First live experience...
Well excluding home games of course.
Anyway so me and a couple of friends drove down to Savannah (1hr) for this gambling cruise, neither of them were are big poker players but that is the only reason i ended up going. It was a pretty crappy boat, and was WAY more focused on slots
and games like craps and roulette
There was a 100+10 tournament that started as soon as we left port so i decided to enter this (the only poker being played until the tournament was over). 12 entrants in all and top 2 got paid (hated the structure but i wanted to do something). 4 people ended up all in on the flop of the first hand when 4QK of clubs fell. Player 1 had T2c, Player 2 (a local celebrity appearantly) with AcAh and two other players with KQ... After a 4th club landed on the turn Player 2 was in a dominating chip lead.
I was a little bit in awe of how fast the action was moving, but i continued to play fairly tight. It was very soon down to 5 players and i was sitting in 3rd or 4th. I stole enough blinds to keep me afloat and then got in some trouble when i raised the button with 89h and was called by this very agressive player to my right... It checked to me and i lead out with about 3/4 of the pot on a baby flop which i missed horribly. This bet was about 1/3 of my stack and he beat me into the pot with the rest of his chips. He had me more than covered so i was forced to abandon a large portion of my stack.
After this i was pretty much crippled, when we got to 3 handed play Player 2 was sitting with ~25, Agro was with ~12K and i was blinding out fast with 3K. After doubling up once with 99, i catch 66 in the big blind. I triple the bet and shove on a 594 flop after being checked to. He snap calls and i congradulate him on a nice hand before seeing his cards. he turns over K4o and i am shocked. This put me at about 10K and in 2nd place.
My style of play changed almost immediately and i constantly began stealing the blinds which were now 1500 and 3000. Then what i was waiting for happened... Player 2 limped utg and then shoved to agro's pot committing raise and after AK destroyed T4 we were HU.
After a few hands where we went back and forth stealing blinds he asked for a chip count and after seeing we were fairly close in stack size he recommends a split. I thought about it for a minute and decided to make the deal $600 and $600.
After the tournament was over a cash game started up. It was almost the exact same people that played in the tournament so i was feeling fairly confident at this point. After a few up and downs i pick up KK on the button. After a few limps and a min-raise i pop it to about 8BBs. Agro, who was to my left called and this asian guy in the BB called. flop comes 4s8sQc... Agro bets (and since i knew his range of hands was very wide i decided to shove to push him of a potential draw, plus i had about 100 left and there was ~175 in the pot at this point) Agro calls, and asian calls. Agro turns up Ts7s, and asian turns up Qs6s..(i cant tell you how surprised i was to see this range of cards showing given a re-raise from a fairly tight player preflop) I felt fairly confindent since i knew 7 spades were dead already (including my K). Turn comes a blank and the asian caught his 6 on the river for 2 pair. I felt so sick at this point but reloaded in chips.
Not long afterwards the dealer announced that there would be 3 hands left, and people began playing way more agressive. Didn't play the first two but in the last hand of the night i pick up AK under the gun. Since i noticed the amount of people playing these last few hands in put in a giant raise. Agro calls, Player 2 (from the tournament) calls and 2 other players call. Flop is As9c4s. Player 2 (SB) checks, i bet about half the pot, agro calls and the others fold. Player 2 then shoved and i shook my head in dissapointment knowing i was beat, but i was more than pot committed so i had to call, and so did agro. Player 2 shows A4 and i announce that hands like that are the reason i raised so much preflop. Agro went ahead and mucked (no idea what he was calling with.) Turn was a blank and i began calling for a 9. sure enough the 9h landed on the river and i took down the $450+ pot for a great end to the night.
All in all it was a great experience and i ended up about 800 positive for the night. If anyone had the patience/boredom to read all of this well thank you, i just felt like i needed to tell someone (moreso brag i guess.)