I've been treading water for the last month or two. I haven't played that much. I've had a winning session at all three local poker rooms. I've also had losing sessions at MD Live and at the MGM. In my experience, it only takes a few hands to decide if a session ends with a win or a loss. Let's take a look at some hands.
The first hand, we'll call it the Poker Meister because in a recent post, his opponent beat him with 8,2.
This hand was very frustrating for three reasons. One, earlier, I was involved in a hand with the same player. I flopped a queen-high straight but on the river he caught up and we chopped. Two, I flopped it but he caught one of his three outs on the turn. Three, after we both checked the river, I said, "You have an eight, don't you?" He replied that he did. Then he turned his cards over and the dealer had to tell him that he had rivered a flush.
This hand happened not too long after Hand 1 above. Hitting top pair on the flop with a flush draw is about as good as it gets. I think he called because I was short stacked and he liked his hand.
I was surprised at the number of players in the hand. I wasn't sure if betting bigger or controlling the pot was smarter. I definitively thought at least one person was on a club flush draw. Once I nailed the river, I wasn't sure how big of a bet would get called. Maybe I could have bet more?
I wanted to include this hand because my river bet didn't get called. I didn't think the river would have raised any flags for the opponent. Maybe he was on a draw. I was left wondering what sizing would have work if he had a jack.