While I occasionally talk about overcalling, nothing drives home my teachings about the fundamental peril of that tactic better than an audio lecture I did years ago. It's one of the lessons you need to master to reach the higher tiers of poker profit.
Oh, I almost forgot to remind you. Soon I'll be making my lectures available at three web sites: Poker1.com, PokerPlayerNewspaper.com, and DoylesRoom.com. I hope you'll get the chance to visit me there.
Join us at booth #105 during the World Series of Poker Expo on July 6th thru the 9th for the following events:
10:00 AM Wendeen Eolis/Len Butcher Noon Mike Caro 2:00 PM Phil Shaw 4:00 PM David Valley
10:00 AM John Vorhaus/Tom Leonard Noon Jennifer Matiran
Anglo-American relations have hit an all time low in poker terms if Max Shapiro's recent Card Player columns are anything to go by. These 'humour' columns under the title 'Big Denny Goes to Oxford' unfold the story of how "the students at Great Britain's Oxford University, scholastically brilliant but a touch behind the times, were finally discovering poker. Their representative, Chauncey Crumblecake, had contacted me, requesting that I secure the services of Big Denny, whom they had heard about from my columns, to teach them the game and set up a poker tournament.
In the last issue of Poker Player, I began an in-depth interview with Kathy Liebert. After receiving a business finance major from Marist College she worked for Dun and Bradstreet for a year. She made good money for a young woman but she was not happy. Her mother suggested she look for what would make her happy and assured her "the money would follow." Her selfsearch began in San Diego where she took some pre-law courses. She eventually ended up in Colorado because the cost of living was inexpensive and she liked to snow ski. She started out selling ATM machines.
Today I will analyze an actual hand that I played at the final table of a limit Omaha High-Low tournament. Let me set the stage for you. I was in the big blind with the blinds at $1,500 and $3,000. There were 9 players left at the table. I was low in the chip count with $6,800 in chips ranking me about 8th. The small blind in last chip position called "all in". He did not have enough chips to complete the call. I held the following hand: Qd Qs 6h Td. Everyone folded to the button, who limped in with about twice as many chips as I had. The three of us saw the flop Jd 6f 9d.
Dan Harrington states that it is probably wrong to fold kings in a normal tournament situation. There are limited opportunities and therefore you cannot try to out guess that one in 24 chance that you are against a pair of aces. He even stated that most of the pros are not savvy enough to fold kings. Those few times you find yourself against aces you still have a 1 in 5 chance of winning as well. Hoyt Corken's famous quote is "I don't care if he has aces, I have kings"! I agree with Mr. Harrington that folding kings can be almost impossible to do in a tournament setting.
To celebrate its 10th anniversary, Pechanga Resort & Casino in California presents the "Let's Make a Thrill Super Game Show Promotion" throughout the months of June and July. Pechanga's patrons have helped the resort/casino become the Four Diamond, top-rated destination it is today and to say "thank you," the casino is giving its guests the chance to win $10,000, $50,000, a Porsche Boxter, or even $1,000,000. Every day in June and July, Rewards Club members can earn entries to the Wednesday drawings.
A drawing hand must connect to become a likely winner at the showdown. Examples are four cards to a flush or an open-ended straight. You need just one more card to make your hand. Certainly, there are hands that opponents might catch that will beat your flush or straight, but those are relatively rare. Most often, your flush or straight will be the best hand.
Our question today: When should you raise after flopping such a drawing hand?
Farzad Bonyadi was seeking his third WSOP bracelet when he signed up for Event #24. He had to outlast a field of 1056 tough players, who were competing for a prize pool worth over $2,428,800.
Seat 1: Joe Zappia (Woodbridge, Ontario, Canada) $247K
Seat 2: Larry Watson (Las Vegas, NV) $59K
Seat 3: Glynn Beebe (Austin, TX) $242K
Seat 4: Mayen Grigorian (Northridge, CA) $112K
Seat 5: K.J. Jordan (Myrtle Beach, SC) $368K
Seat 6: Lars Bonding (Aarhus, Denmark) $818K
Seat 7: Jason "Chip Burner" Tate (Brentwood, TN) $391K
Seat 8: Farzad Bonyadi (Los Angeles, CA) $315K