Last night we hosted a no limit cash game in the room. We played $0.25/$0.50 NL Holdem 6 handed for almost 4 hours! The max buyin was $40 and a few people rebought a few times. I played tight in early position and folded trouble hands like A10 and AJ to raises and only started loosening up once I got a feel for the table. I bought in for $30 and cashed out for $105, here are a few of the key hands during the session:
97o vs AA
I limped from under the gun with 97 offsuit with a feeling and a goal of seeing a cheap flop. Everyone else called and the big blind popped it up for $2 more. I decided to call (still had the feeling) and with the assumption at least three others were call behind me, giving me some hefty odds with my sneaky 97. The flop came down 7 7 3 and the original raiser bet $6, I flat called and everyone else folded. The turn brought the miracle card: 7. Now not only did I have quad 7s but my opponent (who I assumed had a high pocket pair) had made the 2nd nuts, 7s full of aces. He bet out $6 again and I decided just to call, make it look like I was hoping to hit a pair. The river brought a 4, making the board 7 7 3 7 4 and he bet out $8. I said “Raise!” and bumped it up to $20. He asked if I really had that 7 but couldn’t fold AA and called and I showed him the bad news. This pot got me started and allowed me to loosen up quite a bit, but within the next hour and a half I’d be back to even at $33.
A few smaller hands past in the next hour and I was back to around $55 when I raised from under the gun with 99. The player to my left called as did the big blind. The flop came out J 9 5, two spades and I bet out $5. The player to my left called and I was hoping the board would pair. I hadn’t gotten a great read on this player all night but I knew he was just as likely to have spades as he was to have AJ. The turn brought a 4 and I bet out $12, just trying to get him off his spades or at least make him pay for it. He called rather quickly and the river brought the 6 of spades. I was thinking about the hands he could possibly have and decided he could likely have a hand like 78 of spades, double gutted with a straight and flush draw, and I talked myself down from being aggressive and checked. He checked behind me and said KJ and I showed my mid set and took down a decent sized pot, but realized I missed a bet on the river.
Late in the game with my stack nearing $80 I made a small raise with QJ and was called by two players. The flop came 9 10 7 and my opponent bet $0.50. I was more than happy to make that call and see the turn. The turn brought the K for my nut straight and he bet $0.50 at me again. I immediately bumped it to $4 and he said something like “You really catch that?” and called. The river was a 6, making the board 9 10 7 K 6 and he bet out $6, I raised to $16 and he immediately said “all in.” I called and he asked if I had the nuts, I showed QJ and he showed 98 for the dummy straight and mid pair on the flop. That hand put me above $115 and I ended the night at $105, the best I’ve done in a cash game in a long time.
Good luck, and don’t be afraid to make loose calls sometimes, you might just catch quads on aces, haha!