Played just a little bit this morning

I’m waiting for a plumber and a landscaper to show up, so I had some free time this morning. It appears that the reload bonus has attracted some new faces. Hooray for that! Here was the best hand of the session by far:

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Preflop: Hero is Button with :Kh, :Qh.
5 folds, CO raises, Hero 3-bets, SB calls, 1 fold, CO calls.

At this point, the hand is fairly straightforward.  Both CO and SB are new faces.  CO has seemed solid, SB a bit spewy.  CO should be opening with a wide range, so KQs could be the best hand and if not, a lot of flops could be scary to him.  SB calling suggests that he has a decent hand, although I suspect I’d mostly cap or fold in his spot.

Flop: (10 SB) :Jh, :9h, :Ac (3 players)
SB checks, CO bets, Hero raises, SB calls, CO 3-bets, Hero caps, SB calls, CO calls.

The initial raise is fairly standard.  I assume CO has an Ace to lead into me, but probably not a monster or he would check-raise.  I’ve got 12 outs and would love to get a free round on the turn, so its a pretty standard raise.  When he three bets, I know I’m beat but I’m pretty sure SB isn’t calling two and then folding, so I figure I can still raise for value with all my outs.  I guess I might even get a free card.

Turn: (11 BB) :Ts (3 players)
SB checks, CO bets, Hero raises, SB calls, CO 3-bets, Hero caps, SB calls, CO calls.

The offsuit Ten is the best possible card for me.  A flush card might kill my action, but I figure they are going to have a very hard time putting me on KQ here.  When CO leads after I capped, I’m sure he has a set of Jacks or Aces.  I have the nuts, so I’m not going anywhere.  SB is weirding me out a bit.  I guess he has AJ and isn’t confident top two is good?  He is a mystery of sorts.

River: (23 BB) :Ks (3 players)
SB checks, CO checks, Hero bets, SB raises, CO calls, Hero 3-bets, SB calls, CO calls.

The offsuit King is a bit of an action killer because now any single Queen is the nuts.  SB comes to life now, so that answers the question of what he holds.  He must have had AQ and was a bit stubborn on the turn.  I’m miffed that I have to split the pot with him, but at least he has squeezed an extra bet out of the CO.  Hopefully we can cap and get two more.  When he just calls, I figure he’s trying to squeeze the overcall out of the CO.

Final Pot: 32 BB
Results in white below:
SB has Jc Jd (three of a kind, Jacks)
CO has Ah Kc (two pair, Aces and Kings)
Hero has Kh Qh (straight, ace high).
Outcome: Hero wins 32 BB.

Well, that was special.  Talk about your first-level thinking from the SB.  He doesn’t cap preflop when we both should be a bit light.  He plays super-passive on the flop, doesn’t realize he is probably drawing to a Queen on the turn and then gets all happy when the crappy King hits the river.  What we need is monthly reload bonuses.

I feel bad for the CO because he played OK.  I’d be banging a set of Jacks there too.  He slowed down on the river, which was wise, but he couldn’t fold, which was also right.  The chat afterwards was amusing too:

CO said, “SB…what u have that hand?
SB said, “ak
CO said, “i flopped set of jacks”
CO said, “w3orst hand win again”
SB said, “stupid raise on my part at  tyhe end”
SB said, “could have saved us 60 each”
CO said, “i couldnt believe i lost that pot”
CO said, “i knew i was beat on the end but was on tilt at that point”
CO said, “those kinda hands make me sick”
CO leaves the table

Apparently he doesn’t know about the hand history feature.  This is why poker is a great game.  They both are sure that I am the fish and that they will eventually take my money (or that poker is rigged and donkeys like me always get lucky).

By Nsidestrate

I'm a hard-core limit ring game poker player who is becoming a degenerate sports bettor. I'm sure it will all make more sense if you read on.