Fear and loathing in the OTP
CC: That's a real straight.
Cat: Real straights don't seem to make very much money.
ALPHARETTA, Ga. -- So my heart is racing as I flop a straight in a PLO hand and CC is still calling my bets.
There's a flush draw with KQ8 on the board and the turn is a blank.
"Speed limit," I say, as I push out $55 in chips. CC goes into the tank and I kind of want him to call.
He thinks for a while and then folds.
Not having shown down a hand for a while, I turn up my JT. "I made my straight," I said.
Only thing is, I didn't realize there was no straight.
I blame it on the OTP, being far from Atlanta's core systems, way out to sea in a place where mariners have visions of mermaids and such.
At CC's game, I misread 2-7 TD hands. I thought that my down cards in 7-Stud were already taken by people's "up" cards, when they weren't.
Either way, it was a good time. Surf, Sham, Weak Player and his wife and CC.
We played $200 max buy-in mixed. Lots of games came out of the woodwork, including CC's inventions, double-flop and reverse flop. Sham and I taught badugi to the table (although Surf is used to playing it from being at Poker Cats Arena).
It was a far cry from the $5 buy-in game I'm used to playing with friends and I wouldn't be against playing a little lower in the future.
But what makes me glad is how Atlanta bloggers really represent. We have a nice core now, just like LA does with Ryan and Austin does with April.
Yet it's the ATL. And we rock.