What qualifies a hand as a "cooler" to you?

Qwikls1

Qwikls1

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Me:

A hand where there is:

1) No way to get away from it, at any point.
2) No reason you can think you have the worst of it, until the cards are shown.

I have a couple that come to mind. One happened online at a freeroll tourney, one happened live.

Hand #1:

A couple years ago, I was playing in a freeroll tourney that was a qualifier for a 3000 entry wsop freeroll. All you had to do was finish in the top 50 to get a seat in the 3000 seat weekly tourney, where they give away 16 seats.

I'm dealt Q8 of diams in the big blind. At this point I have about the average chip stack. There are about 85 players left, and I don't think I can fold my way to a qualify. Blinds are around 20K and 40K. My table is a little short handed (maybe 7 players) and I get one caller (under the gun). I smiled a little when the flop came Q 8 3, all different suits.

I bet 100K in chips (about 1/4th of my stack). Guy that called under the gun raises 100K. I re raise him another 100K, he goes all in (he had me covered). I call (figuring at this point he has a set) and he shows me AQ.

Turn comes an A and i'm out just that quick. :(

Hand #2:

Live $3-$6 game in Laughlin, NV. I have 66 in a game with 5 players. I'm the second player in the pot outside of the blinds.

Flop comes A 10 2. Everyone checks.

Turn card is a 6. Guy to my right bets $6. I raise to $12, he pops me back to $18. At this point the fact that he "might" have pocket aces or pocket 10's dawns on me, but i'm more likely putting him on A10 or A2. I just call, playing it safe.

River pairs the board with a deuce. He bets really fast. One of those bets where I can tell he's begging me to raise. I flat call and he shows me pocket deuces. :eek:

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I gathered up my chips and leave the table as quickly and quietly as I could. No way you can play right after a beat like that in a live game. Maybe I could do it online, but not at a live game.

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Anyone have any good cooler stories? Either victim or otherwise?

Matt
 
arkadiy

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Hand #1: Bad beat.
Hand #2: Bad beat.

Neither was a cooler.

Cooler: You think you have the best hand, but you don't. You have almost no way of folding because of the odds you are beat are so slim, example:

You have 33

Flop:
366
Turn:
3
River:
A

You obviously think quad 3 is best hand here and go all in vs the other guy who kept raising you, he flips over 66.

Cooler!
 
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Bentheman87

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I had a cooler a few days ago. I had 77 in the BB and call a small preflop raise, flop comes J 7 3 rainbow. I bet someone raises, I reraise, he reraises all in I call and he had JJ.
 
royalburrito24

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Here is a thread that covered this subject extensively.
 
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