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Friday, February 11, 2005

Positive, But A Negative  

Since Hawk had gotten into a car accident, our home game was put on hold for this week, but I still felt the urge, so I went to the cardroom. Turns out we coulda had a home game anyway, 'cause when I called Hawk on the way up to check up on him, he was game for some poker, too. Which turned out pretty good for me.

After about 45 minutes, my table was broken up, and I had yet to play a hand past the flop. I moved over to Hawk's table, one seat behind him, so we were able to shoot the shit for about 20 minutes or so. Then, I caught A-Jo in late position, and, after a rainbow flop of K-Q-10, I had a the nuts. Unless there was a runner runner s00ted, or the board paired, I was golden. Neither came, and by the time the river came, it was only Hawk and I. He had been betting aggressively, and so had I, with each street being capped. Finally, he went all in, and cursed loudly, 'cause he was holding J-9... he'd flopped the second nuts. We said our goodbyes, and he left me with a nice chip stack in front of me.

Another hour went by, and my chip stack continued to remain up. I had decided to leave before the blind got back around, and after racking my chips, I had a few chips left to play around with, so I decided to play one last hand. I catch Ah-5h, and seeing as I love nut-flush pocket cards, I call the BB. Before I get into this hand, lemme just point out that this was my biggest mistake. If I had raised... well, you'll see.

Anyway, someone in late position raises, and 7 people call (pot currently at $42).

The flop comes: Jh-6h-4c

The blinds check through, and I bet out, because I know I'm gonna be playing this hand to the river, and might as well get the pot up. The guy behind me, who limped in, raises, and after two limp in, another raises. The 3-bet comes back to me, and I cap it. Amazingly, no one has dropped out yet, so the pot's currently at $126. The turn comes, and it's a the Ten of spades. The blinds check again, and I bet out. The guy behind me raises, and some people finally fold. It gets back to me, and I waiver a bit, simply calling the two-bet, and there's four people going into the river, with the pot at $150. Fifth street comes, and it's a doozy, the 4 of hearts.

I've hit my nut flush, but the board has paired. I'm first up to bet, and obviously I do. I get raised behind me, and the other two players drop out. I'm thinking there's a chance he may be playing a King high flush as a winner, so I re-raise, knowing I have that hand beat. And when he simply calls, I think I am money.

I flip over my cards, and say "I got the nut flush, if you've got a boat, you got me." He pauses for a split second and I swear I have him... then he flips over 6-4 off.

I couldn't believe it. A pot of $186 that I was nearly guaranteed to take was just pulled out from under me by a hand I myself probably wouldn't call from the small blind. Amazingly, I kept my cool and congratulated him... it's one of the biggest pots I'd ever seen, and the guy deserved it.

So, that was a horrible beat, and instead of leaving up $118 (if I had just left and not played the hand) or $250 (if I had taken the pot), I left with an extra $70. Not bad, but nothing spectacular either. But, after my take on Monday, I'll be using my winnings to buy a satellite seat for some time in March.

posted by Holz | 1:40 AM | Rant & Rave, Bitches! (4)


I say next time? You post in English.

By Blogger bmh, at 2/11/2005 9:04 AM  

I second that motion.

By Blogger Kate, at 2/11/2005 9:15 AM  

No, no, I'm finally starting to understand a little bit more every time. Keep up these posts so I can learn. I mean, if they were in English I wouldn't have to learn, but then I wouldn't know how to beat Kamin when he invites me up expecting me to be an easy kill. lol

By Blogger Stan, at 2/11/2005 9:29 AM  

Kate-- I now have Smokey Robinson stuck in my head.

And I've watched some poker (CPS, WPT) so I get about a handful of the things you say. The rest is a continuous stream of 'nut flushes' and 'nice stacks' that are just aching to be dirty.

By Blogger bmh, at 2/11/2005 11:31 AM  

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