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25/50 is just awkward sometimes: Revisited

By on Feb 22, 2010 in Poker, Team Moshman | 0 comments

Originally posted on teammoshman.com ***** In a previous entry, we looked at an all-in decision one of my students faced during the 25/50 level of a DoN.   Here’s the hand in question:   PokerStars No-Limit Hold’em, 5.2 Tournament, 25/50 Blinds 5 Ante (9 handed) SB (t2595) BB (t1515) UTG (t1770) UTG+1 (t1435) MP1 (t1795) MP2 (t1450) MP3 (t1667) Hero (CO) (t1450) Button (t1323)   Hero’s M: 12.08   Preflop: Hero is CO with Xx Xx 5 folds, Hero bets t125, 2 folds, BB raises to t1510 (All-In),  Hero ??   He ended up folding his AQo to the shove (a correct decision given how tight the BB had been and his equity against the likely shove range) but ended up losing 125 chips in the process.   Often you’ll hear that it’s not worth going after the blinds early because there isn’t much there and it doesn’t add much to your bottom line.  But is that really the case?  So the question we need to ask...

But I have…………

By on Jan 4, 2010 in Poker | 0 comments

Originally posted at teammoshman.com ******* We’ve all seen it.  Heck, we’ve all done it. We look down at our cards and say, “But I have ____” and then proceed to do something stupid given the situation. “But I had AK…” “But I had Jacks…” “But they were soooted…” If poker was a static game we could get away with thoughts like these. However poker is not and thinking like this can cost you money. Lots of it. We often don’t properly take into account the situation that we are presented with at the time we need to make a decision. While it’s important to properly analyze the situation in all forms of poker, in Double or Nothings it can be everything.  There are times when you can push any two in a certain spot.  But change one little thing and folding Queens might be the correct play. There’s a routine I run through, while playing Double or Nothings, before each hand that helps me with in...