Played the 8-Game again last night, but just for an hour as I didn't have much time due to a cluster-f that is still playing out with DW's vehicle. Let's just say I went to save the day but the dragon had other ideas.
Same mix of players. Not the same players, just the same types. Stan is to my left, so I know who I have to fear. I have a LAGtard to my right. I've been at the table eight hands or less and I know he is what he is. One of my usual PLO foes is sitting across from me. He's not the best player in the world, yet he's capable enough.
We are in the PLO round. I am in middle position with Qc9hKsJc (for some reason the hand converters I use don't like 8-Game hands), and my PLO foe raises the pot from UTG. I call. Everyone else folds. The flop is beautiful...almost: JhAhTc. The foe bets out 2/3 of the pot. I pot it. He pots it. I tank.
I'm good right now but with no redraw. A heart can kill me. The question centers around his bet. Why the small bet and then a re-raise? He may have the same hand as me, only with a redraw. Yet, he may be trying to take the odds away from me as if I have a draw. I am really on the fence here. If I call, we're flipping for stacks. What would Hwang do? I just can't lay this hand down... or can I?
I jam and he calls. I am stunned to see Qh8dAs9d. The turn is the 7s, nothing. The river brings the Ad and I frantically look at his holdings again, expecting that he has somehow boated. Whew. Then I am stunned again as he types: "Nice slow roll, asa (Asashoryu)."
Of course, being the nice guy I am, I respond, "Just had to think, bro, with no redraw."
And Stan lights into me, "Don't teach them how to play!" Yeah, I know. Let it fly, good readers.
More importantly, perhaps, I should not let them know that I have an inkling myself. Not that it mattered. Another LAGtard sat to Stan's left, she and the one to my right swapped chips like lovers swap spit, and I just waited. It wasn't long before I tripled up.