Crazy 2-5nl game at Foxwoods $1000 ef. 8 handed. Standard open is $25-$35 with most hands going to showdown for huge pots.
Villain is mid 30's Indian or Pakistani in seat 9 who plays around 60% of hands. He limps weak hands and open raises all big pairs and Broadways to $35, he calls nearly all pre-flop raises with anything pretty. In 3 hours I don't think I've gotten through him with a raise. That's fine as he usually folds to a CBet when he misses the flop. I'm not sure how he sees me. I was card dead for a long while before going on a run and building my stack up to about $1k.
In this hand he opens to $35 UTG as usual and I decide to call OTB with K
: (This may sound a little loose but if you don't play this hand at this table you don't play at all). The SB comes along for the ride and the BB folds.
[$120] Flop comes Q♣ 5♥ 6♥
SB checks as does Villain.
I'm assuming that if he has a Queen or an over pair he's going to bet here most of the time, especially with both straight and flush draws possible. I don't have much but he just seems weak and both my cards might be good for a pair on the Turn or River. With that and some backdoor potential I decide to fire $60 and see what happens (sizing?).
The SB folds and the Villain calls.
[$240] Turn is the 3♦
Now Villain fires $100.
How strange. What could possibly prompt this, a set? Does he open to $35 with 33? 24 for a Str8 is out of the question. Could he have slow played a flopped set? This so fucking weird. The only thing that makes sense to me is something A♦
where he missed the flop and is now desperate to salvage his chance of winning the pot with a premium hand. With my backdoor str8 possibilities gone just calling seems like a waste of money. My choice seems to be to fold or raise. I've got about $900 behind, Villain has me slightly covered.
I raise to $300. Villain thinks for about a minute and calls.
[$840] The River is the 7♦
I shove for $600. The Villain tanks for 3 or 4 minutes and finally calls with A♣
: (not positive about the suits)
This really surprised me. I never would have put him on anything better than Jacks or AKs. I just assumed that anything better would have at least bet the flop. That's what killed me. I think I played this well but am eager to hear other opinions on this. I don't think my call with KJs was wrong and I certainly didn't plan on stacking off $1000 on a bluff when I did but that's the danger and excitement of this game, you're stack is always in play and never now how things might unfold. That said I don't like to just burn money and these huge multi-street bluffs are the bane of my existence. I often wonder if just waiting for value might be the better approach but I don't think I could ever be that passive.