Yep the title says it all. I left Vegas today down a whopping $495.
What is funny is that today, on my way out, I sat down at The Flamingo. I had decded to only play at places I had never been to before - I've now played at every LV Vegas property - and of all the rooms, I liked the vibe of Flamingo the best - best of all, they had little USB charger stations under the table. Nice luxury.
And I was playing well today - I sat down with $100 and ran it up to $345 at one point. I was down to about $205 when THIS happened. I'll be thinking about this hand.
I'm on the button with Ac7c. 3 limpers, and Villian in cutoff raises to 10. I call, as does everyone else (typical chasing like this happens a lot at this table.) Pot is 53.
Flop comes 4cQc5d. The villain pushes out 35. This guy had been very active. I didnt like this bet. It reeked of protecting something else besides the queen, or if he had it, he definitely did not want to see another club come. I call the 35. Pot is 103
The turn brings an interesting card, the 8h. I now have a flush draw and a gut shot straight. He now puts out 65. Now I do some math.
Presuming 9 clubs in the deck, one is the 6, so three more 6's and I have 12 outs to beat anything I think he might have, save a river that quads up a set he might be carrying, but I feel a straight or the nut flush will be the best hand here. So my odds are 3.8-1. Pot is 168 to call 65, so my pot odds are about 2.6-1. My implied odds if I hit are through the roof. Of course, I am supposed to fold, right? Not only do I call, I decide to go for broke.
Based on what I knew about this guy, he was a trapper. He had checked a flopped straight earlier and let someone catch a flush on him. He also checked down a set and feebly threw out a small bet to get a little action on the river when no one bit. So, my read was that he had some kind of big pair, or had possibly hit the Q hard with something like AQ. He wouldnt play a set the way he had been playing it. I didnt want the only way I won this hand was by hitting a club or a 6...I wanted to see if I could conceivably push him off of whatever he has as well. So, I shove.
To my surprise he calls.
The river comes with no club, no 6, and he tables - sure enough, AQ. Busto.
So, my main error was going for the flush in the first place, considering my odds. But I was down for the trip, and there was a lot of money in the middle. Not shoving over him and simply calling would have been a better play too, though it would have only left me with about $85. Looking back that would have been the better move, as I might still be playing there now instead of back on my couch in LA.
But - I was happy about adjusting my play today. I was having more fun and was awake enough to pay attention. I had strong reads on everyone for the most part and felt like myself at the tables more than I had earlier in the week. In other words, I regained confidence in the abilities I knew I had. But, still made the aforementioned error.