Friday night at The Shoe proved painful. I played a 4 hour session that, ultimately, put a nice dent in my sweet, sweet roll.
It was an action table from the get-go. The $1/3 plays bigger than $1/2 to begin with. And, with the option of the Mississippi Straddle -- 2x to 5x the big blind from any position at the table (other than the blinds), the game gets lively. Last night, a $6 straddle seemed almost mandatory.
I had very few hands big hands; and when I got a rare monster, it bit me. An hour or so in, I spiked a set of Kings on the flop, and got rivered by broadway. Good times. I got QQ, three bet, got called in three spots, and had to lay down the hand after a 4 K A flop. I added another $100 to my sweet, sweet stack, and immediately looked down at AK. After a $6 bet, I three-bet to $18 and get called by the table boss and the original raiser. The flop is 644. Mr. 6 checks to me, and I bet $35. Boss raises to $90 . . . and Mr. 6 check-raises to $150 or so. Um. Ok. I fold and the boss jams . . . just crazy.
So, 4 hours in, I found myself sitting on $240 or so, when I look down at QQ again. I open to $13 from the cutoff. Young kid (sitting on $300+) calls from the button, and Jonah Hill (don't think it was real him), who has about $200, calls from the big blind.
Flop [pot: $40] J 2 2 (rainbow)
Jonah leads out for $20. I re-raise to $60. Kid calls. Jonah calls. Um. Shit.
Heading to the turn, Hero has $165; Hill has about $120; Kid covers
Turn [pot: $220] 7
Jonah leads again for $40. I tank. I want to believe I'm up against AJ. And, maybe if heads up, that might be realistic. But, doesn't somebody have a bigger overpair here? But, if KK or AA, why no re-raise pre flop? Jonah strikes me as a bad player. And his bet sizing here isn't changing my mind. And, I have no real read on the kid. I want to shove; but I can't. Probably because I know, deep in my head, that my QQ is no good. So after tanking, I call the $40 . . . hoping that if I am beat, maybe I'll save at least a few chips. Kid just calls too. Really weird hand.
River [Pot: $340] 2
Board Reads J 2 2 7 2
Jonah again leads for $40, leaving him like $40 behind. So. F*cken. Weird.
Now, I'm not folding to a $40 bet into a $380 pot. And, yet, I can't find the trigger to jam.
Kid jams. Jonah stuffs his final $40 in the middle. My remaining $85 follows.
And, for the second time in a month, QQ, as an overpair to the board, costs me my stack.
So, where was my exit on this hand? Is it an easy fold to Hill's $40 turn bet? What am I beating at that point? Am I ever against AJ and AK here?