Live Cash Casino Hand $1/2NL: $200 push on a flush draw...too much?
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I sat down at a table in my local casino a few days ago at 12:30am in the morning...
I'd been playing for about 3 1/2 hours..it was now almost 4am in the morning. I had about $410 in front of me..
The table had been loose all night...several players winning $150 pots with pathetic "high card" with no one hitting anything by the river but betting big all the way..or calling $15 preflop bets in mid position with j,10s.
One particular lady was doing very well with her chip stack...buying in twice at $200 each time... I think she was now up $1000 in total and had blatantly flipped over 1 or 2 absolute bluffs (ie. 3,5o j,8o) that had not hit anything but her bets had scared everyone off. She giggled and somehow didn't tick any of the guys off with her show....all they would mumble was "ahhhh you did it to me again!!"
A player to my right whispered to me, "She's good" But I wasn't sure about that....I saw alot of the hands she was playing with in different positions and calls she had made and won on high card only, it really didn't make any sense to me.
The only player I thought was good there was the guy with the $1200 stack who had originally sat down with $200 and who sat 2 away from the Dealer. He definitely played position and often I could see him calculating in his head pot odds
and making bets that would make it expensive and wrong for someone to call if they had a draw of some sort.
I was in seat 4 from the Dealer and in this particular hand I was on the Button. There were 9 players at the table. I hadn't played many hands in the last 1/2 hour and the table had tightened up a bit (people were still limping in with $2 but starting to fold them on preflop raises).
So being on the button with a bunch of loose players, I decided to raise $15 with my
(I thought it might be safe since I wasn't known to raise on the button to steal the pot...however..maybe I was being too hopeful that many of them would actually notice this)
..this was after 4 players had already limped in with $2 (including the seat 2 big stack player). The girl in seat 6, currently the SB (no one sat between her and I) decided to call my $15 raise...of course she would, why did I expect anything less?
I could expect her call meant she could have any face card....didn't matter the kicker or suit, she'd play it. Everyone else folded except for Player 2 in
MP, he called as well...oh man, just great!... I had the 2 biggest stacks at the table call me...
Now with $53 in the pot, the flop comes down:
Player 6 checks and she looks at me, Player 2 checks, and I have no doubt he wanted to see what I was going to do.
I had a flush draw, had raised preflop and knew I had to do a continuation bet to establish my hand.
I bet $40.
Player 6 looks at me some more.. (I might mention that three times in the night she had won about $25-50 from me each time when I was heads up with her and my cards didn't flop after I had pushed with preflop raises and continuation bets that I had to fold when it got to the river) I had a feeling she thought she could beat me and bully me..that night she had this "I am invincible" attitude, but not in a bitchy way...
She calls my $40 and Player 2 folds...(later I hear from him that he put me on a set)
The pot is now $133, and the turn comes down:
At the time, I think I got a little nervous...I'd already lost 3 times to this lady and I'm sure subconsciously it was bothering me, I didn't want to lose to her again. I really didn't want her to call another bet of mine, but in hindsight I should realize that since she would play anything, she probably currently had a better hand than I...low, mid, or high pair with any kicker and she would call my bet with any of them.
So perhaps against a smarter player, a big bet would scare them off but not her.
All I could think was, bet really big to push her off her hand.
If you don't have the hand yet and you don't want a call, you only really want to bet big if you more than likely know that the other player will fold.
I push in two $100 stack chips, "$200" I say calmly.
She hesitates for about 20 seconds and decides to call. I know at this point I am beat and can't bet anymore..I have $170 left in front of me and if she
called the $200, then she'd call my remaing $170..so I knew I'd have to fold on the river if she bet...or if she checked, I wasn't betting... and unless she had a lower ace than me, she would win on any pair...
Now there was $533 in the pot and the river comes down:
She checks again and I am kissing the Poker Gods!! "All-In" I say and push the last $170.
"Well I gotta call." She says. The pot is now $873.
She flips over
I flip over my
and everyone is silent...."Whoa...never put you on that"
"Wow, that hurts" she says..."But good hand" she graciously pushes her chips over to me..