I played last night at the Bicycle Casino, the other WPT stop in L.A. The atmosphere was much nicer than Commerce, the table was almost as loose, and my new strategy failed (playing more drawing hands to take advantage of the pot odds). I was still by far the tightest player at the table, but the much more frequent scenario of
2) see the flop,
chewed away at my stack slowly but consistently.
Plus, I raised-and-got-rivered four times, even though I played agressively and in accordance with the pot odds.
My worst beat, which really wasn't that bad, I was dealt AKs under the gun, raised pre-flop, and the flop came rags, 9c-2h-6d, I think. The blinds checked to me, I bet, and all but the cutoff player folded. He called.
He gave me the impression that he was either a dealer or casino floor worker (janitorial, food delivery, floorman, something), so I knew he was more experienced than most of the other players at the table.
The turn was a 5c. I bet, he called.
The river was a 3c. I got nothin'. I check. He shows T2o, for a pair of deuces. After the hand, he implies that he'd have folded if I'd bet on the river. Maybe.
Next time, it's back to super-tight play.
(Correction from yesterday. Both the Commerce and the Bike have a $2.50 rake, not $3.)