Got my poker mojo back...

Finally, after weeks of Monday evening travels, I was in town and able to go to my once regular poker game. Still $10 and still all my friends. I'm on the edge of being invited to play at the "Final 2008 table". I won last years "Nascar points event for our poker group" but haven't been playing well this year.

Last night I made it to about the half way point of the 30 person game and went to play cash. My better half came in 5th in the tourneyment. I lost $18.50 on my first hand and repurchased for $20 and managed to play on that for quite a while.

My biggest $$ winner of the night was 2h4s as the big blind for $1. Of the nine folks at the table, 8 called and I was happy to see a flop. Flop came with Ah, 3d, Qh... I needed a 5 for a straight. The first 7 players checked the flop and the dealer (last to act) bet $3. Oddly 6 folks called the $3, so the pot had $26 in it... The turn was a 5 of diamonds... I hit my straight but two hearts and two diamonds had me worried. I was the first to act and bet $10. I had two callers, so the pot was $56. The river card was a 9 of spades to likely no help to anyone. There was no pair on the board so no possible full house and only 2 cards to a flush so only a 6 high straight would be beaten me and I didn't put the other player on that. I bet $25, which sounds to high but the other guy had been on a massive roll on the last 5 hands and had a bucket of chips and he called. He said he had two pair but didn't show after I flipped my card and announced my straight. I think he had Q-9 at best. If he had AQ, than the hand certainly got away from him. That was a fun hand.

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