The year in review
I shifted my primary focus from online poker to live poker in 2012. With Bodog / Bovada abandoning its Maryland player base, coupled with their move towards "anonymous poker," I realized that my interests had waned with regard to grinding 50NL+ at that site or elsewhere. I simply can't stand the cat & mouse game that we play with the government, minimizing our exposure to bankroll seizure at the whim of the DOJ. With the "relative" ease of access to live poker (Charles Town is about 45 minutes door-to-door from my house), live poker seems to be more lucrative, despite the immediate access that online provides. With that logic, 99% of my year with regard to poker has been dedicated to live play. In fact, I don't think I've had a single cash out during 2012.
My live poker play in 2012 has been a continual upward trend, discounting November where I went on a $1k downtrend. All said, I ran roughly in-line with my historical trends, adding roughly $1/hr in 2.5x the hours of seat time (I played 275 hours @ 65 sessions). I expanded my playing repertoire by working on my player reading capabilities, lines, bet sizes, and focusing on taking my time rather that instantly acting / reacting. All said, even though my year over year results ($$$ / hr) don't clearly prove it, I have become a more solid, well-rounded player.
Tales from Delaware Park
Looking in my logs, I hadn't stepped foot into DP since February. Since I'd been on a downward slide at Ctown, and I had a whole day to get my poker Jones satiated, I figured I would take the day to drive out to Delaware Park and situate myself there. It was a nice change of scenery but it would be turn out to be a roller coaster of a session. I got there (after a TON of traffic) around 12:30. DP does not make you post when sitting down, and it also has an odd rule where you can't purchase chips under any circumstances from the dealers. If you want to rebuy or buy in, you have to get the chip runner to get chips for you. However, cash plays so all is well. I am seated immediately and ask for $400; $200 on the table and $200 behind to add on as needed (I find this is good practice so that I can top off and keep a full buy in as my stack ebbs early on). I am in the HJ and see an EP raise and the player to my right 3bet to $24(?). I look down at AA and decide to 4bet to $60. I am an unknown and want to establish a reckless and devil-may-care image that I intend to use later. Original raiser is an older Asian guy who asks how much I have in total (I had nothing on the table as the chip runner had my 4 hundreds). I reported my $200 and he instantly said "all in." Gentleman to my right insta-folds and I snap it off. He shows KK and starts shrieking about the K in the window and telling me "You're dead!" over and over again. Welcome to over-the-top poker, Delaware, USA. I couldn't believe it. Bad enough that I'm running AA < KK on the first hand (guy to my right folded QQ), but I'm being verbally assaulted following the massive suckout afterwards.
6 hands later, I look down at AKs from the BB and 3 bet a late position $15 raise to $40. Folds around and guy to my right (table captain) is grumbling about me having AA / KK (uncool during the hand). Regardless, donkey fat middle age guy calls and we see an A T 2 rainbow flop. Check / check and we see a turn J. I lead $50 and he flats. River blank and I bet another $75 where he raises the last ~$20 in his stack (after the PF call he had $140-ish) and I'm shown KQ for the nut straight. $400 dusted and this session is going about as well as the past month or two in Ctown...
I persevere and after 10 hours of solid poker, show a profit of ~$100. Feels like a massive winner.
I don't know; reflecting back on the hand described, if he turns the set of Jacks, good game, but am I doing something wrong by stacking off AK in that spot? I've been questioning it all week, but I think I'm comfortable with it. He's getting 4-1 implied odds if he hits his flop and stacks me, and given the later play, I know that he's flatting a $50 lead on the flop. I think I'm comfortable with checking the flop there hoping that he catches up a little.