Poker: Bad Beats, Scores, Stories, Hand Questions, Etc

This is a thread for talk about poker. It had been a relatively inactive topic on the old AO lately, so I’m combining everything into one thread.

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This hand happened to me last night.

$30 tournament. Top 4 pay. 5 players remain
Blinds: 400/800/100 ante
Action folds to villain. He raises to 1600.
SB folds. Hero has KQcc on the BB, effective stack 7000. Pot is 3300

Decision 1: Hero calls
Flop: 9c - 8c - 2x. Pot is 4100
Decision 2: Hero stacks for 6200

Result: Villain calls and flips over aces. Brick hits turn, King on river. GG bubble boy.
Would you play it differently at either of the decision points? Or is this pretty much a done deal from the go? If I C/R all in, same result. I could C/call, but villain tends to bet large, so I’m probably calling off half my stack. I guess I could fold the turn? I just have a hard time feeling like I can get away from this.

(EDITED after correction.)
I’m losing that as well.
You half-hope that the player folds, half-hope you make your flush (without villain somehow making a boat, 'cause rigged).
You had two choices from the beginning of this hand with <9 BBs: Push or fold pre-flop. You’re out of position, a player with a seemingly higher stack has seemingly min-raised at this point in the game, either to press you to push or fold regardless of his hand. If he had a shitty hand, he folds to your aggression, possibly not losing much (you do not note his stack size and the other stack sizes, which are also critical to your decision (and my analysis)). If he had a huge stack (60BBs) he might play ATC, because losing 8BBs doesn’t mean as much as possibly finally making actual money in the tournament.
I mean, you have only 20 hands left. You’re going to have to play one of them, and maybe another player gets knocked out before then. If you’re the ONLY short stack left, you’ll need cards. These are pretty good cards. First in, I’d push. Facing a min-raise, it’s a much tougher decision. I’d have to convince myself that he’s bullying with nothing, push, and hope he folds or hope the board favors me. This depends a lot on how this player has played, what he has min-raised with in the past.

Sorry for the delayed reply. I don’t normally go into the Games section. Need a poker subsection instead.

Good catch - blinds were 400/800/100. I updated the post.

Lol just had an amazing hand.
Deep in a big tourney.
Blinds 5k.

Guy goes all in for 25k with his 66.
I shove my 45k with KK.
Called by another guy with KK.

Yep - 6 on flop and I’m drawing dead.

Played in a random 5 card draw winner-take-all tournament the other day. Down to two players, I’m dealt ace high flush. The other guy had been spewing like crazy so I just min-raise. He shoves, I call instantly and stand pat. He draws one and picks up aces full. :smiley:

At an Injun Casino recently, playing 1/2, as the 2/3 list was interest-only from when I got there until I left, and a lot of them were playing at the 1/2 tables.
Have to get by security temperature scan to enter casino.
Seven max at the tables, with plexiglass everywhere. Nearly everyone wearing a mask. Only ones not were an old guy in a wheelchair and his caregiver, both playing, both eventually losing in sum.
One guy sits down and somehow runs $100 up to $500 in about 15-30 minutes. Then, starts getting aggressive.
I ended up breaking even after being down $160 or so. Tripled up on trip-three’s when my Jack kicker (I was SB) beat some other guy’s 8 kicker (he was BB), and a third guy just couldn’t believe that another player (out of two, still playing to the river) could have a three.
Saw two other player’s Aces get cracked. Loose table for the most part.

This first happened years ago on pokerstars. It happened again in a cash game the other week.

Dealt KK
Flop is Kxx
All chips go in
Villain has TT
Turn is T
River is T

I was 99.98% favored to win on the flop.


I have questions about reporting gambling wins and losses.

If I play online, the company doesn’t report anything. How would Uncle Sam know what I made/lost?

On top of that, deposits and withdrawals are done with BTC. Again, how would Uncle Sam know what I made/lost?

I have a devil on one shoulder telling me I could get away with not reporting. The angel on the other shoulder says report and pay even if it hurts!

Unless they are willing to legalize and regulate it I’m fine with not reporting anything related to online poker.

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Hi! Hope all is well! A friend of mine who plays cash games recreationally at casinos doesn’t. I assume there’s no way a casino could track how much he wins/loses.