Trip report – St. Louis riverboat
They have a $4/$8 hold em game with $1 and $2 blinds, but the betting is a spread limit and you cam bet up to $4 on the flop and up to $8 on the turn and river. Personally I like this structure because it gives you more to look for in the way of betting patterns. For example, one older Asian player would always bet top pair, small kicker large, but bet a monster smaller to keep more people in. This was great information to have.
I was seated almost immediately at the feeder table, played two hands and then offered to move when the room manager ask for someone to move. I won a few small pots playing solid poker and outkicking top pair twice when I was dealt two ducks in the hole. I limped in for $2 and the player to my left raised to $6, as he had done several times. He did this a lot with any suited cards and this turned out to be the same play.
The flop brought another deuce for trip ducks, but it also brought two spades. This isn’t a great flop because at this table, anyone with two spades or the ace will be chasing to the river. I played it aggressively though and bet the maximum getting two callers. The turn paired the board 5 giving me a full house. I again bet the maximum and get one caller, the original raiser (O.R.) on my left. The board is now a raggedy Q255 (two spades) and I can’t imagine what he raised and called with, except AQ.
The river is a blank and O.R. BETS THE MAXIMUM into me. With this board there is nothing a good player would have raised with except AQ and with me betting he should have been suspicious of something. There should not be a raising hand that could beat me, so I raised. He called and showed a third 5 and I raked in a pot of almost $80, 10 big bets.
He had raised with J5 suited.
This is the danger of playing suited cards when you are not drawing to the nuts. Jack 5 suited should never have played outside of the big blind, but by playing (and raising) and then calling with middle pair he got locked into a hand he should have never played and it cost him $34 in one hand that he was behind in the entire way.
I do appreciate him betting into my full house however. Along with trip 9’s being called to the river and some patience in the slow periods, I ended up $102 after two hours of play.
The next day I learned the value of moving from the feeder table while losing $45. I will always move to a stable table from now on.
The next post will be about playing 7-card stud.
Thanks for reading.