Thoughts on this hand?
Playing in a .25/.50 6-handed cash game on Carbon. To this point I had been playing a lot of hands, and taking down quite a few pots uncontested. The table was quite tight so I was stealing blinds whenever I had the chance. Then this hand came up.
Dealt KK one off the button, the hand is folded to me. Make a standard pot raise to .85. The button re-raises to $2.90 and the blinds fold. I re-raise to $7 and he flat calls.
Flop comes TQ5 rainbow. 1st to act, I bet half the pot - $7.17. The guy moves all in, which is only an additional $10 to me. I called and the guy shows AA.
The turn however, brings me a K and I win the nice pot.
Now, my brief analysis -
Pre-flop - Pretty standard play for me. I had been running over the guys blinds, so I felt like he could be re-raising with a decent range of hands, trying to slow me down and pick up a few chips. He had position post-flop, so the made the hand range even more open.
Although if I am him in that situation, I move all-in over top. One of two things happen, I have a big hand and call, which most hands that call here will be dominated by AA. Or I fold, still giving him a nice sized pot.
In both situations its better for him. If I was trying to make a move with suited connectors or a small pair, I am not going to call the all in. But by letting me see a flop, I could hit a set or catch some sort of draw that I am willing to go the distance with, considering how much is already in the pot. Just my thoughts on his play.
Post-flop - Actually a very scary flop for me, but I was committed at this point. I wanted to be the aggressor and put him to a decision, not the other way around. Once he moved all in, I had way too much in the pot to fold. However, I will say I thought I was beat.
When he moved all in, I had 3 hands in mind - AA, QQ, AQ. Two hands dominate me, only 1 I can beat at this point. A few years ago when I was in my prime, I probably would have decided to fold and save the $10. Then again, my skills were much sharper then and I may have had an overwhelming sense I was beat. Here, I felt like I was, but decided to call. Call it doubting my read, hoping for the best case (AQ), or simply having a lack of discipline. Whatever the case, I clearly made the wrong decision.
One small defense to the call (which looking back on it seems like it was more and more of a poor play), was the fact that I had been very aggressive. He may have been taking a stand with a hand like AQ, JJ, or even KQ. Not likely, but I do remember thinking it was a possibility, given how I had been playing.
Obviously I got very lucky to win this hand. Once nice benefit outside of the $ is that I have a little more confidence in my feel right now. But if I don't actually pay attention to it, I guess it doesn't do any good
Looking forward to your thoughts!