I am in Chicago this week and had to get here by mon am so flew out early so I could play a little at Horseshoe last night. Will play again on friday and it was great to see John and Brian there too..
First off the games were way better than LA.. AGAIN.. the avg player in LA is not horrible although Bart would beg to differ
There were at least 3 fish 2 or 3 more so so players and really only one guy who I thought was decent. He made a comment after he raised me and I mistakenly asked him how many "white" chips he had. In LA our $100 are white with pink and here they are Black like in vegas. he immediately said something like "not like in LA they are black" now it could be he has been to LA or he could also recognize me and knew I was from LA..nonetheless he was a good player..
Second hand I played I got KK and I raised to 30 after two limpers.. one was an utg player who was rather bad.. guy in bb calls me and is a very loose player who raised when I first got to table with T7 dd .. now utg reraises to 105 with less than 100 left.. other limper folds and I flat call hoping to get the loosey guy to call. I have 495 to start the hand and LG has me covered.. Flop is 852r and utg goes all in.. I call again and now bb folds.. utg had JJ .. very pleased with my play there to get an extra 70 bucks from the loose player..
Two hands later I get AA I open raise to 25 (yes TDF I am betting a bit bigger.. still trying things out).. three callers..
Flop is T45 two hearts. ch I bet 75.. everyone folds to the sb who min raises me to 150.. this is generally tp so I call.
Turn is K hearts sb bets 100.. I call
river 9 hearts he checks I bluff as I have Ad Ac 150 he snap calls with a set of 10s.. *sigh* wish I knew he was a station.. but still happy with my play.. had he had pretty much any low heart I think I would have gotten him to fold..
The very next hand I have 22 utg.. so I have had about 4 hands worthy of raising this round and I dont want to limp in so I raise again.. to 20.. this time 4 callers..
Flop A23 r.. ch to me I bet 75 again and now bb calls. I think he prob has an A..
turn 6 d.. he checks I bet 130.. he pretty much insta shoves I see he has AQ and am about to tell him he is drawing dead when the
Q hits the river and he jumps up.. I turn over the 22 and he is clearly upset.. Another player at other end of table tells me the "pros" play at the big game behind our table.
Another nice hand with the fish to my right and probably my best played hand of the night was this .. He raised to only 15 from the button. he tended to raise bigger with better hands I have JT os and although I am oop he will check most rivers if he has showdown value and has bluffed a bunch of rivers too. heads up.
Flop comes KJ4 one club Kc.. ch ch
turn Qc.. i check he bets 25..and like insta bets..
River K i check and again insta bet of 65.. top pair paired and he would for sure check a Q so I call and he mucks I am good.!
My final good hand I was also very pleased with my play as I am getting better at calling with basically nothing even though I have the right odds.. Or I really should say calling with a drawing hand because I have odds against a range that doesnt kill me..
Fish on my right leaves and another loose calling station who was at our table earlier and left sits down. Earlier against him I had raised the fish on my right with 45 hearts only to have villain in this hand call me and fish fold. Since he is a calling station I never bet the 67679 board and he is upset that he checked all the way to the river with 78 and never got a dime off of me..
So calling station limps and I have AK and I raise to 30.. fish only has 130 total after bluffing in a bad spot the hand before..he calls..
Flop is 345 two hearts.. I have Ac Kh he cks I bet 45 and he goes all in. So the pot is 150+ 50 =200 only like 50 to call. well I snap call.
Turn Ad River 9c.. he has J5 hearts and says how "lucky" I got.
no real tough spots last night but I am very happy on a couple of plays.. I played so so much better because I wasnt tired.. I also kept my aggression up and open raised bigger as TDF suggested. I actually think that is a really good suggestion .. I already have a tight image and it charges players more to call me with implied odds hands and so forth. It also builds the pots a bit bigger so I think my cbet will be more effective as again it will be more costly to call me.
Now to balance this I did raise a couple of times to the same amounts with the 45hh and I think I had another small SC like 78 cc I raised with too. No one saw those hands though.
going back to hammond on friday will report some hands when I get home saturday..