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Atlantic City Lesson September 14, 2008

Posted by Jennifer in : poker , trackback

My most interesting hand from the three Borgata Fall Open events I played was sadly, one that I lost. I was 45 minutes into a $400 buy-in with a relatively deep, no ante structure, and I woke up with a pair of kings. I’d already increased my stack from 7000 to 8500 so I was feeling good.  A dude in early position raised to 150: he had been very aggressive and involved in a lot of huge pots, especially considering this was just the first level with 25 50 blinds. I re-raised to 500 and he called. The flop came out 669 with two spades and one club. He checked, which immediately caught me off guard because I hadn’t seen him check any flops up to that point. I bet 700, he insta-called. The turn was annoying, an 8 of clubs.  He fired out with 1500. I had a bad feeling but decided there was a high % chance he had nothing, so I called, figuring I’d go to the river unless something disgusting popped up. Also maybe he would just give up and check the river. The river was an icky 7 of spades. He bet 2500 instantly: definitely not what I wanted to see, So  many things beat me. 99,88,77, AA any ten, any six, any two spades, any 5. Pretty much the only two reasonable hands I can beat are JJ or QQ so without too much thought, I threw away my cowboys. He then gleefully turned over AK…of HEARTS. Stone cold bluff. I was even more upset at myself when he barely played a hand for the next two hours.

 If I’d known he was a tight player who just happened to play the first 30 minutes like a  maniac, I probably would have called the river or even better, I would have pushed the turn.  If you’re not really into poker, you might be wondering: Why would you be MORE likely to think a tight player was bluffing than a loose player? Well no one is as tight as you think they are, first of all. More importantly, in that spot, a crazy player could potentially have hands as weak as A6s or A5s or ATo – they all beat me, but a tight player would almost certainly throw them away based on the preflop action. So I folded because I thought he was loose….seems counterintuive but actually makes a lot of sense. Of course I was disgusted at being bluffed like that, but also grateful he had shown me the hand so I could better analyze it. After losing this demoralizing hand, I lost two races with AK vs. pairs and was out in a flash in the second chance. Not my lucky day in AC!

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