Today is Tuesday, but the Stu Ungar series is over. So I am going to start a new series, that I hope will be entertaining. Best of all, this series includes YOU! I knew you'd be impressed.
What I want you to do is fan mail me with any questions you have about the game. And every Tuesday, I will answer those questions right here in the blog.
Also, and even better, fan mail me the details of a hand that went wrong, and then I'll pick the hand apart and see if we can come up with a better way to play it. And in the comments below, other players can also give their input and advice.
If I don't get enough inputs in any given week, I'll simply take a hand that I played or saw that week, and dissect it for you, and come up with alternate ways to play it for HOPEFULLY better results.
Now, in order for me to properly evaluate a hand, I need to know as much detail as possible. Simply telling me you had A-J, moved all in, and then got busted out won't cut it. I need to know:
1: Cash game or tournament
2: How many players at the table
3: What are the blinds
4: Where are you in relation to the blinds
5: How many chips do you have
6: What, if anything has happened before it is your action
You answer those 5 questions, and we'll roll with this and have fun. Heck, make up a situation....nobody will ever know.
For example, last night. Late in the game, blinds are 1500-3000, and I've got about 20,000 in chips. so technically, I'm short stacked. I look down to A-Q, and raise to 9,000. Button takes awhile to think about it, and moves all in for about 22,000. Folds around to me....I know the player, and know he thinks of the All In as a weapon when he has junk, so I call. And I'm right, he has 3-3. I hit my Ace, but he hits his 3 to win. Could I have played it different?
Answer: Yes. The much better alternative would have been for me to just shove all in anyway, and make him make the decision for all in with 3's, rather than give him the opportunity to raise with them. He wasn't in the hand, and calling with 3's is MUCH more difficult than betting with them. I believe that had I shoved all 20,000 in before he acted, and he wasn't in the hand at all, that he would have given me credit for an overpair and folded. I wouldn't have won much, but I would have still been alive.
So that's how it will work, and I look forward to your inputs. If you don't see an answer the week you submit it, I'll still have it and will answer it at a later date. All inquiries will be answered.