Jack Straus, the WSOP 1982
winner, was not a boring
opponent at all. He was always
creative and sometimes
absolutely unpredictable at a
poker table.
Jack Straus WSOP Gallery of Champions
Jack
Straus
Jack Straus, the WSOP 1982 winner, was not a boring opponent at all.
He was always creative and sometimes absolutely unpredictable at a
poker table. Once, in a no-limit Hold'em game, he was dealt a seven and
a deuce of different suits, the most ugly starting hand you can ever
imagine.

Even a maniac would hesitate whether to play it or not. But Straus didn’t
hesitate. He raised. One player called. The flop was 7-3-3. So now
Straus had two small pairs with the worst possible kicker. “What will my
opponent do now?” he wandered. The opponent raised him $5,000
immediately. Oh well, the guy had a big pocket pair for sure.

So Jack… called! The turn was a deuce, which gave him the absolutely
useless pair. It was lesser than the one on the board. But Straus made
a bet: $18,000. That was a suicide, you’ll probably say. His opponent
was at a loss. He had a good hand and tried to find out whether Straus
was bluffing or had the nuts. He looked at him with doubt. "I'll tell you
what,” began Jack breaking the silence, - “just gimme one of those $25
chips of yours and you can see either one of my cards - whichever one
you choose." The opponent was completely astonished by this offer.
Several seconds later he tossed over a single green chip and pointed at
one of Jack’s holecards. Jack turned it face up. It was a deuce.

His opponent thought that the other card was a deuce either and Jack
had made a full house (and what else could think? That a guy raised
with absolutely nothing? He probably was a good player, but not as
good as Straus to even think of such a brave playing style). He folded
and Straus stole the pot.

"It was just a matter of psychology," Jack Straus explained modestly.
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