I witnessed an interesting hand play out tonight in a 2-5 No Limit game at the Red Rock Casino. I’ll change the names of the players involved, hitherto be named: The Hero, The Villain and The Sheriff.
Our “Hero” opens the pot from EP with a raise to 30. The Villain in MP, makes it 90 to go and the Sheriff in LP, comes along for the ride. This re-opens the betting for our Hero, who promptly 4 bets it to 285, which sends the villain into “the tank.” After 2 solid minutes of heavy thought and asking how much each player has behind, he moves all-in for 1k. The sheriff, with a shrug of the shoulders, reluctantly puts in his remaining 600 into the middle, which sends the action now over to our Hero once again. Who, by the way, is sitting on pocket Kings! Put your self in this situation now and in 30 seconds, decide what to do. Go!
The reason I gave you 30 seconds was because that is what our Hero had before he quietly mucked his hand. Knowledge and experience of playing with the villain surely helped him in this spot, but still it is a tough spot and that surely will put to test ones discipline. Remember, you’re staring at a pot that has over 2k in it and you have two kings!
A nice lay down was made by our Hero, as the villain, after being called by the sheriff, reveals AA. The sheriff, in true form, flips over A6 of spades. The board ran out A-6-7-3-3 and our villain shot the sheriff, but not our Hero. Who, by the way, quietly got up a couple of minutes later and took a walk, before returning to play with a clear presence of mind.
There are a couple of valuable lessons to learn from this hand and I hope you’ll take them with you when you play.
Professional Player and Coach