I fold. Will you show?
Quick story about a hand at Harrah’s New Orleans last Friday night, at a $1/3 no limit table.
Near the end of a horribly bad, losing session, refusing to put any more money on the table, I stumble into a Broadway straight on the turn, get snap called on a smallish bet by the pre-flop aggressor, and ship my last $100 or so in despite the river card pairing the board.
How we got to this point is irrelevant.
The villain is a 40-ish woman who is irritatingly loud. I truly do not know her name, but for purposes of this blog I’ll refer to her as “Irene.” On the one hand, Irene is not a very experienced player. This poker room allows a blind straddle from any position. She keeps asking for an explanation, claiming she doesn’t understand what a straddle is, when to do it, why or why not, and consequently gets confused as to when to call $3 vs. when to call $6. On the other hand, she is shown a surprising amount of aggression prior to this hand, and had min-raised to $6 (or maybe thought she was calling a straddle???) then 4-bet over top of my raise on this hand. I shouldn’t have called but thought she might be a little bit drunk; then I got lucky.
Calling my all-in bet will consume 80% of her remaining stack.
After thinking and squirming for a minute, she says “I fold. Will you show?” Two of my buddies were at the same table, and we all heard the same thing. Thinking the hand was now over, I said “Sorry, I don’t show.”
Then Irene says “In that case, I call!” and pushes forward the stack of chips she had counted out for the call amount, then flips over pocket jacks (the board is AT4-Q-Q).
I’m sure my straight is good, but expect the dealer to intervene and tell Irene she can’t do that because she already announced a fold. But I go ahead and show my KJ and the dealer pushes the entire pot, including the final calling chips, in my direction.
All’s well that ends well, in this case, but suppose I had been bluffing? Then there would be a big difference depending on whether she really said “I fold. Will you show?” Or said “If I fold, will you show?” I don’t know how that would have turned out but the angle shooting accusations would make quite a more colorful story.