Thursday, February 23, 2012

Flopped quads

I played in the 7 p.m. Wednesday night $110 poker tournament at the Horseshoe. We started with 15,000 in chips. I think there were 36 runners.

During the second level (blinds were 100/50), there was one limper to the small blind who completed. I peeked and saw J 9, so checked my option. Way too early to do anything fancy.

The flop was 9 9 9. Can you say Yahtzee? It checked to the limper who bet 300. The SB and I called. The turn was a 6 and the SB bet out 1000 and we both called. I forget the river card but the SB bet another 1000 and I raised to 3200. The limper folded, but the SB called.

"I have a full house," he proudly announced as I turned over my cards to show him the bad news that he already suspected.

After that, nothing very exciting happened until the blinds were 1000/500/75. I raised to 2500 from middle position holding: K Q. The button and the small blind called.

The fireworks started when the dealer turned up the flop: K J 10.

The small blind moved all in, I moved all in and the button called my all in. The dealer told us to turn our cards over and somebody said, "I can't wait to see this."

The SB had K 10 for two pair, I had top pair and a straight flush draw, and the button had A Q for the flopped straight.

Above: The odds calculator from Card Player's online site give the odds for each of us to win the hand. Notice it doesn't add up to 100% because there are many cards to be dealt that will lead to a chop of the pot. You can click to enlarge to see the numbers better.

Unfortunately, the board bricked out. There was no heart to give me the win, and no ace to give me a tie.

After that, I was short-stacked and busted out after the second break around 10 p.m.


  1. Damned if you do; damned if you don't.

    Great example about position. Great example of gambling more as blinds progress. Great example for a Pepto-Bismol ad.

    You can make a case for what every player did as well as make a case for every player doing the opposite -- including what was the best hand on the flop.

    It is an evil game. Hero folds can be more awesome in the telling after than hero calls. I think you just demonstrated the Art Deco version of "Can you fold AA?" and friends. :)

  2. Is there a better feeling than having quads, plus someone betting into you?


  3. I heard of a football player once who complained about his quads, but I think he was talking about something different than you were.

    Refer your friend to our The Villages blog...he'll get a pretty good idea of what it's like there.

  4. Poker just seems to be such an amazing game sometimes. And everything depends on that lucky last card ...