It's Saturday morning. I'm grabbing coffee at the Club Lounge at the Sheraton AC before heading over to Borgata to grind some cash for the afternoon.
Last night, I rolled into AC around 7:30. I briefly thought about playing the Revel 8:00pm. But Matt Harvey was dueling Stephen Strasburg on the TV at Tun Tavern. Poker could wait a bit.
Eventually, I ended up at Showboat and sat down for some $1/2 NL. I hadn't played cash since Bally's Vegas a few months back. But it's like riding a bike, right? (I assume, if forced, I could still ride a bike...). I was card dead from the get-go, but I managed to steal some hands to keep my stack even. A few were simple continuation bets . . . One hand, I opened to $10 with 89 off. I got two callers. Flop came out fairly dry. The dude next to me donks out for $18. I raised to $56 and it folded around. Fun game.
Yet, in the end, you still sort of need SOME cards to bank a profit. I had none, and my stack started to dwindle. Then I tortured AK from the button. It folded around and I limped big slick against the big blind. Flop came out K59. I checked, and he bet. I called. Turn was a 5. I checked, he bet, I called. River was an A. I checked, he bet, I called, he showed 75, I flashed my hand to small blind who offered, "you should raise with AK," I thanked him for his advice...
Only one hand really bothered me all night. I don't recall the specifics of the board, but I had limped from early position with J8 spades (like any good poker player would). Flop came out all hearts, and gave me a double gutter. It checked around. The turn was a T, giving me the straight. I led out for $12 or so and got called in two spots - idiot 1, and idiot 2. River put a higher straight on the board. Hero, undeterred, led for $25. Idiot 1 called. Idiot 2, who was new to the table, raises to $65. Hmmm. With idiot 1 behind me, and with a flush and better straight on the board, I fold. Idiot 1 calls. Idiot 1 tables the 67th nuts, a/k/a top pair. Idiot 2 shows two pair. I get up and grab a beer...
Today is another day.