Hollywood in Vegas, Bad Beat turns 6K pot with Phil Ivey and Gus Hansen.
Part One, Bad Beat.
Itâ€™s Thursday night, 7pm, Iâ€™m at a 2/5 blinds No Limit table at the Mirage (my new least favorite game in the worldâ€¦.havenâ€™t seen that many tight bitches since I did a stint at BYU in 1992â€¦ I raise $5â€¦.everyone folds.) Buy in is max $300. I got busted on my 3rd hand, pocket kings beat by pocket acesâ€¦I re-boughtâ€¦I build my stack back up to around $550, a nice come back. I get pocket kings AGAIN. New guy who just sat down raises pre-flop to $10 (a lot for that bitch-table)â€¦I limp and call. Flop come 6/K/Q with two diamonds. He bets $100, I raise to $200â€¦. In an over-the-top, exaggerated, Hollywood-style move he bellows â€œIâ€™M ALL IN!!!!â€?â€¦ I flip my kings over to show the setâ€¦He turns over pocket 8s, one of which is a diamond. He says â€œWow, guess that wasnâ€™t a very good moveâ€?. Swear to Christ. With two cards left, he has almost no outsâ€¦ Turn comes ten of Diamonds, River comes Ace of diamonds, giving him a runner, runner, runner, runnerâ€¦.Ace-high diamond flush. Fuck. Now Iâ€™m bent. Now, I normally donâ€™t get too riled up on a bad beatâ€¦but I was quite annoyedâ€¦. Iâ€™ve already stood up and collected my shit (along with my leftover chips, I had him well coveredâ€¦.) I turn to him and say â€œyou stupid fuck, that was the worst call Iâ€™ve seen in six months. Iâ€™d stick around and take my money back from your moronic ass, but I donâ€™t want your idiocy to rub off on meâ€?. Then, to make matters worse, with Kelly, AKA Blondie, sitting right behind me, I scream at the top of my lungs â€˜FUCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCKâ€?. The WHOLE room comes to a standstillâ€¦I leave. Quickly.
Part two, Redemption.
After the Mirage disaster, I tell my sweetie I need to take offâ€¦blow off some steamâ€¦ I get in a taxi and head for the Bellagioâ€¦. (youâ€™re supposed to keep playing after a bad beat, right?)â€¦ Iâ€™m pissed, bitter, on tiltâ€¦. I have about 3K in my pocket. Oblivious to everything, everyone, I walk up and find a seat open at the 10/20 blinds, no-limit table in the high stakes area. Itâ€™s crowded, people standing around, packedâ€¦..Iâ€™m thinking it must be my lucky day to get a seatâ€¦The minimum buy-in is $600. I buy in for 1K and post. Iâ€™ve got my headphones on (MP3 player), Iâ€™m ignoring everyone, still thinking about my trip kings getting bustedâ€¦. First few hands are non-eventfulâ€¦ After about the 4th hand, Iâ€™m looking around, at the rail, the other tables, etcâ€¦wondering what the fuck all the hoo-hah is about, I look to my right and two seats away from me is Phil Ivey. Right next to him, Gus Hansen. Gusâ€™ luggage is right behind his chair, presumably he came right to the poker table from the airport..didnâ€™t even check inâ€¦ Thatâ€™s my kind of poker player. Well, NOW Iâ€™m interested.. I take the headphones off and start paying attention. People keep coming up to Phil and Gus ( Phil mostly) for pictures, interrupting the game.. Finally, they put up the ropes so nobody can get throughâ€¦ So, let me set the sceneâ€¦Iâ€™m playing 10/20 No Limit with Gus Hansen, Phil Ivey, Mike Ross and god knows who else..behind the ropes in the high limit area at the Bellagio. Fucking perfect. I notice that my little 1K stack looks feeble compared to others, so I get another 1K in chips. This will turn out to be an incredibly good decision. 2 hands later, I get A/10 suited (spades) on the buttonâ€¦.Player in first position raises to $100, four others call (including Mr. Hansen), I call on the button. Flop comes 8s, Ks, Qd . Iâ€™ve got four to the nut flush, and the nut straight draw. Player 1 raises to a thousand. A thousand! Hansen folds, as do two others. Player in 8th position callsâ€¦Now thereâ€™s Approx. $2,500 in the pot. I call with half my chips. Fucking god aliveâ€¦Iâ€™m definitely paying attention now. Turn comes Ace of Diamonds. Now I have top pairâ€¦no flush yet, no straight yet. Player 1 shovesâ€¦all in. Player 7 shovesâ€¦all in. I think, Christ! What do these guys have. The board has not paired up so a nut flush winsâ€¦. Only spades are viable for the flushâ€¦ I look down at my stack..shaking my head, knowing that if I lose this hand, a large portion of my vegas bankroll is history. I figure I have 15 outs (9 spades, 4 jacks, 2 aces)â€¦. I call. There are now three people all in, two of whom have shoved with half chips/half hundred dollar bills (at this table, hundreds, and only hundreds, play as long as theyâ€™re on the table, next to your chips when you sit down)â€¦so thereâ€™s a huge chip stack covered with $100 billsâ€¦.Iâ€™m feeling like itâ€™s all a bit surreal. People on the rail are literally clapping and holleringâ€¦..The river, the glorious fucking riverâ€¦.comes Jack of Clubsâ€¦ NUT STRAIGHT!!!!! Player one turns over one pair (kings)â€¦what the hell was he thinking? Player two turns over two pair, Kings and Eights. All he needed was another 8 or K for a boat..So, I had less outs then I thought. Regardless, the dealer is shoving so much money my way, I can hardly breatheâ€¦ Everyone at the table is saying great hand, blah blah blahâ€¦ The two players who were all in are leaving, Iâ€™m text-messaging Kelly and Jasen as fast as I canâ€¦..â€?I JUST WON $6000 IN ONE HAND!!!!â€?. Never had so much fun in my life. So, I have to silently thank dumb-ass over at the Mirage for booting me off that table, otherwise, Iâ€™d never have met Phil and Gus, and never have been in that hand. Kelly made it over to the Bellagio in time to meet Phil and witness my stacks of $20 chipsâ€¦
Only downside is going back to play 8/16 or 15/30â€¦Uh oh, he just raised me $8, what should I doâ€¦Christ, I was in a $6000 hand with Gus Hansen. Yea!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!