What's a matter with you, Luke? Don't you know that's money you're talking about?
Yeah, well it gives me something to do.
-Cool Hand Luke
I was pretty tired on Tuesday but I made it up to Matt's home game. Doubled up immediately with a set-turned-boat against Bibb's OESD. He hit it on the river but was drawing dead.
Shorthanded Omaha reveals the futility of poker "nuggets" (as they would say in BSG) -- Ben raised with KKxx and although everybody pretty much knew what he had (novices routinely think hold'em hands carry the same gravitas in Omaha), they called his raise anyway. With four cards in the hole, you're not that much of a dog to a big pair hand preflop. And that big pair's chances get evened out if the raised pot goes four-way. He didn't win that pot.
Lost some money in Triple Draw. It's frustrating to bet for value pre-draw in very shorthanded games and then on the first and second draws only to lose by a slightly lower hand, but that's the way the game is.
In another hand, I had top two pair in a pot that I raised preflop. I had to fold when someone went all-in on the river with only one card needed for a Broadway straight.
Instead of being up a buy-in, I was 90 cents down for the evening. Oh, well.
POKER CATS NOTEBOOK: I crossed 100 miles for the month yesterday. The weather has been perfect for running. Later at Park Tavern I met up with my cousin, who I haven't seen in eight years. It was fun -- she totally is more of a degenerate gambler than me -- "I'll bet on anything," she said and even plays poker.
Closest thing I have to a sister. What I loved the most was how she said that going through junior high school and high school with me and her brother taught her how to be a terror to the boys, something that John Clark in the Tom Clancy novels would be proud of.
She is totally dangerous, too -- she uncrossed her legs once while we were outside for a smoke (her not me) and this frat Orc changed seats to get a better angle on her miniskirt. Oh, please. Would hate to give somebody a broken nose (or receive one, lol) on my home turf.