playing poker and teaching science
- Name: Mr Reed
- Location: Indiana, United States
I'm a middle school science teacher, wrestling coach, poker player, scuba diver, aikido black belt, amateur writer, and student of life. In the past I have tried to give back a little by volunteering at a children's home in Belmopan, Belize, Central America. I also love Frosted Flakes. I have taken a year sabbatical from my teaching position in order to sail the Caribbean. Does that sound crazy to you?
Sunday, May 30, 2010
Thursday, May 20, 2010
T minus one month
Last year I was all-in on my first hand. I can do without a repeat, but since I won.... bring it on!
What's a blog without a good story. I hope to bring one back...
Sunday, May 16, 2010
The beginning of summer
Wednesday, May 12, 2010
A piece of the pie
1. $1500 H.O.R.S.E.: June 16
2. $1500 pot-limit Omaha 8b: June 22
3. $1500 no limit Hold Em: June 19, 21, or 23
Naturally, I'll be keeping ten percent for myself. If you are interested, drop me an email at my super secret email address and we'll work out the details:
Mr. Reed @ firstname.lastname@example.org
The more the merrier!
Small pairs and the RUSH poker pounding
In thirty minutes last night I chewed through more than 300 hands playing two tables with two short-stack buy-ins. I’m still in the experimental stage with Rush poker so I tend to buy in shorter than usual to avoid huge swings in my on line bankroll.
I also set a timer to keep track of how long I’ve played. I know from experience that long sessions can lead to sloppy play and so I’ve taken steps to avoid that as well.
All the things that make no limit hold em exciting are amplified by Rush poker, in particular the chance you can double up or go broke on every single hand. All the things that make no limit hold em so scary are also amplified by Rush poker, in particular the chance you can double up or go broke on every single hand.
I had suited connectors and small pairs that paid off big last night, two to the detriment of one particular player.
After winning a hand I often go back and look to see why I got called down when I was holding a monster. Last night I caught my set on a paired board to table a full house, and win when the nut flush draw also hit.
Against the same player.
This has to be one of the reasons players tout on line poker as being rigged. On a board of KQ66 with two hearts, there is only one single card in the deck that makes both the nut flush and a full house when I am holding 33. I hit the tree of hearts on the river.
This was a poor play for the flush draw though. He checked until he had the flush AND I had a full house. He bet, I raised, he called. I double up on that table. Had he bet at any time with his draw, I would have folded.
On my other table I hit a nine to make a set on the flop and I bet it. The same player now pushes all-in with his nut flush draw and hits while I improve to a full house again and double up on my other table.
Therefore in thirty minutes I doubled up on both tables I am playing through the same player out of 600+ Rush poker players.
Thanks for reading.
Tuesday, May 04, 2010
Feel the rush!
In preparation for my usual summer playing time, I experimented with Rush during the last few days, and here are my observations as they apply to how I think I should play Rush:
1. Set a timer. Opening up two tables and rushing through a few hundred hands Sunday, I realized that an hour had passed in no time at all. If I don't set a timer I could play way longer than experience tells me I will play optimally.
2. Expect a low percentage of hands played. After an hour of play on two tables I was playing less than 17% of the hands. That's pretty low. Even playing fairly tight I usually play well over that.
3. Don't set the auto-rebuy function. It's really easy to lose a buy-in and then another and then another while the money magically appears in my chip stack. I prefer to be prompted to re-buy. That way I can keep track of exactly how much money I have on the table. Evaluating how many buy-ins I have on the table helps prevent tilt loss.
4. Play my game. I know I'm a winning player and I know how I like to play. Just keep playing that style.
5. Jack/Jack. Pot raise the hand and drop it when pushed, especially by two players. In the rock-fest game that Rush inspires, jack/jack is way behind the push!
6. Swim with the fishes. The fish are still out there. I hit a set of 3's on the flop, bet it, turned quads which also brought a flush board, checked, bet all-in on the river and was called by TWO PAIR. There was a possible flush on the board, a pair on the board, and the caller didn't even have a good kicker, and he called down quads. Yikes.
7. Keep evaluating...