I checked the waiting list for $1/$3 at 7 pm and there wasn't one! I was seated in the MGM poker room before 8 pm. I was in seat 5 to start out.
I open to $7 with A♥-7♥. Seat 2, in the SB, makes it $15. I call and seat 8 calls. The flop is A-7-8 rainbow. SB leads out for $5 and I make it $10. The lady calls and SB makes it $25. Only I call. The turn is a 3. He bets $25, I make it $50, and he is all-in for $7 more. I call and the river is a blank. He shows A-K. I win and am up to $322.
I move to seat 10 in order to get on the right side of a big stack who likes to raise pre-flop. I open to $12 with 10♦-10♥ and get three callers. The flop is 6-8-3♣. I bet $20 and get one caller. Turn is A♣ and he leads out for $20. I call and the river is a 10♣. He bets $20 and I raise to $80. He folds.
Approaching midnight, I'm sitting on $395 and am getting ready to call it a night. I look down at 8♠-8♣ and open to $15. Seat 2, big stack, makes it $30. Only I call. The flop is 8-9,A and I check. He bets $25 and I call. The turn is a J. I check and he bets $100.
What do we know about the villain: He replaced the guy I stacked from the A,7 hand. He was involved in a three-way all-in hand on the flop, holding A,A, and the flop was 6,10,5. All three players had over $500. He won a $1500 pot.
In another hand, I was UTG with A,Q and bet $10. He raised to $30 and the SB called. I folded, he ended up having 10,10 vs her A,K.
Back to the hand. I move all-in and he makes the call. River is a 6 and I turn over 8,8. He turns over A,A.
How could I have played it differently? Maybe I can just call the turn? If I check the river (or lead out) and he bets (or raises), can I fold a set?