: Standard $1-$2 casino game, but with a few regulars.
: Degenerate time - 3 o'clock in the morning on a Saturday.
: Full table, and fairly loose passive. Chips haven't been flying around per se, but the bad, hat-wearing lady-reg two to my right is on tilt after getting it in boat < boat, and the overall atmosphere is fairly "gambly."
: Decent, older reg with surprisingly long (but not hippy-ish) hair makes it $10 UTG. Bad, hat-wearing lady-reg flats in UTG+1, as does UTG+2, who is a tightish unknown, looking like a semi-reg. Hero looks down at
and pops it to $40 (starts the hand $240ish deep). My sizing could go as high $50 here, but my raises had been getting a fair bit of respect. I wanted to leave a lot of room for UTG to re-pop if we were in a cooler situation, but also trying to get HU or 3-way. It folds to UTG, who hesitates, but calls - bringing the other two along with him.
Flop: ($160) (4 players)
UTG doesn't take long before leading out $40. Tilting, bad, hat-wearing lady-reg grumbles but folds, and the tightish player to my immediate right folds. UTG villain is someone who knows enough about the game to understand that he is betting a very small amount relative to the pot, but he probably doesn't give me enough credit for interpreting his bet sizes. We have a little history, but not a ton. Villain thinks highly of his own game, and while he knows I'm a reg, I don't think he views me as a threat at the table. I think his bet narrows his range immensely. Even though he leads small, I still don't think he leads at all with a K in his hand. In the moment I put him almost exclusively on 99-QQ. Probably none of those 4-bet preflop, so I don't discount QQ at all. I flat because I think I fold out that entire range by trying to raise for value.
Turn: ($240) (2 players)
Villain asks how much I have behind. I quickly count out my stack, which is $162 (SPR = 2/3), and tell him. He counts out $165 in red and lines it all up in one stack. He grabs it near the bottom as he would to push it in, but then just "adjusts" it. It looks like he was going to shove and then chickened out. He checks while looking at me. After this it's certainly possible that he was just trying to discourage a bet from me. Again, I beat his entire range and don't get any value from betting, so I check behind.
River: ($240) (2 players)
Villain thinks for about 20 seconds, then actually puts the rest of his stack on top of the $165 in red (he covers me by about $50), and moves his stack in. I think for a few moments, making sure I still like my thought process, and I call.