Thursday 22 October 1998
First to speak after the blinds, I found (A-A) in the hole and checked. Normally you always bet aces to narrow the field. But in this case, in a very tight game, I knew that if I bet under the gun I would get no action. Four callers. Down came the flop.
(As Ah) Ad 9c 3c
Again I checked! And Joe, a good Hold 'em player, bet the pot, pounds 10. One other player called. I was sure at least one of them was drawing to a club flush, so I had to make him pay for the privilege. I raised pounds 30. Joe considered, and raised me back pounds 50. The only other player left in folded.
"How are you playing?" I asked Joe - meaning, how many chips had he got left? "Very well!" he said jocularly - adding, "About 200." "OK, there it is"; and I set him in. Joe thought about it. He knew I was a tight player but in that case, would I have checked aces wired at the start? Not likely. So he called. I was fearing a club flush but it turned out he had trip 9s. A very hard hand to put down in the circumstances.
The next case did not turn out so well for me. Again I had aces wired. This time I bet a fiver on the opening. It was a fairly loose game and my raise was routine. Cedric, a player even tighter than me called. The flop came down:
(Ad Ah) Qs 7c 3c.
Cedric bet a tenner, which surprised me. He had to have something to test the water that way. I put him on a flush draw. I thought my aces were good and raised him back pounds 30. Knowing him, I expected an immediate fold.
But Cedric took a quick peek at his cards and reraised pounds 90. Now I was in trouble. An ultra-tight player like Cedric, reraising me, betokened a strong hand. I was convinced that, since he hadn't bet before the flop, he must have come in on a pair of 7s or 3s and had now hit trips. So I threw my aces away.
A while later, feeling smug at my clairvoyance, I asked Cedric if he had held trips 7s or 3s. He looked at me slowly. "All right, I'll tell you the truth. I had ace-queen with two clubs." Ouch! Cedric's chances of hitting his flush on the turn or river card were about 2-1. So I was a fairly big favourite. In fact he wasn't bluffing - he thought that his top pair with an ace kicker was winning.
As I remarked, aces: you gotta love 'em, no matter what.
Life & Style blogs
Reader dilemma: 'Our son is 34 with an IQ of 85, and spends all his time in his room. What will happen to him when we're no longer here?'
Why it matters 26 million people have changed their Facebook profile picture to a rainbow flag
YouTube star Loey Lane hits back at hateful comments about ‘fat girls in bikinis’ and how plus-size women promote obesity
The age of inactivity: How laziness is killing us
What do the emojis on Snapchat mean?
The moment a Queen's Guard soldier lost it and drew his gun at annoying tourist
Greece crisis: The wider lesson is that it’s time to abandon this failed experiment in currencies
'I wish the BBC would stop calling it Islamic State' – David Cameron unleashes frustration at broadcaster
Pentagon accuses Russia of 'playing with fire' over nuclear threats towards Nato
Greece crisis: IMF was pushed around by Angela Merkel and Nicholas Sarkozy – and now it is being humiliated
They are neither a 'state' nor 'Islamic': Why we shouldn't call them Isis, Isil or IS
- 1 Reader dilemma: 'Our son is 34 with an IQ of 85, and spends all his time in his room. What will happen to him when we're no longer here?'
- 2 Tunisia hotel attack: Locals form 'human shield' to protect hotel from gunman Seifeddine Rezgui
- 3 Russian officials ban yoga because it's too much like a religious cult
- 4 German ethics council calls for incest between siblings to be legalised by Government
- 5 Ginger Pride festival to take place next summer, organisers say 'time of bullying gingers is over'
£18000 - £24000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: An exciting opportunity has ari...
£15000 - £18000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: An On-line Sales & Customer Ser...
£15000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: One of the largest hospitality companies...
£28000 - £32000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: As a result of significant cont...