What are you playing?: Hello Project 2006 Winter Wonderful Hearts Concert - Be All Right
On Sunday during the state championship, I managed to last 3 hours before being busted out. I was on tilt at that point so losing to a set didn't bother me too much. This is what put me on tilt.
BB is 500/1000. I have A J. I'm UTG, I raise it up to 3000, everyone folds, 1 person to my right calls. Flop is A 3 3. I put out 3000, he calls. Turn is a 5. Person to right puts out 5000. I match it but I still have chips. He's about to flip up his cards when I didn't even hear an all-in. If this was true, he would have put out the 2 10k chips by his elbow. He claims he didn't know how much he had. The whole table claims he said all-in. I didn't hear it, I only matched what he put out. But when he moved to flip his cards, I could see he had flopped a boat and tried to smooth call me.
I balk. I make the claim he just mucked his cards because he exposed them before putting out all of this chips when saying all-in and I only matched what he pulled out.
We call for a ruling. The whole table tries to argue in the guy's favor because if I did call his all-in, I would have been out. I try to argue that he technically mucked his cards by exposing prematurely which I've been ruled on before in prior games. I conceed that I'll take back my 5k and fold my hand.
The organizer ruled in my favor. Since the guy didn't put out all of his chips when saying all-in and I only matched what he put out, he allowed me to pull back the 5k then muck my hand. I know this falls under the gray area of Hold 'Em. I've been wondering what the ruling would have been if this was a real casino tournament. I probably would have lost the 5k but I've heard of stories where people lose a lot of money due to prematurely exposing their cards.
In last night's poker session, there was hardly any skill. The lady across from me was calling or raising on BS. She was catching straights and boats like mad. I was keeping up with her as I was hitting boats on some of my favorite hands. I just kept quiet. Finally I started getting cards. Big stack was being a big bully by pushing people into all-in on the first hand. I get a pair 7's. I said fuck it and called her. I hit a set on the flop to double up my stack then take half of her stack. Next hand I get A Q, flop top pair then take another half of her stack. Just a little bit after first break, I was big stack with 3:1 to everyone else. I got A Q 5 times over the course of the night and always won with it. When we came to final table, I was at 180k+, everyone else had 20k-50k.
2nd hand, I had Ac 6c. Someone goes all-in for 30k. I call. He has A 8 offsuit. The table moans saying I made a bad choice. He pumps his fist thinking he has it. Flop is 6 6 A, a boat for me.
A mid-stack sitting to my left wouldn't stop gabbing away. He said his favorite hand was 9 5. I made a stupid move to match him when he pushed all-in when I had 'his hand'. I lost and was nearly on the bubble as I just put him at big stack with a 6:1 advantage to me. From there I was getting cards again. I would push all-in several times then force him out to regain my stack. We get to heads up and I kept grinding away. I was hitting top pair so I'd put bets of 40-60k. He kept folding. We end the evening by letting me see the turn. I have 6 9 off, in the BB so I call. Flop is K 10 6. we both call. Turn is a 9, I hit two pair. I push all-in. He calls. He flips 10 7. He only called because he thought his mid-pair was good and was on a double gut-shot. River was a 4. He walks away disappointed after nearly pulling the rug from under me at one point.
For 2006, I've won $200 in free money along with 2 laptops. My losses from cash games are in the 4 figure range which isn't good at all. My skills are still very unrefined. Many have noted that I'm easy to read and find out that I don't have good bluff reading skills. I know I need to read up on the game. The books are on my wishlist. I want to continue to work on my game and rely a lot less on luck.