No update for my Wednesday session, mostly because it was an extremely boring session. Basically within the first 10 minutes I got all-in preflop against a short stacker with AK, board ran out K2742 and he showed the 4c and nothing else, so I'm assuming he had something like 4c5c and was bored. After that I don't think I played a hand past the flop for the rest of the night.
Yesterday was a different story. Got in quite a few hands, winning some and losing others. The most interesting part was I got in probably 5 hands within about 2 hours against the same guy. He was an older guy playing pretty tight, but since I had taken some pots from him, he was definitely getting fed up with me. I actually had good hands against him though, I flopped a set of 9's against him and he folded to my turn bet, had aces and he folded to my turn bet, and I barreled him off one hand. So even though I had good hands, from his perspective I'm some young punk bullying him around. Literally 15 minutes after the first time I had aces against him, I got them again in the big blind. He raised his button to 15 and I made it 50. The flop came down T
, and I had the A
. I bet the pot and he raised me almost all-in. I went all-in and he called. The board ran out 4
and I figured I was beaten by his flush, but he flipped over J
for a flopped open-ended straight draw. I guess he had just gotten fed up with me, thought I was bluffing, and decided to raise me.
In the middle of my two aces hands with the old man, I had aces again, this time losing the pot. There were 4 limpers to me in the small blind and I made it 35, getting two callers. The flop came J
and I bet out 75. The player in the middle went all-in for 160 and the guy to my right called like lighting. How quickly he called just scared the crap out of me since usually if someone overcalls (overcall means when a 3rd player just calls a bet after an initial bet has been called already or raised)
a raise on the flop it indicates huge strength. I don't know how I can be good here between the all-in player and the overcaller so after thinking for a long time I fold. To my delight the overcaller shows QT for a flopped straight, making me feel much better about folding.
After that session, which was at the Venetian, I decided to try something different. After dinner instead of going back and playing there, I decided to hit one of the smaller rooms. The logic behind this is that if a 2/5 game gets going at a place that doesn't often get one, its going to be a good game since all the regular players go where there are always games. So if a 2/5 game sprouts up at say Planet Hollywood/Ballys/Palms etc, its most likely a bunch of tourists or 1/2 players wanting to take a shot. Checking my game tracker on my phone I noticed a 2/5 game had started at Planet Hollywood and I decided to check it out, as the room is notorious for soft 1/2 games so if it got a 2/5 game it is likely to be good. It was a good game, not as good as I was expecting but definitely better than most, if not all games at the Venetian. I found out that it started as a 1/2 game and the players decided to make it 2/5, which almost always means there are some people playing over their head.
I was unfortunately unable to capitalize since I just couldn't hit much. The only hand I got in early was when I flopped top pair with Q7 when in the blinds and it limped around pre-flop. I bet flop and turn, rivered two pair, bet again and my opponent folded. For the next couple hours I pretty much just folded pre-flop, and the 2 or 3 hands I did raise everyone folded. At about 1am I played my only major hand. I raised Q
from early position to 25 and the most active player at the table 3-bet to 75. He had been playing really loose, raising a lot of hands and would absolutely not fold pre-flop once he decided to play, calling huge re-raises with hands like AJo. Another player flat called the 75 from the blinds and even though this usually indicates strength, this guy was loose as well and would call here with many hands he wants to see a flop with. When it got back to me I shoved all-in and both players called. The flop ran out with an ace (I don't really remember the rest of the board) and I lost to the first players AK. The player in the blinds mucked so I have no idea what he had.
Pretty happy with my play overall the last two days and it was interesting to play in one of the smaller rooms. I don't know how often I'll be going back to Planet Hollywood since they don't get 2/5 much and I don't really like the room. Its not closed off so smoke gets in easily and its right next to some sort of night club or something so there was super loud music going the whole time and it made it really hard to concentrate. I couldn't even hear what the dealer said most of the time.