Wednesday, April 4, 2012
Watching an accident unfold
In the Sunday tournament at the Gold Strike Casino, I was sitting to the left of an older guy (maybe around 60ish) who was a yapper. Nice enough, but constant yap. After about two hours, he had about 70% of his starting stack.
A player from early position raised to five times the big blind. The yapper checked his hole cards and held them so I accidentally saw them: ♠A ♣J. He called, and I remember thinking, "Uh oh."
The big blind also called and the flop was dealt: A-x-x. I don't remember the low ones, but there were no straights or flushes on the board. It checked to the yapper and he made a big bet. The big blind called and the original raiser folded.
The turn was another low card. The big blind checked and the yapper made another big bet. The big blind now re-raised all in and the yapper called. He looked slightly surprised when the big blind turned over A-Q.
"Good luck everybody," he said as he headed for the rail after the river card was not a jack.
How many mistakes did the yapper make? Well, I don't have 30 minutes to go over all of them, but needless to say this was a clinic in how not to play tournament poker.
I have to say he did one thing right: He took his beat down with good spirits.
The other two players in this deal weren't exactly pristine. Do you see the mistakes they made?