So, I was playing in the regular Wednesday night game last night and running pretty cold. I think I had scooped two pots the first five hours, quartered quite a few lows, and lost a hold 'em hand when my pocket AA got run down by 78s. No big deal; I was down just a little and had straightened out my attitude and was content to run out the night playing good poker with no mind towards results when this hand occured in the last twenty minutes of play.
We were playing O8 with a couple of twists. First off, we were each dealt five cards. That obviously makes for better staring hands. Second though, was the fact the dealer called "two OR three out of your hand." That makes it a completely different game. Boats are routinely disguised as the board does not have to be paired if you are playing three from your hand and A2 is not worth much unless the board contains three other lows. I get dealt A56QQ double suited. Flushes win high on occasion and having the big PP in my hand gave me the boat possibility so I called the 5 ante from MP knowing there would be eight players to the flop. (The game had been called 5-100 [bets between 5 and 100 on any round of betting] and we allow "kill" calls meaning you can say "kill" when calling. Three "kills," three raises, or any combo thereof caps the raising for that hand) I killed the raise with my call so there was no fear of raising behind. The flop was 23X giving me A2356. I figured my low was good so I bet 20 getting four callers. The turn was a blank for me but gave the first player to act some sort of hand and he bet out 40 which got three callers, me included. The first player, Wingnut, bets almost any hand so there was no telling what he was on. The other two, Doc and Lumpy, call with almost anything so they were mysteries as well. I did not raise for two reasons. First, there was the possibility one of these guys had an A45 in there hand. Based on my knowledge of their betting, I doubted it, but I have been fooled before. Secondly, I wanted to control the pot size a little bit and did not want to open myself to a re-raise. The river was a dastardly 4 making the nut low of the wheel, which I had of course. It didn't feel near as good as my 65 had just a moment before though as Wingnut bet the full 100 and Doc raised it to 200. As I was trying to figure out the math of a call and how much I was going to get back in the highly likely event I had been quartered, Lumpy announced "call" and stuck his chips in. That made my mind up obviously as a quarter of four players is a no lose situation. I said "call" and pushed my chips in. Lumpy then said, "Oh, I didn't realize Wes hadn't acted yet. I got to think about this." My brain screamed, "BULLSHIT! You called and put your damn chips in." My mouth said, "You called and put your chips in, You're in." He thought for a minute and said, "Nope. I'm not going to call." One other player made a half-hearted comment about Lumpy's play but didn't push it. I shut my mouth and waited for Wingnut to call the raise, which he did. Of course he and Doc had A5 and we split the low three ways. Wingnut had a shitty flush that took the high. Without the river 4, my hand would have taken the whole low.
I did not raise a stink there though I know I would have been justified doing so. Honestly, a lot of my profit from this games depends on dumb raises from those pushing their nut lows. These guys will routinely bitch at one another when they get quartered and one of them was betting or raising, but they keep on doing it. I'm not going to be the one giving lessons though. Secondly, this guy is a pretty decent fellow for this crew (subjectivity is a helluva thing) and he is not one to angle shoot. I kept my mouth shut as much less than I put in was pushed back my way.
I did take substantial joy though when Lumpy looked at the revealed hands and realized he missed out on half of a 1000+ pot as his baby boat would have taken the whole high side. He was scared my call meant I was going that way.
Me. On the inside. I was laughing.