Let Go Of My Eggo

Have you ever just had one of those momentary lapses?

Last night I was playing at a little monthly cash game I play in with some buddies and I�m holding AXs. Flop comes T87 with no real flush draw for me but I’m heads up so I decide to stay with it and see if I can’t hit my ace. Turn brings a 9 and now there’s a straight possible on the board. I get a weak bet from my opponent so I call. I’m thinking he’s got a low pair (7’s or 8’s) and wants to see where he’s at. River brings a J so the board is a Jack high straight. Again, I don’t put him on a Q so when he bets I assume he’s trying to bluff me out and I call. He flips his cards and shows JX. I start reaching for the pot and announce that we’re splitting the pot. As I’m stacking the chips, he asks “How do you figure?” “Jack high straight on the board,” I respond. I look up at him and there’s just this look like he doesn’t get it so I go to show him the straight and I notice that the river wasn’t a J, it was a K. Duh!

That was actually the second time in the last couple of months that I had my hands on someone’s Eggo. In January we were playing a tourney and the river hits and gives me a flush, ace high. I’m heads up and there’s no pair on the board so I figure he knows I made my hand and I bet out expecting him to fold. He raises me! I re-raise him back and he re-raises me back. Now I’m trying to figure out what hand he thinks he has. Maybe a K high flush? So I re-raise and he comes right back at me with a re-raise. At that point I’m sort of stunned so I just call. I flip up my A high flush and start grabbing the chips. I don’t even wait for him to show his cards. Why should I? No pair on the board so he doesn’t have the boat. I have the nuts, right? So have you figured out what his hand was? Straight flush. Very beautifully hidden with some one gappers on each side.

So about a week later I find myself down at Hollywood Park and I make an Ace high straight (AK). No pairs on the board and no flush potential. Again, heads-up on the showdown and I bet, he raises, I re-raise, he re-raises, I re-raise, he re-raises. Now, I’m looking at the board and I’m looking for that damn hand that might have me beat. I don’t see it but that straight flush movie starts playing in my head and I just call. He had the lower straight. I could have probably taken him for 3 or 4 more BB but I was still spooked from the bad tourney beat. A couple of the players at the table started giving me hell for not taking all of his money but how can you explain seeing monsters under the bed? 🙂

Bill Rini
Bill Rini is currently the Head of Online Poker for WSOP. He has been working in the online poker industry since 2004 and has held management roles at Full Tilt Poker and PartyPoker.