Friday, September 22, 2017

The Boys From Brazil

As I'm writing this poker session recap, I'm also watching the movie The Boys From Brazil for the first time.

My last session didn't go that well and this one started off with a crippling hand.  I'm dealt K,J in seat 3 with $180 behind.  It checks to me and I open to $12 from the CO.  I get two callers and the flop is J-9-4.  It checks to me and I bet $20.  UTG calls and the other guy folds.  The turn is a blank and he checks.  I bet $30 and he calls.  The river is a blank and he leads out for $40.  I call and he shows me 4-4 for the win.

I lose the rest in a three-way all-in pot where I'm holding an open-ended straight draw and a hearts flush draw.  One guy had J-J and the other guy had a nut flush hearts draw and a pair.  I didn't hit one of my 6 outs and decided to switch tables after the hand.

I settled into seat 6 at the new table.  For two hours I couldn't get anything going.  My stack slowly dwindled down to $67.  

I straddled for $5 with 5-6.  By the time it got back to me, three players had put in $20 each.  I made the call and we saw a Q-4-5 flop.  The original raiser moved all-in for $90 and only I called.  I knew I was most likely behind but with the pot so large, I called off my last $47.  He flipped over K-K.  The turn was a 7 which made the situation very interesting.  The river was another 5!  I raked in the chips, tipped the dealer, and was back up to $175.

Then I picked up J-J and bet $12 pre-flop.  I got three callers and we saw a 10-5-4 flop.  I bet $22 and only seat 8 called.  The turn was a 4, I bet $40, and he called.  The river was a Q and I bet $40 again.  He called.  I showed the winner and was up to $305.

The last hand of importance was A-8.  Seat 10 bet pre-flop and two of us called.  The flop was A-10-2.  I checked and he bet $40.  Only I called.  The turn was a 6, I checked, and he bet $40 again.  Picking up the nut flush draw, I called.  The river was a beautiful 3.  I decided to go big and bet $140.  He took his time but finally called with A-10.  That got me up to $575.  I left few orbits later.

From $67 all the way back up to $567!



Sunday, September 17, 2017

Poker Quiz Results

It was nice to see the Tennessee Titans beat the Jacksonville Jaguars today.  They are back in the lead (tie) in the division.  Let's get back to poker.

1.) With K,J in mid position, I make it $10.  I get two callers including the rock on the button.  The flop is K,J,4 and I lead out for $15.  Only the rock calls with $95 behind.  The turn is a blank and I bet $30.  He raises to $60!  What do you do?

I moved all-in and he scooped with J,J.  To remove any doubt that he was a rock, after the hand was over he said, “I thought you had pocket kings.”  This particular table had as many old rocks as Stonehenge! 

2.) I open to $10 with Q,Q and get one caller two seats to my right.  The flop is Q,J,3 and I lead out for $15.  He calls.  The turn is an A and I bet $25.  He raises to $70!  I'm $240 behind and he covers.  What do you do?


I’d like to have this one back.  I moved all-in and was snap called by K,10.  The correct play was to just call.  The river was a blank and he won.  If he shoves the river, I definitely fold and save $170.  But if he bets half pot on the river, I doubt I fold.

3.) I'm sitting on $95 and both opponents cover me.  Seat 10 opens to $10, seat 2 makes it $50, and I look down at A,K.  What do you do?


Seat 10 was a loose player.  I thought seat 2 wanted to isolate him.  I talked myself into believing that neither of them had A,A or K,K since I was holding A,K.  My only options were fold or shove.  I shoved, seat 10 called, and seat 2 moved all-in for $140ish.  Here is the sick outcome of the hand.  Seat 2 flipped over A,A and seat 10 showed Q,9.  The board ran out 9,x,x,Q,K and seat 10 won all the chips!

4.) I am dealt J
,J and bet $12.  I get one caller.  On a 10,9,2 flop I bet $20. He goes all-in for $90 and I cover.  What do you do?

I called and he showed A,3.  The board ran out…

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Tennessee and Maryland

Tennessee Golf

I was out of town for the Labor Day weekend.  We went to Tennessee to visit my brother's family and see the newborn baby boy.  My brother and I got two rounds of golf in.  One of our rounds was a two vs two scramble.

We were crushing them thru 12 holes, up by 4 without losing a single hole.  Then things turned around.  They tied it up on the 17th after an uphill 15 yard chip that landed a foot from the hole.  Our three putt didn't help.  On the 18th, they sank a 10 foot par putt for the win!  They finished the back 9 one under and pulled off an unbelievable comeback.

River Islands Golf Club

Maryland Poker

I hadn't played any poker in September until this week.  Here are some interesting hands:

1.) With K,J in mid position, I make it $10.  I get two callers including the rock on the button.  The flop is K,J,4 and I lead out for $15.  Only the rock calls with $95 behind.  The turn is another blank and I bet $30.  He raises to $60!  What do you do?

2.) I open to $10 with Q,Q and get one caller two seats to my right.  The flop is Q,J,3 and I lead out for $15.  He calls.  The turn is an A and I bet $25.  He raises to $70!  I'm $240 behind and he covers.  What do you do?

3.) I'm sitting on $95 and both opponents cover me.  Seat 10 opens to $10, seat 2 makes it $50 and I look down at A,K.  What do you do?

4.) I am dealt J,J♦ and bet $12.  I get one caller.  On a 10,9,2 flop I bet $20. He goes all-in for $90 and I cover.  What do you do?