So I've been waiting for an appropriate story to start off my CR blog. I have had a few blogs in the past with ridiculous poker stories which eventually I may import into my CR blog, but for now let me start off with this fun story.
It was another day at the Borgata as I was grinding the 75/150 Stud Hi game. (great game) I took a break and walked around the room just to see what was going on in the high stakes room, when I noticed the infamous Stud hi player, "Freddy." Some of you may have heard tales of the man they call Freddy, but for those who haven't let me explain some background. Freddy was one of the biggest stud hi players back in the day. He would play the huge flynt game, from what i've heard, he played up to 4k/8k stud hi, a real action junkie. Now Freddy isn't exactly what you would describe as a shark... No, I would call him more of a guppie before shark. So me being the action junkie I am myself started dreaming about playing nosebleed stakes with Freddy. I noticed that they were playing a 600/1200 mix and went over and asked what games they were playing. Turns out the mix was of course Stud Hi, Stud 8, and NLHE 10k cap. Freddy had obviously picked the two stud games, and the other players i'm sure happily abliged. Again I started to think about the possibility of playing in that game as Stud Hi and Stud 8 are my two best games, and I could shortstack NLHE very well. I sighed and walked away knowing that I didn't have the BR to take on that game and returned to my stud hi game. I couldn't get this game out of my head while grinding the 75...then it hit me. I should just piece of myself and jump in this game! It's been my life long dream to play this kind of game since I started grinding the .25/.50 stud hi game on full tilt. So I contacted 3 of my friends to see if they were interested in taking a %. One of them was in the game directly adjacent to the mixed game (25/50 nlhe) glady decided to take a piece, and my other friend in PA said he wanted a piece as well. My 3rd friend who you all know as Eric Rodawig (Chipsahoya) had gone to sleep already, but I still wanted to offer him a piece. So I texted him that I was going to play this epic game and that I'm buying in for X thousand and if he wanted, he could have a piece. I had the intention of letting him decide when he woke up, and I would cover his part of the buyin, and if he didn't want it, then I would take the loss or the win more on myself. So with my buyin split 3 ways I now was about to jump in a game I had up to this point dreamed about quite frequently. The line up was insanely soft and was 6 handed including me. When I joined the table they decided to take out NLHE which you can imagine made me smile. (I often get pegged as a NLHE player, so when I join a mixed game people auto think I'm good at NLHE and PLO because of my young age lol)
One of my first hands of Stud Hi I played I was the Bring in with 3s 3h | 2c. a Q completes Freddy calls with a Ten and I call. Q catches a K Freddy hits a J and the dealer peels off... yep, a 3 for me. My heart instantly starts pounding and I feel the adrelenaline pumping as I try and keep my composure. QK bets, freddy calls, I just call. 5th street comes and QK hits a T freddy hits an Ace and I hit a J. Freddy bets out and I raised and the QKT calls 2 cold and freddy calls. 6th it checks to me and I bet and both call and the river it checks to me and I bet again and QKT folds and freddy tanks for awhile and then folds. I pull in the pot and feel amazing. Everyone starts asking who I am as they have never seen me before. (I'm 24 so you can imagine a 24yo kid walking up to a 600/1200 Stud game and coming out of the gate raising 5th street with 23Jr and winning a big pot) The game went on and I have never been in a better high stakes game in my life. It was the perfect lineup, the perfect hour (everyone was tired except me) and the perfect games. I went on to book a 20k win and then Freddy quit causing everyone else to wanting to play different games, so I quit as well.
I texted Eric to call me when he woke up the next morning and he did. I explained to him the opportunity that I had last night and that I jumped in the game. I explained to him exactly the situation without a hint of being results oriented. I then asked him if he wanted the % i had reserved for him. He tanked for awhile as I remained quiet, and he finally decided to take a large % of what I reserved for him and won. Easy game.
Now i'm about to catch some sleep as it's been quite an adrenaline filled 24 hours and I have an interview with Kristy Arnett for pokernews about mixed games in 2 1/2 hours.