My most exciting moment at the felt

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I would like to share with you guys a hand I recently played in a 200€ tournament, that I consider to be my best hand in terms of excitement factor (at least on my part)

There were 532 entries and only 38 left at that point.
Blinds at 8k/16k/2k, avg like 600k, 8-handed table
Me (HJ) : 1M
BU : 950k

SB:BB: 300-400k
My image was relatively loose, compared to the other players, something like 25/20 VPIP/PFR
It’s folded to me in the HJ and I have :7c::4c: . Both blinds defend pretty tight and I wouldn’t mind playing a pot with them either, since they are quite weak.
At the same time, the second most aggressive player at the table was at the button.
That didn’t stop me from raising to 35k
It folds to the BU who I consider to be a strong and thinking player. He 3bets to 77k. Blinds fold
I don’t think he would make a move an me here very often, but at the same time I am very sure that he is capable to fold a hand, even more against me since I got him covered.
I hate calling here and then playing out of position without the betting lead, so I 4bet to 177k, I made it exactly 100k (1 chip) more so he might think I want him to make the easy call for 1 chip more. This was my first 4bet all day.
He thinks for like 1min and calls 177k.

Flop (394k in the pot) :ac::jh::3c:
This is a favorable flop for my hand and I think he would fold loads of pairs like 77-TT, QQ. I decide to bet quite small because it has pretty much the same effect in a 4bet pot.
I bet 130k
He thinks for 90sec and calls 130k.
Turn (654k) :2d:
I turn the gutter along with the flush draw. I am not looking to check/call and give up the initiative.
Therefore, I bet 230k, also to have a good size bet left for the river. I thought he would fold AT+AQ here and also QQ+KK.
He thinks for 2min without looking happy at all. But he still calls 230k. At this point, I give him AK almost always.

River (1.1M) :7d:
I brick everything. But I think that he would fold AK here for his tournament life given that my range is very polarized to two-pair or better, or air.
I think for a bit and decide to shove for his remaining 420k.
As always, I cover my mouth and throat with the hood of my sweater, because I tend to gulp regularly in big pots (regardless of my hand)
The only hand I am worried about before ripping was AA for a monster trap. However, 10sec passed and he didn’t call, so I was very happy with that.
A minute passed, as he counted down his stack, looking baffled by the bet. I stared at the board and his chips back and forth. My heart was beating like crazy as I tried to relax as much as possible.
I thought about a statement of a poker pro I once read on Twitter saying: “No matter how much poker you have played in your life, it is always a tough time, to bluff shove the river, and then waiting for your opponent to act”
Had to agree on that statement. Meanwhile the other players at the table all got away from their phones and paid attention on the action. Villain looked like he was going to call like 2 times but then seemed to change his mind again. After 4min he asks for a count of my stack which surprised me, because I had the bigger stack and I thought he was aware of that. So I pushed all my chips over the betting line, leaving my mouth and throat for a moment unprotected and I could see that he was watching me very closely. For that reason, I put my hoody back to where I had it. I was scared that I might have given something away...

Not too long after that, a player called the clock on him. (I didn’t want to do it myself because that might look suspicious)
So I was sitting there like in a state of trance waiting for that minute to pass. “COME ON FOLD ONE TIME”
10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, and he folded!!!!! That moment was as adrenergic as it can get I can tell ya :)

After I was shipped the pot, I was chipleader of the whole thing.
My run ended the next day in 7th place for a €3.2k payday.


Thanks for reading everyone.
 
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This is a great thread, everyone should add theirs.

Mine is easy. Fifteen years ago I was in Vegas with my wife and had a great night at the craps table. I asked if I could try a sit & go at the Mirage as I had never played poker at any casino before, just home games. I'm at the table waiting for it to fill and there are 3 guys that I thought were good friends. I didn't like this at all thinking the opportunity to be colluded was there for sure. Oh well, I'll learn and it was only about 100 bucks. The kid to my right was on his 18th birthday (dealer carded him) and playing his first game too.

Early in the game i get dealt 43 suited. Checks around and I limp, SB calls, BB checks. Flop is AK5 rainbow, SB makes small bet, BB calls. Turn is 2. SB checks, BB overbets pot, I raise, SB calls. River is a brick. SB, shoves, BB snap calls. I check my cards to be sure I got the nutz and table it. SB had cowboys and BB had bullets. Knocked out both, took a huge chip lead and ended heads up against the kid. Three hands later I was sitting at the bar with the wife telling her the same story. Best 24 hours of Vegas I've ever had.
 
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Early in the game i get dealt 43 suited. Checks around and I limp, SB calls, BB checks. Flop is AK5 rainbow, SB makes small bet, BB calls. Turn is 2. SB checks, BB overbets pot, I raise, SB calls. River is a brick. SB, shoves, BB snap calls. I check my cards to be sure I got the nutz and table it. Knocked out both, took a huge chip lead and ended heads up against the kid. Three hands later I was sitting at the bar with the wife telling her the same story. Best 24 hours of Vegas I've ever had.

lol wtf were they playing?
 

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Not the greatest hand but a memorable one for me.

It's my bucks show and we've been drinking since breakfast. Headed to the casino for the hell of it. Poker games start at 6pm so me and my mate put our names down for some fun at 1/2. I buy in for $100 and don't remember a lot. Had mates sending the girliest drinks they could to the table for me.

Anyway utg straddles for $10. Everyone limps to me on the btn with AKss. Some reason I just call. Checks all the way to the river (yep) board reads 99525 rainbow

Utg bets $50. Folds to me. I stare at my cards. My stack. The board. Finally announce all in for like $20 more. He snap folds. I decide I'm too drunk to continue and rack up and leave.
 

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Mine was a $4/$8 HORSE cashgame in the Venetian.

Rotated to LHE, and a new player joins the table, hands the dealer $200 and the chiprunner is sent to get the chips.
I'm UTG with 56s. I raise to $8 and it folds around to the new guy in the CO.
New guy raises to $12, and it folds around to me. I call.
Pot = $30 (-$3 rake)

Flop comes A52 rainbow. I have a middle pair and bet.
New guy raises to $8, still with no chips at the table, seeming very comfortable.
I decide to put him to the test and reraise him to $12, and he immediately caps it at $16. I call.
Pot = $62 (-$4 rake)

Turn Jx. Doesn't help any hand except a J in the hole.
I have a feeling the new guy is just trying to steal the first pot and don't trust that he actually has a made hand, but I can't lead out anymore. There's also obviously no chance I'm folding since the pot has bloated out of proportion already. I check, new guy bets, I call.
Pot = $78 (-$4 rake)

At this point his chips are delivered, and his share is placed in the pot.

River is insignificant (and can't even remember since it's been a few years). I check, villain bets, and I voice my suspicion that he doesn't have an ace.
I call, turn my cards over and announce a pair of fives. Villain mucks his hand.

One player comments: "Wait... did you just win with a 5?" as I rake in a pot of $90.
 

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It was last trip to vegas I've planed to play 21 Tournaments in 10 days.

I told my Buddy that it would be great to have a good start when I play these many tournaments.

First was startosphere, I got suck outed and I was already frustrated. My friend told me that I should stop complaining and be just focused on the next one. At night I won the tournament in the Quad. Next day I got 2nd in the excalibur morning tournament and won the tournament in the afternoon. At night I got 3rd in the flamingo. It was such a huge heater. (4 tournaments 4times in the top 3). Poker should always be like that to me ;)
 

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Not sure OP meant this to be for everyone to share theirs, but since that ball has already dropped, here's mine.

The year was 2007. I was an active member on the Bluff Magazine forums and heard about a WSOP party they were throwing where all their readers were invited. They were going to have an open bar for a couple of hours, a lot of well known pros in attendance, etc.

It was held at Sapphires Gentlemans Club and my wife and I went, it was our first trip to Vegas. I wind up meeting up with a bunch of people I knew from the forums and hanging out, and then after the party was done we moved out of the private section into the main room.

We're sitting at our table and notice a table or two behind us is Daniel Negranue hanging with a bunch of people. Well, I'm throwing hundos around, getting my wife and my forum friends lap dances from these two cute Asian girls, and then the wife and I have to hit the head.

I'm in the bathroom and I notice the attendant is this old guy who's busting his ass, I want to tip the guy, but the smallest bill I have on me is a twenty. So I pull it out and ask if he has change. He apologizes and says he doesn't. I say "you know what? Keep it" and ship him the Jackson.

All of a sudden this guy in the bathroom just goes nuts, saying "oh man, that's SO money!" and I'm just like "uh, ok?" and he says I have to go to his table under these stairs and he'll get me a drink, etc. I tell him I've gotta wait for my wife who's in the bathroom but then we'll be over.

When we arrive, it turns out it's Daniel Negranues table! This guy was his agent, Brian from Poker Royalty. So we got to hang out and meet him, get a pic, etc. Was pretty cool.

Anyway, the wife and I are lightweights when it comes to alcohol, so we hop into a cab. She's falling all over me, saying "I love youuuuu, you're wonderful..." and me and the cabby are laughing. Get back to the hotel and I hold her hair back while she prays to the porcelain god.

We go to bed and I wake up after just two hours of sleep, check to make sure she's still breathing and take a cab over to the Bellagio cause I'm jonesing for some poker action.

The room is cramped, and smaller than I'm used to (having been accustomed to playing the 100-table room at Foxwoods) but I manage to get seated into a 40/80 Limit Mixed Cash Game. The games in rotation are Omaha hi/lo, Stud hi/lo, 2-7 Triple Draw Lowball and Badugi. Now I hadn't played Badugi before, but I was familiar with the other three games and picked it up pretty quick.

So we're using $10 chips and I buy in for $2,500. Well, I ran like fucking god I tell you, there wasn't a flop I couldn't smash. And no one believed me, so I'd get three callers to the river and I'd be flipping over nut low and Aces full to scoop. It was amazing.

In two hours I ran my stack up to $5,200 for a $2,700 profit (kinda helped to defray the costs of those strippers the previous night). I then realized I was pretty exhausted and didn't want to lose it all back, so racked up and got back to the hotel.

Never had another session like it, but been chasing it ever since :)
 

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First night in Vegas several years ago - staying at Treasure Island. I was playing 1/3 NL and having a decent session up a few hundred. I get dealt 35dd in the BB and get to see a flop with no raise. Flop is Kc2d4d. Not a bad flop. I check, V bets $20, everyone else folds, I call. Turn is the 2c. I check my straight flush draw and V checks behind. River is the beautiful Ad. I lead for $50, V raises to $150 (yay) and I shove for somewhere around $400 - V snap calls, tables K2 for a full house, and says ship it. I show my straight flush and dealer ships the big pot to me instead. Everyone else at the table starts talking about a high hand bonus too that I did not know about. The floor brings over some paperwork to sign and I get another $1200. :D First straight flush in Vegas - first HH bonus - fun way to start a trip.
 

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I have 2 that immediately come to mind, both small potatoes compared to several stories here

1st is cashing for just under $1500 in the daily 1pm $125 tourney at Aria in February of this year.
2nd is scooping a couple hundred dollar O8 pot at DCS '14 at a table full of courage's sharks...errrr...locals
 

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I have 2 that immediately come to mind, both small potatoes compared to several stories here

1st is cashing for just under $1500 in the daily 1pm $125 tourney at Aria in February of this year.
2nd is scooping a couple hundred dollar O8 pot at DCS '14 at a table full of courage's sharks...errrr...locals

Wrong Sir!!! Scooping a pot at Club Courage is way better than most of these. :)
 

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First time playing at a Casino. I sit down in the BB position. The to my immediate left makes it 15 bucks, first in the pot.......SOB...........Then he gets 5 callers.

I look at my cards and I have A/A. I shove all in. I get two callers. My Aces hold up. First to act called the all in with A/K and another caller was pocket 6's.
 

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This was 2 weeks ago. Nothing big $ wise but it absolutely qualifies as one of my biggest excitements in a single hand due to hand and Villain.

Scene: 1/2 underground game.
Villain: Nobody likes him. Celebrates every win, always hits and runs, no personality, usually the one guy to prevent PLO from playing. Openly laughs at others misfortunes. Douche.


NLHE 1/2
Villain (Late Position): $300
Guinness (BB): $550


Pre Flop: ($3)
several folds, Villain (LP) raises to $20, Some Guy (SB) folds, Guinness (BB) calls $20

Flop: ($41) 9
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6
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2
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(2 players)
Guinness (BB) bets $30, Villain (LP) raises to $75, Guinness (BB) tank jams $500, Villain (LP) calls.

Guinness (BB) "Run it twice?"
Villain (LP) "NOPE"

Turn: ($601) 6
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(2 players)
River: ($601) 6
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(2 players)

Villain (LP) shows 9
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9
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(nines full of sixes)
Guinness (BB) shows K
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6
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(four sixes)

Guinness (BB) wins $601.


He got up and high tailed it out of the room before I could even drag the first wave of chips. Everyone went nutso at the table high fiving each other like it was a bad beat jackpot. Somehow I'm not spiteful towards villain anymore. If he was a casual player I liked, I would genuinely be poker sorry but in this case it was worth openly yelling like Berg would if the Cowboys won the SuperBowl. GG GG. For Villain, BG.
 
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