Still running like garbage in this league for some reason. Even though I finished in 4th place at the last game, it was mostly because I folded the entire night and only played enough hands to stay alive. It helps that when I’m all-in I tend to hit my hands for some reason.
Early on I try to start making my own luck. I have K/7o and 3-bet against Rocco who calls. All pretty low cards and my c-bet takes it down.
I think I’m in the big blind and call a small raise with 2/3o and call down with bottom pair. I feel like he doesn’t really have anything, neither do I, so I call his river bet. He has 4’s so I felt pretty good about my read and just wanted to validate.
I’m in late position with Q/Jo and call a small raise. Flop top pair and call him the entire way, especially after he bets the same amount on the turn. After this bet I considered raising but didn’t. Thought I might be able to induce another bet on the river, which I did. I was right and took the pot down.
4/4 and raise. 2 callers. Donk-bet on the flop from Rocco takes it down and saves me money!
A/8 in the big blind at least 3 of us go to the flop which is A/8/x, all hearts. I check with the intention of raising. Dave bets 1,000 and I raise to 3,000. He thinks, asks me if I have hearts. I say, “That’s certainly what I’m representing” and he folds and shows an Ace.
9/10o and raise with position. Dave from the big blind calls and says, I’m calling because you’re raising with rags. WTF? He shows Q/x and hit a queen on the turn. What I’m not sure about is if he has a read on me or if he was just messing with me.
4/4 and limp and fold when I don’t hit a set.
Just after Dave has a bad hand against Mike, he raises from early, but is clearly on tilt. I have A/Q from the BB, but Todd 3-bets about 70% of his stack. Against just Todd, I’d probably shove, but against Dave, who will likely call, I decide to fold. Dave calls and folds on the flop, but show A/Jo and Todd shows J/J. Flop was 2/3/3.
From the big blind I get to see a free flop, but do not look at my cards. It is Q/Q/X, 2 hearts, and checks around. The turn is another heart. This time Matt bets like 66% of the pot, probably about 1,000. I finally check my hand and discover A/Qd. Ugh. Should have looked preflop. I decide to raise to 2,500. It folds around to Matt who tanks and then calls. The river is a non-heart card and Matt checks. I check and have him crushed as he had middle pair.
I open from the button with Q/4c to try and mix things up. Russ calls. Flop is K/7/K, 2 clubs. Russ leads into me for 2,000, which I’m assuming was a high amount. Of course I think he’s representing a King, but it also feels like a go-away bet, so maybe the 7. I call. The turn is a non-club 7 and he immediately reaches for chips again and I fold VERY QUICKLY. Russ shows 2/3d for a complete bluff. Ugh.
Raise from late position with K/Qo and get 1 caller, Rob. Flop is 7/8/8 with 2 clubs. I bet 1,500, which is about 60% of the pot and have about 3,000 behind. Rob tanks but asks how many chips I have. I tell him and say that I would love a fold as I want to win the pot. He finally moves all-in and I call. He shows A/J. Turn is an Ace, but a club. I have the King of clubs so have a few outs, but the King on the river does not help me and I’m out in 12th place.
So not a great showing from me in this league. Just haven’t had a lot of great starting hands and have been having a hard time this season getting my “tricks and non-sense” approach to work. Not a lot of solid reads on folks and TONS of aggression again. Writing this blog helps some for sure, but it would be nice if I had more than 3 premium hands in 2.5 hours and more than 2 pocket pairs. Maybe next time! Gargoyle’s is next Friday so wish me luck!