I was hoping that I would end the year without hitting a downswing but it wasn't meant to be. Partially, I am to blame but the board has been as friendly as Gregg Popovich during an NBA game interview. Here are some hands that I was involved in. In some hands, you'll be asked to make decisions that my opponents were facing. I tried using a video for each hand but the quality was very poor.
Hand 1: I wish I could give you some details on the players but this hand happened shortly after I sat down. Seat 5 bets $10 UTG. You have K-K and raise to $25, and get five callers! The flop is 7-5-2. You lead out for $75 and it folds to seat 2 who moves all-in for $173 total. What do you do?
I call it off. Turn is a 2 and the river a 10. He calmly flips over 2-2 for quads! Ouch.
Hand 2: Seat 8 seemed like a sound player. Seat 2 was all over the place. Some hands he played OK and some not so much. In the BB, $200 behind, with J-9 you see the flop with seat 8 and seat 2. The flop is Q-J-3 and seat 2 bets $6. Both of you call. Turn is a blank and seat 2 bets $6 again. Both of you call again. The river is a 9. You lead out for $40, seat 8 calls, and seat 3 moves all-in for $110 total. What do you do?
I should get a tattoo that says, When a player moves all-in after a bet on the river, FOLD! We both call with J-9 and seat 3 wins with K-10.
Hand 3: Effective stacks $185. Seat 10, which was me, opens to $12. Let's play the hand as seat 1. You call with 9♦-8♦ and so do two more players. The flop is A-9-8 and seat 10 bets $20. You raise to $50. Seat 10 moves all-in for about $170. What do you do?
He called and I showed A-9 for the win.
Hand 4: In this hand, I was in seat 9 but we'll play the hand from seat 10's point of view. Seat 9 opens to $15 UTG. You make it $30 with J-J and seat 9 calls. The flop is K♠-7♥-5♥. Seat 9 leads out for $30 and you call. The blank turn is checked. The river is a K♥ and seat 9 leads out for $60. What do you do?
I thought I did enough to represent a king but the old man wasn't buying it. I showed A-Q of clubs. The check on the turn was my mistake.
Hand 5: You have K♠-K♣ UTG, $240 behind, open to $10 and get four callers. The flop is 2♦-2♠-7♠. You lead out for $40 and seat 1 goes all-in and covers everyone. Seat 5 is all-in for $170. Seat 8 is all-in for $215. Seat 9 is all-in for $125. In this hand, we are most likely behind. The pot is almost $1000, can you justify a call?
We knew we were behind but called it off. Seat 1 had A-2, seat 5 had 7-7, seat 8 A-J of spades, not sure about seat 9. There were several side pots. It was a clusterf***.
Hand 6: Seat 7 was a white guy in his 40s. Seat 8 was an annoying woman. She was tight and he was playing plenty of hands. Seat 7 bets $12 and you call with K♥-9♥ and so does seat 8. The flop is K♦-7♠-3♦. Seat 7 bets $18 and both of you call. The turn is A♠ and seat 8 bets $25. I felt like the ace on the turn didn't change anything. Both of you call. The river is the 2♣. Seat 7 bets $100 and the lady folds. What do you do?
I had put him on a flush draw, stuck to my guns and called. He showed Q-2 of diamonds for a missed flush.