I played last night at the Hustler and even though I was pretty tired they had a player appreciation bonus drawing each hour for $500 so I went. This was a mistake. I ended up playing too passively. It wasnt a total disaster but really made me angry at myself. Here are a couple of hands that I am not sure about and whether I would have played them differently if I wasnt as tired I am not sure..
Some backround.. first the casino was packed.. but an interesting phenomenon I think was at work.. it was packed with good players at the 5/5 game.. I think this could be equated to the wsop.. sucking up the good players and leaving a good player vacuum at other casinos.. When I played last weekend at the Bike there were four or five fish I was following.. Last night at the Bike there was 1.. ! fish for 5 5/5 games. All the rest were decent players that had accumulated points the previous month and were there trying to get that $500 bucks.. Is it really +EV to play in games like this? probably not..
Hand 1 vs the Nit
I had been at table for a couple of hours. The villain in this hand is a reg player that does this for a living and normally plays at the Bike. He is very tight.. I have only seen him raise one hand prior to this hand.. I am in late mp and I raise to 20 with TT.. I have 500 to start the hand and villain has a bit less but not that much less.. He calls from the button and we are heads up.
Flop QT8.. two hearts.. I bet 40 and he calls after hesitating a moment.. I thought he wanted to raise but then thought against it.. Pot 40+40+20+20+10 (blinds)=$130
Turn 6 d.. I decide that I have not been betting enough on the turn so I throw in one $100 chip.. He doesnt take too much time and ships it for 305 more.. I thought he might have had a Q on the flop when he hesitated but now I really torn.. What range do I put him on?
certainly both straights if he was suited he could have called with J9 or 79.. not all combos but some.. 88 for sure.. but what two pair hands could he have? Q8 not likely and the other involve the case ten so how can he have those.. So his range is rather narrow..
88, QQ if he flatted my raise.. J9, 79 and maybe one or two combos of Q8 AKhh and thats it.. One hand I crush and the rest I either need to pair up or have 1 out.. This guy is super tight so I folded after tanking for almost 2 min.. He never suggested calling a clock or anything. Afterwards I ran my equity and I was surprised that even against the range above I was just about 50/50.. very surprised.. What would you do? I mean if this was ANY other player at the table I would have beat him in the pot.. but nits just dont ship turn wo the nuts.. I sent a text message to Bart to confirm his read on this player since I am sure he has played with him for years. If he agrees that he is uber uber tight then I just not sure I can call.. but the equity calculations say I should...
I move tables a bit later because the ONLY fish was at another table and after a couple of hours this guy who looks very conservative comes to the table. I have played with him a bit but not that much.. Well he is a total lag player. playing against his physical appearance and I end up moving to get position on him because he has three bet either me or another player like three times in the last 30 min. I am card dead and dont have anything to fight back against other than a cold 4 bet and my hands are too in between for that.. either small pocket pairs or AT stuff like that.. I would prefer to cold 4 bet with say 67h.. but I am also tired so that of course is naturally making me more passive..
Well it would have it that I finally get a decent hand against him when I am in the sb.. he raises from the co to 20 and I have KQ dd.. I thought about three betting but I am not sure that is a great idea since I am sure he will call me in postion with almost his entire range.. so I am building a big pot and he floats and makes moves, etc... So I call and so does the bb..
Flop comes K 2 5 r... yeah I finally hit the flop.. I check so does the sb and he checks too.. That did put a little alarm bells on me but I thought that maybe he had a hand that had showdown value and me and the bb were the tightest players by far at the table..
turn T makeing KT hh.. I bet 25.. I am just realizing now just how small that is.. bb calls and now he raises to 80.. laggy can have anything from flush draw to pocket 6s.. I call and so does bb.. river 2.. I check (yeah I think this is also a mistake) bb check and now laggy bets 200.. What can he have?
I thought it really really likely he had a draw I call.. What do you guys think?
ok time to throw up!