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Sunday, April 3, 2016

The Hand of the Devil

My run-good at Charles Town continues.  Last trip, as you may recall, I dropped two buy-ins in an orbit -- KK to turned flush . . . set of 2's to a four-flush board . . . KK to AA all-in on flop.  This weekend was better.   I still can't win a hand.  But, at least I lost less.

1st hand:


Sitting late position, approx. $340.  UTG limps . . . Dude raises to $7 . . . call . . . call . . .  I call with 55.  Small blind raises to $15.  Call . . . . call . . . call . . . call . . .  I call.

Flop is 5(h) 3(x) 7(h).  It checks to me and I bet $45.  UTG calls.

Turn K(h).  I'm looking at UTG when the card hits.  He gives the "Um, FML . . . A fucken heart" look . . . My read is he hates the heart.  I bet $65.  He tanks.  And calls.  

River blanks.  He checks.   For some reason, my gut tells me he has me beat.  I check back.  He turns 6-4 off.  Of course.

2nd hand:

I've just topped off with $100 green chips from my pocket.  Sitting on about $280.  A guy, sitting on about $600, and playing tight, solid, opens to $10. I look down at 66 and call.  Guy behind me, sitting on about $180, calls as well.

Flop: A 6 Q rainbow.

It checks to me; I check; guy checks through.  Turn is a 9.  Raiser again checks.  I bet $35.  Both call.

River is a Q.  Raiser checks a third time.  I bet $75.  Guy behind me just calls.  Raiser calmly raises $210 on top.   Now, he can't be bluffing.  He KNOWS guy behind me is putting the rest of his stack in.  AA and AQ in his range.  He's gotta be folding / or flatting AK, AJ, KK, etc.  I decide there's NOTHING I'm beating and fold.  Guy behind be calls on cue, and raiser shows AQ.    GG.

In the end, I dropped $123 on the weekend (7 hours of poker).  Could have been worse. Maybe, someday, I'll actually win a hand or two . . .

PPP

P.S.  Several hands after my 6's full, another dude lost a flopped set of 6's to a flopped set of A's.    666 . . . the hand of the devil...

14 comments:

  1. I can definitely empathize. You've summed up most of my March in a few paragraphs. Quick question: I looked on Bravo yesterday during the day & saw the Chuck had a ton of tables going. What was going on over there?

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    1. Maybe people getting paid end of/start of month coinciding with weekend...

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  2. Nothing that I could tell....vook was there, so maybe people trying to meet the legend in person?

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  3. Sorry about the run bad. Great hand write ups though. Seeing much less of this in the "poker blogs" lately...

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  4. hmmm fried chicken .eat with fork or hands ??

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  5. I always thought A-Q was the hand of the devil, but I guess 6-6-6 is, too.

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  6. They are ALL hands of the devil!

    On the second hand, I believe the proper play would have been to have raised your set. Unless you know an agro player is certain to raise -- setting you up to reraise -- always raise your set. Not that it would have mattered in this instance anyway as the player with A-Q who flopped top two isn't going anywhere. Just really sucky run-bad for you.

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    1. What do you mean "raise my set." I lead the turn and river . . . no one else bet until I was re-raised on the river [u see]

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  7. Any reason for choosing WV over MD for poker, waiting lists too long at Maryland casinos?

    JT

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    1. I find the Chuck to be a relaxing, relatively easy, fun game. The $1/3 at the Shoe is often a bit more agro than I prefer based on by style. And MDL! is often a crap shoot on the weekend regarding wait lists. I don't want to have to wait 30 minutes to sit; and, if I want to get up for a while and do something else, I don't want to have to wait . . . again . . . to get back in a game . . . Just a personal preference for me, lately . . .

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    2. Also, the casino as a whole at the Chuck is so craptastic that I'm NEVER tempted to play machines or BJ. Prolly been 5 years since I've "gambled" a single dollar at the Chuck. I know that if I go to the Shoe or MDL!, I'll sink at least a few hundred into the VP machine before I leave . . . Trying to avoid that leak this year

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    3. It also might help to go with a mindset that you'll be at the poker table for 4 hours and avoid playing marginal hands and very tough spots. Best of luck

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  8. Sad as it might sound I have become bored with both beer and hard liquor. Not to the point of quitting drinking though. I feel a gravitational towards wait-for-it, wait-for-it... SANGRIA! I've never been much of a wine drinker but after googling a few Sangria recipes how bad can a 750ml bottle of spanish red plus 4 shots of brandy and the sliced apples, oranges and cherries be for a guy??

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