April 20, 2011
What It Do DC?
I went to Vancouver yesterday to go see The Deftones, which was probably the heaviest and loudest show I've ever been to. It was enjoyable, and they played all the songs that I wanted them to play. The crowd was pretty typical, but it still amazes me to see dozens of girls with huge tattoos on them.
Another part of my trip, and the one much more relevant to this blog, was playing some live 1/2 PLO at the Edgewater casino. I played about 4 hours and finished down about $325. The game was absolutely amazing. Game plays super big, like, the bring in is $5, so your blinds are basically irrelevant, and the raise is to $10 or $15 pre (I was never sure, but they let me raise to 15 utg, so probably 15), and it was absolutely standard to go 5-8ways on the flop.
I managed to sit in the jesus seat with a guy playing something like 80/40 on my direct right with a stack that fluctuated between 2.5k and 4k. I was reasonably certain from what I saw of him, that my stack (i was buying in for 200) was insignificant to him, and that I would be able to get into spots with him where he was cbetting and my shove would be a small amount more. Sadly, I couldn't get into any decent spots with him.
He and I got into a 3way all in where I held AAxx on a 952hh board. He had J983xhh , obviously can't fold 8 high hearts and top pair... like, against my actual hand I was a reasonable dog, but with the dead money, I couldn't fold (action went limp limp limp, aggro makes it 20, i make it 70, fold fold call, call. 210 in pot, i have 130 behind.)
The second stack I lost was another 3bet pot. I 3bet AQT9hhss and found 2 callers. there was 165 in the pot on the flop. Flop comes QT5hh (I have nut hearts) I happily ship my stack in and get two callers. Turn A, river J, villain pops over KQxx for rivered straight, other villain mucks.
The first hand I won was another all in, again with AAxx in a 3bet pot. was 3ways on flop but only me and one other all in on flop of Q85 x 5 river and my hand is good.
I lost a couple small pots, but nothing significant to finish where i was. One interesting hand occured that I obviously, in retrospect, misplayed. limps 4 or 5 ways to me in CO and I have AA35ss, and I decide to limp along. (I suppose a case could be made for raising, but I don't really know what to do in a 6 way pot with 240 in it with 300ish behind if i don't flop a set). Anyway, flop comes A22, checks to me and i bet 20 and everyone folds. I think checking the flop to slowplay is probably way better here. Like, I'm hoping someone has a 2 on the flop, but if i wait for the turn, someone could catch a set, and I could get my whole stack in with villain drawing to 1 out, and there being almost no downside to me. I can also hope for someone to take a stab at the pot on the turn, which would give me some extra money as well. The way I played it, i think the only way stacks go in on flop are if someone has A2xx, and only get a caller with 2xxx.
A big hand occured that I was not involved in. 5 or 6 ways in a $25 raise preflop, flop comes QT9dd, check check check, 125, call call, fold fold, young asian player tanks, and then pots for 700ish. original bettor only has another 100 behind and obviously calls, next player tanks and tanks, and eventually folds, and aggro dude to my right looks pained and folds as well. turn blank, river diamond, and young asian guy flips over J8xx with 8 high diamonds and is good. first guy who folded claims to have folded KJxx without diamonds on the flop, and aggro guy folding Khigh diamonds, fearing NFD. I feel like folding the nuts in a 4way (potentially), but at least 3way pot, is probably a mistake. Like, he must have his share of equity with the amount of money in the pot and whatever. Its only a FD that he can be beat by, not a better straight draw (well, i guess AKJx) but not like on a 589 board where the wraps can have you crushed.
Interesting day, and on the ferry ride home I met a guy who was in the game who is from my town, and he is going to get me the hook up to a live underground game that plays 1/3PLO a couple times a week. Hopefully the game is even half as good. He and his buddy were the two decent players at the table, but talking with him for an hour gave me a pretty decent idea that his poker thinking isn't up to par with a decent DC members.
Thats all, Take care