So my Tuesday night has now relocated to every other Thursday, running in tandem with Amicusnole's Thursday night game. Starting back last night, I had a good turn out, with 8 total players at its max and sitting around 7 most of the night.
For my part, I'm actually surprised I ended up down only 20 BBs for the nights (and grumbling a bit because, by all rights, I should have ended the night up in a major way). To give you an idea of why I'm surprised, I give you two hands:
I have 8/10 os. The flop comes down J
(I don't remember what the card was, and it was irrelevant). The turn was the Q
, completing my straight. The villain in this story leads out, I raise, and she calls. The river is the J
. She leads out for a small beat, and I just call because I know the river just screwed me (and I've gotten out of my habit of betting into her she has the best hand). She, of course, turns of Q
for the river boat.
Who cares about probability:
So I'm in this hand against another solid player, and I'm on the button with a straddle out (we use Mississippi straddle rules). Blinds are 1/1 and I've straddled for 3. The SB calls along with one other player, and I look down to find that miracle of miracles: Aces in the Straddle. I raise to 8, and the SB immediately re-raises to 20ish (don't remember the exact sizing). The other player folds out, and I four bet to 50. SB tanks for a couple of minutes then declares all-in, at which point I naturally snap call. He turns over K
, and I turn over two black Aces.
We agree to run it three times:
First board: Runner-Runner Four flush in hearts. Winner: Kings
Second Board: Blanks both. Winner: Aces
Third Board: King and a pair on the flop. No aces on the board. Winner: Kings
Looking back over the night, I can't see anything where my play was indefensible. Granted, there were some that weren't optimal (I had aces earlier in the night against Amicusnole and one other where I raised, got three bet, Amicusnole called, I four bet, the three-better folded, and Amicusnole tanked for a good while before folding his Queens face up where if I'd just smooth called the three-bet, I'd have gotten the rest of his stack at the time instead), but nothing that just screamed "why did you do that?!" Okay, maybe playing the 7
where I turned a flush and the board four flushed on the river, but that's about it.
Regardless, it was a fun night, and I'm looking forward to the game at Amicusnole's next week.
I've also got a good buddy of mine trying to convince me to playing in an Omaha game that runs on Friday nights, as he's convinced I can crush it. However, I know most of my issue is psychological (it's a bigger game that players much bigger, and I know I'd be playing with scared money). He's starting to talk being willing to front half my BI and do an equity split of whatever I win. The saving grace for me at this point is I work on Friday nights, so I never go to that game since I get out so late, and the other big Omaha game that runs is Mon/Wed evening when my wife has class and I'm home with the kids.