Poker Ramblings of cmitch

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IPod Touch from FTP Store

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Since my Nano is on it's last legs, I ordered the IPod Touch (16 GB) from the Full Tilt Poker store on December 1st and it looks like it will finally arrive tomorrow. FTP said 6-8 weeks when I shelled out 89,000 points to order it. I decided to email them early last week when I hadn't heard anything and got the following response:

"Hello xxx,

Thank you for your email. Our records indicate that the home docking
station was temporarily on backorder. We have received a new shipment,
however, and your full order will be shipped soon.

We apologize for the delay"

I love FTP but it seems like their store is a little overwhelmed. I have read several threads on 2+2 with people complaining about how long items take to receive. I think the whole thing could probably be resolved by FTP if they kept their customers informed of what was happening during each step of the ordering process. Whenever I see complaints about FTP's store most have them have email replies from FTP stating XYZ was/is "on backorder." I'm not sure if this is their standard reply or they are having more orders come in than they can process in a timely manner.

Hopefully, it is just growing pains from adding a ton of new items to the store over the last 6 months. My next order will probably be the 42" Plasma and I hope it doesn't take 2 months to ship. It will be a while before I order it though since I only have 225k FTP points right now and it is around 300k FTPs.

Unlocking the IPod Touch?
Anyone unlock (jailbreak) the Ipod Touch? Is it worth doing? I have heard the new Ipod Touch OS allows editing. Does it allow 3rd party software to be installed?

Congrats RubbaRose

Sunday, January 27, 2008

Rubbarose had a huge score over the weekend when he took down the 1 AM EST $17k guarantee on FTP for $5.5k. He had a series of huge cashes back in June/July. It looks like he is cranking things back up in full force just in time for the FTOPS.

Go congratulate him - maybe it will inspire him to start blogging again.


Deepstack AA Follow Up

Thursday, January 24, 2008

I meant to post this sooner but have been swamped at work.

Thanks for everyone's comments on the last post. RecessRampage got so fired up about the hand that he even posted a detailed analysis on his blog.

I specifically posted the hand for thoughts on the best play on the river, but got a lot of comments about my bet sizes preflop, flop, and turn.

A breakdown my street

Full Tilt Poker Game $2/$4 - No Limit Hold'em
Seat 1: danishdude ($162.40)
Seat 2: IRunSoGood ($1,030.50) - roughly 250 BB deep effective stacks
Seat 3: eb226 ($400)
Seat 4: ConstantColorUp ($853.10)
Seat 5: cmitch ($1,347.40)
Seat 6: SkyzZik ($783)
cmitch posts the small blind of $2
SkyzZik posts the big blind of $4
5 seconds left to act
The button is in seat #4

*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to cmitch [Ac Ah] - Obviously nice to get, especially since I had been 3 betting from the blinds quite a bit (mainly due to actually getting good hands in the blinds)
danishdude folds
IRunSoGood raises to $14 - Standard opening range
ConstantColorUp folds
cmitch raises to $46 -I probably should have raised more here given that we are so deep.
SkyzZik folds
IRunSoGood calls $32

I posted the hand in the cardrunner forums and Brian Townsend posted a very good response.

His thoughts preflop:
"I would reraise to at least 60 preflop with these deep stacks and with you being out of position."

*** FLOP *** [5c 4c Jc]
cmitch bets $65
IRunSoGood calls $65

I got some comments about betting bigger on the flop but I had my reasons for the bet size.

I wouldn't normally bet this small with this strong of a hand on a flop like that, but the villain had been re-raising my continuation bets quite a bit. I felt like the small bet might induce him to re-raise me and allow me to put in a 3rd bet.

The smooth call could almost mean anything here. KcKx, QcQx, AJs, flopped flush, set, etc, etc. I really think that he would raise a set here though to see where he stands.

*** TURN *** [5c 4c Jc] [9h] - Pot Size ($226)
cmitch bets $125
IRunSoGood calls $125

This is where I butchered the hand. I should have bet something along the lines of $180-$200 given our stack sizes. I don't agree at all with check/calling here as Alan (RR) suggested. It seems weak in this spot and a good player that had a strong enough hand to continue this far is going to be betting almost every time.

I got a few other comments about the turn, but most of them were pretty much along the lines of "You should have bet more on the turn."

Brian Townsend's had an interesting thought on the turn bet:
"and as you mentioned the turn bet should be larger. This is also a nice spot to check raise the turn. If you had bet closer to pot on the flop the stack sizes would have worked better for a turn check raise. "

*** RIVER *** [5c 4c Jc 9h] [Js]
cmitch bets $225
IRunSoGood raises to $794.50, and is all in - Insta-shove
cmitch has 15 seconds left to act
cmitch has requested TIME - I'm obviously folding but hated to do it.
Uncalled bet of $569.50 returned to IRunSoGood
IRunSoGood mucks
IRunSoGood wins the pot ($923)
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot $926 | Rake $3
Board: [5c 4c Jc 9h Js]
Seat 1: danishdude didn't bet (folded)
Seat 2: IRunSoGood collected ($923), mucked
Seat 3: eb226 is sitting out
Seat 4: ConstantColorUp (button) didn't bet (folded)
Seat 5: cmitch (small blind) folded on the River
Seat 6: SkyzZik (big blind) folded before the Flop

Even though I played the hand poorly on the flop and turn, I feel like I made the right decision on the river.

There were several people that said I should check/call the river, but I don't like that line as I said in a comment on Alan's post:

Alan's comment - "I check and decide depending on what the villain does. If the villain bets half the pot, I would be compelled to call. Could it be a value bet? Sure. But again, it's really hard to put him on a J here and if that's what he has, I'll pay half the pot."

My response - "Wouldn't it be better to just fire out a half the pot size bet if you are planning to call a half pot size bet? This way you are deciding how much to put in on the river. He can't raise with a worse hand, so if he raises you are pretty much beat. He probably isn't checking a better hand behind either. "

I think most people were thinking along the same lines as me between the comments, the CR forum and a 2+2 post. I had comments of betting anywhere between $175-$325 on the river and folding to a shove.

Based on the insta-shove, I think that the guy probably flopped a set or possibly flopped a flush.

I appreciate everyone's comments. It really helped me analyze the hand and hopefully I can play it differently when I am the same spot again.

250 BB Deep Help with River Action

Monday, January 21, 2008

AA oop with the nut flush draw. I made a smallish bet on the flop hoping for a raise. I definitely should have bet more on the turn. (Basically, I played it poorly, especially because I was oop.)

What do you do on the river? What is your plan if he shoves?

400NL - Villain is 19/17 over a small sample

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Seat 1: danishdude ($162.40)
Seat 2: IRunSoGood ($1,030.50)
Seat 3: eb226 ($400) Sitting Out
Seat 4: ConstantColorUp ($853.10) -
Seat 5: cmitch ($1,347.40) -
Seat 6: SkyzZik ($783) -


cmitch posts small blind $2
SkyzZik posts BIG blind $4
Dealt To: cmitch

FOLD danishdude
RAISE IRunSoGood ($14)
FOLD ConstantColorUp
RAISE cmitch ($46)
FOLD SkyzZik
CALL IRunSoGood ($32)


Pot: $96

BET cmitch ($65)
CALL IRunSoGood ($65)


Pot: $226

BET cmitch ($125) - Yes, I probably should have bet more here.
CALL IRunSoGood ($125)


Pot: $476


I Folded a Straight Flush

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

I had only been sitting at the table for a few hands when this one came up.

Someone wasn't happy after this hand. Nothing like flopping the nuts and having the other guy hit perfect, perfect for a split pot.

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Seat 1: smirky1 ($167.10)
Seat 2: christian129 ($96.20) -
Seat 3: CHawks731 ($262.35) -
Seat 4: ro1986 ($200) -
Seat 5: cmitch ($200)
Seat 6: hungoo ($223.60)


CHawks731 posts small blind $1
ro1986 posts BIG blind $2
Dealt To: cmitch

FOLD cmitch
RAISE hungoo ($7)
FOLD smirky1
RAISE christian129 ($24)
FOLD CHawks731
FOLD ro1986
RAISE hungoo ($223.60)
CALL christian129 ($72.20)
UNCALLED hungoo ($127.40)


Pot: $195.4


Pot: $195.4


Pot: $195.4



Total pot: $195 Rake: $3

Final Board:

Seat 1: smirky1 didnt bet folded - Net Gain/Loss: ($0)
Seat 2: christian129 button showed [Qd Ac] and won 96.20 with a straight flush, Ten high

Seat 3: CHawks731 small blind folded before the Flop - Net Gain/Loss: ($-1)
Seat 4: ro1986 big blind folded before the Flop - Net Gain/Loss: ($-2)
Seat 5: cmitch didnt bet folded - Net Gain/Loss: ($0)
Seat 6: hungoo showed [Ad Kd] and won 96.20 with a straight flush, Ten high

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