I've been playing a huge amount of live hands in recent weeks and have actually been through a few hands that I wanted to record for posterity.
hand #1 - worst successful bluff ever
Live $20/$40 LHE 9 handed - villain #1 is a thinking player who highly values his ability to read other people's hands; however he has frequently paid off on the river where he calls out his opponents hand while putting the chips in. In particular, in the last hour he has correctly called out Hero's monster hand on the river 3 times (and paid off each time). villain #2 is a calling station who patiently waits for premium starting cards and then proceeds to go all the way to the river regardless of the board or the action. Hero has a tight table image.
preflop: mucked to Hero in MP, Hero raises with AhKd, mucked to villain #1 in CO, CO 3 bets, mucked to villain #2 in BB who cold calls, Hero calls (3 players, pot size 9 small bets)
flop: TdJcQc, BB bets, Hero calls, CO raises, BB 3 bets, Hero calls, CO calls (3 players, pot size 18 small bets)
turn: TdJcQcQs, BB checks, Hero bets, CO raises, BB cold calls 2, Hero tanks and calls (3 players, pot size 15 big bets)
river: TdJcQcQsTh, BB checks, Hero bets, CO curses and almost immediately mucks JJ face up on the table, BB chuckles and immediately calls and tables AKo. 17 big bet pot is chopped. Hilarity ensues.
On the turn, I made a crying call of the CO's raise with the intention of making a crying call of 1 bet if I closed the river action. When the river paired the T, my instinct was that I couldn't win the hand without betting and I put the chips in without giving any thought. I don't think this bluff works 1 time in 30 and recognized it was a negative expectation bet the instant the chips came out of my hand.
Amazingly it worked out, although regardless of the result there could also be some argument made that such a river bluff has positive metagame considerations.
hand #2 - this stuff doesn't happen online part 4
Live $20/$40 LHE 9 handed - can you believe this same !#@$ can happen twice in the same week of live play? UTG is a fairly tight player, the table is otherwise fairly loose.
preflop: UTG raises, Hero 3 bets UTG+1 with AcAs, mucked to CO who cold calls, button cold calls, SB mucks, BB calls, UTG calls (5 players, pot size 15 small bets)
flop: Jh4h6s UTG checks, Hero bets, all call (5 players, pot size 20 small bets)
turn: Jh4h6sQs UTG checks, Hero bets, 3 callers, while UTG is tanking the dealer burns and turns the Ah for the river. Per standard procedure, the card comes back. UTG check raises the field who all call. Ah is shuffled back into the deck. (5 players, pot size 20 big bets)
river: Jh4h6sQs5d UTG bets, all muck to BB who mucks his Kh3h face up and proceeds to curse at both the dealer and the floor for the next half hour.
hand #3 - even lagtards can hit
Live $20/$40 LHE 9 handed - this isn't a thought provoking hand, but it is the only time I have ever gone 4 bets on every street in a live LHE game. Hero has a tight table image and has not gotten out of line thus far in the lengthy session. Button is a loose player, SB is a passive player.
preflop: mucked to Hero in MP+2, Hero open raises w 6d4d, mucked to button who cold calls, SB 3 bets, BB mucks, Hero says "punish the button for tagging along!", Hero 4 bet caps, both call (3 players, pot size 13 small bets)
flop: Jd5d7s SB bets, Hero raises, button cold calls, SB 3 bets, Hero caps it, both call (3 players, pot size 25 small bets)
turn: Jd5d7s8s, SB bets, Hero raises, button tanks and mucks, SB immediately 3 bets, Hero 4 bets, SB shakes her head and says "JJ?" while calling (2 players, pot size 20.5 big bets)
river: Jd5d7s8sAs, SB immediately smiles and bets, Hero raises, SB 3 bets, Hero 4 bets, the BB (who is a friend of SB) murmurs some comment and SB only calls and throws her AA on the table. GODDAMMIT, one player to a hand!