Decided to change up the music a bit. Here is some Metal Skool for everyone to enjoy. With a Vegas trip coming up in less than two months, I suddenly found myself thinking of the Metal Skool show me and Blood enjoyed last year. It was one hell of a good time.
On to the game. It was a nice size crowd out to play HORSE in the Skillz series. 78 ready to play the 5 different games and score some knockouts. Here are the round by round results.
I had a rather ignominious start. Got my K K cracked on a perfect Hammer play by LJ. Betting capped preflop. She just called my flop bet and check raised when the deuces paired the board. Thankfully I wasn't going to be too stupid and get frisky so I just called down. Again, well played LJ.
Not much here. Won a small pot by being aggressive. Otherwise my starting hands really sucked.
Hey, a couple of bring in right away! The second has me holding 3 8 Q. No one raises and I get to see 4th for free. I get a 5. Not bad. My opponent is showing 9 8 and bets. I call to see what 5th street will give me. A 4. I likey. Especially when I see he has been given a 10 and checks. I quickly bet and get called. I catch an 8 and bet out when he is given a K. Ship it! Take the antes when I raise with 6 3 8 and scare them all away. A couple hands later I just about get myself into some trouble. The bring in is on my left with a J. I have 6 Q 5 and try to take the antes with a complete. He calls. Oops. Being dealt a 10 doesn't help my cause but I try to show some strength and call. He pairs up on 5th and we both check when I am dealt a Q. I bet out on 6th with one last attempt to get this pot even though I have paired my sixes now. I am hoping his check on 5th was his way of raising the white flag. Sure enough it works.
Taking chances early either pays off for me or puts me in the doghouse. I take a small pot when I complete with 8 10 J, two clubs. I get called by an A. I catch the 9 of clubs, not bad and bet out to take it down. Not the best play to be making but I will be content taking down a number of small pots when there are few to act behind me.
I totally misplayed my first hand. J J 2 and I didn't reraise. At the end I am up against a low and a possible flush. I got that far thinking they were chasing a low only. Turns out they were but going to the end with just a pair of Jacks isn't too bright. Finish off on a high note when I am dealt K K 5 and make a set right away.
One rotation down. Sitting at 3770.
Get dealt A 10, raise and have to fold after the flop. Next hand I get A Q and get reraised preflop. All low cards on the flop and I call the bet. Turn is a J and I fold. Next is A 5s and I just limp in. Flop has two hearts, my suit and I raise. Check the turn when a blank hits. I bet out the river even though I miss and take it down. I wonder if my opponent was chasing a lower flush? Lucko fails to knock out cemfredmd and blasts him for "being bad". I don't know. I knew cemfred had the straight on the turn, so why are you capping with two pair?
In the big blind to start. Its a good thing as I am dealt K 7 7 6, three hearts. Flop is J J 6 and the small blind bets. I smell a steal so I call. Turn puts up a possible flush and it checks around. River is a rag and it checks again. Yep, twas a steal. I took out cemfred just before the round ended. My A A 2 10 held up against his K K J 10 in a large pot. Next hand I am dealt A 3 K K. All the chips go in preflop. The K on the flop cracks his A A 10 10. Ouch. That is bad luck.
Razz starts up with me winning two rounds of antes. Soon my aggression would haunt me. With 8 3 2, I am dealt an ugly Q. I call LJ's bet. I bet out when she pairs her 8 and I am dealt a 2, hoping to get it there. She calls. The J forces me to fold to her bet.
Glad I am paying attention as I just about didn't know the game had changed. I was about to complete with 2 4 6 when I stopped wondering why I had the bring in. A pair of 7s earns me a decent pot when I bet out against my 10 high opponent with 3 hearts showing. I win a couple pots around 1000 before the round ends.
Split a pot with a pair of 2s that just became a 8 low. Split another with a flush. Nothing exciting here.
End second rotation. 6039 chips.
Had to steal blinds just to stay even. What a run of crap cards! I then drop some I try to pull off a bluff. I called the SB raise with 6 7s. Flop came with a bunch of clubs and gave me a gutshot straight. I called the continuation bet and then check-raised when a third club hit. The quick call told me I was in trouble. I had to meekly fold to the river bet. I get the feeling I was waaay behind. One hand later I get most of those chips back when I turn two pair. Eh.
I have to be careful now. We are playing at 400/800. If you go deep in the hand, you will either jump ahead to a nice lead or get crippled, if not knocked out. No sooner than I type that I chase a low. So poorly played. I am basically on life support. One hand left to play. I get that from the SB, Q 10 Q J and fill up with a full house for a double. Stayin alive, stayin alive! Still not pretty though. Just like the Bee Gees.
This is short lived. I was going to jam with any decent hand. Or so I had thought I would. I tossed it all in with A 2 10. Yeah, that is crap, I know. And it only got crappier. 3 pair no good in Razz.
Crash and burn in the end again. This has been the worst part of my game. I went from being in the top 10 to out in a couple of hands. Worst of all, I knew what I had to avoid and didn't.