I have so many stories I could tell for this one. But, two of them stick out.
First was back when Florida
had a $100 max buy-in. So, you would play $1/$2, but everyone could only sit down with $100. Things were pretty crazy in the 1/2 games, but I hear they were spreading $5/$10 in other rooms (remember, still a $100 max buy-in). I can only imagine what that was like.
Anyway, I sit down with $100 and am super-fortunate. I have a huge lagtard on my left. I know most people want them on the right, but this guy was better on my left. He would shove every hand pre-flop, no matter what his stack. This means, I could call the blind and then act last after seeing how many other people called his shove. This was not a winning strategy for him, he might get up to $600-$800, but he'd soon lose it all and rebuy for another $100. I knew I would be flipping, but it seemed profitable because it was against a random hand.
I play tight and pick up QQ. I limp it, he shoves, and everyone else folds back to me. He rolls over 8-4o. But the flop is 8-8-4, and I don't spike a queen to improve. I bought it again. That was probably the wildest guy I have ever seen. Just from when I played he was down at least 10 grand on a $1/$2 table. Me? I didn't catch anything significant the whole time. I think I ended up down $100 at the end. But, I would sit that table, and spot, every day if I could.
The other time, we had 4 people all-in on a flop with flush and straight draws. I had KK for the overpair. There had been a $10 raise and I had 3-bet to $30. So the pot on the flop was over $180 (5 callers). I had started the hand with ~$200 and only one of the other people had me covered. I'm just never folding for a single pot-sized bet in this spot. If I got out-flopped, or outdrawn, it happens. Everyone checked to me, I shoved, and 3 other people called. That stinks, because I was probably pretty dead.
The turn paired the highest card on the flop. That sucks. The river missed the straight draws but completed the flush. That also sucks. Against 3 hands, I am sure to be beat somewhere. I show, as I made the last bet. I then reach into my pocket to get more chips, until I notice the pot being shoved to me. Apparently, I had the best hand. I saw that one player had AK, the other had middle pair on the flop. And the third mucked his hand.
So, yeah, people call with crazy stuff. It's not all bad.