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Steve's Home Poker Blog > First Time at River Rock for 1/2 NL

Tough night for me.

Started out where I made an awesome call on the big stack who was semi-bluffing a flush draw on the turn...he hit on the river taking my stack.

Later my image was soooo tight that I slow played AA, this got me into trouble and I lost another stack! No more slow playing!!! Especially at this table - where you get action EVERY time you raise to $15. It was just a horrible play on my part.

Then I ran into a super aggressive player in one hand that I should have called him on. This guy was crazy. He called with anything and would made big bluff bets at the pot with crap. I saw him bluff off his entire stack on a gutshot draw (he hit), and I saw him show a couple more bluffs. Here's how the hand went down:

- I raise 15 on button with QQ
- Super Aggressive and another guy call.
- Flop Ks2s6h
- I bet 30.
- 1 fold, Super aggressive calls.
- Turn Js (flush on board).
- Super aggressive checks, I check.
- River blank.
- Super Aggresive guy all in (he has be covered by about 100).
- There's about 225 in the pot and I've got about 120 left - less than 2:1.

This guy was showing so much reckless play earlier and I couldn't decide if he was bluffing or not. He knew I saw how much of a maniac he was, so I thought there was a very good chance he actually had a hand this time.

It was a very tough decision. I have second pair, and there's a flush draw on board.

Anyways I folded and he showed a pair of jacks. If his bet on the river was a little smaller I would have called. I was thinking anything over 2:1...oh well.

I managed to claw my way back, but I walked out losing $297 (a small portion of my bankroll). This brings my average hourly rate down to 13.5 BB's ($27)/hour after 43 hours of live 1/2 NL play.

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