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Any Two Cards

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By Alexander Baron
Posted Oct 16, 2012 in Entertainment
There is a famous saying in poker: "Any two cards". This relates specifically to Texas Hold 'Em, by far the most popular variation at the moment, both on-line and in the real world.
The screengrabs below are all from hold 'em tournaments. I have but rarely played hold 'em cash games, and would not recommend it, certainly not the no limit kind. These are all low limit games, most of them freerolls, due partly to my chicken-hearted nature, partly to my belief (unlike Milton Friedman) that there is such a thing as a free lunch, and partly to what little wisdom I have. These are not all hands that I have played personally or that I was involved in. As far as can be ascertained, they are in chronological order.
May 9  2012: He flops top pair and thinks he s in front. Oops!
May 9, 2012: He flops top pair and thinks he's in front. Oops!
I think this is also from May 11  2012. A flopped set holds up.
I think this is also from May 11, 2012. A flopped set holds up.
May 16  2012: All-in with garbage  he outflops big slick  but justice prevails.
May 16, 2012: All-in with garbage, he outflops big slick, but justice prevails.
August 9  2012: House on the river  uncalled.
August 9, 2012: House on the river, uncalled.
August 12  2012:  A flopped set holds up in a freeroll.
August 12, 2012: A flopped set holds up in a freeroll.
August 14  2012: Cashing in a freeroll. Always a nice sensation  play for free and get paid into the...
August 14, 2012: Cashing in a freeroll. Always a nice sensation, play for free and get paid into the bargain!
August 26  2012: I am informed this was AK v AQ. Big slick sucks out.
August 26, 2012: I am informed this was AK v AQ. Big slick sucks out.
August 31  2012: KQ suited loses to KQ suited. Ouch!
August 31, 2012: KQ suited loses to KQ suited. Ouch!
September 3  2012: Idiot v idiot. I stayed out of this one.
September 3, 2012: Idiot v idiot. I stayed out of this one.
September 8  2012: Ace rag converts to house.
September 8, 2012: Ace rag converts to house.
September 9  2012: A flopped house in the William Hill Sunday Facebook Freeroll.
September 9, 2012: A flopped house in the William Hill Sunday Facebook Freeroll.
September 9  2012: Three all-in pre-flop  and the moron with the ace wins.
September 9, 2012: Three all-in pre-flop, and the moron with the ace wins.
September 9  2012: Pocket 8s win.
September 9, 2012: Pocket 8s win.
September 16  2012: A cruel way to lose with a small pocket pair when the board pairs twice and the ...
September 16, 2012: A cruel way to lose with a small pocket pair when the board pairs twice and the ace wins.
September 18  2012:  A flopped set holds up against a flush draw.
September 18, 2012: A flopped set holds up against a flush draw.
September 18  2012: A flopped house.
September 18, 2012: A flopped house.
September 19  2012: Pocket jacks lose to pocket aces.
September 19, 2012: Pocket jacks lose to pocket aces.
September 24  2012: The joker with 6-2 raised pre-flop.
September 24, 2012: The joker with 6-2 raised pre-flop.
September 24  2012: Eight s full get paid.
September 24, 2012: Eight's full get paid.
October 5  2012: Suited connectors hit a gutshot on the turn and improve to a flush on the river.
October 5, 2012: Suited connectors hit a gutshot on the turn and improve to a flush on the river.
October 7  2012: All-in pre-flop madness.
October 7, 2012: All-in pre-flop madness.
From the same tournament as above. He got away with slow playing kings.
From the same tournament as above. He got away with slow playing kings.
The second of two screengrabs from a freeroll played October 18  2012. Raise and flop two pair  you ...
The second of two screengrabs from a freeroll played October 18, 2012. Raise and flop two pair, you're probably in front, so why not whack it all in to shut out the draws? Because the other player may have a set?
According to one on-line calculator, I was 66.56% to win the above hand after the flop. The idiot behind me called with nothing, and hit his gutshot on the river.
October 21  2012: AJ raised  kings went all-in. Oops.
October 21, 2012: AJ raised, kings went all-in. Oops.
In Hold 'Em On The Cheap, I said I was finished with no limit hold 'em sit and go's. That resolution didn't last long! Immediately below are three screengrabs from a small bounty tournament. These are a variant of head hunters, or vice versa. The small fry below had 9 runners, paid 3 places and had a buy-in of $1.00 + 27c + 15c. I finished 3rd winning $1.94 and 81c in bounties for a total of $2.71.
October 28  2012: I stayed out of this one. 5-2 suited. What a player!
October 28, 2012: I stayed out of this one. 5-2 suited. What a player!
October 28  2012: One of the dangers of slow playing kings  but he put me out of the tournament in 3...
October 28, 2012: One of the dangers of slow playing kings, but he put me out of the tournament in 3rd place.
October 29  2012: Calling a big pre-flop raise with Q3 suited  he was then all-in with a flush draw....
October 29, 2012: Calling a big pre-flop raise with Q3 suited, he was then all-in with a flush draw. And he made it!

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