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About akashenk

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  1. In the end you lost a coin flip. Considering your stack was fairly short, losing a coin flip is not the worst way to go out, so your actions didn't put you in a horrible situation. That being said, I think there was probably a more ideal line to be played, but it really depends on your position and the chip stack sizes at the table. Depending on these factors, shoving, raising less or even possibly limping might have been more optimum pre-flop plays which might have won the pot for you or allowed you to get away from it to play another situation which was better than a coin flip for you. But a
  2. The mistake you are making is assuming that other people are playing for the same reasons you are. Most players you run into at least try to make logical reasonable decisions. However, there is a significant number out there that are not playing to make money. They are playing to pass the time, because of a gambling addiction, or some other reason. I'm certain there are plenty of players out there that wouldn't mind losing money if it meant they can enjoy the satisfaction of busting Aces with all manner of crap hands. They get off on that sort of thing. There's a reason they are called maniacs
  3. I agree pretty much with what has already been said here , but I am a big proponent of trying to balance my betting patterns to make it difficult for players to play against me. Much depends on the strength of the flush, but whatever bet size I make, I need to balance this by making a similar bet from time to time with a completely different type of hand (bluff, semi-bluff, marginal holdings, etc.). So, for example, if I am the type of player who will bluff the scare card by making a nearly pot sized bet on the turn, then I would make a nearly pot sized bet with a strong flush as well. The rev
  4. ok, now that I know what you had... I think you definitely got max value out of the hand. In fact, your opponent is probably not as big a rock as you thought, having called you twice with worse than AJ. He obviously didn't have a flush draw to go with his relatively weak ace. My personal preference would have been to pot control a little more by checking the turn, or perhaps checking the flop/betting the turn. But, you certainly would have won fewer chips taking that line. Also, this was a turbo and you had a fairly short stack. I don't play in those sorts of situations very often so my instin
  5. not sure what you had, but if you're worried he has an A after his flop call and you can't beat an A, why are you betting the turn? If you think he might have a flush draw (not likely given your description, but maybe), then he's way behind on the turn. There's no need to protect your hand, IMO, since at best he's something like a 3-1 dog going to the river (let's say he has an over card and a flush draw). Now, once you made your turn bet, what is the purpose of shoving unless you think you have him beat? If he was on the draw, he missed and will not call, and if he wasn't then you are just li
  6. sure... when the time and place dictates it. I believe that making protective bets is a tool that should be used from time to time. You, with all your experience, success and historical acumen should know that.
  7. if it were me, I would probably raise big on the flop.. maybe even all in. I know you're giving up some value, so by the book, this may not be an optimal play. But the problem you have is you are out of position on a draw heavy board. Heads up against a flush draw, or an open-ender, or even some combo draw you are in decent shape, so in that case, it might make sense to slow things down and try to get maximum value out of the hand. But against so many other players, if you are up against more than one draw, then there are lots of cards that can hit the turn and counterfeit you. Even if you are
  8. I wouldn't raise the flop because it might chase an over pair away if they're playing tight. If you raise the turn, the same will likely happen but all draws will probably come along for the ride and you want to get more chips in the pot in case they miss the river. Frankly, I'm pretty surprised UTG had a flush draw instead of an over pair or a 7. Leading like that OOP is downright suicidal, especially on the turn, and with two callers behind him.
  9. I'm glad to see no one has taken you out, donk. The world needs intellectual ditch-diggers. How are things at home with you and your pet poodle, trueAce? Or was he the master and you the pet? I can't remember.
  10. There were so many unconventional things that went on in this hand. It’s clear the both of you were making reads and going with them, rather than playing your hands in any sort of logical or straightforward way, so it’s hard for an outsider who doesn’t know the button player’s tendencies or image, or yours for that matter, to make a good determination of the optimum line here. Anyway, here’s how I would have probably played the hand and why: I think I would have given strong consideration to squeezing pre-flop. Your stack size certainly allowed for it, and I just think it’s a stronger play.
  11. ahh, at last you've contributed something of value.
  12. Is this your American Idol audition video? I really hope you get on the show.
  13. Correction, you have nonsensical palindromic sentence fragments to offer, so at least you have that going for you.
  14. Gallo.. you haven't been "in" since your first post. Given the nature of that post (#231) , I had high hopes that you weren't another one of these clowns. I spent some time trying to respect your appearance here by giving a serious response, and you have repayed me by ignoring my response and joining in with the circus. You may be more "seasoned" for lack of a better word than some of the others posting here.. but it doesn't appear you have benefitted from the lessons those years have offered.
  15. I agree that calling the flop is very much a close your eyes and hope for the best strategy. This sort of play certainly has its benefits if you are someone who doesn't want to do any thinking or are willing to make a crucial mistakes a fairly large percentage of the time. And it also has its advocates... particularly on this board.
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