Things have been fairly quiet around here - and for good cause. I've been fully engaged at both work and school, and coupled with the way I've been running at the tables lately, I've been passively avoiding sitting down (as opposed to actively refusing to play, I simply haven't been rushing out to play when I get a free opportunity). This little run bad (past 2 months exactly) has seen me set over set someone only to get runner 4 flushed, run my 2 pair into a backdoored flush, and have all sorts of bad stuff happen. Interestingly enough, though, during the 6 sessions I've played over the 2 month period where the run bad has occurred, I find myself down "only" $1200 - 6 buy-ins. I say "only" because it feels like so much more.
It feels like I can't win a session if my life depended on it. More often than not, my sessions will end in frustration of being coolered somehow or some way. I don't feel like I'm playing poorly, but I do feel like I've been cold decked frequently. People are nutting on my constantly, against my value hands. I should be crushing 1/2 and right now, it's crushing me.
The Meister family generally stays at the Tropicana when we go up to AC. Note that we go up to the hellhole (AC, not necessarily the Trop) MAYBE once per year. The kids get to go on the beach, we can walk the boardwalk, and they can go shopping at the outlet mall area while I can get in a bit of table time. I also don't have to clockwatch to deal with the 45 minute drive home when I'm playing at the Chuck; my room is a mere 5 minute walk / elevator ride upstairs. Since it was raining this past weekend, I opted to play at the Trop's poker room. For a Sunday night, they had maybe 2 1/2 games running and 4 2/4 limit games. I was kinda in shock; I figured it would be busier than that for a Sunday summer night.
I sat down to the cast of rocks and donks and was able to spot the regs with ease. On a first name basis with the dealers, my first reg was a mid-aged woman with 2 dogs at home. I think she fancied herself much better than she actually was, frequently moving her stack in with top pairs and rarely getting called. In all fairness, perhaps she was a bit tilted by the donkey in seat 10 snapping off her 3bet shove ($11 raise called 2 ways and she 3bet/ shoved $100+) with 2 2 PF (he had ~$50 total) - 2 on the flop natch sealed it for him.
My next 2 hands in my history involve both of these players, although individually:
I introduce myself to the table by raising the CO with AQo (3 limpers, I popped it to $15 and get 2 callers + fancy lady who is to my right). Flop misses but has 2 hearts; 8 4 4. I cbet $30 and fancy lady player calls. Non-heart Ace on the turn and she open shoves her remaining $50. I think for a bit and determine that she doesn't have a 4, so I call. She flips Ah2h immediately and I'm very happy to see that I'm way ahead; 80% to the win, 2% to the chop. Of course, 4 on the river has us chopping and she comments that I should be glad that I didn't see a heart... yeah... glad...
A few hands later, I limp along with a host of limpers - A5ss. Flop is A J 4 - 2 clubs and aggro Asian leads for $15 into around that size pot. Donk in 10 calls and I come along. Turn is a 5 and donk checks to me. I decide to take the lead, ensuring that I charge for the donkey's club draw - I bet out $40; Asian dude calls as does donkey. River is 2c and donk open shoves (lol) for $23. I think I snap here (maybe incorrect because I'm reading him directly for a club draw) and Asian dude folds. I'm shown Q8cc and concede the pot.
2 hands, shitty results.
I tread water, get to break even and contemplate leaving when, of course, the following happens:
KTss UTG+2 and I limp. It folds all the way to the SB, who comes along and the BB, and ABC player raises to $12. I call as does the SB and we see a flop of QsJsJx - OESF draw. Checks to the BB who leads for $20. I think for a bit and opt to call instead of raise here. I can see what develops on the turn, but I can fairly well put the ABC player on a tight range; he's never gotten out of line in the hour I've played with him - always shown the nuts or very close to it. No need to knock him off the hand if I can even get him to fold AA or KK. Best case, he holds 2 red Ace's and I can stack him with a straight flush over boat.
Turn is a beautiful 9h. Not the 9 I was looking for, but completes my straight. BB leads for $30 and I again don't want him to go away. I think a raise here forces him to fold, so I opt to flat the $30. I also want to draw to that straight flush rather than folding out my opponent. At this point, the board is pretty scary for AA, KK, and he's showing extreme weakness based on bet sizing.
7s on the river and I now have a flush to trump my straight. However, he now leads big for $80.
What do you do? Why?
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