After spending five hours in the office, I made the drive to Charles Town for some Saturday Pokers. There were 46 on the wait list when I arrived, but I was seated within 30 minutes. Which, it turns out, was longer than I played.
I bought in for $300. Several hands in, a short stacker raises to $5. A pony-tailed hillbilly re-raises to $12. I'm in the Big Blind and look down at KK. Jackpot. I make it $37. Both call. Flop is Q-high, two clubs. I check. Short stack shoves for $99 and hillbilly calls. I tank a bit. Not worried about short stack who opened for $5.... Worried Hillbilly has QQ. Ultimately, I can't fold. And, not going to call. So, I jam. Hillbilly calls off his last $115. Club on the turn . . . Hillbilly has A(c) J (c). Good start.
I add on $200 and a few hands later, I call $7 seven ways with 22 and flop a set. Hillbilly leads for $12. One caller, and the rest fold before action gets to me. I can obviously raise here. But I decide to slow play it, ready to get way from the hand if the board gets scary. Of course, Club on the turn. But, Hillbilly only bets like $15. So, I call. Fourth club comes on the river. Of course. Hillbilly bets $35. I fold. Meh. Played it overly passive, but I can live with the result.
A few hands later, I get KK . . . again. I'm in middle position. Guy opens for $7. I raise to $25. Guy 4-bet min-raises. I think about putting in a 5th bet; but just call. Flop it 7-high. I check and he bets $60. I only have like $150 or so left. I jam. He snaps with AA. Done.
Perhaps I could have gotten away from the last hand. I spoke with Poker Meister on the drive home, and he suggested (a) a 4 bet is almost always AA at $1/2; and (b), had I 5 bet to like $90, I could have re-evaluated and perhaps gotten away from the hand pre flop. I don't disagree. But, I think, in my head, I figured, "really? Poker gods are gonna do me like this? Give me a set up KK against AA so I get stacked with cowboys TWICE in twenty minutes?" Of course, I know that all of that is meaningless. But, it was my mind set at the time. I simply thought, "if I'm up against AA, then fuck it . . ."
Anyway, I guess I should have worked more this afternoon . . .