Jun 172010

Things are going well since my last progress post, since then I’ve played a couple of thousand more hands and until Monday night when I dropped a few buy-ins I hadn’t had a losing session at the micro stakes 6-Max tables.

Not too worried about the loss Monday, it’s going to happen and the majority of it was from two hands where my big pairs ran into sets. It could have been a little less though as I had another one of those stubborn moments that goes against my new style of play:

6-Max, approx. 100BB stacks, in late position I’m dealt:

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Folded to me I make it 3X and am called by the small blind who I have no reads on. The flop comes:

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The small blind checks, I continuation bet around 3/4 pot and am called. The turn comes:


And the small blind now bets around pot.

Let’s look at the facts:

  • I have a pair that’s lower than the board
  • Although he took a strange line this unknown player is now showing strength and on this board if he is strong he’s probably beating JJ
  • There’s still around 60BB to put in this pot before our stacks are in, no one is committed

And now let’s look at my thoughts at the time:

  • No one has been respecting my continuation bets tonight
  • He doesn’t have a queen
  • When people call my cbet then donk the turn sometimes they’re bluffing. He wants me to think he has a queen.

So I shoved. And guess what? I was right, he didn’t have a queen. He had:

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For a slow played set, turned full house.

Truth is the night before when I’d been winning I probably fold the jacks here, but this night when I had been losing and had been pushed off many hands before this I lost my patience and made a badly timed stand. In a way I guess I tilted.

It’s not the end of the world but it’s a situation I’ve been trying to avoid and I was a little angry at myself for losing a buy-in here.

One positive? I sensed I wasn’t playing my A game and decided to log-off and call it a night before I made things worse. There’s always tomorrow!

Jun 112010

Since the software update earlier this week I’ve noticed that the “Sit Out Next Big Blind” option has been broken on the Party Poker client. Instead of waiting until the next time you’re the big blind it sits out immediately, a minor annoyance but I thought I’d get in touch with support and make sure it wasn’t just me:


Since the last software update it appears that the “Sit out next big blind” option is broken. When checked it sits immediately rather than waiting for the big blind.


It didn’t take long to get a response:

Dear Simon,

Thank you for contacting Customer Service.

Our technical team is already aware of the issue and is currently working towards resolving it as soon as possible.

I apologize for any inconvenience and appreciate your understanding regarding the same.

In case you have further questions, we will be more than happy to assist you. We are available 24/7 by e-mail and phone.

Thank you for choosing us as your online gaming site.


Customer Service

As a software engineer by day I can understand this bug slipping through the cracks… I’ve seen much worse. It was really just a chance for me to test out the response time of Party Poker’s customer service as I’ve never had to get in touch with them before. The good news is I’m happy to report, they are quick and friendly, much better than the last time I had to get in touch with the support on a large site that make or may not go by the acronym start with the letter “FTP”.

Now let’s see how long it takes them to fix the issue…

UPDATE: Logged in to play tonight and it’s all fixed. No software update required.