Pocket Rockets at the right time

After taking a break from poker, I came back to the Hustler Casino to play again. There was a aggressive loose player one seat over to my left who was raising every other hand pre-flop to $40. It made it very hard to limp in but I didn’t mind because I knew he would spew some chips my way eventually.

After a few hands, every time he would raise, I would say, “Raise again?” just to let him know I was aware of what he was doing. This did not deter him at all. In fact, it might have actually caused him to do it more.

Finally, when I was on the button (and he was the big blind), I said, “You’ve been talking everybody’s blinds so I’m going to raise and take yours.” He replied, “No you’re not.” I just wanted to mix things up and raise before it got to him to raise.

However, when it was my turn and I looked at my cards, I found pocket rockets. Nice. I raised to $30 as I had told him I would do. He called immediately and 2 others also limp called after him.

The flop was Jack, 10, blank rainbow. Everyone checked to me and I bet out around the size of the pot and the big blind was the only caller. The turn was a 7 and he checked. I felt that he probably had a 10 so I said, “10 no good” and went all-in for around $400. The big blind thought for a bit and called.

The river was another Jack, which I didn’t really like, but managed to take down the pot.

The table had a good laugh about how the hand came down. But it put the big blind guy on tilt and he spewed off all his money in the next 30 minutes.

It’s always nice to get pocket rockets at the perfect time.

About the Author

Regarding my poker background, I’ve been playing since 2003 (yes, the Moneymaker factor), and have won several small tournaments, and have cashed at the main event of the World Series of Poker. I also play cash games at local casinos and sometimes at home games.

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