I drove out to the Chuck this evening after work. It had been six months or so since my last visit. Because, like, I hate the Chuck. I hate everything about it. I hated my visit tonight.
After a mere 1 hour wait, I was promptly seated at a $1/2 table. It became immediately clear I was in the Wild, Wild West. Nearly every pot was bet and three bet pre flop. Most flops cost between $20 and $60 to see. Tons of limp calling $20, $40, $60 and showing down with hands like 58, Q8, et cetera. My favorite hand: guy three bets to $40 preflop. Gets two callers. Flop comes down JQ7. Two players make it to showdown. Player 2 shows AK and wins with A high. Original 3-better mucks. Um. What the fuck is he three betting to $40 with that can't beat AK on that board? AT?
Shortly after the hand above, a young guy fired a $400 river bluff which was picked off by a 30 year old Russian who had flopped a set of 5's. Young guy promptly rebought for $300 and proceeded to attempt to get another jackass with a poker hoodie and glasses to "flip" preflop for stacks. The discussion lasted a solid 15 minutes before they backed down.
In the meantime, Russian had built a $1,300 stack, showing down 5 sets in an hour and a half. I, on the other hand, had yet to play a hand (aside from completing a small blind or two). I was totally card dead. I did get AT one hand, but folded it on the cutoff after a raise and a re-raise.
Finally, after nearly two hours of mucking, I looked down at AA on the button. My stack was $270. Russian raises to $10. The blinds look disinterested. I decided to just call (if I had three bet, I think my range would have been too narrow to get any action whatsoever based on my play to that point. Plus, I'll take AA heads up any day).
Flop comes down 576 (two spades). Russian leads for $20. I raise to $60. He calls.
Turn is a jack of hearts. He checks. There is approximately $140 in the pot. I bet $100. Russian raises to $200. Fuck. Me. I'm faced with calling my last $100 to win $440. I stick it in. Russian shows 89 for the flopped nuts. Stacked first hand played. Good night.