The Night of the Pocket Dueces!
I played my weekly poker tournament last night (Halloween) and I kept getting haunted with the (insert scary music here) pocket dueces. These three senarios show that they can make you or break you. This is kind of long so bear with me.
First time I was dealt them, so I raised from $100 to $260. One player called. The flop comes A, K, 7. I check but the player bets $100. I call. The turn is a 2. Now, I'm shortstacked but I have more than the other player has so I figure what a great opportunity to build up my stack. I put the player all in. The player calls. I thinking the player has, at most, AK. I proudly display my set. The player shows me another set. The player had pocket kings. The river didn't give me my other duece so I was even more shortstacked.
Now, I slowly started to gain some of my stack back and I get pocket dueces again! One player raises from $40 to $120. Everyone folds except for me. I call. The flop comes 7, 2, K. I hit my set again. The player bets $1800. I figure I decided to go all in (I only had a $200 left after I called his $1800). He calls. I prayed that he didn't have pocket kings. He only had KQ and I won a big pot.
I'm excited by this point becuase I'm one place away from the final table. I'm dealt K, J. One player raises from $1000 to $2500. Two players call Now, I'm big blind so I call. The flop is 2, J, 3. One player goes all-in. Two of them call, one is all in. Now, it would put me all in if I call and I have top pair. I would win a big pot. I call and show my K, J. Everyone shows their hands. One has J, 10. One has A, Q. The last player has, yep you guessed it, pocket dueces. The turn was a K and the river was an 8. I lost. Remember, when you are dealt pocket dueces and you hit the set. Play cautiously withn them. Even though I won with them, I also lost with them and against them. It was scary. Ironic that it happened on Halloween.