3pips   CAN'T WIN, BUT PLAYED IT GREAT! (8/23/11)

 Can't win, but played it great!

I was playing a short stack of about $85 at a fairly loose Atlantic City $1/2 no-limit table over Labor Day weekend at the Borgata.  There's a bad-beat jackpot in the room.  From early position, I limp-called the $2 blind, with the potentially qualifying bad-beat hand of 3, 6 of clubs (supports a straight flush).  The six-seat raised pre-flop to $10, after me.   As the last-to-act player, I called the raise, knowing that with five players in, the winner would drag at least $53 from the pot.
Not a bad return for me, as the most I stood to possibly lose was $85, my small stack.

The flop was 8, 10, Queen - two clubs.  As the first to act, I shoved my $75 stack (what I had after my pre-flop call) with my flush draw.  I reasoned there were many quality starting-hands the five players I was up against might fold (I'd gladly have taken down the $53 pot:).  My opponents might have been drawing very thin if I held a set, or better still a 9-Jack, for the straight.  The six-seat went into the tank for several minutes of thought and ultimately backed up his pre-flop raise, by over-shoving his larger stack than mine (hoping to isolate).  The eight-seat called.

The turn and river brought a red 3 and 6 - double pairing me. I said: 'two pairs,' without opening. The six-seat, in disgust and out of turn (my hand was still closed), opened pocket Aces. Then, the eight-seat opened the winner: a set of 8s which he had flopped (his pocket 8s hit).  I mucked without ever opening.

Post-Game Analysis, Why I Like my Play:
I defined the action when I shoved, and gave myself that chance to nearly double-up.  And, I was super live to quadruple-up against the callers.  Then, I protected my image after the river opened, by stating but not showing my two pair.

As it was late, I picked up after the hand. I'll play the folks from the table again, with their being unaware that I shoved on a draw, holding 6-high.

- E. Mark the "e-Shark" Gross