Tuesday, September 26, 2017

An amazing hand

I'm in the Memphis area for a couple of weeks. My buddy called Monday and wanted to go play in the poker tournament at Horseshoe Tunica. Do you really think I said no?

Now this was a $60 buy-in with 20 minute levels, so you can imagine that it's not the greatest structure, but I used it to practice playing a little "faster" than my normal game. With only 5000 starting chips, that's the right strategy anyway. Made the final table, but didn't cash -- only four players did.

In the evening they had same song, second verse -- another similar tournament, and that's where I saw this hand.

At the final table, two guys went all in. One had J J, and the other had A K -- your typical race that you will see in late stages of any tournament.

The flop was J 2 2. Wow! The guy with jacks flopped the joint. He has a lock, right? Well, not so fast. The turn was the 2 and the river was the 2, giving them both quad deuces with the A playing as a kicker.

They guy who flopped the full house and lost kept whining about it the rest of the night. I don't like whining at the poker table, but you know what? I don't really blame him.

Have you seen anything worse than this?


  1. In person, I've seen a boat get torpedoed by someone getting a runner-runner higher boat on the turn and river. Poker is a killer sometimes!

  2. There are hands you always remember. He just got another to add to the collection.

  3. pretty sure you can't have anything worse than this in Holdem, mathematically.

  4. I don't even know what language you're speaking! :)

  5. That's a hand you remember all your life, whether you win, lose, or just witness it.

  6. Have you seen anything worse than this?

    Of course I have. JJ was 99.3% favorite on the flop. The hand that happened to me (http://mrsubliminal.blogspot.com/2017/06/my-worst-bad-beat-ever.html), quads beaten by a straight flush, was even worse as I was a 99.7% favorite on the flop.

  7. Years ago I was playing 10/20 limit Texas Hold-em. There were 9 players at the table. 6 of us maxed the raises pre-flop with $40 each going in ($240 in the pot). I had AA. The flop came A,10,6 rainbow. 5 of us maxed out the bets on the flop. ($440 in the pot). The turn brought a 2 with no flush possible. 4 of us maxed out the bets; ($320 that round with $770 total in the pot). The river was another 2. I felt so confident with my hand being Aces full & to lose a $1,000 pot playing limit poker to some guy that played 22 the whole way caused my jaw to hit the floor. Wild game. ohcwowboy12go

  8. saw something similar to this years ago player A qq player B AK flop Q1010 turn and river a 10

  9. Hey, I didn't know you were back blogging again! How are you doing?

    I haven't blogged in ages myself.

    I barely play bridge any more and only get in a little poker now and then. Speaking of which, I was at the Detroit MGM a few months back and it was a pretty surreal casino experience. Different from any other casino I'd been to. The "high limit" room started at a meager $50/bet on a Saturday night. They had a table game there that is dealt nowhere else in the world. When I went to play poker, I asked the floor guys if we could run it twice and he asked me what that meant. I sat in a 1/3 PLO game but the min call/bet was actually $5! You should give it a try if you haven't been!

    As far as the bad beat you described, it's only feels insanely bad because of how the board ran out. Mathematically, the AK guy had runner runner A, runner runner K, and runner runner 2 as outs, which isn't that bad, certainly not as bad as this hand I remember: http://ramblingsandgamblings.blogspot.com/2009/07/poker-at-south-point-weirder.html

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