Date: Mon 4/23/2012
Venue: The Bicycle Casino
Hrs: 3.7 (12:06p.m.-3:45p.m.)
Game: 2-5NL $200-$500
Cash Out: $2156
Running BR: $45,924
Got back from Sacramento last night. Found a house in Natomas which will be my new place of residence in about 3 wks from now. Really happy that's over and done with. Now all I have to worry about is hiring movers.
Had my third session today at the Bike. It's funny, I hadn't planned on playing much during the weekdays and especially during the day, but so far it has worked out pretty well. I'm just trying to play when I feel good and get as much play in as possible while I have the luxury of staying in LA.
I showed up and the highest game going was the $5-$5 300-1000 buy in. I guess it was changed recently. It used to be 300-500. There was only 1 game going and luckily there was a seat open so I was able to start right away.
I bought in for the max and scanned the table. There was a mix of stacks ranging from $250 to one guy who had about $1500. I liked the session today because I had a lot more interesting spots than the other sessions. Here they are:
1. Very first hand at the table I post $5 in the CO.
Hero is dealt: T
PF: 3 limpers, Hero checks, Button limps, Blinds check.
Check, BB bets 25, folds to hero who raises to 75, folds to original bettor who flashes a Q and mucks.
Off to a decent start, I'll take it.
Guy in last hand who flashed me his Q was sitting in seat 9 and started arguing with the big stack at the table who was in seat 5 to my right. Here's what started it:
Hand is being played where Player A bets 25 on the flop. Big stack guy takes a $100 chip and throws it out without saying anything. When it gets back to Player A he says, "Next card, that's just a call." Big stack guy says, "No it's a raise. If I wanted to call I would've put out yellow chips. Come on it's common sense." He's obviously wrong, but insists on calling the floor. The floor concurs that it's just a call. Next street Player A checks and Big Stack goes All In out of frustration and takes down the pot.
After all of this guy in seat 9 starts getting on Big stack guy about how he is ridiculous and then goes into a whole, "Hey let's play 5-10 HU and get the game started." Big stack guy who is from what I can see a losing player even in the 5-5 game seems to have enough sense not to be goaded into playing 5-10.
Don't know what the point of that story is, but maybe it will come into play later. Actually probably not, but I like to ramble in these posts.
I don't really play any other hands for the next 30-40 min. An older Asian guy probably late 50s sits down in Seat 9 after that guy leaves to play 5-10 when some other players show up. I was going to play in that game, but knew that the table I was at was pretty good and didn't know any of the players in the 5-10 so decided to wait to see what developed.
Next two hands are against the old Asian guy.
2. So after my initial posting hand, I had been at the table for about 30 min and not really played many hands. I think I might've raised a couple of times w/ a hand like AJo in MP got 3 bet and folded.
We're both about $1k deep and I haven't seen much of anything since he just sat down a few hands ago.
Hero dealt: A
PF: Folds to hero who raises to 20, CO, Villain on Button, and BB calls.
Hero bets 55 only Villain calls.
Hero bets 115, Villain calls.
Didn't really like that card at all, but wasn't going to check. Hero bets 225. Villain takes about 30s and folds.
I feel like he was calling me down with something like 77-99.
3. This next hand is about 1 orbit later. Villain has 800 hero covers.
Hero dealt: K
PF: Folds to hero who raises to 20, CO calls, Villain calls from SB.
Villain checks, Hero bets 50, CO calls, Villain CRs to 150. Really thought about just raising again to try to get it in, but opted to just call. CO folds.
Villain checks. After he checks now I put him on Ace high FD or something like 99 or TT. I really don't think he has a very strong hand. Hero bets 300, Villain calls fairly quickly.
Villain checks. At this point I have him on pretty much the same range. I thought about going all in, but figured it was pointless because nothing he had was folding except his Ace highs. So hero checks behind. Villain says, "You got a pair?" At this point I know I've won the hand because he had Ace high hearts so flip my hand over. He flips over his AQ of hearts anyways. Good thing I'm running good!
4. Hero is dealt 6
on the button.
PF: 3 limpers, hero limps behind, blinds check.
The table nit(Guy who looks like Dan Harrington) almost bets, but then checks. Checks to hero who bets 20, only Villain calls.
Villain bets out 60. I think this is where I should have just folded. It's the table nit who almost bet his FD on the flop, but checks then bets out when the flush comes. Hero calls.
Villain checks. Now I know he has between a T high and K high flush. The question is does he fold. The way the hand played I don't think he will. Plus he only has about 200 behind so it'd be close. Also me having the 6
adds a little showdown value so I just check behind. He shows Q
to take it down.
The old Asian Villain left a few hands later and was replaced by another old Asian. But I think this guy was Filipino whereas the last guy was Chinese.
5. Villain is the Filipino guy. I had just come back from a break and this guy had sat down while I was gone so no info on him. Effective stacks are ~700.
Hero dealt 9
PF: 1 limper, Hero makes it 25, CO calls, Villain on button calls, original limper folds.
Hero bets 50, CO calls, Villain raises to 150, Hero calls, CO folds.
Hero checks, villain bets 200, hero folds.
I'm not sure if I should've folded the flop. But called because I felt he could be overplaying a hand like A7 or 88. It was a pretty dry flop so didn't see it likely for him to have a set. He could've also had TT-AA as well.
6. Hero is dealt 5
Villain in hand is the big stack guy from earlier. His stack has gone down a little due to his loose play, but he still has about $1k and hero covers.
PF: 1 limper, Villain makes it 25, Hero calls, CO and button call, original limper calls.
Checks to Villain who bets 65, Hero raises to 165, folds to Villain who calls.
Villain checks, Hero bets 400. Villain tanks for awhile and says he has TT and folds.
Last hand I will post
7. Hero is dealt 6
in SB. Villain in hand is young looking white guy. He is probably late twenties or early thirties. I haven't really seen him get out of line or do anything crazy in the past 2 hrs. He had won a large pot not too long ago where a guy went on tilt and donated all his money to him.
Effective stacks are about 800.
PF: Folds to Villain on the button who makes it 25.
Hero calls, BB folds.
Hero checks, Villain bets 25, Hero makes it 75 Villain surprisingly calls.
Now that I know he has a hand I bet larger. Hero bets 200, Villain says, "Ooh kaay." and calls.
Hero goes all in. Villain thinks for only about 30s and folds.
So a lot more action today. Obviously I'm running very good so I can't complain. I'm always mentally preparing myself for the inevitable variance that will come so I never let myself relax. It's funny because I used to play 24hr+ degen sessions like it was nothing. Now I feel like I want to leave after a couple of hours. I think it has something to do with the fact that I'm putting in a lot more effort while I'm at the table. I'm constantly analyzing other players and self-evaluating myself to make sure I'm in a good state of mind.
I never got around to playing the 5-10 game. When it filled up I saw Bart Hansen and Limon sit down. But after about an hour Bart left and sat in our game for about 30 min while waiting for 40-80 limit. And another guy left and came to our table from that game. So my instinct was that game was awful.
I approached Limon and introduced myself and talked for a few minutes. I already knew from all his posts that he knows his stuff. But from talking to him you really get a sense that he's really been around awhile and knows the real deal on making it playing live. Really nice guy.
Anyways not sure if I'm going to play tomorrow. I think I'll make the drive out to Commerce next. If not maybe Hawaiian Gardens. Hopefully the run good continues.