Gone Quiet

I've been neglecting both my game and this blog for a few weeks, having been too busy to play poker and too certain that none of my readers care to read about anything else. My life is fairly dull even when it's eventful. Anyway, I've been working on other less-lucrative-but-more-satisfying projects, and I'll be out of town until the first week of August. I had a nice session at 5/10 the other day, when the perfect storm of table selection + table position + table image came together for me - loose, sometimes-aggressive-but-always-predictable player two to my right, passive-aggresssive player (really, they exist) two to my left. The buffer players were both rocks so my preflop decisions were always easy, and my top pair hands were hitting and holding up. It was a really nice session - a lot of small pots, no big ones, just a relaxing grind in front of the television. The passive-aggressive player whined at me for one hand. I had As8d in sixth position and had been quiet for a while (and only showed down good hands), so I raised, hoping to steal. Passive-aggressive cold-called me on the button, both blinds folded. Flop came A92, all diamonds. I wasn't crazy about the flop but bet anyway, hoping he'd cold-called with KQ or KJ or a pocket pair other than 9's or 2's. He called. Turn was Qd, giving me a flush, but a weak one. I checked, he bet, I called. River was a blank and we both checked, and my flush was good. He immediately started complaining. I checked the hand history; turned out he had AJo, no diamonds. Comments on his or my play are welcome.


Anonymous Mike said...

Insert grain of salt considering I'm too chicken to do 5/10:

Maybe he thinks your trying to steal and defends. He's got top pair with a kicker that might play so shouldn't he raise your flop bet?

Maybe he thinks you have a hand. Why cold call with AJo?

Seems like very weak moves on his part and it costs him the pot.

7/19/2005 08:53:00 PM  
Blogger Joe Speaker said...

Agree with Sundance. His mistakes are not 3-betting pre-flop or raising your flop bet.

You slowed down when you should have. He shows proper aggression, maybe you dump.

7/20/2005 08:47:00 AM  
Blogger Absinthe said...

I think if he reraises me preflop and then raises me postflop I'm done. I bet that flop out of position whether he reraised me preflop or not because I want to see how far he's willing to go.

Then again it's very hard to fold for one more small bet on the flop in a raised pot, even with only top pair no kicker and a weak flush draw. And once I have the made flush, if I call a bet on the turn I'm going to call a bet on the river. I dunno, maybe I fold my flush to a turn bet if he'd shown proper aggression previously because the pot isn't that big at that point (3.75BB)... but then, if he'd shown proper aggression, the pot is bigger than that.

I hadn't been stealing much up to that point, though I'd flopped trips from the button once before when I'd raised his blind with A8o. He'd checkraised me on the river with nothing, and I'd just called the reraise because of the board pair and the faint possibility of a straight. That was my very first orbit at the table so maybe he'd tagged me then as a stealer.

7/20/2005 10:20:00 AM  

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