Sunday, March 27, 2011
The Royal Couple Goes Down In Flames
Dealer Larry won the High Hand Jackpot with quad fives, but still had a net loss for the night. Farmer Harry and Ray-Ray were the big winners, both cashing out north of $40. Although it was a tough night on the felt, I still had a good time with a fun bunch of runners.
Tin Man's $5 NLHE Tourney went much better. I had the dealer button on the opening hand and looked down at a pair of black aces. I knew it was gonna be a really good night. Or a really bad one. I'm not real excited about getting involved in a big pot early, but A-A almost demands it.
There were several limpers in front, so I popped it 6X the BB ($12) to take out the trash. Bluffing Bev and Big Daddy both called. I knew Bev had a strong starting hand to call such a big raise, and there was no telling what Big Daddy had. The flop came 5-6-J unsuited. Bev and Big Daddy both checked, so I bet $25, figuring to take down the pot right now. Both Bev and Big Daddy called. Oops!
At this point, I'm putting Bev on a set or an overpair and Big Daddy could be as weak as second pair. Bev led with a small $12 bet on a dry turn card with Big Daddy folding. I called, but wasn't happy about it.
The river was another small, offsuit card and Bev checked. I really felt like I was behind and didn't want to invest any more in this hand and checked. Bev tabled Q-Q and I almost doubled my stack on the first hand. Whew.
There was an unusual amount of big pots played early in the tournament and the blinds were only to level four ($5-10) when Lil' Annie Okie and I got heads up. She had a small chip lead on me and we decided to chop the first place money, with Annie cashing for $23 and me for $22, so we could get over to the $2 buy-in cash game.
I got into a big three-way pot with Philly Phanatic and Debbie not long after joining the game. I had steadily built my stack since sitting down, and both of my opponents had me covered. I raisied 3 1/2X the BB with K-J offsuit and saw a nice board of K-J-A. Deb led out and both Philly and I called. The turn was a blank with Deb and I both checking. Philly slid out a pot-sized bet with Deb and I coming along for the ride.
I had lost some confidence in my hand, but the river brought another king. Deb checked and I pushed my remaining stack in. "I can't fold now'" Philly said as he called with A-9 and I pulled a nice $10-12 pot.
I slowly built my stack up to around $17 when the final hand of the night was pitched. We were down to four players, with me in the BB. I peeked down at K-Q offsuit, the Royal Couple, and decided to check, just to mix things up a bit and possibly trap someone for a big pot. The flop was K-7-4 rainbow. I was going to lead out with a 1/2 pot bet, but I noticed that Big Daddy, who was on my left, reaching for chips. I decided to check and let him hang himself. He tossed in .70 cents, which was almost a pot-sized bet, with Philly Phanatic and Tin Man both folding. I smooth called.
The turn was a beautiful Q, giving me top two pair. I checked and smiled to myself as Big Daddy pushed out $1. Hee-hee, gotcha! Call.
Then came the river card. The seven of spades, which paired the board and was also the third spade.
Ugh! Just an awful card.
I had planned to bet enough to get Big Daddy's entire stack, but I changed gears and checked, fearing he might have hit trips. Big Daddy pushed for his last $2.50. Crap.
My initial read on him was that he wanted the call, but the longer I watched him the tighter he got. it's one of those situations that you really feel like you're beat, you just don't want to believe it. I hemmed and hawed for a few minutes before making the call, only to be shown 7-5.
I guess sometimes you can get too cute with your hands.
I still cashed out for a $10 profit, and combined with my tournament winnings, added $28 to the 'ole bankroll, more than making up for the J-Dawg fiasco the night before.
My online heaters continues. I banked a $17 profit yesterday and another $24 tonight. Onward and upward!
Till next time, win the flips.