Short-ish Cleveland Horseshoe session last night nets me $146 in profit. A solid mental session as well where I played my "A" game despite the inevitable frustrations that the game brings.
One reason to stay focused at all times is to work on figuring out your opponents. As I sat down at the table, One player stuck his last $25 into the pot. He got a call, and then another player with a big stack raised the $25 to $50. The first caller shook his head and smiled, as the raiser smiled back and gave a "what can I do" shoulder shrug. Since someone was all-in, I knew I would get to see a showdown.
When we got to the end of the hand, the preflop all-in got a nice tripleup with a heart flush. The first caller showed a pathetic nine-six offsuit, and the shoulder-shrugging 3better showed the table ace-seven suited.
Yup, I might like this table
The player to my right quickly filled me in. The A7 three-better had built up a giant stack and was now throwing money around like it was his job.
So that hand's over, and I get dealt my first card. The crazy shoulder-shrugger opens under the gun, for $4. Four dollars? He just stuck $50 in the pot with ace-seven, what the hell kind of hand could $4 represent? Is it a big hand or a small one?
I didn't know, but my own cards turned out to be an ace and a jack, so I came into the pot also. My overall table position wasn't great, but I knew after one hand that I was entering a pot with a fishy opponent, and you usually can't wait for the perfect scenario to get his money.
I hit my top pair on the flop, but of course nothing is ever easy - all three cards were spades. Shoulder-shrugger sticks $10 in. I make the call, thinking I haven't played a hand yet and I'm already in a sticky spot. I will probably fold if he bombs the turn.
Turn comes and he checks. I check back. I've got a small hand, and this calls for a small pot.
River comes, no fourth spade. Villain checks again. My hand is certainly good. I bet $15, he sheepishly folds, smiling and saying "welcome to the table".
Sadly, that's the only hand I won off the shoulder-shrugger before his spectacular flameout. But paying attention early, even before I had cards, gave me enough information to play my first hand well, and win it.
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