I got the chance last night to play No Limit Hold – tourney style at the Boston Social Media Poker Tour held in Watertown, MA and hosted by Kevin. He tries to run the event monthly, but it is hard to get people in the summer to commit to a Thursday night poker game.
I was the first arrival at his home last night. He said that 15 people had responded in the affirmative but that one had backed out. About 35 minutes later we started the “single table tourney” with six players. Due to the low turn out it was decided that the top two players would split the entry fees 60/40.
I have been card dead of late, meaning that I am not getting many reasonable playing hands such as pocket pairs and last night was no exception. In the first tourney I was able to hit a flush with me holding the 6 8 suited to take down a good pot . For the rest of the session I was having to fold all but “Ace any” as I like to call them and hope for an Ace on the flop. For the most part the table was not overly aggressive, with the most betting occurring after the flop. Our host Kevin, was perhaps the most aggressive, always raising when ever he got his “favorite hand”. We were never able to find out what that was as most of us folded after his raise. Maybe next time we will find out?
I was able to hold on in the first tourney and finish third, the bubble, meaning that I just missed a chance to win money. Because we had only six people in the first event and finished earlier that expected, we decided to play one more game. Two more people decided to drop out, leaving only four to play. Prior to playing, we decided that this would be a winner take all event. I did a little better this time and finished second, again just one spot away from winning a payout.
In both events, I was basically blinded off, meaning that I would be putting in the amount for the small blind or the big blind and would be forced to give those up when raised. The reason I would fold was due to the poor cards I held. When ever I tired to re-raise and get the opponent to fold, it would not happen and I would lose more chips. I think that what I take back from this event was that I was not aggressive enough at spots when I could have taken the blinds. There were too many hands that were checked down and I would lose to a low pair that my opponent made at the river. Any reasonable bet made would have caused them to fold, so it turned out.
Have you ever had sessions where your hands were just not good enough to play except for a bluff and you knew that there was a good chance that your bluff would be called? Did you realize that your lack of aggression might have cost you chips? Or was your opponent more aggressive than you were and you were not able to adjust to their play?