i notice in HU SnGs there are 2 common ways that a game ends. 1 is coolers, and the other is all in preflop.
this thread is about coolers. i wanna learn how to avoid the losing end of a cooler. of course, its a cooler because both players shouldnt reasonably fold. but im sure i might just be playing bad as well.
for example, i just hit top pair on the flop, and i raise pot. i get flat called and hit top 2 pair on the turn. i bet pot again, and again a flat. river is nothing interesting for this hand. ive been flatted so i bet like 1/2 pot, and he shoves. im thinking ive got top 2 pair, im in so deep already, and there are no straight or flush draws on the board. how can i fold.
i called and he turns up a flopped set. cooler? or am i an idiot?
another frustrating cooler: 2 players hit the same set, and the pot gets big of course. but the kicker will probably count. and on top of that who knows if the opponent even has the set, or what kicker he might have. with what kicker range should a set be folded when you think your opponent has the same set?