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Eddie Spencer-Small

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Hand History | Eddie Spencer-Small posted in MTT: Check/raise bluff or give up?
Blinds: t10/t20 (9 Players) BN: 1,500
SB: 1,500
BB: 1,500 (Hero)
UTG: 1,500
UTG+1: 1,500
MP: 1,500
MP+1: 1,500
MP+2: 1,500
CO: 1,500
Preflop (30) Hero is BB with T 8
UTG folds, UTG+1 raises to 97, 2 folds, MP+2 calls 97, CO calls 97, BN folds, SB calls 87, Hero calls 77
First hand of the tournament. No reads on any of the players.
Flop (512) 5 7 9
SB checks, Hero checks, UTG+1 checks, MP+2 bets 110, CO calls 110, SB folds, Hero calls 110, UTG+1 folds
I considered check/raising, but multi-way I figured check/calling would be more effective. I likely would have raised if it was heads up.
Turn (842) 5 7 9 2
Hero checks, MP+2 checks, CO checks
River (842) 5 7 9 2 Q
Hero checks, MP+2 bets 370, CO folds, Hero folds
With how weakly my opponent played their hand, I felt like it could be possible to turn my hand into a profitable bluff, but at the same time I block a lot of the hands which I would be hoping to be bluffing against. Is T8dd a suitable bluffing hand, or should I just fold and let them take the pot?
Final Pot MP+2 wins 842

July 11, 2020 | 11:42 p.m.

Blinds: t4,000/t3,633 (5 Players) CO: 10,061
BN: 26,597
SB: 127,318
BB: 4,433
UTG: 101,591 (Hero)
BB is all in with less than one big blind, so is a dead pot.
Preflop (7,633) Hero is UTG with J A
Hero raises to 20,004, 2 folds, SB calls 16,004
SB is TAG. 19/14/7.9 stats
Flop (47,641) 5 A K
SB bets 8,000, Hero calls 8,000
I feel I'm in a slightly ahead/way behind situation so I just call down to avoid bloating the pot with a crushed hand.
Turn (63,641) 5 A K 5
SB bets 16,000, Hero calls 16,000
Same logic as the flop, so I continue to just call down.
River (95,641) 5 A K 5 K
SB checks, Hero checks
At this point I feel that the SB would have shoved, or led small with a King, so by checking he has capped his range. The only other value hands I am against are aces, so by shoving, with ICM pressure would I get him to fold his Ace Queens enough to make a bluff shove profitable, or should I just check down with the second nuts, as hands like AT I feel would likely fold, and I wouldn't be able to get any value out of shoving into them.

July 11, 2020 | 12:12 a.m.

By "I do not like the local design" do you mean "I do not like the responses I'm getting"? Because you can go onto as many forums as you like with this question, and you will receive exactly the same response, I assure you of that. Except for maybe insomniacs interactive, but they'll probably be more against it than we are.

Sept. 9, 2019 | 1:29 a.m.

This is a horrible idea, sure, you'll have more hours in the day, but those hours will be far less productive than the hours you get when fully rested. This isn't even taking into account how damaging it will be to your health.

Just focus on making the hours you are awake more efficient. Use little life hacks like cooking a batch of food at once, then freezing it to save time on cooking individual meals if you're that serious about squeezing every single second out of every day. Meditation helps my efficiency. Do anything but put your mental and physical health at risk.

Sept. 6, 2019 | 12:39 a.m.

Obviously, we all know the importance of ICM spots preflop, and how we should react to and study big stack, short stack play etc, but how should ICM spots affect us when betting on the flop, turn & river (and should they?), as I feel I bluff off my stack too often when I reach the final table, in spots that would be +ev during earlier stages of tournaments and in cash games. On top of this, how should we study these spots and is there any software that can be used to aid this?

Sept. 5, 2019 | 9:57 p.m.

Post | Eddie Spencer-Small posted in Chatter: Avoiding C Game

Does anyone play poorly after being out all day, even if you don't feel particularly tired? I get this frequently and I really don't want to have to avoid playing a session at night everytime I go out to the cinema, or play golf during the day.

Does anyone have any tips to minimise your chances of playing at your weakest as a result of "fatigue"?

July 30, 2019 | 10 p.m.

I would say it's probably best to just start with one bet size (maybe half pot) until you get comfortable with the sizing, then slowly add more sizes so you can see the subtle differences between each.

Sept. 18, 2018 | 6:53 p.m.

Any MTT which has a PKO factor I would go for, for obvious reasons that you don't have to make the money (even if your preflop game isn't that great: you only have to pick up aces or kings once and you've got a good shot of getting a bounty). If you don't know PKO strategy, its essentially, the amount of money you would win you ratio that value into the starting stack and count it as dead money (in which you would work out the pot odds for). So for instance if it is a $100 buyin and the bounty is $100 on top of that, then it would translate into being a full starting stack, which you would then factor into the pot odds. One thing I should mention however is that on party poker, the bounty you recieve is only 52% of the amount advertised next to a player and the other 48% is put onto your bounty (its 52% and not 50% because of the recent rake changes).

After that, I would pick the one with the deepest blind structure, so even if you don't take advantage of any bounties, you still have the best chance of making the money.

Sept. 6, 2018 | 6:37 p.m.

Absolutely loved them when I played them seriously. People would shove too loosely and I could just wait for them to knock themselves other out. Stick with them because there is more variance than in regular SnGs, but they can be very profitable if you know your shoving ranges and ICM.

Sept. 6, 2018 | 6:26 p.m.

I'd never shove this regardless of how many people you're off the money. Bet/fold at best.

Sept. 3, 2018 | 8:08 p.m.

A little bit on stars. I've moved to MTTs now and I don't play as many on stars, mainly on 888 and Party.

Aug. 28, 2018 | 6:12 p.m.

Have you tried 45 man sit n gos? When I played them seriously they were the softest by far. Even with the added variance.

Aug. 27, 2018 | 6:05 p.m.

For some major tournaments Pokerstars have a feature where you can watch a replay of the final table with the cards up. I imagine these videos are made watching those replays.

Aug. 25, 2018 | 6:11 p.m.

You can't change variance, but what you can do is improve your mental game. Buy Jared Tendler's book and use that to improve your confidence (and stop you tilting) when things go against you.

Aug. 10, 2018 | 5:37 p.m.

One thing I would say is that if you want to branch out into MTTs, then it probably makes sense to play on a softer, smaller site, as the variance will be reduced greatly (and if you're improving you don't want to worry about making errors, when it's just actually due to variance), but for cash games this advice is spot on.

July 24, 2018 | 8:03 p.m.

Sky Poker is very soft. Not sure if it's just a UK exclusive site (everyone I've seen on there seems to have their location in some UK town), but it's definitely worth a look.

July 21, 2018 | 8:06 p.m.

It's probably fine. As you have the K & Q flush blockers, its going to be very difficult for you to get him to call off if you shove. You're far more likely to get him to stack off here as a bluff.

June 20, 2018 | 6:13 p.m.

100% this. Variance is a natural part of the game which should be welcomed, rather than feared. It's impossible to eliminate, and if you try to remove it just for the sake of removing it, you'll inadvertently make it worse.

June 2, 2018 | 5:34 p.m.

Agreed, there is basically zero difference between 2nl and 5nl, so if you can beat 2nl, you should definitely move up. Also I would suggest, in addition to getting the mental game of poker, that you download a meditation app (headspace or primed mind if you can afford it), as that will really help to clear your head and focus on making good decisions (in life as well as in poker), and forget about things like bad beats.

May 20, 2018 | 4:27 p.m.

I think a laydown is fine here, as you say it is an incredibly dry board, and the only hands that raise for value have you crushed. It's incredibly tough to find a legitimate bluff here. If the opponent was going to bluff anything here then it would be with KJ, but you block that. WP.

May 18, 2018 | 5:48 p.m.

The first thing to note about ICMizer is that it only deals with the profitability of whether to shove or fold, and doesn't take into account any other moves. So when it says it is profitable to go all in with a hand, it definitely is profitable, but that doesn't mean it's the most profitable move you can make. Henceforth, you should think about every move, and not just follow it's advice blindly, as you may lose out on some extra value. In this situation, I think the most profitable move is to bet and call a shove, but fold to a small 3bet, as if you go all in, you're only mainly going to be called by hands which dominate you. Plus the occasional AK and AQ.

May 18, 2018 | 5:42 p.m.

When I was a bad reg at the micros, I would convince myself every time that my opponent had nothing on the river, especially when what they did I felt "made no sense" (one of the biggest examples of this being bombing a card which completes an unusual draw). This felt even more foolish when I told myself "they'd have to have backdoored a flush here" and lo and behold, that is what they would have. So my advice is to call less on the river, especially if you know they can do this with a certain range.

April 25, 2018 | 7:56 p.m.

Experience is sometimes a lot more important than actual money earned. You'll improve much quicker if you play against tougher competition, and think about why their play is more effective. At the end of the day, this is only one tournament, so you should never go into the event expecting too much (as it's such a small sample size), but at the same time, seeing as it is only one tournament, you've got a great chance to run well and scoop a big result (rather than worry about having to play against the same tougher competition, week in and week out), so don't go into it too despondently either. As you said, due to the satellite system on partypoker, there will be a lot of recreational players which you can target, and give yourself a really good chance to cash and massively boost your ROI. Just enjoy each tournament you get a chance to enter and make the most of it, (whether you cash or not) which will help in all future tournaments.

April 19, 2018 | 7:09 p.m.

I see you have already played this event, so this advice is purely for future tournaments. How did it go? Did you cash?

April 13, 2018 | 6:46 p.m.

One thing I would suggest, that I don't think many people would bring up, is not to multitable when you play this MTT, you don't want to distract yourself and make any form of error (in a tournament which will have such a significantly huge impact on your ROI) because you're focusing on a $5 MTT where 1st will barely earn you more than the buy in to the MTT. Don't even consider 2 tabling, just play this one event and keep distractions to an absolute minimum.

April 13, 2018 | 6:45 p.m.

If you can afford it, get the SNG quiz. It makes it a lot easier to quantify which parts of your shoving game needs work, and it has leaderboards, so you can work on getting to number one out of everyone that uses it.

April 5, 2018 | 1:03 a.m.

I built my bankroll using MTTs, ironically I took the advice you took and tried to build my bankroll up with cash games, that sent me back by months. I simply didn't have a passion for the format, and that made it so much harder for me to improve my game. MTTs do have more variance in them, so expect bigger swings, but there is plenty of money to be made in the smaller stakes, so by all means don't stop playing MTTs.

Invest in ICM programs, watch plenty of videos on here, get involved in the forums, work on your mental game, improve every day (even if it's only a tiny amount) and you'll eventually get there.

April 4, 2018 | 5:23 p.m.

This is an entirely break even spot (unless there is rake involved, which makes it -ev), so make your play according to that. If it truly is break even (rake included) then all calling will do is increase your variance. Whether you want to do that or not is up to you.

April 3, 2018 | 3:51 p.m.

Post | Eddie Spencer-Small posted in NLHE: Online to Live Play

I heatered my way to a WSOP main event package on 888 last night, and I was wondering if someone could link me to some good essential videos about switching to live play from online, so I can be fully prepared for July. I wasn't entirely sure which forum I should post it on, but I figure that this page gets the most traction, so I'd best post it here.

March 5, 2018 | 9:25 p.m.

Don't worry, I know you weren't mocking me.

March 1, 2018 | 8:18 p.m.

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