I ran out of space in the Title. The last word is "Saturday".
On to the hand.
8 ways preflop. 0 cards in muck. Hero decides to flat 55 otb. Utg+1 $200 eff. Villain mp2 $1k eff. Villain shot a stupid angle with me about a month back. He's annoying but he brings money to the table. He's loose and aggressive preflop, but weak in postflop play. The angle: he acted like he was going to check with the nuts in position heads up and literally said the words, "I didn't think you were in the hand," then raised when I bet. I had to call down and he had the nuts.
$35. 5♥ 6♥ A♦. Checks to Hero who bets $30. Utg+1 calls. Villain calls.
$123. 8♥ Utg+1 checks. Villain checks. Hero checks behind???
$123. 6♣. Utg+1 checks. Villain checks. Hero bets $75. Utg+1 calls.
Here's the thing...Villain goes to put in chips (Hero cannot see what amount when he does) and says to me, "I thought only you and I were in the hand." Villain then goes back for more chips and check-raises to $275.
Hero tank calls. Utg+1 folds.
I think the question I'd like answered the most is how do you work on your discipline in those spots? I'm getting 5:2. I only need to be good little less than 30% of the time, maybe less so if Utg+1 calls. But the words, "he doesn't have a river-check raising bluff frequency" in Bart's voice went through my head. Yet, I sigh called.