Hello dear readers!
It has been an interesting a few days here in Sin City. I'm actually working here, which has meant some long hours not a whole lot of opportunity to play poker . When I have been playing I've been generally sluggish and quite tired, and as a result my poker play has been- well, less than stellar.
In fact, even though I have one more evening here, I can say with some confidence that this could be my worst outing ever at the tables here in Vegas . I am roughly $300 down after two long sessions(on at the venetian, the other at PH).
My first session, i dusted off $200 within an hour, with two key plays doing the primary damage.
Im in the 10 seat utg+1 and a fairly aggressive guy in the 6 seat has position. I open to $7 with 77 and i get three callers. He flop comes 3A3(not sure of suits, but a 3 flush never came). To thin the field up a bit I make it $15 and only get 1 call from the 6. I can't put him on a 3, but a suited aX is definitely in his range. I had seen him set mine and hit twice already, and he was a frequent 3better on the flop and turn with most any pair- the table was nitty and it was working a lot for him. Im going to assume moving forward this a fold if i see the same. The turn comes another ace. I decide to take about 5 seconds and do the mental hollywooding of deciding what to raise. The best way to take this, i think, was to rep the set and keep telling the story. I make it $25 and he calls. He's not the type to give me rope to hang myself, so im putting him on a pair. Im fairly confident he would have 3bet 1010-AA pre, so right now im thinking 88 or 99 have me beat, but he could be hanging on with 44-66 as well.The turn comes a 4 and i throw another $25 out , he calls and tables 88. Right read, wromg action.
The bustout hand was stupid, really.I have KdJd in mp and limp behind 2 other limpers. The button makes it 7 and i come along as well as the bb.
The flop is xkx with two diamonds. I check, the button makes it 15, bb folds and i call. This fellow had not been very active- i had about $95 behind and he had me well covered. The turn is a blank, and i check. He puts out 25 again. I eliminate a flush draw from his range as i doubt hed bet the draw this big. KQ and AK are possible, but it was getting late and i had to get up early- so i shoved my last 80. He took no time to call and tabled AK. Quite ashamed.
Planey Hollywood didnt do much better. Nobody seemed to be having much fun either. I did go up early with a K7 on the bb that hit the flop hard, and i felted the kq across the table from me. That jumped me up to $290, but then gave that amount back on this hand.
Young Ukrainian who had been quite aggressive is the villain. I have AsKd. I pop it up to 10 and the ukrainian calls. Flop comes K67 with two clubs. He has always led out so i let him dictate the call. He makes it 20 and i consider 3betting here(and i should have) but instead i call. The turn, no club and a blank. I try to confuse him a bit and lead out for 28. After a few seconds, he calls.The river fills out the flush with a 10 and he checks. I figure im good and bet 30, he calls and tables 89. Ugh.
I went up and down a bit after that, ad when the table dropped to 6, i left with $105.
My game feels off this week. My days have been long, and i may not play again this trip. I may play on my way ouy of town on thursday- ill see how i feel. This would be my first trip aside from the wsop where i might leave down.