On Friday, I played at a few clubs in NYC. Originally, I was supposed to
attend a home game in Queens, but the host never returned my email or
phone calls. I decided to go to the L Club, which was reopening after
the busts, and head to the H Club afterwards.
I'll say more in a full review, but I am usually not a fan of the L
Club. However, there are few clubs left around NYC, so I will have to
put up with it.
I spent about two hours at the L club. I was glad that the staff was
was a bit better than usual. They had two $1/$2 NL HE games running,
and a small tournament. I played $1/$2 at a table that drifted
between tight-weak and loose-passive.
I made most of my profit for the night on one hand at the L club. A
fellow holding what I clearly read to be a "reasonable pair" 88-JJ
raised to only $6 preflop, and I called $4 from the BB with 46s, after
the small blind also called. I like taking flops with this kind of
hand, particularly against players who likely will overplay one pair,
and even more so when the flop comes 462 rainbow. The SB, holding
what I think was A6, bet out too much, around $30. I immediately made
it $100 to go. I'd been running over the table 15-20 minutes before
when they were playing tight-weak. I knew the pair-holder behind me
was glad to finally have a "hand" against me. He immediately
under-raised for his whole $101 stack with 99. While I did have to
explain to the dealer that not all board pairs counterfeit flopped two
pair (the river came a 4, and she start shipping to 9s and 4s), I won
a substantial pot. My opponent walked out in disgust; they always do
when you take their stack with 64s. When will they learn about
implied odds, and how to give up on one pair when it is clearly beat?
I eventually moved onto the H Club, which I hadn't been to since its
recent relocation. After some minor difficult getting into the club,
I found they had the same nice setup as before, although the smoking
room — like it is in so many clubs now — is far too close
to the table. I played another coupled of hours there and lost a mere
I played two hands poorly, one at the L and the other at the H. At the
L club, when our table was full and still a bit tight weak, I held AKo
and made it $10 to go after a couple of people limped. I got one
caller and saw the flop heads up with position with $28 in the pot and
lots behind. We checked through a rainbow flop of JT8 and when the J
turned, he quickly checked again. I bet out $30 after thinking for a
moment. I felt that he would have bet a J or T on the turn (or
perhaps the flop), and didn't think he had much of a hand. This
player was pretty tight and was unlikely to call. I was surprised
when he check-raised. I actually think he had a hand that he
inappropriately slow-played. I think, for example, that he may have
had JT, Q9, or AJ on the flop, and then checked again to induce a bet
from me, an aggressive player.
However, it was really stupid to bet out there, because I'm not
representing a hand that makes sense. I don't think he outplayed me,
but he may have, and it was a good spot to do it. If I am going to
bluff in that hand, it has to be on the flop for half the pot.
At the H Club, I won a pot with A A that I could have easily lost. I reraised a
min-raise of $4 preflop to $12, and got two callers behind me, as
well as the original raiser. Behind me, one player was a very loose, and
usually passive (but capable of making plays when holding flush
draws, which he loved). The other, on the button, was a young
"grinder" type who thought he was better than he was. However, I
didn't have the kid figured out completely yet. The min-raiser, to
my immediate right, was a tight-aggressive player who knew a bit
about the game. The two behind me had stacks of about $300 or so; I
and the min-raiser had about $500.
I got worried about the KJ8 rainbow flop, and I bet a mere $35 into the
$52 pot and was called by the two behind me, and the min-raiser
folded. I realized immediately after that I probably should have bet
more. I was making it a bit too cheap for their likely straight
draws. OTOH, I was hoping to avoid getting to involved in a big pot.
I doubt they would raise without at least two pair, so I wanted to
muck the aces if they raised. Without a flush draw on board, I didn't
expect a raise behind me from a draw.
The turn fell 2, putting two clubs on the board. I decided I
had the best but vulnerable hand I decided to take the pot with $100
bet into the $157 pot. It did as expected, but I still think
somehow that I should have played stronger on the flop to avoid
giving the straight draws an easy call.
At the H club, I meet two friendly players named Jeff and Ryan. Jeff
seems to be a bit of insider on the NYC poker scene, and was able to
tell me that the O Club has reopened, and that another club (the T
Club) has also opened. I've got some visits and reviews to do.
some pictures of my stacks at the clubs.