We’ve been in Vegas about a week now. I’ve played 42 hours of poker — not beast mode, but not embarrassing either. I got off to a great start with four winning sessions in a row, then lost some of it back. Going from Detroit to Vegas is a pretty big adjustment. It’s more common to see someone just spewing off money, but you also have to go up against tough players, which basically doesn’t happen in Detroit. The challenge is to harpoon the whales while avoiding the sharks. It’s more interesting, at least.
Today we went on a cooking spree so we wouldn’t have to leave the casino to eat or pay through the nose for the food there. Chicken with quinoa, deviled pork chops, Greek salad, pasta salad, and Mexican rice, all stowed in tupperware, ready to go.
A hand from 10/20 at Aria:
I open T8o to 60 in the CO. An older, somewhat fishy guy calls in the big blind. The flop is AK8r. He checks, I bet 80, he min-raises to 160, I call. Turn 5, he bets 200, I call. River 5, he bets 450, I jam for 1400, he thinks forever and calls with A3o. asl;kdjalkdgj!!!!!!!!
I think this was actually a good spot and opponent to run a big bluff on, but I could have taken a better line. The opponent was a pretty experienced, but not great player. He’s the kind of guy who mostly bets the strength of his hand, so a small bet is a pretty good hand, a bigger bet is a better hand, etc. He’s not the kind of fish who will just blindly call any amount with Ax. So when he check-minraises that board, I think he has a king or weak ace. He would 3bet AA, KK, or AK preflop and I have a blocker to 88, so it’s almost impossible for him to have a hand that’s happy playing for stacks. I took the call, call, shove line because I thought it most credibly represented nutted hands, but stack sizes weren’t quite big enough for that; it was too easy for him to talk himself into a call with so much already in the pot. I was also a bit unfortunate that the board paired, so he could tell himself he might be chopping. The line I prefer would be to call flop, minraise turn, and jam river. If I make it 400 on the turn and he calls, there’s 1300 in the pot with a 1200 shove left for the river. My line looks very strong and I think it’s quite likely I get him off Ax. Of course, folding the flop would have been okay too — you don’t have to bluff your stack when you know you have the worst hand.