Given that the subject of the re-steal involves bluffing (we wouldn’t really be stealing if we had a better hand), getting acquainted with typical situations and features related to the re-steal is imperative. Another scenario that tends to be more difficult than we think it should is making the most from a pot when we’re strong, but at least then we have the advantage of ‘knowing’ that we will pick up chips. But with the re-steal being a bluff this certainly isn’t the case, and we obviously need our opponent to fold their hand in order for us to win the pot.
In Part 1 I mentioned that our table image is a factor as our action needs to be believable, but of course it pays to closely observe the opposition, too (remember we should anyway be doing this at all times, as a matter of course). Clearly, the best players from whom to re-steal are those who we believe are stealing in the first place. It takes one to know one, as they say. And, often, those who we will spot as thieves tend to be the better players who are indeed better because part of their overall, successful strategy is accumulating chips through helping themselves with well-timed but deceivingly ‘regular’ pre-flop raises.
Note that we need also to be able to make the distinction between this kind of player – whose prudence and practical superiority leads them to fold when we strike – and others who are prone to raise pre-flop. Wilder players may well react to our three-bet by putting us all-in, for example, and if we find ourselves in this position a couple of times (and folding, of course) it’s time for us to take a step back and perhaps pull something different out of our bag of tricks.
Meanwhile, as regular readers are well aware, poker is closely related to chess in that in both we need to get used to thinking ahead. There’s no point trying to re-steal if we’re lost for a plan when we’re called. Which brings us to both our cards and our position.
Rather than being in the unenviable position of fighting for the hand with a mediocre ace, for example, when we could well be dominated and simply not know where we stand, we’re better off with a small pair or 67s, for instance, which are both potential monsters and easier to handle.
As for position, we will usually be in the blinds representing considerable strength against a late position raise. But of course should we be on the button and the opportunity to re-steal arises, then it’s time to step up the pace, our move being more likely to work – especially against better players – thanks to our being in position.
Good luck re-stealing!
Angus Dunnington (AngusD at the tables)
32Red Poker Ambassador
Microgaming wins awards
32Red Poker fans might not be too surprised to learn that Microgaming enjoyed success at the recent 2011 EGR B2B Awards. Held at Chelsea Football Club, e-Gaming Review’s award ceremony is the established premier recognition ceremony in the industry, and rewards the top service providers and B2B operators in online gaming.
I’ve been writing for years about the initial global online poker explosion and the subsequent boom, and the game and this user-friendly format continue to be as popular as ever. Indeed with online gaming and poker rooms now enjoying ‘everyday’ exposure in the form of various sponsorship deals such as 32Red’s with the English Premier League newcomers, Swansea, for example, then it’s just as important to achieve industry recognition now as it was in the early days. Thus it should be reassuring to 32red players that Microgaming won the 2011 EGR B2B Poker Network of the Year award (as well as picking up an award for Innovation in Slot Provision).
Phil Ivey-Full Tilt: Round 2
Meanwhile, the Phil Ivey-Full Tilt battle escalated to a war of words following Ivey’s lawsuit about what he perceives as inaction regarding players’ account problems following the clampdown by the US Department of Justice.
Here is Tiltware’s rather combative response:
“Contrary to his sanctimonious public statements, Phil Ivey’s meritless lawsuit is about helping just one player – himself. In an effort to further enrich himself at the expense of others, Mr. Ivey appears to have timed his lawsuit to thwart pending deals with several parties that would put money back in players’ pockets. In fact, Mr. Ivey has been invited — and has declined — to take actions that could assist the company in these efforts, including paying back a large sum of money he owes the site. Tiltware doubts Mr. Ivey’s frivolous and self-serving lawsuit will ever get to court. But if it does, the company looks forward to presenting facts demonstrating that Mr. Ivey is putting his own narrow financial interests ahead of the players he professes to help.”
The pot – I mean plot – thickens…
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WSOPE gets underway in London
The World Series of Poker Europe gets underway in earnest on Friday with the start of the £1000+£75 No Limit Hold’em event at mid-day. The stars of world poker are expected to attend the two week festival with Doyle Brunson, Phil Hellmuth and Daniel Negreanu already in town. Read more
The poker news on 09/09/09 is upbeat, with big winners and positive news, contrary to the doom mongering the auspicious date has generated in the press. We’re all still here, even with the Large Haydron Collider doing weird and wonderful things underneath Switzerland, and poker goes on as normal too. That said, it’s only 19:16 here in Gibraltar…Read on. Read more
Here’s the latest poker news courtesy of 32Red Poker:
As Russian authorities seem determined to make playing poker incredibly difficult in their own country, near neighbours Ukraine appear happy to welcome the card game we all love so much.
The European Poker Tour were forced to cancel their Russian leg of the tour due to a change in legislation in the country. A hastily arranged Ukraine leg was announced and the EPT regulars travelled to Kiev to take their chances at a Season 6 EPT title.
Russians, hungry for some high stakes poker tournament action following the closure of casinos and poker rooms in their native country, flocked to Kiev to take part. The majority of the field consisted of Russian and Ukrainian players so it was little surprise to see one of those professionals take the title. Step forward Maxim Lykov from Moscow. Lykov was simply too good for the final table here. He showed aggression and patience in equal parts, beyond his 21 years, to take the €330,000 winners cheque and the EPT Kiev title.
The final ten from Kiev looked like this:
1 – Maxim Lykov, Russia, €330,000
2 – Alexander Dovzhenko, Ukraine, €220,000
3 – Vitaly Tolonnikov, Russia, €140,000
4 – Arthur Simonyan, Russia, €100,000
5 – Lucasz Plichta, Poland, €80,000
6 – Adrian Schaap, Holland, €60,000
7 – Torsten Tent, Germany, €45,000
8 – Vadim Markushevski, Belarus, €30,000
9 – Michael Meyburg, Germany, €23,000
10 – Alexey Maslov, Russia, €23,000
Back to the poker blog.
As ever 32Red Poker has all the latest poker news. This week learn how you can watch the WSOP until 2017 with ESPN – now that’s a long contact! We have the winners, movers and shakers in the offline poker world plus information on Shaquille O’Neal taking on the poker pros at their own game in televised poker tournament. Read on for more. Read more
With the WSOP 2009 final table some time away, it would appear that poker has taken a step back from the headlines…But that’s not the case here are 32Red Poker, where we have news on top poker promotions and winners. So read on for some poker and 32Red news, including who are this week’s WiseGuys. Read more