don't worry man, its all in your head, just don't care what people think of you and play your game, and no matter if you look stupid or not know that you've stuck to your plan, thanks for the comment man, glad you look forward to the rest, and heres what I was gonna post...
For the most part that was the last of that table. I made one mistake that I wish I could take back, but I don't regret it too much because I minimized losses. It was a hand where the board showed a 4 card river flush, there was also a four card straight showing (which I had) but the flush really made that really a moot point. I didn't have any clubs and it was checked to me with two other players in the pot, so I said to myself they might be weak and the only way I can take this down is if I bet, so I opted for the value bet bluff, but got reraised all in, of course I had no choice but to fold.
NEXT WAS TRUMP TAJ MAHAL
, MAN ARE THERE SOME FISH AND DONKEYS IN THIS CASINO. Maybe it was an excess because it was Saturday, but my table basically sums up what the poker world is coming to, everyone is converting to LAG to take advantage of TAG and thats one thing I love about poker. The players control the game trends, in the past its been very profitable to be a LAG and will continue to be forever, but as the tide turns to LAG the profits can be plentiful when you switch to TAG.
Anyway. Unbelievably, everyone at the table was talking! It was amazing, there were all types of conversations going on and the dude right next to me would not stop saying hand analysis I sat down and woke up to some nice hands. First hand I get jacks (by the way I never just buy in, I always sit out at least one orbit and see how the people are playing). I sat down with $100 stack again 1/2 blinds and woke up to pocket jacks and raised it to 10. I make a continuation bet about 2/3rds a flop that shows an over ace and an old man calls, I check to him on the turn and the old man bets a reasonable amount and I fold.
The very next hand, I get Kings, this is my second hand. I raise it up 10 again and get about 4 callers, had got about the same amount last time. I'm thinking to myself, I'm sitting at a damn calling station and I will have to variate my raises to price people out. flop comes about 8 high and I bet about 4/5th pot and everyone folds this time, and the dude to my left says to someone else "he probably had AK just a continuation bet". I thought to myself I WISH SOMEONE WOULDVE PUT ME ON THAT, I was pissed because so many people were calling preflop raises with marginal hands.
There were many times at this table where I had to fold top pair with marginal kicker because I was last to act when it would have been a split if I called, there was one pair where the flop came j 6 6, the first player to act bet, and the 3rd player to act reraises, I look down at my jack 5 and theres no way I can get in there to that reraise, they both turn over jacks with kickers no better than 8, that basically summed up how aggressive the table was. I was mentally shaking my head so many times at the amount of times I laid top pair but I knew it wasn't worth it for the most part I was right.
The biggest hand at this table for me was when someone raised it up 10 to make it 12 to go. I had limped, I think I was a couple seats away from the button. with 7 5 suited in diamonds, normally I would fold this to this raise, but there were at least 5-6 callers to the original raise, I was getting great pot odds
to flop a monster and these are the situations I like with these hands so I call. the flop comes rainbow 6-5-2, and the person first to act was the old man. He would call with a wide range of hands preflop to raises, even queen jack offsuit, but he played a solid, tight game after the flop. He lead bets for 30 and on this flop I know he wouldn't lead out without a real hand.
Its folded to the dude to my right, who seemed to be a solid player, he was playing TAG and he deliberates for a quite a bit and there is a long pause at the table and for some reason I thought it was folded to me and action was on me so I asked him, "what, you got a set or something?" than I got brought to the realization when a few people said "wait" and I apologized for it, meanwhile I think that gave the dude to my right a hint that I would probably be getting involved in the pot and his hand probably started to shrink up. He looks like he hates doing it but he folds so its on me, and I think for a minute, the amount of time it took me to think I think the old man might have put me on a flush draw and if my read was correct that he had a set (I thought set but 2 pair the very least if not that) this wasn't the greatest spot to push all in.
Well I'm a gambler, especially in cash games, I had already been winning earlier and whenever I come short stacked to a table (100 is only 50 bbs) I like to get involved in juicy pots on drawing hands. I thought to myself I'm going to raise his 30 to 60 basically pricing him in to call at the very least knowing that by doing this I'd be pot committing myself. I knew that if we got all in on the flop I'd get more than 2.5 to 1 on my money. I couldn't just call the flop bet because if he didn't have at least 2 pair or better, than if the straight came than the implied odds would decrease if he sensed that I had it big time. If it didn't come on the turn he was guaranteed to bet and I would have no choice but to fold, I'm not going to chase a draw with one card to come to a huge bet. I wanted to get him all in right than and there.
I raise him to make it 60 to go and like I expects, he comes all in over top, I call and the turn comes 3 and gives me the straight and I rake that pot. He had a set too, once again I know thats not the best spot to get my money in but that pot right there I wanted to in a cash game. Every one praises me like I flopped the straight or something, I'm like I just got lucky he had me dominated from the flop. One thing that influenced my play on this hand -- I wanted to leave this casino. Though there was money to be made here (donks and fish), time was a wasting, and I knew Ceasars would be more profitable for a quick game. If I wouldve lost that hand there I wouldnt' have bought back in so I thought to myself before that hand this is probably going to be my best chance to win a big pot at this table because I'm not staying here much longer. I left that table with a profit of about 125-150 and was satisfied for sure.
I had seen some bad beats too, on that table a set of 66s get rivered by a set of flopped ducks turn quads. and one hand where someone flopped a 7 high straight and tried to trap without ever protecting his hand and the player with the position fired shell after shell and ended up hitting runner runner jack high straight.
BACK TO CEASAR's
, and this was pretty much the general consensus because it was TOO MANY donks and fish, and I know that sounds stupid, but I'll touch on why we couldn't afford to play in that atmosphere later in this post. This time at Ceasar's was totally different than the first, the table was much more relaxed and it was a talkative, enjoyable atmosphere, thus I wasn't fully focused like the first time.
As I stated in my first post to my immediate left was my friend who happened to get put at the same table and to his immediate left was a player with +2000 in chips, to my immediate right was a hyperaggressive maniac and to his immediate right was a player with at least 1500+ in chips. The chip leaders weren't trying to use there stacks to bully at this cash table, they played TAG for the most part and basically openly stated that they weren't going get involved in huge pots with each other because it wasn't worth the risk. On the other side of the Table there was a quite player who seemed to play a solid TAG game, and a pretty predictable and stupid woman.
Throughout this table Mr hyper aggressive would raise any range of hands preflop from $7 to all in, and he also liked to reraise all in and he kept his stack at least 200 for the most part. He was cool, he would show me his cards on the low after I fold when he raised while other preflop players considered there options, so I had a really good read on him, and though he had been tilting I think he was just having fun because he was still making some strong lay downs, he would show me those on the low also, so I knew he was playing deceptive
The first hand I got into it with him, he raised my bb to make it 10 to go and I call, with q7 suited knowing that there won't be too many people in the hand and knowing that he will raise with anything. My friend to my left calls, and the lady at the other end of the table calls. Now my friend plays a solid TAG, I don't really see him as a bluffer so I keep that in mind. Flop comes q 9 8 rainbow and hyperagressive maniac continues with probably like a 12 bet and I raise to make it 25 to go. My friend calls, the lady folds, and hyper aggressive maniac calls (of course), I know he's capable of calling with nothing and im not really worried about him I worried about being out kicked by my friend. so the turn comes something like a 5, and hyper aggressive checks and I check too, so does my friend.
River comes Ace, and hyper aggressive bets 30-40, I call his bet not really worried about the ace and my friend calls. hyper aggressive mucks , I show queens and my friend had pocket 10s, he messed up for not repopping hyper aggressive preflop.
one time I woke up with kings about 5 limpers, I make it 15 to go and 2000 chip leader is the only caller. He probably knew I had a pocket pair or put me on one but I don't care in this spot, I need to make sure I get minimal callers so I did what i had to. Ace comes on the flop, and I bet 30 almost 1 to 1 on the I know if he can call this than I'm beat. He sighs and grabs his head seeming to hope that I don't have an A K, exactly what im hoping he'll put me on. Than probably a light clicks on his head and his conscious tells
him "hey buddy, your the big stack, his stack won't dent yours too much if you go all in over top", and he says well, I'm gonna have to put the pressure on you man. He goes all in and I say damn, you really got that ace don't you, he looks like he's comforted by me saying that. I say I can't call man, and flip over kings and muck them and he turns over AJ and I let him know good hand.
One time I was attempting a blind steal on the lady at the other side of the table, I had like A 4 and hyper aggressive had called and I raised it to 10, the sb called and the lady who was bb also called. The flop came something along the lines q 10 7, I continuation bet about 15 and both players call. Now the lady never calls or bets with hitting a piece of the flop, this was actually one of the first hands, if not the first hand I had seen her even call/bet/raise so that had me worried, and when a rag comes on the turn we all check, another rag on the river and the hyper aggressive player makes a blocking bet of 5, I sigh, thinking man I know I can get him to fold, but the same bet its going to take me to do that the lady might call and I definitely didn't want that. After I deliberated for a minute, I'm pretty sure hyper aggressive read my mind and knew that I couldn't raise without being called by the lady so I fold. hyper aggressive flips over a7 and the lady flips over k7, I had put her top pair the least. I was mad when she flipped those cards over and lost, but I was over it immediately.
I didn't flip over my kings to show that I made a laydown particularly, I flipped them over hoping that he would do the same for me to show me that I made the right move, sometimes this works for me, certain people when you show them that you respect their hands if they aren't relentlessly LAG they might just show you their cards to let you know you made the right move and that always helps.
I woke up with kings another time this time in the BB. its about 3 other people in the pot and hyper aggressive limps to make it 5 including me (SB folds). I raise them up 10 this time and get about 2 callers and hyper aggressive reraises me all in, I chuckle and say to him you know there is no way I can believe you have a hand here and he laughs knowing that I'm right. I push all in and my friend hesistates ands folds and the rest of the table folds. I ask him, do you have an ace? he says I have a 3, I chuckle and mentally say yes he doesn't have an ace, so I'm thinking this hand is wrapped up.
Well after the river he flips over his hand for a pair of aces, he had ace 3 and the ace came on the flop. I said NOOOOOOOOOOOO, I thought you said you didn't have an ace? he said nah, sorry man, I said I had 3, sorry man. I wasn't mad at him though because he gave me exactly what I wanted in that hand, it just didn't hold up and I can't blame him for that. The beat felt worse since he made me think he didn't have an ace, if I knew he had an ace it wouldn't have felt as bad. He was just trying to get me to fold preflop. My friend actually ended up folding pocket 6s for quads this hand and he was somewhat short stacked, but he knew that when I pushed I had a hand.
I buy back in a 100 and not to long later my friend is a short stack and I'm in the bb, my friend limps and the 2000 chip leader raises it 10 to make it 12 to go, I believe it was one caller and and than folded to me and I called with qj suited. When it gets back to my friend he goes all in for about 38 and I chuckle and say NOOOOOOOOO, why would you do that?! he smiles and the 2000 chip leader looks was also unsettled by the reraise but he calls, the other player folds, I say to the chip leader "you want to check it down?" with the sole intention that if he says no than I will fold preflop but if he will than I call. He says "yeah we can check it down", so I call and we flip over the cards and my qj holds up to take down the pot with a queen on the flop, my friend ended up having a3 suited and chipleader had AK.
This last hand I called a raised from the quite solid player on the other side of the table raised it up 10 to 12, the 1500 chipleader calls and I call after
limping early with kj suited. flop comes k 9 rag and I check to the bettor he thinks for a second and says "50" I don't know if it was his tone or not but I wasn't totally convinced he had a 50 dollar hand. At first I thought he might have a pair trying to bet it strong to see if its good. I knew there was no way I could reraise, I didn't want to be all in here in this spot because I still wasn't sure what he had. I said "I'll call", LUCKY FOR ME, this whole time while I thought it was my turn I was trying to make action out of turn and the action was really on 1500 chip leader, who seemingly had been unphased by what I had said and was already set in his mind to calling.
At that point the dealer came back to me (he was a cool dealer) he said aight now you can act, action is on you. I said, "Well, now there is no possible way I can call" and I fold. 1500 was a solid player and I knew he wouldn't be calling with less than kq the very least, and thats if he would do that. Come to find out they both went to showdown and they both had AK. honestly though, I don't know why I considered a $50 bet from this particular player without a real good read, kj isn't a $50 hand in that situation.
before I knew it, I was back up to a little over 200 (I rebought with 100) and I ended up leaving with around 25 profit. The players were great, we were all drinking brews and getting mixed drinks, we knew what state of mind we were in, it was around 3 in the am so we took it easy on each other for the most part. the other chip player with +1500 was real cool, he told me how things worked, where to go for tournaments and we just talked. My whole side of the table was cool, we were all conversing with each other and we all pretty much respected each other's game.
IN THE NEXT POST, I'LL POST WHY TOO MANY DONKS AND FISH WAS NOT THAT ATMOSPHERE FOR ME AT TRUMP TAJ, AND A BRIEF ONLINE VS LIVE POST AND WHICH ONE I LIKE BETTER