Now halfway through level 8 we are up to 111 participants and growing.
Over on table 26 we noticed one of our regular players mixing it up and so we watched a couple of hands. Miguel Goncalo won one and lost one, ending up about even. He likes to mix it up, and isn’t afraid to throw some chips around when the timing is right.
The first hand started with Miguel limping in from late position to battle the blinds.
The big blind bet 5,000, Miguel called and the small blind took a walk. Down came a on the turn. This time the BB led out for 10,000. No problem, Miguel tossed in a single chip, indicating a call. The river was a , the BB tossed in another 10,000 and Miguel called without too much urgency.
The BB flipped over his , which was apparently enough to win. Miguel mucked.
Not to worry, there’s always another hand!
On the next one the table ended up folding around to Miguel’s neighbor on the right, who raised to 6,500. Miguel called right away.
With only the two of them in the hand, the other player checked to Miguel. As he had been doing for the last couple of hands, he tossed in some chips very casually, this time 8,000.
His opponent folded and Miguel collected back some of the money he had lost the hand before. That’s how it goes, round and round. Poker is a collection of hundreds (even thousands) of small decisions over time. You have to bet if you want to win, and it doesn’t always come down to a dramatic showdown for the cameras.