Last week I offered an
example of a hand where
asking the right question -
"Why'd you bet so much?" -
netted me a sizeable pot.
This week, I'll show how a
very different question at the
same tournament proved
equally effective.
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Lesson: 10
Ask And Ye Shall Receive Part II
May 23, 2005


Last week I offered an example of a hand where asking the right question -
"Why'd you bet so much?" - netted me a sizeable pot.

This week, I'll show how a very different question at the same tournament
proved equally effective.

If you missed last week's lesson, or want a refresher on what happened,
click here.

Case Two:

Today, I start my table as the chip leader with more than double the average
stack. This is a tougher table, with Annie Duke, Bill Gazes, Casey Kastle, and
Lee Salem.

An older gentleman at the table is raising and reraising a lot of pots, and
generally, playing wildly. Like the Cowboy from a day earlier, he is definitely
today's mark. He's got Casey, who's stuck on his right, especially frustrated.
The three times Casey brings it in for a raise, the old man reraises, and
Casey throws his hand away. This hand, Casey limps in for $1,200. Annie,
Lee, and another player all call.

I'm pretty sure I have the best hand with A-T, and raise it $5K. I expect to
win the pot right there, and am rather unhappy when Casey quickly says "All
in" for a total bet of $25K. It's folded back to me, and I am now faced with a
decision for half my chips.

Here, Casey is representing that he limped in with A-A hoping for a raise
behind him so he could reraise all-in. This is a typical slow play in our game.
But his play here doesn't make sense. Wouldn't Casey have been more than
happy to raise with his A-A, knowing the older gentleman would reraise him?
I look at Casey hoping to get a read, but he is frozen like a kid playing statue.

I need more information, so I try to get Casey to acknowledge that I'm still in
the hand, or at the very least, that he's still alive. I ask if he limped with aces
and I still get no reaction. I then say, "Can you beat queen high?" He finally
looks up, smirks, and says, "Yeah, I can beat queen high."

Now, some people in poker like to lie about their hands. Here, it felt like
Casey was happy to be able to tell the truth in response to what is,
admittedly, a pretty silly question. After all, if I can't beat queen high, why am
I even thinking of calling?

Now I feel certain that Casey is holding K-T, K-J, or K-Q suited. I have him.
"I'm not buying it," I say as I push in my chips. "Good call," he says and turns
over K-T of diamonds. I proudly showed my A-T and it holds up, winning me
the $50K pot.

Sometimes a simple question can return a very profitable answer. Remember
though, information flows two ways at the tables, so be sure that you're
getting more information than you're giving.

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