Thursday, March 8, 2018

A Nice Little Session

My most recent poker session in Ventura was short and sweet.  We had a bit of rare (for Southern California) inclement weather and as such I got to the poker room later than usual.  I had some things to do after playing so I knew it wasn't going to be a very long session.

I bought into the 1/2 game for the $100 max.  I was down about $20 when I got pocket 5's in the small blind.  It was raised to $5, which I called.  Five of us saw a flop of Ace-5-3, rainbow.  I checked, fairly certain the preflop raiser would bet.  Indeed she did—$13.  One player folded, another called.  I looked at the player behind me and she sure looked like she was going to at least call, maybe raise.  I decided to take a chance and make sure I didn't scare her off with a raise.  I flatted and indeed the last player called.

The turn was a blank and I checked again.  This time I planned on a check-raise.  The same player bet $15.  The next player folded and I made it $36.  That was a few chips more than the last player had and I couldn't see the original bettor folding for that amount.  Well, I was right that the last player shoved for a less, but the original bettor went into the tank before finally folding.

The river was another brick and she flipped over Ace-3 for two pair.  I dragged a nice pot of over $100.  Pretty good for this game.

I went card dead for a long time, then got a pair of 6's.  It was a limped pot and multi-way.  The flop was King-Queen-6 for my second set of the day.  I led out for $6 and got two callers.  But on a blank turn, my $15 bet didn't get any action.

There was a straddle and I was dealt a couple of Jacks.  I made it $12 and only the straddler called.  The flop was King-King-5.  He checked.  He was short stacked and I thought he'd only call me if he had a King.  But I suspected if I checked behind he might bet his stack on the turn.  No way he had enough to get me to fold.  So I checked and indeed on a blank turn he shoved.  It was like $12 or $14.  I called  The river was a blank and he said he didn't have anything.  I didn't bother to make him show…I showed my Jacks and took the pot.

I was in the cutoff and woke up with pocket Kings.  It folded to me.  I'd already heard one of the blinds talking about chopping.  Well the hell with that.  I only raised to $6, but the three players behind me all called. The flop was 10-10-x and it checked to me.  I bet $12 and no one called.

Ace-Jack in the small blind, a bunch of limpers and I just completed.  I bet $8 on a Jack-high flop.  One call.  Blank on the turn and I bet $15. No call.

It was time to go and I cashed out $220….for a $100 buy-in.  I'll always take a double-up.


The picture above doesn't have anything to do with this post.  If that bothers you, let me know.

19 comments:

  1. It would have been more bothersome if you had skipped the picture all together.

    Nice win by the way.

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    1. I just got home from your home poker club. It’s a cute place and I really enjoyed my evening despite the crazy rake. Question: are players ALWAYS this bad? If so, I need to move to Ventura.

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    2. I dunno what it's like on a Friday night...I've only been there on Saturday afternoons. But I doubt the players are any better then, maybe worse! Yeah, you see some really bad players!

      The rake sucks but it is the same or slightly better I believe than at Bike or Commerce (although I may be comparing slightly different games).

      It is high variance because those folks are hard to put on a hand (when they literally could be playing any two cards) and can often show up with crazy good hands that make no sense. Plus the rake makes it tough. Not sure you can make good money playing it but it is profitable.

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    3. Any time that 4 players limp an there’s only $2 in the pot on the flop, it’s bad. I cashed out a winner which in itself is good but I miss the Vegas rakes. Good thing I get to go home soon!

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    4. Yeah, you have to avoid limping unless it's at least 6 or 7 ways...which it often is.

      Even with $5 max and a $2 promo drop at many rooms in Vegas, it's much better there.

      But at least LA lets you rathole, and that's important to Hero.

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    5. In Vegas the rake is according to how much is in the pot and the raking doesn't start until there's at least $10. This. This was cray cray. Not to mention playing NL with $1 chips. What the heck is that? I mean someone raises it to $15 and it looks HUGE.

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    6. Same thing as all the L.A. clubs on both the rake and the $1 chips.

      I read somewhere that it is state law that they do the rake that way....not sure if that's true or not But it's all over here.

      And all the 1/2 games I've seen in L.A. area use sticking $1 chips. Ask Hero, that $40 NL game at Commerce (and Bike) he loves use $1 chips too. It's absurd. Worse, at Bike and Commerce the max buy in is $40. At least at PC you can buy in for $100 (still too low).

      Bike has a 1/3 game with an $80 min/$120 Max (!) that uses $1 chips. It's nuts. (and not THE nuts).

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    7. I never played those limits in LA. Hey is there a good breakfast place in Ventura that you could recommend?

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    8. Sorry...the only place I've eaten in Ventura is the In-N-Out Burger, except that's in Oxnard.

      Well, I have eaten in the casino a few times, but I don't recommend that unless you have comps to burn thru.

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  2. It is obvious that she has lost her top and might even provide a reward to somebody that helps her find it???

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    1. Looks like she lost her bottoms too.

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    2. @Lester...hmmm, I wonder that could be? I can think of something.

      @Anonymous...she has bottoms, but lucky for us they are missing a few key pieces.

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  3. Q: Does this bother you?
    N: Interesting (as Arty Johnson)
    Y: Sorry to hear of your passing.

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    1. I am pretty sure she does squats in the gym by the way. A LOT of squats.

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    2. And you have a problem with that? Because I don't.

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    3. How many squats do you do? Because your ass(ets) do NOT look like that.

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    4. Whoa? Am I just a peace of meat to you? You chicks are all alike.

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