what a long day. and ive had a bad cold all day. good news is i won big though. after losing $238 on the VBJ machines at binions, (and not the ones only paying out 98% but instead the ones paying out 97%) i went over to the nugget poker room and bought in for a measly $105. after winning some big pots always against the same black guy who i think was a tourist, i had over $1000 in front of me. one of the big wins came from a board of 10 J 2 flop, i had QK and bet $10 and he called. turn comes 9, i checked dark, he bets $45 and i shove $300 because hes been very loose and rebuying and he instantly calls. 9 pairs the board on the river, worrying me. turns out he has Q8 for the slightly smaller straight. also one flop was 832 rainbow a guy bets $7 he calls, i bet $25, both call. turn comes Q. i bet $60 both call again. river comes 5. i bet $70 allin one guy folds black guy calls with AA.
but when i have too much on the table and im ahead, it hurts my ability to play good poker. for i get too scared of losing back the win and i can actually play a deepstack a lot better if im stuck for then i have no fear. its best for me usually to not buyin too small, or too high. me buying in for $300 is usually about the right amount and its taken me quite a bit of experience with NL live the last few years to learn this. so this is what happened.
2 guys had sat down at the other end of the table about 45 minutes prior and each bought in $1000. well i didnt when they first sat, but at the high point (when i left the game thankfully) my stack was at $1072. and of course that was a rather large win considering i was only in for $343 (when u add the VBJ loss). anyway heres the hand.
i have KK and am on the button. most everyones limped and i know the games loose. so i make it $20 hoping to really narrow the field. i get 2 callers. flop comes 87Q with 2 clubs. the deepstack bets $50 after the other caller checks. and this is probably my first err, but i only call (am going for pot control). other guy folds. turn comes 6. guy bets $30, wtf, why such a small bet? everything told me i should raise but i figured he would put me allin the second i did. so i only called. river comes 7. he checks and i check. i wouldve made at least a few hundred more, since he has AQ. man did i lose a lot of value. just how would u have played it differently? the size of his stack and the fact i was up was really affecting my ability to play.
so i left went to the nugget bought in $200 and spent the rest of the night playing with tiger valdez and regs and tourists $1-2 NL at binions. new rolls now $11,800 and i must sleep and get ready for tonites drawings. still got that really bad cold.