Sunday, September 18, 2005


Try It You Might Like It

I just destroyed two Sit and Goes on Stars by basically playing every hand. My rule of thumb is that if I have more than 20 SBs in my stack then I see the flop, unless the action is such that it will be all in pre-flop and the odds are clearly bad. By destroyed I mean by the time we were heads up I had 90% of the chips. Having tried this 8 times my results are 2-3-1-11. Which isn't really the point, the point is it's great fun if you just want to fuck about for 40 minutes. It's also a great pickup after you take a bad beat in a real tournament, to stick the bad beats on other people.

The beauty of it is that no one can ever put you on a hand, and when you hit the right flop (which happens more often than you might think) you can check-raise and slow-play all the way to the bank. I have to leave the chat off though - I can't imagine what people are calling me ...

Sunday, September 11, 2005


Simple Bubble Maths

I found myself on hovering around the bubble this evening on BoDog, in their $100 tournament. 65 runners were left, 63 paid, I had 6000 chips (about 1% of the total in play) with blinds 400-800. 63rd paid $250, but here's the punchline, so did 62nd-46th. And 45th-37th only $350, 36th-28th $450. Even I could see that there was some value in waiting out the next two places. But how much ?

Suppose I was confronted with a chance to double up. What would be the EV of doubling my chips ? Assuming that, if I pass or win I'm guaranteed $250. If I pass and make the money, everyone's got $250, which takes $15K off the prize pool ($100K guarantee). My 1% of the chips is worth $250 + $85K * 0.01 = $1100 in total. By a similar calculation, 2% of the chips at this point would be worth $1950.

So, to make my double-or-nothing play, I would need a 56.4% chance of winning (1100/1950) to make it profitable. While we never have an exact double-or-nothing scenario, this indicates how much extra edge we need compared to normal - 56% compared to 50%. So what I did in the event was I think correct - I passed one marginal situation that I would normally move in with, but when I found A8 in the small blind with the big blind having a similar stack to me, I felt that was good enough and moved in. To my horror he called me - to my relief he also had A8. Two players duly busted, I made my move and ran into AK to record an unusual (for me) bubble minus one finish for $250. For all my maths, the key hands were when I had QQ and AA on the big blind and was walked each time. How annoying is that ?!

Anyway, we see that even in this case, where almost everyone would clam up, you only need a bit more of an edge to make your move. Do not fear the bubble. Embrace it ! For it is your friend !

Tuesday, September 06, 2005


Pop Quiz

Right, here's one for you. I might not even answer this at all. I'm just interested in seeing how many people think like I do, if anyone !

It's derived from a hand I commented on in Pete Birks' blog, from the Gutshot 3-day tournament where DY, in the blinds, reraised a button raiser who he thought might be on a steal.

The scenario is, I'm on the button, blinds 100-200, all pass to me and I raise to 600. The small blind passes. You're in the big blind. I have lots of chips, I have you covered.

What is your optimum stack size to make a semi-bluff (or even a total bluff) reraise ? What is your least optimum stack size ?

Don't forget to show your working !

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