Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Rolled up nines

I love poker slang. It's rich in imagery, color, and atmosphere. I love it so much I try to coin my own. I'd be ecstatic if a single one of my poker neologisms ever made it into the poker lingo mainstream. For that to have a chance of happening, though, the readership of this blog would have to increase dramatically.

What do I mean by rolled up nines? Seven card stud players will know. Technically, the "rolled up" term can only be applied to stud hands, but I'm appropriating it and applying it to hold'em. In seven card stud, rolled up anything means three of a kind in the first three cards dealt to a player, which are the first two down cards and the first up card. Rolled up nines in seven card stud would be two nines dealt face down to a player, followed by a nine dealt as the first up card to that same player. Rolled up anything is a killer hand in stud.

In the context of hold'em, what I mean by rolled up nines is when a player is dealt two face down nines, then a third nine appears face up in the flop. Rolled up anything is also a killer hand in hold'em. The usual hold'em term for this is a set, but I think the "rolled up" term is much more colorful. Unfortunately for me, the rolled up nines which showed up in hand 43 of last night's session belonged to someone else. Even more unfortunately for me, I had a really strong hand - a king high straight which I made on the river. To add insult to injury, my straight was the nut straight - the community cards were Js Jh 9c 8d Tc, and I'd been dealt Qc Ks. This gave me what I call the "high end plus" straight, which beats the plain high end straight. I guessed that my opponent had the high end straight, and that I was going to make a killing. Instead, he had a full house of nines full of jacks, and made the killing himself - a $72,446 pot. Had that one hand gone my way, I would have had a very successful session.

During current Hold'em session you were dealt 68 hands and saw flop:
 - 10 out of 10 times while in big blind (100%)
 - 6 out of 10 times while in small blind (60%)
 - 21 out of 48 times in other positions (43%)
 - a total of 37 out of 68 (54%)
 Pots won at showdown - 4 of 10 (40%)
 Pots won without showdown - 7

delta: $-23,865
cash game no limit hold'em balance: $4,912,530
balance: $7,361,938

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