I treaded water for six hours today in the $1,500 No Limit Hold ‘Em event at the Borgata Winter Open, with two exceptions.
Exception One: Blinds of 100-200. A tight-passive player limps UTG. Folded to a loose-aggressive internet player on the button, who makes it 550. The small blind (tight and straightforward older gentleman) calls, and I decide to call in the big blind with two nines. I could’ve three-bet to isolate the button, but there was a decent chance the small blind would’ve come along anyway, and I didn’t like my options if I got four-bet. UTG calls as well. The flop comes 964 with two spades. Checked to the button who bets 1,025. The SB folds. I make it 3,500. UTG folds, and the button quickly moves me in for 13,000 more. I, of course, call, and the button rolls over 74o. The five on the turn gives him a sweat, but luckily the river is a ten and I double up.
Exception Two: The very first hand of 200-400, 50 ante. Folds to the cutoff, who is an actual poker player, loose, tricky, tough. He opens for 1,025. The button folds. I’m in the SB with 87o, and I make it 3,500 to go. The BB folds. The cutoff thinks for a long time, and finally four-bets to 8,550 total. I don’t fold much of my three-betting range when being offered 2.6-1, although this hand would certainly be a candidate. But I didn’t feel my opponent was very strong. I opted to call, making the pot 18,000, and leaving me with 27,000 behind. I planned on leading out all-in on some flops, check-raising all-in on some flops, and check-folding on some flops (and not necessarily always deciding in advance). The flop comes JT8 rainbow. I decide to check and then re-evaluate. My opponent bets 10,200. I don’t see anything to change my initial read, and so I move in hoping for a fold. Sadly, my opponent calls instantly with T9s. Oh well, at least the preflop read was right. I don’t improve, and that’s that.
I’m happy I went out swinging, and I made some nice plays earlier in the day on small pots. Time to refocus and get ready for the Main Event, which I’ll start on Monday (although even before then, I’ll probably play some online stuff on Sunday).