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  1. Saw this PSA and had to post it:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ejCqgAKZ-M...feature=relatedIt was played on Poker After Dark, which--judging from some of the reactions here--is a good place to get the message out.
  2. I'm not set in stone against the idea.
  3. Found it--and coincidentally, he uses KJ as an example, how about that: "However, you still have ways to play a short stack that will allow you to use your post-flop skills. You'll just have to be a little more creative and add limping to your repertoire. Let's say you are the first one into the pot and you look down at KsJs. Your stack size is $100,000 with $3,000/$6,000 blinds and a $1,000 ante. A standard smallball raise would be $15,000, which is 15 percent of your stack and more than you'd like to invest for a hand that you'd have to fold to a raise. K-J is not a hand you want to pla
  4. DN also has a section (I don't have time to look for it right now) where he talks about limping being more important when stacks are shortish, so you don't get pot committed.
  5. But taking down the pot isn't the be-all, end-all. As one of the passages I quoted states, playing more passively encourages villains to make bluffs which you can pick off and earn more chips.
  6. Wow, I find them MUCH easier to read when converted. In any event, the rules of this board are on the side of conversion. But I figure I just won't respond to a non-converted post. ::shrug::
  7. River: (t360) 3(3 players)SB checks, Hero bets t200, UTG raises to t935 (All-In), SB calls t935, Hero foldsTotal pot: t2430Anyone call this? I just didn't figure I could possibly have both of them beat. Not sure what I would have done had SB folded...probably a crying call.
  8. I'm looking back through the Negreanu smallball chapter (which is my most recent poker read, and the approach I'm experimenting with implementing lately; that doesn't mean I'm wedded to it for life or anything), and I'm not sure if I see anything definitive either way. On p. 349-350, Negreanu discusses "when to bet" a flop, and "when to check". An example he gives of "when to bet" is "good hands that need protection", specifically "if the flop comes J-8-4 and you have KJ, you should bet the flop a high percentage of the time". However, on the next page under "when to check", he cites an exa
  9. QFT.I don't agree with those who are strongly critiquing the smallball play here though. I'm cool with the limp, the flop check, etc.
  10. I would just check, given that you only have one pair and if you are ahead, you're probably not going to get called most of the time if you make a thin value bet here.I suppose if you shove, there are two pair hands that might fold, fearing the straight. Check seems the safe play though.
  11. What about the $3.30 90-player ones, with the slow blind structure? A lot of play, and only 10% vig instead of 20%.Edit: Whoops, I mean $2.20! Even better: same 20 cent vig but on a $2 buyin, and a better blind structure.
  12. So why post a question about what you considered an easy call? I don't mean that in a harsh way; I'm just puzzled.
  13. But that's tournament poker. I actually have more sympathy on this than you might think; I have been getting a little fed up with these kinds of situations myself and have been trying to learn cash game play. (I'm just so sick of playing well throughout a tourney, as you say, and then having to depend on winning preflop shove coin flips to make the real money.) It's sort of an ironic paradox, though: when I play cash games, I miss the sense of having the chance to win, to be the last person standing with all the chips. I guess that's why I enjoyed playing the deep stack HU tourneys with no
  14. Yes, that's true--but position is important in all levels of poker. I thought we were addressing ways micro stakes are different.But definitely, position is key to playing drawing hands (drawing cheaply is tough when you may call a small bet from someone acting before you and then it gets raised behind you) unless as you say the table is very passive.
  15. As Shark said, when everyone's limping, you should get in there too with any hand that has potential in a multiway pot. Suited connectors, small pairs, suited aces, suited broadway cards. Unsuited AK and AQ goes down in value--even though other people are playing worse aces, when you get so many people in a pot, even if you flop TPTK you're on shaky ground and you can't put anyone on a hand. So try to play those speculative hands cheaply and keep going with a draw only if it's a strong draw (no gutshots) and you can draw cheaply. In other words, keep the pot small when you don't yet have a
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