Saturday, September 12th, 2009
TR Day 9
Two friends from different online circles arrived today, Henry from my ‘MMO friends’ and Quiksand from FOFC/FOBL. I’m happy to steal a little of Quik’s thunder and report that he cashed in the $700+$70 NLHE event that ran today, and will be playing in the final 27 as part of day 2 tomorrow. 350ish entered, 35 paid IIRC. Congrats Quik, take it down!
I arrived today around 3:30 and got on the list for a 2/5 PLO game that was going. I sat at 10/20 limit for about 5 hands, dropped $70, and got called for the PLO game. I won a $200ish pot on my very first hand at the PLO game(9875 in the big blind, 643 flop, 7 turn, took it down on the turn).
I play around for awhile at 2/5 but never get up more than $300. I play scared in two pots as the game gets real big, folding the second nut flush out of position against a guy who liked to steal a good deal, because I knew he would fire twice no matter what and I would have to commit my stack to see if I was good. Against this player at 1/2 I would have not folded. The game was just playing very big, with most pots getting up over $100 preflop, it was a very solid, aggressive game, at least for my skill level. I end up picking up and cashing out when I go to eat instead of leaving my chips at the table. I’m up $215 when I cash out.
After dinner I get on the list for 1/2 PLO. I sit at a 1/2 NL game and play about 10 hands. I drop about $90 with KQ losing to AK on a K88 board, and get called to the 1/2 game. I buy in for another $100 to get to the max buyin. There are 3 or 4 big stacks and lots of short stacks. 1/2 PLO is $500 max buyin, i’d say that 4 of the players had less than $200 in front of them the entire time. I have a few all in confrontations, all agaisnt short stacks. A 13 card nut straight draw on a 2 diamond board, I hit the straight and stack a guy who had $150. AKJx with a suited ace,flop QTx with two of my suit, all in vs a guy with $200 and i hit my giant draw. That was how I built most of my stack, nice and boring and safe.
One strange hand worth mentioning… I have KQT7, KT Hearts. I see a flop 4 ways for a raise, I just call out of the big blind. Flop comes QJx with two hearts. While I’m deciding whether to bet or check someone in mid position fires out a pot sized bet(around $30 I believe). Myself and the guy to my left both have not acted, the dealer knows its on me too. I decide to check/call though. Another guy calls as well. I decide to lead the turn, a total blank, betting $75. Only the guy who bet earlier calls. The river is an offsuit king, leaving me with top two on a KQJ board. I ponder a bet, in my own little world after briefly looking at my opponent. I debate bet/folding vs check/calling, and decide to bet/fold. I bet $100. When I look up I see my opponent has already bet $225. I’m genuinely confused. My opponent says he thought I checked. The dealer says I didn’t, calls it a $100 bet and a raise to $225, back to me. Honestly, I should have just check/called in the first place. The guy was firing constantly on the end no matter what he had. He’d bluff into me 100%. I just wasn’t thinking clearly enough on that decision. But anyway, I call the $225, he throws his hand away before I even show. When I show top two, he gets upset and leaves, apparently thinking he could have raised bigger and I guess convinced I checked(no way in hell did I do anything that could be construed as a check, I feel vindicated on this point by the fact that he bet out of turn with two people to act before him earlier in the hand). Anyway, my 2 pair is good and I win a pretty nice sized pot.
At that point I was up about $800 in this game and 1k on the day. I drop $200 when a set gets outdrawn and cash out when the game breaks around 4am. In for $600, cashing out $1230.
I didn’t make a lot of moves in this game… others were doing more than enough of that, it was totally a play solid and get paid off type of game.
After the super aggressive 2/5 game today, I’m forced to admit that I can really only comfortably play 2/5 if the game is fairly passive or has a couple huge soft spots. Tomorrow if 2/5 is the only game going I will likely play NL instead and just wait for a 1/2 game to go. For a long time tonight there were two 1/2 games going though, so i’m optimistic. The 2/5 game tonight I really don’t think i would have been comfortable in unless I was willing to commit $3000-$4000 (3 or 4 full sized buyins) to the game.