Saturday, 27 August 2011

A -34 bb/100 Villain and I pick up AA

I was only playing 4 tables at the time on my small screen as I watched a documentary on my larger screen.

When you play fewer tables you can pay much more attention to the finer details of the game. I was busy colour coding all my new opponents as I played. I had just played NL100 and was up around $20 when the tables had become less favourable.

I decided to close them down and switch to NL50. If I play a small number of tables I tend to take a lot more notes and watch every move. I open a Deep table alongside a Euro table and 2 standard NL50 100bb tables. I spotted a guy on the deep table who I colour coded as a whale when I saw his -34 bb/100 loss rate. I had position on him too and thought it would be nice to get into a pot with him.

Then, I get dealt AA and the whale opens UTG.... I am licking my lips. He opens to 5x and here is what happened next.....:

Poker Stars $50.00 No Limit Hold'em - 9 players

SB: $235.75
BB: $108.10
UTG: $161.00
UTG+1: $93.95
UTG+2: $50.00
Hero (MP1): $127.45
MP2: $161.90
CO: $81.20
BTN: $56.05

Pre Flop: ($0.75) Hero is MP1 with A of diamonds A of clubs
UTG raises to $2.50, 2 folds, Hero raises to $9.75, 5 folds, UTG calls $7.25

I make the 3bet quite large at 4x. I could have made it larger and he would have called but at the time I didn't know that and was cautious not to scare him off

Flop: ($20.25) 3 of spades 5 of spades 7 of diamonds (2 players)
UTG bets $4.00, Hero raises to $19.50, UTG calls $15.50

Low flop with flush & straight draws, so, not too scary. He leads for 20% of the pot. Now when he does this I assume he is not sophisticated enough to bet small to induce and this is a scared pot control bet or a I want to draw cheaply blocker type bet. I raise big to 5x.

Turn: ($59.25) Q of diamonds (2 players)
UTG bets $31.50, Hero raises to $98.10, UTG calls $66.60

When the Q arrives on the turn he leads for around 5/8 pot and I think for a sec damn, hope he hasn't turn a set of queens. With 2 draws out there and the type of villain I don't hesitate to shove.

River: ($255.45) 2 of spades (2 players)

Final Pot: $255.45

UTG shows 7 of spades 6 of hearts
Hero shows A of diamonds A of clubs

Hero wins $253.35
(Rake: $2.10)

Little did I know how great the flop was for me vs this type of guy who loves top pair. He also had the gut shot to go along with it which is actually 37% equity. On the turn he has 20% equity. Remarkably I held for once and took down a 500bb pot.

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