I know it's been a little over a week since I've posted anything, and while I could go on about what's been happening the last week - bad back, horrendous start to August & the rebound - I want to discuss a hand that played out a couple of days ago. Matter of fact, I only remembered this hand about 15 minutes ago & felt the need to write about it. OMG, poker content!
Anyway, I was at the Mirage playing a 1-2 game. I don't usually play there due to bad rulings/bad results, but word on the street was the games were really soft this week, so I decided to check it out.
I will preface the hand I want to talk about with a hand that happened immediately prior. I was in the 4 seat & raised to $10 preflop with QQ, & only the 5 seat called. The flop came J high rainbow, I bet $15, he calls. Turn was a baby, I checked to pot control/induce a bluff, he check back. River paired the board. I just knew villain had a jack, so I value-bet about $40, he calls. I show the QQ, he shows JT, and I scoop.
Now the hand of note, which was the very next hand. UTG limps, all fold, I look down at KK & raise to $12, only the limper called. Flop comes down J76 rainbow. Perfect! He checks, I fire $20, he thinks for about 5 seconds & calls. Turn brings an 8. He checks, I fire $45. Villain now thinks for about 10 seconds then shoves another $125 on top. What the hell? I get TWO premium hands in a row & this guy wants to shove on me? So I tank.
I think about all the possibilities of hands that he has. I realize he has played kind of solid and hasn't gotten out of line to this point. I take about a solid minute, finally apologize to the table for taking so long, then I did something I rarely do. I started talking to the guy. I wanted information.
"Do you really have 9T here? 45?"
"Did you flop your set?"
"Are you on a draw?"
The entire time the guy sat there looking away in the distance in front of him with his head resting on his hand. But the more I talked to him the more I thought I saw him turning red. Now I had to interpret what this meant. I took a few seconds with this and finally determined that he was reddening because he wanted a call. I also figured there would be better opportunities at this table to make money. So I sighed really big & said "OK, you got it" & folded my KK face up hoping to get a show from him.
And he turned over 9Tcc for the turned straight. I smiled & turned my head to the heavens, thanking God for helping me find a fold there. It also dawned on me that, as with the hand prior, my reads were spot on. As the villain was stacking his chips my neighbor in the 3 seat turned to me & said "that took a little chunk out of you, huh?" He wasn't intending on being cruel, he was genuinely trying to be nice. But I looked at him and said "yeah, it might have. But if I keep making reads like that, I'm going to make some money today."
Needless to say, I left a couple of hours later up a buy in. This leads me to 2 things. 1) A quality fold can be profitable later on, & 2) NEVER let your opponent know he made the right decision.
Thanks for reading & run good!