I played a short session recently and it didn't go well. I lost most of my stack in a pot where I thought the outcome would be a chop. My A-A-5-5-Q was no match for A-A-Q-Q-8. I played it bad and we all know that playing for a chop is a foolish goal.
This weekend I got a chance to redeem myself. I was seated right away. I took seat 4 since it was the only one open. I had to double check that the game was $1/$3 because there were plenty of big stacks. The player in seat 5 left shortly after my arrival so I scooted over to get a bit more legroom.
For the first 45 minutes the game was nothing special. I was up $45 and sitting on $245. Everything changed when a Middle Eastern guy sat down in seat 4 and bought in for $500. Let's call him Amir.
The button was in seat 3 and the dealer asked Amir, "Do you want to wait one hand and play for free or play now and pay $4?" Without hesitation Amir said, "I'll play now." That was the first sign that he was not your regular poker player.
On that hand, seat 8 opened to $15, seat 2 made it $45, and Amir called immediately. Seat 8 also called. All the money went in on the flop of 3♥-2♣-5♣ and the pot ballooned to over a $1000! Seat 8 had over cards A-Q (and a gutshot draw), seat 2 was in the lead with 9♣-9♦, and Amir held J♣-8♣. Here is how the board ran out. Seat 8 rebought.
Amir was friendly and talkative. He said he got lucky but that he was there to have fun and play. After winning that pot, he started raising every hand pre-flop to $20 unless he was in the BB or SB. Many times he didn't even look at his cards pre-flop. He would just say to the table he was raising blind.
He bet pre-flop without looking at his cards. The flop was 3-6-7. He bet or called each street and at the end showed 5-6 for the win. He also won with J-5 that turned into a full house. His 10-4 became trip tens on the flop and won another pot. His stack was above $1700 in less than 30 minutes from the time he sat down!
Here I was, sitting to the left of the most active player who had a huge stack and would open any two. I told myself to buckle-up because this was going to be a wild game.
Seat 8 was Amir's biggest nemesis. He bet and Amir called without hesitation. The flop was 9-6-Q and seat 8 bet and Amir called again. The turn was a 6 and seat 8 bet $150 and Amir called. The river was a 9 and Amir bet $200. Seat 8 wasn't happy then reluctantly called. Amir showed 2♥-9♥ and scooped another huge pot! Seat 8 darted to the ATM so he could rebuy again. At this point, Amir was up to $2,200!
Then he went up against seat 6 who had J-J. Amir won the pot holding 2-8 when the board ran out:
His stack went from $500 to $2,700 in less than 90 minutes. But then his luck started to turn. He bet blind and called a raise from the guy in seat 8. The flop was K-10-2 and he called. Seat 8 bet the 8 on the turn and Amir called. On the river, Amir led out for $100 and seat 8 made it $355. Amir called holding 10-x.
I got a chance to get in the mix. I called $25 with 6♠-6♣ pre-flop after Amir bet. Seat 7 also called and we saw a flop of Q♥-K♠-3♥. Amir tapped the table once, I tapped right behind him, and seat 7 quickly checked as well. But as the dealer was flipping over the turn card, Amir said, "Wait, I want to bet." The turn was 6♥. Apparently he didn't know that tapping the table was considered a check. The dealer took the time and explained to him the rule. He bet $40, I called, and seat 7 folded. The river was another 3♣. He bet $60 and I made it $170. Unfortunately, he folded.
In the big blind with K-6, I saw the flop with seat 2, Amir, and seat 6. The flop was K♥-6♠-8♠. Amir lead out for $25, I called, seat 6 folded, and seat 2 called. The turn was 3♥ and Amir bet $25 again. I called and seat 2 made it $60. Amir called and I took some time to decide what to do. The board was getting sticky with two flush draws. I doubt seat 2 had a set. Most likely he had a king. Not wanting to give any more cards for cheap, I moved all-in for $337. Seat 2 took a while and said that I probably had a set and folded. Amir folded as well.
In the last hand I was involved in, I had 9♣-8♣. The flop was J♣-8♦-5♣. On the flop, Amir bet $20 and I called. The turn was 8♥ and he bet $20 again. I raised to $50 and he called. The river was K♣ and he bet $20. I raised to $80 and he called with J-x. That got me over $800 and I cashed out an orbit later.
As for Amir, when I picked up, his stack had dwindled down to $300. From $500 to almost $3,000 and then down to $300 in two hours, it was a crazy game of poker.