Sunday in Vegas. I wake up and Marty is gone. I see the remaining Krispy Kremes sitting on the TV. I have been asleep for about 4 hours. I get up and pull myself together and wander to the Excal poker room. I expect to find Marty there playing 2-6.
The room is void of all those known to me. I run into RTT and he tells me about the Luxor $50 buyin NL. That's where Marty and Jeff are. I don't know who else was there.
So I take my new found poker confidence and knowledge over to the 1-2 NL table. The first pot I played I have AKo out of position. Player to my right is in the pot too. Flop comes down 4A4. I bet he raises and I move in. He calls. AK vs AK. We split.
Why I hate pocket 4's
I will refer you once again to this post as a precursor to this next story. Go read it if you're unfamiliar with my history with sailboats.
So I am dealt 44 in early/middle position. I get to see the flop for cheap. Flop comes down xx4 with 2 spades, including the 4 spades. I bet $15, size of the pot. Next guy makes it $50 and third guy calls. I call. Yes I overcall.
Turn is a red blank. I bet $100. Now there is $165 in the pot. 1 caller and a raise. I move in. River is the Kspades. I am dead. Player 1 turns over 10-7 spades??? WTF? Player 2 flips A9 spades.
First I was getting greedy. I slow played a little to get the pot built. I saw the flush and was worried about it. I should have put it all in after the flop and the $50 raise. But I wanted to get even on this hand. I for sure should have moved in after the turn, instead of $100. This bet showed weakness. I only had $30 left. Should have bet it all.
As it turns out the Kspades making the flush was a 5 outer. There were 4 pocket spades, 2 on board and 2 that would have matched the other board cards. I have replayed this hand over and over. I don't know if making a move earlier would have worked, but it couldn't have hurt. I live by winning small pots and not losing large ones. My bad run and my confidence convinced me that this was the hand. As if the cards have some memory and sympathy for me.
I get up and walk it off. I buy into the 2-6 game. I immediately start to steam off over $100. buyin. At my table are Jeff, RTR and eventually Marty, after he hit quads twice at his other table. The two guys to my left are fresh of a plane from Manchester England. Various people come and go including G-Rob in the 10 seat.
Stories from the 2-6.
1. Dave comes over and comments about the new guy in the one seat. Says that the guy just left his table steaming and tried to get another player to go outside to settle the hash. Dave tells me that if I drop the hammer on this guy he might just explode. We play for a while, no hammer. Instead I wake up on the button with A10 clubs. It goes H2H with the hothead in #1. Flop comes out A x x. I make a crying call on this $6 bet. I end up cry calling all the way down. I think he might have me out kicked or 2 pair. After the river he bets 6, I call and he mucks. He was trying to move me off a pair of A's in a 2-6 game. Wow, he was actually giving me some credit fr being a poker player. Too bad he ran into me just when I was willing to call down a raggedy board with 3 high. The guy gets up, grabs his chips and proceeds to go rip the manager a new one for about 5 minutes. I see him leave and come back to rip some more. I don't know what was said. If I were the manager that guy would have been bounced. hard.
2. G-Rob sits. Hits a hand and bleeds me on my flush draw. He tells me he bleeding me as he does it. Thanks. I knew I was steaming and playing poorly. This is what I have to say for the next time we meet. If you strike me down I shall become even more powerful. Thanks for the lesson.
3. My buy in is almost gone. I have around $20 left. I am UTG and decide to straddle. "Live 4 on the table." I meekly yell. Jeff "Little Willie" is in the BB. He goes in blind. We cap it pre flop and I get all my money in. I have JJ and he has 9-2 o. He makes trip 9's and wipes me out. Dr. Jeff Willis is the worst poker player in the world. "Little Willie" doesn't begin to describe the magnitude of his play. To say that he sucked out is an under statement. This guy plays trash. I have a $10 bounty on his head. You bust him out you get $10. I hope you move to St. Louis. I can exact my own personal revenge upon you at every home game.
4. I have pocket Q's in late position. The flop comes out Qxx. But wait. I raised and the other players haven't acted yet. The dealer f%cked up the flop. It hit me funny. I take the $10 pot down and laugh. That's how my day went.
We take a break, go get some grub and head over to the MGM. Its me, Marty, RTR and Dave.
We sit a the sportsbook for a good 90 minutes. We watch soccer, motorcycle racing and NCAA women's Softball. Tennessee and Michigan go deep into extra innings. We finally go an put our names on the list.
Marty and RTR are first. Dave and I are still in the Sportsbook when a guy calling himself Jason Kids brother comes up and starts talking to and trying to fondle Dave. Dave bolts like he's got a plane to catch leaving me there one v. one with Mr. Kid. I figure out what just happend and get out of there as Mr. Kid starts bothering the lady at the deli.
The juicy 2-4 table. Calling this table juicy is an understament.
The line up.
Seat 1: Don't remember. Started out as #4's friend
Seat 2: Old guy who didn't know game only to be replaced by brownshirts dad.
Seat 3: Old Lady who played any paint
Seat 4: Drunk Birthday girl
Seat 5: Reader Jim
Seat 6: Blogger Shelly
Seat 7: Various fodder
Seat 8: Me
Seat 9: Dave
Seat 10: A bunch of random losers
I sit down and am not feeling it. I look at this tabe and see hands they are showing down. Its pathetic. When Dave gets seated I tell him he's got to get something going so I can get my head in the game. I know aggession will get paid here, but I'm not in the mood. I start a little banter with Shelly and Jim. I order a SF RedBull and then another. I start to feel it.
Then the moment when it all came together.
I get heads up with birthday girl on a board with 3 flush cards. I have already made 2 pair and have none of the flush. I check raise her on the river when the 4th flush card shows. She lays it down telling me all about how I have the flush. She folded a low flush. I flip over and tell her 2 pair no flush. She tilts.
I proceed to catch cards for the next 4 hours. I see it all. AA, KK, QQ, AK, TT and improve everywhere. I see all of these hands multiple times. RUSH.
I am on such a role I play a K5 diamonds. I never play this hand, but wtf? The flop comes out all diamonds. Thats the flop I was looking for. That was the only reason I played this hand. I am one off the nut flush. The turn is a blank and the river pairs the board. I am betting, raising etc. On the river the guy who took over for birthday girl raises my bet. I re-raise. Thats right. I KNEW he was making a move. I KNEW he didn't have me beat. I was right. I got an extra bet out of him on the end and scoop a huge pot. This may have been my best read/play ever in a single hand.
I totally crush this table. Up $200.
Over next to us is a table with Marty, Poker Geek, April (Tejas) RTR and maybe others. They seem to be having a good time.
Dave moves over there for a while. He comes back over to find me on the tail end of having Dad of Brownshirt river his second junk full house on me. I tell him how good this table is and that I am not leaving until DoBS is busted or leaves. I make him leave, with next to nothing.
DoBS had one really good move. 3 times when he was first to act after the turn he tried to bet $2. When informed the bet was $4, he pulled back and mucked. Yes. He was willing to bet $2 but since the bet was $4 he mucked instead. HE WAS FIRST TO ACT!
I get on it so hard I tell the table that if I'm in a hand I am either holding or drawing to the nuts.
Dealer of the day is Adam at the MGM. My 2-4 table eventually turned into the United Nations. We had two mexican guys, 2 Isrealis, 3 indians and a bunch of non-english. Adam took over and brought everyone into line. Thanks!!!!
Results. I am down $215 to start the day. I blow $200 at the 1-2 NL, $200 at the 2-6 spread and make it back to just better than an -$500 for the trip.