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Went down to L.A. over the weekend. Played about 3 hours at Hollywood Park Casino near LAX.

Walked in the casino about 2:30 PM on 2/11, the place was pretty full with about 50 poker tables filled. Put my name on the $15/$30, $20/$40, $100 NL, and $200 NL game. Was looking for the $500PL (5/10 blinds) game but there was a game going. BTW, there is another PLHE game at 15/30 blinds but I would never consider playing in that one. Finally sat down on the $200NL game with $3/$5 with a $5 drop, which is a lot ($2 drop if no flop).

3 memorable hands (which happened consecutively):

1. Dealt KK under the gun and decided just to limp. 6 players called. Flop comes JXX rainbow. SB bet about $50, BB folded and I immediately raised to $200. Everyone folded to the SB who called all in quckly for about $170 (since I had him covered). 2 more blanks came on turn and river he turned over AJo. I dragged the pot.

2. Very next hand dealt AA in BB. 5 players called and I raised to $50. All folded and I showed the hand. I think I have close to $500 at this point.

3. Next hand picked up K8s in SB, 4 players limped and I decided to get tricky and raised to $20, got reraised by an original limper in MP to about $60 and decided to call and are heads up. Flop: KXX and I checked, MP bet $60 and I raised to $150, he reraised again to go all in which caused me about another $125 to call. I called since I was kind of committed although I knew I was behind. No help on the turn and river as he tabled AKo and knocked me down to about $200.

I obviously made several mistakes on hand 3 but I made one on hand 2. On hand 2 I should've just raised to maybe $25 and try to thin the field from 4 opponents to maybe 1 or 2. My potential earning with AA could've been more.

On hand 3 I should've just called with K8s in SB and see the flop cheaply instead of playing tricky. On the flop I should just just led out instead of check raising a player who has demostrated but limp reraising with a strong hand before the flop. When I decided to check I should just call his bet. The way I played the hand I became pot committed with a worse hand without many outs versus a legit hand.

Anyway, I ended up making $151 for the session and the player who beat me on that big pot got hot and cashed out over $1000 just before I left at about 6.
 

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Nice!
That's why I loves me some no limit!
Great to hear (none the less) that even though you made a few mistakes, you still pulled a few dollars out of the place.

Was that the only place you hit while you were down there?
 

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I would have played more than once but I spent more time visiting my parents and friends.

HPC is the closest to my parents' place. I used to play at Commerce a lot in the early 1990's when I lived in L.A. I have also played at Bicycle Club, Horseshoes in Gardena.

The $200 NL at HPC was definitely beatable and most players were on the conservative side.

Finally, in NL you want to avoid making a major mistake that will cost you your entire stack.
 
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