Last Night at the Post Oak PR - 1/3 NL Game
Almost as much action as at the 5/5 games in the same room. A few players seem to be dropping down a level to prey on the weaker players like myself.
This created an interesting table dynamics. Being new to the room, one of our Houston locals Sammy Farha, came over to watch the action after things heated up, for about 30 minutes. A friend of his was playing at the table.
Max starting stack $300 or largest stack.
New table started around 5PM, everyone starts with $300 on the table.
First Hand two players get all in on the flop, one has top pair the other has a flush draw. draw misses and pair wins.
Winner now has a $630 stack. All players at the table except for me and one other player tops off they stacks to $630 immediately. I know I am in for a ride.
This 1/3 game was full of action as far as 1/3 games go.
99% limps were raised, 99% raises had at least one caller usually 2 to 4callers , 30% of raises were 3Bet.
I decided to top off with a $100 more each time I reached $250. When I was in for $600 with a $350 stack, I isolated a weak player 3 seats to my left in seat 7. He had already bought in 3 times for $500. He had chipped up at least once from $500 to $1,500 by playing hands like top pair, fast on scary boards that had flush and straight potential, only to catch 2 pair on the river to win. Then he would then proceed blow his stack by doing the same with small pocket pair that never improved.
(My 1st hand to stay in long enough to see the turn)
UTG R$15, UTG2 C$15, MP C$15, MP2 C$15
BUT V1 (weak player in seat 7) C$75
Hero R$100, V1 C$100
Hero Ck, V1 R$75, Hero C$75
Hero Ck, V1 R$100, Hero C$100
V1 shows 55
(My 2nd hand to stay in long enough to see the turn)
UTG R$15, all the other 7 players C$15
Hero in the BB
R$105 (I must admit it's a little weird having Sammy Farha standing over your shoulder watching this go down). As luck would have it, only MP V1 Calls (weak player in seat 7)
Hero R$150, V1 C$150
Hero:R$300, V1 C$300 (with $40 behind)
Hero: R$40, V1 calls $40 All in
Hero wins with a Straight
for a busted flush draw
V1 bought in for another $500 and was still playing after I left.
Up $500 for the session. I ether folded or bet folded most of the night.
Did not play up to the potential the table was offering.
It is obvious to me, I have along way to go in learning about, thinking ahead in hands and how to keep from being exploited by aggression from competent players.
But I did enjoy the ride.
Any suggestions on how to advance in those areas?