I played a 3 hour session at Maryland Live yesterday starting at noon. It seemed to me there weren't many soft spots at the table. I played very few hands, and walked with $350 profit. While I was overall happy with my play, I still feel like I may be too timid.
The first hour I didn't see a playable hand. I wasn't even able to limp my blinds. I tried to stay patient and just wait out the run of Q5, 96, K2....... Eventually, the cards turned and I began taking down some pots.
I had some difficulty with the guy directly to my left. He was somewhat short stacked all afternoon, sitting on between $100 and $150. He three bet (or shoved) nearly every hand he played. Twice he was called and showed down TT both times. One of the first hands I played, I raised AK to $17 from the button after 4 limpers. My friend to my left, sitting on about $140 at the time, raised to $60. I'm sitting on about $300 at the time. Clearly, I know he makes this move with a decent pocket pair based on what I've seen. I figure I have two overs at best, and decide not to take the flop. Too weak?
Half hour later, I raise AQ to $15 and this time, my friend shoves for $85. Again I fold. This time, he shows AK.
An orbit later, I again raise AQ (to $10 this time, given the lack of limpers). And on cue, Lefty three bets to $30. I still feel like I'm behind here, but decide to call, if for nothing more than to not get pushed around. The flop comes AT8 with two spades. I check to Lefty and he shoves his last $80. I take a bit of time to count the pot, and to once again try and put him on a range. Last time around, he three-bet with AK, which would obviously have me crushed. TT flopped him a set.... As would AA, although unlikely. Not sure he three bets AT.... Probably unlikely. I thought for about a minute, tops, before calling. Lefty flipped QQ and I stacked him. As he was walking away, he muttered about me taking so much time to make the call. Too timid? Is this simply a snap call?
Anyway, one of my poker goals this year is to rid myself of "monster under the bed" syndrome and welcome a bit more variance into my life. Not sure if I started out the year too nitty yesterday notwithstanding my goals....