Ever have one of those days where you felt like you played awesome poker yet wound up down a buy-in or perhaps more? That was my day today. I was pissed for awhile but the more I think about it the more I think it was a day of growth.
I've always read about maximizing winning hands/session and minimizing losing hands/sessions but I truly feel that today I really understand what that means and right now I'm able to look at the big picture and know my game is progressing in a very positive way.
Today was a day if my hands held I win $2K but they didn't and through it all only I was only down a buy-in. If I didn't make the right reads, and my reads were dead on, I could have lost $2K just as easily. When I was good I got paid and when my good hands turned bad I was able to get off the hand and keep most of my chips. Until the last hand that is where KK lost to AA all-in preflop.
I've really been digging the $2/5 game as its mostly played post-flop and there are lot of decisions and/or moves to make on every street unlike MTT's or $1/2 where so many times the game is played pre-flop or directly after the flop. It allows for more slowplaying and trapping but it also allows players to float or play position in the hopes of taking down nice sized pots later in the action.
Early on I limp JT sooted in MP and flop a flush. I wind up with a higher flush than the guy on my left and start off up almost $350. After that with shit cards I was stealing limps from either late position or the blinds and was raising and taking down pots from aggression or floating and manuevering.
First tough hand was KK on the button. I raise it to $40 over two limpers and get a call from the BB. Flop was T73 rainbow, he check calls my C-bet, turn another T again he check calls my C-bet, which has me very suspicious, river a 7 he checks I check and lost to AT. Yes that was an easy play on the button but even though I didn't fire on the river it was still a costly pot.
I complete from the SB with K3 and six see the flop of Q33. I lead out get re-raised, I call, turn is a blank I bet get called, river a Q, I check he goes all-in I fold he shows a Q. Another extremely unlucky and expensive hand but really an easy lay-down.
This has me back to even or so and I win 4 or 5 decent pots over the course of an hour to get back ahead. In the SB I find JJ and raise it to $60 after 6 limpers and get a call from the UTG. Flop is A87 two spades. I think about the hand and decide no way he played Ace/anything UTG to a raise so he definitely has a pocket pair so my JJ is probably good. I bet $100 and get raised to $250. I go into the tank hard on this one and really go over everything about this player and decide he doesn't have an Ace but a set. I lay it down face up and he shows 88 for the set. Again not so hard a lay down with the Ace but a good read and money saver yet still expensive.
Finally I pick up KK in the CO. This Super donkey who I've seen either bluff off thousands or suck out for thousands all weekend raises to $15 UTG. I re-raise it $50 and he makes it $100. AA definitely crosses my mind but I think this donk is on a lower pair and I'm good. I re-raise, he pushes, I call he turns over AA and even flops an Ace to put me out of my misery.
I left pretty pissed off. After I settled down I realized I played well, made some tough yet not impossible laydowns and wound up going broke KK vs AA pre-flop which I can't regret one bit. It could have been a much better session and it could have been so much worse. What it did do though is give me confidence as I move forward trying to make a living in Vegas playing poker.
The goal is to lose as little on the rough days and win as much as possible on the good days. Today I lost the least amount possible and it was a very good day.
Tomorrow is a day of errands and lots of online poker. No way I'm missing this.
See all you Super Donks there.