I did have one hand in Canada that totally illustrated the principles of JasonLand. I was playing at a table on Sunday. This was a 180 degree change from the prior tables I played in, this one was uber tight. These were the kind of players that would read Dan Harrington's books and say Dan is a loose cannon. The type to limp with pocket 9's from mid position and fold to one overcard.
Of course, I pick up yet another AA from UTG. What to do? I can raise, which will likely induce a fold from everyone. I can limp, as seat 6 seems to raise about 1 out of 5 hands, then I can reraise and isolate. I guess folding is not an option. I am way ahead for the session and decide to gamble with a limp. Playing one of the aggressive tables last night I may raise to $15 and would likely get 1-3 callers. But not here. Plus if I limp, maybe there is a good story for the TNP crowd. So I limp.
Seat 6 limps as do 3 other players, the small and big blind complete and we see the flop 6 handed. OK now I have to be prepared to fold if the flop does not cooperate and there is a ton of action post flop. These guys won't raise without 2 pair or a set, so I brace myself for the flop.
The flop comes out A,2,2 with 2 spades. Man, I am running good. The two blinds check as do I. I know you guys crushed Austin for not raising with a flopped full house. If Austin knew everyone's hole cards a raise was probably the proper move. Austin did not know everyone's hole cards so I can't fault him for his smooth call. Given the range of hands Marsh Uri and I believe Martin were on a smooth call was not a bad play. He is at worse given a free card to folks with 2 outers.
Back to my hand, I am obviously in fantastic shape here, a small bet may give someone with 2 spades a reason to chase, but this table probably won't chase a paired board. I check, as does everyone else.
The next card is another 2. Well someone could have a 2 but these guys won't play a 2 unless it is A2 suited. Three of the Aces are accounted for so I have no worries. I check again. Please will someone bet. Check, check, then the guy on the button bets $10. Hooray. The blinds fold, I call everyone else folds. The final card is a K. I bet $20 hoping he has something, a pocket pair or the case A. He calls and says do you have a 2? I flip over AA which crushes his KJ. He actually was not bluffing on the turn thinking his king high was good and the river gives him another K.
The table complements me on my play and says there was no way I could have built the pot unless I limped. I realize I have some ROT here because both the flop and turn cooperated. But I was happy with my play and happy that Jasonland thinking worked out.