Gut Rumbles

April 19, 2005

a "kicker"

I'm on a roll about poker. One of my favorite games is five-card draw, open on your gut. Suppose you draw a pair of aces off the deal. What do you do next?

My answer is that it all depends on where you're sitting at the table. If I'm the first person to bet, I'm going to go large for two reasons. First, I have a pretty good hand. Second, I want to eliminate as much competition as I can.

If I don't bet first, I'll probably see the opener and raise double for the same two reasons I listed above. Then I pay really close attention to what people take on the draw.

If the opener takes three cards, I figure that he's got a nice pair, but I've got him beat. That shitass who stays in and takes ONE card scares me, because he's either holding two pair or sucking for a straight or a flush.

In that situation, I ALWAYS draw three cards. I don't believe in holding a "kicker" to go with my aces. I'm not looking for two pair. I want that third ace.

If I'm the opener and I don't help my aces, I'm going to bet big. I want to see if I can run the mullets out of the game. If the guy who took the one-card draw raises me, I just may fold and get out of Dodge. Or.... I may decide that he WAS trying to fill a straight or a flush and he didn't get it... and now he's trying to run MY mullet-ass out of the game.

If I'm somewhere in the middle, I don't believe in calling a one-card draw. I'll either fold or raise the shit out of him. That's the way I play poker and I win a lot more than I lose.

But I don't believe in "kickers."


No Shit!!!!!

Posted by: Sam on April 19, 2005 06:43 PM

Kickers suck, always draw three cards when you have just one pair, Cat

Posted by: catfish on April 19, 2005 08:22 PM

My dad was a semi-pro poker player. Good enough to make a living at it for a few years. One year he came back to Sacramento from Las Vegas carrying $20K. Stayed in a cheesy motel. Someone broke in while he slept and stole the wad. He gave up poker after that, I guess. Never saw him with much money after that.

Posted by: WitNit on April 19, 2005 11:10 PM

I haven't played any serious poker in a few years, but I still play a friendly game every once in a while. I play different if I give a shit about winning.

Posted by: James Old Guy on April 20, 2005 12:09 PM
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