I witnessed a hand today at the poker table that really confused me. It unfolded as follows: Action was heads-up between two seemingly reasonable players. Player-1 had 55 and Player-2 had KJ. The flop was 1057. Player-1 bet his set and Player-2 called with his heart-draw. The turn was the 8, and the same action took place. The river was the 9. Player-1 once again bet his set. Player-2 turned his cards face up (into the muck) and said, “I missed.” Everybody looked at each other confusedly as the pot was slowly pushed toward Player-1. Of course, it didn’t take long for somebody to say, “Hey, dude, you had a straight.” His response was a predictable, “I did? No. Really? Oh, shit!” He was so focused on the flush draw that he completely missed the fact that he hit a winning straight.
“You’re a dumbass,” was, of course, my initial reaction. But ultimately, it was just a stupid mistake. It happens. I’m certainly not immune from being a dumbass. In fact, witnessing that hand made me recount one of the really stupid things I did at the poker table. During a recently frustrating session, the following dumbass hand occurred. I’d been playing for three hours and had won only one pot. It was one of those days. During this hand, I was in the small-blind with AK. I raised pre-flop after three people limped. The big-blind and the rest of the limpers called, and we saw the flop five-handed. The flop was Q93. I bet my nut flush-draw, the big-blind folded as did one limper, and another limper raised me. The guy on the button called two-bets cold. I, too, called. The turn was the 4. I checked, the next player bet, and he was all-in. The guy on the button then raised him. The pot was big enough for me to call with the nut flush-draw, even an ugly two bets cold, so I did. The river was the 4. I had missed everything. I was irritated and pissed off that I had missed yet another hand, and being as our river betting was heads-up, I just threw my cards right in the muck without even allowing action to occur. Well, the side-pot was won by the guy on the button with K10, and he also managed to scoop the main pot with king-high when the all-in guy turned over J10. I felt like such a petulant dipshit.
What’s your stupidest poker mistake?
BOOK: www.ppnsbook.comJacob "Jaymind" Westlin is a semi-professional limit hold'em player with a strong, sarcastic wit. Jaymind also frequently contributes to Minnesota Poker Magazine's monthly publication. Email Jaymind at firstname.lastname@example.org