“The game had broken up at the Bellagio and I was bored, so I joined a $10/$20 No Limit Hold’em game. There were fi ve players sitting, and one of them had more than $110,000 in front of him – most of the rest had a couple of thousand each. I thought, ‘Hey, I’m going to take a shot at that money.’ The guy with the money was complaining that nobody was giving him any action – I guess he was controlling the table. So when I sat down, the guy next to him said, ‘Well, Sammy will give you action, for sure.’
“Five minutes later, I have 7h 2h on the button and I call. This guy makes it $500 and the guy with the big money reraises to $3,000. I had been ready to muck my hand, but when the guy reraised I called within a second, because I wanted to take a shot at all the money he had. The fi rst guy was all in, so there was no way I could bluff him out. You have to make sure you have enough money to outplay your opponents if you play a hand like 7h 2h. The fi rst guy had A-K and the reraiser had A-A. Now watch this: The fl op comes K-8-5, with two hearts. Then guy with the aces checks to see where I’m at. I bet him 12,000. He only calls with aces. The turn comes 6d.
“Now I have a fl ush draw and an openended straight draw. The guy with the aces checks again. So I fi gure I’ll take the side pot there and then. On the turn, I bet him $30,000 and he calls. He’s playing the aces badly, but he’s scared because we’ve got so much money in front of us. On the river the 4 hits. He says, ‘I check.’
I say, ‘How much money have you got there?’ He says, ‘Don’t worry, buddy, I got you covered.’ The way he says that, I know he’s calling. I had the information already. I say, ‘Well, let’s see if you got me covered. I’m going to put you all in.’ He says, ‘Call.’
I woke up the next day feeling like I’d won the World Series. That’s how you win $100,000 at $10-$20 blinds. At the end he couldn’t complain, because he got all the action and I got all the money.”
Don’t try this at home.