Saturday, April 22, 2017

Battle at the MGM

Recap of another March madness poker session.  This was an up and down all-out battle.  Let's get to some hands.

I sit down in seat 6.  To my right is an older gentleman who resembles Professor Henry Jones Sr. (minus the hat and the glasses) played by Sean Connery in the Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade movie.  To his right, is a middle-aged Asian guy.

Hand 1:

The Asian guy's bet on the turn clearly said that he didn't want us chasing draws.  I took some time before folding on the turn.  The pot odds say I should fold and the implied odds might not be much better.  The flush won't be disguised.  I didn't want to call 1/3 of my stack because I couldn't figure out what the professor had.  I feel like I made the right play until the heart on the river 😃.  Would you have called?  The interesting part is that when the Asian guy turned over J,10 the professor said he missed his straight draw.  Only after a second did he realize he won the pot with a higher two pair.

Then, I get dealt K,9 of diamonds.  Seat 2 bets and three of us see the flop.  The flop is Q,Q,10 with two diamonds.  I lead out, he raises, and I move all-in.  Only he calls.  The turn is an off-suit Jack and I like it.  As the dealer is putting out the river, my opponent is proudly turning over his cards.  He shows Q,Q and my jaw drops seeing the quads.  I say nice hand and I get up and go for a walk.

After 20 minutes, I ask the podium for a new seat.  They send me to seat 5 at a different table.  I'm hoping this time the cards go my way.  Second hand dealt and I see A,K of clubs.  The lady in seat 4 is short stacked and leads out for $12; only I call.  The flop is A,x,x and she bets.  I call and we see a blank on the turn.  She is all-in and I call.  She sees my A,K and mucks after the river; I'm up to $275.

get involved with a big stack in seat 6 who is sitting on $600.  I raise J,10 of spades to $10 and he calls.  The flop is 9,8,x with two spades.  I bet $15 and he calls. Turn is a blank and I bet $25 and he makes it $75.  Having an open-ended straight flush draw, I call and we see another blank on the river.  I check-fold and go back down to about $160.

I make a stand with the following hand:

Hand 2:

I don't like my opponent's play.  What is he accomplishing by making it $120.  He'll get worst to fold and better to call.  I'm already putting him on Q,Q or lower.  I'm blocking A,A and K,K.  What does he think I have 9,9 or lower?  Even if he puts me on exactly A,K we are flipping.  As you can see, the run out was favorable.

Finally, the cards go my way.  I tip the dealer and stack my chips.  Up to $302.

Then, the hand of the night goes down.  The table is good and there is action.  I make the mistake of checking A,A UTG thinking someone will bump it up.  ONLY CALLERS!  Seven players see the flop.  I'm mad for not raising.

Hand 3:

I can say that I did many things wrong in this hand but the result was great.  My pre-flop check kind of worked since it disguised my hand quiet well.  The problem with the move is that I have no idea what my opponents might be holding.  I checked the turn and that was also bad.  Both of them could have checked and the pot would have stayed small.  Seat 6 couldn't figure out why I check-raised the turn.  I raised because I wanted to charge the draws.  Seat 8 said you only live once before calling my all-in.  I guess he was ready to gamble.

I won another pot with A,J by betting $11 and getting a caller.  The flop was 8,9,3 and I bet $15.  Got called again.  The turn brought a Jack, I bet, and got called.  On the river, I bet $55 and got called.  We won the battle and our trophy is pictured below.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Unusual Hands

Here are some unusual hands that came up while I was at the tables.

Hand 1:  Three callers and the guy in seat 6, on the button, bets $7.  I call in the SB and the BB moves all-in for $118.  It folds to the button who says, "Let's gamble" and then calls with 8,9.  BB shows K,K.  The board runs out 6,7,T,x,x and the BB storms off after getting stacked.

Hand 2:  Four callers before it gets to me.  I call with K,2 in seat 7.  Seat 8 calls and seat 9 bets $31.  Seat 1 calls.  It folds to me and I fold.  Seat 8 goes all-in for $180.  Seat 9 thinks about it and calls.  The board runs out A,Q,10,K,J.  Seat 8 shows 6,6 and seat 9 shows 8,9.  They chop and seat 9 says he was hoping to win like the guy in the previous hand with 8,9.  If only I could have seen the flop!

Hand 3:  I was involved in this hand.  I'll let you try and figure out this one.  Seat 10 calls and seat 1 calls.  I'm in the SB with A,9 and call.  The guy in the BB bets $10.  We all call and the pot is $40.  The flop is A,Q,3.  It checks to seat 1 who bets $15.  I call, the BB calls, and the pot is $85.  The turn is 9.  It checks to seat 1 who leads out for $45, only I call, and the pot is $175.  The river is a blank and I bet $65.  He raises to $130.  A little bit about the opponent.  He is probably around 27-35 years old.  He could be African American or Latino.  He is a solid player.  I have not seen him get out of line.  He wasn't the type to make big bets to put pressure on his opponents.  When he min raised on the river, I thought he had a pair at least.  I called

What do you think he had and what would you do?

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Two Bullets

Another session recap from March.  I headed back to the MGM to see if my luck was still intact.  I was seated in seat 6 and within two hours my $200 had turned into dust.  I got out-kicked in one hand and my mid pocket pair ran into a higher pocket pair in another hand.  I realized that I was playing hungry, never a good thing.  After I lost my chips, I got up and went to get some food.  After 45 minutes, I was ready to fire my second bullet.

I told myself that patience is the key.  If tournament players are like Wild West gunslingers who use chips instead of guns, then cash players are like military snipers who wait for the best opportunity to fire.  I told myself to be a sniper and wait for an opening.

I got to the podium and they sent me to a different table but to seat 6 again.  This table did not look fun at all.  Seat 3 had an $1800 stack (max buy-in is $500).  Two more players had $800+ each.  Many hands were raised to $15 or more pre-flop.  This was the kind of table that would not let you see a flop for cheap.  It was playing like a heavyweight fight.  One big hand could deliver a KO.

Two hours in, I had won two small pots and was sitting on $244 when the following hand happened (use ShareMyPair app if on a phone or click the link below if on a computer).

Hand 1:

It was not an easy hand until the turn.  I came close to folding my hand on the flop.  If the 9 was not a spade, I would have folded.  Luckily, it all worked out and I ended up cashing out over $600.

An interesting thing happened when seat 5 hit quad Jacks and qualified for the high hand promo.  With 30 minutes to go, seat 8 made an offer to buy the hand for $200.  Seat 5 wanted $300.  The HH promo payout was $500.  No deal was made.

What would it take for you to sell your HH with 30 minutes to go?