Tuesday, October 18, 2005

Position Power

Now, I won't justify this hand as being played well on my part, nor will I do this often, but it clearly illustrates how position at the poker table can be leveraged even against the craziest, loosest of players.

SB in this hand is a true loose-aggressive maniac.

Pre-flop, i knew he would raise thus my call instead of a raise on the button. Why not let the maniac OOP run the hand? He's likely to whiff the flop and I'll steal it with a raise.

Flop: carried out the plan, problem is, he called. My thinking at this point is that he actually connected, but does not like his hand as the maniac he is would have re-raised a hand he liked.

Turn: maniac's dont check unless they're c/r'ing and I dont think this one is so let's grow a pair and bet like i've got him killed. He pauses, and calls again. Hmm. Wants a cheap showdown it seems like.

River: No draws completed, he's clearly got my hand beat but he doesn't know that. I figured I was around 50/50 here on getting a fold. Worst case i'll get piles of action next time I'm in a hand with him :) Fire away!

Yes, i'm an idiot, but these were actually my thought processes at the time.

PokerStars No-Limit Hold'em, $1.00 BB (6 handed) converter

Hero ($75.45)

SB ($227.80)

BB ($90.30)

UTG ($31.90)

MP ($84)

CO ($24.85)

Preflop: Hero is Button with 7s, 7c.

2 folds, CO calls $1, Hero calls $1, SB raises to $4, 1 fold, CO folds, Hero calls $3.

Flop: ($10) Ts, Kd, 2c (2 players)

SB bets $4, Hero raises to $10, SB calls $6.

Turn: ($30) Jc (2 players)

SB checks, Hero bets $20, SB calls $20.

River: ($70) 3d (2 players)

SB checks, Hero bets $41.45 (All-In), SB folds.

Final Pot: $111.45

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