I will be spending 12-14 hours of my Holiday weekend stuck in a car. Speaking of stuck, I decided to play a little $100 max NL on FTP last night. First hand I get JJ in the cut off. There are two limpers to me (.50/1 blinds) so I pop it to $5, probably a little light. It fold to the guy on my right who smooth calls.
The flop is uncoordinated rainbow of undercards. Perfect. He bets out I raise the pot and he smooth calls. Alarm bells are going off and lights are flashing. I smell a set. the turn put a wheel draw on the board. He checks and I bet the pot. He smooth calls again. River puts a deuce up completing the wheel draw. So now I am dead to a set and any Ace. The set is more likely but the Ace is possible. This guy had already tripled up so he was either good or a complete donkey calling station, meaning that he flopped his set or he runner-runnered a wheel. He could have been THAT good and pushed me off the hand with air, but I don't think so. The limp smooth call pre-flop smelled like a small pocket pair to me. I was beat and I laid it down.
(edit: upon further review this is the worst laydown known to man. He had TT or 99)
So in the interest of killing time in the car this weekend I used my Amazon Prime membership and bought a couple of books. The first is Gary Carson's book The Complete Book of Hold 'Em Poker: A Comprehensive Guide to Playing and Winning. After reading this entry on his blog I just couldn't pass this up for $9.72. The second book is Professor, the Banker, and the Suicide King, The : Inside the Richest Poker Game of All Time.
Yes I am THAT guy that played poker with Mr. Craig last winter and still hasn't read his book. But that will change this weekend.