I had $180 on me, so that was my buy-in at Live. This table happened to be the same table where I cashed out $980 while in seat 6. Only seat 1 was available, so I sat down. I waited one hand for the button before playing my first hand. Before the first orbit was completed, seat 6 became available. I told the dealer that I'll be moving to seat 6!
at my new favorite table, I observed the action and strength of each
player. It was fast paced and chips were flying. Plenty of action and
loose calls. It was the type of table where your buy-in could easily be
gone or you could triple-up in no time. I was ready to join the fun
since I was in my favorite seat.
I pulled of a bluff early and was up to $240. Then, I had Q♦-10♦ and called a $12 pre-flop bet from seat 9. Flop was Q♣-T♥-A♦. He bet $15 and I called. Turn was 5♥, he bet $40, and I called. River was 9♥, he bet $18, and I called. He flipped over A♣-5♣ for the win.
Down to about $130, I get 9♥-Q♥ in mid position. Seat 8 bets $12 and three of us call. Flop is A♣-T♠-9♦ and seat 8 throws out three redbirds while saying, "Forty."
Very quickly, he corrects himself and says he meant to say $14. Dealer makes him put out $40. The other two players fold quickly. I
was not ready to go away so fast and put on my thinking cap. If he had a
big ace, he would have bet more than $14. And when the dealer made him
put out $40, he wasn't too happy about it. He made a mistake with the
$40 verbal announcement.
So, it was time for me to make a decision.
Either I fold or I raise. I decided that I can represent a better ace in this spot. I announced all-in. He says, "I call"
and then mumbles something about two pair. The turn and river were
blanks. He flips over 9♣-J♣
and I win the pot. I wonder if he thought he had J,8 or 10,9 of
clubs. My read was correct but, as you can see, this was a gambling
table (including me). I could have easily lost that hand.
pocket Q-Q were good enough to win $34 from a short stack who was
all-in with 8,8. Then, seat 2, $116 behind, bet $16. There were two
callers before I raised to $100. Seat 2 goes all-in, the other players
fold, and I put in $16 more. He flips over A♦,K♦, and the board runs out Q♦-6♦-10♠-9♣-3♥. I flip over J♣-J♠ and take it down.
I look down at 9♥-6♥ and for $2 see a flop with seat 1, seat 3, and seat 5. Flop of K♥-7♦-3♠. Seat 3 bets $12 and we all call. Turn is 8♥. Seat 3 bets $30, seat 5 raises to $100 and I announce all-in. Seats 1 and 3 fold but seat 5 puts in another $120 and is all-in. River is 5♦ and I win.
In the big blind, I see the flop with seat 8 and seat 4. Flop is 2♥-7♣-5♦. Seat 4 bets and both of us call. Turn is 7♥, seat 4 bets $30, I call, and seat 8 goes all-in. Seat 4 folds. I call and the river is 3♦. He flips over J♦-7♦ and I flip over Q♣-7♠. Stack grows to over $850.
I won two or three more pots including one where my top pair held up against a straight flush draw (see here). When it was all said and done, around 9:30pm, I cashed out my biggest stack! My new personal best is turning $180 into
$1370! What is your biggest score?