A funny thing happened at the poker table last night. I was
playing over at the Red Rock casino where they happen to have a
really big bad beat jackpot (some casinos run a promotion that
if a player has a very, very strong hand beaten by a stronger hand,
like four-of-a-kind beaten by a straight flush, they pay everyone present
from the bad beat fund, which happened to be $167,540 yesterday).
Of that money, $45k goes to the losing hand, $35k goes to the winning
one and the rest gets split amongst everyone playing at the time.
Last time I was playing, a table hit the bad beat and we all got a $200
share of the bad beat fund.
Back to last night…I'm playing at a fairly average Texas Hold 'em table
and not getting too many good hands, until this one came up: I had
a pair of 8's in my hand and I made a full house on the flop (community
cards) which was K-K-8. I knew my hand was best, so I was surprised
when an old lady at the table raised me; she had been making a lot of
weird plays all night, so it didn't concern me since the only hands
that beat me were two kings or a king and an 8 which would have made
a larger full house and she didn't play preflop like she had the kings.
The next two community cards were a 6 and another 8. I about wet
myself when the last 8 came off as it gave me four-of-a-kind, a nearly
unbeatable hand! Unfortunately, by then, the old lady and I were
the only ones left in the hand, but we kept raising and reraising until
she ran out of chips – I think we each made about 8 bets. I triumphantly
turned over my cards and proclaimed my four-of-a-kind. Imagine my
surprise when she showed her pair of kings for a better four-of-a-kind!
At first, my heart sank deep into my chest when I realized I had lost the
hand. Within seconds, however, the whole world started to fade away
as the realization that I'd just won $45,000 came to be.
F-O-R-T-Y-F-I-V-E-T-H-O-U-S-A-N-D-D-O-L-L-A-R-S! Holy Shit!
Even as I type this now, it doesn't seem like a reality. Within that one
hand of poker, my immediate life had changed - I could put life on hold
for another year!
The rest of the night is a blur; the whole room was abuzz with activity
after it happened and everyone wanted to come over and hear the story
of the hand. I vaguely remember being taken to a back room in the
casino to fill out tax forms and collect my check. I'm shirking reality
again and I couldn't be happier!