Couple of disciplined laydowns in quick succession that cost me 3 player’s stacks that I didn’t win because I would have if I’d stayed in.
A9s, I limp from UTG, the BB raised a little too big for my taste, from 40 to 260, 6.5BB. I lay down, flop would have give me trip 9s, turn would have given me a full house 999AA, and I would have knocked out the player who raised me off the hand. Here, I think I screwed up. I should have come in for the flop. But I was thinking A9 early was too weak, and I could let the hand go cheaply, losing just 40 chips. So many it was the right call, even though I missed out on a perfect board.
A4, I flop a pair of 4s, opponent shoves, I would have made AA44 on the turn and knocked out two players, the one who shoved was on KK. I think this was a good fold, as well, calling with just a pair of 4s would have been suicide.
AQ I re-raise the player ahead of me, he jams and I lay down, he’s gets another player all-in and wins, AQ outkicking A9 on a board pair. If I stayed in, I would have chopped. I think this was a good laydown, despite the outcome. I had put my opponent on a pocket pair when they shoved, and didn’t want to risk AQ vs any pair this early in the game. But seeing the AQ, it sucks to know I could have had half of that pot.
What do you think?
From here, I played poorly, had a good healthy stack close to 6000 chips, but got killed on a hand I shouldn’t have played, top pair Jacks vs. pocket Kings. I somehow had a feeling based on how my villain called here that I’d end up seeing the cowboys, and I was right. Maybe I’m starting to get better at reading.
I blame my regret for letting go 9s full of Aces and feeling like I needed to “make up for it”, and overplayed this hand, and went too far with it. The beat left me with 90 chips, then got lucky and doubled up multiple times, getting back up to 1000 chips, then went bust on another bad hand that I shouldn’t have played, but felt committed to due to the pot size vs. my stack – Ran another A9s into trip 7s, and that was that. I’ve largely cured myself of the knack of bluffing the wrong flops, but in desperate situations… Lesson here is don’t let go of your discipline if you’re playing too tight and miss an opportunity, don’t start taking risks playing marginal hands because you .