Too Much Culture

In Celebration of Victoria Coren’s Poker Column

Posted in Uncategorized by tneenan on 04/25/2011

Inspired by Victoria Coren, Too Much Culture spends the easter weekend playing poker…

I’d like to share with you a play I saw while over in the states. It’s a classic example of how if your river is running dry, don’t twist on the stream in the hope the button will receive a flat call.

So this is how it played out. From the cut I had KD QD. The big blind double tapped a second out of the trap and I (Hoping a Tennessee run would topple Player 1’s Palestine Double-Play) twisted straight for the Dover-Sole putting my 10S to bed over a 7S wand. I don’t need to tell you what happened after this, the KH and QH dipped into the pot early tantalising an early twist out of the raise for 5000, which was of course sent up the river. Player 2 scuppered a perfect 10H split in favour of keeping his blind hand crippled.

Needless to say, once this hand had got soggy even a swift use of the double re-raise he couldn’t get all the 5’s out of the Adriatic steal. But holding a weaker pair out of position will do that to you.

Sometimes I wonder if using the Flat call and raising by 6000 isn’t just as ridiculous as checking for a 1000 call and reversing up the slip stream. But I suppose we all feel like that at after seeing this kind of play.