Friday, March 5, 2010

Running good, nonsd vs sd, and RIT

The title pretty much says it all, although as usual I haven't been getting in the volume. I've been playing mostly $3-6 and $5-10 6max nl and a little $2-4 hu nl. I try not to show my showdown and non showdown lines, as it may give away a little something about my game. For the most part, my nonsd line (red line) hovers around zero, or slightly under, so my game is prob. balanced enough in that I valuebet and bluff at good enough frequencies that it's not easy figuring out which one I am doing during any specific hand.

Cash game players do seem to place a high priority on your nonsd line, sometimes more so than the actual winnings line, which is funny, and absurd. I think each player should try to find the right balance to suit his/her game that maximizes his/her winnings, whether that may be having a nonsd line sloping up, breaking even, or sloping down. For the most part though, having one sloping up indicates an aggressive player that is tougher to deal w/. You can go overboard and start spewing a lot of money, so there's def. a fine line there. There are obv. countermeasures vs players w/ nonsd lines sloping up, breaking even, or sloping down. Vs the aggros (upward rl's) just tend to call more, and vs the passives (downward rl's) just be more aggro and barrel them off hands..that's pretty much it in general.

I've started using RIT (running it twice feature on FTP) for $3-6 and $5-10 since the variance is slightly bigger and there is more $ at stake. I don't use it all the time...sometimes I'll forget to turn it on, or I'll just be in the mood to not do it (gamble gamble!). There has been a debate on it in forums, whether it's good or not good. They do charge extra for the feature..maybe $1/hand? It does reduce the variance and may help reduce tilt so it may be worth it to pay the extra $1, esp. when you're playing for $2k+ pots. Anyway, I got inv. in a hand last night that we rit'ed...

No-Limit Hold'em, $6.00 BB (6 handed) - Hold'em Manager Converter Tool from

MP ($634)

CO ($723.25)

Button ($884.80)

SB ($636.75)

Hero (BB) ($700.65)

UTG ($806)

Preflop: Hero is BB with K, A

2 folds, CO bets $21, 2 folds, Hero raises $66, CO raises $129, Hero raises $628.65 (All-In), CO calls $550.65

Flop: ($1404.30) 5, K, 8 (2 players, 1 all-in)

Turn: ($1404.30) 8 (2 players, 1 all-in)

River: ($1404.30) 9 (2 players, 1 all-in)

Total pot: $1404.30


Hero had K, A (two pair, Kings and eights).

CO had K, A (flush, Ace high).

Outcome: CO won $1400.30

HEM doesn't show the 2nd board of rits so I copied and pasted the actual hh from my ftp hh file...

*** SUMMARY 2 ***
Pot 2 $700.15
Board: [Jd 6s 7d Js Qs]

So as you can see, villian made runner runner flush on both boards! I checked the equities on both hands, and he had a 7% vs my 2% chance of winning (rest are ties) on any given board. So for the probability of him winning both times is very slim indeed. F me for paying the extra $1 to see this happen...this will tilt one more than just losing w/ 1 board. I guess when you play enough poker, you end up seeing anything and everything.


  1. Yes you do see everything , amazing sometimes

  2. That hand is brutal!!