There are moves . . . and then there are moves.
Here's a hand that took place at The Chuck Saturday afternoon. I had just recently sat down at the table and had no reads on anyone (of course, I could have been sitting there for 10 hours and still not had reads on anyone. Yes, I'm that good....).
I'm sitting on $300 and look down at 44. I limp in early position. Three more limpers and the button pops to $12. I fold. The button gets one caller (middle position) and they see a flop:
J(d) 7(d) 4(c). (Pot $30)
Both button and MP are sitting on $400+.
MP checks to the raiser who bets $20. MP calls. (Pot $70)
Turn is a 2(h).
River is 8(d).
MP checks. Button bets $65.
MP tanks. He then turns over one card: The J of clubs. He stares down the button . . . tanks . . . and then RAISES . . . $100 on top.
Button is dumbfounded. Dealer is laughing. Yes, actually laughing. He can't hold it in.
Button says, "What the fuck. I'm obviously representing the flush. What the hell are you doing?"
Finally, after a minute, button says, "I'm so confused I have to call . . ." Button turns over 78 off (two pair) . . . . MP flips over the K of hearts (pair of Jacks, King kicker). Button scoops a big pot.
This play was just beyond weird. True, middle position briefly confused the button. But, in the end, his attempt to level was poorly conceived and backfired brilliantly. I mean, what hand is he representing? A set of Jacks? Is he check-calling the flop and checking the turn with a set of jacks (and two diamonds on the board)?
Button was sitting next to me, and I asked him once the table settled down, "you calling if he doesn't show the jack?" Button said, "How can I with the diamonds out there?" Indeed.
Of course, I was kicking myself for folding my set of fours and missing out on this huge pot. But, then again, the hand would likely have gone down differently had I called preflop. I'm checking to the raiser, and then re-popping to $70, and we likely don't even see the turn.
Anyway, this was clearly one of the strangest hands I've ever seen live. There is prolly a lesson to be drawn, and I think it's this: Don't be a dick at the poker table!