Sunday, February 24, 2019

Mighty deuce-four strikes again

Above: The Seminole Hard Rock Tampa is the venue for the Tampa Poker Classic now being played.

If you read poker blogs or are an experienced player, you probably know that the deuce-four is the strongest starting hand in poker. Cyber-friend Bob Wooley, also known as The Poker Grump, has espoused its magical powers for many years, so we affectionately call the deuce-four The Grump.

Yesterday, I played in Day 1E of the Tampa Poker Classic. Out of 1128 runners, 179 of us advanced to Day 2, being played later today. First place pays $58,835, so worth shooting for. I have 124,000 chips where the big blind is about to go to 2000/4000 with 4000 big-blind ante, so sitting in the middle of the field.

I won my largest pot during the qualification yesterday with, you guessed it, The Grump. The big blind was 1000 and there were three limpers to me on the button. I looked down to see 4 2. I could have raised, but decided to slow play and just called. Both blinds came along and the pot was 7000 (big blind was 1000).

The flop was 3 3 5. A player bet 4000, one player called and I just called. The turn was the A -- was there ever any doubt? The same player bet 6000, the second player folded and I sprang my trap by raising to 13,500. The villain called and the river was the 10. Villain checked and I bet 15,500. The villain went into the tank. This was the last hand before the break, so others left the table. Finally he called and I tabled my hand.

Besides winning a huge pot, the look on his face was priceless. Obviously, he hasn't heard about the power the The Grump. I went to the bathroom, and came back to the table. The villain was sitting there with a dazed look on his face, like he'd just been run over by a Mack truck that he didn't see coming. Maybe he'll learn, but perhaps not.

Info on the tournament can be found here. Prize pool info here. Chip stack sizes here.

UPDATE: Finished 20th for $2593, See here. I had hopes for better. Why does winning money not feel good?

New event starts today (Monday and Tuesday are four Day 1s, reconvene Wednesday at 12 noon if you bag chips).


  1. I'm sitting here chuckling over this hand. Didn't know the name "the Grump" but have known of its power for years. Good luck, Memphis!

  2. And the guy is muttering "What the heck ..." Great play! Good luck - big finish.

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