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The Happy Drunk #2

By: TheLangolier @ 18:18 (EDT) / 843 / Comment ( 2 )

So as the session went on, it didn’t take long before I had a chance to witness his interesting play, this time from the sidelines.  A younger guy (I’ll call him the kid) opened to $15 from EP.  The 9 seat called, and the drunk says (quietly, to my half of the table) “I’m gonna go get him again” and calls.  Apparently he had laid one on the kid before I came to the table.   Everyone else folds and they take the flop 3 handed, Ah 9h 3c.  The kid continuation bets $35, the 9 seat mucks, and the drunk calls.  The turn comes the Js, and the kid now bets $75.  The drunk goes into the tank (no pun intended lol), counts out the $75 in a way only a drunk person can fumble through the chips.  He says under his breath “I don’t believe you”.  Then he checks his hole cards again for maybe the 3rd time, but this time he picks them up off the table angling them away from the kid and towards me, without protecting them at all, so that I (and I’m positive the 3 seat and maybe the 4) can see what he’s holding.  KcQs.  That’s right, he’s contemplating calling with king high and a gut shot.  Finally he puts the call in (lol).   The river brings the Kd, making the final board Ah 9h 3c Js Kd and giving our friend 2nd pair.  The kid now methodically counts out $125 and bets it.  The drunk goes through the same routine, counting out the call, checking the rest of his stack, deliberating out loud, some of it audible and some of it mumbled, and picking up and rechecking his hand (so that my half of the table can see) several times.  Each time he shakes his head.  Finally he says “I don’t believe you, I call” and turns over his KQ.  The kid’s eyes bug out of his head in disbelief a bit as he sees the holding, then he turns beat red, and disgustingly folds his hand face down.  “Ha, I knew it!” says the drunk and he fumbles through stacking the chips while the kid is visibly shaken.  Shortly the kid would tilt off the rest of his stack and leave, felted. 

Ok so this guy tends to make some goofy bluffs, and call some rather large bets to snap bluffs, even in the face of a very strong line.  Good to know.  My chance to put the new found knowledge to the test came soon enough.  There were several limpers, including the drunk, and I limped on the button with 5d2d.  This is normally not a playable hand tbh, even from the button, but this was an extraordinary situation… I was looking to play anything reasonable when the drunk guy was in.  The SB completed and the BB checked his option so we took the flop 6 handed… 2h 2c Js.  Everyone checks around to the drunk and he bets $15 into the $18 pot.  Bingo.  I flat called, for a couple reasons.  First, it’s possible the drunk is simply bluffing with air and will fold to a raise anyway.  Second, if anyone else has the case 2 (in particular one of the blinds) they would be checking as a slow play I thought, and I didn’t want to raise and run into a 2 with a better kicker… I can get the same info from flatting.  The blinds folded, and there was only 1 more caller, an EP guy who was playing pretty tight.  His holding is very likely a jack, I don’t think he’s ever limping up front with a hand that contains a single 2, so I’m not worried about him.  The turn is the 8c, EP checks, and the drunk bets $25.  Now I opted to raise.  The EP guy is no concern and he’s probably not calling again anyway.  And if I want to set up stacks vs. the drunk, I need to get more money in the pot right now.  If he’s bluffing I guess I may lose him, but after observing the KQ hand I think I may still not lose him anyway, and he may spazz out and rebluff.  And, if he’s not bluffing, then his most likely holding is a jack.  This guy likes to call bluffs with 2nd pair even for a sizable bet vs. a very strong line, I’m thinking I’m doubling up through a jack here assuming I raise the turn to bloat the pot and set up a reasonable river shove.   I make it $75 to go and he calls after not much deliberation.  The river is an offsuit 7 making the board 2h 2c Js 8c 7d.  Now he donk bets into me for $50.  What?  No strength tells this time, no Hollywood.  I doubt he made a freak straight or full house or I expect to be seeing the “oh woe is me” Hollywood routine again.  I only have about $210, and the pot contains $260 after his river lead, so given what I know I see no reason not to shove for value and I declare I’m all in.  The drunk does the deliberation thing, which is obviously great for me since if he held any hand better than mine he’d call quickly.  He checks his hole cards again, this time protecting them (but not real good) and I see paint flash (probably a jack I assume).  After a lot of deliberation he finally says to me, “all in, huh?  Ok, 7 no good I guess” and folds but does not show his hand.  I’m am admittedly surprised he did not pay me off!  I don’t think he had just a 7, but who knows.  The fact that I went all in did seem to get his attention though.  Duly noted.  I add a nice pot to my stack and await the next confrontation…

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