Why I Don’t Talk about Hands When I’m Playing

I’ve made a new friend at Lucky Chances. His name is Django. (Pronounced Jango.) He’s a young, instantly likable player, very sharp and well-respected. The first dozen times we played together was in early 2007 when I played a few times a week for a few months. It was right after my book came out. I hadn’t played for a year and a half. During that time, he had become an established regular in the big no-limit game at LC.

One day, I raised preflop, he called from the blind, he checked the flop, I bet the flop, he checkraised, and I folded.

Another day, the same thing happened.

During those sessions I saw him do the same thing a couple times with draws.

So the next time I went to play, I decided in the car that if this pattern came up again, I was going all the way with my hand if I had a pair.

And sure enough, it happened again. I had a pair (a pocket pair of eights), I opened for $120 preflop, he called from the big blind, he checked the flop, I bet $200, he made it $700, I called, he bet $1100 on the turn, I called, he bet $1700 on the river, I called, and he mucked. I won and no cards were shown.

(The flop was 9-4-2 rainbow. The turn was a queen and the river was a jack.)

He took a break right away. When he came back, he started talking to me about the hand. I knew I must really like this guy because I spoke.

“What’d you have?” he asked.

“I would like to answer your question, really I would, but I am incapable of telling the truth in situations like this, so there’s really no point in me saying anything.”

“You had pocket kings,” he said.

Fastforward to last week.

I hadn’t been to Lucky Chances for about a year. I had been playing for a few hours, when Django took a seat in the game, across the table from me. Right away he started talking about the hand from a year ago. He asked if I remembered the hand.

“Yes,” I said. “The flop was 9-4-2 rainbow.” Before that sentence, it had been five or six years at least since I had mentioned actual cards at a poker table.

“Wow! Nice memory!” he said.

He said some more stuff about the hand that I didn’t reply to. A couple hours later, he moved to a seat right next to me. We chatted a little bit about this and that, and then he brought up the hand again.

“I’ll tell you what I had,” I said. “I had pocket threes. I decided in the car, on the way to the casino, that I was going to call you down with any pair if that pattern came up again.”

“I don’t believe you,” he said.

“I believe you,” I said.

“You believe that I don’t believe you?”


“Well, I had K6. Totally nothing.”

“I don’t believe you,” I said.

“Huh? Are you calling me a liar?”

“Yes. That’s what ‘I don’t believe you’ means. It means I think you are lying.”

“Well,” he said. “I didn’t really mean it when I said I believed you had pocket threes.”

“I believe you.”

“But before you said you believed that I believed you had pocket threes?”

“But you forgot something.”


“That I am incapable of telling the truth when it comes to talking about hands, or talking about talking about hands.”

“You’re a sick fuck.”

“I believe you.”


  • Warren Posted May 28, 2009 9:21 am

    Thats beautiful and a good reminder to keep my mouth shut as I head to Vegas

  • TecmoSuperBowl Posted May 28, 2009 10:56 am

    Haha good stuff as always.

    And great job on the DC series so far!

  • JJS Posted May 28, 2009 8:45 pm

    Pocket eights?

    I don’t believe you.

  • Cardgrrl Posted June 2, 2009 12:13 pm

    ” I had a pair (a pocket pair of eights)…”

    Sure you did. 🙂

  • fabadam Posted June 30, 2009 7:06 am

    So what did you really have in that hand?

  • Tupiq Posted December 14, 2015 12:08 pm

    It all depends on your poiitson and your chip poiitson as well, but in general you want to get in as cheap as you can and hope to flop your set. Most of the time you will miss the flop and have over-cards on the board so you will have limited options on what to do. The few times i will raise is if i am in good poiitson and no one else has opened the pot yet, but for the most part you want to limp with many callers, remember that sets break players.References : Was this answer helpful?

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