Live Trip Report March 25th 2017
I originally wrote this Live Trip Report in March.
Casino: Ameristar, Blackhawk, CO.
Date: March 25th 2017
Stakes: 1/2NL $100 spread limit.
Trip Report: This was the first time that I had gone to Blackhawk, CO, despite me living here for the last 2 years. Blackhawk is 2 hours away through tough mountain driving and it is a casino town that is close to Denver, CO.
I chose to play 200NL for a few reasons, the first being the overall betting structure. Colorado is still living in the dark ages and you can only wage up to $100 per bet. This is obviously problematic when you are playing higher limits (although your strategies change a little bit, the player pool would probably be equally as bad). Either way, I decided to play some 1/2NL with a buddy for the night. I will be moving back home in a few months and plan on playing a lot more live poker when I go there (the casino will be less than 20 minutes away from my apartment, in all likelihood), so hopefully I will be able to spin up a bankroll and play more 2/5NL-5/10NL.
I sat down and I think I was the youngest guy at the table. One nice thing about this spread limit game is that it was uncapped and I could buy in for whatever I wanted (not that it mattered, since effective stacks are mostly dictated by the betting structure in this case).
The first hand I played was I raised KJ after a few limped to me from the SB. All folded until the BTN, a younger looking guy limp-reraised me a little over min. I was pretty confused and called and c/f-ed a 9xx board to his 3/4ths pot bet. I later realized that this guy was super aggressive and he donated a huge amount of chips later on with A4o on a Axxxx board to AQ and then doubled up with 88 all in PF. He is fairly tilted at this point and playing very loose.
I opened AQ and got 2 callers, one being a loose older Asian guy who liked to play very loose and also very tricky (would limp/re-raise KK PF, would overvalue hands by c/r-ing huge with TPNK, etc). The flop was QT8. I bet fairly large and the Asian guy called. The turn was the K and I check/called a small bet (1/2 pot). I’m not sure if this is just a check/fold in practice, but I felt he could still do this with plenty of JT/QJ/etc type of hands. The river was the 8 and I checked, he checked back KQ. Meh…
Another hand vs. the aggro young guy- He opens PF in LP and I call with A9. He did not realized I called PF and flips his cards over (AQ) and says “I’m not stealing every time!”. The dealer informs him that there is another player in the pot (me) and he looks embarrassed and asks if we can chop the pot. I shrug and the dealer says “that is not allowed” and deals the cards. The flop is T37 and auto checks. I probably should just bet here and bet all 3 streets but I think he might have called down due to his tilt level. Instead, I decided to check and probably bet most turns/rivers. The turn is the 9 and he checks again, I bet small and he shakes his head and calls. The river is the Q and he throws a bunch of chips into the pot and I fold.
After losing a few other pots, I reloaded and raised a few limps with QQ, with the aggro young guy (from the KJs hand) coming along. The flop was KQ5 and he donk bet 1/2 pot. I debated raising the flop (something I wouldn’t really do ever online) but decided to call. He check/folded an A turn and said that he ‘had me’ until the turn (I bet something small on the turn). Shortly after, he requested a table change and got into a big argument with the dealer.
There is a very loose fish two seats to my right and he was playing every hand possible. I opened QQ and a few players called. The flop was AQJ and I coolered the fish when he had AJ. This allowed me to rebound and win a few other pots.
Overall, the rest of the night was fairly uneventful and I finished up about $100 over a few hours. My friend wanted to leave since he busted early and I left around 1 a.m. Good session and I’m looking forward to playing more when I go home.