It's been a sideways dance at the poker tables lately. I win a session and then I lose a session. Here is how I gave back the last win.
I open to $10 with A♣-J♠. I get two callers. The flop is 2♣-2♦-9♠ and we check it all around. The turn is J♦ and I bet $20. Only the short stack calls. The river is a 6♦ and I bet $20. He moves all in for $48 total. I payoff his Q♦-10♦ flush.
I call $10 with A-J and see a flop with the bettor two seats to my right. The flop is J-3-8 and he bets $15. I call and we see a 6 on the turn. This time he bets $20 and I call. The river is a 2 and he bets $20. I raise to $65 and he thinks for a bit and calls with A-A.
I'm dealt J♣-2♣ in BB. Seat 10 bets $7, I call, and so does seat 9. The flop is 2♠-7♥-4♣. Seat 9 bets $5 and we both call. The turn is J♥ and seat 9 bets $7. Seat 10 calls and I raise to $25. Both make the call. In my head, I'm screaming no heart, no heart. The poker gods send the 6♥ on the river. Seat 9 checks, seat 10 bets $50 and only the dumb author of this blog calls. He only shows me the stone cold nuts A♥-10♥. I think this is one of the worst calls I've made in a long time.
I straddle for $5 and get 6 callers. I look down at A,T and move all-in for $122. Everyone folds except seat 9. He thinks about it and calls all-in $90. Board runs out 2♣-4♦-5♣-3♥-9♣ and he flips over Q♣-T♣ for the flush.