Bodog Ari

I'm Ari Engel and am also known as BodogAri online. I've played poker for a living for virtually my entire post-college life. In the last few years I have started teaching people my style and philosophy on poker tournaments. Many of them have done very well. If you are interested in getting my help, email:

Tuesday, April 25, 2006

2nd in Stars 100

Slightly disappointing as I came into the final table with a monster chip lead. But by the time we got to heads up, I only had a small chip lead and did not prevail. However, overall I'm obviously happy, especially since I've been running very bad at Stars, and the guy I lost to was a well respected pro, Davin Anderson.

Also final tabled the Bodog 30R 25K, where I finished 5. In this tourney there was one guy to my immediate left who was a hyper aggresive loose player, who had a monster chip lead. I was nowhere close to him in chips but had everyone else slightly covered. He raises under the gun a standard amount, and it gets folded to me, i go all with my ak soooted, and he insta calls with 1010, and i lose the race. Obviously, normally the goal is to go for first, but when I get down so deep other dynamics do play a role, and sometimes I have to play tighter than I'd otherwise like in order to move up (more accurately, avoid risking getting knocked out) but I believe this was not one of those cases, and I am satisfied with my move. He is opening with a large variety of hands, and when he makes it (blinds 3k-6k) about 18k to go, and (I have 105K approx) I don't think I have enough chips to flat call, and I believe that I am far ahead of his range, perhaps even dominating him, it was a preety easy decision to go allin. Unfortunately, it doesn't always work out. Can't complain with the last couple of days though, been going very well. Gnight.


Blogger SHIPIT said...

Ari, I watched the tourney.. Can you share some thoughts about a few plays you made.. You were raising often and when you were reraised, often times close to 5 times what you had already put in you were calling. K8 twice I believe and 33 another time.. I just don't quite get it! If you make it 4000 say when blinds are 500-1000 and a guy comes over the top and goes all in for 15,000 or 20,000 what is the reasoning-thinking that goes into making these are getting maybe 1.3 or 1.4 to 1 at times but thats because you raised first with an average hand, trying to steal, or take control. As I recall the 33 got smashed by KK and the K8 made a runner runner straight against AJ. What I'm getting at is back to my original thoughts about calling huge reraises, that we discussed in your other thread with average holdings.. Why do that is my main question... you also won with A2 against A9 and a few other hands where you were behind.. I guess I just play a bit differently.. I like to have the best of it when I put my $ in the pot.. many times I honestly feel like you just don't care and figure if you bust out another tourney is starting.. I think you feel that you can play in so many that taking these chances, by gambling even with the worst of it, overtime will help you get more top 3 finishes compared to playing a bit more careful... Is that correct? Shipit

1:02 AM  
Blogger BodogAri said...

it all depends on the pot odds and the range of hands i give them, if i consider a play slightly +ev, i almost always will take it. If u look more carefully at the numbers and the situations, i think u won't be as confused.

BTW, with a2 i raised, and got flatcalled out of the big blind. He then proceeded to bet allin on a xx2 board, and i made a good call, and held.

On the 33 hand, I made an error in judgement, and should have realized that my opponent was tighter.

The k8 was an easy call after I got reraised, and was getting offered great odds, when i find out, its only aj, its all the more +ev.

1:11 AM  
Blogger SHIPIT said...

Ok I understand a bit more.. but Saying K8 was an easy call??? If you raise it to say 4000 and he comes over the top to 20,000 how is that an easy call??? AJ is 65% there over about 2-1 favorite.. you are calling 16,000 to win about 26,000 if he raises to 20,000 so you are getting about 1.4-1 odds.. How is seeing AJ a good thing.. and what if he has AA or KK or KQ or KJ now you are 3-1 or more...???????????? appreciate your time...

3:02 AM  
Blogger SHIPIT said...

Ari, I also remember a guy limped in early pos for about 2000.. you made it 10,000 or so on or around the button.. He then goes all in and you called 21,000 cold, he turns over 10 10 you have K5 hearts? K flops he's out and that really started your run... now once you raise to 10,000 or so and he makes it about 30,000 you are calling 20,000 to win about 43,000 so 2-1 there BUT WHY THE RERAISE with K5??? Why put yourself in that position after all he raised in early pos... you forced yourself to take 2-1 there by your reraise of his raise... 10 10 is a little better then 2-1 over K5. so no real value here especially if he has Ak or any king then you are close to 3-1 dog.. I just don't understand these plays.. yet you say I'm confused and I show you the exact odds and how the hands went down! What Am I missing.. maybe I need to smoke a joint to see it from your viewpoint!!! lol

4:28 AM  
Blogger BodogAri said...

I don't remember the exact hands or numbers anymore, but your memory of the situation appears to be off.

Twice I was all in against 1010, so i'm not sure which one you're talking about.

One time it got folded to me on the button, i raised and the short stack big blind went all in. I called with k5 (pot odds-commited) and spiked a king against his 1010.

The other time, someone opened and I repopped him with aq, he came over the top for barely anything more and I reluctantly call. He has 1010 and holds.

Like I wrote yesterday, my plays were based on the pot odds vs hand ranges of my opponents.

7:52 AM  
Blogger SHIPIT said...

unfortunately this wasnt the case in this hand..***One time it got folded to me on the button, i raised and the short stack big blind went all in. I called with k5 (pot odds-commited) and spiked a king against his 1010***.

unless you played 2 exact hands like this

Here's what happened.. He raised it to about 4 times the blinds in early position like I said.. you then reraised a huge amount about 10,000 he goes all in and now you call with K5 ... you put in about 30,000 as he did, any pot odds were created by your reraise.. Bottom line is you put in 30,000 as he did and you did it with K5 reraising a raiser..
****You basically put the whole tourney on the line with this play*****
pot odds committed not really... steal try reraising a raiser with a piece of cheese then calling a huge reraise hoping to suck out more like it.. Ari I call it as I see it.. I still think you are a very tough aggressive player..But you make some really questionable calls in situations that you yourself create...

A guy used to berate my play who was trying to make me a better player many years back.. I'm not doing that.. I'm only showing you some plays you have made and want you to really think about them..

We must be honest as I'm sure you agree with our plays and mistakes if we make them and try to learn from them.. Rethink the hand with your K5s against 10 10 or look at hand history.. and you will remember hopefully... I remember looking at the chat and saying wow he just called 20,500 cold after a reraise steal attempt.. with K5...shipit

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