I finally made it out to Maryland Live! Saturday afternoon. After the 30 minute drive from my house, I arrived at 12:00 and was seated within 5 minutes after a new table opened. I grabbed the 4 seat on table 37 upstairs and bought in for the full $300. The room is nice. Cool vibe; nice tables and chairs; good spacing between tables. Many of the dealers and players were familiar from Charles Town. Although the play was far less agro than the standard in West Virginia.
I won a couple of early hands by raising big aces and continuing on missed flops. I was sitting on about $355 an hour or so in when this hand occurred:
A(s) T(s) in middle position. I raise to $12 and get three callers. Flop is K(s) Q(s) 3(d). I continue for $25 and get two callers.
Turn is a red J giving me broadway and the redraw to the nut flush. I again lead out, for $55. I wanted two calls and was hoping I could price someone in if they were drawing. Both villains call.
River blanks. Pot is bloated. Both players are very capable. I thought about bombing the river to make it look bluffy. But, in the end, decided to bet out $125 - a large bet on its face, but only about half the pot. I was hoping that if villains had decent hands, they would recognize they were getting better than 3-1 and make the call. Villain 1 tanks, but ultimately folds. Villain two makes the call and tables T9 for the lower straight. I scoop a nice pot.
An hour or so later I had another interesting hand. I raise A(c) K(d) under the gun to $16. Two callers, including villain 1 from the hand above. The flop is J(s) A(d) 7(d). I continue for $32 and villain 1 calls. Turn is the 4(d). I don't want to slow down and seem scared of the diamond. Plus, I have the K(d) in my hand. I lead for $58. Villain calls. Fuck. The river blanks. I'm pretty sure I'm beat. But I know that if I check, I'm pretty much letting villain take this hand from me with a big river bet. I consider a blocking bet, but ultimately opt against it. If villain has a worse Ace, I expect him to check back. Instead, he fires $85. I fold. My top pair, top kicker costs me $100+ and I don't even see a showdown. Feel like I played it miserably. A few minutes later, villain and I lock eyes and he says, "nice lay down." Um. For who? Guess I'll never know.