Hello from Barcelona!!!
I hope you guys are doing well! I'm here covering the EPT and LOVING this city. Now, the title of this blog includes two things that have nothing to do with each other. Haha so first, I wanted to say thank you so much for all the feedback on the Strategy with Kristy podcast. I really appreciate it. In case you missed it, here are the first two episodes with my poker coach Andrew "BalugaWhale" Seidman.
Let me know what you guys think! Also, if you have a hand you'd like reviewed by a pro, go ahead and send it to firstname.lastname@example.org
Ok, now onto the second part of this blog title. Well, I've been in Barcelona for a few days now, and in Spain, the beaches are filled with topless bathing beauties. As an American, this is something I have never seen or taken advantage of (no tan lines ftw ) So, in an attempt to gain the total cultural experience, I went topless!
Oyyyy... last weekend was a doozy. I do plan on writing about my bachelorette party, but as promised, I'm going to keep personal stuff on my blog (www.snaptress.com) and keep it mostly about poker here. Although, my girl Lynn did a stupendous job summing up the alcohal-filled bender in her blog.
What she didn't talk about was how amazing she was! Obviously she wouldn't because she's super modest, but Lynn absolutely made my weekend. Not only did she organize everything, but she made shit happen! And on top of that, during the day she was there for me when I started to freak out about wedding stuff, and then at night, she was tackling me in the middle of a crowd in a fit of drunken fun. She's the best friend I could ask for Thanks you crazy slappa.
Anyway, I apologize for this blog being a couple of days late, I planned to post it late Wednesday night, but I had a bit of a set back... After 12 hours of driving (we're heading to Indiana for our wedding with our doggy), Andrew and I were driving through Colorado at 2 a.m., just about 40 minutes away from stopping for the night, and our car shuts off. Ef, right? We are broke down on the side of the road in the middle of nowhere. Good thing we have cell phones! We got towed to a Super 8 right next door to a Toyota dealership. The next day, the Prius was fixed at no charge because of a water pump recall! Sweet! Back on the road.
We are currently in Chicago right now for a couple days, and then heading to Indiana. I have so much to do. Not nervous, but just anxious!
So! Back to the hand (again, you have to go back to the last blog if you haven't already)... I totally agree that the standard play which is three-bet for value. However, I'm not super excited about a few of the reasons people gave. Some said, "Your hand is hard to play out of position." or "You don't want to lose a big pot, you'd rather win a small one." We shouldn't necissarily always go for the "easy" line. Sure, it will be harder to play without three-betting, but if you are confident in your hand reading skills, I think it's ok to flat. One of the things Balugawhale (my poker coach) would say to me is, "Is it better to get value now, or get value later?" In this case, I decided later...
My table image at the time was not in any way out of line. I had three-bet a couple of times, but not enough to strike doubt into my opponents. The girl who raised was c-betting every flop, even ones that were terrible for her hand. She wasn't getting stubborn when three bet either. The other player in the hand who only had $80 wasn't a huge concern of mine. I definitely didn't think he would stick it in pre (since he didn't ship himself), but he might if he caught a piece of the flop, or a draw. My plan was to flat preflop, and check raise pretty much any flop. Doing so also protects my range when I want to flat small pairs or face cards and check raise a flop.
The flop came 10-7-2 rainbow. She bet $22, shortstack folded, and I raised to $65. She tank folded. I am ok with my play, but I definitely see the merits in three-betting. I just thought it was an interesting non standard play live.
So here's this week's hand. Game $2-$5 NLH. I had just joined the table, so no real reads. A younger, well dressed guy with about $2,000 in front of him raised to $25 under the gun. I flat in the cutoff with JJ. He looks at me, and then checks in the dark. The flop comes K-7-2 rainbow. I check behind. I checked because the board was so dry, and I think he only expects me to bet for value with AK, KQ, maybe KJ, so I think he bluff check raises a decent amount. That's obv not bad if I'm ready to call off stacks in the hand, but I decided to pot control a street, and also, I think worse hands like 99, 88, 66, AQ are more likely to call a bet on the turn. The turn came a 5 that put a flush draw on board. He bet $45. I called. The river was an Ace. He pulled a $100 bill from his stack and announced a bet of $100. What do I do and why?
I hope you all are well! Thanks for reading!
Hey PokerNews people!
First of all, I wanted to say that I'm sooo happy to be working for this company. I've had such a wonderful time so far and love everyone I get to work with! That being said, I guess I'll start my first blog!
I've been given the opportunity of a lifetime which is that I'm being coached by a lead instructor on Deuces Cracked. I recently wrote a blog on their site that I wanted to share with you all! So here ya go:
Poker players are obviously good at reading people, but often, it doesn’t transfer from the poker table to real life. For Jay Rosenkrantz, I believe it does.
First, he saw a real desire in me to change and improve my game. He knew I wasn’t bullshizering, and that I was willing to put in the work. I have always had a passion for poker but have honestly been too scared to really take advantage of opportunities that have presented themselves along the way as a poker hostess. But, when the chance to get coaching from DeucesCracked came along, I knew I had to push that fear aside because offers like this are almost too good to be true.
Now the second reason I think Jay is amazing at reading people is because he undoubtedly paired me up with the best coach for me… Andrew “Balugawhale” Seidman. I know that there are so many incredible coaches here at Deuces, but I’m positive that Andrew’s personality and coaching style are perfectly compatible with me and my learning style. Obviously, Andrew could coach a monkey to be successful because he’s so good at it, but I definitely wanted to thank Jay for pairing me up with him. NICE READ.
Before I met my coach though, I was pretty effing nervous. I had no idea what to expect. I was soo excited that he turned out to be super friendly, outgoing, honest, and a great listener. That last trait I mentioned might seem like an odd one to point out, but in my opinion, it’s one of the most consistent characteristics of genuine people. People who have something to prove, are too into themselves, or only have ulterior motives for everything nice they do are generally terrible listeners. Anyway, sorry for the quick rant, but long story short, Andrew is GOOD PEOPLE.
The original plan was that Andrew would stay in Vegas for a few days and do a pretty intense eight sessions of coaching me for a series on DC. We worked really hard, but we also had an awesome time off the virtual felt too. He played on my coed soccer team and scored a goal (Brag: I scored 3 though, OHH one-upper!!!), we went to a country bar with Poker News people and rode mechanical bulls (I have video of it… thinking about submitting it to be spliced into one of these Coaching Kristy videos— what’ya think?), and we popped bottles in the club one night too.
Needless to say, the few days he was here were both super informative and FUN! When he left, I felt really confident about my game and was excited to start putting into place everything that I’d learned. Then, I got even better news!
We couldn’t use the videos and I was going to get eight more sessions of coaching with Andrew! YIPPEEEE!
So, the first video was posted today, and I’ve been really nervous for this. Basically, I’m making myself super vulnerable, but hey, whatever. It’s worth it, and I hope other people can learn with me. It’s tough sometimes to admit that you need help to improve your game, but not many people can be their best without it. I know a lot of people will be able to relate, so that’s why I’m ok with viewers watching me struggle and completely misplay hands and embarrass myself! It’s all a learning process!
And speaking of processes, I want to repost what Andrew wrote in the comments, which are the processes we referred to in the first video that I learned in our previous unseen coaching sessions…
process when facing a bet or raise
1) passive or aggressive?
2) value betting or bluffing?
3) value hands worse vs value hands better, count up total bluff hands
process when deciding whether or not to bet or raise:
1) am I value betting or bluffing?
2) if value betting, which worse hands call or raise?
3) if bluffing, do I have PE + FE?
I’m going to be posting at least every week about the latest video, and also about my progress. Right now I’m at NAPT Mohegan Sun doing video coverage for Poker News, so I won’t be able to put in a lot of hands, but I definitely will once the tournament is over.
I hope you all are well and enjoyed the first video. If you have any constructive criticism, questions, or suggestions feel free to message me!
<3 Kristy aka Guess16 aka Ninja Dolphin (if that doesn’t make sense, wait until next week
P.S. If any of you get bored of just reading about poker, I also keep my personal blog at Snaptress.com Thanks!