Saturday, January 7, 2012
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.