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Gin Ricky Time

October 4th, 2012 Leave a comment Go to comments

What’s a cooler? Well a Gin Ricky should qualify.  But it not the same in a poker blog.

I just read a piece in Poker News about a cooler suffered by TonyG.  It is more deserving of a blogger rant than a true cooler.  At least that is my take.  It one of those great when it works and embarrassing when it doesn’t kind of hands we’ve all distributed and received.


Tony G was just the victim of a massive cooler, as he was eliminated in a million-chip pot.

Tony G

Tony G

Scott Seiver gave us a summary of the hand right after Tony G left the tournament area. Richard Yong had raised preflop, Tony G three-bet and Yong called. The flop brought {4-Clubs}{6-Spades}{A-Diamonds} and both players checked. On the turn the {3-Spades} hit and Yong bet 100,000. Tony G moved all in and Yong called.

Richard Yong: {7-Diamonds}{5-Diamonds}
Tony G: {A-Spades}{A-Hearts}

Tony G had outs, but the river was the {J-Clubs}. Right after being eliminated in this massive pot Tony G complimented Yong on his hand. He shook hands and left the room as we are down to just 16 players.  –PokerNews


First, Tony looks to have made it possible for him to play against his AA.  Slow play from late position in an unopened pot?   Very possible.  Had we been there, we’d have more info.  Blinds?  Positions?  Well, you know the drill.

The flop comes and it is coordinated low with one very nice card for the G-man.  He gotta a guy that could be holding anything and checks.  The turn…GANG BUSTERS!  The guy leads out a value bet making it look like he might be stealing.  Well, Tony evidently saw the latter being the case and moved in well behind with limited knowledge due to slow play.  My idea is that coolers are more about getting drawn out on.  Tony need to draw out here.

I guess some might want to call this a cooler like Poker News did.  I am going with Buzzard’s Luck.  Tony wasn’t concerned and and sought reward rather than risk.  That works…until it doesn’t.

Fun hand unless you were Tony.  That was another 50K Euro buyin down the drain.  Chump change for the owner of Poker News and my old work site.  Tip of my hat for him exiting a gentlemen.

We all need to be careful what we wish for and move in on.

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