Saturday, July 30, 2016

The Villain

I start out at table 7 in seat 8.  The table seems easy going.  The play wasn't particularly aggressive pre-flop.

Seat 5 is occupied by a middle aged woman.  Seat 9 is to a home new Asian guy who is in his forties.  He came inunconventionally and I'm starting to suspect he likes to gamble and to the game for $200.  He has played some hands very has a very wide starting range.  He tends to bet a little too much with second best hands.  The villain, in seat 6, has $190 after starting with a TBC-like oddball buy-in of $210.  The lady is nursing a short stack of $93.

The lady makes it $15, the villain calls, and then seat 9 makes it $60!  The lady wastes no time and pushing all-in for $93 total.  I'm thinking seat 9 has A,K but since he is loose that could also mean middle pocket pairs.  But the lady is showing a lot of strength too.

The villain pushes all of his chips in and seat 9 calls.  The flop is 10,2♣,5.  The turn is J♠.  The river is a 7♣.  The lady proudly flips over her K♠,K.  The dreaded pocket kings are no good because the villain flips over J,J♣!  The lady realizes what just happened, grunts, lets out a shriek, and then storms off into the night.  The Asian guy folds and says he didn't have pocket aces.

I'm not sure if the lady realized that there was no way for her to win the hand with such a short stack after the flop came down ten-high.  I forgot to mention that after two orbits in seat 8, I requested a seat change and moved.

The villain got lucky.  That villain was me.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Just a Weird Spot

Here is a poker summary/question:

I'm sitting on $600 and to my left is the big stack (BigS) with $1300.  He has been playing throughout the night.  His wife stops by the table to see how he is doing.  He was approaching 20 consecutive hours of play!

To my right, a $300 stack, who is very loose (VeryL) and doesn't shy away from calling.  He sat down and burnt through his first buy-in.  But, he was able to get back to even after catching some good cards.

All three of us are in mid position.  I'm dealt A-10 and bet $12.  BigS and VeryL called.  The flop comes down A-10-7 and I bet $30.  Both call.  Turn is a 4♣ and we all check.  The river is a 9.  VeryL checks.  

Now it's my turn, what to do?  I checked and BigS checked.  VeryL folded.  I showed my two pair and BigS flipped over 9-9!  That's right, none of us were holding a club and I got rivered.

Friday, July 22, 2016

Superstition at Live

I had strung together few winning sessions while playing on the first floor at Live.  They were nice scores too.  Today, I'll discuss one poker hand and describe my developing superstition at Live.

Live is a two story poker room.  I believe there are 26 tables on each floor.  I prefer to play on the first floor for a number of reasons which include distance to the cage, distance to a bathroom, better cell phone signal, and so on.  And, because I think I'm cursed when playing on the second floor!  I don't remember the last time I walked away a winner in a cash game while playing on the second floor.

I get to Live after work and asked to be seated in a $1/$2 game.  The poker room attendant told me to grab my chips and head upstairs.  I asked if there were any open seats on the first floor but the answer came back negative.  It was time to break the second floor spell!

No big deal, I grab my two stacks of redbirds, walk upstairs, and sit down in seat 7 at table 36.  The table is full but two players had stepped away.  It didn't take me long to realized that the table is playing tight.  There was a $500 high hand promotion going on every 20 or 30 minutes which typically means more action.  Not today.

I made it $12 in late position with A,J wiand everyone folded.  I won two or three more pots that didn't make it past the flop.  Sitting on $240, I was dealt K-7 on the button.  Seat 5 called, I called, and the BB bet $10.  Seat 5 called and I called.  The flop was K-8-7 and the BB led out for $20.  Seat 5 raised to $50.  Let's pause the action here and see what I should do.

Seat 5 called pre-flop, and then raised the flop!  The short time I was at the table, I didn't gather any valuable info on the guy.  He could have flopped a set.  I think he would have bet 8,8 pre-flop.  He could be on a flush draw, a straight draw, or both.  He doesn't have A,K probably.  He was either a big gambler or he had a good hand.

I called and the BB folded.  The turn was a 3 and seat 5 bet $70.  He only had $35 behind so I put him all-in.  He called and the river was a brick.  He showed K-8♠ for the win!

I really should have seen that coming.  He showed a lot of strength on the flop and there were very few hands that I was ahead.  I lost the rest of my buy-in few orbits later.

And the second floor curse lives on!

Monday, July 18, 2016

What Was I Holding

Hand 1: I finally got to play in July.  It was a profitable venture that included some interesting hands.  Instead of telling you my hole cards, let's have a quiz to see if you can figure out what I was holding.

I'm in seat 4, $400 behind, and limp-in with x-x.  Seat 6, on the button, makes it $11.  Seat 7 is a retired gentleman who has built a nice stack by playing a lot of hands.  He raises it to $22.  Seat 3 calls and I call knowing seat 6 will also come along.  As predicted, seat 6 calls and four of us see the flop.  The flop is 5
-5♠-A and I don't like it.

At this point, what could my opponents be holding.  Seat 7 raised out of position, he most likely is holding premiums.  
Seat 6 bet $11 initially, he might have a big ace or a mid pair.  I'm not sure what seat 3 might be holding, but he didn't impress me with his play earlier.

Surprisingly, it's checked around on the flop!  
The turn is a 3 and we all checked again.  I checked thinking that I was way ahead and one more free card wasn't a big deal.  What I should have been thinking is the size of the pot and placing a $60 bet to take it down.  The river was 5♣!  What a terrible card.  Seat 7 bets $20 and only gets a call from seat 6.  Seat 7 shows Q-Q and seat 6 folds.

Looking back at the hand, if one of my three opponents had an ace and I bet $60 on the turn, would he have called?  If he calls, the river kills my hand and I lose $88.  What bet on the turn would get A,x to fold and non ace hands to fold?

What was I holding?  Click the button below to find out.