re: Poker & What am I doing wrong? or.........
Originally Posted by Four Dogs
You've really got to look at this almost like a true heads up situation. With 2 unpaired hole cards, you are going to pair the board 32% of the time. Same for your opponent. In heads up play, you just can't afford to lay down your hand everytime the flop misses you. In this case you paired your six and had no reason to believe your hand was second best. Your post flop bet may have been a tad high (I'm guessing here. looks like early on in the game. Overbet?) but warrented some respect.
Your opponent, also aware of the 1/3 stat heads up was hoping his high card was still good. Most time it would be. Obviously hoping your bet was a typical heads up stab at the pot, he put you to the test by removing any fold equity you may have thought you had. But with 8,6o I'm assuming you saw the saw the flop cheaply, probably from the blinds, and as you were OP and limping I'm not sure why he would see your bet as anything but honest. That rag flop could only have paired a weak hand. Bad play on his part. Good call on yours. Better luck next time.
i 100% agree with the above post. The reasons this guy called are numerous however... AQ heads up is difficult for some people to let go of... it's only beaten by AK against a non-paired hand (which is somewhat likely heads up) and pre-flop he is BY FAR a favorite to win against 86o.
As far as good strategy for AK... Its FAR easier to let go of then AA or KK no matter the flop. You're almost likely to lose a huge pot with either of those hands, but AK is relatively easy for me to release if i don't hit. Of course, if i make a read on a guy, i'll call him, but i have to be 100% sure, or have some sort of hand to draw to (such as a backdoor flush or straight) to call a bet on 4th street.