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  1. After watching most of PAD the Cash Game last week I am really impressed with Brandon Adams play. He is very calm, cool and collected and seems to make the right play most of the time. I know he is big into game theory and believe he even teaches a course on it at Harvard. With that being said does anyone know good beginner books on general game theory?Also, what are your thoughts on Brandon's play?

  2. Hey All,I am new to this so I'll try me best to articulate.My friend is playing a home game when the following hand comes up just before time to go home...Hero is UTG ($900) with 3h3c. he limps $4UTG +1 callsUTG +2 callsMP (Villian-$800) raises to $50 (very loose)everybody else folds...friend calls UTG +1 and UTG + 2 fold...Pot = $114flop is 8s 9s 3dhero checksvillian bets $50hero-cr to $150villian-shoves his stackhero-folds (after 3 min of thinking) showing the setvillian-????(tell you later)hero tells me after...that the money was a factor in his decision...he said he could walk away up $700 or if he loses the pot down $100..and there was only 15 min left to playI told him no way you fold that hand...if he as a set of 8's or 9's so be it...but you cant play W SCARED MONEY....thoughts?guesses what villian was holding?
    This was a bad fold for several reasons:1. the villain is very loose and saw free money in the pot from all the limper's, he could be raising any two cards here. (any back story on this guy, other than just loose)2. because his range is so wide here it is possible he has a top pair type hand (10/9, K10, etc...) or something like 89 or maybe a flush draw. Perfect hands for your friend to get paid off with.3. agree with all the other posts, if he calls the $50 pre-flop he should be looking to get as much value as possible from the villain. The board is coordinated but he should be way ahead here.
  3. I'm not sure this is a problem, and I'm not even sure it is accurrate, but it seems that way.When I'm ready to quit and I'm happy that I made a nice win, I usually decide to play util the blinds get back to me, and it seems like I end up in a hand where I lose a few bets much more often than I win a hand. For instance, when I plan on quitting, in those last few hands, I'll get dealt AK, raise, miss the flop completely, and eventually lose the hand, giving away some of the profit I hoped to bank.It doesn't seem like a leak to see hands for free, and I know that I'm playing the hands correctly. Maybe I win as much as I lose, but it sure seems like the bad result happens much more than the good one. I'm at the point that in my last orbit I'm hopnig for hands that are easy to fold.Peace,Opie
    I've run into this scenario before on many occasions. The only thing to do is play the hand out with as few mistakes as possible and whatever happens, happens. Don't focus on the fact you lost a couple of bets if you played the hand correctly, the bottom line is you play the hand proper.
  4. I would have to say: "Being able to extract the most money out of the villain(s) with my dominant &/or winning hands, instead of trying to get them out of the pot before they hit their draws". This is definitely much harder for me to do online. In a live game I can get a decent read on if someone is on a draw or have hit their draw and play more patient. For some reason online, I always think they hit their draws & am more liable to try & push them out of the pot (with my superior holding) before they can hit their draws or make a better hand.This is what frustrates me the most about my play recently.
    I have this issue online as well. Draw heavy board comes and I hit a top pair type hand, instead of playing thoughtful poker and extracting value from their "draw" or inferior hand I end up pushing them out. I guess it comes down to thinking every situation through from pre-flop to river and assessing as you go along. Too many times I put it in auto-mode and just coast through the hand hoping for the best outcome.
  5. I like your picks but have to say that would be a very tough table to beat. I would choose mine solely based on entertainment factor alone and will go with:1. Daniel Negreanu2. Phil Laak3. Eli Elezra4. Sammy Farha5. Doyle BrunsonI think this table would be full of chatter, much like the early seasons of High Stakes Poker. I was going to put Mike Matusow on the list but he would probably get on my nerves after an hour. I also wouldn't mind Freddy Deeb as I think he is a great player and an all around good guy.

  6. Gibler,First and foremost congrats on your huge win. This is truly monumental and we are all proud of you!Secondly, would you be interested in posting your top 5-10 hands from this tournament and dissecting them with complete analysis?I am always interested in hearing how great players think throughout hands and am interested in hearing about some of your best/worst hands from the tournament.JoeyFinngars

  7. At the 1/2 weekend night tables ive played at recently at the Borgota a reraise to 60 is fine if you are expecting to get called. In the game I played a week ago a RR to 40 or 80 would have been considered about the exact same thing by most of the players at my table. I normally play tighter there...keeping the pots smaller until I hit. Not making steal plays like that (even though you may have had the best hand at the time here, im just speaking hypothetically). I'm not sure that my style is optimal for those games so other peoples opinions on steal attempts to pick up $30 pots in sometimes crazy live 1/2 games is somewhat interesting to me.Also, as played I say fold the flop. He has 100 behind and has already committed $130 to the pot. He is most likely shipping the 100 on the turn.
    Are the players you are playing against competent enough to take an opponents playing style into account when calling preflop?Do they notice when a player hasn't played a hand in 45 minutes and is playing tight?When I play at Niagara the first thing I do is setup the image that I am a tight player (at times very tight) and I usually do this for the first 30-45 minutes at the table. Once I feel my image is established I will test the waters so to speak by trying to pick up small pots in position. If I get resistance or notice the table isn't astute enough to recognize my nitty tendencies then I re-evaluate my approach.
  8. When you re-raised why did you make it $60?You mentioned that you were trying to take it down there but also would like to see a flop. Did you consider raising a smaller amount?Personally I would have made it $40-45, your most likely going to be called by at least one player and this amount keeps the pot smaller in case you want to float the flop.My ideal play here would be to flat call in position against these players and let them dictate the betting on the flop. If you connect carry on in the hand, if not then toss it away with minimal damage.

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