Online is back!
Well, sort of. A couple weeks ago, Ultimate Poker opened to players who are physically within Nevada state lines. Players who live anywhere in the world can register and play when they are in the state. After more than two years without online poker, I was ecstatic at the opportunity to mash some buttons. Here is the video blog I made about playing on the site for the first time!
There problem with Verizon phones is now fixed, which should really help the numbers. Whooo hooo! Hopefully they will make software available for downloads on Macs. I ain't putting Windows on my Apple!
I haven't been able to play since make this video because I've been traveling. I'm here in Monaco for the PokerStars and Monte Carlo Casino EPT Grand Final! This place is amazing but expensive as hell! I'm trying not to go broke and also keep up with my fitness stuff.
I've been doing Yoga all over the place The next pose was one that I thought was IMPOSSIBLE before. It feels so good to conquer the peacock!
Hope you all are doing well! I'm going to propose a fitness challenge! Stay tuned
In my latest Strategy with Kristy podcast, I talk to Andrew Robl about televised cash-game hands he's played. Here they are:
Patrik Antonius has and raises to $1,500. Robl has and three-bet pots to $11,500 from the blinds. Antonius calls, making the pot $24,000. The flop comes Robl bet $16,000. Antonius raises pot. Robl raises all in. They run it four times. Odds: Antonius 73% vs Robl 23%. Robl wins four times.
Daniel Negreanu raises to $3,000 with . Lex Veldhuis reraises to $11,000 with . Robl has in the small blind. Robl calls, and Negreanu calls, making the pot $34,400. The flop comes . Robl and Negreanu check to Lex who bets $23,800. Robl calls. Negreanu folds. The pot is $82,000. The turn is the . Both players check. The river is . Robl checks, and Lex bets $54,000 with $85k behind. Robl calls and wins a pot of $190,000.
Lex Veldhuis straddles to $1,600. Ivey raises to $7,000 in the cutoff. Robl has on the button and calls. Antonius has in the small blind and reraises to $30,400. Ivey folds, Robl tank ships for $113,900. Pot $299,600. Antonius calls.
Tom Dwan opens UTG to $800 with pocket threes ($20K stacks). Robl calls on the button with . Pot $2,050. The flop is . Dwan checks. Robl bets $1,200. Dwan raises to $3,850. Robl calls. Pot $9,750. Turn . Dwan bets $4,600. Robl calls. River .Dwan goes all in for $10,075.
(go to 4:30 in this video)
I also talked to Andrew awhile ago about a hand he played on the Big Game which you can find here. I hope you guys like the podcast!
So I'm sure that you guys have been waiting ALL week to find out what that online player called me, right????
Well first, I need to tell you how the hand ended, so if you haven't read last week's blog, you will have to go back so the that following makes sense...
So, I decided to go for the small value/bluff induce river bet. I didn't think he'd hero call for an over-pot ship, but I know he would come after weakness if he thought he had fold equity. I bet $110, leaving three tall hundo dollar stacks. He tanked then raised to $320, I shipped, and then he tanked again! He showed a king of clubs and called. I showed my hand, he looked back at the board, and went off!
"Are f**king kidding me? (laughing incredulously) Are you serious? You call with that? F***ing donkey girl. Wow, fuck, you call with nothing and get a flush!?" <--actually kind of similar to what he looked like
Obviously, I was the aggressor in the hand, so I wasn't really sure what he was talking about when he said I was calling... But I guess he didn't have a hand history to refer to. I didn't say anything and he walked away. When he came back to the table, he put his hand on my shoulders and said, "I apologize for the way I acted, it's just that the hand was so far fetched." What???? And you called me a donkey girl? WTF?
Man, people say the craziest things to me at the table. Just the other day, I went out for a night of fun drinking and playing poker with my PN girls Sarah Grant and Lynn Gilmartin. We were pretty tipsy and decided to play a $30 tournament at Bill's Gambling Hall. Awesome, I know! So it's a two table tourney, and Lynn and Sarah get sat at the other table. I sit down and this guy who looks like a legit cowboy (ten-gallon hat, scruffy face, denim button up, hole-in-knee frayed Levis and boots) says to me, "Yur perty." I say thank you. Then, with a super creepy look in his eye and crooked smile he says, "I got a fetish for oriental women." Oh, wow. Woooow. Umm cool? Hahaha eh he (awkward laugh)
Anyway, a few shots later, Lynn ended up shipping into me when I had aces, and I took our chips to victory!!! This is my super braggy winner photo... hahaha yeah those are twenties.
I know, I'm super classy! Eek!
I have been having so much fun with Lynn here this past week, and we are about to have even more fun this weekend for my bachelorette party! (watch out if you're in Vegas, it ain't gonna be pretty... Er um PERTY)
It's funny that lots of poker guys really want to find an awesome girl who is into poker, right? Well I felt that way too! Haha and I have finally found her!!! Last night, Lynn was so awesomely degen! At 11 pm, she decides she wants to grind, so we went to Aria. I would always rather sit at her table and hang out whenever we go together, so we sat in a new $1-$3 table.
There were so many bizarre events that happened... first, two gorgeous ladies sat to our left, one started to lose and they got into a fight, a drunkard sat down, shipped for full stacks w/ 4-5 off into Aces and Queens and obv won, and then Scott Seiver came over and caused a ruckus! (We love Scott, he's the best. Hilarious and super sweet even when he tries to be an ass ) Anyway, we both ended up small winners on the session.
That brings me to my hand of the week which comes from last night's session in the $1-$3...
One of the girls opened in early position to $12. She'd been raising a decent amount and hadn't been three-bet yet. After observing the way she played the few hands I saw, she seemed decent. A recreational player calls in late position with about $80 behind. I have AA in the small blind. After only a couple orbits, I hadn't played many at hands at all, so I assume, as a woman as well, my image was pretty tight. The girl and I are both $300 deep... Do I three-bet? If so, to what? Can I flat? Should I flat?
Let me know what you think! Leave it in the comments...
And one more thing, Lynn and I interviewed Todd Brunson and PokerNews Hostess Laura Cornelius for the latest edition of the PokerNews podcast! Cheeeeck it!
If you haven’t noticed, all the PokerNews hostesses have started blogging! I think it’s such a great idea not only because I think all the women are amazing (Lynnie G, Sarah “Jay-Z” Grant, Globalls, and the new ladies Nichole Pickering and Laura Cornelius) and I can’t wait to hear their stories, but I also believe we can all provide a different take/view on poker than players can. For my blog here on PokerNews, I decided to keep it strictly about poker (my personal blog is at here). The plan is to post every Wednesday, and I thought it'd be fun to share a hand I've played that can be up for discussion! I don't mind putting myself out there. Feel free to call me a donk
So for those of you guys who don’t know, I play a TON. I used to play a lot online, but now I’m transitioning back to live along with tons of other poker players in Vegas. Since Black Friday, online players have flooded Vegas poker rooms, and they stick out like sore thumbs. Just look out for the young guys in sweat pants with dork stacks sitting in a $5-$10 game who don’t know how to handle their chips… chances are, they’re three-betting your face off.
Now, I can’t help but observe these creatures in an unnatural environment. There are a couple of tips I have for them…
Three Tips for Online Poker Players Transitioning to Live Poker
1) Acknowledge that you will get bored… it’s a lot less hands an hour. Also, other players may annoy you with their “poker talk.” Just wear headphones, and don’t spaz because of it... Come to think of it, there are a lot of live poker pet peeves that internet players never had to deal with...
2) Spots that are “standard” online, are not the same live.
-Live players in general are much more tight/passive than online players, and WAY more tight preflop with their 3-bet 4-bet ranges. When the button opens, the small blind three-bets, and the button four-bets… It is almost NEVER a bluff if it’s a recreational player!! Since live cash games play much more deep, you can actually fold QQ pre. It’s not just “standard” to get it in.
3) When you berate a player, they can hear you…they are literally right next to you.
Is it wrong of me to do this when I win a hand while yelling "IN YOOO FAYYYYCE!!!!"
-But seriously, Internet players more often have the propensity to yell at or criticize recreational players. They are used to playing behind a computer where blow ups can happen in the privacy of one’s own living room. Doyle Brunson used to preach that the pros must make it a priority to ensure that the “fish” are having a great time playing, otherwise they won’t come back. Why would someone continue to play a game at which they are obviously losers, when these young kids are yelling obscenities at them? It should go without saying that I’m in no way accusing ALL internet players of this, but I don’t think it’s a coincidence that I’ve seen this 10times more often in the last week and a half than in all previous four years of my live experience in Las Vegas.
That brings me to this week's hand... It happened last week at Aria in the $2-$5 game.
So we’ve been playing for about 20 minutes, and there are actually a few decent players in the game. They are three-betting pre, making good/tough hero calls, and just seem to be playing well. A standard reg opens UTG + 2 to $20, one person flats, and I have A6cc in the cutoff. This is a three-bet sometimes, but I decided to flat. A loose/aggressive semi spazzy player flats in the small blind. The flop is K 5 4 one club.
It checks to me… I decide to take a stab. I'm in position, it’s a decently dry board, and I think I can get better ace-highs and under pairs to fold with a couple barrels. There are a lot of turns that give me decent equity, and also, against most hands that check-call me, I think my Ace is live. I bet $45. The loose/agro calls and the original raiser calls. The turn is the 3c giving me open ended and the nut flush draw. They both check.
At this point I have $520-ish in my stack. I’m not worried about the original raiser check raising. I think he’s got a pair under the K, or else he would have c-bet the flop, or bet the turn. What I want is the loose-aggro player to check raise so that I can jam overtop. I think he’d checkraise this card on the turn with both value hands (sets, and two pairs) and bluffs with any sort of equity (5-6, 4-6, 3-6, 4-7, flush draws). I also think it's possible that he turns a weak K into a bluff. My hand looks like K-Q, K-J, K-10 which he’s definitely ballsy enough to try and take me off a one pair hand.
I need to make sure my bet sizing is small enough so that I have enough stack to have 3-bet ship fold equity. I bet $80, which now, looking back, I don't think gives me enough stack behind. It's super awkward if he makes it anymore than $200. Anyway, he called and the original raiser folded. The river is AWESOME. It’s the 2c. He checks. So now what do I do? Remember, the pot is $365, and I have $440 behind.
Let me know what you think of the hand, as well as what you think my river play should be. Next week I’ll let you know what happened, what insane words he called me, and I’ll have another hand for you guys.
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!