Originally Posted by KerouacsDog
nothing worse than going out at that point, but what else could you do? You've got jacks, at the most you want one caller, to give you the better odds, problem is whoever calls almost always has a King or an Ace in their hand, and manage to catch one. Lately I've been treating Jacks like a middle pair, ie limping into pot, then seeing what the flop brings, it's been a lot more effective for me. I'm trying to get out of the habit of going all-in PF, but sometimes you have to.
Since that hand, that is pretty much how i've played pockets jacks.
Before i made that raise there was a spell of around 15 hands in which the only people who picked up chips were those who raised or the BB when everyone folded around. I had picked up chips by raising in the SB when it folded around, once with nothing. The difference with this hand was the fact that there was 1 caller, at the time i thought this was insignificant but looking back i realise i was way off the mark.
The Caller, like the BB, was not short stacked but if he had got involved in a pot and lost it, he would have been. He had enough chips to hold on untill a cash finish was secure, the fact he was now getting involved should have set the alarm bells ringing. It was pretty much certain that his hand would be stronger than mine.
I dont feel so bad about it now as i feel i've learnt from it, the best option would have been to call and see the flop. I'd then be able to better judge on how to procede from there.