Tuesday, 1 April 2014

Analyzing a Setup


After my dry theory posts I would like to go into practice and analyze the effectiveness of a random setup.

I found some interesting pictures while reading the PokerStars Blog.


Thanks a lot to s_frantic and his girl for this awesome photo.

There are some details that I don't like about his setup:
  • Wireless Connection: Disconnects are expensive. A wired connection is always the stable and therefore better choice. Don't play using UMTS or WLAN. If you can't get one stable connection, you should have two connections - a main and a backup connection.
  • Touchpad: If you like to multi-table, you should use a fast mouse with some hotkeys that allow you to quickly access important functions and bet sizes. Don't use wireless mice and avoid the disaster every time the battery gets weak or the connection struggles.
    Security Note: Wireless Connections are -in general- easier to crack. While it is pretty unlikely that a hacker could see your hole cards while playing, it is possible to track the position of your mouse pointer depending on which model of wireless mouse you are using.
  • One Small Monitor: If you use multiple monitors, you will have space for more tables and you won't get into big conflicts if anything (like the lobby of your poker client) pops up.
  • Power Sources: Look for a redundant source of power. Sometimes the power supply or the battery of your laptop fails. It's always good to have a backup if this happens. If you have a laptop that is plugged in, the battery is your backup power source. If you are using a computer, look for an uninterrupted power supply. Wikipedia explains what this is and how to use it.
  • Distractions: Don't get distracted by anything. You're playing poker. Nothing else. For the time of your session there is no such things like weather, other people, television and so on. Well, listening to music while playing is probably a good idea.
    Note: Some people don't like it when their sex partner is playing poker during the intercourse. More information about poker and social life can be found in the +EV Comics.
  • Small HUD: While playing a hand you'd like to use all information that are available to you. Opening a popup for every single one of them wastes a lot of time. So just put more information right into your HUD.
As you can see, he only plays one table. This is probably a result of his overall setup. Anyways...




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PokerStars No-Limit Hold'em, $1.00 BB (9 handed) - PokerStars Converter Tool from http://www.flopturnriver.com

saw flop | saw showdown

BB ($93.40)
UTG ($101.50)
UTG+1 ($4.10)
MP1 ($125.45)
MP2 ($100)
MP3 ($123)
CO ($86.50)
Button ($178.65)
Hero (SB) ($100)

Preflop: Hero is SB with A, J
1 fold, UTG+1 raises to $3, MP1 calls $3, 4 folds, Hero calls $2.50, BB calls $2

Flop: ($12) 10, 10, K (4 players)
Hero bets $7, 1 fold, UTG+1 calls $1.10 (All-In), 1 fold

Turn: ($14.20) Q (2 players, 1 all-in)

River: ($14.20) 10 (2 players, 1 all-in)

Total pot: $14.20 | Rake: $0.65

Results below:
Hero had A, J (royal flush).
UTG+1 didn't show
Outcome: Hero won $13.55


This hand is pretty old and I don't remember my reasons for donking the flop. Nowadays I would say that this is probably a bad play in a nutshell.
Villain mucked 7h 8s.