I know... I know... Things have been incredibly slow around here for the past couple months - and they've been even slower lately, since I've been so inundated with work.
Quick update on the work front: Things are going very well. I love the new role I've taken within the company, but the 10-fold increase in responsibility just leaves me with time to work work work rather than play. I effectively work from 7:30 to around 5 (boo-hoo, I know), get back to the hotel, go work out, eat dinner, and have time to catch up on work emails that I missed throughout the day / watch a show & go to bed. The pattern marginally sucks because I'm away from my family and working so much, but it's only another 3 months until I'm back at home and things will revert back to normal - and I actually enjoy doing the work, which makes a world of difference in the happiness scale. In the meantime, though, I need to learn everything I can in order to successfully migrate my team from CO to Maryland.
Over the weekend, my coworker and I drove up to Black Hawk to play a little poker. He's a beginner, so we were going over pot odds vs. implied odds vs. real odds and the rule of 2x and 4x for calculating outs, in addition to other poker fundamentals. I did not play at the same table as him (purposely), so I couldn't really evaluate his play, but I think he enjoyed himself. I think the conversation on the drive up was eye-opening to him; I doubt he realized that there's so much more to poker than just playing your hands.
Anyway, I wound up spending a solid 7 hours up there - one of my longer sessions on the year. I was card dead for the majority of the night - I decided to track which hands (folded or un-folded) would have been winners by pulling $1 chips out of my stack and keeping a separate count. In the 7 hours of play, I wound up with about 15 winning hands. I suppose I shouldn't do that; it only winds up with negative thoughts going through my head - but oh well. I maximized most of those 15 hands, because I came out to the positive. I do have one hand of note to share, and it's a somewhat interesting hand - no doubt controversial:
Ground rule - at Blackhawk, the fixed max bet is $100, so the 1/2 NL game is really a 1/2 $2-$100 spread limit game with uncapped buy in.
I'm sitting on around $350, and villain has me covered easily. He moved from a 2/5 game - he's a solid, yet unimaginative ABC player. He's always betting the nuts - or what he perceives as the nuts, and check / calling when he's drawing. He can fold hands.
I limp UTG+1 with A8cc and the BTN, a tight 60-ish gentleman bumps it to $10 - the BB (villain) calls, I come along, as does one other to my left. $40 in the pot PF.
Flop comes: 3 4 6 - two spades. It checks to the original raiser who leads for $15. BB calls, I call and other dude folds. $85 in the pot.
Turn is a beautiful off suit 5. BB immediately loads up for $35 - a "large-ish" bet from him. I consider raising but I squarely put BB on an 8. I don't think he ever bluffs in this spot, with 3 way action and him being first to act. If I raise here, it pushes out the original raiser with near certainty, and sets the hand up for a chop - something I'd rather avoid if possible, since it looks like we're chopping anyway. Therefore, I call, but to my chagrin, original raiser folds quickly. $155 in the pot.
River is a very interesting Ks, completing the flush. Now, I've never raised, never shown any aggression. To all observers, I could easily be on a flush draw, and I'm keenly aware of this fact. I look at the villain who immediately checks. I waste no time in max betting $100, and he thinks and thinks - says to me that he never calls for a chop before mucking his hand. I show him the 8c which drives him up the wall.
It's cool when a plan comes together! Anyone else at the table, and that bet is hopeless - "How can I fold my straight!??!? It was good on the turn, even though the 3flush completed, it's got to be good on the river!!!" but this guy: "I'd rather fold and be wrong than call and be wrong."
Quality poker time up in Black Hawk, CO
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