The Lighter Side of Poker

From time to time I’ll rant about being dead carded or use this space to record my frustrations but tonight I want to share one of the most beautiful things about having fish at your table. It’s when they act in a form of collusion that they’re not even aware of.

I had this guy sitting to my left this evening who was an uber-fish. He just didn’t seem to get it and I punished him like a dog. But the beauty is that not only did he put his own chips into the pot but he got others to put them in as well. Here was a typical hand:

I’m in EP and I look down and see a hand like QQ. I raise it up and get a few callers including my fishy friend. Flop comes AQ7. I check and he bets bringing a table full of callers back around to me and I raise. Turn is another blank and I check and he bets with similar results. I do this all the way to the river and he flips up some hand like 79s (with no flush draw) and the aces caught and two pair hands in the middle all muck.

Other players at the table might have started thinking there was something fishy (no pun intended) going on except he did it heads up too. Flop, I check, he bets, I raise, he calls. Turn, I check, he bets, I raise, he calls. River, I check, he bets, I raise and he calls.

This happened all night long over a 300 hand session.

It reminds me of a post by The Armchair on 2+2 I was reading the other day that almost had my Coca Cola coming out of my nose.

2/4 at the Taj. Asian woman to my right has QJo in late position and flops the nut straight. Someone bets into her, someone else calls, and she shows her hand to my friend and I. (My friend was on my left.) She starts cackling “I HAVE DE NUTS. THEY BET INTO ME AND I HAVE DE NUTS!” and raises.

They both call.

Turn is a blank and they bet into her again. At this point, she’s leaning over the table at them, screaming “I HAVE DE NUTS. I HAVE DE NUTS. IDIOTS BET INTO ME AND I DE HAVE NUTS!!” as she violently tosses in another raise.

On the river, they bet into her again! At this point she’s laughing hysterically. My friend and I are so shocked that we’re unable to say anything, and it’s a miracle that we’re both not snickering. She raises and gets called by both players and flips over her nut straight.

The calling station just looks up and says “sh*t.”

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.