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1  Game Strategy / Poker and the Law / A Giant Step in the Right Direction on: July 31, 2012, 04:33:49 PM
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-19069343
2  Game Strategy / Texas Hold'em / Re: this is why we raise on: June 06, 2012, 08:24:49 PM
I agree with you on raising for image.  I disagree on the MTT part of it (or rather, certain stages of an MTT or SnG).

At a cash game, the average stack should have 100 blinds, give or take.  Because of this, you can make raises for image - sure I might lose 3 big blinds this hand but the next time I do the same thing with aces I'll be profiting 20 or more!

In an MTT or the early stages of a SnG, if the table is still deep-stacked, this still applies.  However, if the average stack is down to 11 blinds or so, you simply don't have the wiggle room anymore to create your image - by this point your image has been created, you should use it to your advantage certainly but you really shouldn't try to encourage people to challenge you anymore (unless of course you have the goods).

A few nights ago I played a 5 card draw play money tournament on stars, I took 11th place or so out of 600-700 players.  Granted, as it was play money it wasn't the toughest field I'll ever go against but I'd still apply the same basic strategy in a $100 tourney:

Assuming I had chips, I built up a very LAG image - raising with all sorts of hands - up until I was called down and people could clearly identify me as a maniac.  At that point, I tightened way the hell up, and simply collected the chips when I was dealt a hand.  I would continue this until it was obvious I was seen as a tight-ass, at which point I'd start up again with the LAG act.

However, this all relied heavily on my having chips to lose - in a tournament, the fewer chips you have, the more valuable those chips are.  This is a principle the Independent Chip Model (something I am a firm believer in) is based upon.  If I have only 10 blinds left, I can't call off 5 blinds (or raise 5 blinds) looking to enhance my image, as it's simply too costly.

Another way to think about it:
Let's say you're homeless, and have $100 to your name.  Someone comes along and offers a wager: Put $1,000,000 on the line against your $100, all you need to do is correctly guess the roll of a die (we're assuming it's a fair die).  Oh, right...you also had anything to eat or drink in 3 days, and you're right outside a Burger King.

Now take the same situation, only instead of being homeless, you're someone who is doing well - maybe not outstanding, but you can afford to pay your bills and are able to scrap together some savings each month.

While $1 million will go incredibly far in either of these cases, the fact is in the second scenario it's quite obvious you could afford to risk $100 for such a huge reward given the risk.  In the second scenario, if you lose the wager, you don't put quite as much away for the month - maybe you don't put anything away - but you're still doing well.  In the first scenario, if you're not right, you starve, plain and simple.  This is exactly how MTTs and SnGs work when it comes to comparing the big stack with the short stack.
3  Game Strategy / Texas Hold'em / Re: this is why we raise on: June 04, 2012, 06:00:39 PM
Gasp! Raising for information?!  Shocked

On a serious note, I'm actually not sure I'd raise either hand (albeit for a reason other than "for information").

8-handed, AJ out of position is just asking for trouble, plain and simple.  Realistically, I think you lucked out by running into people playing their AA and AK so aggressively.  This is a hand that I like to fold right off the bat, no questions asked.

The second hand is dependent entirely on fold equity - if this was a rare occurrence, fine - but the fact is by making that raise you are pricing yourself to call the all-in over the top - which even when you're live, you don't like calling off half your chips with live cards.  Mind you, at a cash game this would be a completely different story.
4  Game Strategy / Texas Hold'em / Re: Why poker will make you insane on: June 03, 2012, 05:09:39 PM
Both are ugly hands, to be sure...altho I'd like to know your reasoning behind your preflop play on the second hand.  I know you're heads up and relatively deep-stacked, but 9 blinds on JT?!
5  Lounge / General Discussion / A brief layout of the forum sections on: June 01, 2012, 04:57:31 PM
When the forum was built, I wanted it to be as inclusive as possible for all variations of poker, and all sorts of situtations.  Unfortunately, this lead to a lot of different boards, so much so that it's a bit overwhelming to view them all on one page.  That's why the front page only displays 5 categories in addition to recent posts.

Here's a quick rundown of those categories, to give you a better idea of where to post (and where to look for posts concerning a particular topic):

  • 7-High News - Anything announcements related to 7-High as a site will be posted here (including any contests, giveaways, additions to the site, etc.)
  • 7-High Forums Games - Pretty self-explanatory, if it has to do with members getting together for a game of poker it will be here.
  • Game Strategy - Any discussion pertaining to a specific game (such as Texas Hold'em or Omaha) goes here.  Also located here is "Poker and the Law" as well as rooms dedicated to individual poker sites.
  • Situational Strategy - Slightly different from Game Strategy, this is where you go if the discussion has to do with a particular situation for poker (for instance, talking about making a transition from Online to Live play would go here).
  • Lounge - For all your non-poker related needs Smiley
6  Game Strategy / Texas Hold'em / Re: W...T....F.....F! on: June 01, 2012, 04:43:31 PM
Really bizarre hand here.  My question is, why bet the turn like that, after calling such a small flop bet?

His flop bet is obviously a feeler bet, to see if your hand connected - by just calling you pretty much confirmed it - either that or you flopped the nuts (K-high straight) but even that's very unlikely as you have to be concerned about a flush draw there.  Your call screams "I have A-High, at best an under-pair, and I don't want to be aggressive but I'm not ready to let go either!" - a bit wordy, perhaps that's why you called Cheesy

When the turn comes and you bet out, it really isn't saying much - the bet is less than half the pot and it's not a dangerous card unless you have 44 (which would be very unlikely).

While the river is unlucky for you, it is properly played by villain.

As for why he limp-called preflop - I have no idea, he must have been planning on out-playing you post-flop.

Avoid this in the future by raising the min bet on the flop - he's either flopped a monster (and a quick raise by you will tell you this, for about the same price as you would lose otherwise)...or he's fishing for information and you need to tell him that you won't back down.
7  Game Strategy / Texas Hold'em / Re: Cash game: Lose my buy-in on one a gross river on: May 29, 2012, 05:43:01 PM
People chase, plain and simple - as you said he had been very loose, so I think a check would be okay on the river.  Even a loose player will have problems calling 3 bullets without having TPTK or better.

Personally, I would have raised preflop - 6-man is all about aggression, and there's few hands that villain could be holding in his position (given his limp) that have you beat - and those that do have you beat (Ax), you're quite live and hold position. That's just me though, and I have a much different style from you as you know Cheesy
8  Situational Strategy / Overall Poker Strategy / Re: What do you do after a big win? on: May 28, 2012, 06:28:37 PM
Not at all.  Average payout for this event is $1,500 - and your job pays much more than that (or so I would hope).  Knowing you won't be going (but that you do hope to play a WSOP live event), perhaps you can take whatever you get for the ticket and put it towards a WSOP fund - I forget if events start at $1,000 or $1,500, either way you'd be well on your way!

Of course, this goes back to the original question of the thread - use the money for a more manageable bankroll, or use it as a pseudo-super satellite?  Perhaps a 50/50 is in order - let's say you get "only" $1,500 for the ticket - put $750 into your bankroll, and $750 to jump-start your WSOP piggy bank!
9  Situational Strategy / Overall Poker Strategy / Re: What do you do after a big win? on: May 28, 2012, 09:56:53 AM
VERY nice score RW Cheesy

If I were you and could afford a week off from work, this would be a no-brainer, take the package and go for the score (worst case scenario, you bust on day 1 and still get a nice vacation out of it)!

Although, I also know you have a family now and I'm assuming this package doesn't include a plane ticket for your wife and kid.  However, seeing as how the entire event will take no more than 4 days, I think your wife would understand if you went on a business trip with a potential for a big win!
10  7-High Forums Games / Other 7-High Forums Games / Re: 7-High Poker Club at PokerStars on: May 26, 2012, 08:38:09 PM
Set up a recurring game, 100+9 (play money) 8-game turbo.  Start with 3000 chips, blinds go up every 5 minutes.  If you're looking to improve your overall game this is where it's at!

Game plays every Sunday at 2pm EST (think that's 7pm GMT).
11  Situational Strategy / Overall Poker Strategy / Cash vs. Tourney players on: May 24, 2012, 07:11:15 PM
The general consensus amongst the educated in the poker world is that cash game players are better than MTT players (we're leaving SnG out of this discussion), and with good reason - cash game players need to be patient, they're constantly looking at decisions in terms of big blinds (as opposed to stack size), along with a ton of other valid reasons.

I'd like to play Devil's Advocate for a second here though.  No, you won't catch me stating MTT players (well, the good ones, anyway) are better than cash players.  Rather, I'd like to point out that the two games are VERY different monsters, and therefore you can't compare the two - you're comparing apples and oranges, Texas Hold'em to Omaha.  Yes, there are some similarities, and to the casual observer one might think the differences are negligible - but they aren't.  Here's a look at some of them:

 
  • You can't just take your chips and leave.  While cash game players can (and often do) play for 8+ hours at a time, the simple fact is they can get up and leave whenever they want.  Need a piss break?  Sit out for as long as you (reasonably) want and return for the price of a single round of blinds.  If an MTT player needs a break, he needs to make it fast or he'll be blinded out.  Cash game players need patience in that they can't force a move, MTT players need patience in that once they buy in, they are knowingly starting a marathon.
  • Blinds go up. This simple fact changes the game drastically.  You play much different with a stack of 30 blinds than you do with 100 blinds, even if in both situations your opponents have the same relative stack.  While it's true that decreasing the relative stack sizes will increase the luck factor, a skilled MTT player will know when to apply pressure and force an opponent to make a move, where cash game players simply don't have that luxury.
  • There's an endgame in MTTs.If you're playing a cash game, you can play for 12 hours straight, and while the opponents may change, the fact is you're almost constantly playing a full table (whether that be 6 or 9 handed). While you need to adjust to the different opponents styles of play, you don't need to adjust to a different number of players.  Not the case in the end of an MTT.  As tables go shorthanded, then condense, rather, rinse, repeat, you are regularly going from 9-handed down to 6 and back up to 9 again....before whittling it down to heads up play.
  • There's the luck factor.Simply the fact that only the top tier of finishers in an MTT will win big money (while others will win very little, or more likely nothing at all) changes things a lot.  If a cash game player has a bad session, he can chalk it up to variance, make adjustments as needed, and win the next day.  An MTT player can go through hundreds of tournaments barely breaking even before hitting a big score to make it all worth it.  To go through that long of a drought, through no fault of your own, is demoralizing and emotionallly exhausting, and it takes a lot to persevere through it all until you land the big one.

So, would a cash game player beat an MTT player of equal skill level?  Sure thing...on the cash tables.  Move the game to an MTT and the MTT player wins, hands down.
12  Lounge / General Discussion / Re: THF... gone? on: May 24, 2012, 06:45:00 PM
Certainly seems that way...well, only one thing to do now...post!
13  Lounge / Introductions / Re: Heloo on: May 03, 2012, 09:03:08 PM
Greetings, Donk in Heat Smiley

Whatever aspect of poker you're looking to improve upon, there's probably a forum for that.  If there's something you'd like to have which isn't here, let me know and I'll see what can be done Smiley.
14  Lounge / General Discussion / Re: sundays storm on: September 03, 2011, 02:00:59 PM
Well, I did run...about 3 months ago Cheesy

I actually live in Florida now, and am yet to get hit by a hurricane Smiley
15  Lounge / General Discussion / Re: No Risk Gambling on: September 03, 2011, 02:00:05 PM
Hi Gary,

Here's the link again:

http://www.centsports.com/?opcode=634433
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