It's been a wild month for me. After starting out average, I decided to visit an old friend who got a new place for playing Poker. I had a bad run of cards and when I started getting cards, people were cracking me with junk 2-pair hands. Before I new it I had lost my entire month's winnings and then some. I went on a Friday night heater hitting set after sets, getting my stack up to almost $1K, then proceeded to donkie it off in more suck outs and bad calls. While I ended the night a winner, I still lost more then $600 from the top and felt terrible. I should have just quit after making $700. The next night was another losing sessions after a flush draw chaser cracked my AQ hand on a draw. I had to commit my entire stack since I was ahead and he hit his flush and straight.
But last night I had my return. The night started out with Hold'em and I was getting cards and callers. I didn't make much money since most of the players knew when to fold. I had KKs vs JJs. Aces vs KQ and Kings again. Everyone folded on the flop and I made about $50. Everyone was playing pretty solid and unless a donkie showed up I didn't feel like I was going to make much this night.
The table decided to switch to Omaha. Now, the action was heating up. I went on an Omaha heater run and quickly went from $240 to over $700. It's hard to remember any pivotal hands, since I played so many hands with Omaha. But it seem like I couldn't lose for the longest time. Here are some memorable moments.
- Set over Set: Stan raises it $10 and 4 callers including my self. I have pocket sixes in the hole and 2 other big cards. The flop is 2 6 10. I just flopped middle set. I bet the pot and Stan re-raises me the pot. I am thinking that this guy knows how I play, would he do this without having top set? I smooth call him. The turn is a blank and I check. Stan bets the pot again, basically putting me all in. I call. The river is another blank. Stan shows bottom set of 222s and a flush draw that misses. I more then doubled up to over $450.
- Full House over Nut Flush: It's an unraised pot with 5 limpers at $2 each. I have pocket fives. The flop is 5 9 7 all clubs. I just flopped bottom set, but scared of the flush so I check under the gun. The button bets $10 and Jessica calls and I call. I figure they must have a flush, but its cheap for me to draw to my boat. The turn is a blank and I check. The button bets $25 and Jessica calls and so I call. Not, sure what is going on I pray for the board to pair. The river is a nine and just what I needed, but I have bottom boat, Fives full of 99s so I check. The button checks and Jessica thinks for a while and checks. Showdown... Jessica says she has the Ace high nut flush. I am surprised and say I have the boat. Lesson here is if you flop the nuts, you better bet it... I understand her thinking here. She new that since I was in the pot that I must have a set. She wanted to minimize her losses and knowing that I probably would not fold a set. It is a cautious play that I would not advise. As the saying goes, "scared money never makes money..."
- Set over 2-pair: A new guy raises to $10 and I see him as a maniac player. I never played with him before but I seen him make some moves. I have pocket 88s with and an Ace. The flop is A 8 5. I just flopped middle set and top 2 pair. I pot it and he calls and Jessica calls. The turn is a 10 and I pot it again. He re-pots me and puts himself all-in. Jessica folds and I call. He says he has top 2 pair but never shows as he sees my set of Eights. Jessica said she had also had A8 and flopped top 2 pair. She made a really good fold. Lesson here is that in Omaha 2-pair is nothing. Don't bet unless you have the nuts or a set or better. It's that simple...
- Boat over Boat: Now I am playing every hand. I keep getting good cards and double suited. On this flop it is 477. I have Ace 7 5 K and I see the maniac player pot it at $30. I call him. This is a dangerous situation because you have to assume the guy betting has a full house already. The turn is a 6 and I check. He bets $60 and I call. The river is a 5. I just filled up, but check it to him starring him down.. He decided to check. He shows pocket 44s. He flopped a the bottom boat. I rivered a bigger boat and take down the ~$200 pot.
- Nut Straight over Lower Straight: All I can say is good fold Jessica..
- The Nut Low: We played a round of High-Low 8 or lower. I flopped the wheel with 34 and a board of A25. The only other player folded to my bet after I said I floped the nuts. I was having fun and didnt really care since I was up over $700 now...