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The hand that caused the chips to fly

The hand that caused the chips to fly

The most dangerous player in the Thursday Night Investment Club is the Silent Assassin with a load of chips.

Some might say the second most dangerous player in the TNIC is the Silent Assassin with almost no chips. The Oct. 8 meeting found the Assassin turning 3 chips into $80, a tidy sum.

After losing much of his stake to String Bet Vinson on the night’s first hand when SBV hit a full house, the Assassin didn’t make his move until things got desperate. And for the Assassin, who was openly (and rudely, some thought) critical of Magic Man’s play in a Phil Hellmuth display early on, desperate was defined as being down to his final 3 chips.

But one win with a pocket pair led to another and before long, the Assassin was the big stack. The highlight was the elimination of String Bet, who had been card dead after the first hand (a fact the remainder of the table couldn’t ignore, since we were reminded nearly every hand).

SBV finally gets a hand to play, A of diamonds, Q of something else. He goes all in for the rest of his chips and after some consideration, the Assassin calls, flipping over 9 of diamonds, 4 of something else. The flop comes Q-J-10, all of diamonds, making things quite interesting. The turn was a 7 of spades, leaving SBV ahead, but the disaster struck. The river was 8 of diamonds, giving SBV the nut flush, but the Assassin a straight flush. String Bet responded by tossing his chips away from the table in disgust.

Peel-Out Vinson suffered a difficult few minutes, finally being eliminated literally moments before his beloved Cardinals coughed up a hairball and lost NLDS Game 2 to the Dodgers. There was the faint smell of burning rubber soon after.

After that, the question became which short stack — the Competitor or the Magic Man — could survive to finish second. The answer came on the night’s final hand. Magic Man, with action to him, goes all in for his final 6 chips with JJ. The Competitor tosses in his final 3 after calling and the Assassin called both. The Competitor turns over A-7, the Assassin KK. The kings held up and the Competitor was awarded second for having more chips than Magic Man when the hand started.

Dinner was chili — beans were optional — Old Charter and the famous Thursday Night Brownies.

Gary Robinson posted at 2009-10-8 Category: Poker

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