The other day I went to my regular casino to play some 1/2, bought in full.
The table was pretty active and there were some whales punting off, so I knew this was going to be a really good game.
Shortly after I sat down, another player that was waiting for the higher limit games sat to my immediate left and he was preflop raising by a good amount.
– Sitting in the big blind, I was dealt pocket aces and this player, being UTG, raised it to $17. It folded around to the small blind, who then calls. I decided to raise it to $50, both players spent some time considering it but ultimately folded.
– Later on and sitting on the button, I was dealt AK of spades. There were a few limpers and when it comes to me I raise to $10 and get one caller. Flop is 9KK, with 2 diamonds. The player bets $10, I decide to just call instead of raise. Turn is a 5, player makes the same bet and I call. River was another low card, no flush potential gets there. Player makes the same bet again but this time I raise a bit for value and go for $25, which the player calls. I show my cards and win the hand so I didn’t see what that person was going for. On this night they have “high hand” bonuses so I was hoping I’d possibly hit a full house on that hand, which didn’t occur.
I had pocket aces later in the game, was UTG this time, but decided to raise it to $7, just to see if I’d get any callers. Unfortunately, everyone folded on that hand.
I had a few other big hands like pocket 7s hitting set on the flop, I was able to get about $50 from this hand. Q10 of clubs hitting flush on the river with the other opponent having a straight, I don’t recall specifically what I got from the hand but I do recall him betting $20 on the river and I then raised to $50, which he calls.
Ended up walking out with a $230 profit. I’ve found that playing tight as I usually do and just being patient seems to work well for me. However, instead of playing more passively by checking/calling a lot I’m preflop raising more, even if just to build a pot before the flop.