re: Poker & When did you save yourself the most money?
i was at a casino and had about 350+ chips in front of me. (after buying in with a $100 and sitting at the table for about 4 hours). im in early position, i think 2 after the button and i get dealt K/Q suited. so i decided to raise up just a bit. im not a big fan of these kinds of hands, but at the same time i dont want any limpers. i get 2 callers in middle position. a woman and a guy named diago. the flop comes down 9, 5, K with no draws. i want to see where everyone is at and i bet out $25, the woman folds and diago calls. the turn card is 9 and i think that im good, but i still bet out and this i bet big to show i have a strong hand..i bet $40 and diago goes all in over that which was about $130 more to me. so i call time and begin thinking of that hands he could have. i was positive he didnt have K/9 cuz he would just called. i was thinking that maybe he could have K/rag and was really considering calling him. then it hit me, maybe diago is holding a 9 in his hand. ::story break::
diago: diago is a very good player at the casino i go to. the thing that makes him good is his ability to out play people. he's like daniel negraneu (sp?) if he thinks he can out play someone he'll call a raise, no matter how high of a raise it is. but he also can switch his game up and play a very solid conservative game as well so its a bit hard to tell if diago is bluffing or if he has the nuts... ::back to the story::
i began to think of the way diago plays and i thought to myself "hes thinking im probably holding K/A and is thinking that im thinking there is a no way for him to be holding a 9. but then thats he wants me to think, otherwise why would he go all in like that?" so long story short, i went with my instincts and i said to him "i had you beat on the flop, i know you arent holding a King." i turn over my hand and show him my K/Q and said "i fold". some people at the table gasped as if i was throwing away A/A or K/A. then all eyes were diago and he was ready to muck, but then he sighed and slowly turned his hand over. the first card was a 2 followed by a 9. i got a lot of "wows!" and "good lay down!" from the table. i even got a "good fold!" by diago himself.
sorry long story, but im proud of it.