Got sat in the three seat at Table 22. Immediately, I recalled why it had been 4 months since I had visited my "hometown" card room. The room at Charles Town, for those who have never been, consists of two long rows of tables with a row of support beams inbetween. Seat three at Table 22 backed into a support beam. Like, directly. I could not even sit directly behind the cupholder. There was no room between the table and the column. Well designed, Penn National . . . well designed (on the bright side, Charles Town will be opening a second poker room this summer, which will be in a much better location . . .).
Trying not to let my seat location put me on tilt before the cards do, I focus on the felt. 40 minutes later, I'm stacked....
Several notworthy hands led to my demise:
HAND 1: I look down at QQ in the hijack. I had taste-tested a few pots, but had not gotten involved in any real hands up to this point. Sitting on appr. $280. It limps around and I raise to $12. Two callers. Flop comes 596 rainbow. Big blind checks, and I bet $25. Two calls. Here we go. Turn is a 9. BB checks. I bet $45. Button shoves for $130. Big Bind calls. I fold. Button has A9 and BB has 9T . . . river is a T and BB sucks out. I'm down $100 . . .
HAND 2: I look don at Q8 spades and decide to get frisky. I limp with 6 others. Flop comes 62A, all spades. Jackpot. I lead for $5 . . . two callers. Turn is 7 Diamonds. I lead for $15 . . . two callers. River is J spades. Not the best card, but only the K spades has me beat. I lead for $20. Old man min-raises $40. Of course, I'm not folding for $20. I call. Old man shows the K spades for the rivered nutz, and I'm down $160 twenty minutes in.
HAND 3: AA under the gun. I raise to $12. 4 calllers. Welcome to Charles Town. Flop comes 659, two clubs. I lead for $35. Call, fold, fold . . . table big stack raises to $75. I only have about $90 left. Big Stack can easily be on a draw. I shove. Middle position calls and three of us see the turn. Big Stack flips 78 for the flopped straight. Stacked for $300 in 40 minutes with QQ, AA and a flopped Q-high flush.
Sunday morning monkey tilt in full force. REBUY.
Won a few hands after the rebuy. JJ on an A high flop. I showed no fear and lead out and took it down. AQ in the cutoff. A $5 under the gun straddle and six limpers. I raise to $22 and get 6 callers. Flop is AT9 rainbow. It checks around, I bet $65 and take it down. AQ in the big blind. Cut off raises to $17. I call with 3 others. Flop is A56. It check around to cutoff who bets out $55. Bad spot. Can't call $17 out of position and fold to a flop bet when you hit your card. I figure a raise is best. I pop to $130 and take it down. Finally, something works ! Next hand I have KK, raise to $12 from the Button and get 6 callers. Love Charles Town. Flop is A6J. Checks around. Turn is a 6. Old man bets $18. Folds around. He shows a 6. Yeah; makes sense.
I bluff off $60 or so when the following hand takes place (COMMENTS WELCOME):
- I look down at K9 diamonds. About the 4th time this afternoon I find a suited K. I limp from the cutoff and go three to the flop. One of the three is the table Big Stack. This is the same guy who cracked my AA with a flopped str8ght. Also, he recently check-raised another player with a huge $175 bet with Quad 8888. In short, when he has raised, he has had it. Flop is QTT with two diamonds. Table short stack bets $12 and I call along with Big Stack. Turn the 9 of diamonds, giving me the flush. Short stack shoves $30. I call. Big Stack repops to $125. What do you do here??? I'll post the rest of the hand in the comment section . . .
Another losing weekend. But, I prefer to think of myself as being on a heater . . .