And by love, I mean POKER!
I've been going through a very dry spell lately, and I'm trying to work it out. It has been a very confusing time, because I am basically losing to people who couldn't tell you how many cards are in a deck.
Simple example: Midway through a tournament, and one guy limps in from terrible position. Small blind then simply calls. Gets to me in the big blind, and I look down at K-9 of hearts, so I raise 4 times the big blind more. This should get enough to get all the craptastic cards to fold. But of course, the limper frigging calls. Now honestly, if your cards are good enough to call 5 times the big blind, then why didn't you raise preflop? But I digress.
So the flop comes two hearts, and pairs my 9. Small blind immediately bets, but I know her, and she bets every flop when she is first to act, every time. It is as predictable as a Japanese train. So I raise again, 5 times the big blind. GET OUT!!! The message was simple. And of course, limper.....calls. I know he's on some kind of a draw, but who knows what? And then the small blind of course folds, because she has crap and she knows it and I will keep raising her all night when she is the first bettor.
And then the turn is another heart, and I've pot committed myself, so I just shove all in. And of course, for the third *********ing time, he calls. With A-4 of hearts. Nothing preflop, nothing post flop and calls thousands of chips just hoping the only possible thing he can win with hits.
Then last night I get the same thing. Every time I'm in the big blind, same idiot raises me. When I reraise, he folds. Another guy is preflop raising with any ace. Seriously. But at least it makes sense to raise, and not to simply call and pray for a flush. And of course, if I reraise him, he folds. So it begs the question: Why do you keep raising MY BIG BLIND, when you know I'm going to reraise you without even looking at my hand, and you KNOW you're going to fold?
Of course, I finally reraise the raiser with K-K, he calls me with 2-2, and hits a danm 2 on the river to double up and get back in the game. Later on he does the same thing with 9-9 to take me out of the tournament. The sad part is that he made those two calls, knowing I had a better hand. He knew it because every time I showed, I showed a better hand. I actually never bluffed ONCE. But since he was too stupid to know the difference, he called anyway.
Last example, from Saturday. I bet preflop, post flop, post turn......and was called each way by a guy with 10-8 off suit. The 8 was a diamond, and he caught his 5th diamond on the river to take me out of the tournament. I had trips from the flop. He didn't have a straight draw, or a flush draw, or a pair. And when he finally got his flush draw on the turn, all he had to play was an 8. But he called me all the way down, including my all in on the river, with an eight of diamonds in his hand.
So what I'm trying to say here is that we will go through streaks like this. We will find people who have zero clue about what they are doing. And those people will do things that you simply do not expect. Because when I pay $130 to get into a tournament, I EXPECT that people who pay as much will have a clue about the game. And they will recognize that when you bet, and they have nothing, that they should fold. And when I run into people who don't know what they are doing, who think 10-8 offsuit is good enough to play to the end and call an all in, then they are just going to have to take my chips. Because even though I'm getting busted out of the game, I will dang sure make sure they show the rest of the table how stupid they really are.
OK, that's it. Back to the games. I've vented as much as I feel I need to!!!!!
And there really is a lesson here. Reread if you didn't get it the first time.
And that lesson is: **** happens.