No news from NH
by jnells | Published Jun 19, 2011
I played on both Friday night and Saturday afternoon in NH this weekend. On Friday I played the $30 r/a at Seabrook (which I have run great in in the past, 3 wins!!!) and on Fridays the field is big enough that I always take all my add ons right away. I've gone back and forth on whether I should do this or not but ultimately decide it doesn't get much better than starting with more chips than worse players. I lost in a slightly questionable spot where a guy I had never played with before, who just got moved to the table with an above average stack (20BBs ish) limps in MP1 (middle position 1) and I have like 10 BBs on the CO with 10 6s. I decided he is probably of an average skill level for this room, which is fairly terrible, and I shoved pre. Online/ against a good player Id never shove because my stack isn't big enough to generate enough fold equity against a knowledgeable thinking player but in this room against a random I am pretty confident that my shove was + EV. Anywhoo he thinks for maybe 25 seconds and says I guess I call with AQs (lol at the semi tank) and I flop a flush draw and still can win with a pair, but find myself in bricksville on the turn and river. My friend FTd it but came in as a SS and doubled a smaller stack with KK to AA right at the start of the FT and lost outside of the money shortly after that (then had to wait for me to finish a SnG which I got 3rd in after running A9o into A10s BvB for 5 BBs effective. Funny thing was the A10 hardcore tanked because I had him barely covered and the other player had 1 1/2- 2 BBs. After the hand the player who had A10 said that A9 is the ONLY hand that he was ahead of that I would shove. (not even a little true and with these stacks Im likely shoving ATC)
Saturday was a $250 mtt at Rockingham park which got 143 player and a $10k first prize. (I have no idea why Rock gets sooo many more people than Seabrook since IMO Seabrook has a better venue and better staff, but I have no loyalty so I will follow the fish where ever they may go) I honestly think I played outstanding all day, with maybe 1 clusterfuck hand where I ended up trying to hero call a calling stationy old guy on the river when he blocking bet real thin (normally I bluff shove that spot but because of some redic pf and flop action (6players called a raise) and him only having like 2.7X his original bet I thought he'd call too often). Idk though now that Im thinking about it given the pot size i have shoved anyway since he only needs to fold like 1 time in 11 to make it profitable, I instead called his bet which was by far the worst option available to me. IDK he was pretty call happy all day though. Other than that hand I played great, especially considering easily 70% of my post turn bets and raises were bluffs or semibluffs as I really didn't have much in the way of value betting hands that got past the flop. I ended up losing with between 40-50 people left in a 35-40 BB pot when I open UTG, Mp called, button 3bet to 65% of my stack I shoved and he called, I had KK he had AQs and made the flush on the turn. I was obviously not happy to lose, but after playing well all day and getting it in good, I was very pleased over all. One guy thought that I didn't see his flush because I didn't look disappointed at all after playing 6-7 hours, and though I can't be sure I think I was actually smiling.
What made it a lot easier to take the beat, though I try to stay even keeled every time, was that I lost with enough time to get back to Boston, grab a bite, then meet some friends at a bar downtown which I was really looking forward to and was a blast. We spent the night at a table in the back of the bar playing hilarious drinking games that probably made us look like a bunch of drunken assholes, but was soooo worth it. Overall it was a successful weekend because my expectation was there in poker after playing solid/ really well in the 2 events I played and being down $400 plus gas/food was the farthest thing in my mind while drunkenly yelling "YEEEEHAWWWW" and " A BUFFFFALOUUUU" for the majority of my Saturday night.
Thats all for now.