Decided to give the cash game a go today. Found a juicy table. There were a few players that were seeing over 50% of flops. I avoided the good/tight players and only engaged with the fishies. One of them got the best of me twice with an inferior hand that hit a miracle, but I kept my cool. “Mum” poker. Just shook it off and imagined that my hand held up and moved to the next hand. My focus was on that guy and one or two others at the table.
I bounced up and down a bit and leveled off for a long time where I was ahead by $15 after reloading. My target had won some pots through aggression and miracle river cards. For example his opponent had flopped a flush and this guy went berzerk with JJ and hit a miracle 4th club to capture a big pot with a J-high flush vs his opponent’s flopped 9-high flush. He lost two big pots for around $200 cumulative to a shark who was sitting to his right – the shark just let the target hang himself.
I wanted my turn, I’d played over 200 hands with this guy and really hadn’t gotten much from him at all, but I knew if I kept my cool and was patient, it’d happen.
I was BB w/ A7o. Target was directly across from me (6-max) and min-raised. I re-raised. He re-raised me again…but min raise…if it was bigger, I’d have folded. Flop came 797. I checked. He bet just under the pot. I smooth called.
Turn was an 8. I checked, he bet about 80% of the pot. At this point I’m thinking he might have the 9 or he has an over pair. He’s known to go wacky with an over pair in the JJ example above. I raise him 1.5X his raise. He calls. River is the 9, giving me a full house. If he has a 9 though, he’s got a better full house. I stick with my instinct that if he had the 9, he’d have been going crazy earlier in the hand. So I put him all-in…he thinks and calls since there’s about $450 in the pot already and he’s got $55 left. He shows QQ. The cash register rings…and rings loudly as I flattened my target who stood up and left immediately. I bid the rest of the table farewell and stand up $390 healthier for the afternoon.
“Mum” poker was rewarding and easy on the soul. Also, I should mention that A7 is a hand that’s not really in my range against most opponents, but against that guy it would generally have been considered a monster. His raises weren’t significant pre-flop, so he really was inviting a suckout. In .50/1 game to raise w/ QQ in mid position to only $2 is asking for disaster. Re-raising an early position raiser from $6 to $13 is also inviting a suckout. And WOOSH…did I suck out and then some! :-)
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