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Sunday, April 12, 2015

Fight Night At The Shoe

Fight Night.  Well.  Almost.

I stopped by the Shoe after today's (Sunday's) O's game, to play a few hours of $1/3.  Over the course of the first half hour, I played a total of three hands.  KQ, AQ and 99.  I opened each in early position to $17.  The KQ hand saw a missed flop, a C-bet that was called, and a $42 loss.   On the AQ hand, I hit an ace heads up (against the ultimate villain in this story), checked the flop, bet the turn, and took down a small pot.  And, finally, on  the 99 hand, I opened UTG to $17 and did not get a call.   So, in sum, the first half hour, I played only three hands, opened each to a decent raise, and didn't show down a single card.    

So, on the hand at issue.  Villain -- an older (60-ish) reg, wearing shorts, with an orange Orioles shirt and Orioles cap -- opens in early position for $15.  He gets a call from middle position.  I'm in the small blind and look down at QQ.   I raise to $46.  And villain starts in immediately: "you must have AA.  You're not good enough to raise with any other hands . . ."  Um.  What?  OK. Sir.  I say nothing, particularly since we are still 3-handed.  Villain flats the $46, and third player bows out.  The flop comes down 5 Q 7 (rainbow).  Nice.  I'm first to act, and decide to lead out for $65.  Villain quickly calls.  The turn is an A.   I decide to check, and villain checks back.  River is another A.  I tank a bit, and ultimately slide out a stack of $125.  Villain goes in to the tank: "Quad Aces?  Really?    Do you really have quad aces?  I really think I'm good here . . ."   Villain eventually calls.  I table my boat and he shows KK.  Then the fire works start: "Yeah. Shake your head.  Like you knew I had KK.  Do you know how lucky you are?  You are such a bad player.  I can't believe you raised QQ pre flop.  You are such a bad player.  What if I had shoved?  Are you gonna go all in pre-flop with your QQ?  I had you dominated.  Yeah, keep smiling.  Don't worry.  You are soooo bad, I'll get ALL my money back and more . . . Who raises QQ to $50 pre flop?  What did you think I had?  You are soooo bad"

At this point, a couple of the younger guys at the table ask if Villain and I know each other. I think they assumed he was joking.  One of them asks, "Sir, you are joking right?  You are joking about 3-betting Queens, aren't you?"  Villain, however, is not joking.  And he continues with his rant: "I should have shoved all in.  How bad are you raising QQ... What would you have done if I had shoved?"  Now, again - my actual skills at poker are sort of irrelevant in this spot.  Based on the three hands I had previously played, I'm not sure how you could conclude that I'm a bad player.  Up to this point, I had just sat silent, and stacked my chips.  But no longer: "Sir, perhaps you SHOULD have 4-bet your kings pre flop." He continues: "I was way ahead the whoooole time!  You are soo bad at poker.  I'm going to win it all back and more."  Me: "Sir; just relax.  Please relax sir.  You only have $24 left.  How are you going to take $600 from me with those chips?"  I continued: "Sir, if you need a loan to rebuy, I can float you some cash . . ."  At this point, Villain's face nearly matched his orange O's hat and shirt.

Sadly, over the course of the next hour or so, I only got involved in one more hand with Villain.  I limped 76 from the big blind and turned two pair.  Villain paid me off on a $12 turn bet, and then we checked down the river (there were straight and flush draws on the board).  In fact, had Villain bet the river, he probably could have taken me off my 2 pair.  But, apparently, Villain was not a very creative player . . .

I walked up $300 after 2 hours or so.

Sadly, the $300 profit did not quite make up for my  disastrous Saturday evening . . .  Saturday afternoon, I played 4 hours of black jack and VP and made a couple hundred bucks.  Then it was off to Morton's for dinner, followed by the 7:05 first pitch at Camden Yards.  After the game, I walked back to the casino to play a session.  It was a bad idea from the start.  I was, um . . . pretty drunk.  Almost immediately, I three-barreled KQ on a missed board and found myself down about $90.  I added $100 back to my stack, and then played this hand:  I had K(d) Q (s).  I raised $15 and got one call.  The flop was Diamond, Diamond, Diamond.  I fired the flop, and got called.  The turn blanked.  I over bet the pot . . . and got called.  The river was the 3(d).  Villain checks to me . . . and winks.  I have about $225 left.  Villain has me covered.  Now, if villain's wink was suppose to say, "hey, dummy, I have the Ace," such subtlety was lost on me given my drunken haze.  Based on his calls of my flop and turn bet, I did not think he was drawing (although he could have flopped the nuts).  In any event, drunken Pete slid out a stack of redbirds.  Villain immediately shoves.  Fuck.  Huge pot.  $125 more to call.  I know I hung myself.  But I paid him off.  He shows A(d) 8(c).    I rebought (in for $700), but got up shortly thereafter, as I was both drunk and bored - a bad combination for poker.  So, I took my $285 or so and did the only sensible thing -- threw the chips down at the black jack table and started playing $50 hands.  That too did not go well.

At this point, I totally Tony'd.  I went to the ATM and pulled out another $400, with the intention of winning it all back at the black jack table.  But, fortunately, I had a moment of clarity.  Instead, I opted for one last beer and a cheeseburger at Guy Fierri's . . .    A pretty bad end to an otherwise fun Saturday . . . 

23 comments:

  1. "Sir, if you need a loan to rebuy, I can float you some cash . . ."

    Made me LOL.

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    1. what would he have done had the guy then asked for a loan?

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    2. Tony, In that situation PPP would most likely continue the joke and put some absolutely unreasonable terms on the loan.

      MIV

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  2. Regarding the KdQ vs. Ad8 hand - I feel like a check / raise on the river is *ALWAYS* the nuts. Why were you so gung ho on that pot with KQ though? Did you even have top pair or was this a machismo thing?

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    1. liquid courage,PM. #MillerLitemademedoit. another reason , i like/love online poker dont need to deal with the Table Captains of the world BUT mayb the pct Kings dude was like me and had Tillman as a pitcher on his Draftkings lineup and was just projecting his anger on u, counselor. sometimes Anger is NOT a Gift, u see. p.s we still going to Golden Corral thou right??

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    2. Does Golden Corral have fried twinkies?

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    3. Anger pretty much nailed it. I was barreling over cards with the flush draw . . . Worked out well. Actually, had the diamond not hit the river, it likely would have . . .

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    4. tru. think i was a good plan ,if no diamond. u win. just unforyune(or how ever u spell it) the diamond came. on other hand, the Villain floated the turn thinking,imo. i got nut flush draw and 1 over and was a calling station . the Ace of a suit is sooooooooo tempting

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  3. couple things:

    1. Stop being a nit bitch.....if your range is AK, AQ, KQ, AA, KK, QQ i would be delighted to play at your table anytime.

    2. Ignore the haters...anyone wo gets worked up at a 1-2 or 1-3 table has more emotional problems than you can fix....just let it go.

    Emotion has no place in poker...youhad the 3rd best hand in holdem...had you gotten all the money in as a 4-1 dog it would NOT have been a mistake ...it would have been unlucky...then lucky on flop

    Be logical and mix it up a little more so as not to be so predictable

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  4. I got a snarky "nice catch" comment when I rivered a winning hand Saturday night. I wanted to win more money off the guy and thought that not responding would help me to do that, as opposed to thanking him for not protecting his hand and letting me get to the river cheaply.

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  5. That's quite a barrage of hostility you received from the guy who misplayed his dreaded pocket Kings more than I usually do. I dunno, I would have been sorely tempted to either ask immediately for a table change to get away from the jerk or just picked up my chips and left, which no doubt REALLY would have pissed him off (and gotten all the other players at the table made at the asshole for chasing away all those chips you had.

    Not sure why you checked the turn tho.

    Your comment about lending him some money was priceless. I guess that was the best possible response. Well played, sir.

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    1. wondering if ballcap was on backwards??? or sideways like the corner boys and sheeit. also was the bill of cap folded or str8??

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  6. well at least it was a dude and not a Cunt ,u see. seems lately either playing poker or going to concerts . u have been a Cunt Magnet, u see. mayb stop wearing that Members Only jacket and using Stetson cologne and try an Adidas jogging suit and Cool Water colongne.#LLCoolP3

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  7. Maybe the villain that was berating you is a reader of this blog, which would make his assessment spot on

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  8. I think the Villian makes a terrible call here. What does he think you are 3 betting pre that he beats on an AAQ board? Such a bad call where he can only bluff catch or chop. If you assign a range including bluffs there he loses 95% of the time.
    If he can't fold KK there he is a losing player for sure - hence the berating and name calling. Good players keep their mouths shut and think about their next move.

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    1. Agreed. I felt like asking him that question: "um, sir, what did you think you were beating?" JJ? That's about it. And, if I'm such a bad player (as he repeatedly stated both during and after the hand), do you really think I'm three-betting air from my small blind?

      Whatevs . . . It was all sort of funny. Every now and then, people say snarky things at a poker table . . . But this dude was beyond the pale. It would have been more awkward but I really believe that most people thought we were friends at first and that he was just giving me a hard time . . .

      Best part - over the next hour, a few of the younger players would comment: "is that a three-betting hand" just to poke the old guy a bit more . . .

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    2. I too agree that villain makes a terrible call - though I'd argue that this is pretty predictable if I understand PPP's description of villain. Villain is an older tight guy - static range who doesn't ever adapt to changing situations. This is the same type of guy who stacks off against an obvious set with his AA 'cause nothing ever cracks AA!!!... and then goes on for an hour about how lucky the guy with the set got. This is the very definition of a calling station. He's a profit center FOR SURE! Put up with the moaning and groaning and keep stoking his fire! Let him know that you it probably was stupid to 3bet there! It was awful lucky that you caught that Q on the flop!

      FWIW, I saw questions as to why you checked the turn A and I wanted to comment on that:
      I can't speak to why you checked the turn, but this was probably a very profitable turn check. I would bet that your villain would have folded the turn after seeing the Ace, but the 2nd Ace firmly sticks in his mind that running Aces means you can't have AA. Given perfect information (i.e. he has KK), this is the perfect turn check for this guy IMO.

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    3. I checked turn because I wanted to give the appearance the Ace slowed me down. As things worked out, the river was the perfect card because, as PM mentioned above, villain was worried I had AA and the river convinced him I couldn't have that hand. As things worked out, the check definitely got me another $125 on the hand. But not sure he would have put more money in the pot if not for the river. In fact, pretty sure he would have folded. Hell, he seemed close to folding as it were.

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    4. Logical, just curious.

      But can you imagine if you DID have Aces there. I think he would have had a heart attack right there in the poker room if he paid you off for quad Aces.

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  9. Yeah, my initial thought was "you called me with two pair thinking that I had quad aces - well-played sir..."

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