The game is $10/$20 Seven Card Stud, an American classic. Five players. Everybody antes, $5 in the pot.
I catch two fours in the hole plus an ace up. Marvin Muckworthy, to my right, opens for $5, and I complete for $10 so as to be as aggressive as my ace but not so aggressive as my hidden fours. Call, call, call, call, $55 in the pot.
I get the third four on fourth street, no joke. I’m high man with the ace, so I bet $10–aggressive or foolish, from the other players’ points of view. Call, call, call, call, no joke. And now there is $105 in the pot.
On fifth street I snag a second ace. I’m now fours full of aces, a cinch bet, but I’m two aces showing. I bet $20. Call, call. But wait: Tony Tablestakes read somewhere that it’s hard to beat an exposed high pair, so he folds, god bless him. Marvin Muckworthy calls, leaving $195 in the pot.
On sixth street I hit a third ace. Unbelievable. Even more incredible, when I bet $20, everyone stays. Fiona Flushmonger, to my left, calls on nothing visible. Brad Bellybuster calls on a crooked straight. And Marvin Muckworthy is praying that something will wash up in the river to best my three exposed aces with his two visible sevens. And it’s $275 in the pot.
And then, my cup runneth over, on seventh street I pull the fourth ace. Aces full of fours and more and more, loaves full of fishes like tuna on rye: three fours and four aces. I bet first, of course, because I have–ahem!–three exposed aces. Flushmonger, Bellybuster and Muckworthy all call my $20 bet, the lord alone knows why. At the showdown–guess who won?–the pot is $355.
It’s mine, all mine! I’m rich, rich, rich!!
On paper, that is. Because we were playing a play-money game in an on-line card room.
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