Saturday, August 11, 2012

Nobody wants a pair

Today I busted out of a tournament at the Palace in Hayward in an unusual way.  The blinds were getting big and my stack was on the small side (about 5BB), so I went All In with A-5 off suit.

I had one caller, who turned over A-4 off suit.  I figured I was in good shape as his only out was a 4.

The flop comes 2-3-10.  Immediately I noticed that I had a gut shot straight draw, and the four I was worried about would now help me rather than hurt me, giving me a straight.  Cool!  I'm home free!

An observer speaks out and says "wow, nobody wants a pair."   It didn't really occur to me what he meant by that until the hand was over.

The turn comes 8, no help.  The river comes 5!

At this point I see that I have a pair of fives and he didn't get his four, so I clapped and said "yes!" thinking I had won.

Not so fast, my paired-up fives game HIM the straight.   Now I know what that guy meant by "nobody wants a pair".

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