Have you ever done something in a poker game, or for that matter in your everyday life, that you had mixed emotions about? Something that you felt was correct at the time but was bothering you just the same? I’m not talking about the old definition of mixed emotions which is, “Watching your mother-in-law driving over a cliff in your new Mercedes.” I am talking about an incident that had you questioning your honesty, and has you in a moral dilemma. You might ask yourself how you would have handled this situation.
Something happened last Friday night that is bothering me. This has never happened to me before, although I’ve seen others do it intentionally, and I’ve been on the receiving end of it before. Let me explain:
A 20/40 hold’em game, a wild, gamble-it-up-style game. Several people are in the pot, I’m holding J8s and flop a flush and a straight draw. It’s checked around on the flop, an ace hits on the turn. It’s checked around to me, and I bet hoping everyone will just fold and I can win it right there. There is one caller, a 9 hits the river, and he checks, I bet, …