I am appreciating tonight the effect of a paired board.
We all see the obvious, paired board makes someone trips, or makes someone with a set a full house, or makes someone quads.
The less appreciated things I’ve seen today: paired board counterfeiting a player’s two underpair, giving the hand to the player with top pair, having improved them to top two pair.
There’s also when you have pair vs pair, and the dominant kicker gets invalidated by the board pairing plus an overcard on the board giving both hands the same top kicker, so they chop. I’ve had that happen a lot lately, such as a hand where I’ll play AT in late position to a raise, and get jammed by the short stack who calls from early position. I’ll call, they’ll have like A4, and we’ll pair the Aces on the flop, and I’ll think that it’s in the bag, but then the board pairs and a Q comes down and gives us both AAXXQ.