I played a short session last night - all of 3 hours - before I got tired & decided to call it quits for the night. Last night was the first night I've had free in... ohhh... say about 5 weeks? Time has been sucked into a vortex for me; balancing between work, school, home, travel (work), etc., there has been very little time to get out and grind.
Regardless, I had a few interesting hands where I think I got lucky, but perhaps I made the correct decision:
First hand, 4th hand into the session - no particular reads on any of the players.
Original raiser had been semi-aggro in the 4 hands I'd seen him play; he raised once and called a raise once (in 4 hands; meaningless sample obv). It limps around to dude and he raises to $11 in the BB. Seeing the 5 limpers, I start the waterfall by calling with 9c8c. 3 limpers call and we see a $55 pot of TcJc5s.
He loads up and leads out for $31 - odd bet, but whatever...
I sit & think for a bit - should I call or take the aggro line... True to myself, I take the aggro line and raise $45 on top. Folds around and dude tanks a bit and just calls (we're playing $200 deep to start the hand). Turn is a 5h and we check through. I consider a shove here, but opt to just check, planning on shoving most / all rivers. River is a 3s and he checks again. I shove my ~$110 remaining and he insta-mucks. Nice start.
Bit later, the table got very actiony when 3 middle age Chinese gentlemen sat down (separately, but all knew each other and were friends). One was immediately pissed that I called him out on the "English only" rule... he's having discussions about what I'd imagine to be the players. These 3 guys were not afraid to put money in the pot and one particular guy was a decent hand reader. Although he had position on me (immediately to my left) I was pretty sure he was trying to stay out of my way; he wasn't getting cutesy with raising when he sensed weakness or anything - he was fit or fold with me.
Anyway, I raise AJo to $10 from MP and get a LAG caller from the BTN and one of the blinds.
Flop comes 8c7c 2d. Pretty meh flop, but worthy of a cbet. I lead for $25 (I think - maybe it was $20) and LAG calls. I put him on a draw.
Turn is 8d and we check through. River is 3c and I check once again. He looks at his cards, then the board - pauses for a moment, looks at me - and then bets $25.
I take pause and think about his body language and consider the information. His whole demeanor screamed missed draw, but the club got him there, so can that be? I think he always bets his turned trips, and if he's shy, then he's basically bluffing his hand now with the 3rd club out there. Then I start thinking about the body language: he looked at me, picking up that I'm uncomfortable with the 3rd club, given the action in the hand. He's turning his hand into a bluff - but the bullshit is whether or not he has a 7, 3 or 2 and doing this, or simply T9, 65 draws that missed altogether. 1/2 players are shitty like that - they don't know when their hands have showdown value, so they think they need to bluff the river. Clearly, I should be calling all overpairs, especially for $25, so is that ever going to get me off my hand. Regardless, I sit with AJ high, just 2 overcards - and not great overcards at that. Eventually, I coax myself into a call and wait for him to flip. As expected, he shows 65 and I flip AJ to scoop. Although I don't think the call was that hard, the Asian guy to my left *CERTAINLY* took note and the kid to my right thought it was an excellent call.
Last hand in the post:
I raise TT (no heart) to $15 after one limper. Get called in 2 spots (other gambly Asian dude and original limper).
$45 flop comes 3h 6h 8h and it checks to me. I lead for $30 and get check raised by Asian fella - I think he raised to $75 or something; I didn't bother to get a count. Original limper folds and I had expected him to do this, as he had been doing it all night. I think he shows up with a ton of Ah x and just stupid draws, so I insta shove, putting him all in for $120. I got an overpair and I'm not going anywhere; he's been bullying the table all night.
Well, he tanks & tanks and shows his neighbor his decision... The one time I run into this ass when he has a hand! He has JhJx!!! As time runs, he finds his fold button (I'm shocked) and I scoop.
That's the second time I've aggro bet with the second best hand and gotten a fold at MDL - the first time, I'll describe in another post, because it's cringe worthy.
Thursday, December 19, 2013
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