Playing with your gut
Have you ever made a bad play that goes against everything you know about playing good poker because your gut is screaming at you to do it? If you have, how did it work out for you?
The other night I was playing in a 2/4 NL live game and had pocket queens. I bet $12.00 pre-flop and had two callers. The flop came out 10,10,7. I made a continuation bet of $12. One guy folded, but I was called by a woman who is one of the tightest players I've ever played with. Instantly I knew she had a 10 - proabably an Ace,10 since I can't imagine her calling a 12 buck pre-flop bet with less. I considered folding, but my gut started screaming at me to call. So like an idiot, I called.
The turn brought a 4. I checked and she bet $24. Now at this point, I KNOW she has a 10. She never bets without a very strong hand. Still, 24 bucks into a pot that's already got over 60 in it... again I considered folding but again my gut starting acting up like something was going to pop out of there like in that scene from Alien. So I called.
The river card came and brought me a blessed Queen, giving me a boat. Now there's over $100 in the pot so I bet $50. She insta-calls and turns over the A/10 just like I thought.
She was pretty steamed out the whole thing, and I can't say as I blame her. She kept asking how I could keep going when I knew she had the 10. The only answer I could give her was "I had a feeling I should stay in." Of course, I never pointed out that the only bad call I made was for a mere $24 bucks on the turn.
Anyway, I was wondering how many of you have ever had "gut feelings" about a hand. Do most of you play strictly the cards and the players, or do some of you actually let your gut instinct be part of your game?