Just a few tidbits about hand odds and poker in general… Have you seen the new Pepsi TV commercial featuring a can of diet Pepsi, Daniel Negreanu, and a few other poker players? The can of Pepsi wins the tournament. Exactly what soda pop has to do with poker, I don’t know. Kind of a silly commercial, hoping to ride the wave of poker popularity.
O-Poker has a story of how a friend called up saying they’d started playing a $50 PL tourney and the Internet connection gave out. Apparently the entire neighborhood was affected. That must really suck. I never thought of that. Fortunately, I haven’t had to suffer through something like that.
I have yet to play No Limit Cheri Casino Texas Hold’em, but I’ve watched several dozen games on TV since December, when I took up the game and started blogging. (I have been playing friendly poker for over 20 years.) I learn something about the Texas Hold’em with every match I watch. Because of it, I actually “watch” a re-broadcast of some matches.
So maybe this is obvious to those who’ve played it, but No-Limit Hold’em is a significantly more aggressive game than Limit, especially in live tourneys. You can only slow-play for so long before you run out of money, because the stakes are so high. So you often see weaker/ new players over-compensating. They play too aggressively on weak hands at the wrong time because they’re running out of chips. Or they slow-play when they should have bluffed or taken their advantage. It’s a balancing act, trying to figure out when you’re going to run out of chips. Of course, we have the hindsight, watching on TV 🙂
I watched a WPT Bellagio season 3 game over the weekend. Nam Le, Steve Rassi, and Jennifer Harman had already been eliminated, in that order. Vinny Landrum only had $135,000 left. He’d just defeated Jennifer Harman with his pocket 3s against her A-x when he flopped trips. Then lo and behold, Humberto Brenes got pocket 3s and beat Landrum when he flopped trips.
There was no way Landrum could have lain low, given the Cheri Casino blinds were 50,000 and 100,000. The hand left him with 25,000 (I assume the rake is 10% – I don’t know). Daniel Negreanu, the chip leader with around $8+ mln, had been playing very aggressively, especially against Brenes, whom he perceived as a threat. But Negreanu very good naturedly played a gentleman’s game on what became Landrum’s final hand, with neither player looking at their cards. Brenes looked just before, which gave him a psychological edge. When fifth street was revealed, Negreanu and Landrum revealed their cards. Landrum was out in third. He played well, but he just didn’t have enough chips left.
Negreanu went on to win, but only after losing a few to the very good-humored Brenes. It was very exciting watching the heads-up action between these two aggressive players. Oddly, though, Negreanu has a very obviously aggressive style, and Brenes is a master of deception. If you want to learn, watch these two as much as you can.