So, Mizrachi, holding 5-6 of diamonds, limped for the $100, as did four other players. The flop came Q-4-7, rainbow, giving Mizrachi an open-ended straight draw.
The big blind checked, as did Mizrachi. The next player bet $600. Two players folded. The big blind called, as did Mizrachi.
"I just flat-called. I wanted the other guys behind me in because I wanted to get as much value for the hand as possible," Mizrachi said.
The turn came the king of diamonds, giving Mizrachi a flush draw to go along with his open-ended straight draw.
The big blind checked. So did Mizrachi. The last player bet $1,000. The big blind folded. Mizrachi called. He was getting more than 3-1 on his money - $1,000 into a pot worth more than $3,300 - but he had 15 outs (the nine unseen diamonds to make his flush and the six non-diamond 3s and 8s that made his straight), so he was 2-1 to hit a winning card if both of his draws were good.
"It's not just the price; it's the chips he has in front of him," said Mizrachi, who plays on the Absolute Poker Web site. "I probably wouldn't have called if it was a $2,000 buy-in, but with $50,000, you can take the risk with that hand and hope and pray he bets the river."
The river came the 8 of hearts, giving Mizrachi the nut straight. He checked, as did his opponent, likely fearful of a re-raise. Mizrachi took a pot that was smaller than it might have been for all his machinations.
"I checked, trying to trap him, but he checked, too," Mizrachi said. "He made a great check. I was stuck with the nuts and didn't make any extra money."
"I don't think he put me on 5-6, but they know the way I play. I'm the kind of player who will bet you off your hand. I play a lot of hands at the early levels. I'll probably stab out at it next time."
Table talkUnder the gun:
The first player to act after the blinds.
Blinds: A rotating series of forced bets before the cards are dealt, meant to ensure action; the small blind is usually half of the big blind. *
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