Friday, April 16, 2010

Some good reads (the written kind)

Last night I thought of a couple of new things to do with this blog to expand its scope slightly beyond my own personal progress and the occasional strategy analysis post. The first thing that I'd like to start doing is posting links to articles on heads up NLHE (and heads up poker in general, for that matter) that I find insightful and suspect will be useful/instructive to other HU players visiting this blog. A second thing that might be fun is to post hand histories that strike me as interesting/ridiculous/revealing/whatever, along with relevant reads, and invite comments from readers as to their thoughts... this could also be done in a play-a-hand-with-me format to encourage discussion...
So, to get the ball rolling I'd like to suggest two articles on levels of thought in poker: Level Headed Thinking and How to Spot a Level 3 Thinker, both by Andrew Brokos. These articles provide a thoughtful explanation not only of the various levels of thought in the game, but also how to identify and respond to the level on which your opponents are thinking; goes a long way toward answering the perennial question "How the **** could you call with that?!?"
The sequel to the Carl Sampson article I mentioned a few weeks ago, Mental Disintegration in Limit Hold 'Em, Part Two, is now available for your perusal in the 2+2 Magazine. While I liked Part One better, this article still has some good discussion of personal tolerance limits and causes of tilt, and all of us can benefit by keeping aware of such things.
That's all for now. Perhaps I'll try a PAHWM post next.

PS - Seriously, what is with bad players over-betting limped pots in the early levels of a HU match? Why are you betting 100 into 40 after I check on a dry flop? Why did you bet 200 into 60 on the turn when I checked the flop behind? What the hell is that? I'm not kidding, like every other weak opponent I play does this. Has anyone else noticed this phenomenon?


  1. I just laughed my ass off when I read your statement about the overbetting fools. Reason being, I've been playing $21, 31.5, and just now 52.5 HU sng on Fulltilt, and just faced probably 4 of these types of players just now. Yes, even at the $52.5 buy-in. I've found that limping wih maybe a weak or strong ace or king and hit tp, c/r....orrrrr smooth call and see how aggr they are. Checking my big hands is strong against these donks, I'm sure you know this, but it's frustrating for me too. P.S. I need followers for my blog! Good luck to ya.

  2. Hahaha, I'm not surprised...
    Dug around PT for a sample hand:

    PokerStars Game #42969234327: Tournament #265057721, $28798934.34+$14150748.62+$0.50 USD Hold'em No Limit - Match Round I, Level I (10/20) - 2010/04/21 0:33:19 CT [2010/04/21 1:33:19 ET]
    Table '265057721 1' 2-max Seat #1 is the button
    Seat 1: Dikii Prapor (1150 in chips)
    Seat 2: mistah kurtz (1850 in chips)
    Dikii Prapor: posts small blind 10
    mistah kurtz: posts big blind 20
    *** HOLE CARDS ***
    Dealt to mistah kurtz [8c Ad]
    Dikii Prapor: raises 20 to 40
    mistah kurtz: calls 20
    *** FLOP *** [8s 7s 3h]
    mistah kurtz: checks
    Dikii Prapor: bets 280
    mistah kurtz: raises 1530 to 1810 and is all-in
    Dikii Prapor: folds
    Uncalled bet (1530) returned to mistah kurtz
    mistah kurtz collected 640 from pot
    mistah kurtz: doesn't show hand
    *** SUMMARY ***
    Total pot 640 | Rake 0
    Board [8s 7s 3h]
    Seat 1: Dikii Prapor (button) (small blind) folded on the Flop
    Seat 2: mistah kurtz (big blind) collected (640)