I finished the day with about 20k in chips, obviously not great -- starting was 30k, average is now 44k. But my low point was 11k, so I doubled up!
My table was pretty soft. The most notable spot was a friendly ~68 year old gentleman who revealed to me during break that this was only his second time playing poker! He had a regrettable inability to fold any hand as strong as about A high. He did win a bunch of chips early on, and lasted 4.5 levels. Other than him everyone was at least decent, but limped preflop pots were pretty common, and there was very little three betting from people who were not me. And yet I failed to capitalize.
Here are a few hands:
1: LAG immediately to my right (young hispanic guy, goes to UMass, wearing a Red Sox cap with the sticker still on the underside of the brim) limps for 100. His playstyle is interesting, a fair amount of limp/calling preflop, or raise/calling preflop, then donk bets on the flop and turn. Very tenacious, as it turns out, though I don't know that this hand. I have AKhh and raise to 400, bb calls, LAG calls.
Flop is QJ5hh, bb checks, LAG bets 800. Usually this sort of lead is either a monster, or a bet for information, ie top pair weak kicker or second pair, that will fold against pressure. So I raise to 2300, LAG calls. Turn is a J, he checks, I bet 3800, he calls. River is a blank, he checks. Fire one more time, or give up? I give up and check, he has KQ.
2: This is a similar hand much later in the day, 150-300 blinds. I open for 725 from the middle with JTss. Old calling station guy cold calls on the button, Shane Schleger
, a very good online tournament pro, defends the bb.
Flop is 345, one spade. Shane checks, old man button has an obvious fold tell, so I c-bet 1400, button folds, Shane calls. Turn is the 8s giving me a flush draw, Shane checks, I bet 2800, he calls. River is a K. He checks. Do I fire one more bullet, or give up and check behind?
While I like my check behind on hand 1, here I think I should bet. That K can't have improved him, and it could hit me, plus I've been showing enough strength in this hand, and enough control the rest of the time, that it should look pretty scary. But I check behind instead, and he tables 66 for the win.
3: I've had a lot of history with the LAG to my right, unfortunately with him largely getting the best of it. I *think* he was just outflopping me, but there was a pretty common pattern of him limping or raising, and me raising right behind him, and our taking a flop after he calls. I was of course raising him without a monster fairly often, though the times I'd shown down it was hands like AK and TT -- but I'm doing it enough that he must know I don't always have that big a hand.
Twice I'd three bet him with big pocket pairs -- KK and QQ -- and an A flopped and he donked. Both times I called the flop and folded later in the hand, once to his bet on the turn, and once to a check-raise from the blind on the flop. But I'd probably raised his open preflop 15 times over the course of the day, and he'd either called or folded every time... until this hand.
I have 22k, he has me well covered, blinds are 200-400-50, he open limps, I raise right behind with JJ to 1600, sb (new player at the table, played one hand so far, KK, flopped set-over-set against Shaniac and doubled up on his first hand) cold calls, and now LAG raises to 7k.
Ugh. Limp-reraise is a new move for him. I've seen him limp-call several pairs (including limp, I raise with A4hh, Shaniac shoves for 10k, LAG calls with 99, I fold, Shane's TT holds), but never limp-reraise. On the other hand, he's just lost two biggish pots and his stack is down from 80k to 50k, and maybe he's looking to mix things up.
I don't think calling is a good option for a third of my stack, so it's jam or fold time. Do I respect the limp-rr, or is JJ good enough to shove it in? From a GTO perspective I should certainly shove here, or it's correct for him to raise all my raises... but I'm not so worried about GTO in a spot with this much history and no prospect of future play with him.
His raise is big. That doesn't look like a raise that wants action, it looks like a raise that wants to win the pot... so something like 88, and not something like AA. Another detail is that he often sighed before he bet postflop, which sounded like a release of tension, and which I had tentatively marked as a sign of strength, and he didn't do it here.
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What should I do with my JJ?
FOLD, make day two, find better spots
CALL, planning to get it in on a safe flop
CALL, planning to get it in on any flop
Tomorrow is another day, as they say in old, weepy movies. I plan to win rather more chips tomorrow than I did yesterday.