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My first visit to a cardroom......

By: fuzzymuzzy1 @ 18:46 (EDT) / 146 / Comment ( 0 )

So, the week before last a friend of mine was in town so we headed down to "Pollards Hill Poker Club", a poker club in south London.  They are an old pub poker game which now operates out of a gentlemans club which means that they have a much friendlier crowd than your average casino and beer was less than £3 a pint! 

Proffesional dealers and tables mixed in with the chatty atmosphere and music playing gave the night a nice atmosphere.  This was great as I was there on my Saturday night to have fun, as well as play poker.  The tournement was a £15 buy in with one rebuy allowed before the break and a full stack add on at the end of the first break for only £5.

I started off playing fairly tight but doubled up with a set vs KK that wasn't laying down on the turn although I think it was pretty obviously I had a big hand.

I raise MP (10,000 stacks and blinds 25/50!), he 3 bets small from the SB

Flop Q74 r  (I have 77)

He bets, I call. 

turn X

he bets, I raise, he reraises, I shove he calls.

Anyhow I end up winning a few more pots (AK flopping A after 2 callers in 3 bet pot etc).

Later I steal from a decent player in the blinds on the button with 84o (flop 665, he folded to c bet and told me later he had A8 ).  The very next hand I raise 1010 in the CO and he shoves A5 from the SB so another half stack for me.

My friend has bust and has hit the cash tables.  They had 2 tables running at 25p/50p.  He ususally plays 10nl and he said the action was really soft which is good news for next time I go!

Into the 4th hour I get to the final table with a smallish stack.  I win the blinds a few times and a race vs the monster stack with 99 vs his AQ.  I don't remember to much but ppl start busting and suddenly were down to 4!  (with 3 getting paid).  I have the 3rd biggest stack and after a few orbits nothing much has happened apart from me winning 2.5 bb's by shoving after UTG limped with A5.  Luck was with me as the BB folded A9 after tanking.

I then woke up with AKs in the SB with the monster stack in the BB.  I have 110,000 chips with the blinds at 4,000/8,000.  I decide to limp, hoping the monster stack who has been bullying a bit would shove and I snap, instead he checks.  I bet a Q high flop and luckily he folds.

The very next orbit I wake up with QQ in the SB.  This time I decide to raise.  I raise to 16,000 and he calls.  flop is 10 3 7 r .   I bet 20,000 he calls.

Pot is now about 70,000 and I have about a pot size bet left.  Turn is 5.

I now check.  Not because I think I'm beat, but because I'm praying he has floated and will now put me all in.  He has to put me all in with his value hands as well.  He shoves!!  I insta call and he flips  The river doesn't help and I bubble.  The consilation is that I have now qualified for a tournement next Sunday with a £20 buy in for free, so I have made my money back in a way.

Looking back on my bust hand I think I should have raised a bit more pre flop as even with QQ you want to build the pot pre flop.  Apart from that one adjustment though I think I played the hand fine.  The check may have been slightly sneaky on the turn but I thought there were a lot of floats in his range on the flop and shoving the turn folds out almost everything apart from stuff I'm beat by, a 10 or maybe a decent 7.

What do you guys think?

comment below!

In conclusion I enjoyed the night, though am not sure if I prefer it to online play.  Home games are fun because they are social and you are with your friends.  Whilst the action wasn't as frustratingly slow as a home game it was still pretty slow compared to online.  Especially as I was sitting at a table  with a guy who took half an hour to fold every 3rd hand he was in.

What are your thoughts on live vs online?


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