From Dortmund to Denmark + a few nice awards

News RSS / Annette 15 / 20 February 2008 / 15 Comments

A quick recap of the last few weeks...I played EPT Dortmund not long ago... didn't go as I hoped. I made day two with a top 20 stack, but I had an extremely tough table on day two and just couldn't get anything going, so I went out 30 from the money or so. Did good in the 2k side event where I got 8th, but still not good enough for my liking cuz I have extremely high expectations, and I'm never happy unless I win. Won couple of sng's there so I got a nice profit on the trip overall. Germany was kinda boring.

I said last time that I was gonna work on not bluffing my way out of tournaments, and I have definitely gotten better at it lately. I've been laying down more hands and not being so stubborn... but I hate going against my gut, and I feel like I have couple of times just because I've been thinking too much about not making the same mistake everything. Oh well.. I'm definitely not afraid to pull the trigger, I just need to think things through better before I do.

I also played in the PartyPoker Millions. I don't wanna spoil anything cuz I went very deep in it, and it's televised. I'll let u guys watch it first before I make any comments about how I played, but I'm very proud of that tourney, and I def played my A-game even tho i got lucky couple of times. Please leave a comment or something here when it airs, because i wont know, and I'd love to see it :).

I'm just done playing EPT Copenhagen. I made a really big mistake on my bustout hand. Some background. I have a really tough table.. three strong Norwegians at my table. And most of the other players are solid TAG players for the most part. I had made a lot of big laydowns and even showed them a couple of times making them think they can run over me. I had also been keeping pots very small, checking behind tons of flops after raising pre-flop, and just check calling with top pair on scary boards, folding As post-flop, got away cheap with Js vs Qs on low board the third hand of the tournament etc. So I'm thinking my image is very solid at this point because I've only showed down good hands, but I also have a reputation of being crazy, so ppl know I'm capable of running bluffs.

I pick up KdQd in the CO at 100-200 with 15k stack. I make a standard raise to 525. Folds around to the BB who I had been raising every time its been folded to me or so. I can tell he's getting a little pissed off. He's been defending a lot vs me, trying to outplay me post-flop I think and seeing lotta flops in his BB and just being very stubborn. But he was also pretty tight and didn't play big pots without a good hand except for a bluff he showed down where fired two barrels with a draw and got called down by top pair. He rather quickly re-raises to 1500. It was such a small re-raise, and would only be 10% of my stack to see a flop in position thinking his rr raise here would be like 88+AT+. Maybe even a little tighter, but I thought I would get a good feel for where I was at in the hand against him, so I decide to call and see a flop. The flop is Kx2s4s. He bets 1750 which is a really small bet compared to the size of the pot and I flop top pair so I can't really fold yet. I think he's betting his entire range here except for Ks, but I'm not sure about the bet sizes he would make with the different hands he has. I call. Turn comes a 4. This seems to be a really good card for my hand, but in reality it kills three of my two pair outs in case hes got As, but I'm really not too worried about that. He bets 2750. Again, a very small bet. It kinda seems to me like he doesn't wanna build the pot too big so that I wont be committed to calling a shove on the river if I call again here, or that hes milking me with As or AK. But if he really has a good hand, wouldn't he want me to be committed to calling on the river and hence bet bigger? I call again hoping that he would give away something on the river. A meaningless 6 rolls off the deck and I now have a realllllly tough decision to make if he shoves. Let's think about it from his point of view. I called the re-raise pre-flop, so I must have some kind of hand. I called the flop and the turn, so Its very possible I have a K, but he's seen me make huge laydowns earlier so I think he would think I'm folding weaker kings than KQ by now. I'm pretty sure he doesn't think I have a boat at this point because he's representing a strong hand, so I would probably not have to trap and would raise him at some point. The fact that my hand looks so weak to him, really makes me think that there's a bigger chance that he's bluffing if he shoves the river because there's in reality no hands that I'm calling with the third time with the line that I've taken. I woulda never called the turn bet if i was drawing, but he doesn't know that, so I'm assuming he thinks flush draws are in my range as well as maybe 4s.

He does end up shoving, and I just sit there and stare at him for 5 minutes. I was so confused. He even tanked for 3 minutes before shoving and seemed sincerely insecure about what to do. He was also breathing extremely fast all the time, moving a lot in his seat and just didn't seem comfortable at all. Usually when ppl have a good hand they get excited and their pulse raises, but then it quickly slows down again because they realize what they're doing and they try to hide it, but he just kept going. It's always harder to control when ur bluffing because u can't control the adrenaline rush as fast as u can control the excitement of having a good hand, So I end up calling his bet for the last 10k i had or so. Ppl at my table starts saying 'nice call' even before the player flips his hand, so I'm feeling confident, and he hesitates and rolls over AK like he thinks he's beat after I tank for 5 minutes before calling WTF.

If he doesn't think AK is good if he gets called, then what is he doing shoving the river??? I really don't get it. Does he think he's bluffing? Why doesn't he check call if he doesn't think I have a good hand and at least let me bluff if i did missed what he thought coulda been a flush draw? Am I really just over-thinking this and assuming he's thinking on a higher level than he really is? Was he just value betting his AK the entire way without thinking about what I could have and what range of hands I'm calling/folding on each street with? Has he paid attention to any of the table dynamics so far? I dunno. All I know is that I got completely leveled, outplayed and owned that hand, and I'm not proud of it lol.

I'm really working on improving my live reads, and I can't be afraid to pull the trigger if I think I'm right. I'm one step closer to getting into their minds by making that call I think, and I'm definitely not afraid to be wrong as long as I trust my gut. It might look stupid, but there's always a reason to the madness and u have to be wrong at first to eventually be able to turn things around and get it right. I'm still a live n00b, but I'm getting better every day :).

I also would like to mention that I won two awards at the Scandinavian Poker Player Awards here in Denmark before the EPT started, I won for 'Best Female', and 'Best Performance of the Year'. I'm extremely happy to get those prizes, and I've never really had a chance to thank anyone. I really wanna say that I love all my fans to death... seriously. I would never have gotten to the level I'm at today without all the ppl supporting me through good and bad times, and always saying positive things to me on the rail or where ever it may be. The same goes for all my friends (u know who u are). Also big TY to Betfair Poker for giving me this opportunity to show what I'm good for, and making life a lot easier for me :D.

I hope u all have a great week, and we'll write/read again soon. Take care everyone!


Tags: ept copenhagen, ept dortmund, PartyPoker Millions

Comments (15)

  1. clarence | 20 February 2008

    Can you do me a favor? Please write ur blogs a little more, you did not write an entry for almost a month. :(

  2. the force | 20 February 2008

    Yeah annette can you write at least once a week please? I love to read your stuff

  3. chris | 21 February 2008

    You have a reputation of being an aggressive player, even though you played tight at that table, the player may know you as a aggressive player from before. Or more probably, has read a few articles about you where you have been portrayed as a aggressive player. So you might say your reputation precedes you.

  4. KiNgKoNg | 22 February 2008

    Good Luck for next EPT ... I see u in final table on EPT Monte Carlo !!!


  5. Online Poker | 22 February 2008

    Congrats with the Scandinavian Player of the Year award :)! Hope to see you at the WSOP in 2010 ;)!

  6. Mike | 26 February 2008

    hey Annette!
    nice work in the EPT side games and PPmillions.
    sounds like that hand is haunting you haha I agree with you thoughts about it tho...seemed like he just didnt know what he had and was playing too cautiously. Anyway you'll get him next time :P
    Congrat on your awards at the scandinavian poker awards!
    so whats next on the poker tour?

  7. Cris Wolf | 01 March 2008

    I i new hare and i lust like u say U Rock and went u 21 and come to USA hope with can sit in the same table Big Fan Cris Wolf !

  8. okedou | 02 March 2008

    I'm a fan of you ...
    Congratulations ...
    I don't see the partypokers millions on ...
    did you record it ? Where can we see it ?
    add my msn to your msn if you don't mind ... i will be very proud if you did that ...
    Best of luck Annette !

    From A fan from Canada

  9. okedou | 02 March 2008

    I'm a fan of you ...
    Congratulations ...
    I don't see the partypokers millions on ...
    did you record it ? Where can we see it ?
    add my msn to your msn if you don't mind ... i will be very proud if you did that ...
    Best of luck Annette !

    From A fan from Canada

  10. Austin | 02 March 2008

    i think that a raise on the flop could have told u where u were, don't u think? there is actually some video of this hand(mostly you going into the tank) on youtube. It seems like he is almost unsure of where he is in the hand. It seemed like he was scared that u were trapping but then he shoves on the river which makes no sense. B/C like u said, if hes unsure of where he is, wouldnt it be more logical for him to check/call or bet like 3k or something. It is a confusing hand and I would probably go broke too because it was just played so goofy. Don't fret this one because i dont see much u could do to avoid it b/c of player reads/betting pattern etc. not to mention a really shitty board for you^^ I dont know why im saying any of this as if u havent thought of it. ill end this post by saying u are a poker goddess! haha ciao bella

  11. Kenny Shih | 05 March 2008


    I'm a huge fan of yours!
    At the age of 19, you are INCREDIBLY ACCOMPLISHED-- modern day poker PRODIGY/GENIUS!

    I'm on pokerstars watching you play all the time to LEARN (especially your strategy late in tournaments). I've been playing small-time on PS and other sites... won maybe $20k in this first year, but lots of near-misses in tourneys-- which are frustrating. After first learning about you and watching you play for 2 hours-- I took it upon myself to implement some of the betting strategies I see you doing all the time. The very next day... I played a $30 buy-in... 621 people... I got 1st Place ($3500). I was so happy. haha I just wanted to let you know I admire your game.

    One of the biggest things I noticed you do is you systematically raise 2.5x the big blind with your raise. Most people raise it up to 3x. I think that's really interesting because it allows you to raise more and more often... take down more frequent pots... and not allow people to trap a 3x raise. Also, it minimizes your continuation bet on the flop-- since most of the time you'll miss the flop too. So on the "efficient frontier" of risk vs. reward-- it maximizes your return on investment in the pots you're in.

    I see the same thing over and over...
    You raise 2.5 big blind.
    Someone calls...
    You bet 60-70% into the pot... good strong bet.
    They fold haha all day long!

    You own them Annette!

    Kenny Shih ("ynd!")

  12. Henning | 05 March 2008

    I'm from Germany, and I can fully understand that people from other countries might find Germany boring. But how you can write that into your blog is totally beyond me.

  13. Andy | 05 March 2008


    She was in Dortmund in January! Hardly the most exciting place especially for someone who does not drink. Plus, the casino she played in is miles from the city centre.

  14. Phill | 07 March 2008

    You're so beautifull.... well anyways, congrats from Brazil! ;)

  15. levi | 10 March 2008

    Hi Annette,

    Just wanted to say grats for winning the Stars $100k on 2nd March 2008. I looked on Pocket fives to see a thread about your amazing win overcoming 20,000 players but couldn't find one. You got a mention on the Hendon Mob website though. :-)
    Here's a link.

    All the best, I think you're a great player and I can't wait till you get to Vegas.

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