So I went up to HH again tonight. It was a weird session. I played for about 9 hours and had long stretches of time where I would get just 2-X. I would sit there and fold and not play a hand for 30 minutes or more. Then it would be interrupted with either a nice rush or a couple hands just good enough to lose some money. There was a guy in the 7 seat who paid more attention to watching videos on his phone than the game, but he was always ready when he was his action. He played 75% of the hands and he was an absolute card rack. I wanted to play against him because he had all the money, but at the same time, he was catching every single card he needed. On to the session:
For the first 45 minutes I played a couple hands and just folded. It was the start of the river of trash I was dealt most of the night. I lost a couple small pots and was down $75 early. Things weren't going well at all. Then I won a couple small pots to get back to even. I hovered there for a while until I was dealt 5-5 in the small blind. There was a loose-aggressive player in the ten seat who was throwing chips around. I watched him go from $25 to $300 in one orbit then lost back down to $40 then back up and so on. Well, he and a few other players limped in and I called as well, just wanting to see a cheap flop. It came As-Qs-5d. That board is too connected for me to allow a free card to come down, so I make a pot sized bet of $15. The luck box in seat 7 called and seat 10 made it $30. I didn't see a reason to play it slow from here so I look to raise. The luck box could literally have anything and seat 10 probably has an ace. Since he limped preflop I figure he has something like A-10 or maybe A-J. A flush draw is just as likely though. I finally decide on making it $80 to go. Luck box insta-mucks and seat ten calls quickly. He has about 50 behind. I thought that amount would be enough to make him bet the rest of his stack, but oh well. Its going in no matter what card hits the turn. 2s hits. I wasn't happy to see a third spade, but I'm not folding for his last $50. I put him all-in and he insta-calls. The river is a red three. I show my set and he grimaces and mucks. He goes to the cage to re-buy and the guy next to him said he had A-J.
After that I lost a couple hands with top pair when I was out kicked both times, but they were relatively small pots. I was in the blinds and just check called to smallish bets. Since they were unraised pots, I only lost around $70 total.Then I went on a little rush. I won a small pot when I made my gut-shot on the turn and picked it up to a raise on the turn. The very next hand I followed some limpers with 10-9 off. I was just playing my rush when the flop comes 7-6-3 rainbow. It checks around. Turn is an 8 that puts the second spade on board! Yatzee!! Black guy with dreads who was in the small blind opens for $10. Luck box made it $20 to go. There is one caller then it folds to me. While I am thinking, the button raises out of turn to $75. Well, this is an interesting development. I don't want to just call in case she changes her action, besides, it would look fishy. She obviously likes her hand, so I make it $75 to go in front of her. I really thought she was folding after that. I mean, that has to scream monster.She insta-shoves for around $120. Dreads over shoves for around $150. I insta-call. The river is another 6 and my heart goes into de-fib. I'm looking for a crash cart and paddles as I turn over my nut straight. I am shocked when they both muck! I rake a HUGE pot and toss the dealer two red chips.
Next I lose a decent pot to the luck box when he gets running trips to beat my top pair. Then I get Q-9 off on the button and limp along in a multi-way pot. The flop comes 10s-9s-8h. An old guy in the blinds leads for $10, and old guy in seat 4 calls. I decide to peel one off after the guy between us calls. Its the four of us on the turn when the Js hits! While I like making my straight, I'm not crazy about the third spade. Old guy in seat 4 beats $15. I'm not sure what to make of this. He was constantly firing at pots. He could have anything from a naked ace of spades, to a set, to a flush. The guy between us calls the $15. I decide I want to find out right now if my straight is good or not. I don't want to just call here and have to face a tough choice on the river. I make it $50 to go. Seat 4 and the guy between us both call. I am now 95% done with this hand. The river bricks and seat 4 fires right out with $100. No hesitation at all. Seat 5 tanks briefly and folds. I go back over the hand. I want to make this call. However, I just cannot put him on anything but a flush and probably the nut flush too boot. I muck and he tells me he had the ace high flush. Seat 4 claims he laid down a queen high flush. Just for a little back story, seat 5 had been playing many hands and often slow played sets or two pair. But I thought his over call was the naked ace of spades. I am just happy that I found out what I needed to know with a relatively low cost on the turn. I would have been hard pressed to fold on the river to that $100 bet otherwise.
Shortly after that seat 5 limps UTG and I make it $15 to go with tens. Its three of us on the flop of As-9c-3c. He checks and I c-bet $20. Seat 5 is the only caller. I hit gin with a 10d on the turn. Seat 5 checks again. I want to price out a flush draw and make it look like I'm trying to push out a weak ace. I bet $65. He goes in the tank. Then he counts out the call. He goes back in the tank. At this point I'm pretty sure that he isn't faking this decision and think he has a medium ace. Maybe even a flush draw. He finally folds.While I'm happy to scoop the pot, I can't help but still think that I bet too much. But the fact that he had to tank for as long as he did makes me think it was pretty close to the perfect amount. I didn't necessarily scare away my customer, but I didn't let him outdraw me cheap either.
The table tightens down as the night gets late (I played until 2:15 am). My stack took two small hits with A-K, but I got away from it on the flop fairly cheaply when I missed. My last score of the night is when I call a early position raise in the small blind with tens. I flop a set on a Jc-10s-3c board. I check to the raiser who bets about half his remaining stack, about $30 and when it folds to me I raise him all-in. He calls, I river a boat and he shows aces after I show him the bad news.
Overall, it was a tough session. There were a few tough players on my table and the cards weren't always going my way. I feel like I was able to maximize all my monster hands, although I didn't always minimize my losses when I could have. But I was still able to walk out up $215, so I am very happy with the results. That means that I am now up almost $800 over the past 6 days. Not too shabby if I say so myself!