP *** [5c Js 6h] (of course – Presto is GOLD)
SB checks
Victim bets $36
Fuel55 calls $36 (smooth call hoping to keep SB in the hand)
SB calls $36

*** TURN *** [5c Js 6h] [9d]
SB bets $35
Victim raises $115 to $150
Fuel55 calls $82.20 and is all-in
SB folds

*** RIVER *** [5c Js 6h 9d] [2s]

*** SHOW DOWN ***
Victim shows [Kd Kh] (a pair of Kings)
Fuel55 shows [5d 5h] (three of a kind, Fives)
Fuel55 collected $364.40 from pot

Nice pot but could have been a lot nicer if I had reloaded - lesson learned.

Thursday, April 12, 2007

A Two Outer Presto-ization

To say I have been running bad is putting it mildly. As such, I haven't played 1000 hands in the last three weeks. These hands demonstrates why:

$5/10NL, 9-handed

*** HOLE CARDS ***
Fuel55 raises $20 to $30 from EP with [7s 7h]
IDIOT IN THE BB calls $20

*** FLOP *** [3s 9d 2h]
IDIOT IN THE BB checks
Fuel55 bets $55
IDIOT IN THE BB calls $55

*** TURN *** [3s 9d 2h] [6c]
IDIOT IN THE BB checks
Fuel55 bets $95
IDIOT IN THE BB raises $47 to $142 and is all-in (like a check-raise here for $47 makes any sense whatsoever ...)
Fuel55 calls $47 (I put him on A6 at best)

*** RIVER *** [3s 9d 2h 6c] [5d]

*** SHOW DOWN ***
IDIOT IN THE BB shows [5c 5s] (three of a kind, Fives) (of course you hit your two outer moron)
Fuel55 mucks hand
IDIOT IN THE BB collected $456 from pot


Thankfully he was a short stack who dined and dashed a few hands later.

It doesn't seem to matter how good I play I just keep getting sucked out for modest-to-monster sized pots as an overwhelming favorite.

And if that wasn't bad enough, maybe you like this hand where I finally went broke in the same session:

*** HOLE CARDS ***
Fuel55 raises $20 to $30 from button with [3d 3s]
Reraising Lucksack raises $60 to $90 from BB (he is reraising from his BB about 50% of the time)
Fuel55 calls $60 (set mining 101)

*** FLOP *** [Ks Jc 9d]
Reraising Lucksack checks
Fuel55 checks

*** TURN *** [Ks Jc 9d] [3c]
Reraising Lucksack bets $180
Fuel55 raises $400 to $580
Reraising Lucksack reraises $450 to $1030 (for sure he put me on a steal which is logical since a 3 is "unlikely" to improve my hand 95% of the time)
Fuel55 rereraises $34 to $1064 and is all-in (if he has QT, KK, JJ or 99 – so be it)
Reraising Lucksack calls $34

*** RIVER *** [Ks Jc 9d 3c] [Qc]

*** SHOW DOWN ***
Reraising Lucksack shows [4c 5c] (a flush, Jack high)
Fuel55 mucks hand
Reraising Lucksack collected $2310 from pot

Maybe my mistakes were not 4-betting him preflop and not c-betting flop but really I think I played the hand pretty good.


Tough to win when you are consistently getting this unlucky.

Presto is Gold (Part 43)

PokerStars $100+$5 HU

Hand 72, Level III – play has been cagey and controlled with only two reraises (1 each) in the entire match. I am dealt 55 on the button and know instinctively that it is time to double up:

Seat 1: Victim (1740 in chips)
Seat 2: Fuel55 (1260 in chips)

*** HOLE CARDS ***
Victim raises 100 to 150
Fuel55 raises 1110 to 1260 and is all-in with [5h 5c]
Victim calls 1110 with [Kd Ac]

*** FLOP *** [5s 8c Qs] (presto is gold and you all know it!)
*** TURN *** [5s 8c Qs] [Jd] (ouch – he has outs all of a sudden)
*** RIVER *** [5s 8c Qs Jd] [3d]

*** SHOW DOWN ***
Fuel55 shows [5h 5c] (three of a kind, Fives)
Victim shows [Kd Ac] (high card Ace)
Fuel55 collected 2520 from pot

Sunday, April 01, 2007

Presto is Gold (Part 42)

$3/6NL, 8-handed

*** HOLE CARDS ***
Fuel55 raises $12 to $18 from MP with [5s 5h]
Victim calls $18 from button

*** FLOP *** [Qd 9d 5c]
Fuel55 bets $24 (bet the set with two diamonds showing)
Victim raises $48 to $72 (diamond draw/AQ/KQ?)
Fuel55: calls $48 (I just call with the intent to let him hang himself on the turn)

*** TURN *** [Qd 9d 5c] [6h]
Fuel55 checks (provide rope ...)
Victim checks (wtf?)

*** RIVER *** [Qd 9d 5c 6h] [8d]
Fuel55 bets $12 (blocker bet now that flush comes into play)
Victim calls $12

*** SHOW DOWN ***
Fuel55 shows [5s 5h] (three of a kind, Fives)
Victim mucks hand [Ac Jc] (nice!)
Fuel55 collected $210 from pot

Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Standard Preflop Scenarios Against Standard Ranges

I urge all readers to download PokerStove. It is a very useful tool for evaluating hands vs ranges. Maybe by running a few hands you'll see how I think about situations where I am reraised.

I rarely put my opponents on "a hand" - rather I put them on a range of hands and then assess the value of my hand against that range.

In preflop scenarios where I get reraised I generally ignore bluffing and put my opponents on 1 of 4 ranges.

The ultraloose reraising range typical of top higher limit cash game players: 22+, A2s+, K9s+, QTs+, J9s+, T8s+, 98s, 87s, 76s, 65s, 54s, A2o+, KTo+, QTo+, J9o+, T8o+, 98o.

Against these players gambling hands like AJs, KQs, QJs and small pairs are about even money:

QJs = 49%
KQs = 51%
AJs = 61%
44 = 49%

Tightening that range up a little bit yields what I call the loose reraising range typical of late-stage tournament play: 22+, A2s+, K9s+, QTs+, J9s+, T8s+, ATo+, KTo+, QTo+, JTo.

Here the marginal hands get to about even money:

QJs = 45%
KQs = 51%
AJs = 56%
44 = 46%


KQs fairs about the same against a tighter reraising range but QJs, AJs and small pairs fall off somewhat.

Removing some of the low pairs, suited connectors, lesser aces and easily-dominated two broadway combos yields the tight reraising range of: 77+, ATs+, KQs, QJs, JTs, AJo+, KQo.

Now you are getting into very marginal situations with hands that will be very tough to play post-flop:

QJs = 36%
KQs = 41%
AJs = 44%
44 = 39%

Clearly you are getting on pretty thin ice ...

Removing more pairs, AT, AJ and modest two broadway combos yields the ultratight reraising range of: TT+, AJs+, AKo.

Here is where the most common "marginal calling hands" flatten out to 2:1 dogs:

QJs = 32%
KQs = 33%
AJs = 33%
44 = 34%


So when facing a reraise or an all-in apply a reasonable range for your opponent and ask yourself whether you want to get involved with shit hands like AJs, KQs, QJs or small pairs ...

Monday, March 26, 2007

Presto is Gold (Part 41)

Finally another break - this time Presto shows its magic. Same game as previous post about 10 minutes later:

*** HOLE CARDS ***
Fuel55 raises $40 to $60 from CO with [5c 5d]
SB raises $80 to $140
Fuel55 calls $80
(set mine in position)

*** FLOP *** [5h Jd 2s]
SB bets $160
Fuel55 raises $180 to $340
(I figure him for an overpair so let’s money into the pot ...)
SB raises $180 to $520
Fuel55 raises $521 to $1041 and is all-in
SB calls $521

*** TURN *** [5h Jd 2s] [9h]

*** RIVER *** [5h Jd 2s 9h] [Th]

*** SHOW DOWN ***
SB shows [As Ah] (a pair of Aces)
Fuel55 shows [5c 5d] (three of a kind, Fives)
Fuel55 collected $2379 from pot


55 is such a wonderful hand ...

Presto is Gold (Part 40)

In tough games you can't always be folding to pressure.

Here is another "monster or air" scenario on an XXY flop:

*** HOLE CARDS ***
Fuel55 calls $6 from UTG with [5c 5d]
MP Donkey calls $6
MP Tough Player calls $6
Button raises $30 to $36
Fuel55 calls $30
(stacks are huge so I am set mining for sure)
MP Donkey calls $30
MP Tough Player calls $30

*** FLOP *** [2c 8c 8h]
Fuel55 checks
(obviously I need to check my monster)
MP Donkey checks
MP Tough Player checks
Button checks

It seems unlikely that anyone has an 8 since there are two clubs on board and they would protect.

*** TURN *** [2c 8c 8h] [4h]
Fuel55 bets $6
(weak lead to see who is where)
MP Donkey calls $6
(he has nothing)
MP Tough Player raises $30 to $36
(monster or air? - smells like a flush draw)
Button folds
Fuel55 calls $30
(not willing to give up this hand yet)
MP Donkey folds

*** RIVER *** [2c 8c 8h 4h] [Qd]
Fuel55 checks
MP Tough Player bets $48
(such a tiny bet … busted flush draw?)
Fuel55 calls $48
(crying call but I think my hand is good given my history with this guy)

*** SHOW DOWN ***
MP Tough Player shows [Js Ks] (a pair of Eights)
(air …)
Fuel55 shows [5c 5d] (two pair, Eights and Fives)
Fuel55 collected $324 from pot


I really thought this guy was on AcXc where X is likely 4 but I was completely wrong. Still the read and analysis were pretty good and I won a nice pot with Presto.

If the turn was a 6 or higher and the same thing went down I would have folded in all likelihood.

Sunday, March 25, 2007

Presto is Gold (Part 39)

More abuse of players on XXY flops:

*** HOLE CARDS ***
EP calls $10
MP calls $10
Button raises $40 to $50 from Button
Fuel55 calls $45 from SB with [5d 5h]
EP folds
MP calls $40

*** FLOP *** [7d 8c 8d] (XYY flop)
Fuel55 checks
MP checks
Button bets $120
Fuel55 raises $130 to $250 (nice little check raise to see if he has AK/AQ …)
MP folds
Button folds (guess so!)
Fuel55 collected $407 from pot

Saturday, March 24, 2007

Presto is Gold (Part 38) and Abusing XXY Flops

I have commented previously on using raises to represent big hands on XXY flops.

*** HOLE CARDS ***
EP raises $20 to $30
Fuel55 calls $30 from CO with [5h 5c]
BB calls $20

*** FLOP *** [7c 7h 9s]
BB checks
EP bets $50 (likely a standard continuation bet and if he has an overpair maybe he can lay it down?)
Fuel55 raises $60 to $110 (stinky pot-builder raise has to put the fear of a 7 in him)
BB folds
EP folds (to avoid being out of position for the rest of the hand he safely folds)
Fuel55 collected $192 from pot


Pretty simple and low-risk play in position.

Friday, March 23, 2007

Presto is Gold (Part 37)

*** HOLE CARDS ***
SB raises $25 to $35
Fuel55 calls $25 from BB with [5c 5d]

*** FLOP *** [5h Jd 7c]
SB bets $55
Fuel55 calls $55

*** TURN *** [5h Jd 7c] [Jh]
SB checks
Fuel55 bets $140
SB calls $140

*** RIVER *** [5h Jd 7c Jh] [9s]
SB checks
Fuel55 bets $290
SB folds (what does he check call the turn with and fold on the river?)
Fuel55 collected $457 from pot

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Presto is Gold (Part 36)

This just in from CC:

Monday, March 19, 2007

Presto is Gold (Part 35)

*** HOLE CARDS ***
Fuel55 raises $20 to $30 from MP with [5s 5c]
Victim raises $30 to $60 from BB
Fuel55 calls $30 (not folding Presto to a min-reraise)

*** FLOP *** [3s Tc 8h]
Victim bets $50
Fuel55 calls $50 (not folding Presto to 40% pot bet - I smell AK)

*** TURN *** [3s Tc 8h] [5h]
Victim bets $158.50 and is all-in (nice timing Chump)
Fuel55 calls $158.50

*** RIVER *** [3s Tc 8h 5h] [Js]

*** SHOW DOWN ***
Victim shows [As Ac] (a pair of Aces)
Fuel55 shows [5s 5c] (three of a kind, Fives)
Fuel55 collected $549 from pot

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Presto is Gold (Part 34)

Undeniable ...

*** HOLE CARDS ***
Fuel55 folds [Ts 3d]
4 more fold
CO raises $8 to $12
Button and SB fold
BB raises $16 to $28 with fives
CO calls $16 with aces and position


*** FLOP *** [7d 5h 5d]
BB checks
CO checks

*** TURN *** [7d 5h 5d] [Kh]
BB checks
CO bets $40
BB raises $40 to $80
CO raises $328 to $408
BB calls $70 and is all-in

*** RIVER *** [7d 5h 5d Kh] [2c]

*** SHOW DOWN ***
BB shows [5s 5c] (four of a kind, Fives)
(DQB)
CO mucks hand [Ac Ad]
BB collected $355 from pot


The CO played AA horribly in my opinion. He should have reraised preflop and barring that he certainly should have bet the flop to find out where he was at.