Ever get the idea that life may indeed be a dream and nothing more? I get that sometimes at the poker table, especially when I call for a card and it comes. Okay, most of the time, it doesn't, but those long shots romp home far more often than they should. Take the following hand from last night's Facebook Freeroll on Titan Poker.
There were over 3,000 runners and only 50 places paid, so with a $500 prize pool I had no intention of sitting there for three or four hours to maybe win $1.25. I doubled up, and when the guy with Q-10 suited raised, I whacked it all in. I was of course behind on the flop, although the side pot was coming my way, so after the turn, I called “Six!”. And look what came.
A hand from the abandoned $500 Facebook Freeroll on Titan Poker, December 15, 2011.
After that, I was in second place, and would have stayed the distance, except I kept getting disconnected, no, not just me, the whole tournament. If there had been real money at stake I would have continued, but I had a half-prepared stir fry waiting for me in the kitchen, and if the choice is between maybe winning a dollar or two while sitting there hungry or a Baron special with soy sauce and noodles, my stomach will win out every time.
I made the right decision; this morning, the following message from Titan Poker appeared on Facebook:
“Friends, we are very sorry about the inconvenience yesterday. We promise to release an organized information about the last situation and about our next steps.”
Anyway, below in (more or less) chronological order are some screengrabs with a bit of comment. My apologies for the inconsistent sizes. The hand at the top of this article was played as dated. Is this Descartes' Demon at work? Is it psychic powers? Or maybe something to do with the software? I strongly suspect the latter, judging by the number of Royal Flushes I've had since I first started playing on-line.
Another called for hand, this was played June 19, 2009. This sort of thing often happens at Omaha and Omaha Hi Lo, as I think this was. A nice turn card and a blank on the river; it was nice though to have been on the right end of it, for once.
This file was dated May 2011, but Full Tilt closed the previous month, so I must have edited it around then. I am fairly certain the hand pictured was played last year. I distinctly remember calling for the river card, and my sense of wonder when it came.
As with the hand above, this file was dated May 2011, but Full Tilt closed the previous month, so I must have edited it around then. I am fairly certain the hand pictured was played last year, and likewise I remember calling for the river card.