Archive for October 23rd, 2014

If only, if only, if only: A daisy chain of recent recreational mistakes

October 23, 2014

By Matthew E. Milliken
Oct. 23, 2014

On a recent night at a no-jacket-required sports bar in Cary, N.C., during a World Tavern Poker tournament, the flop came out ace-ace-six.

I was sitting two spots to the right of the dealer. The dealer and the person between us had folded, meaning that I was the last player to act in the hand.

The flop was checked around to me. I had pocket nines, so the board had given me two pairs. That hand, of course, would be useless if one of the other players held an ace.

Did he or she? I decided to test the waters by betting 2,600 in chips.

The other players reacted: Fold, fold, fold…

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