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Saturday, January 7, 2012

The Ups And Downs Of Poker

Ahhh . . . the ups and downs of poker.

We had 11 runners assemble at the poker table last Thursday at J-Dawgs, the most we've had in a while. Bobby Dee smoked a brisket, which was awesome. Once everyone had their fill we started pitching cards.

It was an evening of big winners and losers in this $20 buy-in, dealer's choice limit game. Unfortunately, I was on the "loser" side of the equation, dropping $17 on the evening. Bobby Dee was the big winner, collecting a little north of $50, including the High Hand Jackpot that he won with quad aces. Gentleman Jim also cashed out for around $50, with Glass Man getting beat up to the tune of $45.

Friday night was much better for me. Lil' Annie Okie and I got heads up in Tin Man's $5 NLHE Tourney, with Annie holding an 8-1 chip advantage. I hit a good run of cards and was able to pull even and we ended up chopping the prize money.

The $2 buy-in cash game was also profitable. The biggest pot I was involved in was with Big Daddy and Philly Phanatic. Philly had raised 2.5X the big blind and I called with Q-T soooted from the BB. Big Daddy also came along for the ride. The flop had two of my suit, one a king, so I was drawing to the second nut flush draw. I checked, as did Big Daddy, and Philly tossed in a 1/3 pot bet. Both Big Daddy and myself called.

The turn brought an ace, which completed my flush and I was sitting on the nuts at this point. I checked my monster, counting on Philly to do the heavy lifting for me. Big Daddy checked behind. Philly didn't disappoint, pushing in his remaining chips.


I hem-hawed for a minute, hoping to get Big Daddy to stay in. I called as did Big Daddy, sliding his remaining chips forward. Philly tabled A-K for top two pair, and Big Daddy showed K-J. The river was harmless and I raked in a nice $10 pot.

I walked away with an extra $29 in my pocket, giving me a $12 profit for the week.

Next week begins our Vegas Or Bust Poker League, so you can expect an upcoming report.

Till next time, win the flips.


  1. Good start to the year Lucki, you're getting to be a cash game whiz. Good luck in your league

  2. Some thoughts:

    1) "Bobby Dee smoked a brisket"

    Is that what you Texas guys do to catch a buzz?

    2) Quads seem to show up pretty regularly in your games.

    3) "I called with Q-T soooted"

    If J-10 is The VJ, will Q-T now be called The Duck?

    4) "The river was harmless"

    Obviously playing a home game. If this had been a report of an online hand we all know that an Ace or King would have surfaced on the river. : o )


  3. GL in the Vegas or Bust League. Love to see you win a seat to the WSOP.

  4. @ neo- Not too sure about being a whiz, but I'll take a win anytime!

    @ lightning- I think the reason we get quads so much is because we have a hard time seeing the cards after smoking brisket, so we take our best guess :)

    "The Duck" . . . I like it!

    Online poker does seem to stick it to you on the river more often than live.

    @ MOJO- Thanks! I hope I can win a seat too!