Friday, August 17, 2007

Annette_15 - 500K Full Tilt Win Analysed - Part #1

Spent an enjoyable hour yesterday taking a look at the PxF hand history of Annette_15's win in Full Tilt Poker's big sunday tournament the 500k Gtd. The idea was to take a look at the way she played and ask the question - what can we learn from this??

Here is the Hand History (will open a new window).

This post covers the first 300 hands of the tournament, not enough space to go into any individual hand here. Instead some more general observations on Annette_15's poker strategy...

- The early stages appeared to be very 'ABC' Poker - no complex moves, playing pairs and suited connectors and folding pretty much everything else. The blinds at Full Tilt go up slowly meaning that there is no rush to make 'plays' without the cards to back these up.

- Annette raised with suited connectors when first to enter a pot from any position and usually also with pairs. Also noted the discipline with Ace-X hands (continued throughout the game) open folding ace-rag and Ace-Queen to a raise. Meanwhile many opponents were going broke with exactly these hands!

- Position markedly affected starting hand selection throughout the first 300 hands, once the blinds got to 100 / 50+ stealing these when first to enter the pot from the button, cut-off or hijack seats appeared routine. Later hands appeared to take stack sizes into account when stealing, particularly tightening up when a very big stack appeared on Annette's left.

- Re-raises were the revalation to me... Annette_15 very rarely flat calls any raise! Those times she open-raises and someone else re-raises it was either fold or put in a 3rd raise all-in (as with one notable A-K hand). My thought was that this was to do with preferring to play pots from a position of strength, why play (even in position) when your opponent has shown strength themselves...

- Continuation bets, where Annette_15 raised pre flop and was only called the c-bet was sure to follow! These were generously sized, usually around 2/3rds of the pot. This enabled the information gained to be fairly accurate, anyone calling this much obviously had a hand or a strong draw.

- In the later hands of the first 300 Annette was fortunate enough to have a big stack (a suckout with JJ vs KK!!). The use of this was interesting... immediately pressuring the medium sized stacks by raising much lighter from middle and late positions. Again the key appeared to be that nobody else had shown any strength (even limped if other big stacks) and Ace-rag hands were not part of the raising range.

- No slowplays! Finally the few times Annette was dealt strong hands such as aces these were played strongly. Either open raising or re-raising pre-flop with them. Next time you are tempted to slowplay those aces ask yourself this - would Annette_15 do it??!?

Will take a look at the remaining hands some time over the weekend (time permitting) need to go through these a little slower as stack-sizes and reads on opponents (particularly any indication of weakness) will be important here. Will also try and take a look at the Blind 180 SNG at some point....

In the meantime there are 100's of Poker Strategy Tips and Articles over at - enjoy!

GL At The Tables, Mark


wombart said...

How do I find the most recent articles on sngplanet? Is it possible to mark them or sort all articles by date?

Mark said...

Hi Wombart... good question! we lost the 'new' tags in the move from the old version.

Plan to get them back starting with the next articles (next update is tomorrow) - a red sign for the last 2 weeks and then a faded version for the next 2 weeks after that... should solve the problem.

We also have a 'search' function for all the articles on the way.

Cheers, Mark

lj said...

great post!

Mark said...

Thanks Ij - Always nice to get some postive feedback!

OReally said...

Thanks for the post. The hand history does not seem to be complete. For example in hand 334 she has a bit more than 17,000 in chips. She folds. The next hand (335) she has over 39,000. What happened in between?

Still, it is good to see this. Thanks for the link and the analysis.