Crazy Poker Table Action - by Alexander Wylie

Crazy Poker Table Action - by Alexander Wylie

I was there the day the fish in the barrel shot back. It was a cold October afternoon, and I was playing 200NL at a local casino. I was up a hundred bucks and considering leaving when someone joined the table. I was glad I stayed. He sat down with a full stack, posted his big blind, and waited.
 
The hand was dealt, and the first to act under the gun raised three times the blinds to $6, which was followed by three folds. The player behind hijack, who was incredibly tight, raised to $18. Hijack folded and the action was on me. I looked down to find pocket Kings and called. The button and the small blind folded. The big blind immediately put his entire stack in the middle.
 
"I'm all in," he declared. The entire table just looked at him dumbfounded, myself included.
 
"You didn't even look at your cards," the player under the gun said before turning to the dealer. "Is that allowed?" The dealer nodded his head. This entire time I'm fighting it out in my head. If the player who 3bet calls, he probably has Aces and I’d have to fold. The player under the gun snap called, and the player I was worried about immediately called as well. I folded.
 
They flipped their cards. The player under the gun had QQ, the player behind hijack had AA (of course) and the big blind had 48os. The flop came 56Q. The turn was a 2. The river was a 7. The big blind had tripled up his stack in one hand. The other two players were mad. I cannot understate that. They were furious on a level I'm not sure Phil Hellmuth could pull off. I left the table right after that hand and went to get a drink at the bar. Within a minute of me sitting down, I felt a tap on my shoulder. I turned, and saw the big blind.
 
"Hey man, want a drink? It's on me after that hand." I agreed, and asked him why he shoved all in on the first hand without looking at his cards. He laughed and through the laughter explained that some players from that table had taken him for $350 over two days with stupid bluffs. He said they even showed their hands, gloating about it. He won $600 playing Roulette and decided to sit down with them and shove all in every hand any of them tried to play.
 
"Turns out I only had to do it once," he said. "After that they left, but did you see how angry they were? Man, that felt good!" We had a good laugh, and he bought me a few drinks before we parted ways. I haven't seen him since, but I will never forget the day the fish in the barrel shot back.

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