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Live Casino Poker Report 6

By: RockerguyAA @ 00:09 (EST) / 63 / Comment ( 3 )



I only managed to play one night this week, but still plenty to talk about.

Harrington Casino, DE - Thursday, March 1, 2012 - 5:50pm-9:20pm (3.5h) - Profit $200 Luck: +1

Early into the game I folded a flopped 9 high flush while in the BB.  Multiway limped put, UTG called my strong flop bet, then raised my turn $10 bet up to $30.  She never double checked her hole cards for suite.  She was a poor player so I definitely expected her to be double checking her hand on flop if she was drawing.  I put her on a higher flush and fold.  She claims to have flopped a Q high flush!  Thanks Mike Caro! (learned a lot from his Book Of Poker Tells recently). 

Later I raise in SB to $12 with AJs.  BB folds and UTG who limped calls.  I flop TPTK on a dry board, J82 I think.   I C-bet and get called quickly.   Turn is 7 of spades giving me the nut flush draw.  I bet again, this time $20.  Nice strong bet, but not anything crazy.  UTG shoves on me to around $150 total.  He has raised me(although not shoved) a couple of times before this and I'm not entirely sure what he has here.  I absolutely did not put him on a monster, but could not be sure if he was ahead or making a move on me.  I decide I can't fold here and call quickly, so quickly that he asks me if I had a set of jacks.  Turn is the K of spades giving me the nuts.  I proclaim that I think I got a little lucky and flip over my hand.  He shows two pairs 87o. 

I did indeed get lucky, looking at the odds I had around a 36% chance to improve to best hand on river:

Later on I am dealt TT UTG.  Earlier in the session I limped UTG and this TAG player raised to $12 out of nowhere, almost like he was after my $2...  So, expecting a repeat by him, I limp with my premium hand.  As expected, he raises to $12 again.  Folded to BB who calls, I then reraise to $47.  It is a very strong move that is basically representing KK+.  I chose the line of action to send a message.  He is the only other decent player at the table as far as I can tell.  I don't want him gunning for me.  His time and money is better spent elsewhere.  I plan to show the TT to accomplish this.  Anyways, he tanks and folds.  I am so focused on what he is going to do, that I totally forget BB is in the hand and I show my TT!!!  The guy to my left, realizing what I just did, practically dives onto my cards and covers them with his hands.  Somehow the BB didn't really see my cards, or atleast acts as if she didn't.  She eventually folds.  I take down the pot and show my TT.  I was so thankfull to the guy for covering my cards.  I would have been at a huge dissadvantage if I had to proceed to postflop with her knowing my exact hand.  I was also very lucky that we were heads up when I showed, otherwise my hand would be dead after I put $47 into the pot! 

Some side notes:

- I withdrew another $100 to pay off more of my travel expenses.  As stated in my previous blog post, I will be paying the $20 expense every session now.  I still have $50 to pay off from previous trips though.
- I had $20 of slot freeplay on my players card.  Made sure to use that after my poker session!  Won $5.  Was hoping for more, but it is still cool.  First time I've ever played the slots.  Getting freerolled is the only way I will ever be persuaded to touch those things.  Side note to the side note:  Play the slots near the entrences/exits.  The casino puts the best slot machines in those locations so patrons see people winning when they enter the casino!

- OK this is a BIG.  I am currently working two part time jobs.  I put in my two weeks notice two weeks ago at my part time day job.  I have a lot of reasons for doing this.  Most of the reasons are not poker related and have to do with working towards my future.  However, this is very important for my poker playing as well.  Starting next week, I will be able to put in 4 poker sessions a week, with a total of around 32 hours.  That is right, poker may very well become a part time job for me!!!  Putting in 32 hours a week and paying $80 a week in travel expenses, I expect to average roughly ~$1600 a month playing poker. 

This is an important transitional period for me.  My current plan is actually to start going back to school and try to get a more marketable degree, but being able to support myself with poker would open so many opportunities for me.  For example, if I can average $14 - $16 an hour at $1/2 NL, I could potentially move near a casino in Canada for 6 months out of the year and play on Pokerstars while there!  I could also consider moving to Delaware or Atlantic City to play poker full time and work towards moving to $2/5 NL stakes.  Very interesting possibilities indeed.

sBR: $2385
eBR: $2485

Please feel free to post any comments about my live play or plans for the future.  I think about this stuff every day and am open to some input!


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