At 400/800, I broke my all in pre flop rule out of desperation. I looked down to discover my least favorite hand in poker.
The vaunted AQo – OH YUCK. I knew I was going to raise being as I was on the button, I was just figuring out how much when the under the gun player announced a raise, then the next to positions called and called.
What the hell???
At this point, I felt my only option was to shove my 13 big blinds and hope that I could convince them to fold. In doing the math, which I admittedly suck at, I figured that by shoving I would not be giving them the correct odds to call.
I quietly said, “All In”. This put the under the gun player into a tail spin. So much so that he attempted to swear under his breath, but it went over his breath and looked nervously around the table.
I suspected he had an ace with a weak kicker. I am screaming on the inside, “Reraise all in reraise all in.”
I figured if he were to reraise all in, I would get some protection and the other two callers would fold.
Alas, it was not to be, after thinking about it and counting out his chips and looking at me and looking at my stack and counting my stack which was already in the middle. He folded.
NO NO NO, I thought. The next position folded also. YEAH! Only one more to fold and the pot is mine.
Nope, the third player called. He flipped up 2,2 and I flipped over AQo. Of course, the initial raiser was like, “I had you on AQ, I knew it I knew it.”
On the inside, I am saying, “Well, pat yourself on the back fella’”
I had the third player covered so I could breathe a bit easier.
The board came J,Q,4 – Turn 9 – River 6!
It essentially was a double up for me so I was quite pleased at that point.
What did the original raiser have? 10,8s of course.
Now the table got to listen to him moan about him having a straight had he not folded. That was fun.
Over the next few levels nothing notable happened.
Finally, at 1000/2000, I woke up with KTo.
Well, I didn’t quite wake up to be honest. You see, a strategy I implement is to pretty much raise with anything going into a break. I thought this might be extremely useful at The Player’s Club due to only having one bathroom.
In tournaments, breaks are given so that players can hit the bathroom, get a quick smoke in or even head to the bar to quaff a beer if need be.
One of the weapons I use is the raise before the break. Most people mentally check out once a break is announced. They are looking to get the jump in the bathroom line, getting outside to smoke so they can have an extra drag on a cigarette or in this case, get the add on out of the way, etc.
I take full advantage of this, pretty much if I have any face card, I am raising if there are no limpers and I am first in. Heck, I may raise even if there are limpers.
So I announce, “RAISE” – and plunk down 3 purple 500 chips. Much to my chagrin, the dealer says, “There is already an all in and since you said raise, you have to play the hand.”
OH CRAP!!! Oh let’s be honest, a bit stronger word came to my mind. I had had a fairly tight image at this point and this one hand was going to blow that to smithereens.
Even worse, a person behind me announced his all-in.
At that point, I was what I call “Stack committed” which means that there is so little of my stack left, I might as well call and hope for the best.
So that is exactly what I did. HOPE HOPE HOPE.
Now in poker when you have multiple all ins, the worst hand has a good chance of winning. In fact, some players actually will use this as a strategy. If there is two all ins, they call with almost anything.
The other two players quickly turned over their hands. To my surprise and relief they both had KQo.
Why relief? Because, they were canceling out each other. By both having the same two cards, there was two less cards in the deck that could complete their hand.
I, sheepishly, flipped over my KTo. BLAMMO, cover blown, “Mr. Tight Nit Guy” was no more. My only relief was the fact that half the table had walked away to start their break early.
Flop comes 5,T,9. wOOt wOOt. Turn – 5, River – 3.
Sometimes it is better to be lucky than good.