Failed Hit and Run

Reports & Blogs by Tucson Jim about Golden Nugget Las Vegas Posted

Was in Vegas, 5/26 for a one day pass through on a motorcycle trip to Yosemite and San Francisco. Stayed downtown at the Vegas Club ($35 room rate) so wanted to play 1/2 NL at the Golden Nugget. First session for a couple of hours just waited on a hand and broke even, later that night after a nice prime rib dinner at the Vegas Club (because Main Street Station's steak place had a private party and was closed )-: Not much going on until I got AK on the button with about a $100 chip stack, MP raised to $12, I called and SB raised to $24, I just called again (weak play, should have pushed) Flop is K 10 rag, SB bets out $25 MP calls, I go all in, SB raises to about $400 all in and MP folds. SB has pocket tens for a flopped set and I'm felted. Didn't feel like rebuying and went to the craps table to leak off another $200, should have just used that money to play more poker! Once again, calling a raise pre flop is one of my weaknesses and with perfect 20/20 hindsight, I should have pushed pre flop to get SB to fold (hopefully) and MP to call with a weak king. Oh well, live and learn.

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  1. Not necessarily bad play. I would have looked for any sign of nervousness in the other player on that flop. How he bet. If he looked extremely pleased with it or not. Then go with your feeling. That's about all you can do.

  2. TJ

    Glad you had a great trip!

    As far as the hand - I agree with you and the others that it wasn't well-played preflop. With a 50xBB stack you have limited ability to do anything postflop so you basically need to make all of your decisions preflop. In this situation you should be either mucking or pushing. The call-call just drains your stack and makes it so that you do not have enough chips to make moves after the flop. You should have decided preflop whether you were going to fold or push on the $12 raise, IMO.