Now that I am settled into my new place, I decided to start hosting a regular game again at my house. So Friday nights we kicked off a new season of the Obie Poker Tour (OBT). Check out the Leaderboard
I think I am starting to figure out why I am such a terrible cash game player. Most of my winnings, and I am up overall since I started playing poker on a regular basis, have come from tournament wins. I just play better in tournaments, play tighter, and really limit my mistakes. At the cash table, I’m a donkey.
Well since I busted out of the tournament early, QQ vs KK. I was playing the cash game for the rest of the night and this hand comes up:
Pretty wild, we were playing loose and clowning around and having fun in a $.50/$1.00 home game. John K. is SB and I am BB. There are about 6 or 7 at the table.
Nirav limps from early position. John calls and I check with 5 7 off-suit. Pot = $3. Before the flop, John checks in the dark. Not to be outdone, I quickly bet $3 in the dark. The flop is Q – 3 – 4 rainbow.
Nirav raises my blind bet to $6, John folds, and I look at the flop for the first time and see a gut-shot straight draw.
For a $3 call I can win $15, so that is 5 to 1 on my money. There are only 4 cards out of 47 that can make my straight, that is less than 1 in 10, so even at 5:1, I don’t have odds to call.
Of course, that doesn’t stop me. I put him on a steal because of the bind action before the flop, I think he is just trying to take the pot away. We’re having fun, slinging chips, and $3 isn’t that much. I just bet that much blind on the flop. I call, hoping to get lucky, or steal the pot back with a bet on the turn. Pot = $15.
Turn is a blank and I bet out $6 to try and take it down right here. If he was on a steal he will fold now.
He was not on a steal, he raised me $9 up to $15. So now I have to donk off another $9 to win $45, still getting 5:1 on the money and still only have 4 outs. Of course, I call.
The river is a 6, I hit my 4 outer. I push in the rest of my chips for $77. Now Nirav starts to unravel. He says he can’t lay this down, he sees the straight draw out there, also now there are 3 diamonds on the board.
But unfortunate for Nirav, he calls and turns over Q-3 of hearts for 2 pair. I was way off on the read, and I sucked out on him to rake in a $199 pot.
That was the suck-out of the night.
I now see why I always lose at the cash game.