Greg Poker 12/22/16

I went up to HH again last night. Probably the last time I will be free to go for a few days with Christmas coming up. While I played for about 4 hours I only had two hands of note. Most of the time I just folded as I was card dead most of the night. Also, both hands were against the same guy!

Very early in my session, probably within the first 20 minutes I was dealt 6d-5d on the button and limped along. The flop comes 8-6-5 rainbow. The guy who was UTG in the 10 seat leads out for ten, which was a pot sized bet. After two callers I make it 35 to go. 10 seat immediately raises to $100. It folds back to me. As I've only been playing with this guy for less than 20 minutes, I don't have much of a read on him. I have to give him credit for more than just top pair. He limped UTG, so I don't think he just has a naked 7. The only hand I could put him on that I could beat was 8-7. In which I was only a small favorite. His re-raise is basically forcing me to commit my stack. If I smooth call, the pot will be larger than my stack, and there are only 4 cards that will make me feel better about my hand. I decide to just muck it. After watching him play for a while I learned that he played many hands and would often play them very fast. Looking back on it he could have had A-8. I think he would have played top-top that fast. An overpair was doubtful, he would have raised pre-flop with a pair of 9's or higher. But even adding A-8 to his range, at best I was a 3 to 2 favorite if he had A-7. I'm still struggling with the decision as I type this, but I feel pretty confident about the lay-down. 

A while later I am in late position there is a button straddle of $5. After a couple limpers, I look down to K-K and make it $20 to go. Seat 10 cold calls the $20 on the button. I pick up one other caller. The flop comes 8-8-3 rainbow. The limper checks and I bet $50, about two thirds of the pot. Without any draws out there, I want it to look like I am pushing with a big ace and/or scare off anyone looking to hit their ace. Seat 10 insta-raises to $100. The limper quickly folds. There is very little that beats me here, so I just shove for $140 on top. I figure if he cold called that much preflop with an 8 in his hand, or pocket threes I was going to pay him off. He calls pretty quickly and shows J-J as if he though he had the best of it. A king on the turn sealed his fate. I double up and leave him with about $100 which he donks off soon after that. He told me he was surprised I had kings. I guess he didn't know I would never bet that much with no pair and no draw. If I had a big ace, I would have folded to his raise. 

After that I pretty much just folded and won the occasional pot with a C-Bet. I walked out up $270. Not too shabby for 4 hours of playing!