Had some terrible beats and very early outs in my games today, and yesterday.
Continuing my last hand of last night, where I played AA vs J4s vs 77 and lost to trip 4s…
9-seat SNG: First hand, K9. Flop top pair, 4 opponents in hand. Bet every street, one player calls to the end, river a third King, I’m all-in, two players call. One has J5 and was playing middle 2 pair, the other had K7, and made a full house with a 7 on the board. Out in one hand, better kicker, worse luck.
Another 9-seat SNG: I fold until I take ATs against AJ, pair my Ace, and lose all but 300 of my chips in my first hand. A few hands later, I’m dealt ATs again, shove it, and triple up, pairing the Ten on a board no one else hit. A short time later, I’m in the BB, and muck QTo. Next hand, the SB I have J4o, limp, nobody bets until the river, which hits my 4, I bet it and take back 90 chips. Next time I’m SB, I’m dealt Q2, shove it hoping to buy the blinds, but am called by AQ. Flop hits my Q and 2, and I’m ahead hoping it’ll hold up, but no the Turn and River are 9s, giving us both QQ99 hands, with their Ace kicking my 2, and I’m done.
So, all in all, I played ok cards, and got beat just by a little bit in most of them, for a lot of chips every time.
I gather that since more aggression isn’t really possible in these hands, I need to either tighten more, or just play through it and count on my luck to change. Is there any merit to betting less aggressively? It seems like if I don’t, I’m just leaving room for my opponent to come over the top, and then I either have to call them or else they can bluff me off the hand.