I haven't had a whole lot of opportunity to play since my recent trip to Pechanga - lots of settling in, taking meetings, all that LA stuff you have to do. But - I had a day where I booked two callbacks in quick succession, and was only 15 miles from Hustler after my last one, so off I went.
Now for starters - I had always assumed that this was like Larry Flynt's Hustler, so I envisioned it being adjacent to a strip club or some such thing. But no...no indication of any affiliation whatsoever. I might be wrong, but it just seems to be the name of the casino. Two things about this place right off the bat - it is small, basically just a big circle , but it is dominated by poker tables. The other thing - it is probably the best appointed place. The tables have a nice purplish felt, and the chairs are ok. The food/drink thing varies wildly in LA as usual...my OJ was $2.75, even bottled water was $1. Also, as usual, Limit is King here...at outrageous limits too...$50/$100 was running while I was there. And also, the high blinds for NL. A seat at a 1/3 $100 max table was open - I had no idea how long I might stay, so I settled for it. Going in with 33BB is not my preference, but...
When everyone is that deep, players are really easy to profile. While some folks were up to around $180, I could tell in about two orbits who was smart and who was looking to gamble. I didn't win a hand for about an hour...but I was gathering valuable information. I dusted off about $40 when a jittery guy who was always calling with second pair actually found the K against my 1010, when I figured he was drawing to a flush, and I reloaded it back to $100.
Big moments. Splashy Asian to my left, I have JJ. Many limpers as usual, I pop it to $15, and only the Asian calls. I shouldnt say splashy....over the 90 minutes, he has gotten in with good hands, maybe not best by the river though. Flop comes 8 -x-x two diamonds, and I have red Jacks. Now here is something I ALSO see a lot in LA. People are really poor at protecting their cards. I could immediately see a black card that might have been an 8, but I wasn't sure. So, at this point I knew he could only have one diamond, if that. He makes it 18 and I call. The turn brings another diamond, not the ace, so I'm wondering if that other card is the ace. Oddly, he checks to me - based on my read, I'm thinking that he can't have a diamond here unless it is a low one, and only three diamonds can beat me. I make it 32. He calls. River is a brick, and now he leads out for 22, and now I have no reasont o think he has anything better than two pair or trips, and I call. He shows 88, and yells 'Ha Ha! Trips.' and starts to take the pot. Whoa mister! See my Jd? He feels pretty stupid, and I scoop it. He does another stupid thing later...
This is a place where I was sure I was beat by the river, but I have 99, and I dont really remember all the action, but Asian clearly misread his hand, because on a 5-7-8-3-K board, he shows a4os and yells 'straight.' Uh-huh. Thank you!
Another example of splashiness. Guy comes in, headphoney guy with $60,plays EVERY hand in an orbit. He then commits all $32 left and I have 77 again. There were limpers behind and I shove all in on him (I have about $220 now), assuming he was just trying to take the limped pot right there. He shows 6-8??? 77 holds up and I scoop again.
A little up and down, but I leave with $240, with $80 for three hours work. That'll do, pig - that'll do.