First out, that is . . .
Played the 11:00 am at Charles Town today. $125+20+5; 10,000 chips; 20 minutes blinds, starting at $25/$50. 62 runners.
In level one, sitting on a little under $10,000, I look down at 9,7 off in the big blind. UtG opens to $150, and gets five callers. I toss in a black and we go 6 to the flop.
Flop: A 7, 9 rainbow.
I check to the raiser. UTG bets out $300. Middle position calls and the remaining three fold. I repop to $1000. UTG folds. MP calls.
I lead for $2,200. MP tanks and calls.
Not the greatest card. I check. MP bets $3,500. I'm sitting on around $6,000. If I call and Villain has AT or aces-up, I'm crippled. While it's very early, my vibe is that Villain is a very capable player. I don't think he's value betting an ace here. In my mind, I think Villain's range is pretty polarized. I fold. Villain mucks.
The very next level, I'm still sitting on $6,000 or so, when I follow three limpers from highjack with 78 spades. Button calls as well. Flop is 678 rainbow. UTG bets $300. UTG+2 raises to $1,000 and MP calls. I shove and get called in both spots. Turn is a 4 and MP's pocket fives take the pot. I hit the rail 62 out of 62 and head for the cash games.
The $1/2 game did not treat me much better. I battled 4 hours of shit upon shit, and was down $45 and feeling pretty good about it, when this hand occurred:
Sitting on $265, I look down at A(d) K(s) in early position. I make it $12 and get two callers.
Flop: K(d) T(d) T(c)
I lead for $22 and get called in both spots.
I check and MP bets $45 (he is deep stacked). Hi-jack flats (she has another $50 or so behind). I'm pretty sure my Ace is no good. I'm not worried about MP, but I really think the cut-off has me. She's been playing really well, an I don't think she flats two streets here without a really strong hand. My gut tells me she has AT. Makes total sense. Yet, it's hard to fold TPTK with the redraw to the nut flush. I call $45.
I see MP reaching for chips, and I check. MP thinks about it, and ends up checking. Hi-jack shoves her last $50. I call, and MP calls. Hi-jack flips pocket tens. Good times. [MP had AK off].
Left down $130, and am still just barely above break even for the year after about 160 hours of play.