Posted 28 March 2005 - 01:53 PM
So, a friend of mine, his brother and I were at my friends house, watching him play. Me and his brother were flipping through the Super/system 1's "Hand Name list" We were up late, and pretty goofy, and for some reason King-3=King Crab struck us as really funny, particularlly since it's such a bad hand. So my friend ends up raising a pot with King Crab, and winning, and my friend's brother stood up, and did this hilarious dance, where he pinches his fingers, and dances back and forth horizontally, imitating a crab. Well, I thought this dance was freaking hilarious. So funny, that I promised I would do it if I got the chance at My local brick and mortar card room. So I'm playing 4-8, and the game is weak, and loosish... 4-5 people seeing flops, not a lot of preflop raising, or raising in general, some calling, but not an insane amount. A solid game. Well, I've been playing tight and aggressive, and I've gotten some what of an image as a rock at the card room, so I don't get the action that I want. Well, on this one hand, there were 4 callers, and me on the button with K-3 of spades. So I raise it up, the blinds call. The flop comes down King-queen-x, and two hearts, I think. Everyone checks, I bet, 4 callers.. * yikes.. but all well.. I didn't get that much stregth from anyone. The turn comes an x, check around to me, I bet, 3 callers. The river comes another x, check around, I bet ( because I wanted to represent stregth here, for advertizing purposes, plus I got no real stregth from anyone else, so I thought my K was proably good) one caller, and I win the pot... So the lady, a reasonably good, if ABC player looks at me, mystified, as raising with K3 went way away from my table image. And I said" Well, if I don't raise on King Crab, I won't win with King Crab" A pause, and she nods, still confused... then I say" and if I don't win with King Crab, I can't dance.... at which point I stand up, and Start crab dancing away... now, the entire table is looking at Me like I'm completely crazy, and I cackle Caro style, and stack my chips. Since then, King Crab has become part of my arsenal. I don't play it all the time, and I will only raise with it, taking the lead. I only play it a) if I'm the first one in the pot for a raise B) a loose raise who I have a good read on raises with it, and I re raise. c) I'm on the button with suited crab into a huge multiway pot, where I raise, and hope I get a free card, or what not. Not only have I won a staggering amount of the pots I've entered with this hand ( In my mind, since it's such a seemingly shitty hand) I've gotten insane action from it... Every time I bluff with it, and win the hand uncontested, I show it. Every time I win, I ALWAYS do the crab dance. Most of the time, I play a tight, aggressive, ABCish game. But now I've gotten insane action from people, who have gotten the crab dance... It sticks in your craw... here's the thinking " How can that punk raise with King f***ing three! doesn't he know I have QQ (or AK or what ever). Then this punk f***ing dances after he beat me wit hthat rag... I'll show him..... " and then I proceed to punk people with my real hands. Also, the Krabler ( as I now call it) has had unexpected benefits. So this dude, B, who's a young, weak, watched too much TV player, typical weak frat guy type play, but nice enough, plays a hand up front... a whole bunch of callers, including a friend ( albeit terrible player) J calls on the button, and i"m in the big blind with jack-7. Checks are good. The flop comes down 337. I check, B bets out, folds around to J, who raises. I fold, B re raises, and J caps. Now, at this point, I put B on Ace 3, because that's the only hand that makes since for him to have from up front, maybe he slowplayed aces or kings like the nub he is, but I think A3 makes since. J could have had k3, as he is versed in the ways of the Krablar, but I think he would have raised back, so I put him on either Ace 3, or some suited hand with a 3 in it, as he will often foolishly play. But I'm pretty sure B has J beat with kicker. So the turn comes a 10. B checks, J bets, and B calls. Now I think, well, Maybe B does have a pocket pair. A (seemingly) harmless 6 comes on the river, and B bets out, and I'm thinking "Ace 3 it is" J raises B. B makes a crying call. J had 3-6 offsuit, which he limped in foolishly on the button with, for a full house. B shakes his head, turns to me, and shows me... the KRABLAR!!! and whines " Dude, I only played this hand because of you..." and I laugh and laugh and laugh. Not only am I getting more action 'cause of the Krablar, but now nub players at my local card room are playing the Krablar, poorly, weakly, and out of position, because It's My favorite hand. I couldn't believe it. Anyway, I just wanted to share with you how thinking far outside the box can pay amazing dividends..
"We are only wise in knowing that we know nothing"
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-Ted Theodore Logan