Monday, December 10, 2007

Please Move Along. Nothing to See Here.

Well, I've achieved my poker goals for December so far. This is partly because I missed three days due to my PC being upgraded. (Reinstalling all of the poker applications, restoring the PT database, and creating the PAHUD cache takes fucking ages.) Mainly though I've been ill since the start of the month so I've played very little poker.


Anonymous said...

Hi Mike,

I have a challenge for you and I'd be really interested in the results if you're able to try it...

I know you are usually a three screens multi-tabling beast machine, so my challenge is this: how long can you stand to play on only one table of your usual stakes?

I dare you to play at least five hours non-stop on only one table, go on, I dare you, I double dare you!!!

You are allowed to experiment with a different style of play than normal, and if the table seems bad you can switch, but just by looking in the lobby. Only one table allowed on screen(s) at any one time.

Also, I know a lot of people pester you about moving up, probably because they want you to move out of their favourite limit. The reason why I'm mentioning it again is because actually there is not much difference between a winning game at the NL200 and the NL400. Your roll can presumably handle a little more variance and you would be able to reduce your hours.

You know all this too of course but we are creatures of habit, perhaps you need a few prods to shift from your highly successful waters, even given the possible benefits.

Gl mate.

raylapsley said...

Strange request - you are asking Mike to cut down his hourly rate by 15/16 (albeit he should win more at just one table, granted)
Also, 2/4 is a LOT different from 1/2 for many reasons......
Lol - this sounds like its from an opponent who wants you out of the way Mike!!

JPhil said...

On Full TIlt, an average NL 1/2 game is A LOT diffrent than a NL 2/4 game.

Yes, sometimes you can find some soft tables at NL 2/4, but in general, the regulars are much better at 2/4.The regulars almost ALL suck at 1/2. (except few players... ;) )

Anonymous said...

Ray, jphil,

I respect both your opinions and games from what I've read on 2+2, but I think we simply have different usages for the same terms. I'd say there were 'A LOT' of differences between 1/2 and 25/50.

Between 1/2 and 2/4 though there is not much difference in a winning game (strategy). This is pretty clear when phrased like this: for you guys to win there would you have to change your whole approach to the game, or simply make some adjustments?

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SubZero said...

Hey, sorry to hear you've been off ill, hope you've got it out the way for xmas - hate getting ill for holidays! Was the upgrade to anything really fancy?
Btw, soooo glad you usually play $1/2 at night; have been keeping an eye out for you on FTP while trying to build my roll....

Ukgatsby said...

Merry Christmas mate
good luck for 2008

Ivanei Ivanov said...

Hey narena, I am here to ask you for an advice.

I played this hand with you a few minutes ago:

Full Tilt Poker Game #4592716771: Table Cork Oak - $1/$2 - No Limit Hold'em - 22:08:39 ET - 2007/12/22
Seat 1: thebot1001 ($253.85)
Seat 2: HollywoodSC4 ($218.40)
Seat 3: Narena ($210.40)
Seat 4: SaraFa ($37)
Seat 5: zedjr ($164.70)
Seat 6: Ivanei Ivanov ($197)
Seat 7: Sorewinner1 ($95.50)
Seat 8: ML1210 ($242.55)
Seat 9: K Syrah ($142.15)
thebot1001 posts the small blind of $1
HollywoodSC4 posts the big blind of $2
The button is in seat #9
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to Ivanei Ivanov [4s 4d]
Narena has 15 seconds left to act
Narena calls $2
SaraFa folds
zedjr folds
Ivanei Ivanov calls $2
Sorewinner1 has 15 seconds left to act
Sorewinner1 folds
ML1210 calls $2
K Syrah folds
thebot1001 calls $1
HollywoodSC4 checks
*** FLOP *** [3d 5h 2s]
thebot1001 checks
HollywoodSC4 checks
Narena bets $8
Ivanei Ivanov has 15 seconds left to act
Ivanei Ivanov calls $8
ML1210 folds
thebot1001 folds
HollywoodSC4 folds
*** TURN *** [3d 5h 2s] [4h]
Narena checks
Ivanei Ivanov has 15 seconds left to act
Ivanei Ivanov bets $18
Narena has 15 seconds left to act
Narena has requested TIME
Narena calls $18
*** RIVER *** [3d 5h 2s 4h] [3s]
Narena has 15 seconds left to act
Narena bets $26
Ivanei Ivanov has 15 seconds left to act
Ivanei Ivanov has requested TIME
Ivanei Ivanov calls $26
*** SHOW DOWN ***
Narena shows [2c 2h] a full house, Twos full of Threes
Ivanei Ivanov shows [4s 4d] a full house, Fours full of Threes
Ivanei Ivanov wins the pot ($111) with a full house, Fours full of Threes
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot $114 | Rake $3
Board: [3d 5h 2s 4h 3s]
Seat 1: thebot1001 (small blind) folded on the Flop
Seat 2: HollywoodSC4 (big blind) folded on the Flop
Seat 3: Narena showed [2c 2h] and lost with a full house, Twos full of Threes
Seat 4: SaraFa didn't bet (folded)
Seat 5: zedjr didn't bet (folded)
Seat 6: Ivanei Ivanov showed [4s 4d] and won ($111) with a full house, Fours full of Threes
Seat 7: Sorewinner1 didn't bet (folded)
Seat 8: ML1210 folded on the Flop
Seat 9: K Syrah (button) didn't bet (folded)

What do you think about the whole hand? Would you fold if I had pushed river?

Congratulations for your excellent results, I really like your game.

Merry Christmas and thanks in advance

Smart Money said...

I couldn't respond to your question at the table, because I have elected to not have the ability to chat.

I thought you had a set already when the turn fell (rather than the straight) so I wouldn't have called more than a min raise on the river.

Kenny said...


IMHO that turn doesn't improve your hand and if ever there was a case for a "pot-control/please improve me check" this is it. When Narena checked I'd have checked behind.

On the river though your hand has improved considerably and I think there is definitely scope to value raise - IMHO you need to try and size that raise so that his calling range will include strong straights. If you limit his calling range to FH+ then you have trouble since non-pair houses are unlikely and you trail to 55 and 33 but beat 22.

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