MGM National Harbor
I just spent a long weekend in DC, 3 things on the agenda:
1-March for Science on the mall, went great despite the rain
2-see my family
3-play some cards at MGM National Harbor, especially the 60/120 LHE game
I'm sure you don't want to hear about the first 2, so I'll tell you about my MGM experiences.
Got in Thursday night and had mother-son day at MGM on Friday, I try to offset momís slot machine losses at the poker table. We got there a bit before noon which is the nominal game time, and I was able to get a seat just as the game was starting. Friendly guy asked me my name before I even got chips. Figured this to be all regulars at noon on a Friday, and everybody knew everyone else. They got a round of straddles going on about the third orbit, and I knew it would be a good game when the guy directly to my right called the straddle from the button. Reasonably tough lineup with 4-5 good players, few mediocre players and one terrible player. Fortunately I won all the big pots that I was in, hereís a few interesting hands:
0-I set the stage early with some LAG play, 2nd orbit, UTG opens, UTG+1 calls, and Hero 3b J
UTG+2. Folds around and they both call. Flop Q8x, 2 chks and I bet my gutshot, 2 calls. Turn is a great card, K, and I keep barreling, they keep calling. River is the perfect 9, now UTG bets out?! UTG+1 folds, and I raise. UTG now 3b, I 4b, he 5b, I 6b, and finally I just call his 7b so we can play the next hand, chopped pot of course.
1-Hero opens UTG A
, UTG+1 calls, cutoff calls, button (one of the strong players 3b), blinds both call, this hand is going off 6-ways so I 4b, all call (12 BBs). Flop QJ8 2-tone, none of my suit, chkd to cutoff who bets, button calls, one blind calls, Hero calls, UTG+1 calls (14.5 BBs). Turn is a blanks, only button, Hero and UTG+1 call (18.5 BBs). River is offsuit K giving me the nuts, and I bet out, cutoff looks like he wants to raise but just calls as does button, they donít show (21.5 BBs).
2-Three limps and Hero raises red JJ from the cutoff, button and blinds call, 7-way action (7 BBs). Flop T32r, BB (one of the strong players bets), 5 calls (10 BBs). Turn 6 puts a flush draw out, BB bets, UTG calls, 1 other call, Hero raises, button folds, SB calls, BB and UTG and other guy call (20 BBs). River offsuit 9, slightly worrisome but I bet anyways, BB and UTG both call, MHIG (23 BBs).
3-UTG limps, thereís a middle position raise, a few calls and Hero calls K
Ts in BB (6 BBs). Flop T
8hx, thereís a bet from a mediocre button, SB calls, Hero raises, UTG calls, folds back to button who calls as does SB (10 BBs). Turn is a blank, Hero bets and 3 calls (14 BBs). River is about as bad as it gets, Q
-flush, overcard, straight all get there, and I check. UTG checks, button bets, SB folds. Ugh, I always pay off, I look left and see UTG ready to muck his cards and I canít let 15 BBs go down uncontested. UTG mucks, and button shows JTo! Whew.
Had a 5 hour session there, not a single person left a seat. They tried to get a second game started, had enough on the list but couldnít seem to get people to take seats and start. I more than offset momís slot losses, this was about my peak, up 2 racks:
I gave back a bit before I left and was just under a 2-rack winner. Made the mistake of selling some chips for a 5K chip at the table, got hassled at the cage, took a supervisor coming over to verify I had just played that game to clear things up.
Sunday was a different story entirely. I showed up at 11:15 and the game was already running, with a 3 person list. Lesson learned for next time, canít rely on Bravo info regarding starting time. I played some 2-5 NLHE for a 2.5 hours until they got a must-move game running around 2:15 PM. Fairly similar line up to Friday, a few spots but mostly solid players. The guy with the hoody, shades, and min buy seemed a bit intimidated:
I 3b 99 from middle position, couple of calls after me, hoody guy calls from BB, 5 to a J7x flop, I bet, hoody calls, one other caller. Turn is a blank, only hoody calls. River is another blank, and I chk back this time. He says pocket queens and shows me his cards, nice handÖ
Nonetheless he ran good and won a couple of racks, easy game, heíll be back.
Really never got much going, was fairly card dead a lot and ran into some sets with top pair short-handed (played 5-handed for less for a couple of hours), A
, flop is Q
, I get craised by BB, 3b and get 4b. Turn Ax, river blank and I pay off a set of sixes. This guy hit 4 sets of 6s in about 2-3 hours, pretty incredible. The only really bad player when we were playing 5-handed left at 6:30, one guy left at 7 and I quit at 7:30, stuck $250 when I paid off a guyís straight after he hit his gutshot on the last hand. Only other interesting hand was this:
5-handed, bad player opens button-2, folds to me in BB and I call A
as this guy was pretty passive, limping in even when we were 5-handed. Flop is J
5c, I ck/call. Turn is a Q, ck/ck. River is another Q, I figure this guy might pay me off with a K as he called way too often, and I bet. He tells me heís gonna pay me off, and he shows me his 66 as he throws in the chips! Good times.
Thatís all I got for now, Foxwoods on Thursday/Friday/Saturday morning, thanks for reading.