Friday, April 15, 2016

A quick brag post...

I played Thursday night 1/3 at the 'Shoe and then was able to come back and play a session today, Friday.  Both sessions were very successful.  One hand was a particular standout as one of my opponents so poorly played their hand that I was just stunned.  I guess I have so many hands under my belt at this point that nothing should surprise me, but still, I'm always amazed...

A little background: 65-75 year old gentleman, always well dressed, likes to splash around a bit and does not have a fold button.  Usually, if he calls for $3 and someone raises, so long as there's money in the pot, he's calling the raise.  I've hit him up a number of times where he'll limp and I raise to between $20-25 eliciting a call followed by a check / fold.

A bit more background on our fish of the day:  I played with him last night where the board turned a 4 flush with me holding the Ace.  I lead out a monotone flop for $10 or something (limped pot) and he called from one of the blinds.  Turn completed my flush and I led out for another $10 or so - he c/r'ed me to $30 and I thought for a bit --- called.  River was another flush card so the board was a flush.  It was something like Q 2 3 6 9 so a straight flush was possible with the 4 5, buy I wasn't too worried.  Any who, our friendly scamp leads out for $100 with like $90 behind.  I raise all in and then he starts talking about how I have the Ace and how bad he runs, etc.  He ends up calling and I stack him.

Fast forward to today: I raise A Q hh from EP.  I get called in about 5 spots and we see a flop of... ho hum...  K J 3 - all hearts.  Easy game, I know...  Well, old man in SB checks, BB leads for $35 and my read is precisely that he flopped a flush too.  Action is on me and I waffle between check and raise - the last thing I want to see on the turn is another heart so he can be scared away, after all.  I come to my senses, though, thinking about the pending 4 other players yet to act and decide to call the $35.  Alas, it folds around to our lovable loser in the SB who decides to execute an ill-timed check / raise... except he c/r's all in for about $170.  BB thinks for about 5 seconds and verbalizes a call.  The whole time, I'm thinking: "I want him to think that I am pondering a call, but all I'm really think'in about it Vegas and the fuckin' Mirage."

Action to me and I have the BB covered (he has around $350).  Is there any point of screwing around with so much in the middle already - he's committed almost half his stack and the last thing I want is the board to pair or another heart to drop?  I do my best Matt Damon and verbalize all in.  BB is now in a panic... he wasn't thinking I had already flopped the flush, and went through the stages of grief right before my very eyes in the span of about 10 seconds: surprise, then disbelief, then finally acceptance with the call!  Well, what do you think old man holds?  Go on!  Take a guess - what do old men have when the c/r all in?  AA of course - drawing nearly dead to runner runner with 1 Ace and / or running trips on the board.  Needless to say, my hand holds for the 98% favorite and I scoop a nice pot!

11 comments:

  1. Congrats on two good sessions!

    went through the stages of grief right before my very eyes in the span of about 10 seconds: surprise, then disbelief, then finally acceptance

    LOL, love this! Love it a lot!

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    1. We've all been there - shock, disbelief then acceptance when we run into a hand that we were least expecting... I think the strangest lesson learned from all of the above was that prior to playing 2 sessions with my hapless victim, I thought he had a decent game. Now, I will never respect his game again - and it's disappointing that he's just such a poor player...

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    2. Can we Monday-Morning-Quarterback the hand and find out if you let the BB see one more card would you have stacked him too or does he fold?

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    3. I stacked them both; sorry it wasn't clear from the post, but the SB shoved, the BB called and then called my re-ship for his full stack of about $350

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    4. @xdex7 - Never mind; I understand what you're asking: The run out was something like 5 and 8, non hearts, so I would have stacked him regardless.

      Right or wrong, I take the approach to get it in especially when I hold the nuts, having the reverse fear that the board will 4 flush, killing my action. If I'm sure my opponent has a flush, and he's committed his stack, why not get it in with the nuts and take risk out of the equation?

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    5. Oh OK, I misread "stages of grief right before my very eyes in the span of about 10 seconds: surprise, then disbelief, then finally acceptance" somehow skipped over "with the call!"

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  2. Very enjoyable post, as always! For the record, the stages of loss/grief are denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance ;-)

    s.i.

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    1. He skipped the bargaining and anger part :-)

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  3. "...but all I'm really think'in about it Vegas and the fuckin' Mirage." Classic, classic!

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  4. That's a nice scoop. It's fun finding characters like that at the table. I'll start following you.

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