I've been breaking even for over 3 months now with my live play. I know everyone can relate and I know everyone knows how frustrating it can be. Station Casinos is running a freeroll in January for anyone who plays 50 hours between Nov and Dec. All qualifiers get at least $75 and first place is $40k. Since Red Rock is pretty close to where I live, I figured I'd make it my new home for a couple of months and get in some hours. I haven't been doing all that well with accumulating hours and it's getting to be crunch time so I figured I'd play last night. I had $200 in my pocket and figured I could play some limit or sit with one bullet for 1/2. Turns out the 1/2 seat opened first and while I usually like to have more than one bullet, I really just wanted to accumulate some hours.
After being card dead and missing all kinds of flops for the first hour, I pick up AcTc in the HJ. I raise to $10. A fairly aggressive middle aged asian guy three bet me from the button to $25. I had $135 behind and even though he'd sat down only a few minutes before, this was his third three bet. My hand isn't strong enough to get it in, but I figured I could see a flop and check/shove any kind of flop goodness. The flop came QcTd7c. Yep, that's flop goodness. I checked, he bet $50, I shoved the rest of my stack, he called and the board ran out Qs, 4c giving me the flush. He didn't fill up so YAY pot to me!
A couple of orbits later the guy to my right is racking up about $700, I have just under $300 and he raises from MP to $12. He's been very aggressive and playing and raising a lot of pots. I've been looking for a spot to get involved with him and pick up QsJs. Good enough to see a flop and there's one more caller behind me. The flop comes JcJd7h. Bink! He c-bets $35. His c-bets have been consistently pot sized of over pot sized bets and he doesn't disappoint here. I flat and the other guy folds. We're heads up on the turn. Jh. Super bink! He bets out $70 and I call. The river is an inconsequential 9d and he bets $95. I pretty quickly shove and he tanks for about a minute and a half before calling. No idea what he had, though I imagine it must have been some kind of pair.
A couple of orbits later I pick up KdQd in the CO. It folds to me and I raise to $10. The BTN is pretty new to the table but has already gotten his stack in three times, once he lost, once he won, and once he didn't get callers is sitting on about $100. He calls. The SB is brand new to the table and is taking his first trip through the blinds. He also calls. The flop comes down Ad5c7d. SB checks to me, I c-bet $15 with my flush draw. BTN raises all in to $74. SB cold calls the $74 and now it's $59 to me. I don't really know what to make of this spot. The BTN could have a worse flush draw, a set, just a naked A, a straight draw... There are a LOT of hands this guy would get it in with. I don't know what to make of the SB though. That seems like it has to be a very strong hand, but by flatting he's giving the exact hand I do have some decent odds to come along. If I call now and miss the turn, I don't think I can fold pretty much ever since SB only has about $75 left. If I raise, he's never folding. Anyway, we got it in, he had A7 and filled up on the turn. I did hit the flush with the Td on the river, but it made no difference. Back down to $300 and change
About an hour later, I've won a few hands here and there and am almost at $400 again, a super loose old guy limps and I look down at the black Jacks and make it $10. I get a call from a young guy who is racking up his $150ish stack and the old guy comes along saying "I guess 6 high is no good" The flop comes 963 rainbow (I forget the suits) and the old guy bets out $15. Me and the guys at our end of the table (of which the old guy is one of) have been chatting a bunch so I say "6 high might be pretty good now" and call. The young guy looks like he is about to raise by the way he's handling his chips, but he elects to call. The turn is a Jh and the old guy says "All in" for his last $50, I say "Me too" and put out a stack of $100. I have the young guy covered easily. I can tell he's not particularly happy but he does call. The old guy had 63o and the young guy had AA. I faded the 2-outer on the river and was back up to almost $600.
A couple of orbits later I cashed out $570 and added almost 4 hours to my total in the hour grind. First good winning session in a while. Feels nice :)