Hi guys! For my first post here at CLP I wanted to get some feedback on a hand I played a couple of weeks ago. This was at a local 2/5 underground game - 1 table, 10 handed, small player pool so everyone knows everyone reasonably well.
Hero ($1400) - white guy, early 30's, one of the tightest players at the table, big winning image tonight.
Villain ($1000) - white guy, mid 40's. Not a “pro” in the sense that he has a job other than poker, but plays for profit and is a winning player at these local underground games. Very LAG style, makes a lot of questionable calls preflop and has a strong tendency to stack off light. Had some big tourney cashes recently and (perhaps as a result of that) has been playing pretty spewy in the cash games lately. The previous week at this game was a particularly bad night for villain – he lost about $5,000 (playing 2/5), and on his last hand he called down two huge bets against an obvious full house and then proceeded to literally throw about $600 in chips across the table at the guy who won the pot.
In other words: villain is a skilled but inconsistent player who appears to be having problems playing his A-game at the moment.
Background hand from earlier in the session:
Hero is in the CO with A♠ 9♠, 2 or 3 players limp in from EP, Hero limps, BTN limps, and Villain checks his option in the BB. Flop comes 6♠ 4♠ 3♠ , checks to Hero who bets $20, BTN raises to $60, Villain flats, Hero raises to $160, BTN calls the $160, Villain moves all in for $600, Hero calls and the BTN calls. Villain has 5♠ 3♥ for a pair and OESFD, BTN has K♠ 7♠ .
(I know this hand history makes villain look like a complete fish, and I could post probably a half dozen other examples of extremely fishy plays I’ve seen this guy make recently, but I swear this villain does actually have a decent grasp of how to play poker.)
On to the hand in question:
UTG and UTG+1 limp, Villain raises to $30 from UTG+2 (standard raise size for this villain), folds to Hero on the BTN who 3bets to $85 with A♣ A♥ , folds back around to Villain who makes the call.
Flop ($180): J♥ 8♦ 7♣
Villain checks, Hero bets $120, Villain check-raises to $285. Hero takes a few seconds and makes the call.
Turn ($750): 2♥
Villain leads out for $325, leaving himself another $300 behind. Hero ???