KKing David

Ruminations on poker

Bluffing to recoup a bad session

I am at the end of a particularly miserable session, stuck a little more than one-and-a-half buy-ins.  The latter half of this session I’ve been on borderline tilt (or worse), in part the result of getting dealt pocket aces FOUR TIMES and all FOUR TIMES I opened the betting and everybody folded.

I know I should not complain about winning, even winning only the blinds, but c’mon!  Give me some action.

On the other hand, so many of my open raises with less stellar holdings were met with multiple callers from later position and/or 3-bet re-raises.  C’mon guys…  just roll over and play dead for me!

So I’ve decided it’s quitting time and this will be my last hand.

I am in the big blind, playing $0.50 – 1.00 6-max no limit hold’em.  I get Ad 7h.  The hijack seat raises to $3.50.

This is a clear fold.  A-7 offsuit is really not very strong and by now everybody knows how much I hate playing out-of-position.  But it’s my last hand, and maybe lightning will strike.  I have $53.50 on the table and the hijack has $140.70.  I call, my internal voice yelling for two more sevens to fall on the flop.  (Note:  just wasted $2.50.)

The flop is Ah 9d 6d.  A total whiff.

I check, and hijack bets $5.50.  Right before folding, I get a better idea (the same one I’ve had several times during this session while trying to make up some losses).  I’ll double down here, and check-raise.  That shows great strength, and will my smallish stack, a raise to $16 might look extra strong, as if I’m prepared to go all the way with this hand.  (Note:  just wasted $16 more.)

What am I representing here?  As I type this now, I don’t have a clue what I was representing at the time, other than representing that I wanted the pot.  Maybe a set, maybe a flush draw, maybe top pair?  Maybe representing a tired spewy fish.

Hijack now goes all-in.

Whoops.  (Note:  total wasted = $18.50.)

This is not the way to make up losses, yet I did basically this same thing numerous times during the session.  Might as well empty my wallet on the curb in front of my house and put a little sign next to the money pile saying “FREE!”

Year-to-date online results:  (-174)

Month-to-date online results:  + 626

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