I made a visit to the new Cold Fish club tonight. It was after my HORSE tourney, which was well structured (FINALLY!) and chopped 4 ways after 3.5 hours of fine play. I had been telling the Cold Fish club proprietor that I would be visiting soon, and since it was only 10:30p and I didn't have to go to work tomorrow....Well, you can do the math.
I arrived and two games were in full swing. A $1/$2 NLHE game and a $2/$5 NLHE game. The 2/5 game, especially underground, usually runs a little large for my game, so I sat at 1/2. All was going well, and I was grinding a small profit, when a known agitator (read: a guy who gives a LOT of action) sat to my left. As sure as the sun will rise, his constant blind stealing was taking my stack down and I was quickly down from my $250 buyin to $135, after chasing a flush and straight draw to no avail out of position. The same guy *did* double me up though with my JJ on a ten high board. But that got ground down again and I was down to $180 when Matty Ebs offered to stake me to the $2/$5 game.
I jumped at the chance and sat down with $300. I played super tight, though the table wasn't as aggressive as the one I'd just left! I was up around $75 at that table when the 1/2 table broke and we filled up. The agitator from the last table was now sitting on my right, a much better place. I was folding speculative hands to his raises without putting money in the middle and my bankroll was the better for it. Finally, I was in the BB and saw a 6 way flop with A7 offsuit. The flop was A77. I had to check my hole cards again just to make sure I had flopped the second nuts. I checked and it checked around to a loose player who bet out $20. It folded to me and I called, trying to make like I had an Ace with a middle kicker (which I did, hehe). Everyone folded and the turn was a 5, putting two diamonds on the board. I checked and he bet out $45. This time, I went to my cards again, as if to check for diamonds and called. The turn was an offsuit Queen. This time, fearful of losing a bet, I put out $55. He immediately went WAY over the top to $225, nearly putting me all in. I went all in for about $40 more, he called and I showed him my hand. He mucked and I had more than doubled up!
I played tight for the next few rounds, losing about $25 back, before racking up and leaving at 3:15a. I had made Matty and I $190 in profit for my 2/5 session. After this session and the Mohegan Sun tourney, I am officially Matty's favorite horse. I run so good when he's staking me!