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playing poker and teaching science: June 2009

playing poker and teaching science

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I'm a middle school science teacher, wrestling coach, poker player, scuba diver, aikido black belt, amateur writer, and student of life. I also try to give back a little by volunteering for a month or so each summer at a children's home in Belmopan, Belize, Central America.

Sunday, June 07, 2009

BOOM! All In

It was one of those situations where you just ask yourself, “Cold deck?”

I walked out of the Rio and looked across the street to see the Palms Casino. Having never played at The Palms I ventured across and after a short wait, bought for $200 into the $1/$3 NLHE game. I sat down in the five seat and waited one hand to come in on the button. I look down at MY VERY FIRST HAND and saw two red queens.

Cage fighter Wanna-be in the nine seat raised to $7 as first to act. It folds to the three seat who raised to $15. I got the feeling that a $15 raise was a huge amount in this game and re-re-raised to $37 to take it down right then. The nine seat isn’t going to call another $20 right?

Who are we kidding?

The nine seat called and that gave pot odds to the three seat who also called.

At least I have position.

The flop came J74 with no suits. Check to me. I STARTED to put out a $100 stack and one chip dropped off. I began to reach back for it, but knew I was about to string bet. “$95,” I said. The nine folded and the three pushed all in.

No re-re-re-raise back to me pre-flop to isolate. Check on the flop. He either has JJ or AJ, right? I’m going with the math at this point because if you st down and get QQ against JJ and he flops a set there’s no way out anyway, right?

Call.

AJ…. Blank blank and I double up on my first hand.

I’m on a nice run.