what on earth is "the positive EV kept me in" supposed to mean? throwing phrases like that around without any explanation really makes it look like you don't know what you're on about, i'm afraid.
LOL Dorkus I like your blunt honesty. You're right, my notion of "positive EV" is skewed and I will have to re-invest some time into re-studying that concept. I have read many books on poker and truthfully my eyes gloss over when they get into the math and I've probably given the concept the wrong definition in my mind.
Which is one of the reasons I posted this here, I wanted to learn from this hand and have learned quite a bit from the comments from everyone. So thank you all for taking the time to give me some input.
There are a lot of different reasons why people play poker and just as many reasons why they play a hand a certain way. I did play this hand terribly and got lucky, I accept that.
Here's my perspective on this hand.
Keep in mind that I play 1/2 no limit live with 200.00 buy-ins, online I have played the 50.00 and the 25.00 max buy-ins I'm used to calling and playing better than 2, 5 and 20 dollar bets. Stepping down of late to the 10.00 max table with nickel and dime blinds had a lot to do with my decisions in this play.
I do know that pre-flop the re-raise represented Aces or Kings, I took a chance on the call, it's "ONLY" 2 bucks. What I was doing without realizing the ramifications was playing outside the table limits.
Pretty much through out the hand, I knew each call was wrong but the chance to triple my stack kept me in and I erroneously called it "positive EV". It was a tilt/gamblers call and I got lucky.
In my mind I could "afford" to lose the 10 bucks ...most definitely a bad play on my part.
In this hand I'm out of position, and call knowingly a raise which represents a higher pair than I'm holding. Oh the humanity
I asked about "positive EV" because I had a feeling I was interpreting it wrong, especially in this instance. See the question marks after "positive EV"????
Thanks for the input everyone, I'm off to re-study some math concepts. LOL