I decided to degen it up yesterday by taking the day off and go play a little poker. My wife is away until Tuesday, so I have to get the kids off to school and back again - I have about 4-5 hours in between to get some time in. The table was surprisingly loose for a 10am table - these were mostly regs, but some of the regs were pretty woeful to say the least. I'm not going to get into the regs and surprising play, but there were many many profitable spots including calling down 2nd and 3rd pairs a ton for crazy prices...
There were 2 hands in question that I'll share today:
2nd or 3rd hand against a brand new player, I'm dealt TT in position and raise $15 against 2 limpers. Get called in both spots.
Flop comes QQ5 rainbow - it checks to me. I check through thinking that only a Q is going to call in this spot, so why bet. Turn is an 8 and new player leads for $35. I flat and the other player folds.
River is a blank. He insta-shoves on me (~$125 effective). I have showdown value here - what to do, what to do? Knowing nothing about this player, I fold.
Thoughts? Unknown player? Checks flop out of position, leads turn and shoves river?
A bunch of hands later, I see him betting & raising a TON of hands. He's getting away with it on small pots, where he's raising unreasonably large on mostly blank flops, but his raises seem out of whack; it appears that he's trying to win the pots outright and buy people off hands rather than get value for anything. He's clearly fishy, and I'm thinking I made a bad lay down there... I think I have to lay down there though given the strength he's shown and the lack of knowledge.
I get retribution from him (and then some) when the following hand arises:
I limp QJo in the HJ position (he's to my right so I continually have position on him). It limps to a 4 way flop:
Q 6 2 (2 diamonds). BB leads for $8, folds around to fish and he raises to $20. I think for a minute and raise to $40. BB folds and fish calls.
Turn is a blank and fish checks. I think about how to maximize value here - I bet $75 and he insta-calls.
River is another blank and he checks again. I think I can eek out some value here - perhaps $50 or so, but my thought is that he's calling better hands and folding draws, so why bet here? I guess I shouldn't think when I'm dealing with a fish, and only act strong. However, I [perhaps weakly] check through and wait for him to show. He shows K6o, and I win a sizable pot for a pair of Queens, J kicker. There were many eye rolls and dropped jaws when he showed mid pair after calling $115! This guy would go on to bust through his starting stack, but he's apparently well known to do this kind of bad play. QJ is such a check / call get-to-showdown-cheaply type of hand 99% of the time, but I got nice value for it on this go-around against this kind of player...
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