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playing poker and teaching science: Lady Antebellum and slow playing top two
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I'm a middle school science teacher, wrestling coach, poker player, scuba diver, aikido black belt, amateur writer, and student of life. In the past I have tried to give back a little by volunteering at a children's home in Belmopan, Belize, Central America. I also love Frosted Flakes. I have taken a year sabbatical from my teaching position in order to sail the Caribbean. Does that sound crazy to you?

Monday, May 18, 2015

Lady Antebellum and slow playing top two

The concert season got off to a stellar start with Lady Antebellum at Klipsch Music Center. The outdoor center previously known as Deer Creek and then Verizon is consistently in the top ten outdoor music venues in the country and just a great place for live music.

At one point the performers moved to a small stage near the sound board to do a set and ended up within spitting distance of my seat! Not that I would actually spit on them. That would be rude. It gave a real up close experience however!
One concert down and four to go!

In poker news, I'm building the sockroll for the my August 3rd trip to Vegas and had another winning session at the local VFW booking a solid $257 win. At no point in the evening was I down, but hovered just above my original buy in for the first 90 minutes when this hand occurred:

I look down at AQh on the button and raise to $12 after four limpers, a standard raise for the table which will get any range of callers. This time however I got only one. The flop was A8x and checked to me. I bet out $16 expecting to take it down right then, but was raised to $37.

I've read that poker players decide what they are going to do in the first five seconds after presented with a decision and I usually feel I do just that. I don't take a long time to act in general but lately have been telling myself to think things through just a little longer.

The only four hands I'm afraid of are AA, AK, A8, and 88 and only A8 felt right for the situation. I finally decided to push. I counted out the raise and announced, "I'm all-in."

I've decided that the best feeling a poker player can ever have is when you say you are all in and don't immediately hear the villain call. The longer he's in the tank the better you feel because you're already way ahead or your bluff has a good chance of not being called.

He tanked for a reasonable amount of time, said "I didn't put you on an ace," and then called with his suited A4. Not a bad calling hand PRE flop, but all in?

Nice hand, sir.

The games can be soft or action-packed at the VFW and Friday was a pretty soft game. Most st the table were laughing and having a good time. I folded a lot more preflop this week as I've been trying to focus on only playing in good position and it really paid off. I had a solid table image and slowly kept chipping up.

One player tried to get creative slow playing top two pair and it checked around on a board of  AKx. If he had made any bet at all I would have folded my late position QJ. The 10 on the turn though gave me the mortal nuts and I won a very nice pot.

His response was, "I always get drawn out on!"

I didn't tap the glass...

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