Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Playing with a Maniac

I have spent the past several weekends taking off from work early and driving up to my late mother's house to get things thrown out or donated, and working to get the house ready to be put up for sale. Fortunately, when the enormity of the task threatens to get to me, I can find solace in the Harrah's Joliet poker room. The bad beat jackpot there is inching closer to $800,000, so there is always that fun element of thinking you could hit it big while playing $1/2 NL. Last weekend, I got in two sessions. The Saturday night sessions was unremarkable until the local maniac sat down at the table.

The regulars at my table were familiar with the gentleman. I trust that what we saw Saturday night was similar to what the regs have seen in the past. One person said that he heard that the guy had lost $15,000 already that weekend at the tables. Things at our poker table were about to change quickly and dramatically.

Prior to the maniac sitting down, the game was a generic $1/2 NL game. Over the past couple of hours there were regular raises, standard play, nobody really getting out of line except a woman who kept straddling $10 every chance she got. Unfortunately for her, I don't think that she was quite as good as she thought, blaming all her losses on having second best hands or getting rivered.

The maniac bought in for the maximum $200 (I had a stack of about $200) and quickly began raising every hand by grabbing a handful of chips, usually around $35 worth, and betting without even looking at his hole cards. People kept limping in, and yes, he raised EVERY hand. He at first accumulated some chips before anyone played back at him. As luck would have it, he sucked out several times before anyone won against him. One time when he raised to only $23 I called with pocket 4s. The flop had three overs and I was forced to fold to a huge bet. I fired that one blank and figured that I would wait to take another shot. It came when he raised to $33 and I was holding KsJs. As good a time as any to call, I thought. The flop came Jack high rainbow. The maniac bet and I shoved, thinking that I was most likely in the lead. In the excitement I didn't see his cards, but he claimed after the river that he had two pair, apparently after the flop or the turn. It didn't matter, because the turn and river were spades, giving me runner-runner second nuts. I more than doubled up (there was at least one other person in the hand for the flop) and told him that I would give him a chance to get his chips back.

A few more hands were played, he spewed, and he bought back in for another $200 and was in for $600 total. I then looked down to see a thing of beauty: pocket Aces! Play came to me and I limped in, knowing that he would raise when the action got to him. As expected, he raised to about $35 and I pushed all in. He called. The flop consisted of  rainbow of cards below face cards. He flipped over his cards to show that he had a gutshot draw with two cards to come. Fortunately, the turn and river were both blanks. I felted him, he congratulated me, and then left the table. In a span of about 15 or 20 minutes, he spewed $600, and I grabbed $500 of it.

I took a restroom break, came back and played a couple of orbits, then cashed out with my $500 maniac profit. Some nights poker can be really fun!


Blogger Ace said...

Very nice! Is the commute closer from your mother's house to the poker room?

10:48 PM  
Blogger Tony Bigcharles said...

calling his $23 dumbest thing ever. shove, or fold preflop

1:48 AM  
Blogger lightning36 said...

Yes, Ace. It is only a 30-minute drive from there. It is two hours from my house.

3:13 AM  
Blogger lightning36 said...

Perhaps not a great move EV-wise, Tony. I had a feeling the four would hit on the flop. He definitely would call a shove, so no way do I go to battle with 4-4 at that point. I could have folded, but the call was a move to have FUN, which is why I play poker. And it only cost me $23. And if someone wanted to see some of the dumbest plays ever, shouldn't that person be reading your blog? Mwahahahaha!

3:24 AM  
Blogger The Poker Meister said...

SHWEEET!!!!! Maniac dollars are the best kind of dollars!

1:35 PM  
Blogger Memphis MOJO said...

Why would you ever shove there? If you hit, he'll pay you off, and if you miss, you want to be out of the hand.

6:04 AM  
Blogger lightning36 said...

@MOJO -- Yes, shoving would be the worst play, as Tony seemed to not understand that this player was all about action and being table captain. He called every bet and shove. E V E R Y

11:40 AM  

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