Tuesday, September 30, 2008

September Poker Statistics and an Interesting Poker Hand

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First let me give you the Statistics for this week, which was a short week Saturday – Tuesday. I played some 2 cent 5 cent poker and won a total of $90.00 those hands are not in the follow statistics, I do not track my play at those tables. I just use those tables to try new strategies and to help get back into playing after time away from the tables. This way I limit my losses if the new strategy does not work or I am rusty from being away from the tables.

For the 50 cent one dollar (where I normally play) tables this week, I played a total of 148 hands over 1.27 hours my hourly rate for the week was $53.05 winning $67.20. I loosened up a little from last week I voluntarily put money in preflop 15% of the time vs. last week of less then 10% of the time. This is still to tight I should be closer to 20%. What this means is out of 100 hands dealt to me I only called or raised 15 times.

For the month my hourly was $55.85 which I am very happy with, my volume was the lowest ever with only 2.83 hours of play for a total hand count of 271 hands. Normally I play well over 4,000 hands in a month. Going to France for 2.5 weeks really affected the amount of poker I could play. I won $158.25 and had 11 out of 12 winning sessions. This was definitely a quality month but not the quantity I need. The down side is I picked up very few FFP, thus reducing down my bonus money for the month.

I have no travel planed for October so the volume of poker play should pick up. I need another 1,000 FFP by January to get a $240.00 bonus. I should be able to make this without and issue.

Here is hand were I played suited single gap connectors. A hand in the past I would have folded from middle position. I led out on the betting. This way I have two ways to win. 1) I hit the flop, Straight or Straight draw, Flush or Flush Draw, 2 pair, or a long shot with three or a kind. 2) I act like I hit the flop when a high card comes.

PokerStars Game #20783906730: Hold'em No Limit ($0.50/$1.00) - 2008/09/29 - 06:42:09 (ET)
Table 'Bacchus' 9-max Seat #3 is the button
Seat 1: pinchitos ($94.50 in chips)
Seat 3: Oldgott ($22.50 in chips)
Seat 4: zkipper ($75.15 in chips)
Seat 5: popai123 ($125.80 in chips)
Seat 6: packman 612 ($110.55 in chips)
Seat 7: DUG ($92.65 in chips)
Seat 8: Koldan ($18.50 in chips)
Seat 9: Mr Masefield ($100 in chips)
zkipper: posts small blind $0.50
popai123: posts big blind $1
Mardagg: sits out
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to DUG [Jd 9d]
packman 612: folds
DUG: raises $2 to $3 So here is my initial raise other players should put me on a decent pair of 2 high cards. Not j9 suited
Koldan: folds
Mr Masefield: calls $3 Good
pinchitos: folds
Oldgott: folds
zkipper: folds
popai123: calls $2 2 callers are good it increases my pot odds.
*** FLOP *** [2c 6s 9s] Just an ok flop top pair with a good kicker, but there is a flush draw and someone might have hit a set. Since they would have put me on 2 high cards or maybe a high pair, they will not think I hit this flop.
popai123: checks
DUG: bets $5 Continuation / Probe Bet, it makes sense that this flop did not help me, but it might not of helped the others either and I can take the pot right here. Half the pot bet should do it. So if they think I have a high pair they will fold (continuation bet) if they call I know they have something, draw or pair if they raise a lot I know they have something set. (Probe bet)
Mr Masefield: raises $5 to $10 Must have a pair over a 9 or a semi bluff with a flush draw. A set would have raised more to chase the draws away.
popai123: calls $10 He must be on a draw as he only called a set or high pair would have raised.
DUG: calls $5 I only have top pair, but 5 dollars into a $30.00 pot is 6 to 1 odds, I have to call. If the bets were higher I would have folded.
*** TURN *** [2c 6s 9s] [9h] Bingo.
popai123: checks
DUG: bets $15 I have three of a kind, I doubt anybody had a nine since I know where 3 of them are. I did not put anybody on a set so I should be in the lead, but there is still the flush draw out there. With the pot at 35 I bet just under half the pot a somewhat weak bet, but making it a mistake for a flush draw to call.
Mr Masefield: folds
popai123: calls $15 I would of rather had both players call.
*** RIVER *** [2c 6s 9s 9h] [Jh] Full house wish it was a J or spades so he would have hit his flush.
popai123: checks
DUG: bets $21 The pot is about $70.00 so I make a weak bet, hoping he will either bluff at the pot of at least call, if he has nothing he will fold to anybet.
popai123: folds I was not getting anymore money from him.
Uncalled bet ($21) returned to DUG
DUG collected $66.50 from pot Nice pot for a lousy J9 suited
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot $69.50 Rake $3
Board [2c 6s 9s 9h Jh]
Seat 1: pinchitos folded before Flop (didn't bet)
Seat 3: Oldgott (button) folded before Flop (didn't bet)
Seat 4: zkipper (small blind) folded before Flop
Seat 5: popai123 (big blind) folded on the River
Seat 6: packman 612 folded before Flop (didn't bet)
Seat 7: DUG collected ($66.50)
Seat 8: Koldan folded before Flop (didn't bet)
Seat 9: Mr Masefield folded on the Turn

P.S. The picture is "G de B', me, Mobe, and Margarite, at the Top of Le Mont Ventoux, this was a mountain we biked up in France, we started east from Bédoin: 22 km over 1610 m (around a mile in elevation change). This is the most famous and difficult ascent to the top of the mountain. The road to the summit has an average gradient of 7.6%. Until Saint-Estève, the climb is easy, but the 16 remaining kilometers have an average gradient of 8,9%. The last kilometers have strong, violent winds. The ride takes 2-3 hours for trained amateur individuals, and professionals can ride it in 1-1.5 hours. Margarite and I did the climb in 2 hours 27 minutes, while Mobe and “G de B” were more like 3 and a half hours. This was the worst and hardest bike ride of my life.

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