Color me stupid, but I enjoy playing in certain home poker games for the socialization of it all. In fact, the one that I have gotten invited to I really have no desire to win any money.
I know right off the bat Josie is going to call me fucking stupid, or something - but hear me out before you start calling me names.
This home game is a low buy-in tournament set up and pretty much everyone who plays is really bad at the game. They have a lot of tells and and anyone who pays attention can figure out what they are holding without trying too hard.
That being the case, I like to show up and play a very high percentage (80%+) of my hands and just goof around and see how much I can push them around when I need to and how long I can last. The last two times I have been there I have made it to just before the money and then dumped all my chips because winning money means more to the others who are left.
The last time I was there We were 4 or 5 handed and I had pocket queens. There was an all in before me which I was going to call and then one of the tight old ladies decided to raise over top. This is 100% Aces or Kings and I'm not positive she would have done it with Kings.
Knowing that this will eliminate me I announce that I am going to call All-In but I know right now that she already has Aces and I need to catch up.
I was right and I busted on that hand. There was a lot of joy in that old ladies face as she busted two people and made the money.
So, today I'm in a similar situation on this time I'm the chip leader because my reads were very accurate and several times I bet down with bottom pair knowing that they were on some sort of draw. One hand that really amazed the table I raised 23 offsuit and on a 3 low flop it was checked to me and Then I bet. The other person in the hand really didn't want to call me but eventually decided to take the risk. Turn was a low blank and I bet out about half the pot again and got called. The river was a blank and she once again checked to me - I told her that she missed everything but I wasn't going to bet. I turned over my hand and she showed her busted straight draw. I had done this to her about 3 times with either bottom pair or a small pocket pair on a draw heavy board.
So we get down 5 handed and we have two or 3 players who almost never make the money - One guy proposes a 5 way chop and the guy who hosts the tourney (best player out of what is left) tells me that it's up to me, if I want to chop we'll chop. The guy who proposed the chop said that most of the time they chop when it gets 4 handed and the blinds are as high as they are now. So, knowing this I donk off all of my chips in a couple of hands so that they can chop it 4 handed.
However the host, now that I'm out, no longer wants to chop. When it's proposed again he says that he can't do it because he has too much invested and needs to make it up.
So, he was perfectly willing to chop when I was the overwhelming chip leader but as soon as I gave all my chips away he changed his mind because of the opponents who were left.
One guy who never makes the money busted 4th and got nothing about 10 minutes later and he was the one guy I wanted to get money because if you never cash you eventually lose interest.
So, I left before the game finished instead of staying and socializing because I started to get into a foul mood.
I thought it was a dick move by the host to agree to a chop 5 handed and then take it back mere moments later. Had I known that I would have just said "lets chop" and been done with it.
Maybe I'm overreacting or whatever, but at this moment I don't want to go back and keep playing there. It's only once a month and it's all for fun but that pretty much killed my desire to continue.
Ok, now Josie and everyone else can tell me I'm a fucking idiot and I should always play to win!