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!
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