Archive for February, 2012

How do you play Aces: Part Three – The Analysis

February 19th, 2012 1 comment

So in case you missed it, I wrote two posts (part 1 here, part 2 here) that led up to a decision to call off most of my stack with Aces on an 8c-7s-6c flop.  Ultimately, I made the call and I was right, I was ahead.

I don’t want to focus too much on the result of the turn and the river, and instead want to focus on the play of making the call on the flop.  I raised pre-flop an appropriate amount I believe, and I continued with a bet size that was appropriate.  And when the SB villain moves in on me, I need to establish a range of what I’m ahead of, and what I’m behind. Read more…

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How do you play Aces: Part Two

February 16th, 2012 1 comment

We have a flop, and villain check raises all in. What do you do?

I know that I said that I would get this up two days ago, but it seems like the only time that I’ve been home has been to sleep the last two days.  A somewhat unexpected turn of events.  So with that aside, we’ll get back to the hand in question.  If you missed part one of this discussion on how you should play aces in this spot, check out the full post here.

In summary, we’re on level one of the $340 Buy in NLHE tournament and UTG raises to 150 at blinds of 25/50.  Two players make the call when action folds to me in position with Ac-Ad.  The first question that I asked was, “do you raise or do you call.” Read more…

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How do you play aces: Part One

February 14th, 2012 8 comments

How are you playing aces in this tournament?

There are few things in poker that make a poker player happier than looking down at a pair of cards that have the letter “A” on them.  Pocket Aces aren’t going to be folded by anyone pre-flop.  It just doesn’t make sense.  But how you play them before the flop can determine how a hand gets played after the flop, the turn, and on the river.

I want to take a look at a hand that I played at the Los Angeles Poker Classic at the Commerce Casino yesterday where I was dealt pocket aces, and get some feedback on the way that I played them.  I’m going to present two different scenarios in two different post for the same hand, and let everyone weigh in on the best way to approach the play.  Poker is a game that has a bunch of different opinions, and I’ll explain what my line of thinking was, and why I made the plays that I made, as well as the results which are far less important.  It should be how you play the hand that matters, not the end result. Read more…

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