Friday, May 19, 2006

Comments anyone??

We ventured to the MGM Grand last night to play some cards. The rest of the casino was pretty quiet, but as usual the poker room was very crowded and it didn't disappoint. MiamiDon went to a table near the middle of the room and I chose the one next to the rail. I like to sit there because I like to sometimes watch the action going on in the rest of the casino (especially the really drunk people coming out of the clubs).

I won't go into too much detail except to say that I won a few hands and I lost a few hands. I wasn't making many moves and I was playing in my usual rock like manner, when I stumbled upon this hand. I look down to see two ladies smiling up at me and I raised the pot to $15.00. I only had one caller and it was the guy on the small blind. I'd been playing with him for a few hours now and we were somewhat "friendly". For the most part we were staying out of pots with each other. He played a lot of hands and he was pretty lucky (catching a lot of cards to hit flushes). He had about 5 times my stack, but I wasn't too concerned cause I felt like I could outplay him.

The flop comes Q, 7, 3 all hearts. Hmmmm - did I mention earlier that this guy catches flushes all day long??? Could he possibly have two hearts in his hand at this very moment?? He had already checked in the dark, so I went ahead and threw out $25.00. He called. Okay, the next card comes 10 of clubs. He checks. I throw out $50.00. He called. Now, I pretty much figure at this point he either has the flush or he's hoping to catch another heart. I've seen him stay in larger pots hoping to "catch that card". I'm pretty much praying the board will pair and the next card comes 7 to (thank god) pair the board. I push all in and he calls. He says "do you have the full house?" and I'm like "yeah, you have the flush right?" and he turns over the A K of hearts. Nice flop for him huh?? I might have laid the hand down if he would have went over the top or something - but then again, I guess he figured this was too great, dumb chick just betting into him when he has the nuts!!

So, I'm wondering, what would you guys have done?? Would you have just checked?? Should I have thrown away that hand? I mean, obviously I got very lucky on the river, cause I sure didn't win that hand with skill. I would love to hear some comments on this.

Today, I woke up about a half hour before I had to go to the dentist. I didn't eat anything, but I drank half a can of low carb monster (did I ever mention that I drink about 3 of those a day?) Anyway, I digress, so I went to the dentist to get a quick filling cause I was pretty sure I had a cavity and the shooting pain (every few minutes) was getting old. So, I get there and the dentist takes some x-rays and I find out that it's not a cavity that I have, it's a HUGE decayal in a tooth that already had a filling. The other dentist didn't get rid of all the decayal from before and now I need a root canal. I was aware of that problem cause I went to the dentist 2 months ago and found that I needed about $3600 of dental work (this was one of the things that prompted me to get a job). I was hoping I could hold off on the root canal until the dental insurance kicked in - but no such luck. I saw the progression and I knew he was right. He said that if I didn't have this root canal done today, I'd most likely wake up in the middle of the night with unbearable pain, in tears and begging him to get rid of the pain. Well, that's all I had to hear - I signed the consent forms and we were off. I was really scared cause I've heard such horror stories about root canals.

I gotta say, it wasn't that bad. I guess technology has progressed a lot in the past few years, cause it only took about an hour and he numbed me up nice and good, I didn't feel a thing. It was just uncomfortable holding my mouth open for that long. It's about one in the morning right now, the novacaine wore off a long time ago and I'm still not feeling any pain. YAY!!

As a result of my extended dental stay today, I didn't get to go car shopping. I figured I'd go tomorrow, but I got a call from MGM Grand today and I finally got the interview I've been waiting on!! I kinda gave up on them cause I applied for the job about three weeks ago and I didn't think they were calling. I'll probably blog about the interview tomorrow.

Dinner at Terra Rossa tonight was fabulous. Thanks baby :)


Blogger Kipper said...

I probably would have played the same way. BUT it sounds like you had a good read on the table and would not have been able to chase him out of the hand prior to the river. So a check on the turn may have been appropriate??? The river was one heck of a lucky card for you to complete the FH.

I don't have my mathmatical tinfoil hat on this morning to figure out the proper odds for him to call or not to call on his flush draw but it sounds about right the way you played it.


May 19, 2006

Blogger "The Rake" said...

It's those kinds of flops that I hate. You are luckier than I am. I would have never paired the board.
As far as comments on play, I always take the stand that the online re-play is soooo difficult. It is table image and reading people that is so important. You had the right read on this guy. He would have called you to the river with the nut flush. He read you correctly when you pushed. You both were in a beautiful hand. As a viewer, this is what makes poker a blast to watch.
However, I digress. You showed why you are in Vegas playing poker. My answer will show why I am in Atlanta working an 8~5 job. I would have maybe bet at the flop, checked the turn (either folding to his bet or getting lucky to see a river card). Good play - glad to see you rake such a pot. I hope you didn't give it all back a few hands later. (another one of my finest traits)

May 19, 2006

Blogger Raveen said...

Hey i would have def played the hand the same with a exception of a few assuming u were playign 1/2 and not 2/5....if its 1/2 then a 15 im assuming was a standard rasie at the table so him calling would put 30+ in the pot. Betting 25 into that board of all heart obviously shows strength and what i do is but a probe bet out there 18 or so that way if the guys RR or goes all in over the top its easy to get away from without risking alot of money. Now the turn bet, i always bet strong on turn and 50 into 80+ is not necessiarly strong. By betting strong on the turn you are able to define where you stand pretty easily, very few people would call pot bet on the turn w/ one card to come...u can put him on a q (since ur holding 3)...and ur read was other then the turn play i would have played it hte same way....and ur move on the river was perfect....

May 19, 2006

Blogger drewspop said...

I think this guy lost the hand by himself. Since he was checking and calling, he let you get lucky at the end.

With him not playing back at you, you can't assume he has you beat. It would have been costly if he went over the top after the turn, but that is what he should have done. Since you had the read, you would have folded (the costly part) probably (you didn't say what you had left on the all in push) and missed the luck at the end.

Nice job and good luck with the interview.

May 19, 2006

Blogger mookie99 said...

I agree with Chris (drewspop), the fact that you lead the whole way and he called all the way down smells of just the naked Ah. He should have popped you back on the turn.

May 19, 2006

Blogger iamhoff said...

I'm with Chris and the Hippie Chia Pet in Training (God I love typing that! Sorry Mook!). He should have definitely reraised you on the turn. The check-calling smelled of only the Ah, not two hearts. Good play on your part. Lucky, but based on his play, you made the right move. Nicely done.

Bummer about the dentist. 3 words: Vic. O. Din. Mmmmm.

Good luck with the job interview. Same stuff you do at Red Rock, or something different? Either way, go get 'em! See ya out there.

May 19, 2006

Blogger Iakaris aka I.A.K. said...

Your play and read make sense to me - and no, that's not meant as an insult!

His play just underlines for me how many people think the slow play is a hallmark of the superior intellect. It shouldnt take that many beats when you were once ahead to learn that you should punish people to draw...

Good luck with the interview tomorrow, i'm betting good things are in the offing...

May 19, 2006

Blogger Tom aka 10,000 Days said...

Bet a little smaller on the flop and a little bigger on the turn. Like Raveen said, I don't want to push out a hand that might have a naked Ah. I'd bet between $16-20 in the flop.

If he calls a bet of $20, the pot now contains about $70 and I'd bet about $60 into that because you want to punish him to draw with one card coming. If comes over the top, you have a serious decision to make. 10 outs with one card coming. If stacks are deep and I have a solid read on villain, I might muck it. If I'm basically pot committed I'm going all in on the turn and reloading if he flips over a made hand.

Villain made a huge mistake of just calling the turn. You're displaying obvious strength here, like an overpair or a set. The odds aren't likely at all that you raised with two hearts if you're a rock and he's got AhKh, so he needed to punish you on the turn.

May 23, 2006


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