Saturday, 18 January 2014

Starting up!

Thanks to all the people who have asked me a lot of questions. Now I'm ready to start this brand new blog and write about a lot of topics that people are interested in.
The main target of this blog is to tell you something about me and to talk about some very general poker-related topics and developing logical assumptions about them. I will mainly focus on topics that people ask me personally about, but I will also write about controversial prejudices that we all can read between the lines when interacting in forums, social media and real life. What you won't find in this blog is a specific strategy or tips and tricks that you need to win the big money by playing poker online.
In order to give you a quick preview, these are the most prominent main topics for the next posts:
  • Volume vs. Winrate
  • Skill vs. Luck
  • The Status of Online Poker ("Is Online Poker dead?")

At the end of every post I will show you a random hand and comment it. So if you've read my text and you didn't like it, you may be entertained by a hand history. I will start with this right now:

PokerStars No-Limit Hold'em, $0.50 BB (5 handed) - PokerStars Converter Tool from

saw flop | saw showdown

SB ($59)
Hero (BB) ($159.50)
UTG ($50)
MP ($50)
Button ($96.75)

Preflop: Hero is BB with J, A
2 folds, Button calls $0.50, SB calls $0.25, Hero raises to $3, Button calls $2.50, 1 fold

Flop: ($6.50) K, 10, 5 (2 players)
Hero bets $4, Button calls $4

Turn: ($14.50) 8 (2 players)
Hero bets $7, Button raises to $15, Hero calls $8

River: ($44.50) Q (2 players)
Hero bets $34, Button calls $34

Total pot: $112.50 | Rake: $2

Villain mucked K8o.

This is the first royal flush I had when playing No Limit Holdem online. It was played in 2008. My opponent was a recreational player who I had some history with and who saw me playing a pretty loose-aggressive game. After his turn raise, I was pretty sure to run against a good hand like two pairs or better according to the Baluga theorem, which was a milestone you needed to know back in 2008. Since I was sure of him having a strong made hand on the turn, I guessed that he would be probably be scared of almost every draw hitting on the river. So I decided to donkbet the river and let him call every made hand.
I'm not sure if I would be playing this hand in the same way today, but I'm also not sure which reads I had at the time I've played it. Nowadays I would probably find a line to get more value on the river and bet different sizes on all streets depending on the stack sizes.
Note: My first royal flush ever was in a MicroStakes-Homegame back in 2007. Since it was a multiway-pot and I was drunk, we will probably never find out the exact hand history of this one.