What do you do for a living?

diamond_white1-e1480084552211Here’s a hand I played in the big no-limit game at Lucky Chances. There was a guy in the game I’d never played with before, and he was giving lots of action. So far I’d played two pots against him. Both times I was on the button. Both times the river went check-check. Both times I turned over the winner. And both times my cards caught him by surprise by being quite a bit less strong than he expected. He made it known both times that in his world, I suck.

Then this hand came up. My stack was about $4,000 and he had me covered. He was on the button and I had the big blind. Everyone folded to him and he opened for $160. The small blind folded and I called. The flop was J-J-2 rainbow. I checked, and he checked. The turn was an ace. I checked. He started to check, then he said “time,” and he acted like he was thinking, and then he said “two hundred.” I called instantly with two $100 chips while he fumbled around with ten $20 chips on their way into the pot.

The river was a king. Final board: J-J-2,A,K. I checked. His face got consternated and he shrugged and said, “Your ace is good. I check.” I turned over pocket sixes and he said, “That’s good too.”

Then he said, “Nice hand, buddy. Hey, if you don’t mind me asking, what do you do for a living?”

Now, if he had intended this as a polite question, then I would have ignored him politely. But he didn’t. He was being mean. I’d heard this rib before many times over the years. He was mocking me and my poker playing by implying that I must have a pretty good job to be able to afford to play as bad as I do. Well, I lost my cool and I got rough. I ignored him ruthlessly.

It all ended happily though, when one of my favorite foes, Sam B., spoke up and replied on my behalf.

“He plays limit.”


  • Alan Bostick Posted January 23, 2009 4:23 pm

    It is of course a foul canard. Today’s limit player, holding 66 in the big blind, would have three-bet the raise, bet-called the flop and checkraised the turn in hopes of getting a free showdown.

    (Today’s limit players are lagtards.)

  • Asahi Man Posted January 23, 2009 8:08 pm

    “I lost my cool and ignored him.” Ha. Classic.

  • bicyclekick Posted January 25, 2009 10:56 am

    LOL I get that a lot when I play no limit too. I didn’t expect it here so when I read it I burst out laughing. So classic.

  • Sean Gibson Posted January 27, 2009 12:32 pm

    Absolutely classic. I’ve only lost my cool once playing NL in Vegas, it was at Ballys and I won a couple of hands and the self proclaimed (out of towner no less) expert pro “called my hand” (and of course he was completely wrong). Anyways, I like your strategy of pissing em off with silence.

  • I Don’t Need a Job Posted April 13, 2009 7:28 pm

    Good call on the turn. It goes to show that if you trust your reads, more often than not you will profit.

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