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It's Gecko's Fault
Posted at 08/22/2005 06:44:01 PM in Personal Rants by Sack.
Of course after reading Mr. Gecko's rant about bad beats it was bound to come down upon me... and how!

Yesterday I took a well deserved day off from both working as well as poker (well, I played an hour of poker, but thatís an off day for me). This afternoon after I get home from work I hop online after a quick shower and decide to read this site as well as some message boards. I laughed at Geckoís rants about bad beats and such, but little did I know the wise lizard was actually prophesizing the day to be for good olí Sack.

I began as usual, little cheap sit-n-go tournaments to get my feel, establish my rhythm, and make or lose some small change. Nothing special the first tournamentÖ literally nothing. No cards, no draws, no nothing good besides some small to middle pocket pairs that donít hit. I was patient, and finally got a decent hand flopping top pair top kicker and move on in, and lose to some guy who hit the turn AND the river to complete and inside straight draw. ďFiddle-dee-deeĒ ,I say, and move on to the next tournament.

The next one would have been great if I only received my cards on hand earlier each time. It seemed as if every time I had something to play it just would not hit at all. If I had A-K, the flop would come something like 7-8-9 suited (of course not any suit I held), Iíd pay off one more card knowing any of the million people that called my raise with whatever they had would be at least on a draw. And of course the next card would complete a straight or a flush that I didnít have. THEN the next hand would flop A-A-K or something like that. Eventually I just ran out of chips.

OK, round three, itís gotta get better! This one is completely my own fault at least though. Early on Iím dealt pocket 8ís. There is a small raise before me, and I just call as do 2 other people behind me. Flop comes something like 3-10-7. Of course the original raiser moves all in immediatelyÖ but I have a feel for people, I know them. I can see your cards, Iím in your head, and I know you absolutely do not have the 10, and I also know you donít have a higher pocket pair or trips. How do I know? Couldnít tell you, but I just know. I donít want to call with 8ís risking almost all of my chips, but I feel I must prove to the world that you are an idiot. And you know what? I was absolutely right! Where the mental lapse comes in is that I thought nothing of the two players behind me. One other caller. The original guy flips over his measly pair of 7ís with jack kicker, ha, I was right. The guy behind me flips over his pocket aces. I knew it when he called also.

The day continued this way. Losing full houses to quads, getting out kicked on 3 of a kind, dropping a king high flush to ace high, losing 2 pair to straights that took runner runner or at least the river card for them to hit. Over and over I feel as if Iím drowning in the river, and the current flows away from land in every direction I face. Until I get frustrated and stupid.

Thatís when early on I call an all in pre flop with only K-9 suited. Hit my 9 and it holds up tripling me up. Finally things shall go may way. Nope, I begin to do the cardinal sin of playing ďrightĒ again and my bad luck continues. Donít get me wrong, I didnít lose over and over based solely on other people getting lucky. It took some bad moves at the wrong time for some of it too. But I hate taking all the blame, so Iíll blame Gecko for foreshadowing this day. Tomorrow he better post something positive because I need the extra money. Or at least he can send me some of the royalties from his insurance endorsement.

Still chasing the draw, Sack

sack@pokergreed.com




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