Half way through the book and it already more than paid for itself tonight.
Hero - young guy, loose aggressive image (although I really play kind of tight and focus on position and picking my spots), people know I'm decent... wonder if I'm a "pro."
Villain - woman in her 40s, thinks she's great at poker, limps in a lot, but is also aggressive and will bluff and squeeze liberally. Also a calling station, she likes to make hero calls. If she's running good she can run up a huge stack because of her aggression. But when she's not running good she can put 5k into a game. Definetly a spot.
We play together once or twice a month. For some reason we rub each other the wrong way. We don't talk but you can just get the sense that we're after each other's chips. I acknowledge this "feeling in the air" and try to stay alert of my emotions when playing her. She can put you on tilt... Like if she calls a $200 bluff and scoops a $700 pot against you she'll start going on and on to the rest of the table, "he bet so fast, I just knew he was weak..." etc. That used to tilt me. Now I use it to my advantage and just win the chips.
Anyway. 2/5, she just bought in for $500, I have $400, third player in the hand has $800.
Third player is in mid position, like myself. He limps. I look down at 22 and limp call. SB calls. Villian in the BB looks down and then makes it 25. Third player calls. I call. SB folds. $75 pot, I have position.
Flop - J 5 (another mid number card, can't remember, maybe an 8) rainbow
She c bets $35. I'd expect her to do this with any two cards with that flop. Third player folds. I move out a stack of red and raise to $100. At this point I'm putting her on a middle pair like 99 or 77 or two broadwy cards that she raised preflop with, trying to pick up the limp calls. She instantly makes the calls. And I get the sense that she thinks I'm weak and she's pissed I'm trying to take her pot.
Okay, I'm thinking now we've got a $275 pot, she has to act first, what does she have.
Turn is a king and I'm pretty sure the board stayed rainow. Board - J 5 8 K
She checks. It feels weak and in retrospect maybe I should have bet there to end the hand but the pot was getting big and I wasn't committed. I check and decide to see what happens on the river.
River is a 3.
She thinks for a second then bets $130 into $275. Physically right now she looks like she's trying to fake weakness to make it look like she's got a strong hand that wants a call. I'm not buying. I feel like she's bluffing.
Here is where this book comes into play. Just today I was reading about polarized ranges. How in this spot she's betting top pair top kicker or better OR a pure bluff, but she's not betting a medium strength hand like a middle pocket pair or 98s. So I know she's strong or really weak. Does strong make sense? Not really. A jack isn't in her preflop raising range, in my opinion, and she checked the king, which if she had one it would have saved her on the turn if she called my flop raise angrily and with something like AK. So I don't think she has AK.
At this point I'm hoping she has like A10s or AQ and not a medium pocket pair. I know from reading this book that there are more combos of hands like AQ then pocket pairs (I'm speaking in general... There are more XX hand combos than pocket combos) so I'm getting good odds and I already don't think she has a medium pocket pair because she bet the river (polarized range).
I make the call. She says ace high and flips over AQ. I turnover 22 and she looks disgusted
. I scoop the $505 pot and listen to the chorus of "good calls."
The book more than paid for itself tonight. This book will get you thinking the right things during hands. Of course, maybe I just got lucky that she didn't catch a pair somewhere in the hand, but really feel like the book, coupled with my history with the player, was able to help me pin her down on something around ace high. It feels great to study a book like this very diligently and then apply my new skills at the table. If you play 1-2 or 2-5 live and have a desire to improve, I recommend this book.