Now and then I like to play online poker. I have some friends that we get together and have a nice game now and then. I enjoy watching it on TV. I think Helmuth is a total putz, but last night I wanted to say some of the stuff he does. I refrained, but I also quit playing and watched a movie to try and calm down. Funny how Patton doesn't really calm you down. Last night I couldn't sleep and was playing on Yahoo. Here's what happened. We were 5 handed. I get dealt Ace of Diamonds and Ace of Hearts. So I bet when it's my turn (1st bet on Yahoo is always 2 bucks). I got raised twice, so I raised back. It gets all the way up to the max. 1 guy folds. Now we're 4 handed. Everyone else stays in for max on the deal. Staying in for the max would lead you to believe you're facing some good hands. I was pretty sure no one else had a pair of bullets. But a weaker pair I could see. The Flop comes down. 6 of spades, 4 of hearts, 8 of diamonds. No flush possible. A 5 and a 7 is a straight, but I can't believe anyone raises to the max pre-Flop with a 5 and a 7 in the hole. That's just stupid if someone did. If anyone hit trips from a pocket pair there's nothing I can do. If they hit trips they sure bet a small pair. 8 was the high card on the Flop. I'm not sure I go max bet pre-Flop on a pair of 8s. So I am still assuming weaker pairs stayed with me or 2 very high cards, maybe an Ace with a kicker. I bet again. Bets on the flop are 2 bucks too. I get raised twice again. So I raise and we push it to maximum again. 1 more guy folds. Now 3 handed. Turn comes down and it's a 3 of clubs. Still in danger from a 5 and a 7, but I still can't believe someone bets max with that in the hole. I also think trips is still unlikely. So I push the action again. Bets on the turn are 4 bucks per. Once again we keep raising to max bets. I'm thinking each guy has a high pair but are behind my bullets. I am feeling really good about my chances. River is a 9 of hearts. Max bets all the way. No one folds. Show the cards. One guy has an 8 and a 7 off suit, heart and spade. He pushed max bets with a pair of 8s hoping for a 5 on the river and when he didn't get it he still believed his 8s were best. He bet max before the flop with that hand. He's a freaking idiot. No other way to explain it. The winning hand was a 4 of clubs and a 9 of clubs. He slopped out on the River and bet me max bets with a pair of 4s. He's an even bigger idiot who just happened to get uber lucky on the River. I lost a pot of $261 that I can't believe anyone ever bet on in the first place. Much less pushed to the Max 4 straight betting turns. In a money game I might have got arrested. I still can't believe that crap.