By Bill Patty
You know those times when everything goes right. When your aces hold up on a regular basis and you just know your flush draws will get there. When you miss your straight draw but make two pair instead for the winner. When you fold preflop and avoid the sting of the river. When you play small pairs and know you will flop a set. 2018 has been that way for me so far. This recent hand is an example.
It was around noon and the morning players were stuck sufficiently for the $4/8 game to be perfect for me—loose and passive. I was on the button in a kill pot when I looked down at 2-2 after three limpers. I called. The small blind, who was also the killer, raised. The big blind went all-in, a few chips short of the raise, and the rest of us called.
The flop was A-10-10 rainbow. To my surprise, everyone checked to me. What a perfect time for a reputation bet! I bet eight. Also to my surprise, everyone called. What the heck! I felt like Rodney Dangerfield. Well, nice try.
A 2 came on the turn. At this point I think all the players at the table believed I had an ace with a large kicker. Again, everyone checked to me and I put 16 blue chips in front of me. The small blind made a little speech about how he had to call because the pot was so big and he had two outs. Everyone else called as well. No, I am not making this up!
The river was a 9. I bet after it was checked to me, and the small blind couldn’t get away from his pocket jacks and gifted me another 16 chips. The others, who apparently had gut-shot straight draws or maybe medium pairs, folded and I quickly flipped over my pocket deuces. Everyone gets to see the jacks and the big blind groans and flashes me a J-10 before he calls it a day.
That is the poker definition of “when it all goes right.” I still wish somebody would have folded on the flop!
Speaking of everything going right, my buddy, LA, hit a progressive royal flush on March 23 for $3,000 in the $4/8 game. On March 24 he returned and hit another one. What? Then, on April 6, he hit his third royal in two weeks!
After hearing him complain all year about never hitting a royal in his 37 years of playing poker, I think he will have to find something else to harp about. The poker gods went crazy on this one! Good for you, buddy!
People and Places
I have been staying close to home the last few months, but we all know what is coming up. Hello 2018 World Series of Poker. I look forward to playing at least one event and visiting some of my favorite cardrooms: The Orleans, The Venetian, The Bellagio, and maybe one of the tournament events at The Golden Nugget. I hope it all goes right!
Until next time, enjoy your game and call me when I bet the river!