Sometimes live poker is rigged too.
I’m playing 5/10 on a Thursday night in the summer of 2012. I bought in for the table max of $2k and ran well for a few hours building up a stack of about $6k. A full blown maniac well known in this room sits down at my table. I naturally became excited but little did I know that within the span of 3 shuffles I was going to be felted.
The first hand he sits down I’m dealt KQ of spades. I open from early position and this maniac 3bets from LP and I call. It’s heads up and we’re $1k effective. I flop a K high flush. I expect him to check back on a monotone board with most of his hands so I lead out with a healthy bet size and he calls. There is a safe turn card and I bet a good size again, this time he decides to raise. There is no other move in my mind here other than a shove. If he has the ace high flush somehow I have to pay him off. Given how wild this player there’s no way to narrow his range, he can literally have any two cards. But this player is never folding a lower flush and is never folding the nut flush draw. He might even call with two pair or even one pair. I announce all in for an overbet and he says something I will never forget – “I just can’t fold this” then tosses in one chip and turns over A4o with the A of spades. And he rivers the nuts, of course.
The very next hand I have JJ in +1. I’m tilted and I make it 10x. Everyone folds except the maniac who calls. We’re heads up at about $2k effective. The flop is Jxx with two hearts. Wanting to represent tilt I make a cbet that’s larger than the pot. Being a full maniac he shoves into me for an asinine overbet and obviously I snap call. He turns over T6h and hits the flush and once again doubles through me.
Then the next shuffle I have AA UTG. My stack has taken a beating and I’m even more tilted. I do something entirely ridiculous that I have no explanation for. I open shove for my whole 3k stack. A few people at the table are shocked and ask if I’m serious. The dealer points out that it’s binding and it doesn’t matter if I was joking. I don’t say anything hoping people will think I was kidding and am now bound to this foolish decision. It folds to the maniac who doesn’t fold immediately. He thinks for a while then calls. Everyone else folds. I turn over my aces and he looks disgusted in himself. He doesn’t want to show his cards and I don’t ask him to. I’m pretty sure I’m going to win this. The flop looks pretty safe, low unconnected cards with two diamonds. The turn is an ace of diamonds. I feel pretty good about the hand now, I’m expecting him to have a mid or high pair and is probably drawing dead. But his mood does a 180, he starts smiling and is shouting “brick brick” calling for the river to be a blank. The river changes nothing, I’m confused about what’s going on until he turns over QT of diamonds.
I debate refilling given how good the action is with this guy at table, but decide I’m too tilted and cut my losses then make the walk of shame back to my car.