I’ve got a few peculiar hands for you this week. It’s always nice to be pleasantly surprised in poker when you see their cards and that’s what happened with these hands.
My only forays onto the tables this week have been 10-20 minute blasts of Speed poker playing as many tables as I possibly can. There used to be a limit where you could play a maximum of 10 tables of Speed Poker but you can exceed that now if you mix up your stakes. So this month I’ve been steaming into 14, 16 and as sometimes as many as 20 tables of micro stakes poker at once. I’ve got a big screen with high resolution so even playing 20 tables they don’t overlap. It’s hard going playing all these tiny little tables as fast as I can which is probably why I can only manage very short sessions. It’s more like a “whack-a-mole” computer game than a test of poker skill and absolutely not to be recommended if you want to improve your game. I just do it to get my little “hit” of poker.
Playing this many tables has the obvious danger of missing your hand. It happens all the time and on one hand where my time was running down rapidly I spotted I had KK. Facing a raise and a call I decided to just over shove all in. That way I wouldn’t miss and future action no matter what. I got called and I got called again.
Getting called in two places often spells KK vs AA at Speed Poker – even at tiny stakes and that’s something I’ll happily live with because KK six handed is a hand to bust out with. But this time no! Look at what they had.
K-Qo and J-9s! I could have had ten guesses at either hand and still not got either right.
Well that was a pleasant surprise. No ace to dodge as well. This is still a hand ripe for a bad beat mind – but KK managed to stay in front. I’m guessing the K-Qo guy put me on a small pair and thought he would be in a race.
I remember the final hand of the 2009 WSOP main event (slightly larger stakes :) ) when Darvin Moon and Joe Cada got it all in with Q-Js against 99. Darvin Moon had clocked that Cada was over shoving his small pairs so he called with Q-Js hoping to be in a race. Indeed he was racing against Cada’s 99 but unfortunately for him he couldn’t hit. That’s the trouble with these heroic calls. Even when you are right you are still a small underdog.
Next I played this hand where I turned a lucky set and got in a raising battle with my opponent. He bet, I raised and he raised me back. I started to think he must have had a better set than me, especially the way we’d all checked the flop. He must have been slow playing…….
We ended up all in and the spade on the river would have helped him……if he’d been on a flush draw. But he had this :
4-5 suited. Now it’s one thing trying to push someone off a hand with a draw but how much fold equity does he think he’s got here?
Strangest hand of the week has to go to this guy though.
He calls me preflop and he calls on the flop. with J-3 offsuit! Notice how he is actually raising on the turn, when it’s about 30c to call and he is literally a million to one to get a fold. These can’t be mis-clicks, not that many in one hand. And there was me thinking “Darn he must have a nine”. I mean WTF?
I know we are looking at micro stakes hands but even so, these plays are pretty weird!