You see the movie Ocean’s Eleven. All that high stakes gambling and caper suspense gets you so pumped that you buy tickets to Las Vegas right away. You find a casino, and sit down to play some poker. “Look at the fish, boys,” you hear to your right. You look up and are now staring into the eyes of Andy Garcia, best known for his portrayal of Terry Benedict in Ocean’s Eleven. If Andy is anything like his character, he’s mean, ruthless and a masterful poker player. There is a way to beat this guy, but it will require a lot of luck and even more skill.
First, you will need to learn everything you can about Andy before you can make any moves. For the first couple of hands at your new table, fold everything but 10-10 or above and AK. You need to observe Andy Garcia and place him within a style of play. Judging from his Benedict character in the movie, Andy probably plays tight-aggressive poker. In the film, he’s a smart and successful businessman who squeezes the most he can out of every deal, but he also knows when to fold a hand. These types of players are very hard to defeat in cards, but it is doable. Usually, you will need to take them out in one big hand.
In order to get a one hand KO on Garcia, you will need to do a little bit of acting or “go Hollywood” as it’s called according to this site. See a couple of cheap flops, maybe show a bluff once or twice, or even ask some questions about what beats what. Hopefully this will throw up a smokescreen that averts the other players at the table away from your true skill level. Andy will make an assessment on you within he first 15 minutes of you sitting at the table, so once you have established yourself as a beginner, you can start to work towards defeating your target. Observe him, try to pick up on any tells, and just lie waiting to strike. The time to attack is when you know that Andy has a strong hand but you have the nuts.
Say you are dealt a low pocket pair such as 4-4. Andy raises, you call, and everyone else leaves the pot. The flop is an Ac-4s-Kd. Andy bets ¾ of the pot. This is great for you. You can put Andy on an AK, A-face card or K-face card. The only thing that could beat you at this point is pocket aces or pocket kings. At this point, since you have already established yourself as a fish, you should raise big. Andy will think you are trying to buy the pot and raise you. Go all in, he’ll snap call and flip AK, you flip 4-4, the next two cards are a 9 and an 8 and you can go ahead and brag to everyone about how you beat the great Terry Benedict in poker.