I don’t understand either the UTG’s or CO’s call of the 8x raise. The CO saw the BB raise and the UTG call the bet, yet still decides to call. In that situation, you have to assume that the BB or UTG has a stronger hand than 10/9 suited, and a call here is nothing but speculation.
The CO’s hand is actually very playable in that position, but I don’t understand why the player didn’t lead out with a bet. Betting here gives you a good chance of getting the BTN to fold (and probably the blinds as well), effectively turning the CO position into the button after the flop.
The UTG has four other players to act afterward, and has a weak pair. Basically, the player needs to hit a set to have a chance. It was a lucky win.
Are you willing to reveal your hole cards? The 8x raise was a good play and it should have been enough to get the table to fold their equity. This is the hard part of playing with free chips – your opponents have little real incentive to fold.
Perhaps I give high ranked players too much credit and I have made mistakes post-flop because of it. For example, if I was playing with KK or QQ in this situation, I would probably have lost my stack. I say too much credit because I don’t expect a high ranked player to limp in with pocket sevens UTG and then flat call a large raise. But that’s my mistake, not their’s.
I have learned that players around here rarely bluff. Many are willing to flat call, but few are willing to bet without a made hand.
Thanks for posting this hand.