Posted by Dr Fro 12:36 PM
Oklahoma Trip Report
"I am really good at winning the last hand of the session, just ask KTL..."
Feather and I went to Winstar on Saturday. We starting playing at 9:15a.m. and got up at 3:45p.m. Six and a half hours are about right for a poker session, but I am somewhat partial to >20 hour sessions. Feather beat up the 5-10NL table, and I played 2-5.
This was my first trip since Winstar built the new poker room. It is HUGE. There were like, I don't know, like a million tables. Flush with HD flat screens and all the trimmings, it is a pretty sweet poker room. If they could just get the waitresses from the Wynn...
Winstar seats 9 to a table for Holdem, which basically plays the same as 10-handed. However, we often had 2 or 3 guys away from the table, so I spent most of the day playing 6- and 7-handed. That really kinda sucked. The problem was that Winstar is having trouble filling up its upcoming tournament, and so they have a new rule that a player can leave his chips at the table and keep his seat if he goes to one of the 1-table satellites. Huh? What a stupid rule! As a result, we played short-handed, which is simply less fun. Oh well.
Fairly early on, I lost a $600 pot. Dude went all-in on the flop, and I had top set. No brainer call. He had 2h4h and made bottom pair, 4 kicker. He was on a stone cold bluff. The turn and river brought a runner runner flush, and I lost.
He had a 2.4% chance of beating me.
So I spent most of the day down about $600. I had bought in for $1,200, so my stack was around $600 most of the day.
At one point, the super tight pro in the SB made a 4xBB raise. Can you say "Aces"? So I called with 24s. Why? In my opinion, in NL poker, any time you think you know exactly what someone holds, you should call. Although your cards are a dog, you are a huge favorite to outplay your opponent. Anyway, to make for sweet justice on the $600 pot I lost to 24s, I made a flush with my 24s and won a sweet pot.
Time passed and my stack was down to about $550. I had 15 minutes to go before we left. During that 15 minutes, I won $650. For the last hand of the session, I was stacking my chips in a rack and told the table, "I am only going to play this hand if I get AA." I was dealt QQ. I had to play. Flop came up ragged and I got into a raising war with another player. We were almost all-in on the flop, but we got the rest of our chips in there on the turn. He had a draw at the flush and the straight with two streets to get it. Fifteen outs on two streets is one of those rare situations where the drawing hand is the favorite, and the made hand is a dog, albeit a slight one. This dog won, and I dragged a huge pot.
I counted my chips, saw that I had $1,206, gave $6 to the dealer and headed home.
All in all, it was a good session. I bought a lot of pots with continuation bets. I think I made some great laydowns, but I think I was bluffed out of a pot once (that is, if my opponent told me the truth.) I didn't have particularly good hands. I never got AA or KK. I got Big Slick a few times, but I couldn't get any action. Any time I break even when I don't get good cards is just fine with me.