I could scoop up a giant pot and this Overpair paid off – Closing my eyes, I thought about the situation: Overall, including the chance to catch a set of Jacks or finish a draw straight from the inside, I have six of them coming out. I’m not considering pairing one of the four cards on the board, because he or she may already have a card or two that includes one or two of them. With only river cards coming up, the odds of a hand are about 7 to 1 against me. Looking at the pot, it is clear that the implied pot odds are much higher than the cost of calling the raise. (These are often called “positive expectations.”)
River – ah, river. Thanks to the “poker gods,” it’s a 9 hour visit dewapoker. What a pleasant surprise to me! I studied my hand to make sure. I have a straight top end. Very good! Not realizing my good fortune, BB made a bet on the river. I purposely hesitated, studied my hole cards, and looked at them – as if trying to decide how to respond. Then, as if in doubt, I raised him. He was clearly surprised. After a brief pause, perhaps thinking I was bluffing, he quickly lifted me back up.
I stopped to ponder the situation: With no partner on the board, a full house would be impossible. With only two cards matching on the board, flush is not possible. And, as that hand plays, I’m pretty sure he doesn’t have a JQ in the hole, which will give him a higher jump than mine. I’m almost sure BB has 7 or two pairs. So I dare to raise it again.
This time he just called. I raise my Jack-high. He shows his 7 pockets. That gave him a set – second best for my Jack-high straight. And I am very happy to take the monster pot. I have river him. What a feeling! I love it. In fact, even though BB might disagree with me, it wasn’t a bad blow for her as I had enough time to make it a sensible call for river viewing.
You never know what card will fall; You can get some pleasant surprises. Guess I was just very lucky.