Side games at the charity event –



My original intent in going to the charity poker tournament was to play in the side games they have after the first hour and people started getting knocked out. However, since Ben and I both made the final 6 I never had time to sit down and try my hand at some live ring games. Ben and I went back the following night so we could play exclusively in the ring games. I was looking to play some $2/$4, but I knew $1/$2 NL was a much more popular game, and that was the first one available.


We sat down at the table 6-handed and I bought in for $80. The maximum was $100. I never made a profit on a hand, but I split for two pots with AK vs AK and A10 vs A10. In the A10 I was freerolling with the nut flush draw but failed to spike a heart. After about 20 minutes of play I was down to $50 and not having fun, these guys were too crazy. The raises were always $12 preflop and often one of the maniacs would just go all-in for $55 or more. It wasn’t a good place to actually try and play poker so I was excited when a new table opened up. I asked if they would play limit and they finally decided on Pot Limit. I looked at the table and noticed 5 women and 1 man. Nothing against women poker players (2 of the women were actually pretty good), but I knew they would not be nearly as aggressive as the table I was at, so I gladly switched over.


The funny thing about this game was that no one really knew how to play pot limit correctly, and I wasn’t going to correct them. For example, if someone bets $3 into a $6 pot and you want to raise the pot, you would raise ($9 pot + $3 call) $12, or $15 to go. The dealer and players thought that if you wanted to ‘raise the pot’ in this situation you would make it $9 to go, the total of the pot. I was fine with this thought process as it kept their bets from ever being too big –


I rebought for $50 more and sat down at the table with $100. I was down to $80 for awhile before I started to loosen up. My first hand was 4[spades]4[hearts] and the flop came out 10[diamonds]9[diamonds]4[diamonds]. I bet out the pot and got two callers. A 9[clubs] on the turn made me feel much better about my hand and I bet out $12. One caller. The river brought a K[hearts] and I bet out $20 and she called and showed J[diamonds]J[hearts]. Wahoo! Had she reraised preflop I might’ve laid the hand down, but oh well.