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PokerStars Game #7681787630:  Hold'em No Limit (5/10) - 2006/12/30 - 15:54:29 (ET)
Table 'Alleghenia' 9-max (Play Money) Seat #9 is the button
Seat 1: hsara (3625 in chips) 
Seat 2: all day star (1000 in chips) 
Seat 3: Gunfred (5030 in chips) 
Seat 5: USC Upstate (5417 in chips) 
Seat 7: mackdav (2040 in chips) 
Seat 8: carpmania (1000 in chips) 
Seat 9: Marssia04 (1525 in chips)
So I've been sitting at this table for about ninety minutes being a lean, mean, folding machine. I'm a cool 40 over what I started at, which isn't bad considering the number of hands that have passed through me. I believe my table stats had me playing less than 15% of the hands, and that includes the big blinds that I was permitted to just call out of.

The action's been typical for a low-limit table. Lots of wild all-in pots as the low-stakers try to out-donkey one another. The candidates come and go, but the action stays the same. I pick up a few small pots here and there, and lose about the same in low-stakes action that either didn't pay out or had the stakes raised on me beyond my card's ability to play at.

The previous hand I'd drawn AQd and converted it into a top straight, one Jd away from having my first Royal Flush ever.

hsara: posts small blind 5
all day star: posts big blind 10
carpmania: posts small blind 5
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to mackdav [Ah Kh]
Suited Big Slick immediately after a Suited Little Slick. This feels like it could be a rush, so instinctively I play it slow.
Gunfred: calls 10
USC Upstate: raises 10 to 20
mackdav: calls 20
carpmania: calls 20
Marssia04: calls 20
hsara: calls 15
all day star: raises 30 to 50
Gunfred: calls 40
USC Upstate: calls 30
Hmmm… 30 more? With big slick, the probable donkey calling going on, plus the pot building, how can I not call?
mackdav: calls 30
carpmania: calls 30
Marssia04: calls 30
hsara: calls 30
*** FLOP *** [4s 9h Qh]
Here's my flush draw. I like flush draws. The rule is that you have to get five to one on your money to bet or call with a flush draw, however one early big raise can drive out the rest of the players (me included) limiting the pot odds and implied odds.
hsara: checks 
all day star: bets 70
Gunfred: folds 
USC Upstate: calls 70
The math works, the call is a no-brainer.
mackdav: calls 70
carpmania: calls 70
Marssia04: raises 1405 to 1475 and is all-in
Uh-oh. King of the Donkeys or a brilliant maneuver? It is a huge over-bet given this pot thus far. On the one hand there's no way I'm going to get five to one to call this bet. On the other, he could have a Queen; given that, though, he doesn't have a flush draw yet. On the third hand, there's a possible straight draw if he's holding JT, plus the usual KK or AA hole possibilities.
hsara: calls 1475
all day star: calls 880 and is all-in
USC Upstate: calls 1405
Uh… WTF? They can't all have Aces. I've been distracted for much of my time at the table, however this stinks of King of the Donkeys. I don't have the pot-odds, but I figure I'm due one loose call. This is a mistake more often than it is the right thing to do… but I get vibes of weakness from the rest of the table.
mackdav: calls 1405
carpmania: calls 875 and is all-in
*** TURN *** [4s 9h Qh] [8d]
Nothing. Well except the possible JT hit his straight draw. I'm almost definitely behind at this point.
hsara: checks 
USC Upstate: checks
Fortunately, nothing is also the cost of another card.
mackdav: checks 
*** RIVER *** [4s 9h Qh 8d] [Jh]
Ka-Ching. Nut flush. No pairs on the board so there are no concealed sets, boats, or quads. Even if person with the T stayed in this far and made his straight, I still win.
hsara: bets 2100 and is all-in
USC Upstate: folds
This kind of bet always makes me wonder. Why would I put my cards down based on the pot-odds I must be getting? Any J or Q is paired and there is a potential flush on the board. This player is obviously trying to scare me out of one of the side pots by representing a flush or a straight thinking I don't have the flush. Unfortunately for him, I actually have the flush, and know I cannot be beat.
mackdav: calls 515 and is all-in
*** SHOW DOWN ***
hsara: shows [Ts Kd] (a straight, Nine to King)
Nice hand kid.
mackdav: shows [Ah Kh] (a flush, Ace high)
Pity I have a better one.
Alexhender leaves the table
mackdav collected 1030 from side pot-3 
USC Upstate said, "nh"
Marssia04: shows [3d Qc] (a pair of Queens)
mackdav collected 2100 from side pot-2 
all day star: mucks hand 
mackdav said, "thank you all"
mackdav collected 25 from side pot-1 
carpmania: mucks hand 
mackdav collected 6025 from main pot
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot 9180 Main pot 6025. Side pot-1 25. Side pot-2 2100. Side pot-3 1030. | Rake 0 
Board [4s 9h Qh 8d Jh]
Seat 1: hsara (small blind) showed [Ts Kd] and lost with a straight, Nine to King
Seat 2: all day star (big blind) mucked [Ks Ad]
Seat 3: Gunfred folded on the Flop
Seat 5: USC Upstate folded on the River
Seat 7: mackdav showed [Ah Kh] and won (9180) with a flush, Ace high
Seat 8: carpmania mucked [4c 3s]
Seat 9: Marssia04 (button) showed [3d Qc] and lost with a pair of Queens
So, let's review:
  • I made a donkey call of the all-in bet as I wasn't getting the correct pot odds at the time. If I assumed the all-in was coming at the turn or river and I hit my flush then I could claim implied odds to make the call, but realistically anyone playing well should check their straight after a potential flush hits the board. Sure, with the nut-flush I'd go all-in making them wonder if I had the worse straight or the flush, but that's the decision they should be making, not trying to get cute trying to push me out.
  • seat one converted a Ts Kd into a straight, but didn't respect the possible flush.
  • seat two chased a straight draw with worse conversion odds than my flush draw.
  • who knows just what the heck seat eight or nine was thinking, as a pair of queens just isn't strong enough to play in this pool
The key, as always, is to recognize when you are on a big hand and get in on it; just as you have to stay out of the way with marginal or weak hands while the rest of the table plays King of the Donkeys.
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