“We cant fix every problem, but those that we can, we must” Bono
Last Friday I played in the HORSE event at Binion’s. This is an event where I think I’d have a big advantage, as I have a bit of experience at playing all the games and feel I play them all pretty well. But I was disappointed to be knocked out about halfway through.
Some big hands: With limits at 300/600 in Hold’em I had AA and it was raised twice before me and I capped, a three-way flop came AKQ rainbow. They checked to me, I bet, one caller. Turn a 4 again I bet, river a Ten. Guy opens all-in for 540, I call expecting to see AJ but he has AQ and I had a nice stack.
In Stud I had an ace showing with an AJ of diamonds in the hole. A jack raised and I reraised, a Ten called behind and the J called. I bet fourth street and fifth, picking up two more diamonds. Both players continue to call, showing J79 and T84. I need a diamond for a flush or a matching card for aces up. The T84 pairs his 8 on 6th but checks. I don’t improve and take the free card. I blank out the river and lose to tens and eights. Frustrating.
I had about 12,000 chips (starting stack was 6000) and had been moved to a much tougher table. Three players there I knew as being tournament specialists around Vegas. And I played a bad hand in Omaha h/l against two of them where I got stuck in the middle with the second nut high straight and second nut low and paid them off on the river in a big pot. I also had the only flush draw going to the river. This pot cost me half my stack.
Then a very frustrating hand in Razz where I raised with a 3 showing and a 48 in the hole and got called by a loose player showing a 6. I caught a 4 and he caught a Q. I bet my 34 board and expected him to fold 6Q but he called. Then I caught a Q and him a J. Again I figured him to fold to my bet but he stayed. At best he now had a Q low and a draw to a Jack. I paired the 3 on 6th and he caught a Ten. The river paired me again and I bet out hoping for a fold but he called flipping over an A79 for a T976A. It was a badly played hand by him I must say, but that is the game we play. I was down to 2K in chips after that at 600/1200 and re-raised a raiser a few hands later in Razz with a A34 against his 357, but wound up catching 4-8-Q-4 and he made a 7-6 low.