Sunday, June 11, 2006

Family Pot



In a 20/40 holdem game in Lake Charles a few years ago (it was at the old Players Casino) I was in the big blind with QQ.

Action city. By the time the action got to me it was at 3 bets and I was the 8th active player. I capped it. 8-way action. The small blind had folded so I was going to be first on the flop.

Flop came QQJ with two hearts. I bet. No slowplaying this pot, it's too big, they'll call is what I thought.

Call hell. It was capped with 7 way action by the time the pot got back around to me.

The turn put a little heart on the board. I bet. Capped again and we didn't lose anybody. We saw the river 7-handed.

The river brought a black 9. This time there were only two raises and I got a chance to cap it. There were 5 who called the bet, but one hand folded AA faceup when he had to call 3 raises on top of that, so there was only 4 hands at the showdown.

There was my 4 queens. Jacks full. Ace high flush. King high straight.

On the flop the raises had come from the AA, the jacks full, and the straight draw.

On the turn the raises had come from the jacks full, the flush, and the straight draw.

On the river the raises came from jacks full, the straight, then me.

God bless them all.

4 Comments:

Blogger DMW said...

Wow, must have been great back in the day to sit at a 20-40 table where people didn't know holdem.

11:53 PM  
Blogger Gary Carson said...

One thing that was really great about it that was there were always a couple of clowns at the table who'd studied Hold 'em Poker for Advanced Players and thought that they understood hold'em backwards and forwards.

They never did understand that the author of that book thought that the kind of game they were playing in didn't exist.

6:56 AM  
Blogger DuggleBogey said...

Before the rake, my math gets me to $3,080. How much did you toke?

1:56 PM  
Blogger Gary Carson said...

I don't remember. I don't remember who was dealing. Probably $1.

Tipping more just because the pot is bigger is silly. If there had been some all in players and side pots, or other such extra effort required then an extra tip might make sense.

I might not have tipped anything. At any room I've ever played at regularly there has always been one or two totally incompetent dealers that I almost never tipped.

There were also two dealers there that also dealt blackjack and they always took care of me when I was in the pit. Those two dealers did often get extra tips from me, but not at the table.

Dealers split tips there -- poker and pit tips got combined and split evenly.

5:15 PM  

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