Hand 1: 1/2 uncapped game at the Golden Nugget. The villain in this hand appears to be a competent and aggressive player. He is the effective stack with $800. I have $1000. I am on the button. He is in the small blind. I have Ace♣ King♦
Pre-flop: Hijack and cutoff limp. I raise to $18 on the button. The villain calls from the small blind. The big blind and the limpers fold.
Flop ($42): Ace♥ Seven♥ Five♦ Villain checks, I bet $25, Villain then check-raises to $65. I call.
Turn ($172): Ten ♣ Villain bets $90. I call.
River ($352): Two ♦ Villain checks. Is this a value bet or a check? About an orbit earlier, I doubled up through this villain by hitting a set of queens against his pocket aces.
Hand 2: 2/5 at the Venetian. The villain in this hand again appears to be competent and aggressive. I am the effective stack with $950. The villain has $1300. He is utg. I am utg +1. I have 10 ♠ 10♣
Pre-flop: The villain raises to $20. I reraise to $65. Everyone else folds to the villain who calls.
Flop: ($142) Seven ♦ Four♣ Three♠ He checks. I bet $75. He calls.
Turn: ($292): Jack ♥ He checks, I check.
River: ($292) Jack ♠ He checks. Is this a value bet or a check? This villain had just hit the $600 random seat half-hour drawing at the Venetian just a couple minutes before this hand commenced.
My thoughts are that hand #1 is a value bet on the river while hand #2 should be a check.