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Dream game, weak opponent results in huge pot

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Imagine if you could play poker and see the other person's whole cards.

Surely it would be impossible to lose. Now imagine if you were put to a decision for all of your chips and somebody showed you there hand. You would fold if behind and call if ahead. Unfortunately this would never happen though right?

I may play poker for as long as I live but I will definitely never again have a better home game then I had while I was living in Vancouver. This game had everything and was just an absolute thrill to be a part of.

One of my buddies introduced me to a nightclub owner friend of his who held a home game every Monday night. The game was held in a blocked-off corner of his nightclub and would start at about 4 p.m. The game would last until morning, was unraked and we had our own cocktail waitress. At around 8 or 9, the club would open and would actually get pretty busy with a good DJ spinning records until 2 a.m. Even with all of this, the best part of all was the game itself.

With a mix of good players, extremely wealthy loose ones and a few very bad players with deep pockets, the game was a real treat to play in.

They did have a bit of an odd setup for the chips as $1,000 would get you 4K in chips and the blinds would be five chips 10 chips for a real money value of $1.25-$2.50 blind. Initially I thought this was going to be a pretty small game, but when a preflop raise was 100 chips ($25), I quickly realized this wasn't your ordinary game. Actually, it was quite common for players to win and lose 10K a night in this game.

After about two years of me sitting in this game almost every Monday religiously, I had a great idea of each of the players style of play. There was one player in particular that was the worst player there. He didn't show up every week but when he did, he came with his pockets full.

One night while I had just over 5K in front of me and the soft spot had just under 4K, we got involved in a big pot. I can't exactly recall the betting but I called his raise with J9 of hearts and the flop came down A high with two hearts. He bet and I called. The turn was a blank and again I check called his bet. The river was a heart and he checked to me. I bet and quickly got a bit sick to my stomach as he moved all in.

As I tanked for a decent amount of time trying to get some info on him, he started to look a bit nervous and began to speak. I was pretty certain I was going to call since against this player I don't think I can fold here pretty much ever. But shockingly, he looked at me and said, "If I show you my hand, will it make your decision easier?" Wow, did I just hear him right? He is willing to show me his hand? I instantly said "of course" and he turned over a smaller flush! Knowing that I had the best hand, I called and raked in a pot just shy of 9K.

I have been able to make decisions based on other players tells but never in my life have I or will I have something like this ever happen to me again. This truly was a gift and I'm sure I spent his money wisely.

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition April 15, 2012 B13

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