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We Don’t Need Their Scum

By on Aug 17, 2011 in Featured, Poker, Team Moshman | 0 comments

or:   How I learned to stop worrying and love the bounty.             *****   This is actually a repost of a blog I made earlier this year that somehow got lost in the innerwebz during the transition to teammoshman.com.  Rather than just do a simple repost of the initial blog, I decided to try something a little different with it.   So, below is the original blog post as it was written (with a few minor corrections that were bugging me) and you can see my little experimentation by hitting play.   *****   I was browsing the TM forum the other day when I saw that someone had asked a question regarding the effect of the KO bounty in the KO SnG’s on Stars and if he needed to adjust his strategy when playing KO’s vs regular SnG’s.   I quickly replied that the short answer was yes.  The bounty for the KO gives stacks that cover you more incentive to call and thus they SHOULD be calling you...

Why does the pig have to be you?

By on Aug 4, 2011 in Featured, Poker | 0 comments

I do need to get off my butt and write up part 3 (or more) of my Vegas Vacation recap, but I’ve been swamped and haven’t had a chance.  I did feel the need to write something so I’m taking the opportunity to showcase a couple of incredibly nerdy things that I like and think you should too.   The first is obviously The Micros.  If you haven’t watched the series then stop right now, Taylor Caby would not approve.  Go fire up Youtube and remedy that immediately, if not sooner.  I’ll be the first to admit that it’s probably not for everyone.  If you’re not knee deep in the online poker world then many of the jokes are going to fly right over your head.  My favorite moment though was in Episode 5.  I’ve chatted with John Wray, one of the co-creators of the series, on twitter and we both expressed a deep affection for the movie Searching for Bobby Fischer.  So when Pierre the Flamingo Hat...

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...

25/50 is just awkward sometimes.

By on Jan 28, 2010 in Featured, Poker, Team Moshman | 0 comments

              Originally posted at teammoshman.com ******   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 ??   This was a hand recently played by a student of mine.  In video #990 on StoxPoker I made mention of the fact that if you never played anything but AA and KK in the first 3 levels of a DoN you probably weren’t missing out on too much equity.  This is especially true if your post-flop skills leave something to be desired.  Often you can find yourself raising a solid hand, only to be put in a position where defending it post flop can get tricky.  And for most beginning DoN players, this is a situation...

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...