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The Happy Drunk #3

By: TheLangolier @ 11:24 (EDT) / 860 / Comment ( 5 )

We continued to chat, joke around, laugh, my whole side of the table was really having a good time.  The drunk expressed sincerely how nice it was to play poker with a group of guys that were there to have fun, and just enjoy the game.  He just hates to play with “serious” players that aren’t having any fun.  There’s an intangible lesson there… this is exactly the way we want the big spot at the table to feel.  They are there to have fun, and if they’re not having a good time, they’re likely to leave early.  Of course the catch is that it’s entirely possible to both have a good time and play “serious” in terms of your decision making.  If you’re the type who wears the sun glasses, hat down low over your face, and ipod in the ears… think about that the next time you head to the casino.

Ok, so I played one more significant pot against my new friend.  But before we go there I have to share a funny story which kind of signifies what a good time we were having.  This was a main game (the casino uses a must move table as a feeder game to keep the main games going).  A seat had opened on the other side of the table and it was quite some time that had passed, and still no new player.  The floor person on at the time, we’ll call her “Linda” (not her real name lol), is pretty well known around the room for not being quite on the ball or on top of things.  So not getting a new player for like 30 minutes was not a huge surprise.  Players had noticed it a few times as time went on, that this seat was still open.  So after at least 30 minutes the guy on my left says to the new dealer hey, do we still have a feeder game (knowing we did), who do we have to kill to get a player?  Linda’s up there standing around, why isn’t she getting us a player for so long?  So the drunk chimes in and says “**** that seat’s been open forever.”  “You should go say something” the 3 seat teased.   “I will,” the drunk replies, “I should ****call her”.   “haha, do it!”.   So the drunk says I will, and takes out his cell phone and starts dialing.  Now you’re not allowed to use electronic devices at the tables here (stupid state gaming regulations) but the dealer doesn’t stop him, he’s watching with genuine interest too.  We’re all watching Linda standing up at the front desk, looking at paperwork or something, then answer the phone.   The drunk is cupping his hand over his phone and saying “yeah this is your table 2 calling, my 7 seat is very lonely and really needs someone to sit there….”   Linda’s posture was hilarious.  She answers the phone in routine fashion.  After a few seconds she straightens up, pauses, then slowly turns around and looks at our table a bit wide eyed, with a measure of doubt on her face as to whether she would actually see someone from our table calling the poker room… we all busted out laughing, it was one of the funniest things I’ve seen at the card room in a long time.   Incidentally, we had a new player within 5 minutes. 

But on to the spot.  There are 5 limpers preflop, including the drunk, and in the BB I look down at KK.   I raise it to $21.  A middle position player calls, and the drunk calls, so we go to the flop 3 handed.  The flop comes down Js 7h 3c, a pretty nice flop for me.  I lead for $45, MP folds, and the drunk calls quickly.  This is a great sign… there’s no good draws present so based on the board texture and what I know from observing his play, I’m fairly certain he’s got top pair.  I’m also not concerned about a monster like a set of 3’s or 7’s, as I’m sure those would not be a fast call but rather a slow, painful deliberation or at least some sort of Hollywood routine before he put money in.   Cards that might be scary are a Q, T, or 9 as those are the most likely to make him 2 pair, but regardless I have a very nice value spot before me and feel quite confident I have the best hand right now.   Since this guy pays off, my plan is to go for 3 streets. 

The turn is the 5d, for all intents and purposes a safe card.  I bet $85.  This time he thinks about it for a bit, and finally makes the call.   The river pairs the 5, a perfect card… if my flop read was correct that I had the best hand, then I still do.   I remember the hand I moved in on the river with the trip 2’s, and how the all in seemed to get his attention.  I have about $250 left in front of me and with about $330 in the pot a shove would be a completely reasonable bet from a size of the pot standpoint.   But this guy has no idea how much money is in the pot (many live players don’t, drunk fishy ones certainly don’t), and I really want to get paid off by his jack, so I want to make a solidly large bet here that is somewhat less than a shove.  I decide on $175.  He again went into the tank, deliberating, counting out the call, doing his whole routine.  Eventually he puts the call in and turns over JTo, and I ship my largest pot of the night.

After he left, the game sort of died, as he really was the life of that party.  When he was racking up what chips he had left, he parted ways amicably, offering a hand shake and reiterating what a pleasure it was playing cards with us.  That, right there, is what it’s all about.  Do you want to play poker with a guy like the happy drunk?  So do I.   Well, despite losing money he had a great time, which was the real reason he was there anyway.  The next time he wants to go out for an evening of beers and cards, where do you think he’s headed?  And after making friends with me, assuming he can remember my face, if he sees me at the tables he’s more likely to try and sit with me again since he knows, win or lose, he’s going to have fun.  And tbh, it was the most fun I’ve had at the casino in a while myself, so I will look forward to that too.   And the very +EV situation it provides is a nice bonus as well. :)


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