So I was playing poker online, a little .25/.50 no limit game, and this hand comes up. New player had just sat down and he was under the gun. He raised to $1.50. I’m on the button with pocket queens, so I reraise to $5. New player calls. Flop comes 2-5-7 rainbow; he checks, I raise, he goes all in. It’s still only a small percentage of my stack and I’ve got the big overpair and figure the only way he’s got me beat is with kings or aces, so I call his reraise. Cards are flipped up, he has A 5 and hit his set of 5s on the flop. The river brings a beautiful queen, I rake the pot and he’s throwing a fit in the comments about how lucky I got. I said, “No, you got lucky. You called a big reraise with a weak ace and got lucky to hit a set. I just got re-lucky. I was a big favorite on the flop, so I call that justice.” That really sent him over the edge, ranting about “stupid Americans”.
I don’t understand the people throwing fits at the poker table. The other night, there was a guy playing unbelievably stupid, calling huge preflop raises with garbage and hitting bottom two pair, gutshot straights, you name it. I lost about $150 to this guy over the course of an hour, all on terrible suckouts from him after he called my raises with crap. The guy was up over $300. Two other guys at the table were just crucifying this guy as an idiot, calling him every name in the book. I just said, “I think he’s playing well. He’s got all my chips.” Why? Because I don’t want a bad player to change his play. I want him to keep calling big raises on crap. His luck won’t last, his poor play will. And you can bet that every time I log on, I’m looking for this guy at a table. He’ll give all that money back and then some. As smart poker players like to say, “Don’t tap the aquarium glass and spook the fish.”