Hit the Road, Jacks

Portland Players Club $250 Freeroll

I’d barely sat down at table 2 when I was moved (before the first hand) to table 3 in the small blind. I was sitting between a dead stack in seat 2 and a woman on my left I hadn’t played against before.

On the button I raised with 2x3x to 150 and made bottom pair on the flop. I stayed with it until the river when I got a 3x, then took a few hundred more off my neighbor who’d hit top pair.

Just a couple hands later, I had a Kx9x and raised to 200. The flop was Kx4x4x and I pushed for another 700, ending up heads-up with the same player. Kx on the turn and I was golden unless she had pocket fours. I bet 1,200 and she called. When the 6x came on the river, I figured she must have the other king, and it was a chop, so I didn’t bet it (a decision I would come to regret). I flipped over my full house and said I thought it would be a chop; she flipped over 8x8x and said she figured I had nothing.

I won a number of other pots simply by betting out, but made a big mistake with 6x6x. I pushed after an unassuming flop, thinking the player at the other end (one of the Encore dealers) was on an ace. He flipped JxJx and made a set on the flop, reducing my stack by over 3,000 chips.

A dry spell hit me as the break approached and I was down to just 600 chips when I called a raise to 700 with 85. Another player called the raise and three of us saw the flop with a split pot. The cards were Jx5x4x. The last caller made a bet that pushed the original raiser out of the hand and it was heads-up for the main pot. He had QJ, but I got lucky with another five on the river for a set and tripled up.

After the break, I pulled in a few more small pots, then picked up TxTx in the SB. Only one player came into the hand with a raise, then I re-raised to 2,200, only to have BB raise me all-in. The original raiser dropped out and I had to call, only to be up against JxJx again. The flop put out another one, and by the turn I was drawing dead.

One hour and thirty-five minutes. -100% ROI. 22nd of 32 players.