Onboard, I got to sit in on some of the fishiest games I've ever played. Either the players were partially retarded or spewtarded. Numerous times... check that... almost every time - I'd see limp / calls with $12 behind and auto folds to cbets. Every once in awhile, it's a good feeling to be the HUGE fish in a little pond, as I was far & away the best player at the tables.
Unfortunately, I wasn't able to put my skill into quantifiable dollar terms. The digital PokerPro tables treated me terribly; I would get it all in more than 3 times as a dominating favorite only to be sucked out on. Notables included: KQo vs. K9o all in PF (I raised and he 3bet all in to not much more; running 4 flush), 33 vs. K6 on a 3 6 8 K board (6 on the riv; checked flop and check / raised AI turn to ~$100 stack), AT vs KTdd on a 2c 5s 7d (aggrodonk called PF $15 raise and shoved $42 into $45 on flop - good call by me) board (diamond turn, K river). Nevertheless, I persevered for a +break-even 3 nights, happy to escape the clutches of run bad.
Trying to get back in gear, I went out & played a session at Charles Town yesterday, with mixed results. I had to make my own luck as I simply was not getting the cards. For the majority of my 3-4 hour session, I was break-even, never swaying more than +-$25. Towards the end of the session, I limped 32o in mid to late position and saw a 3 way flop where I flopped a J56 under-gutter with 2 hearts and a spade on board. I lead the flop for $15 into a large-ish field and got 2 callers. At this point, I was determined to boom or bust and steeled myself to pound away at the pot. To date, I had never really been to showdown and hardly played any hands. I figured my reputation, for anyone watching, would precede itself, and I could be given credit fora two pair / set type hand. The turn brought a 3s, giving me a bit of equity to the river. I was fairly sure that the pair of 3's was not the best hand, but continued my story regardless - firing $35 into the $50-ish pot. 1 sticky caller was all who remained to a blank river. After his check, I shoved my remaining $200+ into his effective $160, repping a two pair / set. He folded after a few seconds of thought and showed 64ss so I showed my 23 bluff and was done with the session + 1/2 buy in... Not bad for a completely card dead / water treading session.
Hand HistoryFrom a session ~2 weeks ago at Charles Town:
New player (claims to have just turned 21; his first time casino, playing "pro" poker). He's on the HJ and opens to $12 (note that whether or not he's a new 21, he handles his chips poorly and is clearly new to poker). I decide to 3bet him to $40 with QQ on the BB. My 3bet folds out the limpers and he shoves $200. The action is on me, so I start to talk... I ask him what he has and get an answer: he tells me Aces. I tank and fold. Comments?
BTW, he showed his Aces. :-) Next hand.