6 MAR 07
Got right into 10/20 and doubled up. It was a very tight table and I was able to push it around with ease. Well, until one Crazy Asian decided to call my river bluff with Jack-high – and it was good! It was perhaps one of the best calls I’ve ever seen. My job was to figure out – was he really that good, or just curious?
One of my favorite Doyle Brunson quotes:
“He may go home broke, but he won’t go home curious.”
It turns out he was just the curious type. I had most of his money within the next half hour. The following hand helped.
I raise from early position with J 10 of diamonds. Crazy Asian just calls. Flop is Q 9 of diamonds for the open-ended straight-flush draw. Check, check and the turn brings the King of diamonds. I think I pooped. I announce to the table, “I can NOT bet this hand.” Remember, there is a bad beat jackpot at the ‘shoot that is sitting at $130,000. If he somehow has a set (and didn’t raise?) and quads up on the river, I take home ¼ of that jackpot.
Anyway, after my basically telling the entire table exactly what I had, he bets! I just call. The river is a blank, so I bet out. He calls and I show my king-high straight flush. It’s good for the high hand, but get this – there were two other King-high straight flushes, so I only got $67!
I’m freerolling now, so when they call me for 20/40, I’m in. Talk about a contrast of styles. 20/40 is the biggest game running, and so all the players are the usual 50/100 guys. 4 to 6 players in every hand and most pots were three bet or capped. I went from super loose to Captain Squeeky. From the big blind I call one raise into a 6 way pot with pocket threes. The flop is J 3 3. Damn right – I flopped quads! Unfortunately, this was not a super aggressive hand, so I ONLY made $400. I still got one non-believer to call me to the river.
So, I flopped quads and hit a straight flush within two hours. Of course, I bought a lottery ticket. Mega Millions stands to be the largest lottery drawing in history. It’s today and the jackpot currently sits at $355 million. They are doing the drawing in Times Square.
I can’t lose.