I went back up to HH last night after getting it broke off in me last thursday. I won a decent sized pot early and was up about $50. It started to dwindle away towards even when I was dealt 10d-9d in late position and limped along with the crowd. The flop comes 9-9-8 rainbow! Whee! Everyone checked to me and as I last to act I bet $10 which was a pot sized bet. Only the big blind called. His call didn't tell me a whole lot. He played too many hands and played them poorly, not folding when he should have. The turn is a brick. He checks again and I bet $15, half the pot. He quickly calls. Now I am starting to worry he might have a nine as well. I mean, what could he be calling with, A-8? The river is another brick and he checks again. While I was worried he might have a monster, I was pretty sure he wouldn't check it a third time. He might have something like 9-2 since he was the big blind. Since there is a good chance I still have the best hand, I decide to bet, but I was to hedge my bet just in case. So I only make it $20. He thinks for a second and calls and shows Qc-9c and scoops the pot. It was yet another second place hand, but at least I lost the minimum! I could have lost way more if he played it fast.
Soon after that I was dealt Q-Q in the cutoff and punished the limpers. I got three calls including the old guy on the button who was a solid player. The flop comes Jc-8c-7d. Not a great flop but at least there is no ace or king. The early caller checks and I make it $25 to go trying to price out the draws. The old guy is the only caller. Now I know he has to have at least a piece of this flop. He wasn't one to float a flop. The turn is an offsuit 5. I make it $40 to go. Again, I am pricing out any draws, so at least I am making a positive EV play. He calls again. Now a 9d falls. There is nothing about this board that I like. I check. He bets $65 pretty quickly. I don't think he would bet a jack here, it has too much showdown value. The only think I can beat is a missed flush draw. I fold. The tells me that he had J-10 and made the straight on the river. He also said that if I had bet 5 more dollars on the turn, he would have folded. I am not sure about any of this, but it adds up. I told him I had an overpair. He was surprised I folded. In the end it was an easy fold. There wasn't much I could beat.
After losing a couple more pots when I was out kicked with top pair (I just called in position and checked behind on the river) and I missed my flush and gutshot draw, I was down to about $90 bucks. I was close to just calling it a night and stop the bleeding, but I was dealt Kc-Kd in the small blind. A solid and aggressive player (bald black guy or BBG) who I've played with before raised to $20 after a couple limpers. The guy on the button called. As I didn't have enough to make a raise and still play after the flop, I just ship it. The BBG calls and the button folds. The flop comes As-Js-10s and my heart drops.This should hit is range pretty hard. The turn is an offsuit 7 and the river is another brick. I meekly turn over my hand and he mucks. My heart comes out of A-fib and I am up to about $200, but still stuck $200.
I go on a mini rush winning some small pots. I begin to flop top two pair twice and a top set once but take it down with a C-bet. But I was happy because the boards were very connected. I was crawling back to even. Then I get K-K again and raised to $15. BBG re-raises to $45. It folds back to me. I decide to change gears and just call, planning to check raising on the flop if there was no ace. The flop comes K-Q-7 rainbow! I check and he bets $55. I think for a second. My goal here is to get his whole stack. I don't want to lose my customer so I just call. The turn is a 5. I still have the nuts. There are no real draws either. I check again. He quickly bets $80 which is the majority of his stack. Now I know I got him. He wouldn't fire a second bullet if he had air. He has to have either aces or queens. Either one would call off the rest of his chips. I ship it and he beats me in the pot. I tell him that I have bad news for you as the board pairs 7 on the river. I show my kings and he shows Q-Q. I stick around for a short while longer and leave up $100.
It ended up taking a minor miracle, but I was able to pull out a winner when things looked pretty bleak. I might go up tomorrow night to get in one more session before Christmas.