Ok back home now and settled in.
After Sessions 5-26
Date: Mon 5/14/2012
Venue: Hawaiian Gardens, Hollywood Park, Bicycle, Commerce
Game: 5-5NL, 5-10NL
Running BR: $37824
So...... I'm on close to a $10k downswing from when we left off.
Ok so obviously I'm not going to detail all 21 sessions from the last two and a half weeks. But I've been running pretty bad. I know, I know. Everyone says this all the time. But I look at it objectively and I would say I've gotten fairly unlucky though I know there have been a lot worse and I'm nowhere near that. But it still stings. I will only detail a few hands from yesterday's session at the Commerce that pretty much encompasses how the rest of my sessions have been going.
Oh and no table games. I don't play those. I kicked that habit awhile ago. Though it used to be a big leak of mine.
Hand 1: This hand is just to illustrate how I was playing during this session. I had developed a very aggro image. I was overbetting a lot both PF and post.
This is the 5-10NL game at the Commerce. 500-1500 BI. I bought in full. This is a new game that had just started and this was actually the very first hand.
Effective stacks 500.
PF: Everyone folds to Villain on the button(who turns out is a huge fish though I didn't know it at the time). He limps the button. SB calls, Hero has AKo in the BB. Hero bets 500. Villain calls lol. SB folds.
F, T, R: 9
Villain shows down J
Hand 2: Villain in this hand has seen alot of my plays and I already stacked him when I 3 bet shoved on him post flop w/ 2nd pair where he called with his draw and missed. So he probably views me as a hyper Aggro monkey. So he's been raising me post flop pretty light and calling me down light.
Effective stacks 500
PF: Hero has 3
1 limper in EP, folds to Hero who raises to 50, Villain calls on button, rest fold.
Hero bets 50, Villain raises to 150, Hero shoves, Villain tanks for about 2 min and then calls.
Villain says, "I have 2 pair". I'm like "F***" He shows J
Hand 3: This hand is vs the Fish Villain in hand 1.
Effective stacks 550.
PF: Hero is dealt Q
in the CO.
Folds to Hero who raises to 40, only Villain calls in BB.
Villain shoves all in for 510, Hero calls.
Villain excitedly flips over 8
I'm fish food today it seems. It's not even close to over though.
Hand 4: I won a large pot not too long before this hand where it was 5 to the flop of Q
and I had 9
I was first to act and I checked, Guy bets 125, fold, Raise to 325, Call, back to me I ship for 1675, get called in 2 spots and fill up by the river and scoop the pot. The Villain in this hand is a pretty big fish who cold called the 325 and almost called my All In but opted to fold.
Effective stacks 2035
PF: 1 limper, Villain limps, Solid player raises to 55, Hero calls with Q
on the button, blinds fold, rest call.
Bingo! I'm in the perfect position, with the perfect image, vs the perfect villain. Perfect situation.
Check, Villain bets out 150, Original PF raiser just calls, Hero pauses and makes it 720, fold, Villain calls fairly quickly, OPFR folds.
Not the best card, but I am 100% sure I still have way the best hand here. I think most of Villain's range is pretty much just combo FD's. As any 2 pair or sets he would've easily reshipped the flop vs me on a board like that. I got exactly what I wanted. Now I can shove easily and it will be hard for villain not to stack off. Villain checks, Hero goes all in. Villain goes into the tank for about 5 min. He almost folds a bunch of times, but then quietly and defeatedly says, "ok I call."
My soul soul becomes crushed into a tiny diamond. I look a little sick and Villain proudly tables his hand J
as he says, "Yeah I knew it! You were on a flush draw!" I would usually just nod my head and muck, but instead I couldn't resist the urge to show how wrong he was and I quietly table my hand that used to be the nuts on the flop that was just outdrawn by 2nd pair.
The rest of the table was pretty flabbergasted as well. Of course as it always happens the fish leaves two hands later. I guess the thing that kept me calm was that I was able to take advantage of that unlucky moment to exercise my option to not tilt at all. It's funny, 3 yrs ago, I would've been the guy you see either berating the dealer and getting so angry at the fish and going on nuclear monkey tilt spewing off the rest of my roll. But now I like to pride myself in being able to not let an event like that manifest itself negatively into my play.
Anyways that's a short snap shot of my last 2 weeks. Not very pretty. After the cash game session I decided to take a change of pace and play in the $550 tourney at the Commerce. I staked a friend of mine in it as well. Not very big, it only got 120 entrants. Of course my friend doesn't even make it to the first break. This is the first tournament I've played in a few years and I'm pretty card dead the entire time. I pretty much just stay afloat by shipping 20bb at opportune moments mement_mori style during the entire tourney. In 7 hrs of play I get dealt KK, AQo x2, AJs, ATs x2, AJo x2, KQs x2, KQo, TT, 99, 88, A8s x2, A4s, A3s. Those were my best hands. Of which I only got to play about 1/4 of those. The other hands I played were garbage hands I used to steal or resteal.
I end up getting knocked out 23 due to playing TT very poorly.
First I'd like to share a comical hand where I could've easily doubled maybe even tripled up, but I guess my radar wasn't on.
Level is 200-400 with 75 ante. Player A is a new player at the table that just sat down and this is literally his first hand at the table. Player B has been at the table awhile. We are down to about 36 players. Player A has 48k, Player B has about 22k. Hero has about 13k and is in the BB with A
Folds to A who raises to 1200 in MP, B Goes all in folds to Hero who doesn't even think about calling, Villain tanks for about 30 seconds and then slams the rest of his chips in the middle.
B tables K
, A shows 7
Of course King high good by the river.
And the hand I go out on. I play solid all tournament to just completely butcher this hand and get knocked out 11 before the money. If you get disgusted easily don't read on.
We are 8 handed. Hero is in SB w/ T
Blinds are 400-800 with 100 ante. Hero has about 22k villain covers.
Villain is a young skinny asian guy with sunglasses. He hasn't played a hand since we redrew for tables at 27 players. I would say this is the first hand he's played in the past 40min or so.
PF: He opens UTG+1 to 2k, folds to Hero who calls?!(This part I would like to ask a tournament pro.) Do you ship here, 3 bet, or flat? I decided to flat. The guy's image is so tight and he's raising from EP I put him on a pretty tight range. I think 3 betting is pretty much out and so is folding. So that leaves us with flatting or shipping. I thought if I ship I only get AK to call when I'm ahead and everything else he calls me with is crushing me.
Not a bad flop for my hand. I check, Villain bets 4500, hero calls. I think I should've just shipped it here.
Hero checks, Villain bets 5500, Hero goes AI, Villain calls quickly with A
. 1 out baby! Brick.
I can't believe he smashed the flop that hard with a hand like AJo. lol. Oh well.
Anyways hopefully I start to run a little better. I'd at least like to start winning my 90/10's when there's 1 card to come. Losing 3 of those in a week for big pots is starting to sting.
Well tomorrow I'll be at Hollywood Park. Hopefully I can stack a couple of the old retired guys that always play 5 to 6k deep. Wish me luck. Only got 1 month until my run in Vegas!