High-stakes Toasters (Casino Royale)
Does everyone have a tell?
Yes. Everyone. Everyone except you.
At least in this hand history, the hero is really a hero and the villain really a villain.
I'll spare you the details. Hero has AK and makes Kings full on the river. He bets it out.
High-stakes villain: Thinks about it. Then min-raises.
Hero thinks about it. Then min-raises villain back.
That's right! Min-raises, the bane of bloggers, are all about high-stakes poker, baby. If you hate them, you're obviously not playing high enough. You're obviously not ready for a $10 million buy-in, winner-take-all-freezeout. The villain needs to raise $150 million to make up for what Bond spoiled earlier in the movie. Luckily for Her Majesty's Secret Service, Bond is the "best player in the service."
So I saw Casino Royale this afternoon, the latest installment in the Bond series and the latest poker-related movie.
It takes a lifetime to master the complexities of Texas hold'em on film.
Le Chiffre, the villain, is playing three-handed on his yacht. He suddenly pushes all-in.
"I have two pair. You have a 17.4 percent chance to make your straight," he says and gets a fold.
Obviously he's never read Sklansky and Miller's No-limit hold'em: Theory and Practice. Otherwise he'd manipulate the betting to make the call incorrect but at least get some action against a drawer.
Unless Le Villain with cheese has played a lot online. It's hard to keep Vipers in the air against Eurotoasters.
What did I learn about all this? Well, I need to get to the Bahamas, where shorthanded No-limit is all the rage among the jet set. I also learned it's pretty cool to toss out those europlaques instead of chips. And that a $100,000 chip is just as cool to play tricks with than those punier chips the real pros play with on High-Stakes Poker.
I also learned that if I want to watch poker, I'd better not stray too far from my monitor. LOL