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HighKey is not online. Last active: 5/3/2009 1:32:33 AM HighKey
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Could I have played this better?
Posted: 07-05-2008 12:15 AM
This is from a small buy-in S&G on Full Tilt Top three places paid, and there were four of us left.

Full Tilt Poker Game #7088167307: $2 + $0.25 Sit & Go (53875060), Table 1 - 200/400 Ante 30 - Limit Stud Hi - 19:46:45 ET - 2008/07/04
Seat 1: Tellurfriends (3,683)
Seat 2: HighKey (4,004)
Seat 4: siam28 (2,135)
Seat 7: snofighter350 (2,178)
Tellurfriends antes 30
HighKey antes 30
siam28 antes 30
snofighter350 antes 30
*** 3RD STREET ***
Dealt to Tellurfriends [5s]
Dealt to HighKey [Jc Js] [3s]
Dealt to siam28 [5c]
Dealt to snofighter350 [Kd]
HighKey is low with [3s]
HighKey brings in for 50
siam28 folds
snofighter350 calls 50
Tellurfriends calls 50
*** 4TH STREET ***
Dealt to Tellurfriends [5s] [4h]
Dealt to HighKey [Jc Js 3s] [6c]
Dealt to snofighter350 [Kd] [Ah]
snofighter350 checks
Tellurfriends bets 200
HighKey calls 200
snofighter350 folds
*** 5TH STREET ***
Dealt to Tellurfriends [5s 4h] [Qh]
Dealt to HighKey [Jc Js 3s 6c] [4c]
Tellurfriends checks
HighKey bets 400
Tellurfriends calls 400
*** 6TH STREET ***
Dealt to Tellurfriends [5s 4h Qh] [7s]
Dealt to HighKey [Jc Js 3s 6c 4c] [Jh]
Tellurfriends checks
HighKey bets 400
Tellurfriends raises to 800
HighKey raises to 1,200
Tellurfriends raises to 1,600
HighKey calls 400
*** 7TH STREET ***
Dealt to HighKey [Jc Js 3s 6c 4c Jh] [Kh]
Tellurfriends bets 400
HighKey calls 400
*** SHOW DOWN ***
Tellurfriends shows [9c 6s 5s 4h Qh 7s 3h] a straight, Seven high
HighKey mucks
Tellurfriends wins the pot (5,470) with a straight, Seven high
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot 5,470 | Rake 0
Seat 1: Tellurfriends showed [9c 6s 5s 4h Qh 7s 3h] and won (5,470) with a straight, Seven high
Seat 2: HighKey mucked [Kh Js 3s 6c 4c Jh Jc] - three of a kind, Jacks
Seat 4: siam28 folded on 3rd St.
Seat 7: snofighter350 folded on 4th St.

Should I have been less agressive with the trip jacks here? How would you have played it?

(BTW, I eventually finished in first place.)
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Re: Could I have played this better?
Posted: 07-05-2008 12:34 AM
I wouldn't have three-bet on sixth street. I think when he raises I'll assume he might have a straight, and it's best to call and then call the river if we don't fill up.

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Re: Could I have played this better?
Posted: 07-07-2008 12:26 PM
3rd Street:

I would have played it the same. Basically, you wait to see what the overcards do. Since the king doesn't do anything, you have to believe your jacks are good on 4th street.

4th street:

Heres an error, in my opinion. You don't want to flat call (XX)45 with (JJ)36. What are you worried about? JJ is a favorite, or a flip, in ALL SITUATIONS but up against (44)45 or (55)45..which isn't likely because another 5 was dead on 3rd. And there is NO reason to believe he has that. Regardless, the correct play is to raise the bet from (XX)45, thereby driving out (XX) AK. That said, (XX)AK did fold, but, it was lucky. You're expecting the call from (XX)45. If (XX)AK does cold call two bets, you know you're in trouble with only JJ, and from then on you check/fold the rest of the hand (unless you improve).

5th street:

Correctly played. He checks to you, and the only way to see if he paired the queen is to bet. He flat calls, indicating the queen didn't help him. Most of the time, you're still up against a hand like (5A)54Q, in which case you are a favorite.

6th street:

I disagree with TR. I believe the re-raise is fine. Many people raise with hands like 7755 here, especially in 7 card stud donkaments. You might also be up against (77)54Q7. Remember, most people who play 7 card stud tournaments are not 7 card stud players. I don't give him credit for a straight here, because of the simple fact that you've even got 2 of his outs. EVEN SO --- You have 9 outs to make your boat, and if he somehow did make a straight, you're going to get paid off on the river. Implied odds, pot odds, and the fact this is a tournament and not a cash game all lead me to believe 6th street was played correctly by you.

The fact that he caps 6th is just bad luck. You have to call it, you have pot odds, even if he did make the straight.

7th street:

Thats all you can do. check/call.

Basically, what I'm saying is that, as a long time 7 card stud player, I would have played the hand exactly the same BARRING a 4th street raise. Would that have changed the outcome of the hand? I'm not sure. It might not have forced a fold out of him on 4th street, with his whopping (96)54... but it might have put him in a different mind set on 5th street when he blanks with the queen. He may have folded.

Aggression is key. Passive play means you're going to be showing down losing hands to these river rats that much more often.


bbgold is not online. Last active: 7/23/2008 9:43:53 PM bbgold
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Re: Could I have played this better?
Posted: 07-19-2008 12:35 PM
I would have folded on 4th street

You have minimum chips at risk here and what looks to be an aggressive bettor opening with a possible straight draw or high pockets. Why call with just JJ?

Once you were commited with the trips I don't see any way you can get out of the hand but limiting the number of chips at risk might have kept you more cautious?

Good Luck and Good Games!
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