January 16th, 2013
Lucky Chances Casino 3/5 NL
San Francisco, California
Hand One: We are playing 6 handed in a must move game. I had been card dead for about an hour before this hand.
Villain - Splashy and squirmy recreational player. He's not afraid to bluff perceived weakness. He's willing to call bets and raises with weak hands. He is talkative and giving good action. 100% of my focus is playing pots with him.
Effective stacks - $500
Villain straddles in the BB for $10, Hero raises to $30 UTG with KcKs, it folds to villain who calls the $20 quickly. I think some people make the mistake of raising bigger here. We want villain to stay in the hand with a wide range, we could care less about the $18 in dead money and there is no problem with this sizing and getting in stacks by the river if we choose to.
Flop $65 : 4d5h7d. Villain checks, I bet $45 (Meant to bet $60 but live misclicked) and villain calls quickly. I think betting anything less than $55 is just flushing money down the toilet.
Turn $155 : 4d5h7d7h. Villain instantly leads $75 and I tank a bit before calling. Donkbetaments. I think we are forced to call here. By raising we would fold out all his bluffs which we have great equity against and we would also fold out weak two pair type hands while better hands are always calling or reraising.
River $305: 4d5h7d7hQh. Villain instantly reaches back and bets $150. So, we have to call $150 to win 455 which is 3 to 1 so we need to be good 25% of the time. If he had a seven I found his river action very peculiar because the nuts changed on the river and he spent no time to consider this before betting. I figure he would reraise the flop with 2 pair plus so it basically came down to a weirdly played 7 or some kind of back door flush like 69hh or A3hh or a rare boat with Q7ss or Q7cc. In the end I felt he definitely had a bluffing frequency with this line and I was good at least 1/4th the time. I eventually called and villain tabled 95 off.
Hand Two: Table is the main game and is playing 9 handed. Everyone is playing pretty passively. Soft and slow table.
Effective stacks: $700.
Villain one (CO) - Has over 1k in front of him. He seems ok. I've seen him raise to $15 pre a few times since I have sat down. I 've also seen him take stabs in several spots when checked to or there is perceived weakness. I think he is the type of player to stab with a very wide range.
Villain two (BU) - Has $300 in front of him. Tight player. He gives me a lot of respect and does not play back at me with anything but very strong holdings. He fast plays big hands.
3 limps, Villain one limps CO, Villain two limps BU, hero completes sb with 58o and bb checks.
Flop $30: Jc7c6s. Checks to Villain one who bets $15, Villain two calls, I raise to $80, folds to villain one who calls quickly and villain two folds. I felt villain one was betting a wide range and villain two was also calling with a wide range. I thought I could move them off most of their holdings now especially since I'm showing strength by making the raise into multiple people. I also have equity if called. I just thought it was a good spot to semibluff.
Turn $205: Jc7c6sQh. I bet $150 and Villain folds. I thought this was a great card to barrel. I think villain one would fold a fair amount of his JQ's on the flop and he also doesn't have many Q high flush draws. I still have equity if called. If villain did call I would have shifted his range to a lot more flush draws that were ace high or started out as combo draws or became combo draws on the turn. I don't 3 barrel a ton but I thought, if called, this would be a great spot to triple barrel under bluff the river on a lot of brick cards. I think some people freak out and launch the river as a bluff but if you think of the range we are trying to fold, we really don't have to bet that much in relation to the pot.
Hand Three - Table is the main game and is playing 9 handed.
Villain - Biggest spot at the table by far. He is raising a lot of hands and is not afraid to call raises preflop. In on hand I saw him raise a bunch of limps when checked to then call a limp re raise with K2ss. He stabbed at the flop when checked to with complete air and no back door draws and ended up hitting runner runner straight to win a big pot. The player with AA just called the flop (mistake) and the turn went check check for him to get there. I also saw him raise A9ss to $50 preflop out of the big blind when 5 people had limped and after getting three callers bomb a 556dd flop. He is bad.
Effective stacks - $950.
4 limps Villain raises to $25 in the CO, Button calls, I call in the BB with 88, 2 other limpers call.
Flop $123: 458r. Checks to villain who bets $60, I raise to $170 everyone else folds and Villain calls. I think c/r flop is best line to build a pot as villain has shown a propensity to cbet a lot whether he has anything or not. I also thought about betting small to induce.
Turn $463. 458Ar. I bet $185 and villain calls quickly. I chose this sizing because the only part of his range that we need to worry about are underpairs to the Ace. I think with all his Ace high floats we are getting paid no matter what size we chose and by betting small we are more likely to get him emotionally tied to the pot by the river with pairs less than an Ace.
River $833. 458A4r. I have $570 left and bet $470, Villain goes all in for $100 more, I call and villain tables AA.
I left the table before being dealt a single hand after that. I was definitely upset and bummed after I lost that pot and I definitely was no longer playing my A game. Normally, I would have stayed and tried to get my money back but this time I took a deep breath and realized It was 11:00 pm, I had work the next morning, the game is capped so I could only buy back for $500 and I was no longer 100% focused. It was time to go home, eat some good pad thai and live to fight another day...
Mental game ftw.
-Thoughts on any part of this post (Whether technical or not) are definitely welcome!