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Sun Sentinel Broward Edition - Showtime - Broward - - POKER - By Alex Outhred

When we suc­ceed at a dif­fi­cult por­tion of a chal­lenge, we’re some­times so pleased by our suc­cess that we lose the fo­cus to see the chal­lenge through to com­ple­tion. Un­for­tu­nately, this hap­pened to me in a fate­ful hand on Day 2 of this year’s World Se­ries of Poker Main Event.

Af­ter start­ing with a stack of 50,000, I fin­ished Day 1 with 66,000, which put me right at the tour­na­ment av­er­age. When I ar­rived at my new ta­ble for Day 2, I went through my nor­mal rou­tine. I paid at­ten­tion to tells and pat­terns of play from the two op­po­nents on my left and the two on my right. (Those are the play­ers you’re likely to play the most pots against.)

The op­po­nent on my left, an am­a­teur who ad­mit­ted Alex Outhred’s hand: that he got lucky in two dif­fer­ent qual­i­fiers to earn his $10,000 en­try, dis­played a bona fide tell when he was bluff­ing: His bet­ting hand would shake ever so slightly when he bet. He had over 120,000 to start the day, built it up to 150,000, then bluffed away 50,000 on three hands where he dis­played the tell.

With blinds at 400-800, I raised to 1,900 from late po­si­tion with As Qd. The player to my left called from the but­ton, and the blinds called as well. Sat.; 8 am-6 pm Sun.-Thu. $7, $15. County­line Drag­way, 19999 Okee­chobee Rd., Mi­ami. 305-303-1098. Cro­quet, Na­tional Cro­quet Cen­ter, 700 Florida Mango Rd., West Palm Beach. 561-478-2300. Cur­tiss Man­sion, 500 Deer Run, Mi­ami Springs. 305-869-5180, cur­tiss­man­sion.org. Free. Tours 10 am Sat. $5. Deer­field Beach His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety & Mu­seum, 380 E. Hills­boro Blvd. 954-429-0378. Do­cent tours of But­ler & Pioneer houses, Old School Mu­seum. Deer­ing Es­tate, 16701SW 72nd Ave., Mi­ami. 305-235-1668, deeringes­tate.org. House tours 10:30 am, 3 pm daily; nat­u­ral ar­eas tour. Del­ray Oaks Nat­u­ral Area, Congress Ave., 1mile south of Lin­ton Blvd., Del­ray Beach. 561-233-2400. 8 am-5 pm daily. Di­vaDuck Tours, daily from Ci­tyPlace, Rose­mary Ave. & Hibis­cus St., down­town West Palm Beach. RSVP 561-844-4188. $25, $15 ages 4-10, $5 3 & younger. Flop:

The flop came Qh 7d 3c. I bet 4,000. The read­able player called, and the blinds folded.

Aharm­less 2s hit the turn. I de­cided to check to give my op­po­nent the chance to bluff on a dry board, as he had shown an in­cli­na­tion to do. Bingo. He bet 4,000 with a shaky hand. And then ... my er­ror. I was so pleased with my­self for both dis­cov­er­ing the tell and in­duc­ing the ac­tion that I blew past my nor­mal de­ci­sion-mak­ing process. I quickly made it Down­town West Palm Beach, Ci­tyPlace, just east of I-95 on Okee­chobee Blvd., West Palm Beach. 561-366-1000, wpb.org. 561-822-2222, wpb.org. Brothers of Oth­ers 7-11pm Fri. Won­derama 7-11pm Sat. Ever­glades Hol­i­day Park, 21940 Grif­fin Rd. 954-434-8111. One-hour air­boat tours, Gator Boys alligator pre­sen­ta­tion 9 am-5 pm daily. $15, $28. Fairchild Trop­i­cal Botanic Gar­den, 10901Old Cut­ler Road, Coral Gables. 305-667-1651, fairchildgar­den.org. 9:30-4:30 daily. Fair­way Park, 3700 Largo Dr., Mi­ra­mar. 954-967-1611. Free su­per­vised game room 9 am-5 pm Sat. Flamingo Gardens, 3750 Flamingo Rd., Davie. 954-473-2955, flamin­gog­a­r­dens.org. Ever­glades wildlife sanc­tu­ary, Wray Home Mu­seum, wildlife show, nar­rated tram tours 9:30 am-5 pm daily. $12.95-$19.95; adults $7, ages 2 and younger free Sept. Satur­days. Fort Laud­erdale An­tique Car Mu­seum, 1527 SW1st Ave. Turn: 11,000. That was nearly three times the size of his bet — a raise ra­tio that should work when an op­po­nent does not have a strong hand.

What I for­got to con­sider was that he had led out for about 25 per­cent of the pot. By rais­ing 7,000 more, I of­fered him bet­ter than 5-to-1 odds on his money: 7,000 to win more than 37,000 (with im­plied odds of mak­ing more if he hit the river). He called, to my ini­tial sur­prise.

The 6s hit the river, and I 954-779-7300, an­tique­car­mu­seum.org. 9 am-3 pm Mon.-Fri.; call for week­end hours. Fort Laud­erdale Auto Mu­seum, 5300 N. Pow­er­line Rd., Fort Laud­erdale. 954-491-6265. 2-10 pm Fri.-Sun., 4-8 pm Mon.-Thu. $5-$25. Fort Laud­erdale Fire & Safety Mu­seum, 1022 W. Las Olas Blvd. 954-763-1005. 1927 fire sta­tion, ex­hibits, videos. 9 am-noon Sat., 12-4 pm Sun. Free; do­na­tions ac­cepted. Fort Laud­erdale Swap Shop & Drive-In, 3291W. Sun­rise Blvd. 954-791-7927. In­door/out­door flea mar­ket, rides, food court. Fun­der­dome, South­port Shop­ping Cen­ter, 1455 SE17th St., Fort Laud­erdale. 954-525-1816. En­ter­tain­ment cen­ter with rock climb­ing, laser maze, sports court. 9 am-9 pm Mon.-Sat., 9 am-6 pm Sun. $10.95-$19.95. Fun­tas­tic Fri­days, 5-9 pm at Art­sPark at Young Cir­cle, Hol­ly­wood Blvd. & US1. 954-921-3404. Glacier Ice & Snow Arena, 4601N. Fed. Hwy., Pom­pano Beach. 954-943-1437. Skat­ing River: couldn’t fathom that card mak­ing his hand. An­other mis­take. His call had me so con­fused that I should have opted to check and call any bet. I bet 16,000 into a pot of 37,600 as if I was beg­ging for a call — which I was, al­beit in­cor­rectly. My op­po­nent tanked for two min­utes, chat­ting away, say­ing he felt he was be­ing trapped. Un­til he called. He held 6h 3h. Two pair.

My op­po­nent had only five outs, so tech­ni­cally he made the wrong play to call. But know­ing I was strong, daily, call for times. DJ week­ends. Learn to skate, play hockey. Grassy Waters Pre­serve, 8264 Northlake Blvd., West Palm Beach. 561-627-8831. 8 am-4 pm Mon.-Sat., 9 am-5 pm Sun., 8 am to dusk Wed. Green Cay Na­ture Cen­ter, 12800 Ha­gen Ranch Rd., Boyn­ton Beach. 561-966-7000. Ex­hibits, wet­land wildlife, board­walk tour. 1-4:30 Tue.-Fri., 8:15-4:30 Sat., 1-4:30 Sun. Greynolds Park, 17530 W. Dixie Hwy., North Mi­ami Beach. 305-945-3425. Sun­rise-sun­set daily. Gumbo Limbo En­vi­ron­men­tal Com­plex, 1801N. Ocean Blvd. (A1A), Boca Raton. 561-544-8605, gum­bolimbo.org. 9 am-4 pm Mon.-Sat., noon-4 pm Sun. $5, $8. His­to­ryMi­ami Mu­seum, 101W. Fla­gler St., Mi­ami. 305-375-1492, his­to­rymi­ami.org. “Hur­ri­cane An­drew: 25 Years Later” through Jan. 14. 10 am-5 pm Mon.-Sat., noon-5 pm Sun. $5-$10. His­tory Mu­seum Fort Laud­erdale, 219 SW 2nd Ave. 954-463-4431, flhc.org. Noon-4 he cor­rectly as­sumed I would add more to the pot on the river.

My er­ror was be­ing so thrilled with how the hand was de­vel­op­ing that I skipped a crit­i­cal vari­able in the de­ci­sion-mak­ing process. All I had to do was bet 20,000 when I check­raised. The pres­sure would have been too much for my op­po­nent, and I could have se­cured a qual­ity pot. In­stead, I lost over half of my stack.

Main­tain fo­cus un­til a hand is com­pleted, and you’ll in­crease your chances of suc­cess. pm Tue.-Sun. $10. In­cred­i­ble Ice, 3299 Sport­splex Dr., Coral Springs. 954-341-9956. IGFA Fish­ing Hall of Fame & Mu­seum, 300 Gulf Stream Way, Grif­fin Rd., Da­nia Beach. 954-924-4355, igfa.org. 10 am-6 pm Mon.-Sat., noon-6 pm Sun. $5, $10. In­ter­na­tional Swim­ming Hall of Fame, A1A south­bound, 1 block south Las Olas Blvd., Fort Laud­erdale. 954-462-6536. 9 am-5 pm daily. $4-$8, free younger than 12. John U. Lloyd Beach State Park, 6503 N. Ocean Dr., Da­nia Beach. 954-923-2833. John­son PBC His­tory Mu­seum, 300 N. Dixie Hwy., West Palm Beach. 561-832-4164, hspbc.org. “Chas­ing Dreams: Base­ball and Be­com­ing Amer­i­can.” 10 am-5 pm Tue.-Sat. Free. His­toric Trol­ley Tour 3, 4 pm Fri.; 11:30 am, 12:30 pm Sat. RSVP 561-833-8873. $5. JumpZone Party Play Cen­ters, 10064 W. Oak­land Park Blvd., Sun­rise. 954-703-1330. $9.

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