The Old West and Poker

Posted by siteadmin | April 3, 2010 | Posted in: poker strategy | Comments Off

The Old West and Poker – The Rifleman

The Rifleman with his trusty big loop 44-40 at his side was sipping a cool beer at the bar on a hot summer’s day at the local saloon (B & M). Suddenly the saloon doors swung open and some drunk noisy cowboy burst in with gun in hand pointing it at the Rifleman…yelling at him, “i’ve heard about you! You’re not so good…let’s see what you’ve got!” (been drinking, had a A Q suited).

The Rifleman looks in the bar mirror at the drunk (his hand was not on his rifle, which was laying down 2 feet away) and in a strong confident voice (he had 66) said “lay it down cowboy, you’re not good enough for me today” (reraised to find out where he was). The cowboy didn’t back down, continued walking up and shouted another insult (reraised all-in).

The Rifleman softened, smiled and said “you’re good cowboy, too good for me today! Come on over and i’ll buy ya a beer” (swallowed his pride, laid his hand down, backed off until conditions would be better to put him on an all in decision… play good poker, it can teach you how to be a better man).

Few days later, cowboy gets drunk again (has KJ off) and challenges the Rifleman again…The Rifleman not sitting at the bar with his back to the door, but leaning back in a chair with his back to the wall and his hand on his rifle… (has AA) “Bring it on cowboy!!” (goes all-in) Cowboy calls…

… another fresh grave the next day in boothill… written on the tombstone… “pick your spots on your terms, not theirs…plus don’t drink and play”.

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