Did I play this hand correctly? (pissed off pro)
Ok, so I'm using the term "pro" loosely since I haven't reached that level yet, but I consider myself pretty good which is why I was extremely pissed off
at what happened.
Here's the scenario: 4 of us playing, me the "seasoned pro" so to speak, my wife, my friend and his wife. We each start off with 2,000 chips. We play several hands and I'm having nothing but bad luck - from one missed flop to another, to chasing the flush 3-4 times and missing it each time (mind you, I'm talking 4 spades or 4 clubs after hitting the flop and getting nothing on the Turn and the River).
What really pissed me off was that my friend's wife continually asked to see his cards and was giving him advice in another language. Like every hand that she folded. I didn't say anything since it was a friendly game but it still annoyed me.
So "the hand" came:
I flopped second highest pair on the board. Not that great, really. There was a Jack sitting there and I knew someone might have it. The two women had folded and it was down to me and my friend. The River hit, and he looked pretty unsure with a LOT of money in the middle - I'd say at least 700 chip. He still had about 850 chips, and I had 1,400.
Let me say right off the bat he had the Jack while I had a 10. He had the highest pair - but that's it, he had one pair on a very dangerous board. He unsurely threw in 200 more and I immediately went "all in" and gave him the stare. If he played, he would be out of the game.
He thought about it for an uneasy 20-30 seconds, and I could tell, no, I KNEW he was going to fold. Even top pair could be beat by a measly 2-pair, or a straight which was a possibility.
Then his wife said "let me look at your cards" and started going off in another language about how he should play - and he still didn't want to play.
Then I saw it in his eye, and knew he was going to play. If this were a cash game
, mind you, it would have been an insta-fold. Top pair on a landmine board? But there was no real money
involved, it was just a play game with no real stake. His wife said a few more things that pretty much translated to "play it!" and he went all in.
I knew it. I KNEW IT and I sat there so pissed off in my head I didn't know what to say. I flipped my pair of 10's and knew he was flipping over a pair of Jacks. Sure enough, he did and won almost all my money.
I bluffed. I bluffed well. Did I bluff perfectly? I'd say "hell yes!" except for the fact that he called. Did I make a mistake? Or is the only mistake that it wasn't a cash game so losing had no consequences?
God, I'm still pissed and it happened the other night.