Over the past 3 months in college, I've been studying poker religiously. Probably studying at least 2 hours every day, and playing about 8 hours a week. I've also been working 15 hour weeks to fuel my poker bankroll. I slowly built it up to 500 and today I was ready to take on the casino.
It's a 1-3 game 300 cap. I'm sitting at about $400 and the villain has $600+. The villain was very reckless and fishy. I tried to bluff him once and he called me with 3 7 off for a pair of 3's.
Villain raises to 15 in MP over two limps, something he would only do with premiums cause he had always limped behind. I'm in the CO with 5h5c and flat and one of the limpers call.
Pots around $45.
Flop comes 8h 5s 3h.
Villian cbets $50. Over my hours of studying I put him on a high pocket pair J's+. The sizing seems like he wants to "Protect" and take the pot down. Since he probably won't bluff into me into the other streets with AK I decide to bump it up to $120 to try to get the money in now. I'm taking the old stack-a-donk line. Other guy folds and the villain thinks about it for 3 seconds and announces "I'm all in" and I snap call so fast that the dealer did a double take.
I table my set and It's obviously good and he flips over his JhJs.
Turn is the Kh and river is 6h giving the villain a higher flush than me.
$400 down the drain to runner, runner flush.
On the flop, I'm about 88% favorite. Poker is a really cruel game.
This is a good lesson for me on Bankroll management/variance. I knew I was taking was a risk. However, Bart always emphasizes the race out of the small stakes because of the rake, so I was shot taking to the 1-3. I realize it wasn't the smartest decision and maybe it doesn't apply to me still being in college and all. From my point of view playing online, especially in America, is sketchy, boring, and the edges are a lot slimmer, where they don't telegraph their hands to you like in live games.