I've saved at least $1,000 over the last week thanks to bet-folding. Once it was with pockets kings and the other time with pocket aces.
However, in this scenario, it wasn't as clear to me. Should it have been? Here's the story.
This happened at Hollywood Park. I've been playing there a lot lately, and when the games are good, I think they're softer than Commerce. Sometimes it's slim pickings, whereas there's always a game at Commerce.
The Villain in this story happened to be a guy I was studying and taking notes on. I had zero playable hands for a looooooong time. Villain seemed to be the only one who noticed. He was sitting next to me and when I finally raised with AK and got five callers, he made a comment on how tight I was. About 30 minutes later, the hand below takes place, where I'm once again deal AK.
Here's what I know about Villain - Older, white Jewish guy, about 55 years old, loose player, plays any two suited, goes for thin value if he connects with any part of the flop, even second or third pair, standard raise is $35 but will add more based on limpers, will raise to $45 if he has a hand he considers good (I saw this with QKos), semi-bluffs his flush draws. Even though he's loose, he seems to play well post-flop, and he's sitting about $2,500 deep.
I've never been so card dead in my life as I was in this session. My image is not good at this point. At best, I'm seen as a losing nit in this session.
Villain is UTG and straddles
I'm first with about $350
I look down and see AK and raise to $40
Flop is AQQ
I bet $40
Turn is a brick
I bet $100
V goes all-in
In this session, I was extremely card dead, and when I did get something, I would have to (correctly) bet-fold. Since I was against a thinking player, I felt like he might try to run over me because he was definitely paying attention. Also, I did seem him run several bad bluffs.
I called and the river was a brick. V had a Queen