I have T9 in late position, blinds are 20/40, I limp to see my hand hit top two pair on a family pot. Flop is 7T9, rainbow. So, connected, but at least there’s no flush draws and no pair on the board.
First to act leads out a pot-sized bet, and gets called around the table. I figure I should raise, as I likely have the best hand here, barring sets or a flopped straight. I raise, FTA jams. This guy is decent, but loose and overly aggressive from what I’ve seen. I don’t give him credit for having J8 here. He could have it, but if so, I still have outs to the full house.
Another player calls, so I call. 3-way, I’m about 52% to win the hand, which is the best odds out of the 3 still in it.
FTA flips up JT, turn card fills his inside draw, river’s a Q, so he ends up with a super straight, 7-Q, just the usual 10% + gratuitous overkill 6-card straight like always happens when I get it all in with the best hand. It’s just immediate, the very next card is always the nut-giver for these big pot disaster hands. I should patent this play, I’m the who owns it like no other.
The other player had A8, called all-in on an OESD. What is with these players?
So what was my mistake? Playing this hand at all, right?
Or I raised too small on the flop, right? Pot-size bet isn’t enough to dissuade a player like tenball. Should have shoved, maybe got the fold.
Or was the mistake playing two pair like it meant something on a connected board? If I flat, I can dump the hand when the inevitable 8 gives me the OESD and tenball shoves on his made hand. Then I can sit in and fold for another 30 minutes before I get another halflway playable hand, shove on it, get called by pocket 33s and they make a set to knock out my AKs.
You can all tell me my first mistake was not opening the hand preflop all you want, but with T9 and low blinds, you usually want to see a cheap flop and bet it hard if you hit it hard, and let it go if you don’t.