You’ll like this one.
I was doing my usual “just-bored-playing-12 tables-of-Speed-poker-at-2-o’clock-in-the-morning” and I managed to get my straight flush outdrawn.
I’ll repeat that. I got a straight flush outdrawn. This had never happened to me before in my entire life and to put this into perspective, I’ve had 13 or 14 royal flushes playing Texas Holdem but never, ever, have I had a straight flush outdrawn before. Until last night that is.
It’s a good job I only play speed Poker for “fun”, although even at the 0.02-0.05c and 0.05-0.10c stakes I managed to lose $60 in about 20 minutes. That’s what happens when you 3-bet 12% of your hands preflop (with a VPIP of 41.2%….in Speed Poker….oh deary me). All I can say is that it’s a good job I don’t play poker drunk any more. Mind you, who needs to play drunk when your hand selection is so refined you re-raise with 3-2s while playing 11 other tables?
That’s how I managed to achieve this never-to-seen-before feat (or to-be-seen-again feat I hope). Poker pursists look away now, this gets ugly.
Four handed I was on the button and I decided to 3-bet the raiser with my powerhouse of 3-2s. Well 3-2s is a monster, right? So you go ahead and raise that hand. No need to wait for a better one because I’m only getting dealt 1500 hands an hour.
He then proceeded to 4-bet me – and seeing we know from this picture he is only holding K-Q offsuit I’m sure we can agree with is a bit cheeky of him. But that would be the pot calling the kettle black I suppose – plus I’d probably 3-bet him seven times already this session and he might just be on to me.
Having called his 4-bet with the intention of just folding the flop, or shoving all in on the flop – or whatever bone headed play came into mind at that split second – I managed to hit my miracle flush. I say “miracle” because flopping a flush is in fact 118-1 and that’s pretty darned unlikely. What’s even better is that he has the King of hearts and even better still is that the beautiful 4h falls on the turn when I decided to call his c-bet.
Aha! I now hold a straight flush so have summa that – Mr “I like to 4-bet with KQo out of position”.
Observant (and persistent) readers might remember last week’s hand of the week when I said Andoni Larrabe was drawing to the “idiot end” of the straight in the WSOP final table in a slightly bigger game than this one. Well I suppose in theory I have the “idiot end” of the straight flush. There is a potentially higher straight flush but you know what, I’ll take the idiot end of a straight flush any day. There’s only one card in the deck that can chin you. Now deal me a river !
The only hand that beats me is one containing the 8 of hearts and seeing as he 4-bet me preflop I just can’t entertain that idea. We both checked the turn. He could be trapping me, which is funny seeing what I’m holding. Perhaps he didn’t want to lose me by betting the turn. I’m planning on shoving the river of course. Speaking of the river, the absolute worst card in the deck completed the board.
Well bugger that for a laugh. A split pot! I suppose it could have been worse – he could have held the 9 of hearts for a bigger straight flush but even when he shoved I wasn’t too concerned about the 9h for the same reason I wasn’t concerned about the 8h.
Luckily we were playing tin pot stakes I suppose. Much as that irked me, I’d really hate for that to happen in a proper game.
Poker eh? The game that keeps throwing up these surprises even when you think you’ve seen it all.
OK, for my NEXT trick: consecutive royal flushes. Or….how about being dealt AA three times in a row? No I’d probably get them all beaten. How about a hand where someone calls an all in on the river with 3-2 offsuit for a split pot because he correctly works out his opponent has the same hand, announces “I know you’re bluffing”….”BUT I’M POT COMMITTED!”
Surely that’s never happened before? Probably best I don’t try to be the first.