I was supposed to be in Vegas this weekend. I cancelled because I was afraid work would blow up and was not sure I'd be able to take Friday off. I made a reservation for Atlantic City, instead. Then, work blew up. So, I figured Id make a quick trip to Delaware Park for the Saturday noon tournament. But, then, Friday, work blew up some more and I had to cancel that too. Luckily, after working most of Saturday, I took off for a few hours of cash at The Chuck.
It was an interesting session. Within the first hour, I had JJ twice . . . TT twice . . . and KK. And, I lost them all.
The first JJ was somewhat standard. I was sitting on a full buy in, and opened the action to $12. One call. The flop was K(h) T(x) 3(h). I lead out on the flop, and he called. The turn was a third heart, and I check folded. Somewhat weak, perhaps, but I was not looking to go to war on my first hand played.
A few hands later, I was dealt TT. I raised to $12, got two calls, and was re-raised to $45. Fold.
Fifteen minute later, I look down at JJ again. I'm sitting on about $270 at the time. I raise to $12 and get a call from a regular, who was sitting on well over a grand, and had just made two huge bluffs to take down nice size pots. My impression, at the time, was that he was a maniac who did not care much about his chips, or was simply abusing his stack. The flop was 7 T 4. I bet $20 and he called. The turn was a Q. I checked. Now, I did not check because of the over card. I checked for two reasons. First, I sometimes take this line with a big pair against an opponent I think is floating. I think (I hope) it makes my flop bet look like a C-bet, and, hopefully, induces a floater to try and take a stab at the pot on the turn. Second, and of less importance, the check helps with pot control. On cue, maniac bets $75. Yes, $75 into an approximately $65 pot. Hhmm. Again, my read at the time was that this guy was a bluffing maniac. If I call $75, I've got $163 behind. And I'm certain that this villain is getting a large river bet in. So, if I call the turn, I'm basically committing my stack. Now, I really don't give villain the queen. I really have NO IDEA what his range is here. I decide to stick it in. My thought being (a) I don't want to fold JJ in this spot. If I call, my stack is going on on the river. So, I might as well be the aggressor. Villain snaps and tables AQ. Ouch.
Villain, by the way, starts telling me he KNEW I had JJ because I checked the Q. He kept saying, "I was gonna call your hand . . . I was gonna call your hand." Um. OK. Again, that was not at ALL why I checked the turn. Of course, under the circumstances, the way the hand played out, my check possibly screwed me if it did give him that read. Otherwise, perhaps I'm able to get villain off top pair if I continue to barrel with my JJ. But, given his stack size, and given his style, it's doubtful. Anyway, on with the game. REBUY!
First hand post rebut - TT. I open the action to $12, get 4 callers, and give up when two over cards hit the flop. No sense C-betting into that mess.
A little while later, KK UTG+1. I open to $12 and get 4 callers. Of course. The flop is A Q 7. It checks to me and I check and it checks through. The big blind checks the turn to me, and I check and it checks through. River blanks. Big blind checks to me. Fuck it. I check. AND IT CHECKS THROUGH. I think my KK is good, and I'm going to at least scoop $40. Then, Big blind tables AJ!!! Ugh. Weird hand, but likely lost the minimum.
At this point, I was down about $340, when my night began to turn around. And it started with JJ . . . again. . . against the big stacked maniac . . . again. Aggro limps, I raise to $12, random dude calls . . . aggro calls. The flop was 7 6 T. Agrro leads for $25. I flat. Random guy mucks. The turn is a K. Aggro checks, I check through. River is a 6. Aggro checks. I start cutting chips. He starts in, "if you want a call, make the bet small . . ." I go with $50 (into approx. $80). He tanks and calls with A T. Got a few of my old chips back . . .
From there, I opened QQ to $12 and got 5 callers. I expected another disastrous hand, until a Q hit the flop. I also hit a set of threes and stacked QT on a QT3xx board. And, finally, I turned broadway with KJ suited on a AQx flop. It was 5 ways, and pretty poor player bet $15 . . . I took a stab at it and got lucky . . .
In the end, I caused out $665 after a fairly quick 3:30 hour session . . .