Sunday, May 16, 2021

Do You Really Want to Be Dealt Pocket Aces?

I play in a private tournament with friends on PokerStars couple times per month.  Typically, we allow for two rebuys per player in the first hour and we pay out the top three 50/30/20.  Here are three hands from the last two tournaments I played in:

We had 13 players and 12 total rebuys in the last $25 tournament of April.  Twenty minutes before the rebuy period was over and with less than a starting stack, I was dealt A-K and ended up all-in pre-flop vs A-A.  The flop was bad news for my opponent, Q-J-10.  He couldn't summon a K on the turn or the river.  A miracle double-up got me back in the tournament.  But my luck didn't stop there.  With seven players left, I was dealt A-K again.  There was a bet and a call that brought a K-x-x flop.  My opponent had pocket rockets.  But another K on the turn crashed his rockets and turned his chips into dust.  I was cracking aces like a Christmas nutcracker would walnuts during the holidays.

The signs were clear and the universe had spoken.  I was destined to cruise into the money.  Once I was heads up, we agreed on an even split of $250 each.

Two weeks ago I played again.  We had 11 players plus 6 rebuys.  After the rebuy period had ended, I was dealt black aces.  See how the hand played out below:
  

There you have it.  Just be careful next time you find yourself holding two bullets.

10 comments:

  1. That video is brutal although given the stack sizes he’s never really folding is he?

    I lost a big pot a couple of years back with aces. SB raises over a couple of limpers, I 3 bet from the BB. K high flop and SB bets quite large, I raise enough to put him all in. He umms and aaarhs for ages whilst all the time saying “you must have aces, you must have aces, you must have aces”. Eventually he calls and flips over AK. Turn is a King. Good game sir!

    But at the moment I’d be prepared to risk a bad beat like that just to be sat at a poker table with a beer!

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    1. I agree, he shouldn't fold the flop. We see plenty of bad beats in our little online game. I expect to see you writing a Vegas trip post before 2021 wraps up. Also, congrats on the Canaries making it back to EPL!

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    2. Thanks - I don’t hold out much hope in the Premier league next year so hope to win the league that we’ve just won again in 2 years time if we get relegated!!

      We actually just booked a trip to Vegas for Super Bowl weekend next year - obviously a long way off but it’s something to look forward to.

      Did you see about Jokanovic just being appointed manager of Sheffield Utd? Glad to see him back in English football as he did well at Watford and Fulham. I hadn’t realised that he’s from Novi Sad which is Norwich’s twin city - is that why the Novi Sad football team is called the canaries do you know?

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    3. Glad to see him back, you are the news bearer on this story! I thought Vojvodina was the Tulips not the Canaries.

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    4. You’re right about Vojvodina - I didn’t realise that the city had so many clubs!

      It’s RFK Novi Sad 1921 who are called the canaries - they play in the 5th tier and are a pretty small club

      Who are you supporting in the Champions League final this weekend?

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    5. From an article I found celebrating their 100 year existence, it said that they took the nickname because of the yellow-blue jerseys and also because of the harmonious game reminiscent of melodic cannery chirping.

      In 2012, I pulled for Ivanovic and Chelsea vs BM. This time around, I'm leaning towards Man City. And you? I had forgotten about the Europa League final and only saw the match from the 108th minute. Enjoyed watching the ending but I wish goalies didn't have to take penalties with so much on the line.

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    6. That’s interesting- must be just a coincidence and not what I thought about it relating to the link with Norwich. There are quite a few teams nicknamed the canaries - I think it’s just the yellow shirts!

      I’m probably going for Man City as the lesser of 2 evils - Chelsea aren’t a very popular team in the UK especially since Abramovich took over but Man City have effectively become the same now. But they play attractive football under Pep so as long as Chelsea aren’t just set up to park the bus then it should be a decent game

      I’m just hoping that the English players don’t get injured ahead of the Euros

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    7. I wish there were more goals. As for injuries, the Germans went to work on the Belgians :). Hungary's group is pure hell.

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  2. Rob has his Dreaded Pocket Kings and you have your Dreaded Pocket Aces?! So many people despise pocket Jacks, but part of what I like about them is that they are easier to dump. I think its uncanny the way that pocket Aces seem to go up against flopped sets more than would be expected. That being said, I'll take my chance anytime with AA!

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    1. This video is proof that it happens to the rest of us too. Sooner or later AA will get cracked but until then - keep flying with AA!

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