My only problem with all of that (here it comes) is that my run-bad is still going and doesn't appear to want to stop.
The session started Topsy-turvey and let me know I would be in for another night of variance right away.
My 4th hand in I raise to 12 with AK, the next player to act has double my chips and thinks about raising but ends up only calling and I also get called by another guy in position who has about $1100 in front of him.
Flop comes out JQK with 2 to a flush on it. I check, next guy checks and big stack bets out $25 which both of us call.
Turn comes out a blank. Check, Check $35, call, call.
River is another Jack or Queen and it goes Check, check $40, Call, Call.
Big stack turns up KT for top pair/Open ended. I sigh a bit of relief and turn up AK for top pair better kicker and then middle man decides to turn up AA for "I've got you both beat and should have re-raised pre flop and made things less awkward for all of us."
So, now I'm sitting at half stack and it's about 4 hands later. Table limps to me and I limp 77 as does everyone else. Flop J75 with two Diamonds. I bet out 12 and get called 4 ways including by the big stack.
Turn is a blank and I bet out $35, big stack raises it to $50. Everyone else folds to me and i put the remaining of my money in which big stack calls. I table middle set and he tables flopped Top and Bottom and I'm only sweating 2 outs.
Pot gets pushed my way and before 1 orbit is even up I've lost half my money and gotten it back.
Rob joins my table a short while later and I get the seat change button so that I can move closer and converse. A hand or two later a seat opens up on his side of the table that was vacated by a pretty attractive player who moved to an incredible 2-5 game that had a ton of money on it.
My first hand at the table I get AhKh and raise it $15 which is called by 3 or 4 people, including the big stack.
Flop A36 (or something like that) and I bet out $35 which is called by only the big stack.
Turn is a 5 and I bet out $50 which is called.
Rive is a 2 (or a 4 or whatever puts an almost straight on the board) and I bet out $50 again which the big stack thinks about for a while but eventually folds.
A few hands later the old man between Rob and I goes to the 2-5 game and I move over one seat and now Rob and I are the 1 and 2 seats. My first hand I get AK and raise it to $15 again with 4 or 5 callers.
Flop comes out KQJ. Checks to me, I bet and only small blind calls.. Turn is a blank, check, Bet call. River is an Ace, SB checks and I check - he has Pocket 10s and got there.
During the session I had some good luck. Was down to $40 and there was a $15 raise in front of me with 5 or 6 callers so I pushed my 8c2c all in. Next guy to act was the original raiser who called but every one else folded. I was hoping for another call or two since there was so much in the pot but I wasn't fortunate enough. I told the guy that and he said "you must have a very good hand then" and I just let him know that I needed a lot of luck.
The luck happened in the form of 2 clubs on the flop and a 3rd on the turn giving me a flush. I turned over my hand and took down a decent pot.
Next hand I get JJ and raise to $15 which gets 5 callers - $90 in the pot to the flop.
Flop comes out QJx with 2 spades. Rob bets $25 into me and I really want to raise but I notice a bad player ready to call as well and thinking that I can make my move on the turn after the pot bloats itself (or someone else puts in a raise later) I just call. Bad player calls and we take the turn 3 handed.
Turn is a King which is ugly. Rob checks, I bet out $50 or so and everyone eventually folds. Rob told me he was going to Hollywood it up before folding but decided not to haha!!
Then there was more bad luck.Flopping two two on on a KTx board and having AJ turn his gutshot to take down a nice pot. Flopping TPTK and having middle pair call my pot sized bet to turn 2 pair and take down another nice pot (both of those hands were against the big stack at the table, he gambled and he got there and he did a nice job of keeping his stack large).
Then, Final hand of the evening I raise to $10 preflop and get 4 callers. $50 in the pot to go. I have KsQs.
In the game of poker, I am a muppet
Flop XTQ with the Ts. I bet out $25 and get two callers (both have me covered at this point). $125 to the turn.
Turn is the Js giving me top pair and open ended straight flush draw so I jam my remaining $99 into the pot.
Both players call me.
River another Q. 1st to act bets $100 and the other person eventually folds.
His flopped set of Tens take down a large pot as my trips are ugly and useless against him.
Somewhere over the course I also lost approx $125 in a flopped set under set situation.
So, while I had some ups, I had more downs and Poker sucks a big fat one.
Which reminds me, I'll hopefully be meeting up with Rob again today.
I've got a Strat-O-Matic Football game to lose, probably get destroyed most likely. Then I'll head out and hopefully both Rob and I run well and profit big.
Poker aside, I enjoyed briefly talking with Rob and actually learning the identity of one of the players in one of his stories (and a dealer).
It was also nice of one of the dealers to remember me even though I really haven't played at that property much at all in the last 3 years.