A “Donk” by definition in poker is a horrible…well let’s be nice…a less skilled poker player. If I were to define a Donk I would take this a step further and say that a Donk is not only a less skilled poker player, but also an extremely lucky poker player. How many times have you seen some knuckle head go all in with nothing but rags only to catch two pair, a flush or even a straight by the river crushing those pocket Kings or Aces you are holding? In short a Donk will play hands that most experienced players would not consider playing.
That being said I love hearing a good poker story and most players have their own bad beat story…let me share one my mine.
I recently played in a HPT Celebrity Knock Out Tournament and had the pleasure of being seated at the table with 2009 WSOP Champ Joe Cada. This was a re-buy tournament and watching Joe play was truly entertaining to say the least, he would go all in every other hand it seemed for the first hour of play. Needless to say Joe re-bought countless times before the end of the first round. I won’t knock his style of play, and I am sure that he is a skilled player, after all it was a re-buy tournament.
By the time the re-buy period had ended and we came back from break I had a decent chip stack and was ready to play. My style of play that day was tight and I was waiting patiently for premium hands. A couple of hands into the round Joe once again decides to shove all in. By now I was used to his style of play and was not surprised by this. When it was my turn to act I look down at my hand and woke up with KA spades. I started to think this is my chance to knock out Joe collect the bounty and double up. After a few moments of thought I decided to put all of my chips in the middle hoping to isolate him heads up. At this point the person to my left and the big blind also go all in making this a monster pot. I suddenly got a feeling in the pit of my stomach and my KA was not going to be good.
We flip our cards over the player to my left shows QQ, the big blind shows AJ and Joe shows 3-4 clubs…I was shocked by this but somehow not surprised given his style of play that day. At this point I was thinking that I was in pretty good shape, I had the person to my left covered and at worst I was in a race with the BB for the side pot. The flop comes 57K rainbow and I was starting to feel pretty good about this hand. So what happens next? You can probably guess, the turn comes a 2, with a 6 on the river giving Joe the straight.
Needless to say Joe scoops all of the chips and the three of us are left going home in disbelief.
Now I too have made my fair share of ridiculous plays only to win with nothing but rags, and I am not claiming to to be a Pro by any stretch of the imagination. Sometimes skill and patience has nothing to do with it, and you win with nothing but Donk luck, but seriously all in pre-flop with 3-4? Ok…nice hand Mr. Cada.