January 25, 2010
Thereâ€™s a quote at the end of Rounders. â€œIâ€™ve often seen these people, these squares at the table, short stack and long odds against them. All their outs gone. One last card in the deck that can help them. I used to wonder how they could let themselves get into such bad shape, and how the hell they thought they could turn it around.â€
I found myself in that happy situation last night. I had A4h in the small blind.
MP limped and I completed, big blind checks. Flop came 5h5c3h. I quickly evaluated the situation and liked the 9 outs to the flush and 4 outs to the straight, as well as perhaps an Ace to beat medium pocket pairs.
I love this sort of equity hand. Iâ€™m playing this hard and fast betting until they crumble or the river bricks off.
I check and small blind Jams 50bb. The paired board doesnâ€™t register to me, not even a nagging doubt. Not even when MP flats behind.
Iâ€™ve already decided itâ€™s going in. I was totally blinded. Even if one of them had typed â€œI have the nut full house 4real!â€ in the chat window I dont think it would have registered.
So the cards flip over, my A4h vs 52o for trip 5â€™s vs pocket 3â€™s for the second full house.
Iâ€™m drawing dead to the two of hearts.
I paid 5 dollars for that lesson, and Iâ€™m so grateful that the lesson came so cheaply.
I still believe a good equity hand like that should be played hard and fast, especially oop. But I promise Iâ€™ll be mindful of the paired board next time!