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A night of poker

Tonight I went out to an American Legion game with Ben, and after being ripped off by a taxi driver who went quite the roundabout way to get to the legion, we played some poker. The game was a $40 freezeout (no rebuys), and after the taxi ride ($30) I was looking to climb out of my $70 hole. I played the tournament for a good two and half hours until busting with A8 to 22, his third duece the door card on the flop. I didn’t mind so much though, it was time for the side games! And that is where the real money is anyway.

Anyway, I sit down at a new table $1/$2 NL, a game I have avoided my entire live-ring game career, but I’ve been playing really well lately and was looking to get in a juicy game, and this game was juicyyyyy! I ended the ring game in two hours up $80 for a total night’s profit of $10, wahoo, but it was a lot of fun, especially finding out I could rock some $1/$2 NL players, haha. A few of the bigger hands in the game were:

I was flucuating a bit up and down and was playing with my chips, rolling them from one hand to the next. Anyway, I was under-the-gun next and accidentally rolled two chips into the middle of the table. I apologized and said I would just call blind since I had rolled them into the middle. I said “I have a feeling about this hand” and looked down at 97 offsuit…modest at best, but we’ll see a flop. A total of 5 people went to the flop: 8 5 6, oh a thing of beauty.

Two spades were also on the flop and the one person that took me for $40 early with a rivered straight bet out at me $2! I raised it to $8 right away, not wanting spades to stay in the pot, and we went heads up when he called.

The turn was an offsuit 3 making the board 3 5 6 8 and my opponent bet into me again, this time $5. I knew now he didn’t have spades, and he might think I had the spades. I raised him up to $20, $15 more and he thought about it. I said “You really have 47? Because that would just be sick.”

I was 70% certain he must have 47, 25% that he had flopped two pair, and left 5% in case this guy was nuts. The river brought the 4 of spades, completing the spade draw and making the board 3 4 5 6 8. He checked and I decided to bet for max value and bet $15. He said call, I made sure I heard him correctly, and told him I had flopped the high straight and he showed … 47! That one hand’s pot was over $100 and put me over the edge that I never looked back on.

It is always very important in a cash game to make sure you’re on the winning side of a hand like that, which usually means you have the nuts, but it isn’t always so cut and dry. Oftentimes when someone goes on big rushes and makes a lot of money they have to be put it great situations. If I hadn’t accidentally rolled two chips into the pot I might have never played 97o in the first place, and of course it helps to flop the nuts versus the second nuts, usually guarentees you a good payday.

Good luck in your cash games – if you have any stories of rushes you’ve been on feel free to comment below and tell us about it!

I've been playing poker for almost four years now (well before it was legal for me, woops!) Besides poker I enjoy playing the guitar and I'm very enthusiastic about pursuing Dentistry as a career. I'm currently at The Ohio State Univeristy studying Microbiology, living with three of my close friends. I'm dating a lovely girl from Australia and am looking forward to the oppurtunity to study abroad over there as well.

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