That was a cooler

Those words I obviously hear a few times a night. Last night it was Kings vs Aces and the kings lost. Now I don’t want to go into statistics and bore you with the obscene exact odds of how often this should occur. I’m going to give you examples of about how often I see some REAL coolers not just your AA vs KK. On average I would say I deal about 60,000 hands a year so taking that into account you can figure how long the odds really are.

  • AA vs KK- I see this about once or twice a week. Generally things escalate pretty quickly and its just left with these 2 hands.
  • AA vs AA- I see this one about 3 or 4 times  a year. Up until this last year they had always chopped, but last year they got beaten outright twice and one time the one AA hit a 4 card flush to win.
  • Set over set over set on the flop- About once every 10 years this rare occurrence happens. Happened last month. The 3 sets slow played it and 10-6 hits a gut shot on the turn and made them ALL pay. Was pretty gross. Don’t slow play.
  • Nut flush vs straight flush-Once every 2 to 3 years I see this one. The disgusted look on the nut flushes face as he gets re-raised and looks down at the board shaking his head, knowing only one hand beats him. This is 3 suit on the board and 2 in the hand variety.
  • Set over set and underset hits quads-Once in every 7 to 8 years. Another disgusting hand where a couple guys go nuts with their sets and the board pairs, magical, the over set thinks. The amazing one outer.
  • Set over set- Just the standard variety, it actually happens about once a month. Not as often as you think.
  • 2 flopped flushes-couple times a week. Usually K4 suited vs A5 suited. ouch
  • 3 flopped flushes-Once a year or 2. Not as easily done and always a nice pot.
  • Flopped set loses to runner runner quads- About every 5 years or so I will see the flopped set licking his lips as the guy with a pair keeps betting, then he hits his trips and gets check raised, wondering WTF. Then hitting the quads on the river with 3 on the board and the set shocked in disbelief knowing that all the guy needs is a stupid J2 for quads. Ish
  • Straight flush on the board-once in lifetime. Thats my odds so far. Right after I opened the table, new deck. Oops, shouldve shuffled better. I’ve heard of a fellow dealer putting a royal on the board. This is just legend.
  • Quads on the board-1 or 2 times a year.
  • 4 card straight flush on the board with 2 players each having the opposite ends-straight flush over straight flush, the easy way. Happens about once every 3 or 4 years.
  • Gave a guy quads 2 hands in a row, and then a straight flush 2 hands later. Crazy odds.
  • Gave a guy 11 winning hands in a row, talk about a heater.
  • Burn and turn, dealer mistake of putting out the next card before action is complete. You have to reshuffle that card in and put out a new card among the shuffled cards. I put the exact same card out again, one time. Guess it was fate that the Jack of diamonds will be the river.
  • At least once a night someone raises the turn on a draw and makes it on the river. Donkey.
  • Dealt a guy aces 3 hands in a row. And the miracle is they won all three hands.

I really don’t want to get the statistics book out to figure out the odds, but i figure mine are pretty close. So if you have one of these rare occurrences happen to you, know you sort of know the odds and can say honestly that it really was a cooler.

11 thoughts on “That was a cooler

    • April 23, 2014 at 11:02 am
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      It’s not exact science but somethings don’t happen as often as you think

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  • July 27, 2014 at 8:54 pm
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    I saw a dealer turn a card over to a lady, it was an ace. “Sorry,” he said. He gave her a replacement and when the hand played out, she had A-A. Yes, the replacement was also an ace.

    I also saw a guy lose a hand with quad aces in a tournament. No, the other guy didn’t have a straight flush. The guy lost because he did something wrong, and his hand was declared dead.

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    • July 28, 2014 at 12:33 pm
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      I have done the exposé an ace replace an ace for AA a couple times in my career. Freaky. The other one is just a bad beat/dumb ass play? What did he do?

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      • July 31, 2014 at 9:02 pm
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        It’s been a while, but as I recall, he said something that could be construed as a fold. The floor was called and ruled that way. This was in a tournament.

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        • August 1, 2014 at 12:59 am
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          Must’ve caused action behind. That sucks

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  • January 14, 2015 at 11:27 am
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    Playing a 2-5 NLHE cash game dealt KK and guy to my immediate left AA get all the money in….felt/rebuy. The very next hand dealt KK and same guy to my immediate left picks up, you guessed it, AA. Needless to say I went felt again but the game was juicy enough so I reloaded and went on to have a winning session.

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    • January 14, 2015 at 3:41 pm
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      Have never seen that scenario, KKvsAA 2 hands in a row. Ouch, but at least you won eventually.

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  • June 3, 2015 at 4:32 pm
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    I was in a hand about 5 years ago when a royal flush was dealt on the board. Chopped the pot 3 or 4 ways. Only the house made money.

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  • August 8, 2015 at 4:26 pm
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    Had a time about five years ago when I was dealt kings 3 hands in a row and lost to the same guy by a straight, a straight, and then he had aces that held. Dealer and I still joke that it is her “memorial” hand.

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  • December 22, 2015 at 5:09 pm
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    This hand is not so much of a cooler as it was an interesting poker dichotomy between two players with widely different styles of play. It was a 1-3 NLHE Cash game and the hand started out with the standard opening of $10 with four players to the flop which was 10d, 8c, 7d…check, check, bet of $20, fold, call, call…Turn 8d…bet $70, call, fold…Heads Up to the river which was 3s….bet $50 and raised all-in for $200 more….Call….Showdown 8-3 for a full-house and Jd-9d for a straight flush.

    Can you say drawing DEAD!

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