It was just a dream, but what a dream! That’s so realistic, I hope it is. Perhaps it was in anticipation of my regular Thursday visit to the Hustler Casino in Gardena, California, that very day. I can’t wait to get out of bed and hurry over to my computer so I can tell you about it.
It’s my regular game with a limit of $ 4- $ 8 Texas hold’em. Shortly after being seated at the full table, I was handed out pocket 9 – a decent starting hand. So I called Big Blind to see the flop along with some of the other players. And, what a failure: 5s-9h-10h.
I’ve dropped a set of nines. Wow! Believing it is the best hand at the moment, I am playing slow so as not to force the opponent to help build “my” pot. Holding a pocket pair, the odds of dropping a set are about 9 percent. on KudaQQ
The four of us saw the Bend. Believe it or not, there are 9 more on the board. Wow! I peeked at my hole cards to convince myself. Four nine! Quads are very rare. I have nuts. An aggressive player in early out betting position. Then, an aggressive freelance player in center lifts him up. Next to action, I raised another – bet three. The two opponents were summoned. The pot grew fast, making me happy.
I stopped for a moment to reflect on the situation. Obviously, both opponents are holding good hands – perhaps very strong. Mine is the best, I feel confident. River cards can be very important. The other 10 on the board can provide an opponent with pocket tens, tens of quads. Yes, it’s a long hit, but it will beat my quad nine. And, with two connecting hearts on the board, if one opponent holds a four-to-a-straight-flush, the middle heart can also help me if he connects with a straight flush. My eyes focused on the dealer as he slowly placed River’s card on the board – while I prayed silently for River’s weak, disconnected card.
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