Saturday, August 15, 2009
Food for thought
I just finished weeding the tomatoes and eggplant in the hoop house. A lot of quack grass, a few thistles (doing their best to get through my gloves) and a variety of nightshades: the weed, tomatillos and some yellow pear and Roma tomatoes from seasons passed. While working I got to thinking about last night’s game, and while on ice for a bit, I thought I’d relate it.
Fish limps from middle position, I find JQo and do the same. Santa follows suit and R raises to 3 x BB on the Button. Easy call when Fish does, and easier still for Santa. The flop is AsQcJs. With $13.50 in the pot, Fish bets $3. I raise it another $3 and Santa insta-jams for about $50. R tanks, which gives me plenty of time to think.
Now, right away I knew I was going to fold. What I was trying to figure out was what everyone had. What did Santa have? K 10 off and was trying to push off the flush draw? AQ? No, he would have raised preflop. Could we have the same hand? Perhaps, but unlikely. He would have raised preflop with Jacks as well.
And R? He was so reluctant to fold. I knew I had Fish with his Ace feeler bet. The key for R was his relatively small pre-flop raise. With a big Ace, Kings, Queens and maybe even Jacks in the hole, he would have bet more, something like $6, or perhaps even higher, for Fish had already cracked his Kings once with a naked Ace. I guessed A 10 suited. Top pair and a gutshot. He had to also be thinking about the bet, raise, re-raise scenario that had just happened, and if he wasn’t, the new guy (talk the talk) made note of it and shared with the table (home games…sheesh). R said, “Fold” yet held onto his cards. Fish folded as well. I said, “There’s no way I can call you,” and, with the hope I’d be reciprocated, showed my two pair. To my pleasure, everyone obliged. R did indeed hold A10 suited. He had Fish dominated with A7 off! Santa showed AJoff.
Posted by bastinptc at 4:20 PM