Live Trip Report: February 1st 2018: Horseshoe Council Bluffs
Casino: Binions Horseshoe Council Bluffs, IA
Date: February 1st, 2018
Stakes: 2/3NL $600 max
Sorry for the lack of posts on this site. I have been very busy and have many articles that are close to being done. I have been wanting to play some live poker for several months now but with football season going on and lots of work, this has been difficult. That said, I got in a 4 hour live session last night and had a fun time. I walked in to my old home casino and put my name on 1/3, 2/3, and 2/5NL.
First hand I play was at 1/3NL. I complete the SB with K8 and BB checks. We go 4 ways to the flop, which is A3J. I bet 1/2 pot and get called by the UTG player, who limped. He’s an old guy who looks nitty and hasn’t played much. The turn is the K and I check/call a 1/4th pot sized bet and check/fold the 7 river.
I check K8 in the BB and the flop goes 5 ways on KKJ and this gets checked around. I planned on check/calling and probably not putting too much $ into the pot. The flop gets checked around pretty quickly. The turn is the 7 and I bet 1/2 pot. The river is the 2 and I probably should just c/f this. I bet small on the river and get raised 3x, I fold pretty quickly. He shows KJ and it makes sense.
I get moved over to 2/3NL, $600 max with my name still on the 2/5NL list. This is a new 2/3NL table and it looks pretty good in general. Everyone has a $600+ stack already and there seemed to be some gamblers at the table. There is also a button straddle option for up to 5x the big blind (most people made it $10-$15). This was different than a Mississippi straddle, though, where the SB is first to act. In this button straddle situation, UTG is first to act, then it goes around and skips the button and SB/BB act and then BTN has the last act. Pretty damn advantageous if you ask me.
First orbit, BTN straddles to $15. A few people call and I raise to $60 with AQ. I get 3 calls and there are 4 of us to the K69 board. I bet $70, Asian guy raises to $200. I should probably fold here but I rip. He talks to himself for a bit and then calls with 69 and I lose to the 7 9 runout. (He slowrolls and said he thought I had KK).
I rebuy for $400, all I brought with me for the night (I’ll need to bring more) and the direct hand after, I get dealt QQ and 3-bet the BTN’s raise. The action was fairly hilarious, as it went UTG limp, BTN raise, call, I 3-bet, UTG cold calls $65, BTN calls $65, everyone else folds. The flop is a beautiful AQ4 and I bet a bit less than 1/2 pot, UTG folds, BTN shoves and the runout is Q and 3. I show and he mucks (sadly no 4 of a kind bonus for QQQQ, just K/6/7s).
I go card dead and frustratingly watch some of the weaker players give up their stacks in weird hands. It goes 5 ways in a limped pot to a JT7 board and UTG checks, CO bets, BTN calls, UTG calls. The turn is the 8 and UTG open shoves $200, CO calls, BTN chuckles and calls. The river is the 2 and UTG has 4T, CO has QT, and BTN has K9.
The next hand I play, EP opens, a few people call and I call AJ from the BB. The flop is J77 and it checks around. The turn is the 5 and I bet 2/3rds pot and get 1 call from a fairly passive player sitting to my direct right (the SB). The river is the K and he checks and calls a bet from me and he mucks, saying he had a pocket pair.
I go card dead a bit and then I get 77 and I call a PF raise and go 3 ways to a 63 2 board. It checks to me and I bet and the same passive player to my right calls. The turn is the 2 and he checks, I bet again, he calls. My plan vs. this player was to bet the flop and turn and check most rivers, as he’s the type to just call down with overcards and a club. I could maybe just check this hand and bet stuff like TT/99 instead but eh. The river is the 3 and it goes check/check and I win vs. AK. I was pretty sure that this player would have let me know if he had a stronger hand (he probably would have bet any overpair with a club). My biggest concern was him check/calling stuff like AA/KK without a club as he probably could have done this.
I open AK and I get 2 calls. The flop is K67 and I bet and get 1 call from the same player I stacked in the QQ hand above. The turn is the 9 and he checks, I bet fairly large, he sighs and calls. The river is the Q and he checks and I check back. He shows KQ and I lose. I think my play is pretty good in this hand and he’s the type of player that would have raised on previous streets with anything better.
I open AK and an old nit who has played 3 hands 3-bets me. BTN cold calls the 3-bet behind and I call as well. The flop is A74 and I check, old nit bets, BTN insta folds, I call. The turn is the 8 and I check, he bets $150, I call. The river is the 2 and I check, he checks and my hand is good. As he folded I saw he had an A, so I’m guessing he had AQ maybe?
Overall, I am fairly happy with how I played last night. I finished up $80 or so, which is nice given I was down $600 at one point. The 2/3NL played much wilder/loose than the 1/3NL and I will have to check out 2/5NL in the future. The 2/3 played so well that I gave up the 2/5 seat, though. The games were soft and there weren’t any players at my table that seemed super competent (though, it’s 2/3, so probably expected). Most importantly, I had a fun time and enjoyed playing some live poker and hopefully will be able to play a bit more now that football season is done. The WSOP circuit is coming into town at the end of March and I plan on playing some events then.