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Old 04-11-2017, 11:18 PM   #226
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Re: Another middle-aged white guy Another dream

to help bide the time until my next session, i think Quant needs to post an update! like how about some more tales from the 50/100 game? the 50 game seems to be going off on a regular basis as of late, must be juicy...
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Old 04-21-2017, 09:42 AM   #227
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Re: Another middle-aged white guy Another dream

Hey Doc et al.,

Yep, 50/100 has been going off pretty regularly on the weekends lately, every Friday and Saturday, even had 2 tables of it one recent night.

Iíve played a bunch since my last update but otherwise pretty busy with work, taxes, soccer, etc., so no time for an update. But taxes are finally done, and Iím having trouble sleeping, so here we areÖ

MSPT was in town a few weeks ago, and I had a pretty good run in the main event ($1100 buy-in, ~$110K up top). I played Day 1 on Friday (3 Day 1 options) instead of Saturday (my usual Day 1 for these events) and bagged a below average stack for Sunday. Ninety people made Day 2, 45 get paid. I never really had a tough decision:

-Second orbit, Iím down to 45K chips, 4K/2K/1K (blinds/ante) or thereabouts, chip leader opens to 11K, I ship 8d8h, SB reships and chip leader folds. AKs, he misses and Iím a bit above average now.

-I open 6c6d UTG+2, hijack shoves, button shoves and BB shoves! HJ had QQ, both of the others had AA.

-Very active UTG opens 2X, folds to me in the BB and I call 43. Flop Q52, I craise-shove a slightly below average stack, he tanks for a couple minutes then folds T9, dodged a bullet there.

-Tough player (he made the final table) to my direct right opens middle position, I shove a below average stack with black QQ, he calls with JT. Flop Qh8Tx, I fade a lot of outs and he even makes 2 pair on the river.

-Down to 3 tables and I have M~5, open limp, I shove black JJ, folds back to limper, I figure to be ahead of his small pocket pair, nope he has red KK. I get a sweat with 3 clubs after the turn but blank the river and head to the cage to get paid 😊 (and since itís still early, I then head over to Astar to play 30/60).

A good run for me, has me excited to play tournaments again, and Iíve already got WSOP trip booked for June 7-15.

So the 50 game: as I said earlier, itís been running almost every weekend lately. My run-amazing in that game is over but still doing okay. I had a session a couple of weeks ago in which I took tough beat after tough beat, standard stuff like AQ<QJ, turned flush < river full house, etc., nothing out of the ordinary really. Probably the only one that hurt was while we were 4-handed, I pick up KK button-1 and 4 of us see a AJTr flop, all call, turn is a K and itís capped, river is a blank, I fold, all 3 of them have a Q with no A. I was long overdue for a session like this and canít get too upset about it but it certainly sucked losing $5K in a super juicy game.

And my run-bad continued early last Saturday. I got there in the early afternoon and after half an hour of 2-5/100 they started the 50 game and I had a seat. Second hand I open QQ UTG, mediocre older guy on my direct left 3b, folds to the blinds who both call. BB is a total fish, SB is a complete unknown, 30 something white guy, never even seen him before. Flop KQ5, 2 chks and I bet, guy on my left folds, other 2 call. Turn 4, chkd to me and I bet my set again, now SB craises! BB folds, easy 3b to me, and SB 4b! This certainly looks like a set of 5s or 4s, of course I 5b, and I get a sinking feeling when he 6b. I call a river 7 and of course am shown a set of kings and am stuck $1000 right away

No matter, coolers happen and I think I played that hand fine. And it was a great line up, 2 other strong players, 6 players ranging from so-so to terrible. Unfortunately I couldnít win a hand no matter what I had. Later one of the strong players was replaced by a tough pro, and I was fortunate to run crazy good against this guy:

1-he opens the button, SB calls and I 3b AK in the BB, both call. Flop is 3 cards below 8 and 2 diamonds, I bet, button raises, SB folds, I call. I reluctantly call down a couple more blanks on turn and river and am shown A9, I faded a lot of outs.

2-I open 88 middle position, tough pro 3b the BB (he seat changed from previous hand), I call and see a 998 flop. He bets, I call, turn 4, same action. River 6, now he chks to me, I bet and he craises! Did not see that coming, but an easy 3b for me, which he reluctantly called (did not show).

3-I river a straight on a hand I opened medium suited connectors and he 3b, I floppd a gutshot and turned an open-ender, got there on the river and craised, he paid off what was undoubtedly a big hand.

Nonetheless, this was the only guy I could beat in a soft line up, until I finally got some traction late at night. One big hand I call a capped preflop with 98 in BB (5-way action) and flop is T65, I craise after a bet and 3 calls, one fold there, turn is another T, one call, river is a blank and he shows me a T and calls. My final orbit I was up a few hundred, after being stuck $4500 at one point, and I wake up with AA on the button. Hijack (mediocre reg) opens, I 3b, BB (terrible LAG with huge tilt issues, especially at this hour of the morning) calls and HJ calls. We see a flop of QJ5 2-tone, BB bets out and HJ raises, I just call intending to raise safe turns, but SB 3b and HJ just calls, I think itís better to cap it here. Turn is a K that puts a second flush draw out there, I donít love this card but 2 chks to me and I bet, both call. River is a beautiful offsuit 5, both call. HJ had KQ and whined about the river, nevermind that you hit your 3 outter on the turn. So that made my stack look like this, itís a lot of $$$ but I had $6K on the table:



Here's a little more chip porn from a 50 game a few weeks ago, I was only in for $3K this time but I gave back a significant chunk of my winnings, wouldíve been my best session ever if Iíd left when I took this picture:



Thatís about all for now, I hope to post a short update from National Harbor and the 60/120 game there after the weekend, followed by a quick trip to Foxwoods the following week, maybe a little stud or mixed while Iím there.
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Old 04-23-2017, 10:57 PM   #228
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Re: Another middle-aged white guy Another dream

nice update! you would have loved the 50 game lineup today. i played a quick 30/60 session this afternoon, had to wait about 40min to start the 2nd game. the main game was initially the 50 game that went all night, then switched over to 30 when they lost some players. those guys all looked like zombies. they were still playing 30 when i left around 4p, but looks like they've switched back to 50...
Good luck out east!!
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Re: Another middle-aged white guy Another dream

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 JT 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 AJ, 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 KTs in BB (6 BBs). Flop T8hx, 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), AK, flop is QT6, 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 A3 as this guy was pretty passive, limping in even when we were 5-handed. Flop is JJ5c, 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.
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